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Summer Safeguarding - Parents and Students

Posted 23rd July 2020

The LCS Safeguarding Department has issued a message to Parents, Carers and Students regarding safety during the Summer break.

Summer time, and particularly the summer holidays, can be full of hazards and risks to manage. We know that during this summer holiday pupils will continue to be restricted by the Covid 19 pandemic. So on the school website within the Safeguarding and Wellbeing section we have produced a roundup of resources and agencies that may be helpful during this time. This also includes a section on how to report a safeguarding concern to school and this will be monitored throughout the school holiday.

On-line safety is always a huge concern and even more so during the Covid 19 school closure. Please see below a message from Derbyshire Police about keeping our children and young people safe.  There is further information and resources available on the school website within the Safeguarding section under E-Safety should you have any concerns.

 

Derbyshire Constabulary message re online safety

During the Coronavirus lockdown children and young people have been spending increasing amounts of their time using online devices, games and apps. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increased risk of grooming, exploitation and abuse. In order to support agencies to protect and safeguard children and young people from abuse and exploitation, please be aware that:

  • ‘Banners’ on remote learning sites such as Seesaw may have chat facilities and these can be used by perpetrators to groom and exploit children.
  • Instagram and Snapchat are still the most common applications used by online offenders, however Grindr is increasingly being used by perpetrators to make contact with young people in Derby and Derbyshire. Gaming apps such as ‘Worldcraft’ have a chat facility within them and this can be used by perpetrators to make initial contact with the child. Instagram or Snapchat user names are then exchanged and the contact continues on these platforms. Remember, any online connected device or toy can potentially be used by offenders to groom, harm and abuse children.
  • It is vitally important that children, young people as well as their parents and carers are aware of how they can keep themselves safe online and know what to do to report concerns.

Update: 22nd July - Information Regarding September Re-opening

Posted 22nd July 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

This is a very short mesage, but contains links to much more detailed information related to our planned re-opening to all students in September. 

Instead of sending one extremely long and detailed message, or a series of shorter ones, we have published all information related to September in a dedicated area of our school website.

All relevant information can be accessed at the following link:

September 2020 Reopening Arrangements

I would respectfully ask all parents, carers and students to read this information fully. The first document is my summary of the key issues and arrangements, followed by more detailed documents and policy amendments. All of this information is new and has not been published previously, apart from the guidance on acceptable face coverings which relates to our current policy. Our policy on face coverings for September will be confirmed ahead of the start of the new school term, depending on government guidance at the time.

The latest government guidance for parents and carers of children in Secondary Schools was updated on 16th July and can be found at the link below:

GOV.uk Guidance for Parents/Carers of children in Seconary Schools

As always, I am happy to answer any questions about September through the usual channels. I will send one final update on Friday, together with a message from Jamie Cameron, Chair of LCS Governors. Until then, have a good evening and rest of the week.

Best wishes. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

LCS Sports and Fitness Centre Update

Posted 15th July 2020

The LCS Sports and Fitness Centre has released an update with regards to it's current closure.

You can find it on the Sports and Arts Facilities page.

 

Year 13 - Leavers' Ball

Posted 13th July 2020

Year 13 - Leavers' Ball

Year 13 students have been sent a survey to their school email accounts relating to the potential rearranging of the Sixth Form Leavers' Ball which was previously cancelled due to the lock-down. The deadline for responses is Friday 17th July.

Update: 10th July - Information Regarding September Re-opening

Posted 10th July 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Although our plans for September are far from finalised, I am aware you will have questions about the organisation of the school day and what our plans will be for re-opening. I have attached below a brief outline of our plans for September, although this is subject to change depending on the local and national picture around Covid-19 at the time. 

What we are putting together is, we believe, the best offer we can make to all students, taking into account current government guidelines. Our plans will allow all students to return to a full-time timetable in September, although concessions will need to be made in some subject areas. The plans outlined below are subject to successful Risk Assessments being completed and agreement with our Governing Body.

Information for parents and carers  –  School re-opening for September 2020

  • School will close to all students on Friday 24th July and we plan to re-open for all Year Groups at the start of the Autumn term.
  • School will be open to our new Year 7 and Year 12 students only on Monday 7th September.   This is to allow our Induction Programme to take place for all our new students, as this was not able to happen during the summer term. Details of Induction Days will be sent separately to parents/carers of students involved.
  • Students in all other Year Groups will start term on Tuesday 8th September.
  • All students should attend school from the start of the Autumn Term in September, on either 7th or 8th September, as indicated. Government guidance states: this means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.
  • Students will be taught in six Year Group ‘bubbles’ and will have lessons in separate areas of the school site. Year 7-11 will be in separate ‘bubbles’. Year 12 and 13 will be together as one Sixth Form ‘bubble’.
  • To allow for effective hygiene and to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, hand sanitizer will be placed at the school gates for students arriving and leaving each day. There will also be sanitizer placed at entrances to corridors and classroom blocks. There will be aprox 50 hand sanitizing stations placed around the school site, in addition to existing handwashing facilities in student toilet areas.
  • Teachers will move to each classroom and between ‘bubbles’, as per government guidance, maintaining a 2 metre distance from students at all times.
  • Support for SEND students will continue from September, with Teaching Assistants allocated to each ‘bubble’. Student PCPs will be written and reviewed as normal.
  • Start and finish times are to be confirmed, but we will be operating a staggered start and finish to the school day. Students will be asked to arrive at a given time from 8-30am to 9-00am and different Year Groups will use different entrances.*
  • Lunchtime will be reduced from 55 minutes to 40 minutes, to allow for an earlier end to the school day without reducing teaching time. Timings for the end of the school day are to be confirmed, but will likely be between 2-50pm and 3-00pm*
  • There will be a school bus available at the start and end of the school day. Timings and routes are to be confirmed.*
  • Students travelling to school via public transport should refer to the appropriate government guidance at that time.
  • Movement of students within each ‘bubble’ will be allowed, but students will not mix between ‘bubbles’ during the school day. Movement of students around the school site will be kept to a minimum.
  • Key Stage 3 students will remain in the same room for most of their lessons, but there will be some movement to specialist classrooms for some subjects within the Year Group ‘bubble’. There will be more movement within Year 10, Year 11 and Sixth Form ‘bubbles’ to allow for students to access specialist rooms for GCSE and A level courses.
  • Students will have their break and lunchtimes in their ‘bubble’.
  • Students are required to bring their own school equipment, as equipment cannot be shared between students. This includes:
    • Pens and pencils
    • Ruler
    • Eraser
    • Calculator. We recommend the Casio fx-83GTX (available on-line for around £11) but if   your child already has a scientific calculator, there is no need to purchase a new one
    • Maths set
    • Glue stick
    • Coloured pencils
    • Small curved-edged scissors
  • Students should bring an individual small bottle of hand sanitizer (50/60ml) to keep with them at all times during the school day.
  • All students should be in full school uniform on returning to school in September. Latest government guidelines state: Uniforms do not need to be cleaned any more often than usual, nor do they need to be cleaned using methods which are different from normal.
  • Uniform can be purchased from any of our 3 official suppliers; details are on the school website. We would recommend purchasing uniform on-line, or checking with the suppliers whether they are operating a counter sale service.
  • Students in our Sixth Form should follow our published dress code.
  • Plans for delivery of the PE curriculum from September are still to be finalised, but will likely focus on light exercise for students in their school uniform, at least for the first half-term.
  • Students will need clean trainers for PE, but we are not asking parents/carers to purchase new PE kit at this stage.
  • School kitchens will be open for all students. There will be a reduced take-away Menu available, with a range of sandwiches and a hot food option each day, which will be accessible to all students at different serving areas around school. Students eligible for Free School Meals will receive these in school as normal; the voucher scheme will end after the summer holiday.
  • Students should not bring cash into school and all meal accounts should be credited via wisepay. Any funds deposited on student meal accounts before school closure will remain. Details of how to use wisepay are available on the school website, or can be sent to parents/carers personally via contact with our admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk email address, if requested.
  • Lockers will not be accessible to students at the start of term, unless they are located in the rooms allocated to the Year Group ‘bubble’.
  • School Behaviour Policy will be amended to reflect these changes to the organisation of the school day and will be shared with parents, carers and students ahead of the start of term in September. All current school sanctions will remain in place, although we hope they will not be required for the vast majority of students.

*Details and timings to be confirmed week beginning 31st August, taking into account potential changes in the local situation and any change to government guidance over the summer holiday.

If our ongoing Risk Assessments lead to the plans outlined needing to be changed ahead of the summer holiday, I will let you know as soon as possible. Otherwise, parents and carers can plan ahead on this basis, although final confirmation of re-opening will not be possible until the end of August/beginning of September.

If you have any questions about our re-opening plans, I would be happy to answer these via the usual channels.

Thank you for your continued support.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

Posted 10th July 2020

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Cleaner.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss)

Posted 9th July 2020

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teaching Assistant 1:1 support (Trauma and Loss).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 10 Student Survey

Posted 8th July 2020

All year 10 students have been sent a survey to complete by Monday 13th July. They should find a link to the survey in their school e-mail inbox. This important feedback will help teachers in their planning for next year.

Results Days 2020

Posted 8th July 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the arrangements for this year's Results Days have been modified. Students have been sent information regarding the new arrangements via their school e-mail accounts.

If you think you have missed out, you can download a copy of the arrangements for this year's Results Days below:

Results Days Arrangements 2020

Update: 7th July

Posted 7th July 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

Thank you to those parents and carers who responded to our recent survey. The results can be viewd via the link below:
Survey Results: LCS COVID-19 Response

Overall we are pleased with the positive responses we have received from parents and carers. We are aware that what we have offered over the last few months is not perfect - it was never going to be - and there are issues and comments we will be taking on board to improve our future planning. As a school, the scenario we have been dealing with since March is not one we have ever faced, or thought we would have to face, in the past and, as such, there were no plans for it. I would like to pay tribute to all our staff for what they have done in offering the best we possibly could for our students and to the students themselves, as well as parents and carers, for their support in making it work. It has and will continue to be a team effort.

One regular question from the survey, and one I have been asked by several parents since closure, relates to the use of live streaming of lessons. I have attached a link below to an article from Schools Week which hopefully provides some additional context to the issue. I have spoken to a number of Headteachers in local schools who have shared our concerns over live streaming and, although this is a very good question raised by parents and carers, I can assure you it is not a case of every other school doing it where we are not.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/coronavirus-teachers-warned-against-live-streaming-lessons/

Towards the end of last week, OFQUAL issued a consultation on exams and assessments for students who are due to sit exams in Summer 2021. I have attached the consultation at the link below, for all parents and carers interested in reading it; it will be of particular interest to parents and carers of students currently in Year 10 and Year 12. Details of the consultation and how to respond to it are contained in the document. We will respond as a school, once we have considered all of the points raised.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/897137/Consultation_on_proposed_changes_to_the_assessment_of_GCSEs__AS_and_A_levels_in_2021_020620.pd

We are at present continuing to plan for September, using the guidance received from the government last week. My last email update shared a couple of key elements of our plans already decided and I will provide further information as soon as possible.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Parent/Carer Survey Responses

Posted 7th July 2020

The results of the Parent/Carer survey regarding LCS' response to the COVID-19 outbreak are now available. Thank you to everyone that sent in their feedback.

You can view the results here: Survey Results: LCS COVID-19 Response.

Year 10 - Work Experience in September 2020 Update

Posted 3rd July 2020

The LCS Careers department have sent out an important update to Year 10 Students and their parents/carers with regards to their planned work experience placements in September 2020.

You can find a copy of the letter under Parents > Communications > Letters Home.

Update: 3rd July

Posted 3rd July 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We are at the end of another school week and I would like to, once again, pay tribute to all our students, parents and carers for their continued hard work and support.

A reminder that our parent/carer survey closes this evening, so please respond to the email link if you have not already done so. Thank you to those of you who have already submitted your views.

Yesterday we officially saw government guidelines for September reopening, which are extremely detailed and will take some time to fully digest. We have 3 weeks now before end of term to finalise and publish our own plans for September and, barring any local issues of rising infections or 'local lockdown', we are confident that we have time for the relevant plans and risk assessments to be drawn up and the necessary consultations to take place.

I can confirm now that we are planning for a full return for all students in September. How we do this has still to be finalised, but some decisions have already been made.

At this stage, the main things I can confirm are that school will not be open to students during the summer holidays, as I stated in my previous update.

We have also decided to hold our Induction events for our new Year 7 and Year 12 students, postponed from this term, on the first day of Autumn Term, 7th September. This means that only students from the new Year 7 and Year 12 groups will attend on that day and we aim for all other Year Groups to return to school on Tuesday September 8th.

All remaining details for our return to school in September will be shared as soon as they are finalised.

In other important matters, with the current national and local focus on racism and social inequality, I have been working on a joint statement on behalf of the school in response to current events. The statement has been agreed by myself, our Chair of Governors and Governing Board and representatives of staff unions as a joint school response and, I hope, speaks for itself. I have attached a link to the statement (below), which has been published on the school website.

http://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/_alert/files/statement_equality.pdf

As a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak and development of the 'Track and Trace' programme, it has been necessary to update our Privacy Statement in relation to our sharing of data with outside agencies. A link to the statement addendum is below:

http://www.littleover.derby.sch.uk/content/data_protection/files/privacy_notice_covid.pdf

Finally, for your information, I have attached a link (below) to the latest government guidance on schools, for parents and carers. This guidance was last updated on July 1st.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak#resources-and-support

I hope you find the information above useful and, as always, I am happy to respond to any points or questions you would like to raise in relation to anything I have included in this email. Please contact me at school if you wish to and I will aim to reply to every message.

Enjoy the weekend. 
Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

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

Information for Year 12 Students

Posted 12th June 2020

Information for Year 12 Students

Information for Year 12 students regarding tutor sessions in school and online lessons have been added to the COVID Information for Students page.

You can find it at Sixth Form > COVID Information for Students

Information for Students/Year 10 Return to School

Posted 11th June 2020

We have created a page containing useful information for students during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

This page contains information about the arrangements for Year 10 returning to school.

You can find it at Students > COVID Information for Students

Uganda Covid-19 and Flood Damage Appeal

Posted 9th June 2020

Uganda Covid-19 and Flood Damage Appeal

LCS is raising money for Child Africa School in Uganda to help combat the effects of Coronavirus and severe flood damage.

As a school we have been visiting Child Africa School in Uganda for 7 years now, undertaking a variety of projects to improve the lives of the children there. This year's trip was unfortunately cancelled due to the Coronavirus and we were all devastated to learn that we could not go.

Uganda Flood Damage Uganda Flood Damage

We have since received news that in Uganda the lives of the children, their families and the teachers at Child Africa Junior School have been blighted not only by Coronavirus but also by the worst monsoon season seen for years.

The Ugandan government has imposed a strict lockdown. Schools are closed meaning that children will not receive the vital hot meal that they rely on; the only hot meal of the day for many students.

Many of the families rely on casual labour for work, and this has been stopped in many cases by the lockdown. There is no benefit or furlough system, teachers are receiving no pay, and consequently many families have no money. Food prices have soared and floods have damaged houses and washed away the small areas that families use to grow crops to eat and sell.

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

Survey for Parents/Carers of Year 10 & 12 Students

Posted 8th June 2020

A survey has been sent out via email today to parents and carers of Year 10 and 12 students.

The purpose of this survey is for parents and carers to inform school of whether or not they will be sending their child(ren) in from 15th June, based on the plans issued by Mr Wilding on Friday 5th June.

If you do not receive this email today, please email admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk. A copy of the survey will be sent to you personally, on request.

Surveys should be submitted by 9pm tomorrow, Tuesday 9th June.

Thank you.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

5th June Update - Wider Opening for Years 10 and 12

Posted 5th June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents regarding LCS partially re-opening to students.

You can download the full letter in PDF format from Parents > Communications > Letters Home.

To all parents and carers,

Since mid-March, school has been closed for all but vulnerable students and children of critical workers, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This has created massive challenges for school, students, parents and carers in creating and maintaining an effective education for our young people during school closure. No system in this situation can ever be perfect, but I feel through our close work and communication together we have been able to make the best of the unprecedented challenges we have all had to face.

We are now at the point where government has announced a partial return to school for students in Year 10 and Year 12 for ‘some face-to-face support with their teachers, to supplement their remote education’. The most recent government announcement on 28th May made particular reference to the number of students schools should allow on site at any one time, with around ‘a quarter’ being the guidance offered. As the secondary school with the largest number of students in Derby and Year Groups of around 300, this will pose particular challenges for us in creating a plan for students to return, whilst maintaining social distancing and health and safety guidelines. The plan we have agreed is based on a wide range of considerations, but most importantly is a plan we feel is in the best interests of students and staff welfare and safety.

Our newest and largest classrooms seat a maximum of 12 students, with social distancing guidelines. Classrooms in the older part of the main school building seat a maximum of 8. These restrictions have significantly informed our planning and what we can, realistically, offer to students in Year 10 and Year 12 at this time.

I am aware some parents and carers may be disappointed with the details of our plan and would have wanted additional provision. I also accept some parents and carers will continue to have concerns over sending their children to school at all, at this time. The plan for partial re-opening we have agreed has been discussed with Unions, Governors and the Local Authority and is the best we feel we can offer, at this time.

Vulnerable students and children of critical workers can continue to attend on the same basis they have been since school closure began in March; there are no plans nationally for students in Years 7-9 to return to school until September. We will continue to set work remotely for all students in Year 7-9, with Heads of Year and Form Tutors making additional contact with students from a pastoral and well-being perspective.

The plans outlined below are, therefore, for the attention of parents and carers of students currently in Year 10 and Year 12. I would ask each parent and carer to share the following with their child(ren).

Students in Year 10

  • From 15th June, students in Year 10 will be divided into 4 separate groups, who will attend school for one morning session each week. Each group of students will comprise of around ¼ of the Year Group (around 70-75 students), as government guidelines advise. These groups will be based on Science classes, as we feel this is the best way of arranging effective teaching of each group to the appropriate level.
  • Students will have teacher-led sessions in English, Maths and Science, with all other subjects continuing to be taught remotely. This is our only practical solution, as there are too many combinations of option subjects to offer face-to-face support fairly, outside of the core curriculum.
  • Each group of students will be allocated a separate area of the school site (‘Bubble’) and will then be further divided into 3 classes across 3 separate classrooms. Each classroom will have one class teacher and additional TA support, if and when required.
  • Classrooms will be set up to enforce social distancing, with students seated 2 metres apart.
  • Social distancing signage will be placed outside each classroom, on entry to the school site and at other points around premises.
  • To reduce the movement and ‘mixing’ of students around the site, each class will stay the same each day. All lessons will take place in the same classroom, with teachers and TAs going to the room rather than students moving to them.
  • The 3 areas of site we will be using are the Maths Corridor (D Block), G Block and B Block (downstairs). All 3 separate areas will have access to Toilet and hand-washing facilities, so students from each ‘bubble’ do not mix.
  • Students will arrive in school at allocated entrances and at allocated times, between 8-45am and 9-30am, depending on their Science group. Students will be on site for between 3 ½ and 4 hours and will then leave from 12-30pm to 1pm, depending on their start time. Students will be supervised on entry and exit to the school site, to make sure social distancing guidelines are being followed.
  • Students will be directed to wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer before entering their allocated classroom and at regular points during their time in school.
  • Government guidelines state that schools must be able to keep kitchens open to serve food from 15th June, but due to our lack of facilities for students to sit and eat meals while maintaining social distancing, food served will be in the form of take-away options students can purchase at the end of their session. Each ‘bubble' will have access to a food servery, again to reduce mixing between students.
  • Students will have a short break part-way through their morning sessions, but will not have a lunch break in school and will leave site when their session ends. Students can bring their own drinks and/or snacks for their morning break.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be set up outside every classroom and supplies of tissues will be made available in each room. There will also be a supply of cleaning materials in each room, with cleaning and site staff cleaning the site regularly during the day.
  • Students in Year 10 will attend on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, as directed. There will be no in-school sessions offered to Year 10 students on a Friday.
  • As students will be in school one day per week only, school uniform should be worn.

Students in Year 12

  • In Year 12, lessons will continue to be held remotely with an increased use of Microsoft Teams, as the number of possible student/subject combinations would make it impossible to offer on-site lessons to students at A Level. Mr Archer will issue more details to Year 12 students, parents and carers on this.
  • Year 12 students will be offered face-to-face support with Form Tutors in small groups in the afternoon, after the last of the Year 10 students have left the school site. Students will be able to attend one session per week, as with Year 10. There will be some Teams lessons offered to Year 12 students on Fridays. Again, Mr Archer will issue separate details of time/group allocations.
  • Different rooms will be used for Year 12 Tutor meetings than Year 10 sessions. Rooms will be set up in line with social distancing guidelines, as with Year 10 classrooms.
  • Processes for cleaning of rooms used for Year 12 Tutor sessions will be the same as in Year 10 classrooms.
  • Usual dress code rules for students will apply.

Whether you are a parent or carer of a student in Year 10, Year 12 or your child attends as a vulnerable child or child of a key worker, students must not be sent into school if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms. Students displaying symptoms during the day will be removed to a room on their own until they are collected by parents or carers. Students who go home in these circumstances will be asked not to return until their period of self-isolation is complete, or if proof is provided of a negative test result for the Covid-19 virus.

If your child is due to attend and cannot do so due to illness, we ask parents and carers to contact school as per usual attendance policies to inform us of this. If your child is suffering with Covid-19 symptoms, you must inform school of this immediately and not send them in.

Latest government guidance has stated the following in regard to student attendance at this time: We strongly encourage children and young people in the eligible year groups and priority groups (such as children of critical workers) to attend, as requested by their school or college, unless they are self-isolating or there are other reasons for absence (such as shielding due to health conditions). You should notify your child’s school or college as normal if your child is unable to attend so that staff are aware and can discuss with you. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

Due to social distancing guidelines related to public transport, students are asked to walk or bicycle to school. If students are arriving on bicycles, helmets should be worn as per usual school policy. We are not expecting the usual school bus to run from 15th June but, if this changes, we will inform parents and carers immediately.

Government guidance on transport to school for students can be found at the following link:
https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/schools/

Staff in school cannot handle cash at this time, therefore if students wish to purchase food in school there must be sufficient funds deposited on their Wisepay accounts. Alternatively, students may bring their own food to school, or eat once they have returned home.

Alongside this information, all parents and carers of students in Year 10 and Year 12 will be sent a survey we would ask to be completed and submitted as soon as possible. Once replies to the survey have been received, we will be able to confirm each student’s allocated group, entrance/exit and classroom.

When arriving at school, students must arrive at the time allocated to them and at the correct entrance. Students should not arrive early, as they may not be allowed entry onto school premises. Parents and carers bringing students to/collecting students from school by car must do this outside of the correct school entrance. Parents and carers should remain in their vehicles when dropping off/picking up students from school. Staff will be on hand to supervise entry and exit for students at each entrance and to enforce social distancing.

Students should only travel to school with family members and should only be brought to school in a vehicle with family members residing in the same house.

We would continue to ask for numbers of visitors to school for reasons other than bringing/collecting of students be kept to an absolute minimum at this time.

Our school Behaviour Policy has been amended to reflect guidelines on social distancing and controlling the Covid-19 virus. Staff in school will do as best they can to enforce social distancing, but this can never be completely guaranteed and the responsibility must also be on the individual student to follow the guidance and instructions given.

Our expectations of student behaviour on site and in the community travelling to/from school remains as it has always been. We are sure we can rely on students to follow instructions on their return to school and we hope that behavioural sanctions will not be required, but we will take action against students who are deliberately behaving in a manner likely to endanger the safety of others.

Government guidelines state that face masks should not be necessary in schools if social distancing is maintained, however we will allow students to wear face masks in school if they wish to do so. If face masks are worn, these must be of the disposable variety and not scarves/bandanas or another home-made style. Students will be asked to remove any face covering other than a disposable face mask on entering the school site and anything removed will need to be placed in a plastic bag, inside the student’s school bag.

I appreciate the information above is detailed and will take some time to read and digest. The subsequent survey being sent to you will provide the opportunity to state whether or not you will be choosing to send your child to school at this time, based on the plan outlined above. Within the survey, there is also an opportunity for all parents and carers to make additional comments.

We would respectfully ask that no additional communication be made or questions asked via phone or email at this time and that all comments be made through the survey. If it is clear that further clarification is required once survey results have been collected, additional guidelines will be issued and there will be opportunity to ask personal questions to school at that time.

My next communication with you will be to send the survey via email, which is planned for Monday 8th June. Responses will be requested as soon as possible, but at the latest by 9pm on Tuesday 9th June.

We will endeavour to start with the plan outlined above from 15th June. Final decisions on start dates will depend on the completion of necessary site safety work, as well as staff availability. If the plan outlined above cannot begin on 15th June itself, we will endeavour to begin as close to this date as possible. Final confirmation of this will be issued on Friday 12th June.

Thank you.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 2nd June

Posted 2nd June 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

Good afternoon from LCS. I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.

As we start the final half-term of this academic year, we are also increasing our planning towards potential re-opening of school for additional face-to-face support for students in Year 10 and Year 12. The government announcement on 28th May did not change any of the ideas we had already discussed with regard to partial re-opening and has allowed us to move ahead to the next stage in our planning.

Meetings will be taking place in school with Unions and Governors over the next two days, after which point all parents and carers in Years 10 and 12 will be contacted with our plans for re-opening. At that stage, parents and carers will be asked whether they will be sending their child(ren) to school on the basis of the published plans.

If plans are accepted by Unions and Governors and parents and carers are happy to send children back to school, this could happen as early as 15th June. This is in line with government timescales and ahead of our original draft timescale of July.

It is now clear that students in Years 7,8 and 9 will not return to school until September. We will continue to set work remotely for students in these Year Groups and are looking to increase our contact with students, via telephone and email. We will also continue to remain open for vulnerable students and the children of critical workers, right through to the end of term on July 24th.

Please continue to support your child(ren) with the work being set and encourage them to contact teachers if they have particular concerns or questions. Please also continue to contact relevant staff as parents and carers if you have concerns about your child(ren), as outlined in my last update prior to the half-term holiday.

There is one final issue I would ask for your support with, if possible. We have recently received several complaints about litter and general anti-social behaviour of young people using the field adjacent to Fresco Drive, next to the main school site. This is a school field, although is used at times by members of the public as it is not completely fenced-off.

I have contacted Police and Derby City Council with regard to this issue and would ask for the support of parents and carers in asking students not to use this field in large groups, or for anything other than ball games. We have always allowed and encouraged students to use this field outside of school hours, as long as they do not leave litter and their behaviour does not cause issues for local residents. This remains the case, although it appears some members of the community are not keeping to these instructions and are not following current social distancing guidelines.
I am sure I can rely on your support in passing this message to students, to keep damage and issues for local residents to a minimum.

Thank you for your continued support. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Additional Update: 22nd May

Posted 22nd May 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a second update to parents.

To all parents and carers.

Apologies for the additional update. I will keep it very brief.

During yesterday afternoon, the government published additional guidance entitled ' Help Secondary School Children Continue Their Education During Coronavirus'.
The link to this document is below:

Help Secondary School Children Continue Their Education During Coronavirus

This is useful guidance and confirms advice we have been providing as a school. It also reminds parents and carers, as we have been, to contact school if they have any concerns around their child's work or well-being during school closure. I would encourage all parents and carers to do this and have listed below a reminder of relevant staff to contact with general concerns. Please also encourage your child to communicate with their class teachers via email, if they have any questions or issues with work being set.

General questions or concerns can be sent to the following staff via email. This should initially be via the school email address, available on our website.

Mr J Wilding - Acting Headteacher
Mrs J Bunting/Mr A McElhone - Deputy Headteachers
Ms L Wilson - Assistant Headteacher ( Year 6 Induction/Looked After Children/ Key Stage 3 )
Mrs L Craven/Ms L Jenkins - Safeguarding and Well-Being
Mr R Archer - Head of Sixth Form

Heads of Year

Ms S Doran - Year 7
Mr J Woods - Year 8
Mr K Bowler - Year 9
Ms H Walker/ Mr G Wilson (Assistant Heads of Year) - Year 10
Mr G Moses - Year 11
Mr R Archer - Year 12/13

Please retain this information for any future communications, once we resume setting of work from June 1st.

Thank you. Take care.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 22nd May

Posted 22nd May 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Good afternoon. I hope this message finds you all safe and well.

As I type this, I am unaware of the promised further government guidance on potential Secondary School re-opening being published. Our SMT and Site Manager met on Wednesday morning to form preliminary plans for the potential re-opening of school to students in Year 10 and Year 12 next half-term, which, when finalised, will be discussed with staff and relevant unions. Without the additional government guidance, this process is currently on hold.

Assuming the additional guidance is issued within the next few days, we are told that the final decision on whether schools will re-open will be taken by government on 28th May, taking the current available scientific evidence into account. We will now await the publication of the guidance, as well as any announcement on 28th May, before moving the process forward. Our timescale for potential re-opening remains as I have previously stated.

As we approach the half-term holiday, a reminder that teachers should not be setting work for students today and tomorrow, to allow the 'catch-up' time requested by numerous parents and carers. Some work may be set for students in Year 10 over the holiday and school will remain open for the vulnerable students and children of key workers wishing to attend; school will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May.

I have attached below a link to a short video and associated advice issued by ThinkuKnow, related to on-line learning and safety. I hope you find the information on use:

ThinkuKnow - Online Learning and Safety

I would like to congratulate all our students for their continued efforts and resilience during the last half-term. They really are exceptional young people and thoroughly deserve a rest from work over the next week.
To all our parents and carers, also, I say thank you for your continued support, especially those of you who have sent supportive emails or posted positive comments on our social media pages. Your support has kept us all going in these challenging times, whether it be those of us who are in school or those staff working from home.

Finally, I would like to wish our Muslim students and families Eid Mubarak for this weekend, at the end of what must have been a particularly unique and challenging month of Ramadan.

Best wishes. Take care.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Teacher of English and Media Studies (Maternity Cover)

Posted 21st May 2020

Job Vacancy: Teacher of English and Media Studies (Maternity Cover)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teacher of English and Media Studies (Maternity Cover).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Half-term Holiday Provision at LCS

Posted 18th May 2020

Littleover Community School will be open for EHCP/LAC children and for Children of Key Workers over the Half term Holiday.  This will be for four days, Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th May, from 8.40am to 3.15pm.

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 can carry on with homework tasks if they wish to. Students will NOT be expected to wear school uniform.

Timetable for each day

8.40 - 10.30  Catch up on school work, revision, extra Maths/Eng/Sci in D7
10.30 - 11.00 Break
11.00 - 12.30 Craft and Sports in C17, Hall or outside
12.30 - 1.15 Lunch
1.15 - 3.15  Films, reading or computer games in the Library

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

We understand that some parents may need to use this facility for all four days, and others for just one or two days. 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 holiday club for your child, please email provision@littleover.derby.sch.uk with details of your child’s name and year group and the days they will be attending.

Mrs Bunting
Deputy Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant

Posted 15th May 2020

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assistant

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

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update: 14th May

Posted 14th May 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

A very brief update from me today.

I have included the link (below) to the government document for parents and carers issued this week.

There have been numerous publications and updates issued by government and teaching unions this week and our assessment of the current situation remains ongoing. The document below includes all the relevant information for parents and carers, as things currently stand.

As the document states:
'Schools and other settings should communicate their plans to parents once they have had a chance to work through them in detail'.

At LCS this is and always has been our plan and we will continue to update you regularly as things develop.

Government Information for Parents and Carers Re: School Reopening.

Best wishes and keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 12th May

Posted 12th May 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Following the government's announcement yesterday evening, it is clear that school closure will continue for some time yet, particularly in the Secondary sector. A copy of the detailed document 'Our Plan to Rebuild' has been sent via email to schools this afternoon and we will be taking time to review the contents of this document over the next 24 hours.

Practically speaking, I have asked staff to continue setting work as they have been so far, with a further review of the situation at the start of next half-term. Following feedback from parents, carers and students, we have asked staff to allow students some time to catch up by not setting any new work on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May. This will allow students the 'breathing space' requested by the majority of parents and carers who have been contacting us in recent weeks. If students feel they are up to date and do not need this time to catch up, they should use the time to revise and review the work they have completed so far. They can also continue to access tasks via Mathswatch, Doddle and/or The Oak Academy, as many are already doing. As I have mentioned previously, staff will not set work over the May half-term holiday and we would encourage students to take this time to rest and focus on more non-school related activities to benefit their physical, as well as mental health.

Although no formal timescale has been outlined by government so far, we are working on the basis that any return to school for exam classes in Year 10 and Year 12 will not be before mid-July; if further guidance is provided, this may obviously change. If and when this happens, we will put a plan together to manage student numbers on site in order to adhere to social distancing; this would be shared with parents, carers and students nearer the time. At present, we are waiting for further guidance on the possible return to school for students in Years 7-9.

As students continue to work from home and following feedback and questions from parents and carers, I have attached a link to a Parent Resource Hub related to safety on line and with social media. This is from an organisation called The Key, which we have recently subscribed to in school. I hope it is of use to you.

The Key - Parent Resource Hub

One of the main things I am concerned about as school closure continues is the lack of personal contact between students and school staff. In recent weeks, our well-being and SEND teams, as well as Heads of Year, have been contacting parents, carers and students to check on the welfare of as many students as possible. We have also been keen to update our social media accounts with fun activities involving school staff, to maintain informal as well as formal communications between students and school. It is very difficult, though, for us to make personal contact with all students at the moment and I would encourage those of you concerned about your child to email or call school to request contact from a member of staff. We will endeavour to contact all those students where requested, as well as continuing with our existing planned communications. I have recorded a brief Instagram message for students this afternoon encouraging them to get in touch with us if they are finding things difficult working from home and I would appreciate if you could inform your child about this message, or show it to them.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support. We will continue to work together until this current situation is behind us and we can start planning ahead for the future.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 6th May

Posted 6th May 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

As we approach the end of another week of school closure, we await the government announcement on potential re-opening of schools, scheduled for Sunday. Once this announcement has been made, regardless of what it may contain, it will take us time as a school to assess and decide on the action we will need to take.

I would respectfully request that parents and carers do not contact us with questions related to potential school re-opening at this present time, as I will be communicating any decisions made to you as soon as it is appropriate to do so. There has been a lot said on this topic of late, some of which has been confusing and unhelpful, and I will be relieved personally when we know what the government's plans for schools actually are.

This week we have again seen some outstanding examples of work being completed by students at home. Please thank your children for their continued efforts and for their responses to the forms sent out by Form Tutors, which were returned in impressive numbers. Heads of Year will be contacting students who did not return their forms over the next few days, to check all is well and to make sure students have no concerns.

This week on our social media pages, we have also seen contributions from our Year 10 Tutor Team by way of a tribute to Friends, filmed by staff from home. We hope students enjoyed this, along with other messages staff have been posting over the last few weeks. It is important, as well as the setting of work, that we maintain a more informal and personal connection with students and there are plans for further such posts in the future.

As I said in my previous update, school will be closed on Friday and no work will be set by teaching staff. I hope students will be able to use the long weekend to recharge their batteries from what has been a very busy few weeks since the Easter holiday.

Finally, a massive thank you to anyone who has donated materials to Mr Smith, who has been in school making hundreds of PPE masks for local hospitals and organisations. We have enough acetate in school to make 700 masks, but need other materials for the headbands. Details of the materials required have been posted today on our Facebook and Twitter sites and we would be extremely grateful for further donations.

I will issue a further update early next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 30th April

Posted 30th April 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Good afternoon from LCS.
I hope this latest update finds you and your families safe and well. It seems like a lifetime since we were open to all students, but I have been reminded that today is only day 19 of school closure, which has put things into a little more perspective.

Star Academies has recently launched StarLine, a free national helpline to provide parents with home education advice while schools are closed. StarLine offers parents tips and techniques from qualified teachers, education and parenting experts, and suggests online resources to help children learn at home. It covers all areas of the curriculum and all stages of education, as well as family wellbeing, children’s behaviour, and SEND. The helpline is open Sunday–Friday and all calls are confidential – further details and contact information can be found on the StarLine website 

https://www.starline.org.uk/

From a school perspective we continue to monitor updates and announcements from the DfE and Public Health England, with regard to possible dates for schools to re-open. As yet there is no set timescale for this, but we are expecting some guidelines to be announced fairly soon. It is clear that any re-opening of schools will be phased and not all students will be attending each day. LCS, as any other school, will face the challenge of social distancing in classrooms and corridors, which are no wider than 2 metres in most areas of the school building. We will, however, work as best we can and will find a workable solution when the time comes.

Following Senior Management discussions this morning, we have made the decision not to issue any further progress Reports for students this academic year. Each Year Group has had either an Interim Report, Full Report or Parents' Evening before school closure and we feel any further issuing of progress grades this year would be inappropriate. We will be looking at our Reporting and Parents' Evening cycle from September and will make necessary adjustments to make sure parents, carers and students receive the necessary progress information, once the new academic year begins. I am aware this will be frustrating and disappointing for many of you, however we felt it the best decision to make rather than issue progress grades that could not, realistically, be accurate.

As well as continuing to set work for students, we have begun looking at plans for our Induction process, both for new Year 7 and Year 12 students for September. In both cases, this process will clearly not be able to run as it has previously and we are looking at alternative methods of providing the relevant information. We will be informing parents, carers and students of our revised Induction programs as soon as they are finalised.

As always, thank you for your continued understanding and support during the current school closure. Please encourage your children to follow the activities being posted on our social media sites, as well as completing the work set by teachers. Ms Wilson will soon be posting a competition on the theme of school staff and their pets, so make sure you don't miss out!

Best wishes and keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 24th April

Posted 24th April 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Good afternoon from LCS, at what is the end of another unusual week.

Thank you all again for the messages of support we have been receiving and for your help and encouragement with students completing work from home. A lot of the work students are sending back to us is of an excellent quality and it is clear many students are taking a great deal of time and care over the tasks being set. Once again, this shows the exceptional young people we have as students at LCS. They are a credit to the school and, more importantly,  to yourselves as families.

I would like to remind all students that we only expect them to produce work to the best of their ability and that times indicated by staff on Go4Schools are for guidance only. We do not expect students to spend excessive amounts of time on tasks in certain subjects, to the detriment of others. We also do not want students to put themselves under unnecessary pressure and stress to complete work at home. They must also take time to rest and look after their mental, as well as physical health.

Form Tutors have sent out a task to all students this week to check how they are getting on and to find out the sort of activities students have been taking part in during school closure. We have had some excellent responses already to this and we would ask all students to respond to their Tutor by next Wednesday. We are also encouraging students, parents and carers to interact via our Facebook and Instagram pages, so please feel free to send things in to us if you can.

I would like to send a particular message to our Muslim students at the start the holy month of Ramadan, which will be a unique and unusual experience in the current circumstances. Our best wishes to all students and families. Ramadan Mubarak.

I will continue to update you next week and will pass on any further links to useful resources, as and when we receive them. My last update contained several such resource links, which I hope you have found useful. 

Best wishes from all staff at LCS.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Spanish or Head of Spanish

Posted 23rd April 2020

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Spanish or Head of Spanish

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teacher of Spanish or Head of Spanish

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update: 22nd April

Posted 22nd April 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out an update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Good afternoon. I hope you are all safe and well.

Just a brief update for today, with some more links to useful information and activities during school closure. We receive numerous updates each day with links to useful sites and resources, but the ones attached below may be of particular use to you.

Resources

ThinkUKnow have added further information to their online safety advice for parents, carers and students. This can be found at the following link:

https://mailchi.mp/8b4d65c61324/online-safety-at-home-from-thinkuknow-21-04-20?e=7b7b9b48db

 

Amazon have made hundreds of audible books available to young people without subscription. These can be accessed at the link below:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

The National Theatre have recently launched 'National Theatre At Home', where productions can be accessed on-line for families to watch at home. The link for this is:

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

BBC Bitesize have added a lot of resources to their site to support students during school closure. The link for this is below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Free School Meals

Finally, you may be aware of a recent temporary extension of Free School Meal eligibility to families who have no access to public funds. The details of this are at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups

If you believe your child is eligible under these new guidelines, please email wisepay@littleover.derby.sch.uk 

Our kitchen staff have asked if parents/carers of students currently attending school could make sure school meal accounts are topped up through Wisepay, to avoid staff having to handle cash. If students attending are eligible for Free School Meals, this will continue to be automatically credited to their account.

That's it from LCS today. Please look out for further updates on Friday.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update: 20th April

Posted 20th April 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out another update to parents.

To all parents and carers,

Hello again. I hope this message finds you well and that you have all had a break, of some sort, over Easter. We will be setting work for students again from today, using the same methods as previously. We will also be returning to updating students, parents and carers regularly via email and social media; I have recorded a brief message to students on Instagram this afternoon and would be grateful if you could ask your child(ren) to look at it, or show it to them.

I am aware that some students will have found the work being set before Easter extremely challenging and that some will be concerned about not completing tasks. Please assure your child(ren) that we are only asking them to complete tasks to the best of their ability and, as long as they are doing so, there will be no sanctions issued to students when school re-opens. We obviously want students to complete as much work as possible, but we understand that timescales need to be flexible under the circumstances.

We have today started work on awarding of GCSE and A level 'Centre Assessment Grades' for students due to sit exams this summer. Mr McElhone will be sending a separate, more detailed, email to parents and carers of students this applies to. Mr McElhone's email will also include a link to the OFQUAL Consultation for Exam Grading and Assessment 2020, which can be responded to by parents and carers up to Wednesday 29th April. Schools have until 29th May at the earliest to finalise these grades and cannot share any of the information with students, parents or carers at any time. As Mr McElhone's more detailed email says, we appreciate you allowing us the time to complete this process in the fairest way possible and we respectfully ask that you do not contact school to ask about individual cases; we would not be able to respond.

I apologise to parents and carers of students eligible for Free School Meals, as there have been significant problems with issuing of e-vouchers over the last 2 weeks. This is a national issue with the website and is not related to us as a school. We believe the issue has now been rectified and parents and carers should be receiving their back-dated e-vouchers soon. 

Please note that the Safeguarding and Wellbeing sections of the LCS website are being regularly updated with useful links to support information and services which provide help during these uncertain times.

Thank you again for your support and cooperation during this time. I will issue a further update in a few days.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Key Workers children and EHCP/LAC students w/c 20th April

Posted 15th April 2020

School will be open from Monday 20th April onwards for children of key workers and EHCP/LAC students. (We will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May). The Government advises that children should be at home if possible.

If you need your child to attend school next week (and further forwards) please email provision@littleover.derby.sch.uk so that we know who to expect. We understand that some parents may just need to send their children on particular days, this is fine, just send the details of which dates they will be attending. Students should wear school uniform and report to D7 at 8.40am. Students will use the time to get on with work that is being set on Go4 schools. There will be teachers from different subjects on duty over the week so that students can ask for help on anything they find difficult. There will be a small selection of food to buy in the Dining Room, or students may bring their own sandwiches.

Mrs Bunting

Deputy Headteacher

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.

Wellbeing during Quarantine

Posted 3rd April 2020

Wellbeing during Quarantine

Please keep an eye on our new Wellbeing section for advice and things to do during the coronavirus outbreak. We have recently added a daily checklist to help keep our students and their parents ticking along!

Safeguarding & Wellbeing > Wellbeing at LCS > Safeguarding and Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Outbreak

The LCS Safeguarding department has also 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.

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.

Safeguarding and Wellbeing Update

Posted 30th March 2020

Safeguarding and Wellbeing Update

We have added new safeguarding and wellbeing information to support parents and students during the Coronavirus outbreak.

You can find out more under Safeguarding & Wellbeing > Safeguarding at LCS.

Year 11 Grades Update

Posted 20th March 2020

Whilst we await clarification from the government, predicted grades have been temporariliy locked from parents and students.

Dear Parents/Carers,

During the last week staff were in the process of reviewing the predicted grades for Year 11. Not all staff had finished this process. Obviously national events have overtaken this process so we have temporarily locked these from parents and students until we have a clear picture of what the situation is with regards to the awarding of grades in the summer.

We will update you and your child as soon as we have further information in this regard.

Thank you for your patience and understanding at a stressful time for all.

Mr McElhone
(Acting Deputy Headteacher)

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

PSA Quiz Night - POSTPONED

Posted 12th March 2020

Unfortunately, the PSA Curry and Quiz Night scheduled for Thursday 26th March has been postponed.

Please contact the source of your tickets with regards to a refund.

Job Vacancy: Head of Spanish

Posted 11th March 2020

Job Vacancy: Head of Spanish

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Head of Spanish.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

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

Non Uniform Day - 13th March

Posted 3rd March 2020

Non Uniform Day - 13th March

Friday 13th March is a Non-Uniform Day at LCS.

This event is organised by LCS School Council students. Money raised will be split between Sport Relief and WWF Australian Bushfire Relief.

Useful Safety Information - saferderbycity.org

Posted 25th February 2020

Useful Safety Information - saferderbycity.org

A wide range of useful information for both parents and students on how to keep safe can be found at the recently updated www.saferderbycity.org website.

Topics covered include:

  • Knife Crime
  • Gangs
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Child Criminal Exploitation / county lines
  • Sexting
  • Online Safety

Adult Education Courses 2019-20

Posted 13th February 2020

Adult Education Courses 2019-20

Derby Adult Learning Service, who provide Adult Education at LCS, are holding a series of open days in the coming months.

Download a list of Derby ALS Open Days.

In addition, information about a range of new Adult Education courses can be found on the Adult Education Page.

Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant (Careers/PSHE/Sixth Form)

Posted 13th February 2020

Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant (Careers/PSHE/Sixth Form)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Administrative Assistant (Careers/PSHE/Sixth Form)

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Student Services Manager/SIMS Manager

Posted 12th February 2020

Job Vacancy: Student Services Manager/SIMS Manager

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Student Services Manager/SIMS Manager.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 12 Parents Evening Letter

Posted 10th February 2020

Year 12 Parents Evening Letter

Year 12 students should have received a letter regarding the upcoming Year 12 Parents' Evening.

This letter has a reply slip which must be returned.

You can download a copy from Sixth Form > Letters Home.

Drug Alert: Vaping Amongst Young People

Posted 7th February 2020

Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has issued an alert regarding the misuse of drugs in vaping liquids.

More information can be found in the Safeguarding page under "Where can i get support" > Breakout. or by clicking here.

Smoking, including vaping, is banned at LCS along with drugs and psychoactive substances. More information about this and the associated sanctions can be found in the School Behaviour Policy.

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Technology (Engineering)

Posted 6th February 2020

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Technology (Engineering)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teacher of Technology (Engineering).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Languages

Posted 6th February 2020

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Languages

LCS has two vacancies for the position of: Teacher of Languages.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Uganda Project: 00s Night - Friday 31st January

Posted 29th January 2020

Uganda Project: 00s Night - Friday 31st January

LCS is hosting a 00s night in aid of the LCS Uganda Project on Friday 31st January.

The event will run from approximately 19:30 to 22:30 in the LCS Main Hall (doors open at 19:00).

The evening will focus on the music of the 2000s and will feature live performances and DJ Sets. A licensed bar will be available.

Tickets are available on the door priced at £5 each. All proceeds will go to the LCS Uganda Project 2020.

LCS Top of the League for A-levels!

Posted 28th January 2020

LCS Top of the League for A-levels!

The A-level league tables were released this week by the Department for Education confirming LCS as the highest performing school in the city.

The average grade of our Year 13 students last year was a B (National average grade is C) with an average point score of 38.24 (National average is 32.87) in their best 3 A-levels which placed us as the best in the city of Derby. LCS was also ranked 1st for the % of students achieving top grades in ‘facilitator’ subjects and for the average grade in all A-levels taken. The league tables also confirmed that LCS students made good progress in the 6th Form, with a positive ‘value added’ score – the only school in the area with so many students to achieve this positive measure.

With 35% of all grades A*/A, 63% A*-B and 88% A*-C, these results are confirmed as the best in the school’s history. This is particularly encouraging as they are the first results achieved since we began to adjust our curriculum in response to recent A-level reforms which suggests that the curriculum model that we have adopted is working.

These outstanding results are a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and students and enabled virtually all the students to go on to their first choice universities or apprenticeships – including 9 offers from Oxford and Cambridge which was another record for the school.

Job Vacancy: Relief Exam Invigilator

Posted 21st January 2020

Job Vacancy: Relief Exam Invigilator

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Relief Exam Invigilator.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Duke of Edinburgh Award Administrator/Verifier

Posted 21st January 2020

Job Vacancy: Duke of Edinburgh Award Administrator/Verifier

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Duke of Edinburgh Award Administrator/Verifier.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Extra Curricular Activities Timetable

Posted 20th January 2020

The January 2020 list of extra-curricular activities at LCS is now available.

You can download a copy of from Students > Clubs and Activities.

Young Performers Showcase - 11th February

Posted 13th January 2020

Young Performers Showcase - 11th February

The LCS Young Performers Showcase will take place on Tuesday 11th February at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased in school from C14.

Prices are as follows:

Ticket Price
Adult £4.00
Concession £3.00
Family £12.00

Young Performers Poster

Year 9 Options

Posted 13th January 2020

GCSE Option Choices forms and supporting information for Year 9 students are now available.

Note: The deadline for Year 9 students to submit their Option Choices form is Tuesday 28th January.

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

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Technology

Posted 9th January 2020

Job Vacancy: Teacher of Technology

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teacher of Technology.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Updated Visitor Protocol and Safeguarding Information

Posted 6th January 2020

In order to improve safeguarding at LCS, we have updated our visitor protocol. We recommend that anyone visiting LCS should make themselves familiar with the new procedures before arriving.

The updated visitor protocol and associated safeguarding information can be found via School > Contact Us / Visitor Protocol.

Goodbye Mr Venkatesh!

Posted 20th December 2019

Goodbye Mr Venkatesh!

LCS Headteacher Mr Venkatesh today arrived in a chauffeur driven car for his last day at LCS.

As a brass band played the tune from Mastermind (Mr Venkatesh was famously on the show, winning his heat!), Mr Venkatesh emerged from the silver car amid cheers and applause from the hundreds of LCS students and staff lining the road.

After 17 years, first as Deputy Head and then Headteacher, Mr Venkatesh will now hand over the reins of LCS to new Acting Headteacher, Mr Wilding.

The LCS community thanks Mr Venkatesh and wishes him all the best in his retirement.

Farewell Message from Mr Venkatesh

Posted 18th December 2019

Farewell Message from Mr Venkatesh

Mr Venkatesh, who leaves LCS at the end of December after 17 years, has written a message of farewell to the LCS Community.

Please find the full message below:

Farewell Message from Mr Venkatesh

First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks for the kindness and generosity shown to me this term, as I come towards the end of my 17 years at Littleover. The gifts I have received will be treasured and enjoyed, and the personal messages will be remembered.

When I arrived at Littleover, it was a successful school with pride in its achievements. I have been fortunate indeed to be able to play my small part in maintaining our high standards, firstly as Deputy to the extraordinary David Nichols, and more recently as Headteacher. As always, it has been a team effort, and I would like to pay tribute to all the staff, students, governors and parents who have worked together, sometimes in difficult circumstances, to keep us on track.

Globally and nationally, the picture is unstable and worrying for many of us. All the more important then, to stick to our own core values, and control the things we can, ensuring that at least within the school we maintain a positive spirit and allow diversity and excellence to flourish, in a civilised and caring environment.

I leave the school in the capable hands of Mr Wilding, who has shown over many years the strength of his commitment to LCS and has played a large part in its current success. He will be able supported by an experienced and professional senior team, and a whole staff determined to improve the school even further. With your continuing support, Littleover Community School will go from strength to strength.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from me to everyone associated with LCS.

Thank you.

Mr A Venkatesh

Last Day of Term

Posted 18th December 2019

School will finish at 1:40pm on Friday 20th December, the last day of term.

There will be a school bus available to pupils at the end of the school day, as normal, at 1:40pm.

Students return to school on Monday 6th January.

Year 12 End of Term Certificates

Posted 17th December 2019

Year 12 End of Term Certificates

Year 12 students have received their end of term certificates, via email, for 100% attendance and punctuality, 10 or more positive points and excellent effort on their autumn reviews of 1.5 or lower.

May we wish you a very merry Christmas.

Year 12 Reviews and SMART Targets

Posted 16th December 2019

Year 12 Reviews and SMART Targets

Year 12 students should have received communications via email regarding Year 12 Reviews and SMART targets.

If you think you may have missed out, you can download a copy of the information from Sixth Form > Letters Home.

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

Posted 27th November 2019

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

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

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 11 Mock Exam Timetables

Posted 19th November 2019

The timetables for the Year 11 Mock exams in December 2019 and March 2020 are now available.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.

Christmas Concert - 3rd December

Posted 18th November 2019

Christmas Concert - 3rd December

The LCS Christmas Concert will take place on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased in school from C14.

Prices are as follows:

Ticket Price
Adult £4.00
Concession £3.00
Family £12.00

Christmas Concert Poster

 

Job Vacancy: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Verifier/Administrator

Posted 15th November 2019

Job Vacancy: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Verifier/Administrator

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Verifier/Administrator.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Calendar Update

Posted 12th November 2019

We have made a number of changes to the school calendar. Please be aware that the school calendar is published subject to change and the latest version will always be available on the LCS Website calendar page.

Notable changes:

The INSET day previously scheduled on Friday 3rd July, 2020 has been rescheduled to Monday 13th July, 2020.

Additionally, the Year 8 France trip will take place a week later than previously planned, now departing on Friday 10th July, 2020.

You can find the calendar at School > Important Dates > Calendar.

Exam Timetables Update

Posted 11th November 2019

Several exam boards have made alterations to the timetables for the GCSE and A-level exams in Summer 2020.

The latest versions of the timetables are now available to download.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

Posted 6th November 2019

Job Vacancy: Cleaner

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Cleaner.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Year 13 Parents Evening Letter

Posted 5th November 2019

Year 13 Parents Evening Letter

Year 13 students should have received a letter regarding the upcoming Year 13 Parents' Evening.

This letter has a reply slip which must be returned.

You can download a copy from Sixth Form > Letters Home.

Ski Trip 2021

Posted 23rd October 2019

Ski Trip 2021

LCS is running a Ski Trip to Bormio, Italy in February 2021.

The trip is available to current LCS Year 7 to 12 pupils.

An information letter, including a registration form, is available to download.

Please note that the intial deposit for the trip must be paid, accompanied by the registration form by Friday 22nd November 2019.

You can download a copy of the letter from Parents > School Trips and Activities > Ski Trip 2021.

Sixth Form Applications

Posted 22nd October 2019

Sixth Form Applications

Students may apply for 2020 entry into LCS Sixth form from approximately 8am on Wednesday 23rd October.

Applications will be via an online form which will be made available via Sixth Form > Applications.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 6th December.

Year 11 - Information for Students and Parents

Posted 17th October 2019

An information pack aimed at Year 11 students and their parents can is now available to download. It includes a list of important dates, revision guides and advice from previous Year 11 students.

You can download a copy from the Parents > Year 11 Information.

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

Posted 17th October 2019

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant

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

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Specialist Assessor

Posted 15th October 2019

Job Vacancy: Specialist Assessor

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Specialist Assessor.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Summer 2020 GCSE and A-Level Exams

Posted 8th October 2019

The timetables for the GCSE and A-level exams in Summer 2020 are now available to download.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.

Revised Term Dates: 2020-21

Posted 26th September 2019

After careful consideration, we have decided to make changes to the published term dates for Academic Year 2020-21.

Dear Parent/Carer,

After careful consideration, we have decided to make the following changes to the published term dates for Academic Year 2020-21:

  • Autumn Term will now start for LCS Staff on Thursday 3rd September 2020;
  • We will hold two INSET Days on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September;
  • LCS Students will start back on Monday September 7th;
  • Summer Term 2021 will now finish on Friday 23rd July 2021.

Any parent/carer with concerns or questions over this change of term dates should contact me personally as soon as possible, via the main school email address.

Term dates for this academic year 2019-20 remain unchanged and we would continue to ask parents/carers to arrange holidays outside of term time and during published school holiday times.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J Wilding
Deputy Headteacher/Acting Headteacher (from January 2020)

International Languages Week 2019

Posted 20th September 2019

International Languages Week 2019

23rd-27th September is International Languages Week at LCS!

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of language-based activities throughout the week including quizzes, international food sales and karaoke amongst others!

Open Day and Evening - Thursday 3rd October, 2019

Posted 19th September 2019

LCS will be holding our Open Day and Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October, 2019, when you and your child will have the opportunity to find out more about Littleover Community School.

Open Day

The school will be open to the public on the morning of 3rd October, between 9am and 10:45am, with the last tour taking place at 10am. Lessons will continue as usual and visitors will be able to enter classrooms and observe us at work on a normal Thursday morning. Student Guides will help to show you around and there will be a chance to ask questions and discuss what you have seen with senior staff.

Open Evening

LCS' Open Evening will be held from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on the same day. There will be a programme of continuous displays and exhibitions, together with timed events. A meeting will be held at 7.00 pm in the School Hall for parents of prospective students for September 2020.

A one-way system will be in operation during open evening and visitors should arrive via the Pastures Hill entrance and leave through the bottom exit on Fresco Drive. There will be limited parking on site but if you can avoid arriving by car, this would be advisable.

I do hope you will be able to attend one or both of these events, and I look forward to meeting you. If I can be of further help, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr A Venkatesh
Headteacher

New Dance Classes at the LCS Gym

Posted 17th September 2019

New Dance Classes at the LCS Gym

New dance and exercise classes are available at the LCS Gym.

You can found out more information at Facilites > Sports & Arts Facilities.

Extra Curricular Activities Timetable

Posted 16th September 2019

The Autumn 2019 list of extra-curricular activities at LCS is now available.

You can download a copy of from Students > Clubs and Activities.

Sixth Form Open Evening - 22nd October

Posted 12th September 2019

Sixth Form Open Evening - 22nd October

LCS would like to invite you to attend our 6th Form Open Evening on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 from 5.45pm to 7.30pm. This event will take place in S Block and the Sports Hall.

As well as having the opportunity to visit different subject stalls and the purpose-built 6th Form block there will also be two separate formal presentations both covering issues such as entry requirements, the application process, expectations, ethos and facilities. These identical presentations will commence at 5.45pm and 6.30pm (you will only need to attend one of these).

You will also have the opportunity to talk to current students. 

Prospectuses including details of how to apply, course content and organisation will be available on the evening and also via the school website after this date.

This is not a ticketed event, please just turn up at your convenience between the times mentioned above ensuring that you try to make one of the presentations at 5.45pm or 6.30pm where possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sixth Form Handbook

Posted 11th September 2019

Sixth Form Handbook

The LCS Sixth Form Handbook, containing useful information for LCS Sixth Form students and their parents, is now available to download.

You can download it from Sixth Form > Parent Information.

Adult Education Courses 2019-20

Posted 11th September 2019

Adult Education Courses 2019-20

The list of 2019-20 Adult Education classes held at LCS is now available.

For more information please see Facilities > Adult Education at LCS.

Job Vacancy: Caretaker/Site Operative

Posted 30th August 2019

Job Vacancy: Caretaker/Site Operative

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Caretaker/Site Operative.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

GCSE Results

Posted 22nd August 2019

Congratulations to all LCS students who received their GCSE results today.

The 2019 GCSE results are excellent!

  • 80% of pupils achieved 9-4 grades in English and Maths
  • 50% of pupils achieved the EBacc (A*-C or 9-4 in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages)

A superb achievement - well done!

Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant (Sixth Form/Careers)

Posted 21st August 2019

Job Vacancy: Administrative Assistant (Sixth Form/Careers)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Administrative Assistant (Sixth Form/Careers).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

A-Level Results

Posted 15th August 2019

A-Level Results

Congratulations to all LCS Year 13 students who received their A Level results today.

Littleover Community School is celebrating its best ever A level results. Over a third of grades were A*-A and nearly 2 thirds of grades were A*-B with 87% of grades being C or above. The average grade was a B. These results are a significant improvement on last year and represent a fantastic achievement for our students and it is great to see the hard work of students and staff rewarded.

Over half of students achieved at least one grade A with 80% of students achieving at least one grade B or above. 2 students achieved 4 A* grades and 4 students achieved 3 A* grades with 17% of students achieving 3 or more A*/A grades. Nearly half of all students achieved three Bs or better and the overall pass rate is 100%.

Although the number of high grades is very pleasing and enables a large number of students to access the most competitive universities, courses and apprenticeships, it is important to note that there are many students throughout the ability range who have, through sheer hard work as well as natural ability, matched or exceeded their target grades, and all deserve congratulations for their achievements.

Key Figures 2019
A* 8.3%
A*-A 34%
A*-B 62%
A*-C 87%
A*-D 96%
A*-E 100%
Avg Points per Entry 39.9
Avg Grade B

Well done!

Charity Week 2019: Final Total

Posted 23rd July 2019

Charity Week 2019: Final Total

Charity Week 2019 raised a total of £4184.40. The money will be split between the Child Africa Uganda project, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Mind (a mental health charity). Thank you for your support!

The Child Africa Uganda Project is a charity that funds a school in a poverty-ridden area of Uganda where they would usually have to pay for an education. Our school raises money to help those children, builds new sustainable facilities and provides the children with clothing. 

CRY stands for Cardiac Risk in the Young, this charity prevents young. sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening, and research as well as supporting affected families.

Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems, which is a growing problem within young people.

Safeguarding During the Holidays

Posted 22nd July 2019

Safeguarding During the Holidays

Our recently updated safeguarding section on the LCS website has a great deal of useful information for anyone requiring advice or support during the school holidays.

You can find out more under Safeguarding > During the Holidays.

School Finishes Early on Last Day of Term.

Posted 22nd July 2019

Please be aware that school will finish at 13:50 on the last day of term, Thursday 25th July.

The school bus will be running at the end of the day.

Students return to school on Monday 9th September.

Job Vacancy: Receptionist/Admin Assistant

Posted 19th July 2019

Job Vacancy: Receptionist/Admin Assistant

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Receptionist/Admin Assistant.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Charity Week 2019: 15th-19th July

Posted 8th July 2019

Charity Week 2019: 15th-19th July

Charity Week 2019 will run from 15th-19th July. LCS Year 11 students will this year be raising money for The Child Africa Uganda project, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Mind (a mental health charity).

The Child Africa Uganda Project is a charity that funds a school in a poverty-ridden area of Uganda where they would usually have to pay for an education. Our school raises money to help those children, builds new sustainable facilities and provides the children with clothing. 

CRY stands for Cardiac Risk in the Young, this charity prevents young. sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening, and research as well as supporting affected families.

Mind is a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems, which is a growing problem within young people. 

Events during the week will include: A staff talent show; a student talent show; samosa sales; sweet sales; chip butties; pizza; milkshakes; a staff football match; cake sales and more.

 

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