A word with the Headteacher
We have come to the end of a long term and the whole school community is looking forward to a well-earned rest. As I
reflect over the past term, I can see that our new year 7 have settled in well and have embraced the new GTS Learner’s
Baccalaureate; it is wonderful to see them so eager about starting their learning journey at Great Torrington School.
Our year 10s and 11s are working hard towards their GCSEs and our year 8s and 9s have embraced their new learning
challenges as they progress through GTS.
This term has also seen our first sessions of the enrichment and intervention period, staff and pupils alike have
embraced the varied activities from PAT dog with Aggi, through STEM Bronze Crest Awards, to first aid and ‘Hair dos
and don’ts’. It has been a pleasure listening to the enthusiastic comments from our pupils and seeing them inspired to
continue their activity beyond their school life.
There have been many successful events celebrating the outstanding work and achievement of our pupils. These have
included the continued sporting successes of the GTS teams, a Rotary Club Young Chef finalist for North Devon, the
Lego League teams achieving the award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in the South West, our first Christmas Fayre which raised
£460 culminating in the outstanding Christmas concert in St Michael & All Angels church in Torrington showcasing so
many of our talented pupils.
With Year 11 recently taking their mock exams and receiving their mock exam results in January they are firmly focused
on what they need to achieve in the summer. I am sure that you and your child look forward to the Year 11 parents’
meeting on the 8
th
January 2014 to continue the focus on your child’s progress. Petroc, Exeter College, Bicton, Bideford
School and Duchy will be present at the evening for you and your child to discuss their post 16 choices. I would also
urge pupils to seek our careers advice team if they are unsure what their next step will be after life at GTS.
Great Torrington School bids farewell to two of our teachers at the end of this term. Mr Alan Bushnell is relocating to
the South Coast and Ms Fliss Randall who is embarking on a new journey. Hayley Collins, our science teaching assistant,
left us at half term and we also say goodbye and best wishes to Mr Sean Freeman, pupil coach for Endurance, who is
moving on to new challenges. We wish all of them all the best as they move onto new experiences. I know they will all
be missed and I thank them for their hard work and commitment whilst at GTS.
We also welcome a number of new staff. Ms Laura Holt has joined our maths team already and will be taking over Mr
Bushnell’s teaching load whilst Mrs Clare Sargent becomes acting head of maths. Mrs Jo Raine is joining the English
team as an additional English teacher. Ms Paloma Ortiz is joining us from Spain to work as a language assistant with the
MFL team and we welcome back Miss Sara Rodriguez who will be teaching with the MFL team.
Finally, it is the end of an era and start of a new one for Mrs Mary Mitchell who retires this Christmas. Mary has served
the GTS Head teachers as their Personal Assistant for the past 10 years in this time her dedication to Great Torrington
School has always been exemplary and she has been the back bone to Great Torrington School. We bid her farewell
with the fondest wishes and hope she has a truly happy, healthy and long retirement and enjoys her time with her
family.
I am sure that you would like to join with me in thanking all of the staff and governors at Great Torrington School for
their continued tremendous hard work and commitment to the pupils of the school during the year.
Staying Safe and Connected
Students and staff at Great Torrington School were proud to be supporting Anti-Bullying Week with
a whole host of activities focused on the theme of 'Staying Safe and Connected'. The activities,
which took place during the week of the 18-22nd November 2013, support a national campaign
which is focused on bullying. Recently 8 young people travelled to Newton Abbott, South Devon to
be enrolled and trained as Anti Bullying Ambassadors and then returned to present their campaign
to the school in assemblies across all houses. All activities supported the stance that any type of
bullying is not tolerated at Great Torrington School or in any area of life. At the end of the week
every young person wrote their pledge to combat on a giant paper chain link.