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Littleover Community School

Induction - Information for Parents of New Students

This page aims to answer questions that parents of new students may have before their children start school in September.

Click a section below to view more information.

Induction - Important Dates


Event / Task Date
Complete the Student Information Collection form by Friday 21st June
Year 6 Induction Evening for parents in the Sports Hall, 7pm on Monday 1st July
Year 6 Induction Day for students on Tuesday 2nd July
Uniform Sales at the Art and Technology Evening, 5pm-7pm on Tuesday 16th July
Submit Locker Request via Wisepay by Friday 13th September
Submit D&T Contributions via Wisepay by Friday 13th September

Induction Evening for Parents

Parents and Guardians of new students are invited to an induction meeting at 7.00pm on Monday 1st July in the School Sports Hall, with a brief introductory talk. You will then have the opportunity to meet the form tutor who will be responsible for your child's welfare during the first year at LCS, and to ask any questions which you may have.

If possible, we would like only parents and guardians to attend this meeting as the children will have their own introduction on their Induction Day, when they will meet their Head of Year and their form tutors to experience a taste of life at LCS, including some lessons.

Uniform Sales

Uniform will NOT be sold at the Induction Evening.

Instead, we encourage you to attend our Art and Technology evening on 16th July, 5.00pm-7.00pm. Our uniform suppliers will be on hand there so you can purchase uniform whilst having the opportunity to see what our Art and Technology students have produced over the past year!

Induction Day - Frequently Asked Questions

When is Induction Day?

  • Year 6 Induction Day is on Tuesday 2nd July, 2019.

How should students travel to school?

  • For their Induction Day we would like the children to travel to school as they will expect to for the next five years.  Many children will wish to walk to school with older brothers and sisters or friends.

    If your child will be travelling to school by bus, or you decide to bring your child by private transport, please see the section entitled Getting to and from School.

What time should students arrive?

  • The students should arrive at school by 8.40 am and go straight through the front door and into the School Hall, where they will be met by the Head of Year 7.  Plenty of staff will be on hand to direct them from the main gates.

What should students wear?

  • Their normal primary school uniform.
  • Bring trainers to change into for the afternoon.

What should students bring?

  • A pen, pencil and notebook
  • A snack and drink, if required, for break time.

What will students be doing during the day?

  • Students will get an opportunity to work with their new tutor and other students in their tutor group. There will be a mixture of sample lessons and some fun activities in the afternoon.

What are the lunch arrangements?

  • Students will not be required to bring money to pay for lunch on the Induction Day.  All students will be given the opportunity to try a school meal on this day, or bring sandwiches, if they prefer.  There will be no charge for this meal.  From September the average/standard cost of a school main meal will be £2.70 and students entitled to free school meals will have their account credited with this amount on a daily basis.

What time does the day end?

  • The day ends at 3.15 pm as for all other students. Please ensure that your child knows how they are getting home. Please do not attempt to come onto site. If you are collecting your child please arrange to meet them on Pastures Hill or Fresco Drive.

Student Information Collection

Please complete and submit the online student information form. It is essential that ALL details are completed and submitted no later than: 21st June, 2019

Students’ entitlement to free school meals will not automatically be transferred from primary school.  Therefore, to ensure students receive their FSM entitlement, please indicate this on the Student Information Collection Form and a form will be forwarded to you.

Conduct at LCS - "The LCS Way"

LCS puts great emphasis into ensuring that pupils show respect, courtesy and compassion to others.

We encourage pupils to follow "The LCS Way" - a set of guidelines on how LCS pupils are expected to behave. You can download a copy of the "LCS Way" poster, which can be found displayed around the school, below.

More specific information about behaviour in school can be found in the Behaviour Policy under Parents > School Rules and Policies > Policies page.

Computer and Internet Use

Responsible Internet Use

Users of computers and the Internet at LCS must do so responsibly. Below outlines a list of rules for responsible Internet and computer use at LCS.

Rules for Responsible I.T. Systems Use

The school computer system provides Internet access for students and staff.

This Responsible IT Use statement is designed to protect students, staff and the school by stating clearly what is acceptable and what is not.

  • Access may only be made via the user’s authorised account and password, which must not be disclosed to any other person.
  • School computers and the Internet use must be appropriate to the student’s education or to staff professional activity.
  • Details of any unsuitable website must be reported, at once, to the Network Manager (Mr. Varley).
  • Copyright and intellectual property rights must be respected. Plagiarism is prohibited.
  • Users are responsible for e-mail they send and for contracts made.  Messages from students to outside agencies must be checked by a teacher before sending.  E-mail messages should be polite and carefully written and only used for school related business.
  • Users should not give out personal details over the Internet.  Remember: You cannot be certain who is reading your messages.
  • Use of the Internet to bully or harass anyone (inside or outside school) is strictly forbidden.
  • The use of public chat rooms or social networking sites is not allowed.
  • The school’s IT systems may not be used for private purposes, unless the Headteacher has given permission for that use.
  • Use for personal financial gain, gambling, political purposes or advertising is forbidden.
  • Personal commercial transactions (buying and selling) on the Internet are strictly prohibited.
  • The security of the school’s ICT systems must not be compromised.
  • The use of any computer system in school is monitored at all times by software which records and logs inappropriate use of the systems.

Irresponsible use may result in the loss of Internet access and other disciplinary sanctions. Gross abuse of Internet use e.g. for personal gain or to access pornographic material will result in serious disciplinary procedures, which may include exclusion/dismissal.

Data Protection

The following documents outline how LCS implements data protection.

Design and Technology Contribution

D and T ProjectAll students at Littleover Community School study Design and Technology and complete a number of products that they are allowed to take home. As you will appreciate the cost of the materials is high; therefore we ask you for a contribution towards the cost. This allows us to give students far more interesting and challenging projects than would otherwise be possible.

This voluntary contribution covers all of the material areas for Design and Technology, apart from the Food Technology modules in Year 8 and Year 9, where students are required to bring in ingredients, and Year 9 Textiles where they bring in their own choice of fabric.

Students who do not make a contribution will not be excluded from any part of the lessons but they will not be able to take the products home. The materials and components from their work will be recycled or the products may be used for display.

In the past, students have paid for their products at the end of every module they complete. To simplify administration for all concerned we are asking you to make a contribution for Years 7, 8 and 9 in one payment of £25.00. This cost will contribute towards the following projects:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Cushion cover Touch light MP3 speaker
Thermometer Clock Desk tidy

If your child leaves Littleover Community School, the outstanding amount will, of course, be refunded. If this presents a problem to you, please let me know - the contribution may be waived in cases of hardship.

You will be able to pay for your Technology Department subsidy using WisePay

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this further, please feel free to contact school.

Dress Code

School Dress Code

Our uniform helps students to look smart and professional for school.  We ask parents to support our dress code.

Dress code items can be purchased from:

We strongly recommend that parents only purchase uniform items from the school’s registered suppliers as detailed above. 

Any other company selling LCS uniform is not authorised and therefore the quality or accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that in PE, students may have either the Sport polo OR the Long-sleeve sport/rugby shirt, they are not required to have both.


UNIFORM ITEMS

White school polo shirt with LCS logo

 

Black school sweatshirt with LCS logo

 

Plain black trousers in formal style

Trousers should be of a formal/tailored style and cover the whole leg, including the ankle. Tight or skinny fit trousers and trousers that finish above the ankle are not acceptable. (Please refer to pictures for examples)

Plain black straight or pleated skirt

Knee length to mid-calf length.  Tight or short skirts are not acceptable.

Plain grey, black or white socks

 

Plain black school shoes

Heels must not exceed 2 inches in height.  Boots, plimsolls/ballet shoes or trainers are not allowed.

All clothing should be clearly marked with the student’s name

PHYSICAL EDUCATION ITEMS

Sport Polo with LCS logo
OR
Long sleeve sport/rugby shirt with LCS logo

Head coverings worn for religious reasons in PE must be close fitting in the style of a balaclava.

Red long sleeve base layer top

Optional (recommended during cold weather with Sport Polo)

Navy tracksuit bottoms

Optional (recommended during cold weather)

Plain navy football shorts

 

Plain red knee length socks

 

Trainers with cushioned soles that will not mark the Sports Hall floor

Trainers used for indoor lessons must be clean.

Football boots and shin pads for boys

Optional for girls.

Gum shields

Optional.  Students should seek advice from their dentist.




SPECIALIST ITEMS

Apron

For Technology* and Art.

2nd Apron

For Food Technology.

(*For safety reasons, strong shoes that protect the whole foot must be worn in the workshops)

THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY AT ALL TIMES

  • The LCS logo must be visible at all times.
  • No logos or lettering, apart from the LCS logo, are to be visible on clothing.
  • Polo shirts should be worn tucked in when underneath a sweatshirt.
  • Headgear worn for religious reasons, or as protection against the sun during hot weather, must be plain black or plain white.
  • Cord or denim-type materials are not acceptable.
  • Earrings are not allowed, except for one simple, small stud or sleeper per ear.  No other forms of body piercing are allowed.
  • A small cross or crucifix on a thin chain or a lightweight kara is allowed.  One wrist band/bracelet only may be worn on each wrist.  Rings should not be worn.
  • Make-up or nail varnish is not allowed.
  • Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable.  This includes the use of bright or unnatural colours, shaved heads, or patterns/lines shaved into hair or eyebrows.
  • Outdoor coats should not be worn in lessons. Scarves must be removed when in the school building.
  • Garments covering the face e.g. veils should not be worn.
  • Outdoor coats and bags must not carry offensive or divisive symbols or slogans.
  • Students who cycle to school must wear an appropriate safety helmet.

Trousers


Trousers should be formal/tailored and cover the whole of the leg, including the ankle (Picture A).  Tight or ‘skinny’ fit trousers and trousers that finish above the ankle (Picture B) are not acceptable for school.

School Dress Code - Acceptable Trousers

Picture A: Acceptable

School Dress Code - Uncceptable Trousers

Picture B: Unacceptable

Skirts

Skirts should be straight or pleated, knee to mid-calf length, as shown in the pictures below. Tight and/or short skirts are not acceptable.

School Dress Code - Skirts School Dress Code - Skirts

Getting to and from School

Please see below for useful information about the journey to school.

Bus Transport

Littleover Community School to Burton Road, Mill Hill Lane and Normanton

Information last updated: 18/11/2018

Mornings
276
NOTE: Due to traffic congestion, the 276 bus no longer goes through Littleover Village in the mornings.
07.50 Cavendish (Upperdale Road stop), via
  • Upperdale Road
  • Stanhope Street
  • Pear Tree Road
  • Normanton Road
08.00 Mill Hill Lane, via
  • St. Chad’s Road
  • Carlton Road
  • Grafton Street
  • Arlington Road
  • Horwood Avenue
  • Right onto Manor Road, past Royal Derby Hospital
  • Corden Avenue
  • Hillsway/Pastures Hill to LCS

 

Evenings
276
15.30 LCS Turning Circle
15.33 LCS Main Gates, Pastures Hill.
  • Then via Littleover Village
  • Then the reverse of the morning services to the Cavendish.

Fares

The school buses operate as a pay as you ride service.

£1 for the morning journey

£1.30 for the afternoon journey

Buses Provided by:

Harpurs Coaches Ltd.
Unit 2 Wincanton Close
Derby
DE24 8NB
Tel: 01332 757677
harpurscoaches@gmail.com

Information for Parents Bringing Students to School by Car

The road outside the main school gate on Pastures Hill is very dangerous.The speed limit is 30mph.Traffic moves very fast and, during the start and finish of school, it is very busy.We value our students’ safety and expect parents to do so, too.

If you, or a relative, drop off or collect a child from school, please make sure these rules are obeyed.

  • DO NOT bring cars onto the school premises.
  • DO NOT drop off or pick up your child on the opposite side of Pastures Hill from the school.
  • DO NOT perform a U-turn in the school entrance or anywhere on Pastures Hill.
  • DO NOT park on the yellow zigzag lines on either side of the school entrance.
  • If travelling down Pastures Hill, from the direction of Littleover Village, drive past the school entrance and turn round at the first Heatherton roundabout, to drop your child safely on the correct side of the road, well away from the entrance to the school.
  • Ensure that your child only crosses Pastures Hill at the light controlled crossing by Swanmore Road.

The safety of all our students MUST be our first priority.

Free School Transport

Some pupils may be eligible for free transport to and from school.

Parents must apply/renew Home to School Transport Assistance (HtSTA) requests each academic year.

For more information, please see Derby City Council - Schools - Transport.

Go4Schools

Go4Schools

Go4Schools is a website which can be used by LCS staff, students and their parents to track student progress throughout the school

You can navigate to the Go4Schools site by clicking the folliwing link:

Go4Schools Help

Setting Up Go4Schools Access

A guide to setting up Go4Schools access can be downloaded below:

The Go4Schools Mobile App

A guide to setting up the Go4Schools mobile app can be downloaded below:

Lockers

LCS Lockers

All students have the opportunity to use a school locker for the duration of their time at LCS.

The cost of the locker is £5.50 of which £2 is refundable once the locker is no longer in use and the key is returned.

You will be able to purchase this via our WisePay online payments system, alongside school meals, trips, visits etc. 

If keys are lost the cost of a replacement can be obtained for £3.50.

Prices subject to change. Information correct as of 25/01/2019.

Payments to School

Biometric Payment System for School Meals

We operate a biometric payment system for school meal payments which uses the latest finger recognition technology. This system means that students no longer need to carry a card.  Instead a scan of their finger will be taken.

To enable this technology to be introduced, we will require certain points of a finger image to be recorded as a short string of encrypted numbers.  A full image of a finger is never recorded. Typically between ten and sixty points will be recorded depending on the characteristics of the finger. This is too few to provide enough detail for the original print to be reconstructed.  However, it will provide a template for the pupil to be recognised by placing their finger on a scanner each time a payment is to be made.

This biometric payment system offers greater security to pupil payments as well as reducing the need to replace lost cards.  This has been the experience of other schools which have been using the system for many years.

The template of student fingers is taken on Year 6 Induction Day.

Students entitled to free meals will have their account credited to the value of a standard meal each day.

Students will not be required to bring money to pay for lunch on the Induction Day, they will be offered the chance to try a school meal, or bring sandwiches, if they prefer.  There will be no charge for this meal.

WisePay – Parent Payment Portal

The school operates a WisePay online payments system for parents.  This will enable parents to pay money online to cover for trips, visits, school meals etc.  Year 6 parents will receive information and a password before the start of term on how to pay monies using the WisePay payment portal.

WisePay is a safe and secure payments system and we would encourage all parents to use this facility, once they have received their password.

For more information, please see the Wisepay Help page.

 

Term Dates

Term Dates

A list of Term Dates for the upcoming school years can be downloaded below.

Please Note: Holidays During Term-time

These dates will enable you to plan your holidays during the official school holiday periods.  Absence for holidays during term-time WILL NOT be authorised.

Students who take unauthorised holidays in term-time will be liable to a fine and may lose their place at LCS.