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Building Project - Phase 2


With phase 1 of the new building project nearing completion the college has been looking at phase 2 which will involve the replacement of the gym and the "V" Rooms in the main quadrangle. The new phase will connect onto the new technology and MFL Block continuing the alignment. 

The college is delighted to announce that we have cleared the first hurdle and have gained planning permission from the EDDC for the new gym. We have now submitted a bid for funding to the Education Funding Agency and we will hear the results in April.

Please see attached drawings of the next phase. 

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Severe Weather Guidance & Procedures

HCC, Winter 2013
If there has been severe weather overnight and you are not sure whether the College is open, or whether your child’s College transport is operating, you can tune into the radio stations listed below as they will announce school closures and transport cancellations
  • Radio Devon 103.4 MHz FM,  or
  • Heart FM (previously Gemini) 97-103 MHz FM
  • Follow us on twitter which will be updated with the latest information @HonitonCC    
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We will display information on our website homepage as of when we get it.                      
 
There will always be someone at the College to take telephone calls (01404) 42283 – except in very severe weather conditions.
 
If the College is open and your child’s transport has not arrived but traffic is moving in your area, it may be that the transport is simply delayed, but if the transport has not arrived after 20 minutes then it must be assumed that it is not operating.  
 
If College transport is unable to bring your child into College in the morning, it may also not be able to take them home in the afternoon if there has been no improvement in weather conditions.                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
If the College is open and you bring your child into College yourself, you must be prepared to collect them again at the end of the day.
 
If in doubt, ring Devon County Council (01392) 382000
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New Building

Whilst we have been producing Time Lapse videos of the outside of our new MFL and Technology Building, we thought it was about time we showed you what the inside looked like.
In the building there are 4 MFL rooms, a resistant materials room, a graphics suite and food technology room.

We will produce another video in the new year.

Click here to see the video

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Breakfast Club

Studies show that children who receive breakfast often perform better at learning, and can also be better behaved.  Breakfast clubs can also improve a child’s long term health by providing a

well-balanced nutritious meal.  Secondary benefits of breakfast clubs include improving attendance, helping to prevent disadvantaged children from experiencing social isolation, and helping with children who would otherwise not have adult supervision in the first hour or so before school.  

In a 2013 survey of 552 teachers, 387 (71%) said they believed breakfast clubs have a positive effect on pupil's concentration, questioned about the impact on behavior, 325 (60.2%) were positive. 

The College currently provides a free school meal (FSM) for those that qualify, these FSM were introduced to enable children to eat a nutritional lunch time meal.  However, we find that more children are coming to school without having had breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day!  Those children that are hungry can buy a breakfast from the canteen but that then leaves them short on their allowance for the rest of the day so they are not able to purchase a nutritional lunch – which is what the FSM allowance is designed for, thus having a knock on effect of the child being hungry later in the day.

We have been running the FSM breakfast club since January on a trial basis and I am glad to say that it has been such a success so I have taken the decision to continue the initiative until the end of this academic year.  If this initiative proves to be a continuing success I will consider extending it for future years.

Examples of the breakfast items on offer:

Toast and jam, porridge, beans on toast, various cereals, cheese on toast

 and egg on toast.  There will be slight variations available on request.

All served with a fruit juice or hot drink.

If your child wishes to take advantage of this offer, they just need to attend the Dining Hall between 8 and 8:30 am each day to obtain their free breakfast.

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Train to Teach

Do you want to get into Teaching? The Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools Alliance (JCTSA) have a number of PGCE Initial Teacher Training (ITT) opportunities available through 2015/16 School Direct Training Programme.

The 2015/16 School Direct application round will open on 28 October 2014. Click here for more details.

 

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Free School Meals Application

Dear Parents and Carers

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

You may be aware that the government is currently allocating additional funding to schools in the form of ‘The Pupil Premium’. One of the criteria used to calculate this additional funding is the number of pupils at a school who receive Free School Meals (FSMs). In common with most schools it is likely that a number of parents/carers whose children attend Honiton Community College fail to claim FSMs, even though they are entitled to them.

As the College will receive additional funding based on the number of children who receive FSMs I am writing to all parents and carers to ask them, if they believe that they may be entitled to claim FSMs for their children and do not already do so, to make a claim. As I am sure you will agree the children at our College can only benefit if we are able to attract additional funding. Not only that, our catering team provides an excellent range of healthy lunch options that are enjoyed daily by a significant number of our pupils. Your child may well be able to access these free of charge.

If you are eligible for and claim FSMs, you will also be provided with other services by the school, such as

  • Provision of a healthy breakfast.
  • Financial support for Educational Trips.
  • Access to additional support for your child’s learning and/or well-being

In order to claim FSMs a parent/carer must be claiming one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support 
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-Based  Job Seekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (but no Working Tax Credit is being received by the claimant or his/her partner and the combined annual income as assessed by HMIR on a TC602 form  is not above £16,190)
  • The Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit.
  • Asylum Seeker under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If you think that you are eligible to apply for FSMs for your child, or if you are not sure, you may want to contact the helpline on 0345 1551019.  A member of the team will be able to advise you.  When calling, it will help if you have your National Insurance number to hand. In this way, you will be able to register for Free School Meals immediately should you be eligible to do so.  To apply please complete the Application for Free School meals form below.

Yours sincerely

Gary Wills

Director of Finance

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