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End of Term Update from Mr Wilding

Posted 3rd April 2020

Mr Wilding has published an end of term update.

To all parents and carers.

We have reached the end of what I was expecting to be a challenging term, being my first as Acting Headteacher. No one could have predicted, though, how challenging it has turned out to be.

As a school we have done our very best to put procedures in place for setting of work and for regular communication with parents and students. I would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to get in touch, especially for the overwhelmingly positive responses we have had. It is much appreciated.

As mentioned in my previous updates, I have now asked all staff to stop setting work for students and to observe what would have been the Easter holiday period, until Monday 20th April. I believe we all need time to rest and recuperate, especially our students who have been through such a stressful time over the last 2 weeks. For staff, also, it is vital they can spend time with their families to reflect on recent events and to rest, so we can all come back stronger at the start of next term. As no new work will be set over the next 2 weeks, we would also not expect students to be doing any ‘catching up’ of work they are still to complete; there will be plenty of time for this when next term begins. We have tried to send out as many ideas for exercise, relaxation and other non-work related activities as possible and I hope there are enough ideas out there to keep all students occupied.

School will remain open over Easter for vulnerable children and children of key workers, where this has previously been arranged between parents/carers and Mrs Bunting. This will be along the lines of a holiday club and no school work will be set.

Earlier today, emails were sent to students in Year 11 and Year 13, from Mr McElhone and Mr Archer, respectively. These messages include a link to a letter sent to all schools this morning by OFQUAL related to awarding of GCSE and A Level grades. As this information has only arrived in school today, we will be taking time to read through it carefully and fully assess its implications. We would, therefore, respectfully ask if no related questions could be emailed to school at this present time. Staff will be working on the awarding of these grades from the start of next term and OFQUAL have allowed a significant period of time for this process to happen.

Please keep safe over the next few weeks and thank you all again for your support.

Mr J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Ofqual/DfE Update - GCSE and A-level grades

Posted 3rd April 2020

LCS has sent communication to all relevant students and parents regarding GCSE and A-level grading.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Ofqual and the DfE have, this morning, released further details of how grades will be awarded for GCSEs, AS and A-Levels.

Please follow the link below to a letter explaining this process for you:

Letter to Students re: Summer Grading

We would politely request, as it clearly states in the guidance, to not contact staff or school to discuss your child's predicted grades.

We have sent the same information to your child via email.

Thank you for your understanding in these difficult times.

Mr A McElhone
Acting Deputy Headteacher

Child Protection Policy Update - Covid 19

Posted 3rd April 2020

Child Protection Policy Update - Covid 19

The LCS Safeguarding department has issued an addendum to the school Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

You can find out more at School > Policies.

SEND during Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted 3rd April 2020

Mrs Bush, our SEND Co-ordinator has released an amendment to the LCS SEND report to provide extra information due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

You can find it, along with other SEND information, at Parents > Special Educational Needs.

LCS is looking after the Environment

Posted 1st April 2020

LCS is looking after the Environment

LCS recognises that taking care of the environment is extremely important. We are happy to announce that we have agreed a new arrangement for school waste which means that none of our school waste is sent to landfill!

You can find the agreement under School > Policies > Zero Waste to Landfill.

Easter Holiday Provision at LCS

Posted 31st March 2020

Littleover Community School will be open for EHCP/LAC children and for Children of Key Workers over the Easter Holiday.  This will be for four days each week, Monday 6th – Thursday 9th April and Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April, from 8.40am to 3.15pm.

The Government’s advice is that children should be at home if possible.

For the two weeks of Easter Holiday Club we are planning some sports and craft activities to make the provision a bit different to what we have done during term time. Computers will be available, and students may wish to bring in games, reading books and puzzle books. Students can carry on with homework tasks if they wish to. Students will NOT be expected to wear school uniform.

We will be able to provide food, but this will be limited to cheese sandwiches, plus a carton of juice and crisps or a cookie. Students may of course bring their own food.

We understand that some parents may need to use this facility for all eight days, and others may send children just one or two days a week. We can be flexible to accommodate your needs, but please let us know which days to expect your child.

If you wish to use the Easter Holiday Club for your child, please email j.bunting@littleover.derby.sch.uk with details of your child’s name, year group and the days they will be attending.

LCS Sports and Fitness Centre Closed

Posted 19th March 2020

Due to the school closure as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, the LCS Sports and Fitness Centre will be closed until further notice.

This is a difficult time for us all, but the welfare of our visitors and staff must always come first. We will temporarily close our doors to the public in response to the government’s latest advice concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Please keep checking LCS web page where we will be providing any further information and updates.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back in person in the future.

Best wishes
LCS Gym Staff

Year 8 France Trip Cancelled

Posted 18th March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the uncertain nature of current events, the Year 8 France Trip has been cancelled.

Dear Parents/Carers

It is with sincere regret that I confirm that I have taken the decision to cancel the planned France trip for our Year 8 Students this summer.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is my priority during this uncertain time which makes the cancellation of the trip unavoidable.

At present we cannot contemplate an alternative date for the trip to take place and therefore confirm that we will endeavour to refund your payments. We are currently in conversation with our Tour Operator and our Insurance company and as soon as we are in a position to be clear on the refund amounts, I will be in touch.

Please be assured that I will not stretch the refund process any longer than is necessary and it is my intention to reimburse as soon as I receive confirmation from our Insurers.

Thank you for your understanding.

Your sincerely

Mr J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Student Work During School Closures

Posted 18th March 2020

A guide for LCS students to access work from home during school closures is now available.

You can find it under Students > Work During School Closures

Fun in Madrid for Year 9!

Posted 6th March 2020

Fun in Madrid for Year 9!

Year 9 Spanish students spent 3 days in Madrid from Wednesday 5th February to Saturday 8th February.

We had a fabulous time trying tapas, watching flamenco, visiting Real Madrid home stadium, Santiago Bernabeu and even meeting up face to face with our Spanish penpals at their own school!

We loved learning about Bull fighting at the Plaza de Toros and enjoyed our final afternoon in the sunshine in Madrid's beautiful Retiro Park.

All in all a fantastic trip where we spoke lots of Spanish, made friends for life and came away loving the Madrid way of life and their culture.
Y9 Spanish Trip 2020