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Update from Mr Wilding - 25th November

Posted 25th November 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We are looking forward to welcoming Year 9 and Year 11 students back tomorrow, after their period of Remote Learning. I would like to thank all students, as well as their parents and carers, for supporting our Remote Learning program over the last 2 weeks. An important reminder that students should not return to school if they are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, regardless of how mild these symptoms may be. Students should also not return if any members of their family have symptoms or are awaiting test results.

We are continuing to have cases of students testing positive for Covid-19 in most Year Groups, which are requiring groups of students to be sent home as close contacts. At present, most of the students testing positive are already self-isolating due to cases in their family, or are leading to small numbers of students being identified as close contacts. If numbers of positive cases continue to increase or there are large numbers being identified as close contacts, however, I cannot guarantee that whole Year Group bubbles will not be asked to work from home in the future. As always, any decision made will primarily be with the health and safety of students and staff in mind.

As we are now 10 weeks into the Autumn Term and with the number of cases of Covid-19 we have had, particularly recently, we are aware that some students have now been asked to self-isolate as close contacts several times. We are looking to put in additional support for these students, particularly if they have been sent home more than twice since September. We cannot predict which students will test positive for Covid-19 and, therefore, do not know who their close contacts will be. We will continue to do what we can, however, for the students most affected.

A reminder that school is closed on Monday 30th November for staff INSET. We are planning some Christmas activities for students in the last 3 weeks of term, details of which will follow in due course. It will be a different end of term than any we have had before, but we will still be marking the festivities in some form.

Finally, we have been contacted by our local Police Safer Neighbourhood team about E-Scooters. I have been asked to share the message below with all parents and carers;

Message from Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team

Please can you make all students and parents aware of important information regarding E-Scooters. The simple message would be no privately owned E-scooters are allowed to be used ANYWHERE other than on private land that has no general public access and with the landowners permission. We do not wish E scooters to be purchased in good faith by parents under the mistaken belief that they can be used as a road legal form of transport. We also want anyone who owns one to be aware of the rules and not use them outside of what the law allows.

If riders are caught riding one and they end up putting points on their licence (possibly before they actually get it) it could affect their ability to get insurance/mean they can’t start driving.

Below are useful questions and answers that may help explain our message.


Derbyshire Constabulary and e-scooters

Avoid getting confused about the use of e-scooters by staying legal and staying safe. Our officers are engaging with communities to ensure people don’t misuse them.

These questions and answers should help :

I’ve just bought an e-scooter. Can I use it during the Derby Trial E-Scooter Trial?

No. All e-scooters are classed as ‘motor vehicles’ under the Road Traffic Act regardless of whether or not they are part of the trial. All E-scooter riders are subject to traffic legislation, drink and drug drive laws etc.

The crucial difference is that the Government exempted certain legal restrictions to allow the use of hired e-scooters on roads. These e-scooters are provided solely as part of the trial and can only be obtained via the operator for Derby City, a company called WIND. Only e-scooters provided as part of the trial can be used on roads -on a par with pedal cycles. They should stand out as they are painted yellow. E-scooters used in the trial are programmed with both ‘no go’ and ‘go slow’ functionality to help safeguard proper use

Privately owned e-scooters can only be used on private land where there is no public access and permission has been granted by the land owner to do so.

The law is clear in that retailers can sell e-scooters but they cannot be sold for use on the roads, only on private land.

What happens if I use my own e-scooter on the roads anyway?

Simple – the rider risks police action for no driving licence, insurance (£300 fine and 6 penalty points), vehicle not registered/no registration number, construction and use offences to name a few……. so please don’t risk breaking the law and getting points and a fine.

What about e-scooters being used for food deliveries around the City -is this allowed?

No. The same legal restrictions for private e- scooter use apply. The riders risk committing offences simply by using private scooters on roads.

What about buying my child an e-scooter so they can travel to and from school?

Don’t. Not only is there the road safety risk, doing so could mean the rider is stopped by police and unknowingly commits offences and risks penalty points either on their current licence if they have one or future licence when they obtain one. The only way a privately e-scooter can be used is on private land and then no driving documents are required. Many e-scooters have a maximum speed of 15.5 mph or more in some cases which can put other road users at risk particularly pedestrians.

How will Derbyshire Constabulary deal with e-scooter riders?

Police officers will be engage in improving awareness but e-scooter riders who knowing or persistently break the law will be dealt with appropriately.

Where do I find out more information?

Check out the Derby City Council Website or the Gov.Uk Website. Know the law before purchasing or using one.

Thank you, as always for your continued support. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assitant (English, Maternity Cover)

Posted 25th November 2020

Job Vacancy: Teaching Assitant (English, Maternity Cover)

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Teaching Assistant (English, Maternity Cover).

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Summer GCSE/A-level Exam Timetables

Posted 23rd November 2020

Summer GCSE/A-level Exam Timetables

The timetables for the GCSE and A-level exams in Summer 2021 are now available to download.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.

Positive COVID-19 Test - Year 10

Posted 20th November 2020

An LCS Student in Year 10 has tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted parents/carers of all close contacts of the students, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England

We have today, been made aware of a positive case of Covid-19 in a Year 10 student.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we have contacted the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Following standard Public Health England procedure, parents/carers will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open for Years 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13 and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 19th November

Posted 19th November 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

There are a few important items in my update today, which I hope you will all find useful.

Firstly, I would like to thank all parents and carers for their feedback on our Remote Learning programme. I have received emails from a large number of people and all feedback has been gratefully received. We have adapted our programme throughout the week and have learned lessons ourselves for how we would do things differently if/when we are in the same position again. Overall, we are happy with how our remote lessons have gone so far and with the vast majority of students who have engaged in a positive manner.

7RMF are due to return to school from their period of Remote Learning on Monday, followed by Year 9 and Year 11 on Thursday 26th November. Please remember that these dates for students to return are only if they are well and not displaying any symptoms of Covid-19.  If your child is symptomatic, no matter how mild the symptoms may be, or if they are self-isolating due to a subsequent positive case since their period of Remote Learning began, they must not return to school. Please also do not send your child(ren) to school if they or anyone in the family is awaiting test results. This applies to all students at all times, as well as to students returning to school from Remote Learning.

The government have recently published updated guidance for parents and carers around school provision during the Covid-19 outbreak. The link to this guidance is below:

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-in-the-autumn-term

On a separate matter, we have started our run of Parents' Evenings which will take us up to the end of the Autumn Term. We held a very successful remote Year 7 'Settling In' evening with parents/carers and Form Tutors on Tuesday of this week and we have two Parents' Evenings, for Year 13 and Year 11 respectively, scheduled in the next few weeks. For the Year 13 and Year 11 Parents' Evenings we will be using a new system of video calls, using software from SchoolCloud. Parents/carers of students in Year 13 have already received this information and appointments are in the process of being booked. Year 11 parents/carers will receive this very soon and will be able to start booking appointments with teaching staff. This is a totally new way of running Parents' Evenings for us, but we are excited about using the system for the first time and I hope it will be well received by parents and carers.

In my last update I promised a link to our recent parent/carer and student survey results. These can be found on our website, at the link below:

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

Finally, the letter below outlines support available to families through the Christmas period. This letter comes jointly from ourselves and Derby City Council and is aimed at families not already claiming Free School Meals for their children; see below:

Dear Parent/Carer

Derby City Council recognises that there has been a lot of discussion around the provision of Free School Meals during the school holidays. Locally, we see the need to provide both a short-term solution for the impending Christmas holiday as well a longer-term solution that helps address the root causes of the difficulties faced by families in Derby.  

The Derby Food 4 Thought Alliance, which is a collective of organisations working with Community Action Derby, aims to help people break out of the cycle of food insecurity and have provided support in Derby during the time of COVID 19. 

In partnership with Derby City Council, they are offering an opportunity for you to access a Christmas top-up package which provides a mixture of nutritional food, as well as some of the traditional treats for your children to enjoy at Christmas. You will also receive some information which highlights how you can access support available to you within the City throughout the year. 

Please be aware that this is a top-up package and it is not intended to provide items for the entire two-week period, but as an ‘add on’ to help supplement what you can manage to purchase yourself. 

To receive this package, you will need to contact Mrs Love at Littleover Community School. Please send Mrs Love your name, your child’s name, home address and contact details no later than Friday, 4 December via our Wisepay email address which is Wisepay@littleover.derby.sch.uk. By providing your personal details you are agreeing for school to share this information with Derby City Council and Food 4 Thought Alliance. 

Your child must not already be receiving Free School Meals to apply for this ‘top up’ package.  

If your child has any special dietary requirements, it would be helpful for you to inform us. The items will be delivered to your home address by the Food 4 Thought Alliance volunteers. 

We understand the difficulties that COVID 19 has challenged us with this year and therefore urge you to reach out if you require support and not suffer in silence. In spite of these exceptional circumstances, we feel that all families deserve to have a good Christmas.  

If you have any questions with regards to this support offer then please feel free to contact Mrs Love via email usingWisepay@littleover.derby.sch.uk or telephone 01332 513219

If you wish to access this support, please follow the instructions contained within the letter. A downloadable copy can be found under Parents > Communications > Letters Home

Thank you, as always, for your continued support. I am always happy to hear from anyone with comments about the school, positive or otherwise, and would again encourage anyone to email me if they would like to do so. I will do my best to respond to every message I receive.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 12th November

Posted 12th November 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

I hope this message finds you all well. Unfortunately, as you know, I had to make the decision yesterday to ask Year 9 and Year 11 students to work from home for the next 2 weeks. This was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make since taking the role of Acting Headteacher in January, but was a decision where I felt I had no choice.

As a school, we had a relatively small number of cases of Covid-19 amongst students in the first half-term; up to the last Wednesday of the half-term, we had 3 cases amongst students in 6 1/2 weeks. Over the last 2-3 weeks cases have risen in the community and in Derby as a whole, which has been mirrored in school. With the number of students currently being asked to self-isolate in Year 9 and Year 11, the decision to go to Remote Learning for 2 weeks with these groups was made both on health grounds and on the grounds of consistency of learning for those students at home, as well as those at school.

I am well aware of the inconvenience this decision will have caused some families, which I can only apologise for. With the number of cases locally, however, I cannot guarantee that the same situation may not happen again in other Year Groups, when the number of cases or students self-isolating reaches a certain point. All I can promise is that any decisions made will primarily be on the basis of the health and safety of our students and staff.

We have started our Remote Learning offer for students in Year 9 and Year 11 immediately this morning and, understandably, this has not been without technical problems. I hope most students have had a positive experience of lessons today and I would like to thank those parents and carers who have brought issues to our attention. Any issues or problems raised are being addressed and we are confident we will get better at delivering lessons remotely, over time. Today was the first day this school has ever attempted to teach a Remote Curriculum in this way and I would respectfully ask parents and carers to bear with us until we can iron out the problems. If you have any comments you would like to make on this issue, positive or otherwise, I would be happy to hear from parents and carers via email. As always, I will try my best to respond to any messages I receive.

As we expected under the circumstances, a small number of students have behaved inappropriately using the Microsoft Teams technology and those students have been contacted individually to remind them of our expectations for Remote Learning, which are the same as in the classroom. As the excitement and novelty of Remote Learning wears off, I hope students will settle in to using the technology in a consistent manner.

I would like to thank all parents and carers for their feedback on our recent Parent/Carer Survey. The responses to this, as well as our Student Survey, will help us to improve our work during the ongoing Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. Results from both surveys will be posted on our website soon and I will include a link to these results in a future update.

Finally, thank you for the positive responses we have had to our Act of Remembrance film, which was shown to all students yesterday during our collective period of silence. For those of you who haven't seen it, the link is below:

Thank you, as always, for your continued support in these challenging times.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Positive COVID-19 Tests

Posted 12th November 2020

3 LCS students,1 in Year 10, 1 in Year 12 and 1 in Year 13 have tested positive for COVID-19. We are in the process of contacting all close contacts of the students, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Cases - Advice from Public Health England


Since yesterday evening we have been made aware of 3 different confirmed cases of Covid -19 in school. 1 in Year 10, 1 in Year 12 and 1 in Year 13. Parents of close contacts of all 3 cases have been contacted. Please continue to check your emails, including SPAM folders for messages from school relating to this in case of further updates.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are in the process of contacting the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students should receive an email (please check your spam folder), following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The parents of the small number of students who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open for Years 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13 and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

GCSE and A-level Certificate Collection

Posted 12th November 2020

Due to Covid restrictions, 2020 GCSE and A-level exam certificates this year will not be able to be collected via our usual Reunion/presentation evenings and must be collected from school at specific times.

Collection days for ex-students of LCS are as follows:

  • 16th November - 20th November - Surnames A-M
  • 23rd November - 27th November - Surnames N-Z

1pm – 4.30pm daily.

Please bring photo identification with you.

Update 20th November: Further Maths Certificates have now arrived and are ready for collection.

Note: Students in LCS Sixth Form will receive their certificates in school.

COVID-19 - Years 9 and 11 to Remain at Home for 2 Weeks

Posted 11th November 2020

Due to a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases amongst students in Years 9 and 11, we ask that students in these year groups remain at home until Thursday 26th November.

Mr Wilding has sent a message to all parents and carers:

 

To all parents and carers.

Years 9 and 11 to Remain at Home for 2 Weeks

I have unfortunately had to make the decision to ask all students in Year 9 and Year 11 to stay at home for the next two weeks.

The reason for this decision is around the rising number of Covid-19 cases in these Year Groups, leading to an increase in students being asked to self-isolate as ‘close contacts’. With increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases and students being asked to self-isolate, I am concerned about potential further spread of Covid-19 within these Year Groups and the school as a whole.

As well as the potential further cases of Covid-19 in these Year Groups, there is also the issue of consistency in the education students can receive with the current situation as it is. It is becoming increasingly challenging for teachers to set work for students at home, whilst also having students in lessons. With a full Remote Learning plan for all students in Year 9 and Year 11 for the next 2 weeks, I believe students will receive a more consistent experience.

All students in Year 9 and Year 11 can return to school on Thursday 26th November, providing they are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or self-isolating due to a subsequent positive test.This date overrides any date students have previously been given individually for their period of self-isolation.

An email will be sent to all students later this evening, with details of the Remote Learning timetable; this will include lessons delivered via Microsoft Teams, as well as work set on Go4Schools. The Remote Learning Timetable will also be posted on Go4Schools and will start from tomorrow.

I am sorry to have to make this decision and I have not made it lightly. I do believe, however, that it is the most sensible course of action to take at this present time, both from a health perspective and in terms of providing all Year 9 and Year 11 students with a consistent standard of education.

Students in all other Year Groups, including Sixth Form, can continue to attend school as normal.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

LCS Remembrance 2020

Posted 11th November 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year's LCS Remembrance ceremony has been held online. Lest we forget.

LCS Remembrance 2020

Positive COVID-19 Tests

Posted 10th November 2020

3 LCS students,1 in Year 7, 1 in Year 9 and 1 in Year 11 have tested positive for COVID-19. We are in the process of contacting all close contacts of the students, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Cases - Advice from Public Health England


Since yesterday evening we have been made aware of 3 different confirmed cases of Covid -19 in school. 1 in Year 7, 1 in Year 9 and 1 in Year 11. Parents of 7RMF have been contacted and close contacts of all 3 cases are being contacted too. Please continue to check your emails, including SPAM folders for messages from school relating to this.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are in the process of contacting the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students should receive an email (please check your spam folder), following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

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

Posted 6th November 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.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr Wilding - 5th November

Posted 5th November 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

I have deliberately waited until now to send my first email update of the new half-term, as we have been awaiting guidance on the continued opening of schools during national lockdown. This guidance arrived late yesterday afternoon.

In short, there appear to be very few new aspects of this revised guidance which will affect us at LCS. The main change is the move to compulsory face coverings for all students and adults in communal areas of school buildings, although the revised guidance still does not make face coverings compulsory in lessons. As we have already been operating this system since mid-way through the last half-term, our rule on face coverings will continue as it currently is.

I have asked staff to be increasingly vigilant in enforcing this rule, together with other aspects of our safety and hygiene protocols, and I have spoken to all students yesterday about the need for us all to follow the rules for our own safety. I would respectfully ask all parents and carers to continue supporting us with our hygiene rules and I would thank you again for the support you have shown so far this year.

The revised government guidance also references transport and reminds parents and carers that if bringing or collecting children from school by private vehicle, that this should preferably be for single household use. Students using public or dedicated school transport, such as a school bus, should continue to wear face coverings at all times.

Attendance at school remains compulsory for all students, unless they are medically unfit to attend for whatever reason, including Covid-19, or instructed to self-isolate as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Students absent for Covid-19 related reasons will be set work remotely throughout their illness, or self-isolation period. 

The original advice over shielding for extremely clinically vulnerable students no longer applies in most cases, although parents are advised to speak to their GP if they are concerned.

As I have previously highlighted, it is essential that students displaying Covid-19 symptoms access a test as soon as possible and do not attend school. Students should not attend if they have been tested and are awaiting test results, unless the test has been taken as a routine part of a student or parent/carers job and they are not symptomatic. This would apply, for example, to those parents/carers or students who work in a care home.

Finally, on Covid-19 related issues, I would be grateful if all parents/carers could make sure they have provided us with up-to-date telephone numbers and email addresses. If you have changed your details recently, please contact us so we can update our records.

I mentioned in a previous update that we were looking at various ways of delivering Parents' Evenings remotely for the remainder of this year. We have decided to use a similar system to other schools locally, which facilitates appointments with teachers via video-call link. The system we are planning to use is called Schoolcloud and a link to instructions for making video call appointments is attached below:
https://support.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/article/801-video-parents-how-to-attend-appointments-over-video-call

Appointment times can be booked through the same on-line system and we will be contacting parents/carers of Year 13 and Year 11 students soon with instructions for their Parents' Evenings, which are on 24th November and 3rd December, respectively. Please do not contact us with questions about this at present, but please wait for further instructions around the date of your child's Parents' Evening; we hope to send information to each set of parents/carers around 2 weeks before each Parents' Evening date, to allow time for appointments to be made.

The Year 7 'Settling-In' Evening will proceed on 17th November as previously stated, with phone calls to parents/carers from each Form Tutor; we will not be using the Schoolcloud system in this case.

I will issue a further update early next week, unless there are further changes to government guidance in the meantime.

Best Wishes. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Positive COVID-19 Tests - Year 11

Posted 5th November 2020

Two LCS students in Year 11 hav tested positive for COVID-19. We are in the process of contacting all close contacts of the students, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England


We have been made aware of 2 members of our school community who have tested positive for COVID 19. The students are both in Year 11 but to the best of our knowledge they are not connected. We are in the process of contacting all close contacts of the students. Please continue to check your emails/phones for the next 24 hours for any messages from us.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Year 7 Flu Immunisations - 6th November

Posted 4th November 2020

Year 7 students are due to receive their flu immunisations on Friday 6th November. Parents/Carers are required to fill in a consent form prior to this date.

The consent form can be found at https://www.derbyshireandcityimms.co.uk/Forms/Flu.

The option to consent or decline the vaccination is at the end of the questionnaire so please complete even if you do not want your child to have the vaccination.

When completing the e-consent, please state the year group your child will be in at the beginning of the school year September 2020.

The unique school code for Littleover Community School is DC112956.


For more information about the vaccination please visit our website:http://www.derbyshireschoolnurses.org.uk/parents/immunisations

If you experience any problems please call the School Age Immunisation Team: 

If you have any questions regarding this please contact the Immunisation Team directly not the school office.

Thanks

LCS Medical Officer

Update from Mr Wilding - 23rd October

Posted 23rd October 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

I would like to thank you all for your support through what has been a very challenging half-term. Overall, our plans for re-opening of school have been very successful, with excellent levels of student attendance and engagement. Students across the school have settled back into a routine very well and are making excellent progress, both academically and socially. The ‘bubbles’ system has been a difficult one to adapt to and there have been some side-effects, as mentioned in my previous updates, but overall the system has worked well and has allowed us to keep the school open for all students for the vast majority of the time. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of school staff or the support of yourselves as parents and carers.

Unfortunately, our experiences of the last 48 hours have somewhat cast a shadow over the progress we have made in the last seven weeks and I want to be honest about our current situation, as well as asking for your support to make sure this does not happen again.

Up until Wednesday morning this week we had been made aware of three students testing positive for Covid-19 since the start of term. All of these students and families had followed the correct procedure and self-isolated immediately after the student became symptomatic, as well as booking an immediate Covid-19 test. As the students in these three cases had been absent from school since the onset of their symptoms, when they did ultimately test positive it was a relatively straight forward process to identify their ‘close contacts’, which were somewhere between twenty and forty students in each case. Although, regrettably, students were asked to self-isolate for a period of time in each of these cases, the potential impact on students was kept to a minimum, because the families concerned followed the rules.

Unfortunately, since Wednesday morning, we have been made aware of three further cases of Covid-19 amongst students in school, one each in Years 8, 9 and 10; these students are linked. As the published guidance on testing and self-isolation was not followed in at least one of these cases, there is the potential that one or more of these students has been in school whilst symptomatic. We were made aware of one of the students concerned returning a positive Covid-19 test result on Wednesday and the remaining two have subsequently also tested positive within the last 24 hours. This is the reason for my decision to send Year 8, 9 and 10 home yesterday as a precaution, as at the time this decision was made we only had confirmation of one confirmed positive test result, but we highly suspected the other two would follow. If that was to happen, which ultimately it has, I was not prepared to risk the potential further spread of Covid-19 infections amongst students. With these Year Groups being away from school yesterday and the INSET day today, the affected Year Groups will now have been away from school for 11 days before the start of next half-term on November 2nd.

The information we have sent out as a school since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak back in March has consistently reminded parents and carers of the guidelines related to Covid-19 and self-isolation. As well as our school website, which is regularly updated, information has been sent via our social media sites on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. My regular email updates have also reminded parents and carers of these guidelines numerous times.

It is absolutely vital for the safe running of the school that students displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 stay at home and do not attend. It is also vital that students are tested in this circumstance and that they remain absent from school until they receive a negative test result, or their period of self-isolation is completed.

I would like to thank the parents and carers who have followed these guidelines to the letter, as they have helped keep the numbers of Covid-19 related issues in school to a minimum.

I would like to remind some parents and carers of the guidelines, however, and point out the potential damage that can be caused when these guidelines are not followed.

As school will be closed now until Monday 2nd November, it is vital any positive cases of Covid-19 amongst students are reported to us, so any potential decision on students or Year Groups needing to self-isolate can be made ahead of the new half-term starting. If your child receives a positive Covid-19 test result during the school holidays, please email the school at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk . You will receive an out of office reply to your message, which will contain a number to text the name of your child and their Form Group. Please text your child’s details to this number, together with the date they were tested. Please do not call this number or use it for any other purpose. Please only inform us of positive test results, not symptoms.
If parents and carers of student ‘close contacts’ need to be contacted over the holiday we will endeavour to do this by email to the individuals concerned and we will also post general updates to all parents and carers via the usual channels.

Please check your emails next week, together with the school social media accounts, in case there is any information we need to inform you of.

Finally, a couple of unrelated issues. Hopefully, all parents, carers and students will have recently received email links to a survey we are asking you to complete. Results will help us assess our performance as a school over the last half-term and will also enable us to prioritise areas for improvement. Please complete this survey by Monday 2nd November. Your support is very much appreciated.

Our Virtual Sixth Form Open Evening will be available on our website from the end of school today, for all parents, carers and students looking to apply to LCS Sixth Form for September 2021.

I hope you all enjoy the holiday next week, especially our students who have worked so hard over the last half-term. You deserve a break.

Thank you. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

Posted 23rd October 2020

LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening

The LCS Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening is now online.

You can find it under Sixth Form > Virtual Open Evening.

Positive COVID-19 Test - Year 9

Posted 23rd October 2020

An LCS student in Year 9 has tested positive for COVID-19. Relevant parents and carers of students in close contact are being informed, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England


We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. The case is a student in Year 9.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are in the process of contacting the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students should receive an email (please check your spam folder), following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 9 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Positive COVID-19 Test - Year 8

Posted 23rd October 2020

An LCS student in Year 8 has tested positive for COVID-19. Relevant parents and carers of students in close contact have been informed, as per Public Health England prodecure.

To all parents and carers.

Positive COVID-19 Case - Advice from Public Health England


We have been made aware of a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. The case is a student in Year 8.

After contacting the relevant agencies, we have now contacted the parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students have been contacted personally by email, following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ . If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/  or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 8 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Letter to Parents from Wisepay

Posted 22nd October 2020

Letter to Parents from Wisepay

Wisepay have issued a letter to parents regarding the recent security incident.

You can view it at Parents > Communications > Letters Home.

2 Positive COVID-19 Tests - Years 8,9,10 to Stay Home Thursday 22nd Oct

Posted 21st October 2020

Two LCS students in Year 10 have tested positive for COVID-19. We are working as quickly as possible to inform any close contacts of the affected students.

To all parents and carers.

We have been made aware today of 2 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with students in Year 10. We have immediately been in contact with Public Health England and have been working as quickly as possible to identify the close contacts of the first of these cases.

Thank you to those who were able to come in to take your child home so quickly earlier today for those we identified from the first case.

We will be in touch as soon as possible with the parents of those students identified as close contacts of the second case. If you do not receive any direct communication from us by the end of school tomorrow then your child will not have been identified and can return to school on Monday 2nd November. It would be advisable for your child to stay indoors tomorrow until we have had time to contact you if necessary.

We have further concern over possible further close contacts between students in Year 8, 9 and the 2nd case in Year 10. Because of this we are asking all of Year 8, 9 and 10 students to stay at home tomorrow (Thursday) as a precaution whilst we work on identifying these possible contacts. Work will be set via Go4Schools for your child.

I apologise for the disruption this will cause to your child’s education. With school closed to students on Friday and next week being half term holiday, I have taken this decision as a precaution and to prevent further potential Covid-19 infections.

I hope you understand the reason for this decision.

Please note that Year 7, 11, 12 and 13 should come to school as normal tomorrow.

Thank you for your continued support.

Advice from Public Health England

We have been made aware of two members of our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19. Both cases are with students in Year 10. 

After contacting the relevant agencies, we are now in the process of contacting parents/carers of students we have identified as ‘close contacts’ of the students concerned. Parents/carers of these students will all be contacted personally by telephone and then by letter, following standard Public Health England procedure, and will be given advice on subsequent action they will need to take.

With there being two cases in the same year group, we have made the decision to ask all Year 10 students to remain at home tomorrow. As one of the students concerned has links to other Year Groups, we have also asked students in Year 8 and Year 9 to remain at home tomorrow.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.


All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19


Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are a parent/carer of a child in Year 8,9 or 10 and are not contacted to inform you that your child has been a close contact with one of the students who have tested positive, your child can return to school as normal on Monday 2nd November.

We have no information at this stage of any potential links to students in Year 7, 11 or Sixth Form. Students in these Year Groups should attend school tomorrow, as normal.

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 16th October

Posted 16th October 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We have had another busy, but very successful week in school. I would like to take this opportunity to update all parents and carers on a few current issues.

Year 11 students have now completed their first week of Mock Exams. Their attitude, organisation and behaviour has been second to none and I would like to thank them and their parents and carers for how well the exams have gone so far. Mocks continue through next week, until Thursday 22nd October.

Our 'catch up' sessions have continued this week and additional students have been invited to our extra holiday sessions on Monday 26th October. We have had a very pleasing response to the offer of this additional support and I am sure those students who attend will benefit greatly from it.

We are in the process of contacting parents and carers of students in Year 7 and 8, with regard to the upcoming Parents' Evenings. Plans for these will be shared with Parents and Carers and there will be an option for your preferred form of communication from school regarding your child's progress. We are currently looking at several options for Parents' Evenings in Year 9 onwards and will be communicating this information to relevant parents and carers soon. Our aim is to ensure any system we use for Parents' Evenings is accessible to as many parents and carers as possible, whilst also providing the detail of information required on student progress and future targets. We are looking into a number of possibilities for this and will confirm plans as soon as they are finalised.

Our plans and resources for Remote Learning are developing at pace and we are now far better equipped as a school to set work for students to complete at home, if and when we experience positive Covid-19 cases. We are investing significantly in additional and improved technology to offer the best package of remote learning as possible, when required. This is a big challenge for teachers, particularly where classes will have students present in school, as well as some self-isolating and working from home at the same time. We are continuing to improve our remote learning provision and this work will be ongoing throughout the year.

I have spoken to all students this week about the sending of emails to teaching staff. All teachers at LCS are more than happy to receive and reply to emails sent by students, but these must be appropriately worded and sent at a reasonable time. I have reminded students to use correct language when emailing into school and that there is no obligation on teachers to reply to messages sent out of school hours. Teachers will reply to messages as soon as they can, but most teach several classes across the school and will not be able to reply immediately. Teachers also deserve a break when at home with their families, so will not reply to messages out of normal school hours. I would respectfully ask for your support with this as parents and carers.

Very shortly we will be sending out a survey for both parents/carers and students to complete. We are interested in your experiences and thoughts about our return to school this half-term and all feedback will be greatly received. This survey will be sent out via email either next week, or in the first week of next half-term.

Finally, a reminder that next Friday 23rd October is a staff INSET Day and school will be closed to students. The half-term holiday starts on Monday 26th October and students return on Monday 2nd November.

Have a good weekend.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 9th October

Posted 9th October 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

If you were not already aware, our Virtual Open Day presentation is now live on our website and can be viewed at the following link:

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

I apologise for not being able to invite you all to visit us on Open Day this year, but the current Covid-19 restrictions have made this impossible. I hope you enjoy our virtual presentation.

Another plea for students to bring face masks into school, please. We have given out around 140 face masks to students across the school this week, which is a relatively low number but will cost us significant money over time. We are currently looking at sourcing good quality washable/fabric masks to offer students who forget/lose theirs, but there would need to be a charge for this. I hope the number of students we are providing masks for will continue to reduce over time.

Finally, a reminder of our rules on mobile phones and some explanation of why this is a current concern. Since we returned to school 5 weeks ago, we have dealt with very few significant issues during the school day. Students' behaviour and attitude towards their work and each other has been outstanding. 

Where we have had some problems and incidents of poor behaviour, as I have mentioned before, has been as students leave school at the end of the day. The common link in most of these incidents has been social media comments and the use of mobile phones. Students are not allowed to bring phones into school for reasons that are well documented; this has always been our policy at LCS. We have noticed an increase in the issues and problems we would expect to deal with at this time of year, which in part has been caused by students' use of mobile phones and social media during the recent school closure; we are dealing with incidents going back to social media posts made in April and May this year. 

With today being World Mental Health Day, we should be reminded of the impact social media and mobile phones can have on behaviour and the increasing research surrounding the effects over exposure to electronic devices can have on the mental health of our children. I would continue to ask all parents and carers to support our ban on mobile phones in school, to allow students to fully focus on their studies, but also to allow them some much needed time away from their devices. We believe our rule on phones in school has a positive effect both on achievement and mental health.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of the school. Have a great weekend.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Wisepay - Data Breach - Affected Parents

Posted 9th October 2020

Wisepay - Data Breach - Affected Parents

Littleover Community School has been informed by WisePay that WisePay have had a data security incident which adversely affected their website from 2nd to 5th  October 2020.

If you have, as a carer/parent, been affected by the WisePay data security incident you will have now been notified by the school.

Uganda Appeal - Thank You!

Posted 9th October 2020

Uganda Appeal - Thank You!

The LCS Uganda team would like to thank anyone who donated towards the money raised for the Child Africa school in Uganda.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to our Uganda Covid 19 and Flood Damage Appeal before the Summer. Both Covid-19 and the monsoon season had a devastating impact on the lives of the families of Kabale and Equator, the Child Africa Schools in those towns and the staff who teach there. We were overwhelmed with the incredible kindness of all those who gave money to support everyone affected. We raised nearly £3000 in total which was used for different purposes as shown in the pictures below. 

Anticlockwise from the bottom: 

  • Repairs begun on CA Junior School, Kabale's retaining walls which were damaged in the flood
  • CA Centre, Kabale Coordinator Michael Kyarikunda purchasing beans and preparing them for distribution to local families
  • Head Teacher of CA Junior School, Kabale Muwanika Augustine (in red shirt) and teachers thanking Littleover Community School for their support in helping staff pay their rent. Teachers have not been paid in Uganda for many months and are at risk of eviction
  • Families in Kabale at the CA Centre (yellow wall behind) receiving essential supplies of maize flour, beans, oil, salt and soap paid for by LCS
  • Families in Equator at the Equator CA School (tree behind) receiving essential supplies of maize flour, beans, oil, salt and soap paid for by LCS
  • CA Centre Equator Coordinator Willy Muwanga and CA Junior School, Equator Coordinator Wilber Byamugisha

 

LCS Donations were used in a variety of ways to support the school.
LCS Donations were used in a variety of ways to support the school.
(Click to enlarge)

Once again, thank you for your generosity. 

Mrs Bush, Mr Pestell, Mr Moses and Mrs Chawner

Wisepay - Data Security Incident

Posted 8th October 2020

Wisepay - Data Security Incident

Littleover Community School has been informed by WisePay that WisePay have had a data security incident which adversely affected their website from 2nd to 5th  October 2020.

WisePay took their platform off line on 5th October 2020 and have launched an investigation into this. As a Local Authority school we are working with Derby City Council’s Data Protection Officer and Information Security Officer to obtain the critical information now needed from WisePay to support our parents / carers and determine who has been affected.

Please be reassured that LCS and Derby City Council staff are doing their upmost to obtain this information from WisePay. As soon as we have more information from WisePay, we will update you.

Virtual Open Day and Evening 2020

Posted 5th October 2020

Due to the Coronavirus situation, this year's LCS Open Day and Evening is a virtual event. The event comprises of several presentations and can be viewed online.

You can find the information under Parents > Virtual Open Day 2020.

Year 12 Parents Presentation

Posted 5th October 2020

Year 12 Parents Presentation

LCS Sixth form staff have made an online version of the Information for Year 12 Parents evening, normally held in late September.

The presentation can be found via Sixth Form > Parent Information.

Wisepay Payment Issue

Posted 5th October 2020

Wisepay Payment Issue

We are currently experiencing an issue with card authentication on Wisepay.

The issue appears to be affecting cards from certain banks, but not others.

Wisepay are investigating the issue and hope to return to normal service as soon as posisble.

We apologise for the inconveniece.

Update from Mr Wilding - 2nd October

Posted 2nd October 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS, at the end of another week.

We are now more than half way through this first half-term. In an email I have sent to staff today I have encouraged all of us to reflect on what we have accomplished so far and to recognise how well our return to school plans have worked to date. I cannot praise staff enough for the work they have done and continue to do in very challenging circumstances.

The success we have had so far is in no small part a result of the enthusiasm and commitment of our students and also the on-going support of parents and carers. From the encouraging emails we have received to the parent who spoke to me at the school gates this morning and said thank you, your support continues to be very much appreciated.

We are almost there with our virtual Open Day presentation and we hope to have this on-line by the end of next week, close to the original date of 8th October. Our catch-up plans for Year 11 have started this week and Mr Smith will be writing to a number of students soon to invite them to a session we are putting on in the October holiday.

I have spoken to all students today and reminded them of our face mask rules, which have been in operation for just over a week. The vast majority of students have been well equipped and well organised and have followed the rules impeccably. We are handing out a number of masks to students who are forgetting to bring them or losing them each day and it would help us greatly if parents and carers could make sure students are leaving home with their face masks. We are finding that students are less likely to forget or to lose the washable/fabric style masks than the disposable style, but either are still acceptable in school. Please remember that exemption cards for students can be requested via email to Ms Barrows, School Medical Officer.

I wish you all a pleasant and relaxing weekend.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

COVID-19 Update - Positive Test

Posted 30th September 2020

A student in LCS Sixth Form has tested positive for COVID-19. All close contacts of this students have been informed and will now self-isolate as per Public Health England advice.

To all parents and carers.

We have been informed of a positive Covid-19 case in our Sixth Form. This is an isolated case of one student, who became symptomatic after arriving home from school on Monday.

We have identified potential close contacts of the student concerned, who have all been sent home; parents have also been informed.

Due to the nature of this case, we have been able to keep the close contacts to less than 10 students, all of whom were informed and left site within one hour of the report being received. These students will now self isolate for 14 days.

The student with the positive test had not been in school since Monday lunchtime and will now self isolate for 10 days.

Below is the letter from PHE containing advice for such situations.

Advice from Public Health England

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 25th September

Posted 25th September 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

It has been an eventful, but extremely rewarding first 3 weeks of term. The students continue to amaze us with their positivity and resilience and all Year Groups are continuing to make excellent progress. The need to create Year Group 'bubbles' in school has caused some issues for us, which we are addressing and making adaptions where required, but one of the main effects of the 'bubble' system appears to be happening when students leave school at the end of the day.

With our staggered finish times, students are leaving school in their Year Group 'bubbles' to minimise mixing. Some students are finding this challenging, particularly in the younger year groups, and are becoming over excited around their peers, without the older students around to calm them down. We have had some calls from members of the community about poor behaviour of our students on the way home from school and I have been out to two particular areas in the last few days to talk to students about their responsibilities and our expectations of them, while wearing our school uniform.

Whereas most of this behaviour is simply 'silliness' or over-enthusiasm, this can lead to more serious issues if it gets out of hand. I would, therefore, ask all parents and carers to talk to their children about walking home from school sensibly and safely, as the good reputation this school has in the community is built on the behaviour of our students, both in and out of school. If students witness others letting the school down on their way home, they should speak to their Head of Year, or to myself, so we can identify those responsible. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

With the current restrictions around Covid-19, we will unfortunately not be able to hold our regular School Open Day and Sixth Form Open Evening events this term; these events were scheduled for 8th October and 20th October, respectively. We are in the process of putting together on-line virtual presentations for both events, which we hope to have 'live' on our website on the original dates, or as close to these dates as we can. We are working hard to make as much relevant information as possible available through this virtual format, as the option of people visiting school personally is not available to us at this time.

Thank you, as usual, for your ongoing support. Enjoy your weekend.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Sixth Form Prospectus and Open Evening

Posted 24th September 2020

Sixth Form Prospectus and Open Evening

The latest LCS Sixth Form Prospectus is now available to download. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Sixth Form Open evening will be virtual this year, with the information planned to be released at the end of October.

The prospectus can be found under Sixth Form > Prospectus.

Update from Mr Wilding - 23rd September

Posted 23rd September 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

I would like to thank all students, parents and carers for their support over the last 2 days. Year 10 students have returned to school today and work has started to be set for those students who we identified yesterday as requiring to self-isolate. All students have been incredibly sensible and responsible about the current situation and we have also received some welcome support from parents and carers. My decision to initially ask all Year 10 students to remain at home yesterday was not one I wanted to make, but I am grateful to students, parents and carers for their understanding of the reasons for this decision.

Students have responded extremely well to the change of rules regarding face masks from today and have cooperated well with our new expectations. A small number of students, understandably, forgot about the new rule and were provided with face masks by school staff, but I am grateful to the vast majority of students who remembered and were prepared accordingly; I am sure those who did forget will be organised for tomorrow.

Finally, I have been asked to share a letter from Public Health England about the Test and Trace programme. A link to this letter is below:

Test and Trace Program Letter - Public Health England

Thank you again for your support and positive comments of the last few days. Please do not underestimate how much this means to myself and to all staff in school at this present time.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant (x2)

Posted 23rd September 2020

Job Vacancy: Kitchen Assistant (x2)

LCS has 2 vacancies for the position of: Kitchen Assistant.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

COVID-19 Update 22nd September

Posted 22nd September 2020

Mr Wilding has issued an update: Parents/carers of year 10 students who were in close contact with the student that tested Positive for COVID-19 have now been contacted and these students should now self-isolate as per Public Health England guidance. Other year 10 students should attend school as normal.

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

Thank you to all Year 10 parents and carers for your support today. I can confirm that all students identified as 'close contacts' of the student testing positive for Covid-19 have now been informed by school. Parents and carers have been called individually and a follow up email has also been sent, containing information and advice from Public Health England. These 'close contacts' will now self-isolate as per Public Health England guidance. I would like to thank all parents and carers of these students for their understanding and support. Work for students will be set using the Go4Schools system during their self-isolation period.

If you have a child in Year 10 and have not received this telephone call and email from school today, your child can return to school tomorrow. Other Year Groups should continue to attend school, as normal.

A reminder to all parents, carers and students that face masks will now be mandatory inside the school building from tomorrow, apart from during lessons. Students should wear a face covering when moving between lessons, at break and lunchtime inside the building and whilst queuing for food and toilets. Face coverings are not mandatory when students are outside of the school building. Details of acceptable face masks are shown on our website.

This decision is not one we have taken lightly and is a result of several factors. As I stated yesterday, if you wish your child to be exempt from wearing a face covering please contact us via email at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and mark your email for attention of Ms C Barrows, School Medical Officer. We will continue to keep our policy on face coverings under constant review and may change our position at any time, if circumstances change.

Finally, I have attached two useful links for parents and carers from the NHS and DfE. The first link, below, is to a useful website summarising guidance for parents and carers if their child is unwell and cannot attend school.

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

This second link is to government guidance for parents, translated into several languages.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term-translations-for-parents-and-carers

Thank you again for your continued support. It was inevitable we would be faced with this situation at some point, with rising infection rates nationally. It is something we were ready for and will no doubt have to deal with again. Your support as parents and carers is vital for us and is something we will need to maintain.

Best wishes.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

COVID-19 Update 21st September

Posted 21st September 2020

Year 10 students should remain at home on Tuesday 22nd September, after a Year 10 student tested positive for COVID-19.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

We have been informed this afternoon of a positive Covid-19 test for a single student in Year 10. This student was not in school today, but was in school without displaying symptoms last Friday.

Public Health England advice is to trace back 48 hours from the student becoming symptomatic and to identify their 'close contacts' from this time; in this case, we are tracing back to last Thursday 17th September. As we were not informed of this positive test result until after the end of the school day today, we are currently working to identify who these students are, using student timetables and staff seating plans. The default position from Public Health England is not to advise all student 'bubbles' to stay at home, but given the time scale we are working to we cannot guarantee that all potential contacts will be identified before the start of school tomorrow. 

We are therefore asking all Year 10 students to remain at home and not attend school tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September. Year 10 students should remain in the home, although there is no need for other family members to self-isolate unless they are displaying symptoms. This is a precautionary measure, but will allow us time to inform all contacts of the student concerned, without the need for students to be sent home during the school day. Staff will identify those student 'contacts' throughout tomorrow morning and parents/carers will be sent a copy of a letter via email advising them of action they need to take. Parents/Carers who have not received this 'close contact' letter by the end of school tomorrow, Tuesday 22nd September, can send their child(ren) back to school on Wednesday 23rd September, unless additional announcements are made.

Students in all years other than Year 10 should attend school as normal tomorrow. Staff will be asked to set work for Year 10 students tomorrow using the Go4Schools system.

Below is a letter from Public Health England to all students, parents and carers. This is a general letter we have been asked to share to all students and parents. A further letter will be sent tomorrow to all 'close contacts'.

Prior to receiving the information regarding this positive Covid-19 case, we had made the decision as a school to enforce the wearing of face masks in the school building from Wednesday 23rd September. Face masks will be compulsory from Wednesday in all indoor areas and food/toilet queues, including break and lunch times and lesson changeovers. Students are not required to wear face masks in lessons or when outside of the building. This decision has been made with thought to a changing weather forecast later this week, meaning that more students may be in the building at break and lunch times. It is also a response to this morning's government briefing and concern over rising Covid -19 cases nationally. 

If your child is exempt from wearing a face mask for medical reasons, please email us at  admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk  and address your email to Ms C Barrows, Medical Officer.

Please refer to our website for photographs of acceptable face masks, which must be of plain colour and of the elastic ear-fitting style; bandanas and scarves are not allowed.

Further updates will be issued tomorrow.

Thank you.




Advice to All Parents - Single case

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and to provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

he small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will receive an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days; this will be done duirng the school day tomorrow. All students in the relevant Year 10 'bubble' have been asked to remain at home tomorrow and not to attend school as a precautionary measure.

The school remains open to all other Year Groups and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19:

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

Further information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.

If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the communityIf you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/.

If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Yours sincerely

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Updated Exams Information

Posted 21st September 2020

Updated Exams Information

Exam information booklets for GCSE and A-level students are now available.

We have also updated our Exams Contingency Plan with additional measures due to the COVID pandemic.

You can find all this information on the Exams > Exam Information page.

LCS Sports and Fitness Centre Update

Posted 18th September 2020

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

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

 

Update from Mr Wilding - 17th September

Posted 17th September 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Greetings from LCS.

We are almost at the end of the second week of term and students are now beginning to fully settle into the routine of school. We are already seeing progress being made with 'catch up' and we will be informing you of our formal plans for this very soon; we are hoping to begin formal 'catch-up' sessions with Year 11 within the next few weeks. Our main focus continues to be student welfare and seeing students happy and enjoying school again is the most important thing at this time.

Attendance continues to be very good and has been around 93% so far this week. Some students continue to be absent due to quarantine after returning to the UK from abroad at the end of the summer holiday; most of these students should return to school by Monday. Other students are self-isolating due to family members exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, although they are not themselves symptomatic. A very small number of students are currently absent with potential Covid-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results. All other student absence is non Covid-19 related. As I am writing this email to you, we continue to have no positive cases of Covid-19 amongst students or staff. As I have said before, however, this situation could change at any time.

The best current source of information related to Covid-19 can be found at the link below. This web page includes several sub-sections of information and covers most of the questions people have about the virus and how to register for a test.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

From our perspective as a school, it remains vital that parents and carers communicate regularly with us and that students displaying Covid-19 symptoms do not attend. Thank you all for your cooperation with this so far.

To ensure we have up to date contact details for all parents and carers, we would be grateful if you could contact us if you have recently changed address, telephone number or email address. If you have changed any of your details recently, please email us at admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and mark your email for the attention of Ms K Wilson, Student Services Manager.

Finally, I have been asked to remind students that face masks are currently compulsory when entering shops throughout the country. Although face masks are strongly advised in school, students cannot enter shops on the way home from school if they are not wearing a face mask. I would be grateful if you could remind your child(ren) of this, to avoid issues in our local community.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Year 11 Mock Exams Timetable

Posted 16th September 2020

Year 11 Mock Exams Timetable

The timetables for the Year 11 Mock Exams in October 2020 are now available to download.

You can download a copy from the Exams page.

Information for Year 11 and their Parents

Posted 16th September 2020

A booklet of information for Year 11 students and their parents/carers is available, containing revision advice and timetables for the upcoming mock exams.

You can find the information under Parents > Year 11 - Important Info.

Update from Mr Wilding - 11th September

Posted 11th September 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers with an update after the first week back at school.

To all parents and carers.

Greetings, from all at LCS.

We have had a tremendously successful first week back at school and as staff we have been delighted to see students again. The atmosphere around school has been happy and positive and students have settled back well into their new working routines. Attendance this week has been above 98% across the school, which is testament to our students' enthusiasm and desire to return to work. It really has been a pleasure to be around them this week.

We have found some issues with our plans, which we expected when students returned, and have made adjustments as the week has gone on. We will continue to make required changes when necessary and would thank students for their patience and understanding.

The situation with students arriving and leaving the school site has improved each day, but there are still too many students arriving to school early in the morning. I have received several emails from members of the local community concerned about this, as students are blocking the pavement particularly at the Pastures Hill entrance. School staff are now at each gate from 8-15am, but I would once again ask students and parents not to arrive at school until their designated start time, as students cannot be allowed on to site before this time in order to maintain 'bubbles'.

The roadworks on Pastures Hill, we believe, will move along the road at some point next week and will further effect parking and movement of traffic outside the school site. Once again, we ask parents not to park directly outside school, in the interests of student safety.

As I have previously stated, our policy on the wearing of face masks is under constant review. As yet, we have had no confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst students or staff and next week's weather forecast again looks promising, which will allow students to be outside as much as possible when not in lessons.

We have made an adjustment to our face mask policy for students in the Sixth Form, who will now be required to wear a face mask when in the common room during social times; this has been communicated to all Sixth Form students, parents and carers by Mr Archer.

With news of rising Covid-19 cases nationally, it may be a matter of time before LCS has our first confirmed case. The government guidance on face masks in schools may change soon, or it may become clear that we will need to change our guidance to make face masks compulsory at LCS. I would reiterate that face masks are strongly advised in communal areas around school and remind students, parents and carers that this guidance could change at short notice.

Thank you all for your support in making this week such a positive experience.

Best wishes. Keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Sixth Form Rules Adjustment from Monday 14th September

Posted 11th September 2020

Sixth Form Rules Adjustment from Monday 14th September

In response to the current rise in Covid 19 cases among young adults and our observations of student movements in the first few days of term, we have decided to make 2 changes to our Covid rules relating to the 6th Form to try and ensure we can keep our students and staff safe.  These changes will take effect from Monday 14th September.

You can find out more about the new rules under Sixth Form > September Reopening > COVID-19 - Sixth Form Information

 

Job Vacancy: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS

Posted 11th September 2020

Job Vacancy: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS

LCS has a vacancy for the position of: Part-time Teacher of Science (Chemistry) - MPS.

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Job Vacancy: Finance and Administration Assistant

Posted 9th September 2020

Job Vacancy: Finance and Administration Assistant

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

For more information please see the Job Vacancies Page.

Update from Mr Wilding - 8th September

Posted 8th September 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a message to parents and carers with an update after the first day back at school.

To all parents and carers.

Good evening from LCS.

I would like to thank and congratulate all students for their outstanding conduct on their return to school today. It has been a pleasure to work with them and they deserve great credit for the way they have approached their return to school. We hope they will now settle back into the required routine which, in itself, will enable them to catch-up on any gaps in their work from last term. Attendance has been extremely high, with very few students absent.
There have been some issues with the organisation of today, most of which could not have been foreseen until students returned to school. With several of these issues, your support as parents and carers can make a big difference for us and would be appreciated.

Arrival times

A number of students arrived before their stated start time this morning, causing groups to form at the gates. Although students maintained social distancing and behaved well, this is something our planning is designed to avoid. Please discuss this with your child(ren) and encourage them to arrive at their stated time, rather than before. Start times and correct entrances are all stated in our information on the website.

School meals and food accounts

Unlike some schools, we are aiming to continue a school food service at both break and lunchtime for all students. We have constructed several new serving areas for this purpose, which are open at both break and lunchtimes. Please remind your child(ren) that food is available at both times and that they can buy food at break time if they wish, to avoid the longer lunch time queues. As stated in our previous communications, we are asking parents and carers to use Wisepay when adding money to student food accounts. A number of students arrived today with no money on their accounts and have been provided with temporary overdrafts. We would be grateful if all parents and carers could check their child(ren)'s Wisepay accounts this evening, as we have a very restricted capacity for accepting cash with the current restrictions. We would not want students to have issues purchasing food in school, at any time.

Face masks

As previously stated, face masks remain strongly advised in communal areas around school. If students choose to wear a face mask they must follow the safe-use guidelines, as shown in the WHO guidance. Our policy on face masks is under constant review and may change at any time.

Leaving the school site

Our biggest issue today has been with students leaving school at the end of the day. Our staggered finish times and designated entrance planning is designed to ease the potential for conjestion as students arrive at and leave school. The situation has been complicated by the ongoing roadworks, which will remain until at least September 16th. The situation is also not helped by the number of parents and carers parking outside school at the end of the day, despite my previous requests not to do so. I would once again respectfully ask all parents and carers to think about whether it is necessary to park outside school and to consider the potential impact this is having on student safety. Cars parked on already narrow pavements are a safety issue and with current roadworks there is the potential for long traffic delays if cars are parked outside the school site. Ultimitely, I am asking for the support of all parents and carers for the sake of all students in the school.

We are aware of the congestion as students left school today, much of which was caused by the sheer number of students leaving school for the first time since March. We are aware, however, that our plan of staggerered finish times may need to be changed to address this issue and we will continue to review the situation over the next few days. Staggered finish times will need to remain, but if there continues to be an issue with numbers of students leaving school via Pastures Hill, we will need to change these plans to reduce the problem.

If and when changes are made to these arrangements, I will let you know in sufficient time.

Thank you for your continued support. I will issue further updates before the end of the week.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Update from Mr Wilding - 7th September

Posted 7th September 2020

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

To all parents and carers.

Good afternoon from LCS.

We have had a great day today meeting all our new Year 7 students for their Induction Day. They have all left having met their new Form Tutor and classmates and are all excited about starting lessons tomorrow. A reminder that Year 7 will now use Pasture's Hill entrance only from tomorrow, along with Year 8 and 9.  The link to this information on our website is below, including start/finish times and entrances for all Year Groups:

COVID Bubble Information

My welcome to all parents and carers at the start of the new academic year is to be found on our website at the link below, instead of the usual letter sent home with students. All other related information is also available on our website.

Welcome Letter

Please note the following points to help us enjoy a safe first day of term for our remaining students tomorrow.

Traffic and Road Works - The road works on Pasture's Hill will remain for at least the next two weeks, but will move to the other carriageway from tomorrow. There will be no parking on Pasture's Hill for the duration of these works. Please do not attempt to park outside school when bringing or collecting students from school, as this will cause a problem for flow of traffic and will be a potential risk to safety. There is also a temporary bus stop currently directly outside the school site, further restricting available space.

As previously requested, if you are bringing/collecting students by car please park away from the school site and ask your child(ren) to walk the last part of the journey on to site. Please do not wait directly outside of the school gates to meet your child, as this will cause crowding and not allow for social distancing. Please arrange a suitable place to meet your child away from site.

Uniform - All students have been asked to wear full and correct school uniform from the start of term. This includes trousers and shoes, rather than jeans and trainers/pumps. PE kit is not required at the moment, as PE activities will not involve the need for students to change. If your child has PE, please send them with trainers to change into for their PE lesson. At break and lunchtime we will be asking students to be outside as much as possible, so we would recommend students bringing a coat to school if rain is forecast.

School Bus - The temporary school bus route I informed you of at the end of last week will continue tomorrow. Please remember that any student using the school bus must wear a face mask and adhere to the instructions outlined in my previous message.

Wisepay - We cannot accept cash payments at the moment and therefore request all money for school meals is deposited via Wisepay. If you are not sure how to use Wisepay, instructions can be found on our website. If you are a new parent/carer, please also make sure you click to receive emails in your Wisepay account 'settings', as this is our main method of email communication.

Visitors to school - We would like to continue keeping visitors to school to a minimum at the present time. We would respectfully request, therefore, that parents do not arrive in school asking to see staff without an appointment. Questions or concerns can be sent via email to admin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and forwarded to the member of staff concerned. Alternatively, please call our Reception team on 01332 513219. With the current situation around Covid-19, meetings with parents and carers can only be by appointment.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing all students back in school from tomorrow morning.

Enjoy your evening.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

Welcome Message from Mr Wilding

Posted 7th September 2020

Mr Wilding has sent out a welcome message to parents and carers.

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

 

Attendance and Covid-19 Symptoms

Posted 4th September 2020

Good evening from LCS.

Staff have completed their two INSET Days and we are now ready to welcome students back to school on Monday (Y7 and 12) and Tuesday (Y8-11 and Y13) next week. Several parents and carers have asked us to clarify the situation over attendance and students exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms in school. All this information can be found on our web-site, but the main points are as follows.

Students displaying symptoms of Covid-19 must not come into school until they have completed the stated period of self-isolation, or returned a negative Covid-19 test result. We would ask parents and carers to inform us of this immediately, on the first morning of any absence.

If a student displays symptoms in school they will be removed to a separate room as per NHS guidelines. The student will be asked if they have;

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)*
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If the student answers Yes to any of the above questions, the parent/carer will be contacted and asked to collect the student from school as soon as possible.

The parent/carer will be given Next steps to follow;

  1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/)
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  3. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.

The student will not be allowed back into school until we have either been informed that they have had a negative test result for Covid 19 or they have self-isolated for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started.( https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#:~:text=It%20is%20very%20important%20that,of%20you%20infecting%20others)

Students will be given a return to school date when being collected and Go4Schools coded with an X until that date – this can be altered if a negative test result is obtained.

If schools are informed of a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19 by NHS Test and Trace, they must immediately contact Public Health England Health Protection Team for advice. Depending on each situation, PHE HPT will advise the school on the correct response.

Our school Privacy Statement has been updated to reflect the potential request for sharing of student data with PHE HPT. The link to our Policy Statement is below:

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

I hope this information answers your questions, but please refer to the attached documents, as well as the school website, for further information.

Finally, an update on school transport. Due to ongoing roadworks in the local area, the school bus, operated by Harpurs, will follow a temporary route on Monday. This may be updated for subsequent days and if this happens revised details will be published.

The route for Monday is as follows:

0750 Cavendish
then via Upperdale Road
0753 Stanhope St (Temple)
then via Normanton Road, Burton Road & Whittaker Road
0805 Carlton Road/Fairfield Road junction
then to school via
Burton Road, Manor Road, Uttoxeter Road

Students using the school bus must wear a face mask at all times and adhere to social distancing. When boarding the bus students must use the available hand sanitizer. When travelling on the school bus students are asked to be seated as follows:

Upstairs – Year 7 at the back, Year 8 in the middle, Y9 at the front
Downstairs – Year 10 at the back, Year 11 at the front
We would ask siblings to sit with their Year Groups, rather than together, to keep to the 'bubble' arrangements.

Myself and Mr Smith (as well as some special guest stars) have recorded some further, brief instructional films for students ahead of returning next week. These can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We hope students find them informative and reassuring.

We look forward to welcoming students back into school next week, but until then please enjoy your weekend and continue to keep safe.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Covid 19 Testing

Posted 3rd September 2020

Good evening from LCS.

Thank you to all parents and carers who have contacted us regarding my latest email on face coverings. We will reply to all questions as soon as we can and I apologise in advance if replies are not as quick as you would normally expect. I hope you appreciate how busy we will be prior to students starting back next week, but we will do our best to respond promptly.

We have received several questions and comments about school testing students for Covid-19. This is not something we have ever commented on, but I am aware of recent press reports around testing kits being delivered to schools. To clarify the situation, we have been sent ten Covid-19 testing kits to use only in exceptional circumstances. There is neither the provision or requirement for schools to routinely test students for Covid-19. Students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 must not be sent to school and I would trust you as parents and carers to support us with this and inform us if your child(ren) were to be absent for this reason. If students display symptoms of Covid-19 during the school day they will be removed to a room away from other students and await collection by parents/carers, as per guidelines below:

If a child is awaiting collection, they should be moved, if possible, to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, with appropriate adult supervision if required depending on the age of the child. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, move them to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.

If anyone in an education, childcare or non-residential children social care setting develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19): a high temperature, new and persistent cough or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), however mild, they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when the symptoms started; or if they are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) they should self-isolate for at least 10 days starting from the day the test was taken.

Following the stated guidelines, any student exhibiting symptoms would be required to remain absent for at least 2 full school weeks. If a student received a negative test result within this time, they would be able to return before the full self-isolation period ended.

As well as questions on Covid-19 testing, we have also received a number of concerns from parents and carers about the ongoing roadworks outside school. These road works will continue for the next 2-3 weeks and will impact significantly on traffic in the local area. I would again politely request you allow your child(ren) to walk to school, or that you arrange to drop-off and collect them away from the school site. I have been in regular communication with the council throughout today and have been informed that a safe walk-way will be opened to allow students to access both school entrances for Monday. This walkway will be on the school side of the road and away from the main carriageway, to ensure student safety. These ongoing roadworks will also impact on the school bus, which will have a temporary route on Monday and will also be dropping students on Fresco Drive rather than on premises in the morning. The bus will collect students from the school site in the afternoons. Updated information on this is on our Facebook and Instagram accounts and I will further update you by email tomorrow, in case there are any further last minute changes.

A reminder that students in Year 7 and 12 only should attend school on Monday 7th September, with all other students starting on Tuesday 8th.

I will send a further update tomorrow and on Monday.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your evening.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

Face Masks

Posted 3rd September 2020

To all parents and carers.

We have met as a Senior Management Team this morning and have agreed the following guidelines for wearing of face coverings in school from Monday.

Face coverings will not be compulsory in school, for staff or students, at this stage. Derby is not in one of the current areas at risk of additional 'lockdown' measures and we have had no instruction from government or Local Authority that face coverings should be compulsory in school. We are, however, a very busy site with a large number of students and staff. Our plans for re-opening are sound and I believe school is safe for both staff and students to return, but there will still be busy areas and 'pinch points', such as corridors or toilet/food queues where there will be numbers of students in one place at one time. There is a strong argument in this situation that the wearing of face coverings would be an added safety measure to manage the risk of Covid-19 infection and, as a result of this, our current position is that face coverings are strongly advised for students in communal areas outside of the classroom. Students will be asked to remove face coverings in lessons and should keep a small plastic bag inside their school bag to place their face covering when not in use.

Students will be allowed to wear a disposable/single-use face mask or a re-usable fabric face covering whilst in school. The styles of mask acceptable to wear in school are shown in the images below.

Cotton Mask Paper Mask

Face coverings must fit over the nose as well as mouth and have elastic fittings around the ears. They should be plain and not include symbols and/or logos.

Scarves, bandanas or similar face coverings not matching the descriptions above are not permitted in school and any students wearing these items will be asked to remove them.

Face coverings can be worn in communal areas and during social times, such as on corridors at lesson changeover, break and lunchtimes, as well as when students are travelling to and from school. Students will be asked to remove face coverings during lessons in the classroom and for physical exercise during PE.

Students travelling to school using the school bus, operated by Harpur’s, must wear a face covering whilst travelling on the bus to and from school. Further information on the school bus will be sent over the next two days.

Students travelling via public transport must also adhere to the current government guidelines and wear a face covering at all times.

Latest advice from WHO on wearing of face masks for young people is as follows:

‘Children who are in general good health can wear a non-medical or fabric mask. This provides source control, meaning it keeps the virus from being transmitted to others if they are infected and are not aware that they are infected. The adult who is providing the mask should ensure the fabric mask is the correct size and sufficiently covers the nose, mouth and chin of the child.

Children with underlying health conditions such as cystic fibrosis, cancer or immunosuppression, should, in consultation with their medical providers, wear a medical mask. A medical mask controls spreading of the virus and protection to the wearer, and is recommended for anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.’

When wearing a face covering students should:

  • wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on.
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus.
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp.
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)
  • when removing in the classroom, place your face covering into a plastic bag in your school bag.

When removing a face covering:

  • wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing.
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips.
  • do not give it to someone else to use.
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle.
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric.
  • wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed.

For more information on correct wearing of face coverings, please watch the following short film from the World Health Organisation.

https://youtu.be/9Tv2BVN_WTk

The guidelines above are relevant to students returning to school next week, at this present moment in time, and may change at short notice, depending on local or national guidance. The situation will be reviewed daily and if school policy changes on the use of face masks, students, parents and carers will be informed through the usual channels.

If your child has a medical condition requiring them to wear a face mask at all times in school, including lessons, please contact us atadmin@littleover.derby.sch.uk and address your email to Mrs C Barrows, Medical Officer.

On a final, unrelated matter. We have been informed today that roadworks currently taking place on Pasture’s Hill directly outside school are likely to continue into the start of term. We are talking to the contractors as well as the Local Authority to ensure the safe movement of students on the pavements outside of school, ahead of the start of term next week.

There will, however, be no available parking for parents and carers on Pasture’s Hill for the foreseeable future; when we have a more accurate timescale I will let you know.

Depending on the entrance allocated to your child, please park a suitable distance away from the school site when bringing or collecting your child from school. Alternatively, please encourage your child to walk to school. Your cooperation on this matter is greatly appreciated and will help ensure the safe arrival and departure of all students to school each day.

Thank you for your continued support. Further information will be sent over the next few days, ahead of the start of term next week.

Keep safe.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

GCSE Results

Posted 19th August 2020

To all Y11 students, parents and carers.

Since my message to you all yesterday, there has been a further change made nationally to the process for issuing of GCSE results. All students will now receive a 'final grade' for each subject, which will be the CAG issued by the school, or the nationally moderated grade if this is higher.

These 'final grades' will now be available to all students on Go4Schools tomorrow (Thursday) from 8am.

The remaining elements of the process for issuing of results are unchanged:

'Final grades' will now be published to all students on Go4Schools at 8am on Thursday 20th August. Shortly after this, at around 8-30am, students who have successfully achieved the criteria for LCS Sixth Form will receive an email asking them to complete the on-line enrolment form. This must be submitted by 11am on Friday 21st August if places are to be secured. If you are holding a reserve offer for Sixth Form and have met the entry criteria, please complete the on-line form, indicating that this is for a Reserve offer. Students who have applied elsewhere for post-16 study should follow the enrolment process for their chosen institution; Miss Came has emailed the details of the Derby College process to all students, but please check with your chosen institution as each one may have a different system.

Students who have not met the criteria for LCS Sixth Form or their alternative choice of placement and require advice are invited to come into school from 8-30am to 1-30pm on Thursday. A waiting area will be set up in S5 and staff will be available to offer advice and support. If attending with parents/carers, please park in the main school car park. If you are coming into school, please follow hygiene rules and observe social distancing at all times.

If you have been successful in gaining your place at LCS Sixth Form or your chosen place of study, please do not come into school on Thursday, in order to help us support those students in most need.

After 11am on Friday 21st August, students with Reserve offers for LCS Sixth Form will be contacted if they are to be offered a place. If students with Reserve offers have not been contacted by 4pm on Friday 21st August, they should assume they have not been successful in gaining a place at LCS Sixth Form.

As things currently stand, we are awaiting clarification of the appeals process for students unhappy with their results. Unless OFQUAL update their appeals guidance before tomorrow, students should refer to the existing document available from our website. As has already been stated, appeals can only be made if there is evidence of discrimination against individual students in awarding of CAGs, or if a clear mistake has been made in processing of data. CAGs cannot be appealed on the basis that a student does not agree with them.

We hope all students are able to move on to their first choice placements, but support will be available as outlined above if required.

J. Wilding

Acting Headteacher

A-Level Results

Posted 13th August 2020

A-Level Results

Mr Wilding, in conjunction with Mr. Archer, has issued information relating to this year's A-level results.

To all Year 13 students, parents and carers.

We appreciate the stress and anxiety many of you have suffered in recent weeks ahead of the publishing of A Level results today. I hope now the results have been issued that some of this stress has been eased, as you now look to the next stage of, hopefully, securing your preferred placements for September.

Overall our school results are broadly in line with our 2019 cohort, which were record results for the centre at that time.

  • The average point score last year was 37.2 and average grade was B-.
  • This year, APS is 37 and average grade is again B-.
  • A*/A last year was 34% and is 30% this year.
  • A*/B was 63% and is now 58%
  • A*/C was 81% and is now 84%

The standardisation process used by the exam boards appears to have resulted in 37% of our CAGs being downgraded, mostly by one grade. This has not been consistent across subjects, however, and we appreciate students will not have been impacted equally. We have prioritised meeting students who are concerned about their Higher Education entries this morning and have spoken to and advised those students and parents/carers who have been into school to see us so far today.

After discussions with students and having received feedback from several Universities this morning, we have made the decision to make all CAGs available to students from this afternoon, rather than our original plan of issuing this information on Monday. We feel making this information available early will benefit students and provide them with additional evidence, if required, in support of their Higher Education applications. This information will now be available on Go4Schools from 2pm today.

If students still require advice or would like to discuss their results further,  staff will again be available from 8-30am to 1-30pm in S5 tomorrow.

We are awaiting further clarification on the use of 'valid Mock Exam grades' as a means of appeal against results, which we have been told to expect early next week. The key issue remains, however, that any appeal would need to be done by the school and not by the individual student.

I have made my praise and admiration for our students well known over the last few months and the way students have conducted themselves today, despite the specific issues this year's results have brought, has again showed what a determined and resilient group of individuals they are. As I have said to students I have spoken to this morning, I believe many will be stronger from their experiences of recent months and will go on to great things in the future. They have come through this experience, so what else can they have thrown at them?

If your grades were not what you expected or needed for future study, please come in to see us over the next few days for support and advice. If you have gained the grades you needed, I wish you well with your chosen future path.

It is essential you return your Destinations Form via email to Mrs Goodman as soon as your September placements are finalised, as we must have evidence of where each student has been placed after leaving Sixth Form. You have also been informed of a provisional date for a Reunion event in December, which Mr Archer will confirm with you nearer the time. I hope, also, that many of you choose to join our Alumni group, details of which can be found on our website. The experiences students have been through this year will be very helpful to share with others in the future.

Well done and congratulations on your results and, above all, for the attitude you have all displayed in recent months.

Good luck and keep safe.

J. Wilding
Acting Headteacher

R. Archer
Head of Sixth Form

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