Ibstock Community College Newsletter - March 2021


Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”

— John Muir

This quote from scottish naturalist John Muir (1838-1914) beautifully sums up the atmosphere in college since the reopening of schools on 8 March.

It has been wonderful to welcome back our students and to see them with their friends and teachers learning in the classroom and enjoying their school experience.

The return to school meant the continuation of the bubbles and the wearing of facemasks in the classroom. Our students have risen once again to these challenges with all except for a small number of medical exemptions, coming to school with face masks at the ready. Thank you again for your encouragement and support.

Another challenge for us all was that of the lateral flow testing. At this point I have to highlight the fantastic work that Rachel Clamp and her team managed to complete. The vast majority of our students were tested 3 times in school – the operation ran with military precision and as a result there were no positive cases found and therefore no bubble closures. Thank you to all of those involved. I am proud that we did our part to prevent transmission of Covid 19 as best we could and we will continue to do so by supporting home testing for all.

The past 3 weeks having flown bye and we have already achieved so much. Throughout this Easter newsletter we celebrate our student’s successes across all aspects of college life. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.

So much so we have created an Outstanding Work Exhibition on our website - to share with you all sorts of work that both the students and their teachers are really proud of. We will continually add to this exhibition so please revisit regularly


This week we have said a fond farewell to Linda Higginson – Faculty Leader for DT & Art. Over the past 17 years, Linda has made such a positive impact on the lives of so many students and their families through her teaching and pastoral care. We thank Linda for her commitment to the college and her unfaltering focus on the wellbeing of our students. We wish Linda a peaceful retirement.

With the prospect of the summer term ahead of us, there is much to look forward to in college. Thank you to all those who will be joining me as part of the Parent Forum, your contributions will be invaluable as we take our next steps in Project 24.

With very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Easter break.

Mrs Williams

Head of school

Introducing Miss Colledge - Year 7 Pastoral Manager

Hi my name is Christa Colledge and I am the Pastoral Manager for Y7 Oak.

I joined Ibstock in August as a cover supervisor and have been working with Y8 students in school during lockdown.

I am thrilled with my new role and I’m looking forward to working with the team of Y7 tutors, our students and their families.

Some facts about me; I am a Loughborough University Sports Science graduate with a passion for football. I support Sunderland AFC, I’m originally from Durham but Ibstock is now my home.

Please contact me if you have any queries or concerns, I will be happy to help and look forward to working with you.

Ibstock Community College GCSE Curriculum Parent Survey

As we continue to plan for our move to 11-16 in 2022, I would like to invite you to be part of the journey. Below you will find the link to the Ibstock Community College GCSE Curriculum parent survey. You feedback is extremely important.


David Cross Short Story Competition

Just before Christmas, Mrs Hayles launched the David Cross Story Competition with year 8 students, in which they could decide whether to take part.

Mrs Hayles had the pleasure of reading some fabulous creative and imaginative stories that really were impressive. It was very tough to choose a winner!

The winner was Charlotte Brooks.

Charlotte had written a great detective story with suspect list and interviews, very creative.

Charlotte received a certificate and Amazon voucher .

The following students were also highly commended for their wonderful stories:

  • Beatrice Cartwright
  • Karina Gavan
  • Riah Bailey
  • Ellie Coleman

World Book Day Quiz - Answers and Winners

The World Book Day quiz was great fun! Here are the correct answers. How many did you get right? The video is still on FoldR: (Home learning resources – reading resources – 20 mins reading (2021) – WORLD BOOK DAY MYSTERY READER QUIZ.mp4) Have another listen and see if you were right!

1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/J. K. Rowling/Miss Clements

2 The Boy in the Dress/ David Walliams/ Miss Hession

3 Wonder/ R.J. Palacio/ Mrs Williams

4 Danny Champion of the World/ Roald Dahl / Mrs Bennett

5 Dracula/ Bram Stoker/ Mr Wright (+ very atmospheric music!)

6 Diary of a Wimpy Kid / Jeff Kinney / Miss Foley

7 From Nowhere, my story / Jamie Vardy / Mr Ball

8 Diary of a young girl/Anne Frank/Mrs Higginson

9 Percy Jackson & The Lighting Thief/Rick Riordan/Mr Lane

10 War Horse/ Michael Morpurgo/ Mrs Gamble

11 Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)/Suzanne Collins/Mrs Tang

12 The Tattooist of Auschwitz/ Heather Morris/ Miss Woolnough

13 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time/Mark Haddon/Mrs Roden

14 Pride and Prejudice/ Jane Austen/Mrs Hayles

15 Divergent/Veronica Roth/ Mrs Wright

16 Frankenstein/Mary Shelley/Mrs Mouncer

17 Face/ Benjamin Zephania/ Mrs Poole

18 Gone/ Michael Grant / Miss Clarke

19 The Hobbit/ J. R. R. Tolkien/ Mrs Ward

20 I am Malala/ Malala Yousafzei / Mrs Barber

A huge ‘Well done’ to our top scorer in each year and to all who made a great effort in taking part (achievement points for all!)

Neve (Year 9); Lily (Year 8) and Katie (Year 7)

There was a tie-breaker in the event of students getting the same final score. They were asked to finish the sentence ‘Reading is…’ in less than 20 words. We really loved their responses, here are a few of them:

“Reading is… a way to transport yourself to different places and get away from reality, or learn about places abroad.” C –Year 8

K – Year 7

‘Reading is.... a way for us to leave our world behind and enter a place that we want to be in’

N- Year 9

“Reading is.... a chance to learn and go on amazing adventures every day without ever having to leave the comfort of home.”

E – Year 9

S – Year 8

“Reading is …. a fun activity that can transport you between worlds, twisting you into their stories, inviting you to fight their battles.”

M – Year 9

L – Year 8

“Reading is ……everything to me and I love it and the characters in the stories because they are beautifully written.”

N - Year 9

“Reading is …… interesting because it opens your eyes to new places and educates you.”

C – Year 9

New Library System Launch!

We are really pleased to be launching our new library system. This was planned way back in 2019 as we wanted a system that was much better suited to student use. It does mean that while we are still adhering to Covid restrictions and working in bubbles, accessing school library books is even EASIER than before and can be done in just a few clicks!

The link to the new system will be on our school website - under the Reading & Research Centre section. After Easter, Students will be given instructions on how to log in and these are also on the website as a reminder.

Students can borrow up to three books for three weeks (during the initial launch this will be reduced to one and reinstated once the initial reservations have been fulfilled.) They will also be able to renew online using the system.

The system has great potential to support our students in reading and Mrs Barber will still be working on the classifications which need some tweaking and cataloguing new resources to add. Keep an eye out for new updates!

Keep reading!

Mrs Hayles & Mrs Barber

Snibston Colliery Poster Competition

The winning poster from Fortem Solutions and Leicestershire County Council’s ‘design a poster’ competition will soon be put on display in honour of the welcomed return to school for Leicestershire’s pupils.

Lilly Appleby, from Ibstock Community College was crowned winner of the competition back in November and her poster, alongside highly-commended entries, will be on show this March at the Colliery Café for visitors to admire.

The competition was designed to encourage young people aged 5-16 to design a poster to raise awareness about Snibston Colliery Park, the mining heritage it offers and its ambition to be a zero-waste hub. The winning entry would receive a tablet and would have their designed poster on display in the park.

More than 214 schools across Leicestershire entered the competition and four judges were chosen to select their top 3.

Judges for the competition included:

• Paul Bryant (Site Manager, Fortem)

• Cllr Terri Eynon (Patch member for North West Leicestershire)

• Stuart Warburton (Snibston Heritage Trust)

• Julia Keeling (Strategic Commissioning Manager, LCC)

(All judges had to conduct judging separately in line with government guidance at the time and the lead judge conducted the decision virtually).

Cllr Terri Eynon, as lead judge, had the difficult decision of selecting the winner from the shortlisted entries. She said: “It was so wonderful to see the artistic talent and passion that so many young people have for a such a poignant topic. We had some fantastic entries and if we could have picked more than one, we would! We’re looking forward to seeing Lilly’s poster on display and I’m wishing all pupils across Leicestershire a successful return to school.”

The top 3 contestants received a prize and many entries were highly commended:

1st (overall winner) Lilly Appleby, Ibstock Community College

Highly commended, Grace Price, Ibstock Community College 

Tackling climate change is one of Leicestershire County Councils top priorities and working with Fortem on the regeneration scheme has allowed for carefully considered developments. The site will be turned into a vibrant place to visit and includes an environmentally-friendly café, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

Council leader, Nick Rushton said: “Nurturing our green spaces is vital to us, as a county, becoming carbon neutral. This competition reinforces the collective message that reducing our carbon impact and looking after the environment is everyone’s responsibility. The winning entries of this competition have done a fantastic job of showing the balance between enjoying leisure facilities while looking after them too.”

Paul Bryant, Site Manager at Fortem Solutions said: “This competition was a great way for us to engage with the local community and bring them on this journey with us. Snibston Colliery Park has been a very diverse project for us to work on, rich in history and full of ecological life. The entries to the competition were phenomenal and every school who took part should be really proud of the work they’ve done. This year has been very different for everyone and we’re pleased we’ve been able to bring people together through this competition.”

Lilly’s poster, will be on display in the Colliery Café from 17 March.

Turn On The Subtitles

Turning on subtitles while children are watching TV can greatly improve their reading skills. A quick, simple, free way to make TV time, reading time.


Comic Relief

We raised a total of £523.47 for comic relief! Thank you for all of your generous donations.


Year 7

After Easter year 7 Girls PE groups with Miss Rhodes will be swimming for their PE lessons. All students will need swimwear, a towel, swimming hat and goggles can be worn. Swim hats can be purchased from leisure for £2. Mr Balls classes will be on football. Students will need boots and shin pads for lessons as they are on the field.

Year 8 and 9

All of Mr Balls PE classes will be on football after the holidays. Students will need to bring football boots and shin pads for their PE lessons as they will be on the field.

Extra Curricular Clubs

Parent Pay

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been experiencing technical difficulties with our till system and parent pay synchronizing. The issues have now been rectified and all parent pay balances are correct. Please ensure there are sufficient funds on your child's dinner money account when we return after Easter. The kitchen staff will unfortunately be unable to sell food if the account is in a minus balance.

The David Wilson Foundation

Thank you to the David Wilson Foundation who purchased 20 laptops for Ibstock Community College students.

The David Wilson Foundation contacted us to ask how they could support the local community and particularly young people during the pandemic.

While we are now back in school the extra laptops will continue to help us support students with their learning while maintaining their bubbles.

Covid Home Testing

Thank you for all your support in completing the lateral flow tests at home with your child(ren) this week.

Students have brought home their second kit this week with enough tests for over the Easter holiday.

It is important for staff and students to keep testing through the Easter holidays to manage the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), as part of a regular habit of testing at home twice a week.

Students must complete a home test on Sunday 11 April before returning to school on Monday 12 April 2021.

To report a positive lateral flow test result please email icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

For more information on home testing please visit our website:


Asymptomatic testing information for parents and adults in households with children at school or college

NHS Test and Trace have announced that all adults in households with school and college age children without symptoms can now access regular rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

Test kits can either be collected or ordered online, as set out below. You should not give test kits to parents, carers or household members and should not order more test kits for this purpose. Secondary school and college students will continue to access testing through their school or college.

Please share the information below with your parent networks to help answer any questions they may have.

Undertaking regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing helps reduce transmission of the virus. Parents and other adults in households with children at school or college, who do not have symptoms, can now access regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This includes childcare and support bubbles.

Tests are fast, easy and completely free. There are different ways for a household, childcare or support bubble to collect their test to take at home, twice-weekly:

• Through your employer, if they offer testing to employees

• By collecting a home test kit from a local test site – anyone aged 18 or over can collect 2 packs of 7 tests

• By ordering a home test kit online – please do not order online if you can access testing through other routes, this frees up home delivery for those who need it most

If you have any queries about the tests, and you live in England, please call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day from 7am to 11pm.

Children of primary school age (and below) without symptoms are not being asked to take a test.

Testing is voluntary, but strongly recommended to all who are eligible. Alongside the vaccine, washing hands, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing, rapid testing plays a vital role in reducing transmission rates. Getting into the habit of regular testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to protect each other.

Reporting a positive Covid case during half term.

Please be aware that Ibstock Community College leaders will continue contact tracing in the event of positive Covid cases during the Easter half term.

If your child has attended school this week and they receive a positive Covid result during the half term please contact icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk as soon as possible.

Please include the following details in your email:

  • Childs names and year group
  • Your telephone number
  • The date that your child was last in school
  • The date that your child started with COVID symptoms

Social contacts: Please inform NHS Track and Trace with the following information for social contacts 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/

  • Details of any students that your child is particularly friendly with/close contacts
  • Details of the school bus contacts that your child takes to and from school (if applicable)

When you contact us, a member of the school leadership team will be in touch ASAP to complete the remaining in school track and trace. In the meantime, we would strongly discourage test results (regardless of the outcome) being published on personal social media.


Parent Lite

Please ensure you have activated your Parent Lite account and keep your child's information upto date. If you have not received an activation email please contact icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Please take time to look through each tab and update information as required. It is especially important to ensure contact details are up to date, consent information is correct and any medical details or dietary needs are recorded accurately.

Contacting the college

Email: icc.admin@ibstockcollege.co.uk

Website: www.ibstockcollege.co.uk

Upcoming Dates

Easter Break - School closes Friday 26th March and re-opens Monday 12th April