Treviglas College

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Treviglas Community College
Motto Inspiration, Innovation, Inclusion
Established 1960
Headteacher Karen Ross
Location Bradley Road
50°25′11″N 5°02′56″W / 50.41978°N 5.04883°W / 50.41978; -5.04883Coordinates: 50°25′11″N 5°02′56″W / 50.41978°N 5.04883°W / 50.41978; -5.04883
Local authority Cornwall Council
DfE URN 112038 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 900
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Black and White

Treviglas Community College is a secondary school in Newquay, Cornwall. The age range of the students is 11 to 18.

The original buildings were opened in the early 1960s but further development has taken place on a regular basis ever since, such as the library, information technology rooms and science facilities as well as the post-16 learning centre. Treviglas opened a new sports facility, The Dome, in October 2001 and, in February 2004, a new dedicated sixth form and community learning block was opened. The SportsHub, funded by Sport England, opened in 2012. From the playing fields there are views to the sea dropping down toward Porth, with the village of St Columb Minor neighbouring the college.

Treviglas was the first school in the county to receive Business and Enterprise status and was awarded an overall Outstanding by OfSTED[1] for the second consecutive time in their most recent inspection (2012).

The college focuses on core academic subjects and vocational training for students, including Post-16 academies which teach students lifelong learning and work place skills at A-Level.

The college has around 900 students. This includes around 200 in the sixth form. The college draws students from 13 primary schools, including the town of Newquay and surrounding rural communities.

The college’s motto is: Be part of something Inspirational[citation needed]


The college teaches the full range of core curricular subjects - including the arts, science, social science, computing and vocational subjects to GCSE and A-Level.

The sciences are taught in the four core subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science. Foreign languages that are taught at Treviglas are French, German and Spanish across all three key stages. Students also benefit from links with partner schools in Europe and Africa.

Computing plays a large part in the college curriculum, and students can progress to Technicians Academy[2] at Post-16, which delivers industry qualifications together with academic A-Levels.

The college has a Future Prospects programme, which develops and supports those who are identified as Gifted and Talented. OfSTED also acknowledged that the college also has outstanding provisions for students who require additional support, including those with disabilities, with the Effective Learning Centre (ELC).

Post 16[edit]

The college offers the full range of academic subjects at Post-16, with added courses including Accountancy, Enterprise (which supports students looking to start a business), Media Studies, Public Services, Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics, Health and Social Care, Further Mathematics and Sport.

At Post 16, as well as the core sciences, students can also opt for Applied Science as well as being able to undertake Animal Care. Treviglas Post-16 also offers academies for students; the Technicians, Business and Surf Academies.

In the 2013 DfE league tables Treviglas featured in the top 100 schools in the county for their Best advanced vocational results,[3] and the top 10 schools or colleges in the county for Key Stage 5.

Post 16 Academies:

Business – Business students analyse business performance in Accountancy and Economics and experience running a business in Enterprise, Business or Travel and Tourism. Students also receive professional qualifications such as the SAGE Accounting software package.

Technicians – Students in the Technicians academy learn ICT to a high professional level. The academy is equipped with a wide range of new hardware including a Cisco lab bundle and numerous PC components and peripherals.

Surf - Students study Business, Tourism, Sport and Enterprise. The course combines Surf Analysis, Event Management (including the Cornish Schools Surfing Championships), Beach Lifeguard and Surf Coaching qualifications.

New academies currently in development at the college include Nursing, Teaching, Sport and Early Years.

Site and Facilities[edit]

The Treviglas site benefits from a wide range of facilities – including science laboratories and established design technology rooms with a wide range of tools and equipment.

Treviglas also has facilities to support its vocational subjects, which include hair and beauty therapy rooms and physiotherapy training rooms. The college has a modern catering facility, offering students the opportunity to cook in the same environment as a commercial kitchen.

The college benefits from a substantial art block with pottery facilities and kiln as well as a dark room for traditional photography development. The college invests heavily in art and also encourages students to utilise modern media within their artwork.

In 2011 Treviglas secured funding for a £2million investment in new sports facility, the SportsHub, offering sports facilities for students and the wider community. This opened in May 2012.

Sports Hub[4][edit]

The SportsHub features a modern gym, with equipment from Technogym, who supplied the 2012 Olympics, as well as an indoor sports hall which can cater for basketball, netball, badminton, volleyball, tennis and football as well as a range of classes ran by the SportsHub staff and external organisations. The SportsHub also has an outdoor climbing wall.

The college’s gym is open to the public, even outside college hours.

The college also has a range of multipurpose sports venues, including fields and pitches, cricket facilities and The Dome - an inflated structure with indoor courts – also used by students and community.


Royal Shakespeare Company

The college has a drama studio used for lessons and performances. The college is also a Hub school for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning Partnership[5] as of 2012, and frequently hold performances and workshops with the RSC.

As part of Treviglas’ role as Hub school for the RSC they also stage public performances of Shakespeare plays, which have included Macbeth[6] and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Students also perform in Stratford Upon Avon at the RSC, as well as organising trips to the company.

Tutor Group and House System[edit]

Treviglas operates a vertical tutor system, meaning each tutor group is made up of students from each of the five year groups. The system has been in place for seven years and has been successful in integrating students of all ages. The result has been a sense of community in the college and positive relationships amongst students from all years.

The college also has a House System split into four groups named after beaches local to Newquay: Fistral, Porth, Tolcarne and Towan. Each of the houses has a chosen house charity which are: Aid4Orphans, Shelterbox, Air Ambulance and the RNLI respectively. Students from these house groups organise a range of activities and events throughout the year to raise money for their charities, with the totals raised running well into the thousands.

College Uniform[edit]

The main colours of the Treviglas uniform are black and white, with ties matching the colours of the house group the student belongs. Students wear black trousers (girls can also opt to wear skirts) and white shirts. The college jumper is black with the main TCC logo. Ties are according to house colours; Towan ties are red and black, Porth ties are yellow and black, Tolcarne ties are blue and black and Fistral ties are green and black. Students also have modern PE kit, which also feature the main house colour in panels on black polo shirts.

OfSTED (Office for Standards in Education)[edit]

Treviglas Community College received a glowing report from OfSTED.[7] The most recent inspection took place in 2012, under the newest framework introduced. Inspectors gave Treviglas the top, ‘Outstanding¹ rating. The four categories of inspection - Achievement of pupils, Quality of teaching, Behaviour and safety of pupils and Leadership and management - were all marked as Outstanding.

Notable People & Alumni[edit]

  • James Morrison - English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Scot Bennett - Football player for Exeter FC
  • Tom Butler - Professional Surfer
  • Malcolm Broad - Teacher at the college and recipient of the MBE in the 1999 honours list



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