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Littleover Community School

Information for Parents

This page contains useful information pertaining to the current school year.

Many of the files available here are generally a breakdown of the Information for Parents Letter which is given to all students in September.

Click a section below to view more information.

Appointments During the School Day

Parents are required to submit a form should they need to take their child out of school during the School Day. A copy of this form can be downloaded below.

All students leaving school during the day must also sign out from our Student Services Office and sign in on their return.

Assessment Schedules

LCS students are assessed regularly throughout the year. Below are the assessment schedules for the current school year.

Below is a document showing how Key Stage 3 grades are estimated to correlate to GCSE grades at LCS (Year 8 and 9 only for academic year 2019-2020).

Charging for Activities

Whilst we are reluctant to charge for any activity at LCS, it is our policy to charge for certain activities.

A copy of the policy can be found in the Policies Section

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.

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*, Art and 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

E-Safety

E-Safety

You can find the school E-Safety Policy via Parents > School Rules and Policies > Policies.

As social media becomes increasingly part of our everyday lives, we are wanting to provide information to our pupils and parents. Please find below a useful link that Derby City Council have provided. This gives some very useful information to assist parents in keeping their children safe online.

Various information about e-safety can be found at InternetMatters.org

The NSPCC have provided the following information to help with e-safety.

Childnet and the UK Safer Internet Centre have provided various resources regarding online safety, see below:

The document below discusses Social Media and is provided by UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

The following information has been provided by 'Safe and Sound', an organisation who work to end child sexual exploitation.

This information advises young people and parents on how to use Security/Privacy settings with major Social Network sites; there is also information from CEOP on how to report on-line abuse.

Please also see the website produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):

Further information and advice on Internet Safety can be found in your child's Student Planner.

Exam Information

Information relating to exams can be found on the Exam Information Page.

Fundamental British Values

Information regarding the teaching of fundamental British values can be found in the School Curriculum documentation.

General Safety

The information below is designed to help with general safety of LCS students.

Knife Crime

Knife Crime

Water Safety

Water Safety

Please use the links below to get advice about water safety.

Building Safety

Building Safety

Beach Safety

Beach Safety

Sun Safety

Sun Safety

Railway Safety

Rail Safety

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:

Homework at LCS

LCS believes in regular homework to supplement work in lessons.

At Littleover, we place great importance on homework and hope that parents will support their children as necessary to ensure that homework is completed on time and to the best of their ability.

How do I find out what homework has been set?

Details of all your child’s homework and deadlines will be on Go4Schools. From September 2018, we are no longer expecting students to write their homework in their planner. We are still providing a planner so that students can make additional notes if required. Parents are no longer required to sign the planner weekly.

However, we do ask that parents log onto Go4Schools regularly in order to see the homework that has been set, plus details of positive and negative behaviour points, levels or grades achieved on assessments and tests, your child’s attendance and school reports.

Students are given a homework timetable on the first day of term, which should be written in their planner.

Below are copies of the homework timetables and related information for each year group.

Homework Timetables

Amount and Nature of Homework

Questions and feedback regarding amount of Homework

If you are concerned, at any stage in the year, that your child is getting too little or too much homework please contact Mrs Bunting at school.

We monitor and review our homework setting and assessments on a regular basis and we would welcome your views on this aspect of our work.

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.

Medication in School

Parents are required to complete a consent form to allow medication to be administered in school.

A copy of the form can be downloaded below.

Parental Questionnaire

Parents are asked to complete an online survey in the early summer term each year.

You can download the most recent results below.

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.

 

Policies

Pupil Premium

Littleover Community School adheres to the guidelines of The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 in regard to the publishing of specified information.

Information regarding the Pupil Premium can found below:

The Government allocates extra funding to schools for students who achieved below level 4 in Mathematics and/or below level 4 in Reading in the Key Stage 2 assessments. The purpose of the funding is enable schools to provide extra support and focused tuition in Mathematics and Reading.

Information about how the Catch-up Premium is used at LCS can be found in the document below.

Religious Observance

Parents of students requiring absence for religious observance must fill in the following form in advance of the event.

Please be aware that we can only authorise one day of absence for religious observance. In the case of Eid, should this fall on a different day to that requested, we will honour as long as only one day is taken.

School Brochure (inc. Admission Arrangements)

School Brochure

A copy of the LCS School Brochure can be downloaded by clicking the following link.

School Trips

School Trip Consent Form

If a school trip consent form has been misplaced, you can download a copy below:

School Trips Abroad and Overnight Trips

Various departments are in the process of planning and recruiting pupils for overseas and overnight trips in the next academic year.

We are pleased to be able to offer these trips, but understand that in the current financial climate you may want to give more consideration to whether or not your child should go on one of these trips and you may need more time to put money to one side for it.

Special Educational Needs

SEND information has now been moved to its own 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.

Year 9 Options

In Year 9, students must make choices about which subjects they wish to study at Key Stage 4.

Information to aid students in making their choices can be found in the following documents.

Option Choices forms

Option choices forms can be downloaded below:

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 14th January “Options” booklet given out.
Thursday 17th January
6.30pm
Meeting to explain the process and provide information on option choices for all Year 9 parents.
Friday 18th January Year 9 Reports sent home.
Wednesday 23rd January Option Choice Forms issued to students.
Thursday 24th January Year 9 Parents’ Evening with subject teachers.
Tuesday 29th January Option Choice Forms returned to school.

 

Year 11 - Important Information for Pupils and their Parents

Information Booklet

You can download a booklet full of useful information about Year 11 below:

Year 11 Information Evening

The presentation slides used in the Year 11 Information Evening can be downloaded below:

College and 6th Form Open Evenings

Information regarding upcoming college and sixth form open evenings can be found below.