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WELCOME to the new school year

29 Aug 2017

We welcome everyone back for the new academic year and a new set of challenges and experiences for our students. We give a specially warm welcome to our new year seven students who are joining our community for the first time. 

The academic year ahead is going to allow students to build on all they have learnt before and develop a firm set of skills and knowledge by the end of key stage three. The summer has seen the results for students who left us a couple of years ago and we have been very pleased with how our students have performed at GCSE and AS Level, based upon the thorough grounding at key stage three. 

Please ensure that you spend time with your child to reinforce the high expectations we have of effort and application for everyone. We do not want to have any learning time for the majority wasted through chasing a small minority of students on issues of uniform or behaviour that does not match our expectations.

We welcome a number of staff this year including Ms Staples, who will be teaching geography, Ms Kaletha, who will be teaching RS, and Ms Barber, who is established full time in our reading and research centre. 

The commitment to learning is one of the aspects to life at Ibstock that we are most proud of and we will continue our focus on developing strong communication skills in our students. One of the means of developing this will be through building on the work undertaken on written communication and focusing now on developing confidence in strong and effective oral communication. 

We are also ensuring that students have separate work and social spaces so that the emphasis in classrooms is upon the development of knowledge and skills. We are proud of the college and what students achieve here and will be ensuring that classroom and corridors are places of learning so that students can really build on their skills. Student social spaces are being developed and lunchtime activities will be in place as normal. 

There have been a substantial amount of works undertaken on the buildings over the summer, especially main block and this will be continuing for some time into the new term. We were fortunate in obtaining funding to replace the roof of the school and as a result have scaffolding in place. This will mean that some routes around the building are changed but this will not cause any major inconvenience to learning. We are hoping that all students will be able to be a part of this work and more information on this will follow shortly. 

After our trial at the end of the summer term with dinner sittings, we will continue with these arrangements for this academic year. We want students to enjoy their lunch break and found that the sittings reduced queuing times and gave more free time to students. Please ensure that your children have adequate funds on their accounts for lunch. 

We will send the first newsletter of the term home shortly and in the meantime all information for parents is available on our website and, for information about your own children, on Insight. 

Welcome back to the new school year.

David Phillips - Principal

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