Trumpington Community College

(17 Posts)
BusyBlue Mon 28-Mar-16 18:52:31

Anyone considering this for their DC or have DC in the current year 7? I understand they are at Parkside then moving over in September.

We are thinking about it, but are a bit concerned about having just two year groups there and teaching as it is new. No Ofsted to go from and the other federation schools seem to get very differing results. Also, will they actually run extra-curricular activities there or just expect students to go to Coleridge or Parkside to do music, drama, sports or other clubs?

BusyBlue Wed 30-Mar-16 19:25:38

Anyone? I know it's a long shot as they have only year 7 at Parkside, but does anyone have their DC there or a friend with DC there?

AfricanBigElephant Fri 06-May-16 18:13:40

We're considering it, dd is y5 now. It's a shame that not many parents seem to be aware of it...

Abenethri Thu 02-Jun-16 17:45:01

There's an open evening to look round the building on 6 July, but I think that's more to look at the facilities.

MrsLark Mon 06-Jun-16 08:28:11

I'm moving my dc there shortly. I've heard good things about the teachers and a new building, especially one that's going to be a science specialist school will hopefully attract good staff.
My dc attends another secondary at the moment in year 7 but not getting on well at all with some very disrespectful and disruptive kids who seem to rule the school. Teachers have little powers these days and the parents don't care and ruled the school themselves 20 years ago.

AfricanBigElephant Wed 19-Oct-16 21:11:11

Bumping this. Anyone considering it? Any thoughts, good or bad?

mynameisnt Thu 20-Oct-16 18:48:18

We have this as third choice and wouldn't mind. It does seem nice.

SeniorWranglered Thu 20-Oct-16 18:53:10

A load of Y7/8s recently pulled their kids out because of bad behaviour at the school.

AfricanBigElephant Sat 22-Oct-16 19:35:18

That's really disappointing! Do you have any more details?

SeniorWranglered Sun 23-Oct-16 14:16:36

Various people thought they would give it a chance, from what I have heard, but there was a group of disruptive kids who ruined things for the others, and I gather the head just wasn't across behaviour issues at all, so after about a year they just had had enough and moved their children to places like Sawston. A kind of middle class flight, really.

I went to the open evening and there was a lot of shiny building and a lot of talk and very few answers to pointed questions, so I was pretty disappointed. I think it will take time for that school to bed in properly. I was impressed it had an autism unit though.

AfricanBigElephant Sun 23-Oct-16 15:40:22

So did this all happen at Parkside?

SeniorWranglered Sun 23-Oct-16 18:04:48

Trumpington Community College

AfricanBigElephant Sun 23-Oct-16 19:42:43

Yes, but while TCC was functioning at Parkside, it has only been at the new building for a month or so.

ladygracie Sun 23-Oct-16 19:45:35

One of my ex-pupils is there and is absolutely loving it. I've heard great things about the facilities.
If it only opened in sept, those parents haven't really given it a chance have they?

SeniorWranglered Mon 24-Oct-16 16:52:34

Their kids had been there a year already while at Parkside, and I reckon the feeling was enough was enough, and I don't think they felt the new building would change anything (most of the new building will be closed for several years anyway while the school grows, apparently).

Londo Sun 06-Nov-16 20:52:25

The same thing happened at the Trumpington Meadows Primary. The head was great and tried hard but there were too many disruptive students and not enough stable teachers staying long enough. In the end we moved her to a school outside our catchment area.

We now are working out what to do with secondary and we did look at Trumpington Community College. But at the open day we saw the same distruptive students touring the school. I had been looking for any info on how the school was able to handle the problems but we have pretty much decided to try for outside catchment, private or moving.

SeniorWranglered Sun 06-Nov-16 21:45:27

Yes, I saw many disruptive children at that open evening, charging about and making a racket, messing up the building, riding bikes on the terraces where they shouldn't. Parents doing nothing to stop them, teachers not engaging either. Put us completely off the place.

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