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
Year 6 transition
Sadly, due to current Covid-19 guidelines, we’re unable to offer the usual transition programme for Year 6 pupils joining us in September. As well as pupil-only tours of the school, we will be uploading useful information on our website – so please check our Transition pages for details.
Our small thank you for your support at this time:
Update 16 September 2021
Please see letter below regarding vaccinations in school.
Update 16 July 2021
Please see our letter regarding July 19, step 4 of the Government plan to lift Covid restrictions.
Update 9 July 2021
We have a confirmed Covid-19 case in Year 10, and a number of close contacts of the student in question have been identified will be asked to self-isolate.
Update 16 June 2021
We have today received notification of a positive case of Covid-19 in year 8, and 51 students and 5 staff will now self-isolate for 10 days.
May we remind all parents and carers of how important it is for students to continue to complete the LFT on Sunday and Wednesday (if they consenting to being involved) and recording their results.
Please also remind yourselves of the procedure if you receive a positive LFT test, in terms of booking a PCR test and remaining at home until the result is confirmed.
Update 18 March 2021
Please see our information letter about Covid-19 self-testing home kits.
Update 8 March 2021
The document here is the risk assessment we have conducted with a view to full opening of the school on March 8.
Update 2 March 2021
Please see our information letter about the return to school next week.
Update 1 March 2021
This is an infographic from Ofqual which indicates how GCSEs will be awarded.
Update 5 February 2021
Update 31 January 2021
A student in Year 7 has tested positive for Covid-19. We have identified 14 students in year 7 who need to self-isolate for 10 days, and families have been informed. All of the staff who may have been in contact with the student have also been notified. Letters will be sent to those identified as a ‘contact’.
Update 4 January 2021
A polite reminder that all students attending school are required to wear uniform.
Update 1 January 2021
This leaflet explains more about the Coronavirus testing in schools.
Please find also download details of how the new Government announcement on the January 2021 return to school will affect your child.
Update 30 December 2020
We apologise for the delay in providing parents/carers with detailed information but have been waiting for an update from the Government which took place at 4pm today.
This is just initial information to allow parents to begin to plan for the changes the government have made.
• School will not be open to any students on Monday 4th Jan 2021. This will be a logistics day to enable us to plan for the rapid testing the Government want secondary schools to embark upon.
• School will be open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers only on Tuesday 5th– Friday 8th Jan.
• Online learning via Google Classrooms will take place for year 11 between 5th and 8th Jan.
• We hope to invite year 11 back in to school towards the end of next week to take their first test.
• Other year groups will engage in online learning w/c 11th Jan and return to school formally w/c 18th Jan.
Parents will receive detailed information about the lateral flow testing and the arrangements for this over the next few days. Consent has to be provided by a parent/carer for this to take place.
If you are a parent who considers themselves to be a critical worker there will be a link on our website shortly.
Update 13 November 2020
A staff member in our SEND team has tested positive for Covid-19. The individual developed a cough yesterday morning before school started, and was immediately sent home – and the positive test was confirmed earlier today. We have had to identify ‘contacts’ in accordance with PHE guidelines. We have requested that 8 staff and 34 students, in small numbers across all year groups, must self isolate until Tuesday 24th November. All staff ‘contacts’ have been notified, and we are currently contacting students. We have also closed the CAIRB and are speaking to any affected families.
Update 9 November 2020
To help students understand the new one way system we have shown them this short video. For anyone who may not have been at extended tutor today, this will be useful to watch.
We have also had a reported case of Coronavirus in Year 11. All students who are required to self-isolate have been contacted.
Update 3 November 2020
We have created a formal policy document for Google Classroom so that, should we have to close the school during the forthcoming lockdown or for any positive cases of Coronavirus, parents, carers and students are aware of how the school will approach virtual lessons.
Update 29 October 2020
We have sent a letter to all parents/carers regarding how we intend to operate the school from the second half of term. Note that some parents will have this letter via email, and other will receive it in due course via post.
Update 6 October 2020
We’re pleased to tell you that the two Year 10 students who were tested positive for Coronavirus have had relatively mild symptoms and are recovering well.
A reminder that Year 10 and any students who are self-isolating because they had potential contact with these individuals will return to school on October 13.
Update 30 September 2020 – amended
Please be aware that a second Year 10 student has reported a positive test for Coronavirus. The student has not been in school since Monday when symptoms were first reported.
This is now classified as a cluster, and under advice from Public Health England we have requested that the whole of Year 10 stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.
The student takes a school contract bus, and we have also advised parents of those who will have had contact with the student to self-isolate for 14 days.
Note we have been advised by PHE that this is 14 days from the symptoms (i.e. Monday this week), so we expect all affected students to return to school on 13th October (not 14th October as previously advised).
A student within school has today tested positive for Covid-19. On Monday the student developed symptoms and was sent home, and we had confirmation of a positive test this morning.
In line with our risk assessment and guidance from Public Health England we have identified 39 students plus staff who may have been in contact with the student within the year 10 bubble. In addition we have also identified 14 students who may have had contact over the weekend.
We have informed those students and advised their parents/carers, and we have requested that they self-isolate at home until 13 October (sic). Three members of staff have maintained 2m distancing and will therefore remain in school.
At this point we will monitor the situation closely. The school will operate as normal for all other students.
Updates 24 September 2020
Please see a letter regarding NHS Track and Trace PHE letter to parents and guardians
It’s extremely important that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms stays at home and gets tested to avoid the risk of spreading the virus to others, including the more vulnerable in our communities.
That means if your child has any of the symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, you must keep them off school, get them tested and self-isolate your whole household whilst you wait for a test result.
Please rest assured that should your child need to self-isolate, this will not adversely affect their attendance or trigger any warnings or fines.
Update 21 September 2020
Please see this letter from Devon County Council, with guidance on what do do if you think your child has symptoms of Covid-19. Below this is our checklist of actions, which you may also find useful.
Update 10 September 2020
It has been a challenging start to the new year, but the ‘bubbles’ within school are working well, and our students are getting used to the idea of remaining within their bubbles and remaining socially distant from students in other bubbles. This is a difficult time for all students and, as we appear to be facing an increase in cases of Coronavirus across the country, they must remain vigilent and aware of the risks of Covid-19 – albeit the UK Government says the risks are low – while they are in school.
On Tuesday morning this week we were advised that a parent of a student has tested positive for Covid-19, and it is important to know that the child did not come into school and is now self-isolating for 14 days. We are following all Public Health England guidelines and our local health protection has been informed. We are not required to take any further action unless the child subsequently develops symptoms, or others who have had contact with the child develop symptoms of Coronavirus. It is an example of the system working how it is intended to work, and the child will only have had contact with other students within their Year 7 bubble. We will inform relevant parents immediately if we are made aware of any cases within school and we are monitoring the situation closely.
Update 9 September 2020
Please be aware that the Government announcement about socialising in groups of 6 or fewer, does not affect education or work places. Therefore, school will operate as normal next week.
Update 2 September 2020
We have created some entry point and muster point videos that students should familiarise themselves with.
The Government has also launched the
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Update 28 August 2020
Year 7 ties – Thomas More ordered plenty, but since many families are purchasing as many as 5 ties they have run out. The school has some in stock, and will be making these available on Sept 3 and 4 at Student Services. In in doubt please contact us to reserve a tie.
Reminder: Year 11 will be given their ties at school on their first day.
Other years – We have some stock at student services and at Thomas Moore.
Update 15 July 2020
Note that school will be closed from the 18th July. After this date we will not be able to offer key worker provision.
Update 9 July 2020
Update 2 July 2020
Yesterday the government issued its guidance on the full re-opening of schools for full-time
education of all students from September. We have held this statement as our compass-bearing
during the current phase of re-opening:
To maximise the effectiveness of teaching and care for our students, whilst safeguarding the
health and well-being of everyone on site.
We relish the opportunity to welcome all our students back in September. Staff and parents have
been working hard together to support learning at home as best we can, and we very much
appreciate your efforts. We know we can support their learning so much better when they are back
in school full-time, and it will again be a legal requirement to attend school from September. Please
be reassured that we are working hard to make sure that we can do this whilst keeping everyone as
safe as we can by fully implementing the government’s latest guidance. We will be in touch nearer
the time with full details of revised arrangements.
Things may yet change, but right now we are looking forward to September with a great deal of
enthusiasm and confidence.
Update 17 June 2020
Letter from Head of Education 17 Jun 2020 – Head of Education Open letter to Parents
Update 12 June 2020
As from Monday 15 June, school will be reopening to Year 10 students in addition to vulnerable and key worker students. Year 10 will be grouped into three new pods and kept separate from the established vulnerable and key worker pod.
Their start and finish times, break and lunch will be at different times to Year 10.
As of Monday 15 June, key worker and vulnerable children will be based in the science corridor not in rooms upstairs as previously. They will have their own allocated outside space and lunch will be ordered in the morning and delivered to their pod. Please ask key worker and vulnerable children to register in the Assembly Hall at 8.50am where staff allocated to their pod will accompany them to their new working area.
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.