The purpose of the College is to provide the best possible learning experience, leading to the highest possible level of achievements by our students.
Public value statement
The College seeks to enhance the social, economic and physical wellbeing of the community it serves.
Socially, the College promotes inclusion and opposes discrimination. By developing positive action strategies and policies it enables all residents of Cornwall equal access to the College facilities and activities.
The College values every educational aim of every student equally and seeks to raise the aspirations of its students and staff so that each may make the maximum contribution to the community.
Economically, the College supports local businesses and provides a broad range of learning to maximise the skills and knowledge of students. It engages with local employers to meet the needs of businesses and non-commercial partners.
The College understands its environmental responsibilities, actively promotes a sustainable approach to its activities and encourages community use of its facilities.
Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 gives maintained schools and colleges a statutory duty to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, and have due regard to the DCFS guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ and the Children Act 1989 and 2004 Guidance.
Truro and Penwith College recognises that it has a duty to ensure arrangements are in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and we will carry out this duty through our teaching and learning, pastoral care and extended college activities. All members of the college community (including volunteers and governors) will at all times establish and maintain a safe and stimulating environment where young people feel secure, are encouraged to talk to adults they can trust and are listened to. Through training, all staff (teaching and non-teaching) will be able to recognise the signs of abuse and understand their responsibilities when young people may be at risk of harm. Training of all staff (except the designated person) will be updated every three years. The college recognises the importance of attendance at all meetings called when there is a concern regarding the safeguarding of a student.
In line with the guidance ‘Safer Recruitment’, the Personnel Team have completed Safer Recruitment training. All staff, including volunteers, who have access to young people in our College have been carefully selected and screened and all have had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check prior to commencing work. All details of all appointments/checks are held in a central record. Staff will be inducted into the College and training will be given with regard to child protection.
Designated member of staff
The designated senior member of staff for all matters relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding in this college is: Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies.
Our designated member of staff is fully trained and receives updated training every two years.
Our College has a designated safeguarding governor, Linda Batchelor, who will act as the link person between the governing body and the designated officer.
Truro and Penwith College believes in working closely with parents and there is an open door policy so that parents can feel able to visit at any time to discuss concerns. Email is used extensively by parents to contact members of staff directly. Truro and Penwith College is fully signed up to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People and the Safeguarding Policy is in place.
Truro and Penwith College has received matrix accreditation. This is the national quality standard for any organisation that delivers information, advice and guidance on learning and work.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
Truro and Penwith College has a commitment to meet the duties contained in the Equality Act 2010. The College endeavours to promote an inclusive working and learning environment, which supports the individuals within its community irrespective of their background. The College aims to promote equality of opportunity by providing full and equal access to all students who can benefit from its provision and by encouraging and enabling all members of the College to build and contribute to a society which values cultural and social diversity. The College will not tolerate unfair or unlawful discrimination and will take positive action to remove any existing barriers to all staff, students, governors and visitors, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
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Students with learning difficulties and disabilities
The College welcomes applications from students with learning difficulties and disabilities. Students can access a wide range of externally accredited and College certificated courses through programmes that are developed to meet individual needs. Learning support and specialist equipment is provided as required.