All teachers ensure that the whole-school focus on literacy is reflected in their lessons.

The quality of teaching has improved significantly so that all students typically achieve well in lessons.

The college offers an impressive range of activities to raise aspirations, especially for the most able, including residential trips to universities from Year 7 through to Year 13.

Our College

Non-pupil day – 1st July 2016

The 1st July 2016 is a non-pupil day. The College will be closed for all students


Academy Conversion – Information and Updates

The Governors of Tavistock College would like to announce that they are actively pursuing an academy order to convert Tavistock College from a foundation school to an academy as part of a multi-academy trust (MAT). Partners in this MAT have not yet been secured so we are unable to name any other schools. Governors would like to emphasise that any academy conversion involving Tavistock College will be done on the understanding that its co-operative identity will be maintained. The consultation process is now underway. Regular updates will be posted on the college website including any questions that parents or other members of the community with an interest in Tavistock College would like answered. Any questions requiring a written response should be emailed to

Academy Conversion updates can be found here

I am delighted to welcome you to our website. 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. We aim that young people leave us as happy, well qualified, confident, caring and motivated citizens who will go on to flourish in their lives.

As a College 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 a wider Co-operative Trust with 10 local primary schools 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.

I hope you will agree with me that Tavistock College is a wonderful place for young people to learn and develop in, and that having looked at our website you will want to visit us and see for yourself.

Sarah Jones


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