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Welcome

Tavistock College is an ambitious, successful and friendly school. Co-operation is at the heart of what we do and we take pride in striving for the highest standards together. Our aim is that young people leave us as happy, well qualified, confident, caring and motivated citizens who will go on to flourish in their lives.

As an Academy we are driven by a sense of the moral seriousness of what we are about; by a conviction that learning should be joyful; by a belief that we are an inclusive community in which everyone is equally valued; and by a determination that each of us will become the very best person we can be. As well as a challenging curriculum we offer many opportunities to widen our young people’s understanding of their role in the community locally, nationally and internationally.

We are part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust and together we work for the benefit of children in all our schools. What unites us are the co-operative values of solidarity, self help, self responsibility, equality, equity and democracy. Co-operation gives our daily lives meaning and ensures that no one is left behind in building a strong community of learners.

Our Values & Principles

Our Co-operative Values

  • Self-help – Encouraging all within the organisation to help each other, by working together to gain mutual benefits. Helping people to help themselves.
  • Self-responsibility – To take responsibility for, and answer to, our actions
  • Democracy – To give our stakeholders a say in the way we run our school
  • Equality – Equal rights and benefits according to their contribution
  • Equity – Being fair and unbiased
  • Solidarity – Supporting each other and those in other co-operatives.

Our Ethical Values

Consistent with the values of the founders of the Co-operative Movement, we believe in the ethical values of:

  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Social responsibility
  • Caring for others

Our principles are the way we put our values into action

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training and information
  • Co-operation amongst co-operatives
  • Concern for community

Working for us

Talent Pools 

This section gives information regarding the many benefits of working for Tavistock College.  If you would like to work with us you can join our College Talent Pool and receive email alerts of all future vacancies you are interested in, thus ensuring you are the first to hear of any relevant jobs at Tavistock College as they are advertised!  

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Pension Scheme

As a contracted member of staff your will automatically be enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).

Continuing Professional Development

Tavistock College is extremely proud of the Continuing Professional Development programme it provides.  Staff members receive approximately 18 hours of CPD within the academic year, in addition to any external courses they may attend.  Our innovative system ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement in teaching and learning. We have a real commitment to research and actively encourage staff to get involved. Our partners, the University of St Mark and St John and Plymouth University have SLAs with us so that staff can work towards post-graduate qualifications, and we operate an action research approach to all CPD.

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on the college premises.  Spaces are on a first come first served basis.

Catering Facilities

We operate a Biometric cashless catering system in our refectory so you will need to be registered for this once you join the staff.  Hot and cold meals are served at lunchtime and snacks are available at break time.

Library

Employees are welcome to borrow books and other resources from the Library.  A Biometric scanning system is in use in the Library for this purpose.

Eye Tests

The cost of periodic eye examinations for frequent users of Display Screen Equipment is covered in the form of a voucher available in consultations with the Premises Manager.  We do not pay towards the cost of glasses should they be deemed necessary for every day work.

Sports Centre

Employees are eligible to use the sports centre after school hours and at weekend and in the holidays.   You can opt to take out a year’s membership for £75 or you can pay as you go for classes and use of the fitness suite £5 a time.  The swimming pool is open from Easter until October and can be used outside of school hours.

Local Area Information

Tavistock is a thriving market town with 11,000 residents and is situated on the western fringes of Dartmoor National Park with the Cornish border close to the west and Plymouth the nearest city to the south.  It is an ancient Stannary town and derives its name from the River Tavy which flows through the town.  Tavistock has a rich history; the site of a Benedictine Abbey, a Market Charter town in 1105 and the birth place of St Francis Drake in 1542.

Tavistock Town

The town centre boasts a wealth of established well known branded shops together with a variety of independently owned shops and cafes.  There are several pubs and a variety of places to eat both during the day and the evening.  The Pannier Market has an array of stalls many of which change on a daily basis.  The Town Hall hosts many events during the year and at The Wharf you can experience live music and other theatrical acts and also doubles as a cinema.  There is a small museum in the town centre.

 Local Attractions

Other nearby attractions include Morwellham Quay and Mining centre, in the Tamar Valley World Heritage area, Tama Trails for walks in the woods, Dingles Steam Fairground museum and of course the wonders of Dartmoor with its beautiful scenery, wonderful walks, spooky stories, myths and legends and a host of small villages with cafes and pubs to feed and water you.  Pony trekking is another option to see Dartmoor should donning walking boots and waterproofs not be to your taste.

The coastal area of north Cornwall is about an hours’ drive away with dramatic coastal walks and a host of surfers’ beaches like Polzeath and Widemouth Bay.  The south coast encompasses surfing areas like Whitsand Bay and the more gentle areas like Wembury, perfect for a spot of rock pooling.

Tavistock is well placed to take advantage of the great outdoors no matter what your preference is to enjoy it.

Recreational Activities

Tavistock has an indoor swimming pool in the Meadows park, a thriving rugby club for all ages, football clubs for youngsters, numerous clubs for martial arts, football, tennis, badminton all at the Sports Centre, athletics club, golf club, bowls club, tennis club, cycling club.  Tree Surfers is located nearby where you can experience walking through the tree tops or building a camp fire and bush skills.  If indoor climbing is more your style The Barn Climbing centre at Milton Abbot offers instructor led taster sessions and free climbing and bouldering. Cholwell Riding stables at Mary Tavy will take you across the moor on a trusty steed to experience the open moorland.  

Visiting The College

Transport Links

Tavistock is situated equidistance from the A38 expressway from Plymouth to Exeter and the M5 beyond and the A30 going west to Cornwall or east to Exeter.  Exeter airport is a 50 minute drive with many daily flights to Europe and includes one to London City.

Tavistock has excellent bus services to Plymouth where there is a main line train station with services to Cornwall, London the Midlands and all stations north!  There are also bus services to Okehampton, Callington and the villages surrounding Tavistock.

Directions

Please see the map on “Our Location” or click here for directions.

Please note, If you are travelling by car and are using a Sat Nav system please be aware that the post code for the college PL19 8DD will direct you to the Monksmead housing estate situated behind the college.  You need to turn down Crowndale Road for the college.  There is an NHS clinic on the corner and a sign post to the Recycling Centre!

 

 
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