Anne-Marie Blewitt, Executive Headteacher and Sophie Williams, Head of School
Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Friends,
Welcome to all for the Autumn Term 2018! It has been an extremely positive start to the school year at Ibstock Community College, with all our new students and staff settling in very quickly. All our staff have worked hard to ensure that lessons and learning have got off to a good start, setting clear expectations for high standards throughout the year. You will be able to read more about our wide range of activities and opportunities in this and following newsletters during the year.
Being prepared for learning
Punctuality and uniform have been excellent so far – well done!
We would like to express our thanks to parents for your support in ensuring that students arrive in good time for college and are wearing their Ibstock uniform with pride. Overwhelmingly our students look incredibly smart. Although young people may initially complain about the constraints of a uniform policy, we are confident that it will help all students to feel proud of belonging to a successful school and to strive for excellence in their learning and all activities.
The up-to-date Uniform Policy and examples can be found on our website: http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/uniform-information. Ibstock Community College staff and Governors are keen to work with parents where there are any queries or concerns about uniform matters. Please contact your child’s Form Tutor in the first instance.
Pencil case, equipment, planner
It is essential that all students are prepared and equipped for the learning in all subjects. Obviously being organised about bringing PE kit is part of getting the most out of PE lessons. Similarly, in all classroom based lessons students are expected to start the lesson having their pencil case and planner ready on their desk.
Please check that your child has a full set of essential equipment in a pencil case every day so that they will have everything they need for their lessons. To keep our standards high, we will continue to check punctuality, equipment and uniform regularly, in morning registration, all lessons and assemblies.
Tutor groups and Houses
Our vertical tutor groups, arranged in four Houses, help students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to get to know each other and to mix positively around the college. I would like to thank all our Year 8 and 9 students who have been so helpful and welcoming to Year 7 students. Well done to Year 7 students who have managed to find their way around the college so quickly this year.
Pupil Premium Funding
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The school receives additional funding, between £300 and £1900 per year per student, to help students succeed if they fall into one of these categories:
• FSM: Those students who are registered for Free School Meals
• Ever 6 FSM: Those pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years
• Ever 5 service child: Any pupil recorded in the school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011.
• LAC (Looked After Children): Those students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
• Post-LAC: This is a relatively new category and includes pupils who were looked after before being adopted or were placed on a Special Guardianship or Residence Order immediately after being looked after (known as post-LAC). This applies to all adopted children.
Please contact Head of School, Mrs Sophie Williams if your child falls into any of these categories so that we can ensure they are receiving all of the funding they are entitled too.
Government guidelines, since September 2013, prevent Head Teachers from granting any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, a leave of absence for a family holiday does not fall under the category of ‘exceptional circumstances’ and as such would be recorded as unauthorised.
Is a term time holiday really worth it?
If your child has between 96% and 100% attendance at Key Stage 3 and 4, they have a 73% chance of gaining 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (formerly grade A*-C) including Maths and English,
If your child has between 80%-90% attendance at Key Stage 3 and 4, they have a 35% chance of gaining 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (formerly grade A*-C) including Maths and English.
Those who leave school without 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including Maths and English will, on average, earn at least 20% less than those that do throughout their lifetime.
If your child falls ill during the school day.
If your child feels unwell they must go to reception. If it is necessary for the child to be collected from school the receptionist will contact a named parent/carer to arrange this. Students should not use their mobiles to call home. Please remind your child that during the school they must follow our no mobile phone policy. Thank you for your support on this matter.
Site improvements over the summer
During the summer break work began on the new all – weather pitch. The new pitch will allow students to be able to play 5 aside football, netball and tennis. Work should be completed today with the facilities then becoming a key resource for the student’s physical education.
We were also successful again in securing additional capital funding from the DFE to allow for necessary building repairs. This now means that the flat and pitch roofs on the old parts of the college have now all been replaced.
Parent Pay and lunch payments
Please ensure students have sufficient funds on their ParentPay account to purchase food and drink before ordering. Catering staff are unable to loan money to students. If your child has not brought a packed lunch and has no money on their account, they must report to reception so parents can be contacted to discuss arrangements for that day.
ParentPay is easy-to-use and offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like. For more information view http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/insight-parentpay
Year 7 photos Wednesday 5 September am
Year 9 photos Wednesday 12 September am
Year 7 Tutor evening Thursday 11 October 4 – 6pm
For further dates and information please visit http://www.ibstockcollege.leics.sch.uk/content/calendar.php
Contacting the college
Tel: 01530 260705
Individual Health Care Plans - if you child has an IHCP please notify us of any changes so we remain up-to-date with your child's medical needs. Likewise, if your child has been diagnosed with a new medical condition, they may need an IHCP putting in place.
Data Collection Sheets - please ensure these are completed and returned to us promptly to ensure we have contact information to be able to contact you in an emergency.