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Ibstock Community College Newsletter - November 2020

Welcome

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that this finds you and your families safe and well. Here we are in Lockdown 2.0 with the uncertainty of what Christmas might look like this year. I would like to try to reassure you that whilst the outside world is closed down, college continues to operate smoothly albeit a little differently.

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding regarding the few positive cases of Covid-19 effecting the college community and the actions that were taken. Please know that decisions are never taken lightly, government guidance is sought and followed and the safety of all students and staff is of paramount importance. Thank you for supporting the college in continuing to encourage your children to sanitise, keep at a safe distance and to wear a face mask.

Whilst we worry about the long term impact of the pandemic and the challenges it has brought to all but particularly to young people, in college, they continue to show resilience and have adapted well. For many the “bubbles” suit them and they enjoy the separation from other year groups at break and lunch time. School is calm, they can learn well, build good relationships with their team of teachers and develop friendships with their peers. I am pleased that the majority of our students want to be in school and take every opportunity to make sure that their days are full of positive experiences. They are a credit to you.

I am immensely proud of our students and over the past few weeks I have been amazed by their creativity and beautiful work they are producing across the subjects. As part of our monitoring and evaluation cycle, Mrs Mason, Ms Scott and I have been conducting lesson visits across the curriculum and it has been a pleasure to see the positive relationships between staff and students. Their thirst for knowledge is evident in so many of our students. They are developing greater knowledge as a result of our curriculum developments and are engaged and motivated. Thank you for your support in continuing to encourage and emphasise the importance of our 202:20:20 homework and Knowledge Organisers. Our teaching and student facing support staff continue to work hard, sharing their passion to ensure that students are engaged, learning and embody our RESPECT standards and school motto “Respect and Pride brings Success” .

With so many positive aspects of college life to celebrate during these challenging times I wish you all the best, keep safe and enjoy the newsletter.

Mrs Williams

Head of school

Teaching and Learning

Knowledge Organisers and 20:20:20 homework

The 20:20:20 principle is simple and clear to follow for both students and parents/carers. All students will be expected to complete 1 hour of homework each week night. We expect that parents and carers will support their child to complete 20 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of additional maths and 20 minutes of revision from Knowledge Organisers which accompany every unit of work in Years 7 to 9. The Knowledge Organisers will be available from the college website for students and parents/carers to view.

Knowledge Organisers provide the learner with the key knowledge each students needs in order to make progress within a subject. This will support our commitment to providing your child with a powerful knowledge rich curriculum in all areas of their education at Ibstock Community College. Knowledge Organisers will help all students commit key subject information to long term memory allowing students to make greater progress in each academic area.

For further explanation and examples of best practice please visit https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/homework

Student Planners

All students will receive a student planner at the start of the academic year free of charge. The student planners will support engagement with homework. Students will be expected to keep written notes of the work they have completed in their planners and this will be checked by form tutors every week.

Homework Expectations

All students will complete 20 minutes of reading, 20 minutes of additional maths and 20 minutes of revision from Knowledge Organisers each week night during term time.

All students should purchase a ring binder folder that will contain their knowledge organiser work.

All students will be expected to keep written notes of the work they have completed in their planners. This will be monitored by form tutors each week. Parents/carers will be required to support this by signing the planner each week to ensure the homework is completed.

A termly calendar of knowledge organiser activities will be produced for all students and be available on our website.

Sporting Celebration

Elliott, one of our year 9 students, took part in the trials for the Leicester Riders U14 Basketball team in September, at the Leicester Riders Arena. His hard work paid off as he has been selected for the team for the upcoming season. This will be his second year in the U14 squad as he also played with them in the 2019/20 season.

The club runs two teams in the U14 age group, with Elliott joining the Premier Team who play in the National League, with games as far afield as Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

The trials attracted over 200 girls and boys, with around 50-60 in Elliott’s age range. The squad selected is just 12 players, so competition is fierce! The trials consisted of skills based drills covering passing, shooting, defensive plays , and then into competitive games to finish.

COVID permitting, the season will start in November, with training now well under way. His training and home games are held at the Leicester Riders Arena. They benefit from playing in the same arena as the senior men’s team, and frequently receive coaching from the senior players and coaches.

Year 7 Transition work

Our teachers really enjoyed reading through all the Year 7 transition work and have shared with me their top six pieces for each subject area. I am so impressed with the hard work, creativity and imagination shown in the work. Keep up the good work Year 7!

Learning Raffle

Well done to our students who won our ‘excellent start’ vouchers for their first half term. It was a tough job with so many outstanding students deserving recognition! Keep up the great attitudes to learning.

Students who have earnt over a set number of Achievement Points, have no Behaviour Points, have 100% attendance (minus COVID) and no late marks are all entered into the raffle.

Year 7 - Lily Benistion, Callum Beeney & Molly Bostock

Year 8- Lena Naus and Luke Wynn

Year 9 - Abbbie Willars & Bailey Kennedy

Year 7 winners

Humanities

The first Humanities Family Learning Evening took place earlier this month, in a slightly different format due to the current situation. Packs were sent home to those year 7 students who requested them, and crafts and educational activities were completed by families at home. Mrs McMahon has thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the pictures of work which have been sent in – please keep them coming!

Finally, make sure you keep up to date with what your child is learning about in PSHE through the updates on the website. Email Mrs McMahon if you have any questions or would like further information.

Remembrance

Ibstock Community College recognised Remembrance Day this year with a lovely service led by History teacher Miss Woolnough. She said:

“Remembrance this year was marked with a series of events in school and out of school. We had a Remembrance assembly looking at why we remember and who we remember from our own community. Each student has made their own poppy to be displayed in different areas of the school. Mrs Williams attended the service and laid the wreath on Sunday on behalf of the school. Finally, on the 11th we had student representatives from each year group take part in a short ceremony at the cenotaph joined by members of our local community and the British Legion. We read For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and a few words were said by Miss Woolnough before laying the wreath and observing the two minutes silence to reflect and remember those who have gave their lives for our today.”

We are all very proud of all the students who were involved.

All our students have been making poppies this week, which have been put together in to commemorative displays.

In light of Remembrance Day, students in 7JM and 7LC took part in an Art project to create poppy drawings for a display in Measham high street. The artwork created by the year 7 students has been on display in the window of Howland Jones estate agents. This has been a brilliant opportunity to showcase the art work of our talented students here at Ibstock as well as supporting the local community with celebrating such an important event. Howland Jones donated £2 for each drawing submitted and the money raised went to support Royal British Legion. This means that Ibstock Community College raised over £100 towards this cause. Well done to everybody involved!

Children in Need

Unfortunately we have been unable to hold our bake sale or other fundraising event this year for Children in Need. But thank you to everyone who supported our non-uniform day and donated to Children in Need, it is such a worthy cause that supports so many young people.

Food Bank 2020

This week we launched our Christmas Food Bank 2020 appeal. Last year's appeal was a great success, thanks to your generosity, the College was able to donate a number of food parcels to the Coalville Food Bank in time for Christmas.

Staff and students are asked to donate Christmas themed food and add it to the sleigh, to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Students can leave donations with their Pastoral Manager within their own bubble.

Consultation on joining LiFE MAT and bringing about age range change

November 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to you to consult on important proposals that Ibstock Community College, Ivanhoe College and Ashby School work together to join LiFE Multi Academy Trust and bring age range change to the secondary schools in Ashby de la Zouch and Ibstock from August 2022.

Our priority is always to ensure an excellent education for all our students with a commitment to continuously improving standards to ensure they flourish in an exciting and engaging environment that includes the provision of a broad curriculum. As local partner schools, we have a longstanding commitment to working with each other which will assist in managing these changes effectively and ensure the high standards in all schools continue for the benefit of all young people in our community now and in the future.

Ibstock Community College, Ivanhoe College and Ashby School are all currently Single Academy Trusts, and in the last couple of years we have given much consideration to joining a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). In line with most other schools locally and nationally, we want to bring excellent 11-16 education to all three schools and continue the high quality shared post 16 education based at Ashby School.

As a Governing Board we have carefully considered the options to maximise the future success of the schools whilst retaining our ethos and commitment to improve. We are working closely together in this process with Ivanhoe College and Ashby School and the governors of all three schools have the shared aim of joining LiFE Multi Academy Trust by February or March 2021 subject to due diligence.

In making this decision we have taken into consideration the following: -

• Our commitment to ensure excellent outcomes for our students, while retaining the principle of parental choice

• Our determination to bring about age range change which allows each school to educate students from 11-16

• Our shared commitment to retaining a high-quality post 16 educational offer with a sixth form at Ashby School

• Our desire to provide new and better professional development opportunities for staff

• Safeguarding each school’s long-term financial future

• Ensuring strong governance

• The benefits that being part of a larger organisation can bring to our schools.

The LiFE MAT is currently made up of the lead school, Bosworth Academy, together with two other secondary schools and two primary schools. Bosworth Academy is an outstanding 11-18 college with an excellent track record both for its own school and the positive impact it has had on its work with other schools in the MAT. Under the leadership of the CEO, Chris Parkinson, LiFE MAT has already had a positive impact in developing collaboration and sharing best practice across the group of schools. This is an exciting opportunity for our school leaders to work with the Leadership Team at LiFE to continue to build on the good work that has already been done within each school. Bosworth Academy successfully underwent its own age change to become an 11-18 school in recent years and we will be able to learn from their experience of age range change.

We are also ready to begin the process of bringing about age range change for August 2022 so that all three schools become secondary schools. From this time Ibstock Community College and Ivanhoe College will begin to offer education to students between the ages of 11 and 16. Ashby School will also take in students from age 11 through to age 16, and our joint plans will also ensure that all students have equal access to excellent Post 16 education in the Sixth Form at Ashby School.

As a strong group of schools in our area, we are confident that together we will continue to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students as part of a successful MAT. We have much in common with the schools already in the LiFE MAT and their experience of ongoing school improvement and successful age range change.

We believe this is a unique and exciting opportunity for our school and one that we wish to take forward now. We are therefore now consulting parents, staff and the wider community on our plans to join LiFE MAT, instigate age range change and consequent change to our school admissions arrangements.

The formal consultation process begins on Monday 2nd November 2020 and will run until Monday 14th December 2020. Please also see the consultation FAQs on our website and additional information below about the options from August 2022, which we hope will answer any questions you may have. We are also including the draft of our Admissions Policy for Year 7 intake August 2022 showing the new planned admission number on our website. All this information can be found on our website https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/mat-consultation-information-2020

Responses can be submitted in writing to 'Consultation' c/o Sharon Bedwell, Ibstock Community College, Central Avenue, Ibstock, Leicestershire, LE67 6NE, or by email to consultation@ibstockcollege.co.uk. To help us in collating responses, please indicate whether you are a parent and the year group(s) of your child(ren).

All views will be considered by the Governing Board before final decisions are made as we want this to be a full and meaningful consultation.

I look forward to hearing your views.

Yours faithfully

Lee Donaghy

Chair of Governors

Parent Lite

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Contacting the college

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.co.uk

Upcoming Dates

Christmas break - College closes 2pm Friday 18 December 2020 - reopens Monday 4 January 2021

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