Tendring Technology College

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Tendring Technology College
Ttc logo.png
Motto To make our best better
Established 1871 (Gunfleet College)
Type Academy
Principal Caroline Haynes, BSc, PGCE
Vice Principal Bob Allen, MA, MEd, PGCE
Chair Jean Cains
Founder Lionel Gunfleet
Location Rochford Way
CO13 0AZ
England Coordinates: 51°50′36″N 1°14′58″E / 51.843307°N 1.249505°E / 51.843307; 1.249505
DfE number 881/5432
DfE URN 137188 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 2054
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Website Tendring Technology College

Tendring Technology College is a secondary school located in England, in Essex. The college officially became an Academy in September 2011. The academy has two campuses, the Thorpe Campus in Thorpe-le-Soken, and Frinton Campus situated in Frinton-on-Sea. This is the largest distance between two campuses of the same secondary school in the United Kingdom (with the distance reaching just over 5 miles). Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) are located in Thorpe, and Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11) and Sixth Form are at the Frinton Campus. Tendring Technology College currently has over 1900 pupils on roll, split between the two sites. The school is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.

The Academy was previously led by Mike Watson, however in 2004, he went into early retirement after twenty years at the school.[1] He was replaced by the current Principal, Caroline Haynes, who recently won East Anglia's Best Head Teacher award for her hard work and dedication towards education.[2] This is clearly shown in a recent Ofsted inspection which praised the school, with outstanding marked in every category. Since 1994, the academy's Vice Principal has been Bob Allen, who is based at the Frinton Campus. [3]

The Academy saw extensive building work at its Frinton Campus in 2003 when new departmental buildings were erected. One of these new buildings, the Watson building, was named after former Principal Michael Watson and is currently occupied by the performing arts department. After a long battle the Academy secured the funding for a £2.8 million state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre,[4] which is based at the Frinton Campus site and reached completion in September 2011. The new building features brand new facilities such as a media suite and social area, as well as extra teaching space. Tendring Technology College was one of only several schools to receive such finding from the Learning Schools Council. This follows previous upgrades to the Frinton Campus, which created new teaching space, a new Resources Centre and exterior improvements.

Much like the Smoot at MIT the school has developed its own unit of length. The 'Mbrown' it is named after ex-student Mitchell Brown and is equivalent to 1.78meters. The unit came to be after Mitchell Brown was used by his friends to mark out a football pitch on the school field. A football pitch is 58.9 Mbrown's by 38.2 Mbrown's (105meteres by 68meters).

The Academy's Business Studies department is part of the Young Enterprise scheme, and for this, there are several academy productions put on every year such as talent shows and karaokes. The Sixth Form also have their annual Sixth Form Revue, which is a collection of sketches shown live on projected video. There is also a tradition that a student band performs at each show. The Revue is typically held on the last day before the academy closes for Christmas. The Young Enterprise scheme has been praised as a success and regularly reach the finals of the competition.

The Academy's performing arts department has also put on several productions in recent years, such as Little Shop of Horrors, The Tempest, The Lion Witch and Wardrobe, Macbeth, and Jerry Springer The Opera.

Becky Newman, a Maths teaching assistant won Teaching Assistant of the year at the National Teaching Awards 2010.

Notable former pupils ==

Notable former pupils of the school include:

  • Phillip Crane - Founder of the political group "Computers and People Union (CPU)"
  • Alex Porter - Former Great Britain Volleyball Team Captain
  • Ben Foakes - England Cricketer


  1. ^ http://archive.echo-news.co.uk/2004/7/20/127971.html
  2. ^ http://www.teachingawards.com/winners/winnerDetail.ikml?id=6418&t=reg&y=7
  3. ^ http://www.tendringtechnologycollege.org/person/bob-allen
  4. ^ http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/5127409.Sixth_form_plans_welcomed/

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