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  • GTS Rocks Choir

    Mon 28 Nov 2022

    A HUGE SHOUTOUT to our wonderful GTS Rocks Choir! 🎝🎝

    Last night we took 22 pupils and 7 of our staff vocalists to sing in the magnificent Exeter Cathedral for A Night of Mystical Music in the Nave, and joined 5 other schools and Teachers Rock


    Despite the nerves of our first concert being in front of 400+ people, the pupils smashed their individual performance! We also (staff included) sang collaboratively with the other choirs: 200 people singing on stage in a cathedral.


    A huge thanks to @TeachersRockChoir and also to Miss Davey-Wright, leader of our choir, for giving the pupils this amazing experience, one that I’m sure will never be forgotten.

    Here are a few shots of the night. 


    #GTSMusic#gtsdevon#ExeterCathedral#Devon#Music#TeachersRock#devonmusicDevon & Torbay Music Education HubsGreat Torrington Town Council

  • No Label - No Limit

    Fri 25 Nov 2022

    Great Torrington School are delighted to have successfully bid for a Heart of the South West (HotSW) Career Hub programme that has been launched across 14 schools in Devon to help raise the confidence and aspirations of 500 young women.

    The No Label No Limit programme is a personal development programme, inspiring and empowering forty young women in year nine.  


    To read more here:

  • Exam Certificates 2022

    Wed 16 Nov 2022

    Certificates from the Summer 2022 exams are now available for collection. 


    If you are unable to collect your certificates in person you can nominate someone to collect them on your behalf. Any nominated person must bring a signed letter of authorization/ permission slip and their ID.


    Collection times will be Mon-Fri during term time


    8.30am - 4.00pm from reception


    Any questions, please contact the exams officer;

  • Future Opportunities Evening

    Mon 31 Oct 2022

    5.30pm – 7.00pm


    Our annual Careers Fair called Future Opportunities Evening is a fantastic event to investigate your career journey in a positive way.  We are delighted to host a vast array of local, regional employers, training providers and post 16 Further Education and Higher Education establishments.


    The aim of the evening is to enable pupils and their parents/carers to find out more about specific occupations and possible career paths, as well as further and higher education opportunities.


    This event is ideal for:


    Year 7 & 8– it helps pupils develop and link ideas about preparation, exploration of professions and different industries.


    Year 9 – explore ideas for your future career pathways as in Spring next year there will be GCSE options to be chosen and this career fair encourages the first steps of that all-important journey towards finding the job, profession and life that will make them happy.


    Year 10 – Looking into their options for Work experience and Post 16 and exploring whether that will be A levels, T Levels, Vocational, International Baccalaureate or an apprenticeships


    Year 11 – Ideal for looking for an Apprenticeship employer or deciding about their next steps.


    Parents and Carers – For supporting your young person or for adults interested in their own career progression or changing careers.


    Organisations currently booked and list is growing:

    • Active Torridge Ltd
    • Army
    • Arts University Plymouth
    • Berrys Business Services Ltd 
    • Bideford College
    • Bluesoup
    • Bond Oxborough Phillips
    • Brend Hotels
    • Callywith College
    • CMTG Group (Beran Instruments/Helitune)
    • Duchy College/Bicton College/Cornwall College
    • Eurofins ETC
    • Evolve Care Group
    • Exeter College
    • Faculty of Health - Plymouth
    • Greenfield Engineering
    • Group Training and Development
    • Jayne Poole Photography
    • John Walker – Independent Careers Advisor
    • Kingsley School
    • Krempel
    • Lely Center Holsworthy
    • Lineal Software Solutions
    • NSSW
    • Queen Elizabeth's 6th Form
    • Petroc College
    • Royal Navy / Royal Marines
    • Shebbear College
    • Skern Training and Skills
    • TCi (GB) Ltd
    • The Northam Care Trust
    • The Plough Arts Centre
    • Torridge District Council
    • Torrington Dental Practice
    • West Buckland School


    If you are part of a business or organisation that would like to be at our event to advertise and celebrate your industry or perhaps you are looking to develop your future workforce with apprenticeships, please do get in touch Mrs Leonard Careers & Employer Engagement Officer,

  • Star Chef Challenge for Year 7,8 & 9

    Fri 21 Oct 2022

    Get your Autumn food fix this half term by having a go at Miss Fisher’s Star Chef Challenge. Eight tasty recipes for you to try out and send Ms Fisher an email with pictures of any recipes you try, and you will receive a ‘start chef’ badge when you return to school.


    Let’s get cooking!

  • GTS Alumni visit Year 11

    Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Great to welcome back GTS Alumni who are now at Bideford Sixth Form. Last week, Bideford College's Sixth Form, Kaye French (Head of Sixth Form) and Kimberley Gilby (Sixth Form Manager) visited Year 11 in assembly time to invite them all to their open evening taking place on Thursday 1st December 4.30pm - 7.00pm. For more details about the evening , please see their website


    All of our Alumni spoke about their experiences so far and the support they have received. The key message is go and visit, do your research so you can make a more informed decision about what you want to do when you leave GTS.


    We hope to see some of our Alumni again at our Future Opportunities Evening on Tuesday 15th November 5.30pm - 7.00pm where Bideford College will be having a stand. So do come along and visit and have a chat about what is on offer.

  • Podcast Episode 5 Available Now – Amazing Apprenticeships

    Thu 20 Oct 2022

    For this week's Parent Perspective Podcast, Amazing Apprenticeships have created a visual resource to help every parent get their child’s creativity and curiosity flowing!


    Encouraging pupils to think about what their future might look like; the attachment is designed to help them develop their own ideas and explore opportunities.


    Look at the attached and tune into the latest of podcast ‘The Parent Perspective Podcast. Episode 5: Focus on your future.


    #ParentPerspective #podcast #apprenticeships #nextsteps #earlycareers

  • All shipshape as Year 10 Catering classes take on the Royal Navy Challenge

    Wed 19 Oct 2022

    Two-year 10 catering classes took on the Royal Navy Catering challenge under the watchful eye of two Royal Navy chefs this week.


    The pupils were under orders to produce meatballs and pasta with a chocolate brownie dessert against the clock. They had to think about their presentation skills, keep their stations tidy and cleared up in a set amount of time.


    It was great to see pupils so engaged in the task, working as a team and apart from doing a great job presenting their food, they had to do all of this under the pressure of competition and time.


    We are grateful to the chefs for coming in and giving an insight into life in the Royal Navy and the opportunities available.


    Local Armed Forces Recruitment Office: Fountain House, Western Way, Exeter EX21 2DQ

    Tele 01392 271533

    Open Daily 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.


  • Appledore Book Festival with Bali Rai

    Thu 06 Oct 2022

    Top author Bali Rai loves coming back to GTS with Appledore Book Festival - He’s written over 55 books, find them in the library

    Today it was great to introduce Bali to Year 7 and we talked about feeding our ‘zombie brains’

    Moderating screen time and choosing to read is proven to be better for our health

    Bali’s work with Booktrust reinforces how important it is to increase social skills; flexing imagination through reading and writing

    Choose from the Barrington Stoke titles – these are gritty high interest stories with contemporary and historical context

    Happy Reading!

  • Transport – TORR8

    Tue 04 Oct 2022

    Due to ongoing issues with access through the road closure between Stibb Cross and Powlers Piece we will need to amend the timings on the route with effect from tomorrow morning. Stops between Stibb cross and Powlers Piece cannot be accessed, so will need to get to either Parkham or Stibb Cross.


    The rest of the route will run with the following times;


    Parkham 07:50,

    Saltrens 08:05,

    Monkleigh 08:10,

    Frithlestock 08:14

    Stibb Cross 08:25.


    Please be mindful these times could vary slightly. The driver will keep pupils informed of any further changes. These arrangements will be in place until the 18th October unless work is completed ahead of schedule. We apologise for any inconvenience, we were assured access would be okay, but this has not been the case. Devon County Council School transport.

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