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.
Information related to COVID-19 arrangements has been moved to it's own page.
You can find it at Parents > COVID Arrangements.
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.
Students should then bring the form to school on the morning of their appointment. The form needs to be signed by their form tutor. Students should keep the form with them until the time they need to leave their lesson and must show it to their teacher to enable them to leave class. Students should then make their way to Student Services to sign out, where they will have to produce the form again before coming to Reception for their parent to collect them.
If the appointment time means that they won’t be in school first thing on the morning of their appointment, they should get the form signed by their Form Tutor and take the form to Student Services the day before their appointment so that a note can be made in the school diary.
All students leaving school during the day must sign out from our Student Services Office and sign in upon their return.
- Appointment Consent Form [Updated July 2018]
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).
Below is a document showing how Key Stage 3 grades are derived. (Year 7 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
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.
The following documents outline how LCS implements data protection.
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:
- Morley's: Tel: 01332 281311 Web: www.schoolwearsolutions.com
- Uniform Direct: Tel: 01332 342569 Web: www.uniform-direct.com
- Uniformality: Tel: 01332 677498 Web: www.uniformality.co.uk
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.
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
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.
Optional. Students should seek advice from their dentist.
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 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.
Picture A: Acceptable
Picture B: Unacceptable
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.
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.
The following posters provide a series of useful information for parents regarding a wide range of online activity:
- Age Ratings
- Call of Duty
- Facebook Messenger
- Online Bullying
- Screen Addiction
The Key have multiple online guides for parents and carers on how to set up parental controls on different devices, along with many online safety factsheets.
Various information about e-safety can be found at InternetMatters.org
The NSPCC have provided the following information to help with e-safety.
- NSPCC - Online Safety
- NSPCC - Sexting
- NSPCC - Share Aware
- NSPCC - Your guide to the social networks your kids use
Childnet and the UK Safer Internet Centre have provided various resources regarding online safety, see below:
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Cyberbullying Advice for Parents and Carers
- Online Reputation Checklist
- Keeping Young Children Safe Online
- Supporting Young People Online
- Sexting (Naked Online)
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.
- Facebook Security Settings
- Instagram Security Settings
- Snapchat Security Settings
- Twitter Security Settings
- Whatsapp Security Settings
- CEOP - Reporting Abuse
Please also see the website produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP):
The Children's Society has made the following information available regarding Child Exploitation Online.
- TCS - Useful Websites
- TCS - Online Child Exploitation Information
- TCS - Online Child Exploitation - Advice for Adults
The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has guidance regarding with online "trolling" and hate speech.
Further information and advice on Internet Safety can be found in your child's Student Planner.
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.
The information below is designed to help with general safety of LCS students.
www.saferderbycity.org has useful information for both parents and students covering a wide range of safety-related subjects.
The Children's Society - Look Closer Campaign has useful about child exploitation and how to spot the signs of a child being exploited.
Please use the links below to get advice about water safety.
Getting to and from School
Please see below for useful information about the journey to school.
Littleover Community School to Burton Road, Mill Hill Lane and Normanton
Information last updated: 18/11/2018
|NOTE:||Due to traffic congestion, the 276 bus no longer goes through Littleover Village in the mornings.|
|07.50||Cavendish (Upperdale Road stop), via
|08.00||Mill Hill Lane, via
|15.30||LCS Turning Circle|
|15.33||LCS Main Gates, Pastures Hill.
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
Tel: 01332 757677
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. Please see the letter below for more information.
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 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:
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.
- Year 7 Homework Timetable
- Year 8 Homework Timetable
- Year 9 Homework Timetable
- Year 10 Homework Timetable
- Year 11 Homework Timetable
Amount and Nature of Homework
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
In the Sixth Form, it is expected that students are set homework by both teachers each week. The length of this homework may vary depending on the topic being studied and the demands of different aspects of the course, but should average out at 4 hours per subject per week. Students should be completing A-level style and difficulty questions throughout the course.
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.
All students have the opportunity to use a school locker for the duration of their time at LCS.
The cost of the locker is £6 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.
LCS provides a variety of healthy food options for students to eat at lunch times.
The menu operates on a 3-week rotation, details of which can be found below:
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.
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.
You can download copies of School Policy documents below:
- Admissions Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Attendance Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Bereavement Policy
- Careers Education Information and Guidance Policy
- Charging for Activities
- Complaints Policy
- Data Protection Policy can now be found in the GDPR section.
- Disability Policy and Access Plan
- E-Safety Policy
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Equality Objectives
- Equality - A Joint Statement on behalf of LCS
- Literacy Across the Curriculum
- Looked After Children / Post-Looked After Children (LAC/PLAC) Policy
- Literacy Policy - Targets and Guide Sheets
- Non-Examined Assessment and Coursework Policy can be found on the exam information page.
- Premises Management Policy
- Provider Access Policy (Careers)
- RSE and Health Education Policy [Draft]
- Risk Assessment Policy
- Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
- SEND Policy
- Social Media Policy
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy
- Whistleblowing Policy
- Zero Waste to Landfill
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.
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)
A copy of the LCS School Brochure can be downloaded by clicking the following link.
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
From time to time students will campaign for issues that matter to them and by allowing this and the publication thereof should not be taken as views expressed by the school or the governing body.
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:
- Year 9 Options Choices Form 2020 - Version L
- Year 9 Options Choices Form 2020 - Version C
- Year 9 Options Choices Form 2020 - Version S
|Monday 13th January||“Options” booklet given out.|
|Thursday 16th January
|Meeting to explain the process and provide information on option choices for all Year 9 parents.|
|Friday 17th January||Year 9 Reports sent home.|
|Wednesday 22nd January||Option Choice Forms issued to students.|
|Thursday 23rd January||Year 9 Parents’ Evening with subject teachers.|
|Tuesday 28th January||Option Choice Forms returned to school.|
Year 11 - Important Information for Students and their Parents
You can download a booklet full of useful information about Year 11 below:
- Important Information for Year 11 Pupils and their Parents - Inc. Revision advice & Mock Exam Timetables