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Update: 30th June

Posted 30th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We are still awaiting government guidance on wider school opening for September, however this seems increasingly likely to be arriving very soon and some apparent 'details' have already been widely published in the media. Until this guidance is officially published, anything said about its apparent contents would be speculation.

We have received a number of calls and emails from parents and carers this week, asking about summer opening. The following statement has been issued by the Department For Education this afternoon:

The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that we are not asking schools to open over the summer holidays, and there is no expectation that schools should open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers over this period.

Our plan at LCS is to bring students back in September, government guidance allowing, and to assess at that point where their gaps in learning are from the last few months. We will then deploy resources to target these areas and to bring students back up to speed as quickly as possible. I will say more about this once the government guidelines are published.

Next, an apology. It seems our desire to allow a full period of consultation with parents and carers over the new RSE Curriculum has meant we have been premature in publishing our draft policy. The policy for consultation has been temporarily taken down from our website for a further, final check to be made. As soon as this has happened it will be re-posted and the consultation can continue. Our aim is for all parents and carers to have enough time to read the policy in full and to understand the details of the new national RSE guidelines. From this consultation period, we are hoping that all questions can be addressed ahead of the lesson content starting in the Spring Term 2021. Please read the document fully when it is re-posted and take the opportunity to engage in the consultation, if you wish to. Again, apologies for the 'false start' with this, but we are hoping to be able to re-post the document as soon as possible.

One final thing for today:
We have updated our website with information on Home-School Transport, including details on eligibility for assistance and updated Covid-19 guidance. This may clearly change before September and we will update you again if it does, but the information on our website is the most recent guidance. The relevant page on our website can be viewed at:

http://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/information.php#transport

I will post another update when government guidance for September is published, hopefully later this week.

Thank you. 
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Uganda Covid-19 and Flood Damage Appeal - Ending Soon!

Posted 26th June 2020

Uganda Covid-19 and Flood Damage Appeal - Ending Soon!

The LCS Child Africa urgent flood damage and COVID-19 appeal is ending this week.

This is a final plea for donations to help the children of Child Africa following the recent flooding and Covid 19 Crisis. We are closing the appeal on Friday 3rd July when we will be sending money to Uganda to buy desperately needed food and supplies for families in Kabale, Uganda. Thank you for your kindness and support.

Please use the Wisepay link and click on the Child Africa Urgent Disaster Appeal in the General Payments section to donate whatever you can to help Child Africa get vital food and supplies to the people we as a school have grown to care deeply about over the past 7 years.

Thank you.

Mrs Bush
LCS Uganda Project

Donate to Child Africa by logging into LCS WisePay

Update: 26th June

Posted 26th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We have continued to see our Year 10 and Year 12 students in their respective 'bubbles' this week. I would once again like to pay tribute to the students for their effort and positive attitude throughout the last 2 weeks. It has been a pleasure to work with them.

There continues to be some fantastic work being done at home by students in Year 7 to 9, with great support from yourselves as parents and carers. Thank you all.

Inset Day Suspended

For your information, the INSET Day previously planned for Monday 13th July has been suspended, so Year 10 and Year 12 students who would normally attend on Mondays are expected to be in school. All vulnerable and Key Worker children can also attend on the day, as normal, and work will be set remotely for all Year Groups.

Parent/Carer Survey

For the last few years we have asked all parents and carers to complete an on-line survey during the summer term, to provide us with your views of the school. We are asking you to do the same again this year, with a particular focus on our work during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. The survey will be emailed to parents and we would ask for them to be completed and submitted by 8pm on Friday 3rd July.  Once responses have been collated we will post a summary of results on our website, hopefully before the end of this term. If you think you have missed out on the survey please contact the school via admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk to request a link.

Safety

I have also attached a link, below, to updated guidance on Keeping Children Safe Online. This is useful guidance for all parents and carers, as the current focus on remote working continues.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

At this time of year we would be talking to students about the dangers of swimming in open water, particularly rivers, lakes and reservoirs as we approach the summer holidays. The link below to the United Utilities website contains some useful information and resources aimed at students, parents and carers, to make sure we all stay safe.

https://www.unitedutilities.com/about-us/recreation-sites/reservoir-safety/

Plans for September

I am aware many of you will be wanting to know about our plans for students returning in September, but we are yet to receive the government guidance on this. I have heard in the last two days that this may arrive by the end of next week. 

The current talk appears to be around creation of Year Group' bubbles' to allow all students to return full-time in September, which would obviously create a massive challenge for us with average Year Group sizes of around 300. As with our re-opening plans this month, we will wait until the guidance is issued and plan accordingly, in the best interests of all our students, parents, carers and staff.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Stay safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: HLTA/Mentor

Posted 19th June 2020

Job Vacancy: HLTA/Mentor

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: HLTA/Mentor.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update: 18th June

Posted 18th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from a very wet LCS. Summer is here!

We have now seen all of our returning Year 10 and Year 12 students in their different 'bubbles' over the last 4 days. Turnout has been extremely high and it has been fantastic to see our students again.

It has been interesting watching students arrive over the last few days and how the initial nervousness when they arrived, particularly on Monday, has been replaced by relief and, dare I say, happiness of being back in school. All students who have attended this week have handled themselves in a mature and responsible manner and have made the whole experience an extremely positive one for all school staff. It really has been great to have them back and they have been a credit to you and to themselves.

We now start again from next Monday with the same groups, rooms and times as this week. If anything needs to change with any of the current arrangements I will let you know, but our plans have worked well this week and only minor adjustments have needed to be made. We look forward to seeing students back again from next Monday.

Remote learning has continued for students in Years 7-9.

As from next week we are taking a slightly different approach to how we are setting work for students in Year 9, to help them prepare for starting GCSE options in September. I hope students will respond to this change and begin looking and thinking positively towards the next stage of their careers at LCS.

Ms Doran and Mr Woods have been making additional contact with students in Year 7 and Year 8, respectively, and staff will continue to monitor how students are progressing. I would emphasise again the importance of students contacting their teachers if they need support and advice at any time, as I have received lots of feedback from students, parents and carers around the support students have been receiving from teaching staff and the positive impact this has had.

Throughout the period of school closure, teachers have been setting tasks broadly in line with their planned schemes of work for a normal Summer Term.  If students have kept up with what has been set to the best of their ability, they will have followed the usual schemes of work and progression of tasks expected of them in the classroom and will not need to engage in large-scale 'catching-up' when they return to school in the Autumn. I would again encourage students to contact teachers if they are concerned about falling behind and would advise parents and carers to contact relevant school staff if you have any concerns over your child's academic progress or well-being. 

Once we settle in to a pattern with returning students in Year 10 and Year 12, we will then begin planning for September. It is clear we will need several different plans to address the possible scenarios we may be facing at that time and it is possible that government guidance may come very late in the Summer Term. On this basis, I will communicate any plans to you as soon as I can, but it is fair to say this will not be within the next few weeks. I would respectfully ask parents and carers not to enquire about our plans for September at this stage, as I am not in the position to provide answers to your questions.

Throughout the last few months of school closure, the support we have received from students, parents and carers has been overwhelmingly positive. I can assure you I will do my best to keep you updated as much and as honestly as I can.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Changes to Year 9 Work from Home (from 22nd June)

Posted 18th June 2020

From Monday 22nd June, Year 9 students will be set work to prepare them for their GCSE options subjects.

We have added a section to the Students > COVID Information for Students page which contains the full details of the changes.

 

Update: 15th June

Posted 15th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

Today has been our first day of partial re-opening to students in Year 10 and Year 12. It has been a real pleasure to see students again after such a long time and I hope they have benefited from the experience of being back in school. I am sure some students will have been nervous about returning today and I must admit to some 'first day nerves' myself, almost like it was the start of the school year all over again. I hope the students who joined us today have had a positive experience and can, in turn, help their friends to feel less anxious about returning in the coming days.

Today has gone extremely well with just some minor changes to our plans needed. The students who attended today all followed our instructions to the letter and have been a credit to themselves and their families. We are looking forward to more of the same for the remainder of this week and beyond.

One minor issue was the time some Year 10 students arrived this morning, as some were early and had to queue at the gates before being allowed in. I appreciate it is difficult for parents and carers, especially if there are other family and/or work commitments, but if students can keep to their stated arrival times, or not more than 5 minutes before, it would make their arrival and entry to premises a more pleasant experience.

Today would not have been possible without the cooperation of parents and carers and I thank you all for your continued support.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 12th June - Partial Reopening on Monday

Posted 12th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents regarding partial reopening to select Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday 15th June..

To all parents and carers.

After further safety checks of the school site this morning, I can confirm that we will be open for the first group of Year 10 and Year 12 students from Monday.
Our website has been updated with a revised version of the Year 10 student groupings, which can be viewed at the following link:

COVID Information for LCS Students

Please ensure your child has seen this new information regarding groups, as it has been updated since yesterday.

Before arriving at school, students need to be aware of their Science group, which can be found on Go4Schools if they are not sure. Students must also check their arrival time and correct entrance gate.

Mr Archer has already sent out all relevant information for Year 12 students, who should also arrive on Monday as per published timetables.

I would like to politely remind parents and carers at this time to keep to the guidelines issued for dropping and picking up of students from school. Please do this at the correct entrance gate and do not leave your vehicle.

Please make sure your child has read through all of the information on our website ahead of attending school next week. They should also be aware of the amended Behaviour Policy issued yesterday, although we hope and expect students to follow instructions and for no behaviour sanctions to be needed.

For parents and carers of students in Years 7-9, arrangements for remote learning will continue and any changes to this will be communicated via email.

Thank you all for your ongoing support. We are looking forward to seeing some of our students back in school from Monday.

Best wishes. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher