At Tiverton High School we are committed to keeping our students safe. Every child has the right to feel safe no matter who they are or what their circumstances.
Safeguarding is about protecting children, and young people from abuse or neglect.
We are all responsible for the safety of children and young people and we must ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
Furthermore we have a duty of care for students set out in the following legislation: Children Act 1989, Education Act 2002, Children Act 2004 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016. If we believe that a student may be harmed we have a duty to share the information promptly. In a situation where we are concerned about the welfare of a child THS will share information with other agencies (such as social care) without seeking prior consent from the family. Where ever possible (unless this could place someone in danger) we will speak to family to explain why we are doing this and keep them fully informed.
The information that we have about students is confidential. That means we won’t share it outside of the school without prior consent from the family. Information is stored electronically and each child has a file where reports, assessments, plans, and notes are kept. The senior leadership team, house staff and SENCO’s have access to this file but to share information more widely, for example to inform other teaching staff or contact an external agency for support, consent will be sought from the family. The family has a right to view their child’s file and such requests should be actioned within 7 days of request.
What to do if you suspect a child or young person is at risk?
In order to protect people from abuse and harm it is important that everyone knows what to do if they suspect someone is being abused.
You may suspect that someone is being harmed or abused because:
- You have general concerns about someone’s wellbeing
- You see or hear about something which could cause abuse
- Someone tells you something has happened or is happening to them which could be abuse.
Within school the Designated Safeguarding Lead is Caroline Warren (Head of Student Safeguarding) and our Deputy DSL is Kerrie Butler (Family Support Worker), please feel free to contact the above staff on 01884 256655 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any concerns.
If you have serious concerns about a child or young person, or if you need help parenting your child you can call 0345 155 1071 or email email@example.com
Out of hours please call 0845 6000 388. If it is an emergency dial 999.
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Gifted and Talented students at Tiverton High School are those who perform or have the ability to perform at a level significantly beyond their chronologically aged peers. Their unique abilities and characteristics require special provision and social and emotional support. Typically they possess the following three traits:
Gifted and talented students are identified by making a judgement based on an analysis of various sources of information including:
- Test scores (end of Key Stage levels: CAT scores; other subject based tests)
- Teacher nomination (based on classroom observation, discussions with students and work scrutiny which meet agreed departmental criteria for G&T performance)
- Primary School records and information.
- Parental nomination – if a parent volunteers information regarding a potential G&T student, we will investigate further.
The Gifted and Talented Register is regularly reviewed and updated.
Tiverton High School will provide the gifted and talented students with their full entitlement to the National Curriculum and, additionally, provide access to curriculum enhancement in both National Curriculum areas and, where appropriate, outside.
The School will seek to discover and utilise a range of strategies to improve the teaching and learning of the gifted and talented. The focus for these strategies will be through high quality teaching and learning, since this will impact on a greater number of students with greater frequency than ‘one off’ enrichment activities. The main strategies employed will be around:
- enabling ‘deep learning’ through analysis, synthesis and evaluation
- developing independent learning strategies and skills in students
This area of the website will showcase some of the outcomes from our G&T students across the school.
Welcome to Tiverton High School! Thank you for choosing to come to THS.
Moving up to secondary school can be a pretty nerve-racking experience both for you and your parents. We work hard to try to make sure that transition from your primary school is as positive as it can be for everyone, no matter what your needs might be. So that we can give as much support as possible to you all, we have put together a group of staff who will be able to help you in a variety of different ways. You will all belong to a House from September and will be members of a tutor group with your own tutor who will get to know you very well. They will give you and your family the information and individual advice and guidance you’ll need as you settle in to our school. There will be students of all ages in your tutor group, so that you will have contacts with different people and they will lend a hand as you find your way around and settle in. Everyone will have a Learning Manager who will make sure each of you makes good progress in lessons and a ‘Welfare Officer’ who will make sure that any day to day problems are sorted out.
You may have already met some of our staff who work to make transition as easy for you as possible. Kerrie, our Transition Assistant, has been to see everyone and will continue to work with some of you and your families.
I am very proud of Tiverton High School and I am very proud of the effort we make so that your first steps in the school are positive ones. I hope that you enjoy your time with THS and that together we can achieve the success that you hope for.
Sammy Crook, Head Teacher
The Transition Assistant at Tiverton High School is Kerrie Butler who works with all the partner primaries in the Tiverton Learning Community. She also does outreach work with schools that are not in our catchment area so all children are enabled to use the Transition Service.
Kerrie works in both the primary schools and the High School and make visits the primary schools regularly from January to July to gather information about students. This information is then fed back to the High School Support Centre if needed and then to tutors later in the year. From this information Kerrie will begin to work with 15-20 students each who need individual support and support plans on a 1:1 basis. This support is provided in a variety of ways including activity days during the summer holidays, self esteem building clubs, school-based work and supporting and implementing Common Assessment Frameworks (CAF’s). The Transition Assistants also work closely with other agencies within the Tiverton Learning Community to try and establish close links and information sharing.
Every school has a duty to ensure that every individual child is given the best possible chance of achieving their potential.
The Government provides Pupil Premium funding, which is in addition to main school funding, to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals or children in care.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of students who are known to be eligible for free school meals or have been eligible in the last six years and children who have been continuously looked after for more than six months. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility.
At Tiverton high School we support all of our students.
We do this by providing high quality classroom teaching supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners. The Middle Management Team work alongside the Senior Leadership Team and Governors to ensure that the Pupil Premium is targeted and provides the best possible support to students that may be at a disadvantage.
Which students are prioritised?
- Free school meal (FSM) students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS4
- FSM students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving at KS3
- Other underachieving students
Literacy and numeracy catch-up premium
Literacy and numeracy catch-up premium
The literacy and numeracy catch-up premium gives schools additional funding to support year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in reading or maths at the end of key stage 2 (KS2).
We have used this additional funding in three ways;
- We have employed a primary trained specialist teacher of literacy and numeracy, who works with Y7 and Y8 students who have not reached ‘secondary ready’ on their transition to Tiverton High School, through small group intervention.
- We have purchased Passport Maths and Fresh Start by Read Write Inc – two programmes through small group tuition, that enables students to ‘catch up’ with their secondary ready peers.
- We use STAR reader to test Y7 and Y8 students reading and comprehension age – this happens three times a year so we can track students reading age and intervene where required. Teachers also use this information to inform planning and that they have appropriate resources students can access.
- We employ a specialist literacy team who deliver the ARROWS programme to ensure students who come in to Tiverton High School below their chronological spelling age are able to ‘catch up’ before transitioning into Year 8.