Message from Jenn Burn

Welcome to the Launceston College website. We very much hope that you find it both interesting and informative. This site has been designed to give a wide range of information about the activities and work of the College. We hope that in exploring the site you will gain an understanding of the way we work and the principles for which we stand.

At Launceston College we aim for young people to be happy, successful and responsible by learning the knowledge skills and values that are important for society.

The town of Launceston is a community with a long and proud history and the College forms an important part of this community. The College was first founded in 1409 as Launceston Grammar School and has been on the current site since 1873; we were renamed as Launceston College in 1931, became coeducational in 1962, became a comprehensive school in 1965 and an Academy in 2013. Launceston is a settled community and many parents attended the College as students and in some cases many generations before. This long history and central place in the community all goes towards making the College the special place that it is today. We value very highly our excellent relationships with students, parents and the wider Launceston Community and recognise that everyone has a vital part to play in ensuring that Launceston College is successful.
Young people achieve well at Launceston College and I encourage parents or students, both current and future, to look at the information that is available on other websites such as Ofsted and The Department for Education which helps to give a fuller picture of the achievements of our students. We are proud of the work we do here but we are always striving to improve further.

We believe that the most vital part of any school is the people who make it what it is. Our students enjoy being here and we have a strong team of staff at the College who are united in encouraging students to work hard, to achieve their best and to respect others. To do this we believe that students need to be fully challenged and supported within a caring environment. We are committed to the pursuit of individual excellence and achievement whilst ensuring that no-one is left behind.
We believe that students should have all their achievements recognised, acknowledged and given credit; no child, however, should ever take away another child’s right to a high quality education. The College is therefore run in a well-disciplined, orderly and respectful manner; we have rules and we expect students to follow them. Our very high expectations for standards of behaviour from all students were recognised by Ofsted in their most recent inspection who judged the behaviour of our students to be “outstanding”.

We believe in the education of the whole person and try to provide a range of experiences which promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students; we are an accredited “Adventure Learning School” and provide a wide range of adventurous learning opportunities both inside the curriculum and beyond. These include a Year 7 and Year 9 residential for all students, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a range of opportunities during our “active learning week” and supporting students to take on major challenges including the Ten Tors and the Devizes to Westminster race. Internationalism is also a key part of our work at the College and we provide opportunities for students to visit and communicate with young people from different cultures and backgrounds.

We are a large College (1300 students) and work hard to be inclusive for all our students, we have an Area Resource Base, (the Castle Unit), on our site for young people with learning difficulties and our Sixth Form (250 students) has students achieve places at the best universities in the country, including both Oxford and Cambridge. To ensure that we can meet the needs of all of our students we have a wide range of resources and programmes, these include in addition to the full range of academic courses, a College Construction Unit and Motor Vehicle Unit, (on the local industrial estate), and in September 2011 we opened Dunheved House, our training Hotel on the College site with a commercial quality training kitchen, fine dining facilities, bedroom accommodation, a hair and beauty salon and facilities for providing Higher Education and business support for the local community, these are all based in the superbly restored former Victorian “Headmaster’s House” and boarding accommodation. The Inspired restaurant is open to the public and run by students.

There are lots of opportunities for students to express themselves artistically throughout the school including “Poetry by Heart” an annual College musical production, a samba band, a developing orchestra as well as a strong expressive arts and design technology curriculum. For the past three years we have been a learning partner with the Royal Shakespeare Company – 30 students performed with the RSC in their touring performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016; we are now an RSC lead associate school.

Students are encouraged to take a role in providing student leadership at the College, to do this they undertake many activities to support their fellow students. We are organised into four houses, Causley, Hepworth, Rescorla and Trevithick and there is a male and female “House Captain” for each house, they are supported by many other student leadership roles and an elected College Council. All students feel part of their House community; our traditional sports day is a very competitive event and students work hard to try to win the termly House cup for their house. The House system is also an important part of our very successful pastoral care work.

As you may have already picked up, we are very proud of Launceston College which is a special and unique place: you will discover this when you visit and feel the friendly atmosphere which radiates through every part of the College. If you cannot find the information that you need on this website, pick up the phone, e-mail us or come and visit us; we will be happy to help.

Mrs Jenn Burn – Principal Launceston College