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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)

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.

KS3Assesment2

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