Please be aware that if your child is eligible for a free school meal, then we shall be providing free food vouchers for meals next week while school is closed. The food vouchers are to the value of £15 and can be used at Morrisons supermarket. These are being organised now and will be posted out first class directly to relevant families. There are reports of postal delays so we hope you receive them Monday or Tuesday.
Young people are at the heart of everything we do. We all want our children to flourish at school. Government statistics and OfSTED reports show students at Tiverton High School are successful. Teachers are able to challenge their students because they know them very well and engage with them as individuals. They know that there is no such thing as an ordinary child; that every child is extraordinary in some way and we are all committed to releasing that individual spark. We believe that inspiration is the key; children are fires to be lit, not urns to be filled!
Mrs Crook, Headteacher
We will be adding links to resources during school closure as they become available, in addition to other resources in GO 4 Schools etc.
Keyworkers only – A reminder to use the web address below if you need to book a place for your child at school over Easter. Please note this is for provision as a last resort only.
Tiverton High News
That Oreo was a right pain in the fluffy tail last week! She basically rabbit-knapped me! I am plotting revenge!
I hope you are all OK and have had a lovely half-term and getting back to do some work this week?
I have been working hard and have been in my hutch planning some ideas in my fluffy gorgeous head. My best idea I think, is a book about how a good rabbit can look after, take care of and train her Humans. Mine are very tricky but I think I have some good tips that I can share with other rabbits that may be having some of the problems that I have had.
I am working on Chapter 1 – How to stop a Human talking in a stupid high voice. Chapter 2 is- How to catapult cheap rabbit food back at the Humans so they only buy the good stuff. (There is a very good technique to this, which involves growling at them as well). The next chapter does involve poo and wee, but I am not sure what the title will be. My book will also include pictures of Humans doing stupid things and believe me I have some good stuff. Mr Matthews setting fire to the BBQ fish yesterday was a corker-he really does think he is Gordon Ramsey, but it’s just the bad language they have in common, he’s no chef. Anyway, I will let you know more next week!
Please send some more work in for me to have a look at!
Oh, here is also a picture of that idiotic rabbit Hector, after he dug the plants up and tried to act innocent!
Lots of love,
from Pippin xxxxxx
Hello to you all!
My name is Oreo and I live with Mrs Matthews.
I am a bit fed up with Perfect Pippin writing to you all every week and boasting about it, so I have covered up her hutch so she can’t hear me dictating this to Mrs Matthews. My owner Gaby, Mrs M’s daughter, rescued me and I am really healthy now-I had to have operations and lots of care but I love living here. Pippin does think she is in charge though, so I have to put her in her place! Here are some pictures of me.
I hope you have all been working hard but also enjoying time with your family as that is important!
I would like to visit the school one day to meet you all and stay in Support Centre – I hope we can do this once that bloke with the funny white hair that Mrs Matthews watches every day says so!
I have lots of friends here and they are all nice despite what Pippin says. She will give Hector dirty looks!
My favourite is Rosie the dog as she is bonkers-she was trying to play swingball yesterday.
Anyway, I can hear Pippin kicking and she is swearing in rabbit language and I am a bit scared, so I am going to uncover her now!
Take care all of you, lots of love, Oreo x
Update 1 June 2020
You will be aware that the Government issued guidance on Monday last week for Year 10.
Leaders of the Federation of Tiverton Schools are currently setting up our two primary schools to open to Reception and Year 1 from w/c 1st June.
Leaders within Tiverton High School are using this week to digest the guidance and I will be discussing this with other secondary heads in the area. We will be drawing together detailed plans at the beginning of w/c 8th June. All of these plans will be taking into consideration our social and safety concerns around social distancing, hand washing etc.
Please bear with us. We anticipate communicating these plans to parents by the end of Wednesday 10th June.
Update 21 May 2020
Year 10 June 1st return to school survey should be completed here.
Update 19 May 2020
Half term provision – School closed Bank Holiday Monday for all students. Open for children of key workers from Tuesday 26th May to Friday 29th May.
From the 1st June we will be open for students of key workers and vulnerable students.
Update 14 May 2020
A letter to parents from Mrs Crook, Executive Head of the Federation of Tiverton Schools.
Update 11 May 2020
(Updated 2pm) The Prime Minister yesterday evening share his ‘roadmap’ of moving society out of lockdown.
He mentioned that some primary schools could be open after half term for reception, year 1 and 6, with a further mention of year 10 ‘seeing’ their teachers in July.
As you can imagine we will need to wait for more details to come from the national and local authorities before we can begin to see how this might work for our school.
Currently, schools will continue to offer places for vulnerable children and those of key workers but we understand that many other parents will want to know more about when their children will return to school. Schools across the country will also have heard this news for the first time on Sunday and over the course of the next week or two, we will be reviewing the detailed guidance government has said it will provide. We will then take any action required to open the school to the year groups identified in a safe way. When we are in a position to do so we will provide information on our website and in newsletters so that parents will know exactly when the school will be able to once again offer a place for their children.
In the meantime, it would be appreciated if parents could avoid contacting their school directly.
Update 14 April 2020
Letter to all of our students
Summer term is here – but it will not be the summer term you expected! The pandemic has changed the lives of all of us, and your education has been affected in ways we couldn’t have imagined just a few weeks ago.
I want to do everything I can to make sure you maintain a level of education that will keep you prepared for the future days, weeks, terms, and years ahead of you, whenever normality resumes.
You’ll find that we’re using online tools as much as we can to provide you with learning resources, led by our teaching staff, that will enable you to maintain learning in line with the curriculum. I urge you to try your best to adapt to this new way of learning, and to seek support from us if you find it challenging or need additional guidance.
Not everyone in the world has the opportunity of an education, and everyone deserves to learn. The musician BB King once said, “The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” Don’t let the Coronavirus take it away from you – and we hope to see you back at school very soon.
Letter to all Year 11 students
Dear year 11,
I know that this a worrying time for you but please be assured that we are working with the Department for Education and the examination boards to make sure that you achieve recognition for the last 5 years of your education and in particular your work towards your GCSEs.
Year 7-10 students’ learning and preparations for exams and future years continues at home but we have to accept that Year 11 and 13 students across the country are in a unique position compared to other secondary school aged pupils, as you are about to embark on new college/apprenticeship/
Whilst as a year group you are not going to sit your planned GCSE exams in May and June, you may decide in the future that you want the opportunity to do so. So we suggest that you continue to study, especially for English, maths and those subjects that you may be wishing to continue with in year 12.
Your teachers will continue to set you work which will support you to do this.
If you have any questions specific to a subject please email your class teacher or subject leader.
In the meantime stay safe and stay at home.
Keyworkers only – Reminder to use the web address below if you need to book a place for your child at school over Easter. Reminder this is for provision as a last resort only.
Devon Schools COVID-19 page
The Devon Schools COVID-19 page has now been set up and provides key messages and information for schools and parents on the COVID-19 situation.
Key information available includes:
• school closures.
• what this means for schools and parents in Devon.
• should I send my child to school?
• DfE Coronavirus helpline.
• school resources and information on key workers and messages for parents.
Update for Tuesday 24th March:
Workbook collections – in light of the Government announcement last night, it is unclear if collecting workbooks is ‘essential’ in terms of travel or even if visiting the school constitutes exercise! If you do choose to come in to school, we urge you to respect social distancing, and wait outside while other parents collect books from inside the hall. If you do not feel it appropriate to collect your books at this time we respect this decision.
Update for Sunday 22nd March:
School workbooks are being made available in the school hall next week with access via the fire exit, so you do not need to sign in to collect them. Please respect ‘social distancing’ and ensure you follow the timings below so that the books are ready.
• Tuesday 24th is open to Y9 only
• Wednesday 25th is open to Y8 only
• Thursday 26th is open to Y7 and Y10
• Friday 27th is open to Y11
How do you explain Coronavirus to your children? See a guide here.
Update for Saturday 21st March:
We have important information for key workers who require essential school provision during next week.
Click here for details.
Update for Friday 20th March:
Information on the definition of key workers has been announced and is detailed below. If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision. Click here for the key worker survey.
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes childcare, support and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response, or delivering essential public services, such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
Update for Thursday 19th March
We are currently making preparations for school closure and are working with the DfE as more guidance and legislation is brought forward. We will keep this page up to date as we know more.
This is an unprecedented situation for all of us, so please be patient and we will keep you informed as best we can.