Improving Plymouth school adopts co-operative trust status
A SCHOOL which has celebrated a significant turnaround in exam results has become a Co-operative Learning Trust.
Tavistock College is the first school in West Devon to adopt co-operative trust status.
It comes just weeks after the school showed the dramatic change in GCSE and A level results – 80 per cent of students attained better qualifications than two years ago when the school was placed in special measures.
Helen Salmon, principal of Tavistock College, said: "We are extremely proud of what Tavistock College has achieved over the last two years.
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"The school is once again a vibrant learning environment that encourages and enables pupils of all abilities to be the best they can be.
"As a Co-operative Learning Trust we will be able to further enrich the curriculum and learning environment to ensure that we continue on this path of improvement for pupils and staff.
"It's vital that the school is not only a great place to learn, but also a great place to work – as inspired and motivated teachers mean inspired and motivated pupils."
Whilst the school's Co-operative Trust status will not result in changes in how the school is funded, it will bring significant curriculum improvements.
Students will be able to choose extra subjects, by taking part in 'twilight classes' after school. Animal care, astronomy and psychology are some of the subjects on offer, aimed at enriching and fulfilling each student's potential.
Co-operative Trust schools combine long term institutional partnerships with a structure that enables parents, learners, staff and community organisations to be directly involved.
The headteacher added: "The college will be adopting Co-operative values that will help to raise standards in a variety of ways. This will include developing partnerships, helping to engage the local community in the strategic direction of schools and strengthening the curriculum.
"The co-operative values can also help students gain a better understanding of their role as citizens and how they can help build a fairer society.
"The hard work and dedication shown by teachers, parents and students is really starting to pay off.
"Together we have created a school which people are proud of and our new Trust status can only mean an even brighter future for everyone."