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Letter from Mrs Williams 16 October

16 Oct 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been a busy and productive half term and I am immensely proud of the resilience that our students and staff have showed in light of the changes to life in college that we now experience.

Our Yr 7’s have settled in well and are building wonderful relationships with their home base tutors, subject teachers, pastoral managers and the wider staff.  Old friendships are either strengthening or loosening as new one’s are forming. It is all part of the cycle of secondary school as our students start to understand more about themselves.

Our Yr 8 and Yr 9 students have also settled back in to college life and are reaping the benefits of learning within Elm and Oak, with teachers who will continue to set challenging work whilst ensuring any gaps are filled.

Here we are though with a week’s break ahead of us.  The students will be ready for some down time, the staff too.

Make the most of it, spend time together if you can.

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful half term week.

Mrs Williams

Head of school

Teacher/Parent carer communication

Your child/ren’s first grade sweep – Attitude across the curriculum is now available on Insight.

This gives an overview of your child’s attendance, behaviour and achievement points to date along with their teacher’s assessment of attitude towards each subject.

Over the next two weeks please expect a telephone call from your child’s tutor.  Despite being brief the call is an opportunity to discuss how your child has settled into the new academic year.

If you have subject teacher specific queries, please email the member of staff directly.  You can find the email addresses on our website.

Please email if you are experiencing any issues with Insight.

Face masks – essential equipment

As you are aware the wearing of face masks is compulsory for all staff and students as we move around the college campus both inside and outside of the buildings.  Thank you again, for ensuring that almost every student comes to college with this element of their essential equipment. 

As a school we have provided disposable face masks for those students who have forgotten theirs however has been very costly.  Packs of 2 or 3 washable masks are widely available in supermarkets and other stores at a very reasonable price. Could I please urge you to stock up over the holiday.  As the face mask is part of our essential equipment and is important in trying to mitigate risk and keep the college as Covid safe as possible we continue to record when students arrive without their masks however we will also be holding additional detentions for those who purposely arrive daily without their masks. 

Also, could you please continue to remind and check that your child/ren has their facemask(s) with them every day including when they are wearing PE kit. Perhaps an idea would be 1 mask in school to be kept in their tray, 1 in their blazer and 1 in their hoody pocket.  I appreciate your continued support with this key part of our Covid safety plan.

Lunch Pre –ordering – Alex may have her own wording?

Please ensure that lunch orders are placed via ParentPay during half term ready for w/c 26 October 2020.  Thank you to all of you wh are using the new pre ordering system.  It is running smoothly on the whole however going forward if a child has not ordered they will not be given any food.  You will see that there are some additions to the menu for the next half term.

Message from Geoff Staniforth, Headteacher at Ashby School

Dear Y9 Parents,

As you are aware we made the difficult decision to cancel our annual open evening last month. We are now pleased to announce that our virtual open evening is live on our school website (see link below). You will find a short video which gives you a snapshot of life at Ashby as well as faculty leaflets that would typically be given out on the evening. These are essential when guiding your son/daughter into selecting their options. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Geoff Staniforth


Children in Need -  Friday 13 November 2020

Due to current restrictions we won’t be able to run our usual range of fundraising activities however we will still mark the occasion with a non-uniform day to raise as much money as we can for young people’s charities across the UK.  Students who choose not to wear uniform or PE kit must give £1.

Students who would normally have PE on Friday 13 November 2020 can also get involved and may wear their own sportswear.

All clothing must be age/weather appropriate. Crop tops and offensive slogans are not allowed.

Ibstock Community Art Exhibition 2020

Please take a look at the wonderful work produced by our students under the guidance of Miss Moore. Wonderful stuff!

20:20:20 Homework and Knowledge Organisers

Homework is an integral part of college life and as well and consolidating learning and preparing for future learning our system ensures that there is clear focus on Reading for pleasure and the continuous revision of numeracy skills.  

The homework requirement for all students at Ibstock Community College is quite clear and students are reminded at the end of the day by their home base tutor of the evenings requirements.  As parents/carers we ask that you encourage and monitor your student’s homework and only when you are satisfied that they have met the weekly requirements that you sign their planner.  Our aim at Ibstock is to ensure that the knowledge we are imparting in every lesson stays with our students.  They revise and learn it using their knowledge organisers and we, as teachers check their learning via quick quizzes and other retrieval activities.

Working together, we can build and develop resilient, independent learners who will be well prepared for the challenges of GCSE’s and further study.

All Homework information can be found here:


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