Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
We have arrived at the end of the first half of the summer term and finally the sun has started to shine which bodes well for the week ahead.
Staff and students are eager for a break following another jam packed seven weeks.
As part of the next steps in Project 24 we have been busy recruiting three new teachers who will join us in the new academic year. Strengthening our humanities even further is Charlie Stafford (History) and Adam Flavell (Geography). We are also extremely excited to introduce Scarlet Crooke who joins the faculty of Culture and Creative and will introduce drama to our 5 year curriculum. As I have said before, it is an exciting time to join Ibstock and we are thrilled that we are continuing to grow across all aspects of the college.
Marianne Clements and I have had the privilege of visiting just a few of our (27) feeder primary schools this week. It has been a joy to meet the Yr 6 students who will be joining us in August and while we are unable to run our usual induction days we are looking forward to our Induction Evenings for parents and students on the 30 June and 1 July – details to follow after half term.
After the holiday it is full steam ahead for our wonderful Yr9 students as they complete their final assessments at Ibstock. Alongside their teachers, please continue to support and encourage them all as they prepare for these important exams. They have worked hard towards them and I can’t wait to celebrate their successes at the end of term.
Leicestershire County Council have opened a consultation on school term dates from Autumn 2022 to Summer 2027, please take a look at their website for further information https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/have-your-say/current-consultations/have-your-say-on-school-term-time-dates
For now, have a safe and sunny week wherever you are and whatever you do.
With best wishes
Head of school
Project 24 - Student Feedback
Why we love Ibstock Community College!
Life at Ibstock Community College is very pleasant. As students, we love the feeling of community within our school and the friendly, supportive teachers that are there for us throughout our College lives. Work is suited to our individual ability, whilst making sure that all of us are still challenged and achieving work to our greatest potential. We are motivated by the achievement points given out when we act above the college learning expectations. In contrast, they also give out behavior points to ensure that we are on the right track and that we are always following the RESPECT standards. However, the teachers are always fair and understanding and help us in whatever way they can. We love the family atmosphere within our tutor group and are always comforted by our tutor. Whenever we are feeling down, we know that our tutors and pastoral manager are always there for us, through thick and thin.
The respect standards are the qualities that we students aim to work by, to make our college a friendly learning environment. These are as follows:
Our school also offers a great range of extra-curricular clubs for us to enjoy, to widen our range of knowledge whilst having fun. These are optional: and can range from anything from music during the day, and PE after school. The normal school curriculum offers all important subjects: making sure that we are all well-rounded and intelligent. We even have the ability to communicate in another language, thanks to the three enjoyable French lessons per week.
We are so glad that we are able to stay at Ibstock longer. We love all of the subjects available- and are overjoyed that we have such a good opportunity of staying on at this fantastic school. Some of our favourite subjects are English and History, as they never fail to interest us.
As well as the amazing subjects at Ibstock, we also have a delicious variety of food on offer at lunch times which is suitable to all types of eaters, as they offer cold meals which is good for students who do not like to eat meat. All of us love Fridays… as it is chip day! You can have just chips, or you could choose something on the side such as chicken nuggets or fish fingers. There is also a tasty offer of cakes and treats available for dessert, and our new thumb-print technology makes paying quick and easy.
We would recommend coming here to any year 6 student. The college is an exceptionally reliable and trustworthy school and makes any student feel at home within their first week of being here. They take care of us students and help bring the best out of our teenage years.
By Chloe Kavanagh and Lilly Appleby
I am a student at Ibstock Community College and will be staying at the school to complete my GCSE's in years 10 and 11. Here are the reasons I will be staying: The school in itself is a very positive environment in which a large range of resources can be found to support or aid. The teachers are all very supportive and patient and will do anything they can to help or comfort a student. It has only been a short time since I started attending the school as I was not there in year 7 and I started in mid-September 2020 and have from then settled in very comfortably and the teachers were a large help in me doing so.
All in all, I find Ibstock Community College to be a supportive and comfortable place and I encourage and welcome other students to join our school.
Joshua Dodds – Yr8.
At Ibstock Community College, students strive to learn and grow in all subjects all around the school’s curriculum. With support from all people we can come out as fully developed human beings, ready to go out into the world and become anything we want to.
As I look back at my past years at ICC, I smile because I think about the friends and community I have created. With help from my teachers I pass my tests and I get to feel proud of myself. I am grateful that Ibstock can boost my confidence and improve my skills. I can’t wait for the years to come.
Akaya Brockbank Yr8
My opinion on staying on after year 9 are mostly positive.
Students staying with the same teacher will help students who struggle with adapting to new people. Also, if they’re with the same teachers then the teachers will know how to properly educate them in a way they know they will learn. Teachers will know personal issues a specific student has whether it be at home or something in school.
Staying on at Ibstock will also be more convenient for students local to our school so they won’t have to board the bus and get up earlier, this will help with their learning because they will be more awake, and it will help parents who don’t have a lot of money to put into paying for a bus pass. Also, because we would be doing our GCSEs at Ibstock, we will learn better from teachers we already know and subjects we are good at so our teachers can refer to previous things we did in past years no matter what subject.
Marlee Crook - Yr8
Ashby Arts Festival
Ibstock’s artwork for the Ashby Arts Festival is now on display in Ashby. We are number 21 on the map below, near the roundabout at the bottom of North Street. If you are in the area please do take a look. A brilliant achievement for our students to have their work on display!
Reading at ICC
Congratulations to Lilly, winner of the Year 7 Bookbuzz review competition, who received a £10 book token. She wrote about ‘Crater Lake’ which was the most popular choice of the seventeen books on offer. Our students definitely like mystery and scary stuff on their bookshelves! All Bookbuzz books are available to borrow in the library.
We’ve been thrilled to get such a great response when asking students to get involved in suggesting what new books we should buy for the library. We have a fabulous list of purchases ready to make and students already lined up to be the first borrowers of some! Our new football biography set has flown off the shelves so we will be purchasing an additional set, along with the Vardy edition and several copies of Marcus Rashford’s new book. Keep an eye out for updates on our news stock!
The library system has now been rolled out to all of Year 8 and Year 9 (Year 7 are booked in for after half-term.) It’s been wonderful to see the students engaging with the new system. We are still working out the finer details but having all the books visible on the system has enabled students to make more considered choices.
It was great to get this feedback from a Year 8 student:
“I have found the new system really well done and it has, ironically, made the library more accessible than ever in my honest opinion.”
The Hive Garden
What started as a seedling...
When Mrs White asked if she could spend some time with her year 7s tidying up the little garden at the door for The Hive, and create a peaceful area for students, she could never have imagined that we would get so much from one company!
With the help of Mrs O’Farrell and Mrs White, the year 7s put together an email asking for small contributions from staff, and a letter to a local garden centre. Whilst waiting for responses they were told to email Eddie Stobart’s as they were doing some projects with local communities. Within a few days they were told that Mike Cunningham and Sharon Salt from the company were going to visit the school to see the garden.
The students worked really hard on producing a wish list and excitedly waited for the visit. When the day arrived they were all overwhelmed with the generosity of the visitors. Mick spent time taking photographs of different areas and Sharon spoke to the students, spending time to get to know them. The wish list was taken away…
So far a bench as been delivered within two days of their initial visit (with one particular student in mind) and measurements taken for another bench to be built around our tree, planters and a tool box to be built, the tap to be made easier for the students to work with, and lighting to be replaced in The Hive. Plants and bulbs have been donated by staff, with garden tubs provided for future planting.
The local community have expressed their delight in the change to such a small area – it is unrecognisable after just a few weeks and makes their walk past school much more pleasant.
We intend to have a grand opening of The Hive Garden, before the end of the school year, with special guests invited to take part.
In the meantime, any further donations of plants, compost, equipment or wildlife feed would be gratefully received.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
Teacher of Maths