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15 June 2017

Trumpington Sports Kits Sponsorship
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15 June 2017

Trumpington Sports Kits Sponsorship

Countryside, the developers of the multi-award winning Great Kneighton development in Trumpington, recently presented Trumpington Community College with a selection of brand new sports kits for their students.

 

Trumpington Community College opened its doors for the first time at Great Kneighton in September 2016.  This brand new state of the art secondary school has extensive sports facilities which are shared by the whole community out of school hours.  Currently catering for Year 7 and Year 8 students, in September 2017 the College will welcome their next cohort eventually leading to full capacity of 750 students in 2020.

 

The new branded sports kit will enable the students and Sport Leaders to look smart and professional when they represent their college in varied sporting activities and fixtures against other schools  including; football, handball and netball.

 

Andrew Carrington, Managing Director, Strategic Land at Countryside, comments, “Great Kneighton has been such an exciting project for us and to see many of the planned new homes, and the College, now occupied with residents and students that are engaged with community life has been very rewarding.  We are delighted to offer sponsorship by way of providing new branded sports kits to the college, and hope it will give a boost to the students and teachers.”

 

Amy Logan, Lead Teacher of Sport at Trumpington Community College added, “We are thrilled with Countryside’s generous donation of sports kit. The football teams will have to wait until next season to try out their new kit but the Sport Leaders have already worn their kit during the local primary schools’ sports days  (Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows).   The handball squad are also really looking forward to wearing their new kit at the district handball event at the end of June.   The College currently hosts Cambridge Handball Club and it is hoped that a number of our students will eventually graduate to the senior teams.  Taking part in sports events and coaching in fabulous new kit is going to make such a difference to all involved.”

 

John Jones, Head of School said that Trumpington Community College was overwhelmed by Countryside’s generosity and sponsorship and it was clear that Countryside were making every effort to support the Colleges key role within the local community.

  

8 June 2017

Mock Election Fever at Trumpington Community College
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8 June 2017

Mock Election Fever at Trumpington Community College

Students at Trumpington Community College have been involved in a Mock Election campaign running alongside that of the General Election. 5 political party leaders were chosen at random to represent each political party and over 40 other year 7 and 8 students supported each leader. They spent 4 weeks producing a variety of campaign materials including leaflets, posters, badges and videos.

On election day each leader gave a short speech to the whole school where they used information from the real political parties manifestos to explain why they are the candidate to vote for. Alongside this they were given a platform to show their videos and answer any questions from the audience.

Every student involved in the campaign whether leading or supporting worked extremely hard to make materials to promote their party and it was great to see at least half of the school involved in the politics behind the campaign itself. Through this task many were discussing the differences between each party and showing an interest in real life politics.

Results to be announced on 9th June 8:30am.

  

24 May 2017

Sports Leaders Visit Local Primaries
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24 May 2017

Sports Leaders Visit Local Primaries

26 students from Trumpington Community College ran a carousel of sports activities for all primary students at Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows.
The primary students and staff were really impressed with the Trumpington sports leaders and everyone is looking to the next primary sporting event.
It was also great to meet the new students starting secondary school at Trumpington Community College in September.
  

10 May 2017

Story Writing Competition Success
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10 May 2017

Story Writing Competition Success

Many Year 7 and 8 Trumpington students submitted a 500 word story to the Cambridge University Press Story Writing competition. Keokai Benjamin and Chris Louridas from Year 8 were two of the winners and will now have their story published in a collection of all the story winners.
Keokai and Chris, along with their parents have been invited to attend an event at the Cambridge University Press offices on the 12th July where they will meet with other winners, be presented with a certificate and receive their own copy of the series. They will also have an opportunity to meet the team and be shown around the offices.

17 April 2017

Trumpington Community College Academy Conversion Consultation
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17 April 2017

Trumpington Community College Academy Conversion Consultation

Questions & Responses – April 2017

What problems have there been with MATs in Cambridgeshire and more widely throughout the country?

Across the country Multi Academy Trusts have often taken on schools in difficulty, and sometimes have overstretched themselves. This has resulted in criticism of the Trusts for not improving their schools, and in some cases these schools have been moved to better performing MATs.  

In Cambridgeshire that has not been the case, but there has been a trend for standalone academies to join MATs so that they can achieve economies of scale and get support to raise achievement.

How will the college be run as an academy?

The college will have a Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team and they will work with the Local Governing Body to develop the school so that it meets the aspirations of the Local Community. The MAT will provide support to help the school do a good job, and monitor its performance to ensure that it is providing a good standard of education.

What are the growth plans for TCC?

We are working with the County Council to make sure the school grows to provide the right number of places for students as the community grows. We are expecting to admit up to 90 students into year 7 next year, then increasing to 120 and 150 over the following three years. When the school is full it will have 750 students in years 7-11.

How will students from TCC be able to benefit from other schools in the MAT?

When schools work in partnership in a MAT students in any one school can benefit from the expertise and facilities that other schools may have. Trumpington is already benefiting with specialist teachers coming to the school to ensure that a full curriculum can be offered even though the school is still relatively small, and this will continue.  In addition, students at Trumpington are able to attend the MAT combined activities in sports and arts, such as the orchestra or sports teams, and go on the wide range of trips the MAT offers, such as visits to France and our annual ski trip.

Is there a plan for students from the other schools to study at TCC?

Students from MAT schools already visit TCC to take part in a range of sports clubs, and this could well develop further. Once we have students taking GCSE exams, then it is possible that some joint classes could be run in the school.

Who are the members of the Trust Board?

Anne Campbell Chair of MAT Board
Maureen Donnelly Vice-Chair of MAT Board         
Ashish Dasgupta Chair of Business and Risk
Steve Broad
Ian Barker
Sara Garnham
Helen Murley
Janet Cohen

Why was the question about changing status raised?

In many respects Trumpington already operates as if it were an academy as the staff and leadership are provided by Parkside Federation Academies (PFA) as a result of the way the school was set up by the County Council. TCC is the only secondary school in the county that is not an academy and as the Local Authority no longer provides improvement services to schools the school would not be viable on its own. This is especially true as it will be a while until the school is full. Under the circumstances the Governing Body is of the view that converting to an academy is the logical step.

Will TCC be the lead school in the Trust?

The MAT is independent of all the schools, and expects them all to collaborate and share best practice. Trumpington is already establishing areas of expertise, such as in the use of Chromebooks and Google classroom

Will becoming an Academy change the admissions process or the catchment area?

No, both will stay the same.

Is the ability to change curriculum an important factor in the decision?

Schools have to follow a curriculum which leads to public examinations such as GCSEs, and we want our students to do well in these. We therefore follow a curriculum which gives students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and academy status actually has little effect on this.

Will becoming an academy introduce selection?

No it will not. The MAT is opposed to selection by ability.

Will being an academy mean that the school does not co-operate with other local schools?

Not at all. All our schools work in partnerships in Cambridge city and more widely across the county, and Trumpington will do the same.

Do academies focus only on the most able?

Academies are comprehensive schools. They do not select their students, and provide a curriculum that meets the needs of all learners, including appropriate vocational options

3 March 2017

World Book Day
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3 March 2017

World Book Day

This year is the 20th anniversary of World Book Day and at Trumpington Community College they have been celebrating for the first time in the new building.

 

World Book day is a fantastic opportunity for students to celebrate what they are reading and share their favourite books with each other. The TCC students wrote book reviews as a recommendation for others which created a wall display in the main hall. It was great to see students reading each other’s work during break and lunch. The English student leaders not only organise assemblies for the whole school to tell them of why we celebrate World Book Day, but they also ran a book stall to raise money for Book Aid International.

 

Students completed a quiz during form time to guess the staff’ favourite books. All staff also dressed up for the day and students had great fun trying to guess who they all were. There were many characters, from Hagrid to Lady Macbeth.

25 January 2017

Trumpington Sports Family Fun Day
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25 January 2017

Trumpington Sports Family Fun Day

Trumpington Sports are holding a Fitness & Family Fun Day on 5th February.

 

 

9 December 2016

Apple Tree Planting at Trumpington Community College
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9 December 2016

Apple Tree Planting at Trumpington Community College

Cambridge Community Collection recently spoke to students about an Apple Tree Planting project and following on from that, students at the school helped plant twenty different varieties of apple tree along the edge of the playing fields and in the enclosed garden.  Over the next few years Cambridge Community Collection will help the school prune and nurture the trees as well as adding further trees to the collection around the school car parking area and the sports hall.

 

 

25 November 2016

Dedication to the Community Event
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25 November 2016

Dedication to the Community Event

Trumpington Community College was delighted to welcome the President of the Royal Society and Nobel prize winner Venki Ramakrishnan to formally dedicate the new school to the community on the evening of 22nd November.

Trumpington Community College is a new state of the art school in the heart of the Great Kneighton development in the south of Cambridge for children aged 11-16.

The new school also boasts extensive community sports facilities and other resources, and aims to take its place at the heart of the new and growing area of Cambridge.

Venki spoke about the importance of students accessing the sort of broad education that Trumpington will provide, focussing on the need to prepare students for a world which will be very different from the one children are growing up in today.

John Jones, Head of School, commented ‘We were delighted to welcome Venki and honoured that he was able to launch our new school.  We want Trumpington Community College to be a place for the whole community to come together, and we were very pleased to welcome so many people to this event.”

 

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31 October 2016

CALA Homes Donates Defibrillator Package to Trumpington Community College
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31 October 2016

CALA Homes Donates Defibrillator Package to Trumpington Community College

The recently opened Trumpington Community College at Great Kneighton, Cambridge has received a mobile defibrillator thanks to a donation by CALA Homes.  The housebuilder has donated the lifesaving equipment as part of a national campaign to help save the lives of people who suffer potentially fatal cardiac arrests.

CALA is working with national charity Hand on Heart to donate a defibrillator and provide training, together worth £3000, to a school in each of the eight regions across the UK in which it operates.

Eight members of staff and 30 children in each school will also receive basic life support and awareness training as part of the package.

More than 600 young people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest, of those 270 happen in schools.  The only definitive treatment for a victim of cardiac arrest is early CPR and defibrillation.  This must be administered within 3-5 minutes following collapse to give the person the best chance of survival; making it imperative to have a defibrillator on site.

John Jones, head teacher at Trumpington Community College commented: “Sudden cardiac arrest among children is rare but the defibrillator gives us extra assurance that we are ready to do all we can to help should the worst happen.

“We are extremely grateful to CALA Homes for supplying the equipment and training to help us keep our students, staff and local people safe.”

Warren O’Callaghan, sales manager for CALA Homes (North Home Counties) presented the defibrillator to school.  He said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance at CALA, so we are very pleased to extend that principle by giving local schools in the communities in which we build the means to save lives.

“The equipment and lifesaving training and awareness session held with staff and pupils by Hand on Heart will continue to have a positive impact for years to come.”

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31 October 2016

Trumpington Community College Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
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31 October 2016

Trumpington Community College Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Trumpington Community Colelge were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to on Friday 23 September 2016.    HRH toured the school, met with staff, students, governors and those involved in the design and construction of the building and also officially opened Trumpington Community College.

 

The school has been designed by a partnership led by Avanti Architects, including Max Fordham and constructed by Morgan Sindall with project management by  Aecom.  The building has been designed to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in education over the next 50 years, and also to be responsive to climate change.

 

The new school features an innovative open plan design, inspired by Danish school models.  It features a light-filled  central atrium, with teaching areas laid out over two floors.  Extensive use of glass connects all the areas of the school as well as giving views of the playing fields and surrounding community.  An art installation in the atrium by Umbrellium has created a virtual cat which the students can interact with to understand how much energy the building is using.  The school also has a Community Sports Centre which is run by Abbeycroft Leisure.

 

The whole project has been overseen by a charitable trust, City of Cambridge Education Foundation, working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council.  Chair of the Foundation, Nick Hood commented:-

“We are delighted that The Duke of Gloucester has opened the new school.  We hope it will be an inspiring place to learn for generations of students, and also a source of pride for the local community.”

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6 October 2016

Is Cinder the most popular cat in Cambridge?
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6 October 2016

Is Cinder the most popular cat in Cambridge?

Trumpington Community College has been overwhelmed by the impact that Cinder the cat has had on the students and the local community – we also understand from Umbrellium that Cinder has a number of surprises in store for us during the year – we will keep you all posted!

Read more below:

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/meet-cinder-the-virtual-cat-which-takentrumpington-community-college-by-storm/story-29782236-detail/story.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-37561326

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