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17 August 2020
For information on Returning to School and Year 7 first day please read the information on our website https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/return-to-school-autumn-2020
3 August 2020
To our new Year 7 students:
I would like to invite you to write a book review of your favourite summer read!
Prizes are available for the top 3 reviews! You can use the template provided or create your own!
Don’t forget to email them to me: email@example.com.
I look forward to reading your reviews and meeting you all in later this month — you will find me in the RRC!
Reading and Research Coordinator
30 July 2020
Uniform update from LISS Sport
We are aware from LISS Sport that there is a delay on some of the sizes of our school blazer. If this effects your childs order please do not worry. LISS Sport will provide us with a list of outstanding uniform so we will be aware which students are still waiting for ordered uniform.
10 July 2020
Following the release of the government guidance regarding the reopening of schools for the AW term 2020-21 last week, the Senior Leadership Team have spent the past week in planning meetings to ensure a safe return to school for staff and students.
We are confident that we have a plan that will enable us to provide a safe and positive learning environment without compromising a broad and balanced curriculum.
In line with the government guidance we have divided the campus into 3 schools/bubbles
Year 7 – Oak
Year 8 – Elm
Year 9 – Rowan
Each school/bubble will comprise of a team of specialist subject teachers, a pastoral manager and support staff. They will have their own home bases with toilets and outdoor areas. These measures have been implemented to ensure that we are able to mitigate any risks to students and staff as best we can. Students will be based in their home room and the specialist teachers will move from class to class. This will mean that movement of groups is limited whilst a broad curriculum continues.
In order to facilitate the changes to the campus and college day we propose a phased return as follows:
Thursday 27 August 2020
Year 7 only
Friday 28 August 2020
Year 8 only
Tuesday 1 September 2020
Year 9 only
Wednesday 2 – 4 September 2020
All Year groups
The phased return will allow all students some time to understand the new systems and expectations. These orientation days will be spent in their Year group school/bubbles where they will familiarise themselves with their new areas, teacher teams and participate in the learning camps.
Our uniform suppliers, Liss Sport have been working tirelessly to ensure that all garments will be available for the beginning of the AW 2020 term. All students will be expected to wear full college uniform and PE kit. All details can be found on the college website. There are no requirements to wash the uniform daily.
All students will be required to bring with them the following basic equipment to use during the school day: a pencil case, ruler, pencil 2 black ink pens, an eraser. Each student will be given the use of a plastic tray to hold all exercise books and knowledge organisers which will be kept in their home room.
Whilst it is vitally important that students wash their hands as often as possible during the day, we have also provided hand sanitiser in all classrooms and around the campus. We would also ask that wherever possible students should carry their own hand sanitiser.
Breakfast, break and Lunchtime refreshments
We plan to continue to run our breakfast club with complimentary toast available to all students every morning. Due to the staggering of break and lunchtime we will be unable to have any snack available to buy at break time. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage students to bring their own healthy snack. We are currently exploring our lunch time offer and will communicate the options available to you via our website. It is advised that you check the website throughout the summer for further information and updates.
We are currently awaiting guidance from the local authority around the school buses and again we will update the website as soon as we have any additional information.
We are aware that guidance may change and we will continue to adhere to the government advice and update you accordingly.
Wishing you a safe and relaxing summer.
With kind regards
Head of School
1 July 2020
Dear Year 6 students and parents,
This week should have been your inductions days at Ibstock Community College, it is a real shame we will not been able to welcome you all into our school. However we are provding as much informaiton as we can here on our website. If there is anything we haven't covered or a question you can please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who has returned their completed forms, if you haven't done so yet please return these as soon as possible. You can post, email or drop them into school.
This week we wanted to tell you a little bit about homework at Ibstock Community College.
Ibstock Community College Homework policy
Homework is a key part of college life. The Education Endowment Foundation estimates that effective and regular homework can add a further 5 months progress to a young person's education.
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 are available from the college website for students and parents/carers to view. As a team, here at Ibstock, we passionately believe that this structured form of completing work at home can have significant benefits when it comes to the learning of your child. Not only will it help develop the powerful knowledge needed by each student to progress in all subjects, preparing for the rigours of GCSE study, but also develop key life skills of organisation.
Knowledge Organisers provide 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.
The purpose of the knowledge organiser tasks is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the key, powerful knowledge needed in each subject in order to make progress. Helping all students commit key subject information to long term memory allowing students to make greater progress in each academic area. As we move through the college year, subjects will develop more knowledge organisers which will allow students to revisit work they have done.
All students will receive a student planner when they join us. 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.
For more information on homework expectations, advice and access to all the Knowledge Organisers please visit the homework page of our website https://www.ibstockcollege.co.uk/homework
Finally, we hope you have had an opportunity to view the tour of Ibstock Community College that was add to the website last week. We also have an updated map below to help you familaries yourself with the college.
22 June 2020
Dear Year 6 students and parents,
This week we have a tour around our school for you to watch, we have tried to point out where your tutor room might be. Please click on the link below.
We have also put together the information below about our Learning Support team, who work with Mrs Roden to support students in a number of different ways.
15 June 2020
Dear Year 6 students and parents,
Normally at this time of year we would be busy planning lessons for you to do on your induction days to give you a taster of what your lessons will be like at Ibstock Community College.
This year, we still want to give you a taster of the work, it will just be completed at home or in your primary schools instead.
You will see that there are activities set by each subject area for you to complete over the next few weeks. You will also get paper copies of the activities sent either to your house or to your school.
We would like you to complete the activities, then put them somewhere safe ready for when you start at Ibstock after the summer. If you need to use extra paper to complete the work, where worksheets have been provided, that is fine. On your first day, make sure that the work is in your bag. It will need to be handed in to the correct teacher e.g. hand in the history work to your history teacher, your English work to your English teacher and so on. Your teachers will be asking for the work so this should help you to remember to hand it in.
We are really looking forward to seeing what you have done and hope that you enjoy completing the activities. Some teachers want to get your work up on the walls in the classrooms, so make them look as good as you can. Hand in work that you feel really proud of.
We look forward to seeing you after the summer.
8 June 2020
This week you will be recieving a letter in the post informing you of which tutor group your child will be in when they join us in year 7.
All our year 7 tutors have put together a little bit of information about themselves to help their tutor group know a little bit more about them.
Welcome to 7DW Mr Wright
Welcome to 7EW Miss Woolnough
Welcome to 7KT Mrs Tang
Welcome to 7MH Mrs Hayles
Welcome to 7NW Mrs Ward
Welcome to 7RS Mrs Sharma
Welcome to 7TL Mr Lane
Please also see below a welcome from other key member of staff
Welcome from Mrs Roden - SENCO
Welcome from Miss Clements - Progress Leader
Dear Parent / Carer,
I am delighted that your child will be joining us next year. On behalf of the senior leadership team and all the staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. We are proud of the quality of education and care that we provide and are confident that they will progress well while attending Ibstock.
Due to the current circumstances we have planned our year six induction a little differently this year, but we are committed to providing you and your child with as much information as possible before they join us next academic year.
Ordinarily I would have the pleasure of visiting the children in their primary schools this term, however I have made a short video that will be uploaded next week. I hope you can view this with your child(ren) to introduce myself and welcome them to Ibstock Community College.
Miss Clements would also be visiting the year 6 children this term, some for a second time, to discuss the move to Ibstock Community College. Miss Clements has recorded some of this key information in the following videos for you to watch with your child.
As the government’s plans to gradually ease the country’s lockdown become clearer we will be able to provide you with more information via our website and through your primary schools. We will be adding futher information to this page, so check back weekly for new information!
In the meantime I would like to provide you with some key information and forms that require completion as you begin to prepare for the transition to Ibstock Community College.
Prior to your child starting here, you may wish to visit our website which has lots of additional information about what we do, along with a ‘frequently asked questions’ section. You are also welcome to view our Newsletters for a taste of life at Ibstock Community College
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the following email address: email@example.com
With best wishes
Head of School
Welcome to your new school!
Miss Foster will be the Pastoral Manger for our new Year 7 students. Here is a short video from Miss Foster welcoming you to Ibstock Community College.
Getting ready to join us!
To help offer our future Year 7's the very best preparation and support during transition we have listed a number of different resources:
BBC bitesize have a wealth of information on starting secondary school.
Young Minds have a video to help you prepare for the transition between primary and secondary school.
BE AWESOME, GO BIG - YEAR 6 TRANSITION PROJECT - is a package to help Year 6 students transition into Year 7. It can be used by students and parents at home. It is designed to be motivational, helpful and reassuring and to help young people feel valued, loved, encouraged and equipped for the journey ahead.
ParentPay is our college’s online cashless payment system that lets you make secure online payments by credit and debit card. You can also pay in cash at local PayPoint stores. It is used to make cashless payments in schools for dinner money and activities like trips etc.
This online payment system gives you a more convenient and flexible way to make payments to ICC and helps to keep your child safe. By making cashless payments you know that your money has reached the school safely.
You can view your account statement and payment history, check when payments need to be made and set alerts to tell you when your account needs topping up. Your child can also check their balance at any time by using the machine in the hall foyer. You can also see a report online which tells you which meal your child chooses at lunchtime.
You will receive a letter from us with your username and password before to set up your account, currently we are unable to confirm when this will be.
When they join us students will have their thumb scanned (please read biometric technology consent as part of the attached ICC Procedure agreement). Students will not be allowed to purchase food if there are not enough funds in their account in the new academic year.
If your child does not currently receive free school meals, but you feel you may be entitled, you can download an application form from Leicestershire County Council www.leicestershire.gov.uk or telephone 0116 3057093. We strongly encourage you to do this, as the school will receive significant additional funding to support your child’s education.
For an idea of the food available and a price list please go to our Healthy school page.
Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP)
If your child has a health condition and / or requires medication you will need to complete an IHCP detailing this. An IHCP is a written, recorded plan on the specific information and requirements of an individual student and ensures that the student’s needs are met in the educational setting.
Please give the completed IHCP to reception, along with their medication. Further details and the IHCP form can be found in the Policies section of our website.
It is your responsibility to ensure we have an update IHCP in school along with the required, in date, medication.
Ibstock Community College uses SIMS Parent Lite, a data collection system that complies with the new GDPR data requirements, by providing a simple way to collect, manage and handle information by obtaining accurate data securely from parents.
Available on iOS, Android and a browser, the SIMS Parent Lite app provides a convenient and accessible solution for parents to electronically review and request changes to the data held on them and their children.
Please complete and return the enclosed data collection form.
When your child joins us we will send an activation email to your home email address. Simply click on the link from your tablet, pc or smartphone to activate your account. Please do not ignore this activation email.
Once you have activated your account we advise that you check all the information contained in all of the separate tabs to ensure that we have the correct and up to date information for your child.
Permanent bus passes will be issued to eligible students during the summer holiday in readiness for the start of the academic year. For bus pass enquiries please contact visit the Leicestershire County Council website.
Our uniform policy can be viewed on our website.
LISS Sport are the main supplier for the full school uniform, including PE kit. Babes 2 Tots are also a Trutex supplier for the school trousers and school skirt.
However if you wish to source the uniform from an alternative supplier you will need the Trutex codes, for more information please visit our website.
PE: Black shorts, sports leggings, joggers or tracksuit bottoms Red deluxe hoody with printed school badge and student name Red performance t-shirt with printed school badge and printed student name Swimwear (trunks or 1 piece swimsuit) Red or white sports socks
Orders will need to be placed by Friday 10 July 2020 to guarantee delivery for the new academic year.
If, based on the current circumstances, there are any issues with the availability of school uniform for the new academic year, we will communicate with you outline any temporary arrangements.
If you feel you are entitled to financial support to purchase uniform as a low income family then please contact the college as soon as possible so we may discuss this further.
Documents for completion and returnby Friday 26 June:
Dear Parent / Carer,
We are delighted to welcome you to Ibstock Community College as a future parent.
We have visited your child’s school today to discuss the transition process from year 6 to year 7 in August 2020.
We have discussed many things, including:
We appreciate this is a big step and we hope that today’s visit has made your child feel more at ease about their move to secondary school.
During May and June, we will make a second visit to primary schools where we will talk to children individually. The purpose of this visit is to make sure they are happy about the process and to answer any questions they may have.
Our induction days this year are on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2020. These are two very important days where your child will get to see the college in action, to experience our school day and to learn all about the college’s expectations of behaviour in and around. We will also be holding our very popular induction evening on Thursday 2 July 2020 for parents and children. More details of this will follow later.
To ensure we meet all your child’s needs we would like to work with you as closely as possible during the transition process, and deal with any worries and concerns you may have before your child moves to us in August 2020. The information you provide us with will give us a better understanding of your child’s needs. Any information that you provide will, of course, remain confidential. We would, therefore, appreciate it if you would complete the form and return it to your child’s teacher by Monday 30 March 2020.
If you would like any further information in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us - or you could visit our website, which contains lots of additional information about our school.
With best wishes
Sophie Williams Marianne Clements
Head of School Progress Leader and Y6 Transition Coordinator