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Letter Home - 15th September

We have had a great start to the year; I would like to thank you for ensuring that your child(ren) arrive to school ready to learn, on time, are smartly dressed in their new uniforms and have all their equipment. We have been impressed with the commitment of all our students to school life which, in turn, ensures we can remain focused on exceeding expectations in terms of achievement and progress.

New KS3 Assessment - Mastery Model – for deep and secure learning

The new WHP KS3 assessment system has been phased in over the last year, with English, Maths and Science trialling it in KS3 during 2015/6 and all other subjects launching this term. Students build New National Curriculum skills and content over each year, with pre and post testing and final assessment key indicators of how well the students have understood a particular unit of work. The assessment informs teaching and intervention. The simplest way to summarise our new system is through this diagram:

KS3Assesment

Groupings and Aspirational Target Setting

All students have been organised into groups, for the majority of lessons, based on prior attainment. These groupings are based on teacher assessments in lessons, data from primary schools and CAT results. We do review all groupings each term, when a new data set is produced, which can lead to movement between groups. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr Hyland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

In addition, we set aspirational targets based on prior attainment. Information about how aspirational targets are set and the high expectations we have of all our students can be found in the grid overleaf.  This fits in with our aim to develop a secure understanding of the key ideas needed for successful performance in KS4. Whatever the nature of the assessment, the outcomes will generate a grade on this scale or be converted to a grade on this scale through our new system – Go4Schools. Please see the attached letter from Mr Hyland re access to our new assessment, attendance and behaviour system.

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Safeguarding

Our school feels it is of the utmost importance to have good systems for protecting children and safeguarding their welfare, throughout all the activities which the school undertakes. This means that all stakeholders must be alert to possible concerns about every student, and to report these in the correct fashion. To understand our procedures, please refer to the Federation Child Protection Policy on our school website. Contact Ms Plimmer, our Safeguarding Officer, or myself if you require any further information or help in this area.

Email

If you have still not given your email address to school, please do so, as there is a wealth of information that is communicated via this method, not least the fantastic newsletter that Mr Heery coordinates on a weekly basis. If you have not added your email address to the contact form, please send a letter to reception with your child in an envelope. This should show the email address and it must be signed.

Dates for your diary

Please see the attached calendar, which details up-and-coming events/holidays. My Head of School drop-ins have been a wonderful way to meet parents/carers over the last three years and have given you the chance to give positive feedback and ask questions about our policies and practice. Drop-ins will continue to take place on the first Monday of every month. Please ring my PA, Heather Crofts, or contact her on, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., in order to book a fifteen minute appointment between 2-4pm. Just a reminder that the Parent/Teacher Association goes from strength to strength – the first meeting of the year will be held at 7pm in the Meeting Room on 5th October: we would welcome any parent/carer who is interested in raising funds for the school.

Thank you for your time in reading this letter. I look forward to meeting you at one of our fantastic events over coming weeks and months.

Kindest regards

Mrs Caley

Head of School

Go4Schools – Online Student Progress and Attainment System

go4schoolsWe will be launching Go4Schools this term. Teachers will be using the system from Wednesday 7th September, we will open it up to students on the 19th September and then parents on the 26th September.

This online system will enable you to have access to timetable, attendance and behaviour information and after half-term the most recent progress data too. You will be able to see:

  • INSPIRE points and other behaviour information.
  • Timetable.
  • Attendance statistics.
  • Homework with tasks, deadlines and completion history.
  • Mock exam grades.
  • Target, current and predicted grades and annual reports.

Logging on to the system is simple. Visit the https://www.go4schools.com and click on the Parent or Student button at the top right hand side of the web page – follow the instructions for a First-time User. Students must use their school e-mail account and parents the e-mail account registered with the school. If you have not added your email address to the contact form or need to update the email address we hold for you, please send a letter to reception with your child in an envelope. This should include your email address and it must be signed.

We will continue to use the student planner alongside Go4Schools in the medium term whilst we get used to the new system, and our aim is to reduce the number of paper copies of data sheets and reports as the year progresses. Current and Predicted grades will be updated by teachers after each half-term and all mock and exam data will be available following exam sessions.

We hope you enjoy using this on-line system.

A Level Results 2016

Exam ResultsAs you will be aware, the 2016 A-Level results were released on Thursday. I am delighted to share with you the fantastic and record-breaking achievements of the 2016 Bramcote College cohort. The results issued on Thursday saw our students deliver the best-ever results for the College with another year of improvement across the board:

  • 44% of all A2 grades were A* to B;
  • The average points score per student rose to 735 and the average points per student entry rose to 214;
  • A pass-rate of 99.7% - we have only one ‘U’ grade across over 200 entries and this is subject to an appeal as it is one mark off an E grade. Currently all but one A-Level course achieved a 100% pass rate;
  • 65% of all Vocational grades were graded Distinction and above and 34% of Vocational grades were graded Distinction*.

How have we achieved another year-on-year increase?

  • Ensuring we have all students on the correct pathway (Academic, Vocational or Mixed) to maximise their chances of exceeding their potential;
  • A structured Tutor system that means students have a mentor to support their achievement;
  • Small class sizes that allow for personalised learning: at Bramcote College you are taught as an individual, not part of a large group;
  • On-going support and advice so that you reach your chosen destination – whether it be university or work.

University Destinations 2016

2016 results show that 80% of BRAMCOTE COLLEGE applying for university were accepted by their first-choice destination. We have established excellent links with a variety of Russell Group Universities, as well as a range of great, locally based universities. This year our 2016 cohort gained places at the following universities:

  • The University of Nottingham;
  • Loughborough University;
  • Warwick University
  • The University of Birmingham;
  • The University of Leeds;
  • The University of Manchester;
  • The University of Leicester;
  • Nottingham Trent University.

Great Jobs too

We know that university isn’t necessarily the only successful route a student can choose after A Levels. At Bramcote College, we always ensure that all students have the advice and support needed to make the best decisions for their future. Recently, our students have achieved coveted apprenticeships with companies such as Experian, Rolls Royce, Boots and many more. In addition to this, a few of our students have gone on to serve in the police and ambulance service as well as the Army, RAF and Royal Navy.

2016 and Beyond

Our aim is to ensure that we continue to ensure that all our students exceed their potential and secure their chosen destination after College. The results over the past few years show the positive impact our small class sizes have in securing great outcomes for our students.

Registration for September 2016

Students that have already been offered a place can confirm their place and choice of subjects after receiving their GCSE results from 9.30am on Thursday 25th August. Those students that are away can confirm their place and choice of subjects by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students that have not yet applied but wish to come to Bramcote College from September 2016 can apply for a place from 9.30am on Thursday 25th August. Interviews will take place on Friday 26th August.

We very much hope that your son / daughter will be joining us in September and we are already looking forward to celebrating even better results with them in 2018.

James Macdonald
Head of College

Important Announcement – Plans For Redevelopment 2017

TBS FrontAs you know, we have been developing plans to improve or replace our school buildings for some time now. Our vision is that our students are educated in the highest quality fit-for-purpose school buildings, with excellent facilities and equipment, at the centre of our local community. Over the last eighteen months, the Directors of The Federation Trust have been working with a range of partners to move this vision forward, including architects, planning authorities, commercial organisations and representatives from local government. We have also been in consultation with community groups in our local area.

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