Information for Parents

 

Vision

Our mission statement: Dream, Believe, Achieve is at the heart of the school’s ethos. As a result, pupils will not just leave GTS with a strong set of relevant academic qualifications, but will have developed their own ‘Dreams’, built confidence to ‘Believe’ in themselves to successfully ‘Achieve’ their short and long term goals.

GTS aims to become a truly ‘value based’ school which strives to nurture the individual talents of all its learners in order to build resilience and raise aspirations. We aim to provide the best possible facilities that will inspire and facilitate learning. Everything we do is focused at achieving our core purpose: ‘to inspire confident learners who will have the skills, qualities and qualifications to thrive in our changing world’.

We endeavour to develop the knowledge of our learners through a challenging, broad and skilfully created curriculum. Through both our curriculum and further opportunities, pupils will develop a range of personal and learning skills that will enable them to think independently and enjoy their learning journey throughout their school career and beyond.

We will nurture relationships in order to create a family of healthy, happy learners ‘where error is welcomed as a learning opportunity’ and where respect for self and others allows everyone to ‘feel safe to learn, re-learn,and explore knowledge and understanding’*. Pupils will learn to accept responsibility not only through leadership opportunities, but also in their role within GTS and beyond.

GTS will be at the heart of the local community, meeting the diverse needs of all our learners with the support of all our stakeholders, especially parents.  We will ensure that learning and teaching is informed by best practice and research which will enable us to take innovative risks with confidence to achieve successful outcomes.

*Hattie, J. (2009) Visible Learning, London Routledge

SEND Local Offer

We are committed to ensuring that all children and young people have a good start in life. Some children and young people have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and these differing needs mean varied levels of support may be required at different times.

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Choosing a School:

A Closer Look at GTS

 

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Got any questions? Send an email to acloserlook@gts.devon.sch.uk and we'll answer them in a video.

Latest News

Returning to school

Please click here to read the latest letter from Mr Bloodworth on the return to school, as of 24/02/2021. Please watch this space for further information.

Posted on: 24/02/2021

Year 9 Parents Evening / Guided Choices

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Posted on: 27/01/2021

Covid-19 Testing

For more information regarding Covid-19 Testing in school please Click Here.

Posted on: 07/01/2021

Online Learning

We will no longer be using Show My Homework / Satchel One for setting online learning when pupils cannot attend school. From Tuesday 5th January GTS staff and pupils will be using Microsoft OneNote Class Notebooks.

For pupils to find their Class Notebooks, follow these instructions:

Go to office.com

Sign in with the pupil’s school email address and school password

Click on the ‘One Note’ tab on the left hand side of the screen

Click on ‘Class Notebooks’

Click on the appropriate Class Notebook

Click on the pupil’s name on the left hand side of the screen

Click on the ‘Classwork’ or ‘Class Notes’ tab where the work will be clearly labelled

Here is also a quick video to show you how to access Class Notebooks.

How to find your class notebook - YouTube Video

Pupils should follow their normal timetable when learning online at home. For example, if a pupil has English on their timetable for period 3 on a Tuesday, then at 11am on Tuesday, your child should access their English Class Notebook and complete the work. Their class teacher will be available during that timetabled time to provide any help, support and feedback. Teachers can be contacted via email.

When pupils type into a document on Class Notebook, the teacher can see the work being completed live. Class Notebook also saves automatically. There is no need for pupils to email work separately to teachers unless directly asked to do so. Teachers can write directly onto the pupil’s document on Class Notebook so feedback is clearly visible.

If a student needs to submit a file (such as a picture), they can do this within their Class Notebook by selecting the "Insert" option at the top of the screen, then selecting the appropriate option from the menu (ie File or Picture).

When pupils return to school, we shall continue to use Show My Homework / Satchel One to set homework.

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you require any technical support please contact our fantastic ICT Support Team via help@gts.devon.sch.uk

Posted on: 04/01/2021

Fairtrade Cookery Contest

In celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight, we're running a Fairtrade Cooking competition!

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Posted on: 24/02/2021

Safer Internet Day 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 is on the 9th of February.

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Posted on: 04/02/2021

Exeter College Advice for Parents

Please click here to view the latest letter from the Exeter College Advice Team.

Posted on: 20/01/2021

 

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