Pupil and Parent Bulletin

Week A - 13th January 2020

Forthcoming Week


Monday 13th January

  • Discovery Rewards Assembly – Drama Studio

  • Year 11 Parents Evening - 16:00 – 19:00 in J Block

  • Streetz Dance will be held in the gym -18:30 – 19:30

  • Chess Club - 12:50 in M2

  • Music Practice - 12:50 in Music Rooms

Tuesday 14th January

  • Microsoft Maker Champion – Stem Skill Exeter 2020

  • Resolution Rewards Assembly – Drama Studio

  • Carnival Queen Interviews being carried out in the Board Room - 10:00 – 13:30

  • Indoor Athletics Area Final

  • Latin Club in E3, from 15:00

  • Year 10 Drama National Theatre connections rehearsals - 14:10-16:00, Drama Studio

  • Ski Trip Information Evening, - Drama Studio 18:00

  • Army Cadets - 18:30, maths corridor, by the vending machine

  • MFL Revision – Open to Years 10 – 11 at 12:45, B8,B9,B10

  • Film Club: Lunchtime - all years welcome, Drama Studio

Wednesday 15th January

  • Music Practice - 12:45 – 13:30, P2 & P3

  • Endeavour Rewards Assembly,  Drama Studio

  • Warhammer Club - 15:10 - 16:30, Drama Studio

  • Years 9 & 10 Rugby Cup Finals - 14:30 – 18:45, Bideford RFS

  • Torrington Athletics Club - 18:00

  • Exeter College Open Day Event - 17:00 – 20:00, held at Exeter College 

Thursday 16th January

  • U12s Girls football - South Molton CC, 15:00 – 18:00

  • Endurance Rewards Assembly, Drama Studio

  • Musical – Back to the 80s rehearsals - 14:10 – 16:30, Drama Studio

  • Yr 11 Guidance interviews - Careers Office, 09:00 – 15:30

  • TKA & 11/EN6 revision session - 15:10 – 16:00, E3

  • Film Club: Lunchtime – All years welcome, Drama Studio

  • Army Cadets – Bugles Dining Hall/Drama Studio - 19:00 – 21:00

Friday 17th January

  • None



Exeter College Open Day

Wednesday 15th January 2020 17:00 - 20:00

Discover what Exeter College has to offer as well as meeting the staff that are on site. Please allow plenty of time for your visit as the sites are spread out along Queen Street.

Click Here to register your interest.


Back to the 80s

Great Torrington School present their 2020 musical production: Back to the 80’s!

From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical, Back to the 80's. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80's is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.

Back to the 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of the now thirty-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbour, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good looking — the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written.

Tickets are £5.00 per Person




Great Torrington School

24th March 2020


Cavalier Studio Theatre

25th March 2020

Great Torrington School

26th March 2020

Book by Telephone
Call 01805 623531 ext. 229 from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (except holidays)

Book in person
Call into Reception from 09:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday (except holidays).

A Musical by Neil Gooding
Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with
Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk


Save the date

Cornwall College Courses & Careers Advice Event - Saturday 18thJanuary, 10:00 – 12:00
Duchy College Courses & Careers Advice Event - Saturday 25th January, 10:00 – 12:00
Falmouth Marine School Courses & Careers Advice Event - Saturday 1st February, 10:00 – 12:00


Film Club

Lunch time in the Drama Studio, every Tuesday and Thursday

21st January 2020 – Superman
4th February 2020 – Back to the Future
25th February 2020 – Flight of the Navigator
10th March 2020 – Star Wars

Health & Care Jobs and Careers Fairs

Saturday, 7th March 2019 at Rougemont Hotel, Exeter, from 10:00 – 15:00
Saturday, 14th March 2019 at Petroc College, Sticklepath Campus, Barnstaple from 10:00 – 15:00 
Saturday, 21st March 2019 at Crowne Plaza, Plymouth, from 10:00 – 15:00
Saturday, 28th March 2019 at Torquay Town Hall, from 10:00 – 15:00

Military and Public Services Fair

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, at Yeovil College, BA21 4DR



On Sunday 5th December, Freya Woodhead (Year 7) travelled to Yeovil to compete in her first race, representing Devon at the South West Athletics Championships. Freya competed across a 3.2km distance, and finished Eighth place overall, making her the second best Devon runner, and helping the Devon team take second place overall.

Freya’s next Devon race is in March in Loughborough. Her eighth placed finish means she has been given an entry to the mini London Marathon.
We are very proud of her!



Crufts here we come!

Great Torrington School student Rhianne Mitchell and her clever Border Terrier, Skye, proved their pedigree and talent at the Ladies Kennel Association Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham just before Christmas.

Experienced handler, Rhianne, qualified through the preliminaries to gain a place to compete at Crufts for the second year running and will get to mix with the best from all around the UK. This prestigious events draws many entrants: Last year the show saw over 160,000 spectators and the judges were spoilt for the choice when 27,000 dogs attended the show over the four days.

Rhianne, who is currently in Year 10, competed at Crufts last year with Skye.  She only started out as a dog handler in 2018 and has fallen in love with the opportunities that it has provided her with. In 2019 she was placed first at North Devon and Devon County Show in the Junior Handling category and has now qualified for the Junior Handling section at the National Terrier Association Championship, on Saturday 4th April 2020 at Staffordshire County Showground.

Rhianne also has another little Border Terrier called Louis, who is five months old and the son of Skye. Rhianne’s mum says Louis adores Rhianne and together they are training to start their competitions in the near future.

We wish Rhianne and her little four-legged friend Skye the best of luck for Crufts 2020 and the National Championship Show in April!


Great Torrington School gains NCS Silver Championship status

On Tuesday 3rd December, the NCS Team (National Citizen Service) hosted their Champion School Celebration Event and Dinner at Petroc, The Taw Restaurant.  The event was attended by Pilton Community College, Atlantic Academy and Great Torrington School, all of which had Year 11 students signed up to the NCS Programme last year and achieved Championship Status.  Mrs Peters and Mrs Leonard accepted the award on behalf of Great Torrington School, achieving a Silver status which demonstrated that 25% of our students in Year 11 accessed the NCS programme last year.

It was a lovely evening dinner that was prepared and served by staff and students working towards catering and hospitality qualifications. We were then shown a short presentation including a video montage of activities completed over the summer, and then presented with our NCS Champion School Plaque.

Principal, Sean Mackney, also attended the event and was interested to hear about the impact that the programme has had on those who have participated.

The National Citizen Service is open to all 16 and 17 year olds in England after their summer exams and we work with Petroc to promote this amazing opportunity.  NCS helps builds skills for work and life, taking on new challenges, meeting new friends and developing skills to boost their CV.  In the final weeks they pull together these skills and put in practice their experiences by undertaking a social action project that can make a mark on the local community.

We would encourage all of our students to participate in this wonderful opportunity. A good percentage of year 11 have already signed up.  NCS representatives have visited several times since the beginning of the academic year: if you are still unsure, have any questions or are thinking about applying, then please visit https://bit.ly/2YocnKf




Film Animation Club has limited spaces available for after school: it will be held in C1 from 15:10 – 17:00 every Tuesday, for years 7 – 9, as well as Bluecoats pupils. There is a charge of £13.00 per half term. There are only 7 spaces available which are allocated on first come first served basis. A letter was sent out on the 12th November 2019 outlining the above details, which also included a slip to return if you would like to attend. This needs to be handed back to the Finance Office.

Careers Interviews
Year 11 Careers interviews take place on Thursday, 16th January. Please check the TV screen for your time slot. If you no longer require your appointment, please inform Mrs Leonard.

NHS Careers Trip
Please meet Mrs Leonard on Friday, 17th January at the beginning of break time in the Library for a quick chat about the forthcoming NHS Careers trip which will take place on Tuesday, 21st January.

Work Experience Year 10
Reminder that you need to give Mrs Leonard details about your Work Experience placement as soon as possible: the deadline is 14th February 2020, so we can ensure that all employer paperwork and checks have been completed. You can email Mrs Leonard on lleonard@gts.devon.sch.uk with the contact name and placement details.

10G:       20th – 24th April 2020
10T :      27th April – 1st May 2020

Applying to Colleges & Sixth Forms
Colleges and Sixth form establishment’s applications are still open.
Year 11: we advise that you apply for your post 16 courses prior to your GCSE exams beginning.  Colleges and sixth forms are holding interviews, but we advise you to apply early to secure your place. 

Further information about the application process can be found on their websites by clicking on the following links: