I am delighted to welcome you to our website. I hope you will find it helpful and informative. As well as providing key information and guidance for parents, staff and visitors, I hope that it conveys something about what a diverse, ambitious, exciting, creative and caring community we are.
We are passionate about learning in the classroom and outside of it, about providing a secure, nurturing environment in which everyone can thrive. We want our students to enjoy school, to be excited by their learning and committed to achieving their very best. We aim to build their confidence for their futures and we are dedicated to providing a safe, happy and supportive environment in which they will progress both as individuals and in collaboration with others.
For us, “learning” goes well beyond the diverse range of academic and vocational subjects and qualifications we offer, and the “curriculum” means more than lessons. These words describe the full breadth of experience available in our school: academic, artistic, creative, practical, social and sporting. They are about the importance of developing skills as well as acquiring knowledge. Young people need variety, breadth and depth of experience in order to grow; they need to test and stretch their understanding and broaden their minds. In this way, we want to equip our students with the skills they need to take their place as global citizens in a complex and changing world. Long-term success is about establishing the right life-long learning habits and characteristics: a strong sense of personal responsibility; the ability to learn independently; problem solving skills; resilience for life’s inevitable challenges; and a deep understanding, concern and appreciation for the world around us. Our role is to challenge and inspire our students in equal measure and to identify, celebrate and foster their unique talents and achievements.
As you tour the site, you will see that we are proud of the high standard of our facilities and resources. Even more so, we are proud of our students and staff. The calmness and purpose felt around the school site is frequently observed by visitors, and this reinforces the fact that the safety, well-being and happiness of our young people is paramount.
I hope this introduction gives you a flavour of what we are about at Teignmouth Community School. Working together with parents and the wider community, we can achieve great things. This is what we aspire to do.
Mr James O’Connell