Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that this finds you all safe and well during these uncertain times.
Autumn has well and truly arrived this week and we have experienced our first indoor lunch break which ran particularly smoothly. Our students behaved safely and sensibly, remaining in the main hall, eating their lunch and chatting with their friends. I particularly enjoy taking the opportunity to chat with our students about their day and they are always so polite and respectful. They really are a credit to you and to the college. I am very proud of them.
Mr Mason and I visited all of the Oak, Elm and Rowan classrooms this week and witnessed an extremely high level of focus and engagement from the majority of our students. It was wonderful to see the high level of challenge and engagement across all areas of the curriculum. The college is very calm and orderly around the site which is lovely but I do enjoy the sheer buzz of learning when you walk into a classroom. It is magical.
On that note this week we would normally have opened our doors to any prospective Year 6 parents who are preparing to make the important decision; choosing their child’s secondary school. It is always an exciting evening when we can really celebrate all of the elements that make Ibstock Community College such a great place to study and to work. This year, because of the Covid-19 restrictions we have prepared a variety of resources to create a virtual Open evening. Please click on the link and share with any friends or family who may be interested https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/virtual-open-evening-2020 .
Please see below a letter from the government and the NHS which is useful should your child/children show symptoms of Covid-19. There is also additional information on our website.
Head of school
Introducing Ms Scott – Assistant Principal – Behaviour and Attendance and English Teacher
Hi all-thank you for such a warm welcome to Ibstock CC! After seventeen years primarily working in city schools with large cohorts and over forty languages spoken, Ibstock is a fresh challenge and friendly home to settle into.
In my first month at ICC, I’ve been surrounded by helping hands, showing me the ropes and showing no frustration at repeating the same answers several times. Changing schools in the midst of a world pandemic has added another element to the word ‘challenge’ and I’ve been really impressed at how everyone at ICC has pulled together to make a really difficult situation work for our school community. I’ve had the pleasure of settling into my lessons and getting to know our students-it’s so good to be back in the classroom, I really appreciate our students’ enthusiasm for learning! I’ve also had the pleasure of already meeting some of our families and can honestly say it is lovely to work with parents who share the same vision in supporting and educating the children of Ibstock Community College. I look forward to more opportunities in the future to get to work with the different sectors of our school community.
Year 7 Summer Transition Work
Well done to all of our Year 7 students who have produced a wealth of exceptional transition work over the summer. Students will receive feedback and certificates for their efforts and we will be displaying some of the fabulous work around the college. We will also celebrate via Twitter and students will receive Superstar awards and perhaps a coveted Superstar phone call home.
We’re really impressed with our students’ excellent start back to school this term. ICC’s attendance is well above the current national average and we recognise and appreciate everyone’s resilience in the face of adversity. Well done Ibstock!
Teaching and learning
Students have very quickly settled into the new academic year with lots of excellent learning taking place in all subjects across our three year groups.
There has been a lot of hard work from teachers and faculties to ensure that our students continue to receive the highest quality knowledge rich curriculum. We are proud that we are able to offer our full broad and balanced curriculum, that gives students access to every subject that they would usually have. By being able to continue with our full curriculum, students will be as prepared as ever to be successful in their academic lives both now and in the future.
In response to not having access to Y6 SATS scores, the college has invested in a package called GL Assessment. Over the coming weeks, this nationally recognised assessment will give us an accurate picture of where each of our Y7 and Y8 students are in their learning.
The GL assessment package will give us information on reading, spelling, Maths, English, Science and attitudes to learning. We will then be able to target our intervention support effectively. These assessments will be completed on a computer and do not require any form of revision. All that your child will need is some headphones to complete the tests.
The GL assessment will give us nationally verifiable information as the tests are completed by schools all over the country. This is something we have not had before and it means our ability to judge student progress is greatly improved. We will of course, communicate the feedback of the GL assessments to parents when they are completed.
Knowledge Organisers and 20:20:20 homework
Further explanation of 20:20:20 homework and examples of best practice can be found on our website. This is also where you will find Knowledge Organisers for all subjects and the schedule students should follow -https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/homework
Mrs Barbers Year 7 Summer Book Review
Well done to all of the children who took up the challenge to write a review of their favourite summer read. Mrs Barber enjoyed reading them all and after much contemplation she has decided on the following winners:
Tahlia Eames Morris