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Update 10th September 2021

Posted 10th September 2021

To all parents and carers

Greetings, from LCS.

We have had a very positive start to the new term.

Students have settled well and, most importantly, appear happy and relaxed in lessons and around the building. Our new Year 7 students, in particular, have been excellent this week.

All students will complete their second on-site Covid-19 tests today and will be provided with testing kits for the next few weeks. The latest information we have from the DfE is still that the guidance around testing of students will be reviewed at the end of this month, so students should continue to test at home on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, until further notice.

Please continue to follow government guidance for testing and self-isolation and do not send your child to school if they have symptoms, or have tested positive for Covid-19.

We have experienced significant issues with traffic congestion on roads around the school site this week. Earlier this week, I sent a text message to all parents and carers alerting them to the situation and asking for your cooperation. Roadworks in the local area, coupled with all students arriving at school for 8-40am for the first time since before the Covid-19 pandemic, has caused significant issues and I am in communication with the Local Authority regarding the matter.

If all parents and carers could continue to encourage students to walk to school, where safe to do so, or collect them away from the school site, this would help the situation greatly.

Local roadworks are also impacting on the school bus and there have been some issues with the bus arriving to school on time at the start and end of the school day. Students late to school due to delays with the school bus will not be sanctioned for this, but please be aware that the school bus may not leave site until 3-30pm most evenings, at this present time.

This week, we have published our programme of extra-curricular activities for all students, which can also be seen on our website at:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/activities/files/Extracurricular_Activities_2021-2022.pdf

There are a wide variety of activities available and we would like students to be involved in at least one activity, or club, every couple of weeks. This is a key part of our recovery curriculum and activities will continue to be added through the year.

Finally, I would like to thank, once again, our amazing staff and volunteers who have been working in our Covid-19 Testing Centre this week. A number of our volunteers also gave their time back in the Spring and I am extremely grateful for their commitment to our school.

Enjoy your weekend. Keep safe.

Jon Wilding - Headteacher

Update 7th September 2021

Posted 6th September 2021

Good afternoon, from LCS.

We have enjoyed having students in Year 7, 12 and 13 back with us this week and we are all looking forward to seeing our remaining students return tomorrow.

Any students who have not been able to attend for their first Covid-19 test on-site should test at home this evening and not return tomorrow if the result of this test is positive. Students testing positive through home testing must book a PCR test immediately and not return to school until they receive a negative result.

I have sent details of new arrangements for the start of term via email to all parents and carers already, but for those who are not aware please refer to our website, at the link below:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/info_sept2021/files/sept2021_info.pdf

For the start of term, all students should be wearing full school uniform; this includes PE kit, as ‘normal’ PE lessons will now resume again.

A reminder that students are not allowed to have mobile phones in school and I would ask for the support of parents and carers with this.

Covid-19 guidance for start of term is as follows:

  • Year Group ‘bubbles’ have been removed and students will access lessons across the school site.
  • Students will be informed of their designated social areas for break and lunchtime at the start of term. All students should keep to the areas designated for their Year Group.
  • All students should arrive for the start of school at 8-40am and should use the entrance gate most convenient for them. The staggered start to the school day and designated entrance gates for separate Year Groups no longer apply.
  • On entering the school site,all students must clean their hands with the hand sanitizer provided at each entrance gate. Students should continue to use the hand sanitizing stations around the school site throughout the day and especially before/after eating or using toilets.
  • Students should move sensibly between lessons and around the school site during the day, keeping to the left of corridors and following one-way systems, where appropriate. At lesson changeover and when corridors are busy, students should do their best to maintain social distancing and not create congestion.
  • As previously,all students are asked to bring a small personal bottle of hand sanitizer to school each day,which should be used to clean their hands when sharing equipment with others.
  • Face coverings are not compulsory for students or school staff.Students or members of staff who wish to wear a face covering in lessons or inside the school building are permitted to do so and we would continue to advise the wearing of face coverings on corridors, where social distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are necessary for students using dedicated school transport.

We have already been seeing our usual problems with traffic congestion in the local community and there are (once again) roadworks on the route many students will be taking to school. Students should ensure they leave sufficient travelling time to arrive in school for the 8-40am start, however students arriving well before this time may not be able to come onto school premises and may be asked to wait at the entrance gate, unless accessing the Library or extra-curricular activities. Students can enter the school site from 8-20am each day and should move to their Form Classes for Registration at 8-35am.

I would like to remind all parents and carers that vehicles should not be dropping-off or collecting students from the school site itself. Parents/carers using Fresco Drive must not drive through the gates at the top of the access drive leading to the school.

Finally, please follow government guidance if you have recently returned to the UK from abroad. Students must not be sent to school without this guidance being followed. Latest government travel guidance can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list-rules

Thank you for your support.
Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update 3rd September 2021

Posted 3rd September 2021

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

I hope all our students have enjoyed their summer holiday and that they are as excited as we are for their return to school next week.

Please remember that the start to the Autumn Term is staggered this year, to allow for on-site Covid-19 testing of students before their return to school.

A timetable for on-site Covid-19 testing can be found on our website at:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/information.php#sept2021

Our Testing Centre is supervised by school staff and volunteers from parents/carers and our wider school community. I would like to thank them, once again, for their support.

If any parents/carers are able to support us in our Testing Centre at any stage during the first week of term, this would be most appreciated. Please call or email school if you are able to offer us any of your time.

Please also be aware of the revised timings for the school day and other changes we have made for September. This information can be found at:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/info_sept2021/files/sept2021_info.pdf

Students in Year 7, 12 and 13 return to school for Induction on Monday 6th September. Lessons for students in Years 7, 12 and 13 begin on Tuesday 7th September.

Students in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 return to school on Wednesday 8th September. Students will spend the first two sessions of the day with Form Tutors and will begin lessons from Period 3 onwards.

You will be aware that DfE operational guidance for schools has changed since the end of last term. Current DfE guidance on face coverings and ‘bubbles’ is as follows:

Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.

We no longer recommend that it is necessary to keep children in consistent groups (‘bubbles’).

At LCS, we will be asking students to keep to the following rules at the start of the Autumn Term:

  • Year Group ‘bubbles’ have been removed and students will access lessons across the school site.
  • Students will be informed of their designated social areas for break and lunchtime at the start of term. All students should keep to the areas designated for their Year Group.
  • All students should arrive for the start of school at 8-40am and should use the entrance gate most convenient for them. The staggered start to the school day and designated entrance gates for separate Year Groups no longer apply.
  • On entering the school site, all students must clean their hands with the hand sanitizer provided at each entrance gate. Students should continue to use the hand sanitizing stations around the school site throughout the day and especially before/after eating or using toilets.
  • Students should move sensibly between lessons and around the school site during the day, keeping to the left of corridors and following one-way systems, where appropriate. At lesson changeover and when corridors are busy, students should do their best to maintain social distancing and not create congestion.
  • As previously, all students are asked to bring a small personal bottle of hand sanitizer to school each day, which should be used to clean their hands when sharing equipment with others.
  • Face coverings are not compulsory for students or school staff. Students or members of staff who wish to wear a face covering in lessons or inside the school building are permitted to do so and we would continue to advise the wearing of face coverings on corridors, where social distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are necessary for students using dedicated school transport.

I have attached a letter outlining current rules for testing and contact tracing. As the letter outlines, schools are no longer responsible for contact tracing and rules on self-isolation have also changed. Please make yourself aware of these new guidelines but, most importantly, please continue not to send your child(ren) to school with any symptoms of Covid-19.

As part of our required Outbreak Management Plan, if cases of Covid-19 were to rise in school, various measures would be taken to address this situation. These measures could include the restoring of mandatory face coverings, restriction of student movement around the school site, or the reintroduction of Year Group ‘bubbles’. The DfE guidance is clear on these issues however and states that:

Any decision to recommend the reintroduction of ‘bubbles’ would not be taken lightly and would need to take account of the detrimental impact they can have on the delivery of education.

These changes represent a return to near to ‘normal’ conditions in school, but we remain very conscious of the prevalence of the Covid-19 virus in society and the risks associated with this. As always, any guidelines put in place or decisions made will consider the health and safety of all our students and staff, at all times.

I will continue to update you regularly throughout the first few weeks or term and I plan to send at least weekly communications to all parents and carers throughout the school year.

Thank you, once again, for your support. All of us at LCS look forward to working with you during the year ahead.

Best wishes.
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Start of Term Arrangements for Y12/13

Posted 1st September 2021

Start of Term Arrangements for Y12/13

A timetable of events for the start of term for students in years 12 and 13 is now available.

You can find the information under Sixth Form > Information for Students.

Anna Freud Wellbeing Support

Posted 13th August 2021

Following the exam results period, the Anna Freud Centre is offering free, online workshops for parents and carers on how to support their child’s wellbeing at this time.

For information on how to access this programme, please click on the link below:

Anna Freud Centre - Wellbeing Support Following Exam Results

The free workshops will be available online during the week following results days, from Monday 16 August to Thursday 19 August, with two sessions per day at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

Job Vacancy: Science Technician

Posted 28th July 2021

Job Vacancy: Science Technician

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Science Technician.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr Wilding - 23rd July

Posted 23rd July 2021

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers.

To all parents and carers,

Good morning from LCS, on what is our last day of a very long and challenging school year.

I would once again like to thank you all for your support over the last year and to again pay tribute to our magnificent students and staff, who have shown enormous strength and resilience during such difficult circumstances.

Students return to lessons in the week of September 6th, but please remember that on-site Covid-19 testing begins from Thursday 2nd September and the return to lessons for all Year Groups is staggered as a result of the need for testing.

Details of our testing programme and dates for return to lessons of each Year Group have been sent previously to all parents and carers, but in case you missed it, the information can be found on our website at the following link:

Parents & Carers > September 2021 Arrangements

If you are able to offer us any support in our on-site Testing Centre from 2nd to 10th September, even if for only a couple of hours each day, please email school at the usual admin@ address. Any support offered would be greatly appreciated.

The DfE have asked schools to share the following information, around foreign travel rules this summer. Please bear in mind our return to school dates and the need for any potential mandatory quarantine if you are travelling abroad:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-abroad-from-england-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Please continue to check your email and social media for updates from school into the summer holidays. There will definitely be more information sent out from week beginning August 30th, ahead of start of Covid-19 testing, if not before.

Students are asked to continue Covid-19 testing at home throughout the holiday period and details of where to access testing kits can be found at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site

We have some members of teaching staff leaving us today and I would like to thank them all for their work and education to our students throughout their time at LCS.

Mr Bisset is retiring after many years of service to the school. Mr Bisset has influenced the lives of thousands of young people, a number of whom went on to become LCS staff themselves, and has been a loyal servant to LCS throughout his long and successful career. We wish him well for the future. 

Miss McGregor will be getting married this summer and is subsequently relocating to London. Miss McGregor has been an outstanding teacher of Maths and an excellent Form Tutor during her time at LCS and she will be missed by all of her colleagues and friends in the school.

Mr Towlson is also leaving us today, after being offered the opportunity of a lifetime to teach in Abu Dhabi. Mr Towlson is a brilliant teacher of Science and I am sure the students in his new school will benefit greatly from working with him.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a happy holiday and to say how much we are looking forward to seeing all our students back in school again at the start of the new term, from 6th September.

Thank you.
Keep safe

J. Wilding
Headteacher

'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' -Muhammad Ali

School Payments and Communications Systems Changing to ParentPay

Posted 21st July 2021

School Payments and Communications Systems Changing to ParentPay

In September, LCS will be moving school payments and communication services from WisePay to ParentPay.

Dear Parents/Carers,

In September we will be moving from using Wisepay as our system for payments and communications to a new one called ParentPay. We have been setting this up over the last few months and are now in a position to inform you of this move.

To this end you will receive an email from us via ParentPay in the next 24 hours. Please can you check your inbox/junk/spam to ensure you get all future emails from this address. From Friday you will no longer receive emails via Wisepay but from ParentPay.

We will be providing information about logging onto the new system in the week commencing August 31st via emails from ParentPay so please look out for these. We will also be working over the summer to ensure that balances are transferred.

Please be reassured that you will not lose any money as a result of this move. There are always a few small teething problems with any change of system but we will be working throughout the summer to minimise these.

Please keep a close eye on all our social media outlets as well as your emails for more information.

Thank you

LCS

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