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Job Vacancy: Teacher of Maths (2 posts)

Posted 3rd February 2022

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Maths (2 posts)

LCS has vacancies for the position of: Teacher of Maths.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Daytime Cleaner

Posted 3rd February 2022

Job Vacancy: Daytime Cleaner

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Daytime Cleaner.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Finance and Admin Assistant

Posted 3rd February 2022

Job Vacancy: Finance and Admin Assistant

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Finance and Admin Assistant.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr. Wilding - 2nd February

Posted 2nd February 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents regarding COVID-19, Year 10 Parents Evening, the upcoming INSET day and vaping.

To all parents and carers, 

Good morning, from LCS. 

Thank you for your support over the changes to our face mask rules since Monday. We will continue to monitor Covid-19 cases in school on a daily basis and I will keep parents and carers updated of any issues or developments. Covid-19 remains an ongoing issue and, as we found last week with the two groups in Year 7, ‘spikes’ in cases can occur at any time. 
We continue to ask students to test for Covid-19 twice a week, on a Sunday and Wednesday evening. Test results should be reported to school and to the NHS. The link to the NHS reporting portal is below: 

Please do not send your child(ren) into school if they test positive through an LFD, or PCR test. 

Students were issued with several boxes of LFD tests at the start of term and we will be issuing a new supply of test kits to all students in the near future.

Year 10 Parents’ Evening 

A reminder to all Year 10 parents and carers that Parents’ Evening this Thursday 3rd February will be held remotely, via SchoolCloud. 

Appointments can still be made on the SchoolCloud system, up to midnight this evening. 

INSET Day 

Wednesday 9th February is an INSET Day and school will be closed to students. Key dates, including further INSET Days and holidays, can always be found under School > Important Dates > Calendar

Vape 

We have seen another increase in cases of students being found in possession of vape, or vape equipment, in school since the start of this term. The items being confiscated from students should not be sold to anyone under the age of 18 and we are working with our local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team to identify potential sources of supply of these items. 

Our Behaviour Policy is clear in that students found to be in possession of vape, or using vape whilst wearing school uniform in the community, will be subject to Suspension. Students found in possession of large amounts of vape or vape equipment believed to be with intent to supply to others will receive a long Suspension from school and could be subject to Permanent Exclusion. 

I would be grateful if all parents and carers could be aware of this issue and contact Police if you are aware of individuals or shops selling these items to children.

Thank you all for your continued support. 

Keep safe 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 28th January

Posted 28th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents regarding COVID-19 issues.

To all parents and carers, 

Good morning from LCS.

My update today is understandably dominated by Covid-19 issues. The current situation with Covid-19 cases in school continues to be a massive challenge for us and I very much appreciate the positive feedback we continue to receive from parents, carers and the wider school community. It is extremely important for all our staff that their outstanding work continues to be recognised. 

Covid-19 cases in school 

Unfortunately, I have had to make the decision to move two Year 7 Tutor Groups to Remote Learning for today and Monday 31st January.

These two classes have seen a swift increase in Covid-19 cases amongst students this week and currently account for around 1/3 of all our positive cases in school. After discussion with our local CCT, the decision to move to Remote Learning for these two groups was made to, hopefully, allow for a break of 4 days (weekend included) to slow the spread of the virus. 

We continue to monitor case numbers daily and I am in regular communication with CCT and our local Public Health agencies for advice on appropriate action at this time. 

Face masks 

You will be aware that face masks in classrooms are no longer recommended by the DfE and that the requirement for students to wear face masks in communal areas has also been removed nationally. 

Cases of Covid-19 in Derby continue to be high, particularly with younger children, and we are monitoring our situation in school on a daily basis. 

I understand the fierce debate in some areas around face masks and it has been the single largest topic of communications I have received from parents and carers over the last year. I have received messages both supporting and criticising our approach to face masks in school, pretty much in equal measure. 

With this in mind, any students wishing to continue to wear a face mask in school, either in the classroom or communal areas, will be permitted to do so until further notice. We will no longer enforce face masks in school from Monday, but students will be allowed to wear a face mask if they wish to. We will review this policy at the end of half-term, so in a further 3 weeks’ time. 

School will continue to provide face masks for students requiring them at this time, but I would ask students wishing to wear a face mask in school to provide their own, where possible. 

Face masks could be reintroduced in the future as part of our Outbreak Management Plan, if case numbers warranted this and if agreed with CCT and Public Health. 

Thank you.
Keep safe 

J Wilding
Headteacher

7LSS and 7TJB - Remote Learning due to COVID-19 Cases

Posted 27th January 2022

Due to increased COVID-19 cases in the tutor groups, students in 7LSS and 7TJB will be placed on remote learning on Friday 28th and Monday 31st January.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

Emails have been sent this morning to parents/carers of students in two Year 7 classes. These classes have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases over the last few days and currently account for a large majority of cases in Year 7 as a whole.

After consultation with our Local Authority CCT, we have made the decision to place students in these two classes on remote learning for tomorrow and Monday 31st January.

This decision currently applies to students in these 2 classes only, so if you have not received an email, text message and/or letter today, please continue to send your child(ren) to school as normal.

The classes concerned are 7LSS and 7TJB.

In asking students to work from home tomorrow and Monday, and with the weekend in between, we are allowing a break of 4 days to, hopefully, slow down the apparent spread of the Covid-19 virus within these classes and potentially to further students and groups in school.

We would continue to encourage students to test regularly at home for Covid-19 at this time, particularly students in Year 7 where we have more cases currently than the remainder of the school combined.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keep safe 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Senior Admin Officer/Headteacher's PA

Posted 26th January 2022

Job Vacancy: Senior Admin Officer/Headteacher's PA

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Senior Admin Officer/Headteacher's PA.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr. Wilding - 25th January

Posted 25th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents.

To all parents and carers, 

Good morning, from LCS. 

I have included in my update today, several short items, with some associated links. 

Teenage Booster (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio) and Meningococcal ACWY (Men ACWY) vaccinations - for parents/carers of Y9, 10 and 11 students 

Parents/carers of students in Year 9, 10 and 11 will have received an email in the last 48 hours, informing them of this vaccination programme. If you are a parent/carer of a student in Years 9-11, please read the relevant email and follow instructions in the attached letter, if you wish to give consent for your child to be vaccinated in school on 3rd February. 

Mrs Bunting

After many years of loyal service to the school, Mrs Bunting will be retiring from her position as Senior Deputy Headteacher at the end of this academic year. The process to appoint a new Deputy Headteacher to the school has already started and the closing date for applications is Monday 7th February. 

A lot more will be said about Mrs Bunting over the coming months and we will be saying our formal goodbyes to her at the end of the Summer Term. 

Students signing out during the school day 

I have been asked by our Student Services Office to remind parents/carers of the process for students signing in/out of school for appointments, during the school day. 

A Student Appointment Consent Form should be completed and given to staff in our Student Services Office before students leave school for an appointment. This form can be found via the link below: 

Students should then sign-out at the appropriate time and be collected by the parent/carer from school Reception.

Please do not arrange to meet students outside of the school gates, or in the school car park, without them signing out using the correct procedure. 

Summer 2022 Exam dates 

Dates for A Level and GCSE Exams are posted on our website; links are below: 

The final A Level exam is on 24th June, with the final GCSE exam being the day before, on 23rd June. 

Results days are as follows: 

  • A Level – 18th August 
  • GCSE – 25th August 

Safeguarding information 

A reminder to all parents/carers that a large amount of safeguarding information can be found on our school website. The link to this information is below: 

An additional page of wellbeing information can also be found on our website at: 

Please take time to look at this information, if you have not done so for some time. 

As stated in my message from last Friday, I will issue a further update regarding face masks in school at the end of this week. 

Thank you.
Keep safe 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 21st January

Posted 21st January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers following changes by the government to COVID-19 guidance.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

After the announcement of changes to face mask rules made in the House of Commons on Wednesday, we have taken time to examine the full detail of the revised national guidance, as well as guidance from local Public Health.

We will be changing our rules for students wearing face masks in school as follows: 

Face masks will no longer be worn by students in lessons from Monday. National guidance was for this to change yesterday, but the short notice of the announcement didn't leave us enough time to review the details in full and make an informed decision. 

Students will continue to be asked to wear face masks in indoor communal areas, including corridors, food queues and Dining areas, until Friday 28th January; national guidance changes on 27th January, but we would like to take a full week to assess the impact of this change on case numbers in school. 

A decision will then be made on 28th January, whether to remove face masks for students throughout school, whether to continue to allow students to wear a face mask in communal areas if they wish to, or to continue with face masks in communal areas for all students. 

Rates of Covid-19 infection remain high in the community and in Derby as a whole and I have had further conversations with our local CCT this morning on the best action for us to take as a school, over the next few weeks. 

Students with known medical conditions who request to wear face masks in lessons will be given a card to show staff, as we have done in the past, and may continue to wear a face mask in lessons from Monday. 

Whatever decision we make from 28th January, face masks could return for all students throughout the school building as a targeted measure within our Outbreak Management Plans, at a later date. If this happens, it will be in response to rising case numbers and in consultation with local Public Health. 

I have included a link, below, to the latest guidance on Covid-19 for parents and carers: 

GOV.uk COVID Guidance for Parents and Carers 

We will continue to hold whole-year Assemblies remotely until the end of this term, to allow time to monitor and assess Covid-19 case numbers. We are hopeful that whole-year Assemblies can return in the Main Hall after February half-term, as well as other larger group activities and events. 

Staff in our Student Services Office will continue to send text messages to parents/carers of potential close contacts of positive cases identified from classroom seating plans, as we feel this has been helpful in keeping our case numbers in school down in recent weeks. 

I would like to thank all parents, carers, students and staff for their continued support.

Thank you.
Keep safe 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Deputy Headteacher

Posted 21st January 2022

Job Vacancy: Deputy Headteacher

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Deputy Headteacher.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 9 Options Evening (Cancelled)

Posted 20th January 2022

The Year 9 Options Evening scheduled for 6.30pm has been cancelled. All information and presentations can be viewed online.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

A reminder that the Year 9 Options Information Evening originally scheduled to take place in school from 6-30pm this evening has been cancelled and the relevant information moved to our school website.

This decision was made and communicated to parents and carers several weeks ago and is a result of ongoing Covid-19 safety guidance.

I apologise for any inconvenience the cancellation of this event has caused.

All relevant information related to the Year 9 Options Process is available under Parents > Year 9 Options.

Thank You

J. Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 19th January

Posted 19th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers regarding face coverings.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

There has been an announcement in Parliament this afternoon that face coverings will no longer be required for students in secondary school classrooms, from tomorrow.

Given the short notice of this announcement and lack of prior warning, it would be sensible for us to wait for the full DfE announcement and guidance before changing our current rules. Full DfE guidance is unlikely to be issued to schools before the end of the working day and will need to be reviewed in detail and our own situation evaluated, before our rules in school are changed.

We will, therefore, continue with our current rules on face masks until the end of this week and I will issue a further update to all students, parents and carers on Friday.

Thank you. 

Keep safe. 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Update from Mr. Wilding - 17th January

Posted 17th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent an update to parents and carers regarding Covid-19 vaccinations and changes to Covid isolation guidance.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening, from LCS. 

Since my last update, national guidance on self-isolation for people testing positive for Covid-19 has changed. It is now possible to end self-isolation after 5 full days, if you have 2 negative LFD tests taken on consecutive days. 

Full, updated guidance can be found at the link below: 

My previous email update informed all parents and carers of the next round of Covid-19 vaccinations, being hosted at LCS this Friday, 21st January. 

All information relevant to the Covid-19 vaccination programme can be found in the text and links in the letter below, including the Consent Form for those parents/carers wishing their child(ren) to have the Covid-19 vaccination: 

Please be aware, as stated in the attached letter, that the new Consent Form has to be completed for students to be eligible for the vaccination in school on 21st January, as any previous consent given is no longer valid.

The vaccinations in school on 21st January are for students aged 12-15 and not for students in our Sixth Form. The Vaccination Team have confirmed that students in Year 11 who are already 16 will, however, be able to receive the vaccine if consent has been provided. 

Please be aware, as previously stated, that the school has been asked to offer a site for these vaccinations, but has no part in the vaccination programme itself. As such, all questions about the Covid-19 vaccine should be addressed to the NHS, through the contact details contained in the letter. 

Thank you. 

Keep safe. 

J Wilding
Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Attendance Manager (Maternity Cover)

Posted 14th January 2022

Job Vacancy: Attendance Manager (Maternity Cover)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Attendance Manager (Maternity Cover).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

Posted 14th January 2022

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Kitchen Assistant.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

DCHST Covid-19 Immunisations Letter

Posted 11th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a information to parents regarding COVID-19 immunisations in school.

To all parents and carers.

Good morning, from LCS.

Please see the Letter from the DCHST Immunisation Team outlining how parents and carers can consent for their child(ren) to receive the Covid-19 vaccination at LCS on Friday 21st January.

Please read the information in the letter carefully and complete the e-consent form, if you wish to, at the link included in the letter. Any students receiving this round of vaccinations must have had consent from the parent/carer through this new consent form, as no consent obtained from previous forms will be considered.

Please remember that school are providing a site for the vaccinations and are not otherwise involved in, or responsible for, the delivery of the vaccination programme. Please direct any questions about the vaccination programme to the Immunisation Team, using the contact details provided in the letter, and not to the school.

Please also be aware that students will not be collected for their vaccination individually by school staff, so must be aware on the day whether consent has been provided by their parent/carer for the vaccination. Please have this discussion with your child(ren) to ensure they are aware whether or not you have consented.

Thank you.

J Wilding
Headteacher

 

A copy of the letter can be found under Parents > Communications > Letters Home

Update from Mr. Wilding - 10th January

Posted 10th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a reminder to parents and carers regarding the start of term.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening, from LCS.

Welcome to the Spring Term. It has been good to see students back in school today, either for on-site Covid-19 testing or for exams. We will continue to follow the published remote learning timetable tomorrow and students will begin to return to face-to-face lessons from Wednesday, with all students back in school on Thursday.

Current Covid-19 guidance

I have summarised the Covid-19 guidance we are currently following in brief bullet points, below:

  • As students return to face-to-face lessons this week, face masks will continue to be worn throughout the building, including classrooms, as was the case last half-term. As we were already doing this at LCS, the change to national guidance on face coverings doesn't impact on us significantly.
  • Staff and students should continue to test twice each week, on a Sunday and Wednesday evening, using the LFD testing kits. Additional test kits are being given to students when they attend for on-site tests this week.
  • The need for a confirmatory PCR test for asymptomatic cases has been dropped, so anyone testing positive through an LFD test should automatically self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days, with the day the positive test result was received being 'Day Zero'.Our local CCT have confirmed that someone testing on the morning of Day 6 and Day 7 could return to school on Day 7, if they have received 2 consecutive negative results, 24 hours apart from each other. Anyone returning on this basis should still continue to test daily until the end of the 10 days. Our understanding is that the above also applies to symptomatic cases who have tested positive via PCR, but I have asked CCT for this to be confirmed.
  • Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should continue to book a PCR test and isolate until results are received. I have asked CCT to clarify whether the isolation period 're-sets' if someone develops symptoms and tests positive on a PCR, after initially self-isolating from an asymptomatic positive LFD result.
  • Close contacts of Covid-19 cases do not need to self-isolate, but should take LFD tests every day for 7 days and isolate immediately if they develop symptoms or test positive through an LFD test.
  • The '90 Day rule' doesn't really apply any more, but there is no need for a student to test again this week if they have had Covid-19 since mid December. For students who contracted Covid-19 prior to this time, however, it is worth them testing again, even if it is less than 90 days since they developed symptoms.

The above has been agreed with our local CCT and we will continue to take their lead and follow their guidance on issues related to Covid-19 in school.

Covid-19 vaccinations

We have been informed that, following national guidance, the School Age Immunisation Team will be offering the second dose of Covid-19 vaccination to young people aged 12 – 15 at LCS on Friday 21st January. They are also able to offer the first dose in school, if your child hasn’t yet received a vaccination.

Consent for this round of vaccinations is through a new Consent Form, a link to which will be emailed to all parents/carers via ParentPay tomorrow. The Immunisation Team will only use this new Consent Form, so any parent/carer wishing for their child to receive this Covid-19 vaccination in school must complete the new form. Details of any consent obtained through previous Consent Forms will not be used. Please check your emails tomorrow, when this information and link to the Consent Form will be forwarded to you.

On-site Covid-testing

We have completed all scheduled testing of students in Year 10 and 11 today. Please be aware that your child's result may not be sent to you until tomorrow, but that parents/carers of any positive cases have been informed. If you do not receive your child's test result today, but have not been contacted individually by school, please do not worry as the result will be negative.

Thank you, as always, for your on going support and I look forward to seeing all students back in school to resume lessons over the next few days.

Best wishes.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

Year 9 Options Information

Posted 10th January 2022

Due to the Coronavirus situation, this year's LCS Year 9 Options information and presentations can be viewed online.

You can find the information under Parents > Year 9 Options.

Update from Mr. Wilding - 7th January

Posted 7th January 2022

Mr Wilding has sent a reminder to parents and carers regarding the start of term arrangements.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon, from LCS.

I hope you have all had a peaceful new year and that this message finds you and your family in good health.

This is a very brief message to remind everyone of the arrangements for the start of term, on Monday 10th January. As previously stated, we are operating a phased return to school for students next week, following the plans issued before the holidays. Please familiarise yourselves with this information, which can be found on our website, at the following link:

https://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/covid_jan2022.php

Students should know the time and date of their on-site LFT test and arrive at the Testing Centre through the Fresco Drive entrance gate. Students do not need to wear school uniform when arriving for LFT tests and will return home as soon as their test is completed. Results will be communicated to parents/carers via email and text message, as in previous cases. Students must wear a face covering whilst in the Testing Centre, unless exempt.

Parents/carers wishing to consent to this latest round of testing can do so at the link below. Previous consent still applies, so parents/carers do not need to complete the form if they have already done so.

https://tinyurl.com/LCS-C19ConsentFormStudent

We continue to advise all students to test twice a week using the home testing kits previously issued and new kits will be provided to all students when they take their on-site LFT tests next week. Any students with symptoms of Covid-19 should not arrive in school for on-site testing and should book a PCR test, if they have not previously done so. If students have tested positive for Covid-19 during the holiday and are within their period of self-isolation at the start of term, we would ask parents/carers to call school on Monday 10th January to inform our Student Services office.

You will be aware that government guidance has changed nationally on testing and self-isolation since the end of last term. I will issue a further update as soon as we return to school on Monday, with any relevant issues related to this new guidance.

One of the main changes to national guidance is the recommending of face coverings to be worn by students in classrooms, as well as communal areas. As this was already in place at LCS at the end of last term, there is no change to our policy and students will be asked to wear face coverings throughout the building, including classrooms, at the start of term and until further notice.

Unless there are significant further changes to national or local guidance, my next update will be on Monday 10th January.

Best wishes.

Keep safe.

J Wilding
Headteacher

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