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 Welcome to Tor Bridge High
Welcome to Tor Bridge High.
Principal's Message 
 
Welcome to Tor Bridge High!

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Tor Bridge High Ofsted report 2015  
 "Teaching is good. Teachers have high expectations and make their lessons interesting for students." 
A message from the Principal...
 
When I joined Estover School as a Home Economics teacher in September 1986 I never imagined still being here 31 years later. It is now, I feel, after teaching for 35 years, the right time for me to retire and therefore to thank you all for the amazing support you have given me over that time. Our school has gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that Tor Bridge High is the school of choice for the community. This will be our fifth year oversubscribed for entry into Year 7. This is testament to the tremendous governor and staff team who I will miss very much. Most of all, I will miss our children and young people who make me smile and feel proud every day. Teaching is a role of privilege and I have truly loved my many different roles here. It was in 2006/07 that our Governors first asked me to take on an Acting role and again in 2010/12 before appointing me permanently when Graham Browne retired. I am therefore delighted to inform you that Governors have asked Mr Graham Roser to become Acting Head from September 2017, initially for an eighteen month period.
Mr Roser was appointed to Estover Community College in 2001 as Curriculum Leader for Science, later being promoted to the Senior Team, first as Assistant Principal and since 2011 as Vice Principal. He has a wealth of experience and believes totally in the potential of our students and staff at Tor Bridge High. Supported by a very strong Senior Leadership Team, I know I leave our school in the very best hands for the future.
I hope to see many of you between now and September to say my farewells in person. 
Meanwhile, do enjoy reading about the amazing achievements of our students in the spring newsletter. As we all prepare for the summer examination period I know you will be encouraging lots of revision and exam preparation at home as well as in and after school here on site.
 
Finally – we were delighted to win School of the Year 2016/17 at a ceremony attended by Carmen de Pablo and Marina Breed this week in London. Testament to the focus our school has on developing students’ literacy, speech, language and communication. Watch out for further news in the media in the coming weeks and do look at page 22 of the newsletter.
 
Liz Dunstan
 
Principal
Tor Bridge Student Planner Design Winners 

Tor Bridge students entered a competition to design the cover for the new student planners for next year
 
Winner (Centre) Livvy Spark, whose  design is being used for next year’s student planners.
 
Runners up: 
  • Ellie Marks
  • Toby Richards
  • Megan Shaw
  • Hayley-Rose Goulding
  • Libby wright
Greenpower Team Triple Trophies! 

Tor Bridge Technology Greenpower engineering team scored full marks at the recent South West round of the F24 championship at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay where they scooped three major trophies on their way to their fourth year of success at the event.
 
The team took the coveted overall ‘Best Engineered Car’ of the event with their new high performance car “Atom”, which also took an overall podium in third place after a race long battle over second position. The Atom also scored highly in the quickest lap times posting one of the fastest laps of the day due to its super light weight and quality of engineering. The Atom has been completely designed and built in the school workshops this year by a team of dedicated students and staff. A massive thanks to SPOT for helping with achieving our ambitions and making it all possible!
 
Tor Bridge Technology Greenpower engineering team scored full marks at the recent South West round of the F24 championship at RAF St Mawgan, Newquay where they scooped three major trophies on their way to their fourth year of success at the event.
 
The team took the coveted overall ‘Best Engineered Car’ of the event with their new high performance car “Atom”, which also took an overall podium in third place after a race long battle over second position. The Atom also scored highly in the quickest lap times posting one of the fastest laps of the day due to its super light weight and quality of engineering. The Atom has been completely designed and built in the school workshops this year by a team of dedicated students and staff. A massive thanks to SPOT for helping with achieving our ambitions and making it all possible!
 
 

Shine A Light Award WIN for our commitment to developing students’ communication 

Above: (l-r) Mrs DePablo (Head of Inclusion), Gareth Gates and Mrs Breed (Speech and Language Co-ordinator)
 Collecting the award
Tor Bridge High have been awarded the Secondary School of the Year Award at the ‘Shine A Light’ Awards ceremony in London for our continued commitment to developing our students’ communication skills. The 2017 ‘Shine a Light’ Awards is a national awards scheme that celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development. From the start of Year 7, or on entry, Tor Bridge High undertakes assessments to ascertain its students’ speech, language and communication skills. From this point on, all staff are encouraged to continuously identify their students’ needs and gain support for their learners through the inclusion panel meeting that takes place every term. 
Tor Bridge High Student has Fantastic Opportunity  
Five week British Scientific Expedition: Himalaya 2017 (On behalf of Royal Geographic Society) 

Tor Bridge High student Hannah Smallpage is embarking on an expedition to The Himalayas, right after completing her GCSEs in July.
 
The 70 man expedition comprised of 20 doctors, and scientist leaders as well as 50 young scientist fieldworker expedition members. There will be NO access to internet, mobile phones, television or even music.
 
There will not even be any satellite phone access given the remoteness of the region. Diet will consist of military ration packs.
 
Phase ONE - A mandatory training period of the various pieces of scientific and climbing equipment, and procedures, (such as abseiling, ice axe and crampons, roped teamwork on ice, and crevasse rescue, as well as Fire Allocations. The expedition is comprised of small `teams` known as `fires`. (i.e. a group that shares a communal fire at night.)
 
Phase TWO –Depart London to Delhi on 24th July 2017. Overnight stay at Delhi airport then onward flight to Leh in Ladakh. Transport to the road-head, then expedition will transport equipment and rations on foot to Base Camp area at 4500m.
 
Work will include: glacial influence on weather patterns, isotope studies in the snow, glacial ice and melt-water of the Drang Drung glacier (which provides nearly a billion people with water) as well as botanical studies of the Zanskar valley.
 
We will also be collecting data from the 3rd highest weather station in the world, and involved in media projects in this area. The expedition then flies back to London on 29th August 2017
 
Hannah is seeking sponsorship to help her make this dream come true. For more information visit Hannah's Facebook Page More to follow!

 

For those of you who are unaware of ‘SPOT’, we are a group of parents, carers and staff who organise various fundraising events such as; the annual’ Summer Fair’, Quiz night, Mufti day and attending the school’s production. The money raised from these events goes towards purchasing equipment and resources to further enhance the students learning. 
The committee members would like to say a very BIG thank you for your continued support in attending our events.
Visit our school website and click on the link to the ‘Giving Machine’ when you shop online. Join up and then shop! It doesn’t cost you anything and SPOT receive a donation. For more information visit: http://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/
Labour Candidate Sue Dann meets Tor Bridge 6th Form Law students 

On 6th June Labour MP candidate Sue Dann came in to visit the post 16 law students to discuss the Labour election campaign. Students had the opportunity in advance to research what different political parties stood for and to prepare question time style questions for Sue. Sue held a lively and interactive debate with our students covering topics from Labour's stance on national security and trident, international relations, the economy, proposed changes to the benefits system and reducing the voting age to 16. Students in the room had a range of political viewpoints, supporting differing parties. Our students have done a lot of political research and are waiting to see the outcome of the general election.
Young Enterprise Team scoops awards! 

Three awards this year and we were so close to being overall winners. The trophies are for: Best Customer Focus, Most effective Team Work and Best Business Administration.

The team of post 16 students are delighted to have been presented these awards tonight following a 9 month programme. They have survived through thick and thin, worked through their business difficulties, created the products all handcrafted to an exceptional standard. Their team have survived the change their Managing Directors and created a bespoke business which really worked and had many returning customers from around the city buying and reordering their stock. 
 
Click here for the full story or go to the May news page

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