How will I know who to contact when I want to talk to someone about my child and his/her progress at school?
When your child starts at TTA, he/she will join a house and tutor group. You will meet your child’s tutor and Director of Learning when your child joins the school; all members of staff can be contacted outside of teaching hours on the phone or via email.
Your child will have tutor time every morning from 8.40-9.05am. As their dedicated pastoral contact, your child’s tutor is on hand each day to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
We have Parents’ Evenings every term as well as other events. If, however, you would like to speak to someone at another time, we are always happy to organise a meeting or call.
What GCSEs do you offer?
We offer a range of GCSEs at TTA and details of the curriculum and subjects on offer can be found here. For more information, speak to your child’s tutor or teachers. We run an Options Evening in Year 9 to give parents all the information they need before students select their GCSE Options. We also run several information evenings during Years 10 and 11. We encourage you to discuss subjects, the curriculum and learning with your child and contact us if you have any questions.
What extra-curricular activities and trips do you offer?
As part of our commitment to delivering an Education with Character [insert page link] for all our students, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The timetable for this term can be found here. We run several trips throughout the year across all year groups, such as the Mersea Residential, Accenture Business Trip, Skiing Trip as well as a range of external visits linking to specific curriculum subjects. Click here for news and pictures of our latest trips.
Where do the students go when they leave TTA?
Future planning and aspirations are a focus from Year 7 through to Year 11 at TTA so that every student has the knowledge, experience and support to pursue their ambitions. We have a specialist careers advisor on site and offer regular opportunities to learn about different career paths, visit universities and feel excited about and equipped for the future. This includes our dedicated Futures Week programme in Year 10.
On leaving TTA, our students join a range of Sixth Form colleges, schools and apprenticeships to continue their studies. While we do not currently have a Sixth Form, we are looking to open one in the future.
We are delighted to be a partner school of Woodhouse College, one of the top Sixth Form colleges in the country. As a partner school, TTA students have priority for places and regularly go on to achieve considerable success through Woodhouse at A Level and beyond. More details about Woodhouse can be found here.
If there is a bullying issue at TTA, how is it handled?
We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and friendly school. We have a zero tolerance policy on bullying and, although bullying incidences are rare, we take any issue very seriously. We encourage students to speak up if they are experiencing or witnessing any such behaviour. We address these issues during tutor time and in assemblies and nurture a culture of tolerance, respect and compassion. Please contact the school immediately if you have any concerns about bullying.
How much homework are the students expected to do?
Students are given homework on a weekly basis in most subjects, the aim of which is to reinforce classroom learning, encourage independent study and increase students’ depth of knowledge and understanding over a topic. Students record homework in their planners and teachers also outline homework tasks, with all relevant details, on Show My Homework.
How many students are at the school and how many students are in each class?
We currently have 536 students at the school and are rapidly growing in popularity, reflecting the significant progress we continue to make as a school. Our students thrive in this close-knit, friendly and supportive environment as all students are known by all members of staff. There are also wonderful friendships within and between year groups so students feel known and valued, with older year groups acting as excellent role models to their younger peers. There are opportunities throughout the year for students to spend time with different year groups, such as Cultural Day, where we nurture these links.
What are your academic results like?
We are thrilled with the improvements in our academic results across all year groups. Our GCSE results have improved significantly and all details can be found here. We also have the privilege of being part of United Learning so that we can track KS3 progress across a wide network of schools and compare students’ progress to their peers around the country.
How will my child be assessed and graded?
Your child will be assessed regularly in lessons to see how they are progressing and to ensure that they get the right support and challenge to succeed in their learning. Teachers will discuss this with you at Parents’ Evening and contact home if there are ever any particularly impressive achievements or potential areas of weakness. Every term we send a report home so that you and your child can track their progress in all subjects. For each subject that your child studies, you will be given the following:
- Your Score – this is the percentage (score out of 100) your child achieved in their end of term assessment for that subject.
- Your Grade – this is an age-appropriate grade reflecting the assessment score. It shows what your child is likely to achieve in their GCSEs if they continue to progress at the same rate.
- Average student score – this is the average score achieved in that assessment by all students who took the assessment.
- Top student score – this is the top mark achieved by any student who took the assessment.
- Engagement and Quality of Homework – this is the teacher’s comment on your child’s attitude to learning and classroom engagement in that subject, and how well they have worked independently on homework through the year. Teachers are given four possible options: Excellent; Good; Disappointing; and Unacceptable.
Where can I read your recent excellent Ofsted report?
You can read our March 2019 Ofsted report by clicking HERE