Yesterday some Y7 students were exposed to a pornographic image on a screen in a classroom. This was as the result of older students successfully accessing an inappropriate website and leaving the image visible for others to find, in what they regarded as a prank. Clearly, we do not.
We take eSafety very seriously at THS and indeed the recent OFSTED report stated that THS students are well informed about how to keep themselves safe online.
Our welfare team is well trained in eSafety matters and are always on hand to help any students who feel they have been affected by any online issues.
We have robust safety-nets and filters on our school internet connections. South West Grid For Learning provide this system for all Devon schools. They continuously monitor and update their lists of sites and content for filtering.
Unfortunately teenagers have always been experts at finding ways around barriers (both in the physical world and online) and regrettably instances of that can have serious repercussions, as in this instance.
Students know that if for whatever reason they see something they know is inappropriate or that they find uncomfortable they must inform a member of staff, and this was done immediately in this instance. Indeed, a senior member of staff reinforced this responsible approach to such incidents with the students involved in this incident at the time.
We have robust systems in place to investigate rare incidents like this and appropriate sanctions are put in place.
Students from Tiverton High School will be taking part in this event, along with students from other schools in the Tiverton Cooperative Learning Partnership.
Students should meet our staff at the assembly point in Tesco’s car park at 4.15pm. They will need to wear warm clothing, a waterproof jacket, gloves and sensible shoes. There will be no parking available in the car park unless parents are shopping in Tesco’s. Free parking is available in the multi storey car park.
The procession will then leave the car park at 5pm via the pedestrian exit adjacent to the Police station. They will then process along Gold Street and Bampton Street and into the Pannier Market. The aim is to have sufficient people in the procession to surround the market area in a continuous loop. They will then leave the market via Bampton Street and turn in to Fore Street to join the light switch on at the top of Phoenix Lane. The lights are due to be switched on at 6pm.
We will then walk back to the Tesco’s car park to load the lanterns and instruments ready for return to the High School. We particularly need to know if you will be collecting your child from the car park or if you give your permission for your child to make their own way home, if you can indicate this on the slip below.
If they have not already done so students should bring the slip and SOE3 with them to the event.
If you would like a printed copy of the report, these are available from the School Reception.
The judgement process and the grades given have changed significantly since the last inspection in 2011 when we were graded as “good with outstanding features’. The inspectors acknowledge that THS has continued to improve significantly in almost every area since that last inspection but judge that we need to improve further. Of course that is true. We should all strive to improve ourselves continually.
As all such reports do, it highlighted some strengths and some areas for us to improve. We are not surprised that the behaviour of our students was praised and the high quality of relationships between staff and students recognised. There are also areas that are highlighted as requiring improvement and these are already the subject our attention.
The new inspection framework, described as ‘tough’ and ‘rigorous’ by the Government and Ofsted, focuses very heavily on exam results, giving less emphasis to the broader aspects of school life and growing up. Rest assured that we still regard these as important and will continue to ensure they flourish at THS.
One bonus from the inspection was that a number of parents chose to respond to the online survey and others wrote letters to the inspectors. Support for THS was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for that support, and for the warm words in the supportive letters.
The Year 7 girl’s football team got their Tiverton High School campaign underway last Thursday, competing in the central venue league at St Luke’s Exeter. They continued this on Friday, competing in the Npower Community Cup run by Exeter City. On Thursday, the girls had three games against Honiton, St Peter’s and West Exe. The girls dominated all three games, playing some fantastic and accurate passes opening up the opposition’s defence allowing Alicia Rowland, Chloe Parr and Molly Legg to score some fantastic goals. The whole team’s enthusiasm and encouragement for one another was inspirational. Well done girls. Friday’s tournament brought new challenges in the shape of some more experienced teams and playing against a mixture of year 7 &8’s. Our girls adapted extremely well, demonstrating good individual control and a hunger to win the ball back which alarmed some of the opposition. All four matches were played in great spirit, and the girls determination and hard work paid off when they finished joint first with St Luke’s. Well done.
Wednesday 23rd October, Tiverton High School welcomed Gordano School for their 4th round tie in the English Schools Cup. From last years’ experience we knew that the opposition at this stage of the competition are more organised and of real quality. Our girls were not fazed by this. They controlled the first half, playing some intricate passes from the midfield releasing the wingers who were making runs in behind the Gordano’s defence. At half time, we were 1-0 up courtesy of a Charlie-Ann Gerrard goal. The second half saw the girls apply the pressure once more and reaped the rewards of their possession by scoring five more quality goals. Jayde Phillips being the goal of the match! Our goal scorers with two goals each were: Charlie-Ann Gerrard, Jayde Phillips and Courtney Butt. The whole team performance and team spirit was fantastic and the girls’ hard work has paid off. We now wait to find out who we will face in the last 32 of the country. Well done girls. Thank you to our assistant referees: Ollie Marston & Ryan White. Kit kindly donated by: For the good of Tiverton’s Children. Please congratulate the team: Amy Needs; Holly Perris; Robyn Freed; Chloe Hawkins; Louise Elsey; Keeley Seatherton; Courntey Butt; Jade Phillips; Jayde Phillips; Bea Tidball; Charlie-Ann Gerrard & Sianne Leary.