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OFSTED Report

Rated Good In All AreasPlease find our latest Ofsted report attached below (not available on school app). As you will see from the report, the overall judgement was that we are providing a good standard of education for your children, and that all key aspects, namely Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety, and Outcomes for Pupils are good. It is very gratifying that the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, Governors and, of course, students is recognised in such a positive way. We are delighted that inspectors speak so positively about the progress we have made, and are continuing to make.

Inspectors have recognised much of the excellent work that takes place at the school. They are confident that our students make good progress across the curriculum, including Maths and English. The improvement in standards in Maths is picked out for particular mention, and this is typical across all subjects and for all groups of students – as they comment ‘all groups of pupils are making good progress from their different starting points, including the most able.’ Languages are highlighted for the exceptional progress that students make.

The quality of teaching is also recognised as a major strength, and something that we have worked very hard to improve to such high levels. Leadership at all levels is praised, including the leadership shown by Directors, as well as senior and middle leaders across the board. The wonderful extra-curricular opportunities that our students can access are also highlighted in the report.

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Healthy Lifestyles

I hope that you have had a relaxing and a celebratory Christmas break.  Thank you to those who completed the parent survey last term.  We found that ‘encouraging healthy lifestyles’ gained the lowest ranking in terms of how many felt that provision for this was good or better at Alderman White. As a result, I would like to explain a little bit more about everything that we do in school around healthy living and some new initiatives that we have planned.

Healthy Lifestyles encompasses physical fitness, mental health, emotional and social well-being and healthy eating. All these areas are covered in detail in assemblies and by the Personal, Social, Health and Education team, who deliver a comprehensive programme across all year groups. They regularly involve outside providers to ensure that we have up-to-date information for our students. Please see the long term plan overleaf that outlines the areas covered in every year group. In addition, the Science and Technology Faculties also teach topics around healthy living.

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Student and Community Committee Annual Report

The Student and Community Committee oversees delivery of the White Hills Park Federation five-year vision as it relates to students and the wider community. There are five key areas that the committee monitors– each of which is supported by a named Federation Director.

Listening to Student Voice:  Students have a powerful voice and contribute to decisions about their education.

The Student Federation Council comprises students elected from their year groups and provides a forum for students to represent the views and questions of their peers to invited members of the Federation Leadership. Discussions this year have included views on curriculum changes, new buildings and uniform plans. A Student Union has also been established at Bramcote College and ideas shared for community events. Head Boys and Girls from each of the schools have been invited to join the committee to share their perspective.

Engagement with Parents and the Community: Our Federation is rooted in its community.  We have close links with neighbourhood groups, primary schools, faith communities and voluntary organisations. We work in partnership with parents/carers and parental satisfaction is extremely high.

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Go4Schools from Monday 26th September

As a parent, you can access Go4Schools from Monday 26th September.

You will be able to see assessment, attendance, timetable, homework, INSPIRE points and behaviour information.

Please visit https://www.go4schools.com and click on the Parent button at the top right hand side of the web page – follow the instructions for a First-time User. You must use the e-mail address registered with the school.

The assessment data currently shows only targets for the year, either GCE/GCSE/Vocational grades or EDSM bands (Emerging, Developing, Secure, Mastered) at key stage 3.

A guide sheet for the new key stage 3 bands is attached and there is information on the school web site about EDSM and new GCSE grades. If you would like more information then please come to an information session on Tuesday 4th October 6.30 at either TBS or AWS school halls.

The new EDSM bands will be more evident in key stage 3 exercise books and assessment/tests as the term progresses.

Current and Predictors will be completed after half term once teachers have carried out early assessments. Go4School will then be able to show student progress towards targets.

Homework - Staff are getting used to loading homework onto Go4Schools – please bear with us whilst we get used to the new system. We will also use planners but we think this system will be a good way to check on setting and completion of homework.

Year 12 targets still to be verified and will be entered within the next fortnight.

I would be grateful for any feedback on the new system. Please send any comments (good or bad) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tom Hyland
Deputy Headteacher (Data and Performance)