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 Carrie Morrell (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 a positive experience 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 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 and throughout your journey with us. Your tutor group will be alongside other similar groups within your year group and you will all have a Head of Year who will also remain with you until you progress on from Tiverton High School.
You may have already met some of our staff who work to make transition as easy for you as possible. Kate Gould, our Transition Officer, visits our local primary schools to see everyone and will continue to work with 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 Officer at Tiverton High School is Kate Gould who works with all the partner primaries in the Tiverton Learning Community. She also makes contact with schools that are not in our catchment area so all children are able to use the Transition Service.
Kate makes visits the primary schools regularly from March to July to share news and gather information about students. This all forms part of putting a plan in place to help your son or daughter settle with us from the very start. A big part of our transition activities is our transition week where our new students get the fantastic opportunity to spend 3 days onsite with us being THS students. Here, they will experience taster lessons, spend time within their tutor group, find out more about our site and facilities and take part in our Sports for All day. We also have an additional day for our Maggie Fasey Challenge – an exciting day orienteering around various points in Tiverton and meeting year 6 students from other schools.
If you have any queries or questions about joining us then Kate can be contacted on 01884 256655 ext 244 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org