After lots of hard work, Tuesday saw the launch of ‘Full Cashless’. The canteen ‘Revaluation Machines’ now only allow balance checking and a queue of pupils appeared wanting to try out the new look machines. Anticipating queues of pupils requiring loans or having issues, Student Services was fully manned waiting to deal with any problems….and nobody arrived! Through Wednesday and Thursday a steady trickle of the remaining pupils who have yet to have anybody sign up for Agora made their way to the Stu-dent Services window, but pupils were fed and the canteen functioned as normal…just without cash. We will review the progress of ‘CASHLESS’ on a weekly basis. Student well-being is paramount and we will keep a close eye on children's eating habits.
What will happen if I forget to top up the account? – Students can access a ‘loan’ at Student Services. A maximum of 3 loans will be available. After the first loan is issued students will be given a reminder card to pass on when they get home. After a second loan has been made, attempts will be made to contact home by phone.
I feel fine adding money to the catering side however would like to pay for large items, such as expensive trips, with a cheque. – We will continue to accept cheques for trip payments over £50. This will be reviewed in July 2016.
Anti-bullying week is another opportunity for school’s to shine a light on initiatives promoting a clear message of no tolerance for bullying. Year 7 designed anti-bullying posters, now displayed in our theatre foyer. We also joined a county-wide initiative called Make a No!se about bullying, organised by Lorna Naylor, county anti-bullying coordinator. Miss Rogers worked with pupils on a choreographed dance piece which was performed at 12.30 on Monday 16th November. The performance coincided with other schools in the county doing the same dance at the same time. Unsuspecting diners were curious to see what was happening when the music blasted out and congregated round the Flash Mob. Some of the performances have been edited together so please click here to view in full.
Here’s what some of the team thought about the Flash Mob:
“I really enjoyed the campaign, it lifted the spirits of the school and raised awareness of bullying as well as inspiring a positive atmosphere around this issue” Natasha Johnson – year 10
“I really enjoyed learning and performing the flash mob with my friends. It was a really good way to send the message around that bullying is not acceptable” Megan - pupil
“The girls were all very enthusiastic about the flash mob. They all learned the dance and performed it as a united front towards bullying. It was a fantastic way to present the issue of bullying and raise the awareness of this within the school” Miss Rogers – PE/Dance teacher
Culture & Diversity ambassadors have been promoting the importance of expressing Pupil Voice confidently and constructively as all pupils in year 7 – 13 complete a questionnaire about bullying and prejudice, now open to complete on Moodle. Our ambassadors will follow up with focus groups for further discussion next term. We will keep you posted.
I write with regard to the sensitive but important subject of child sexual exploitation (CSE). This is a topic which you may have seen or heard about through the national and local media, and which has featured in storylines on television dramas.
The numbers of children we are aware of as being either at risk of, or actually being, sexually exploited, are relatively small. However, we do want to be proactive in helping parents and carers to be aware of the risks that their children may meet, either face to face or through social media and the internet.
The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board has therefore decided to once again write directly to all parents and carers, of secondary aged children within the County, via their secondary schools and academies.
To see the full letter please click here
If you are a big countdown fan and switching from letters to numbers is your cup of tea, the latest national GCSE grade reform has been implemented just for you.
As you will recall, the A*-G GCSE grades are being phased out and replaced by a new 1-9 number scale.
Here is an overview of what those new grades mean in terms of old currency:
After months of consultation, the government decided that the reform would only apply to English and maths from September 2015, while it would only apply to other subjects from September 2016 (or even 2017 for Design & Technology).
As a school we have had to adapt to this reform and have responded to it:
- Departments have integrated this new 1-9 grading system as part of their assessment policies.
- Our reporting system (progress reports & Go4schools) include those changes too.
But what does this all mean to you and your child? Here is a short summary:
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
1. If your child is in Y11, it is status quo. The reform does not affect you. Results and progress will still be reported using the traditional A*-G currency across all subjects.
2. If your child is in Year 10, progress in maths and English will be reported using the new (1-9) currency while all the other subjects will still use (A*-G). This will be the case next year throughout Year 11 too. On GCSE results day (June 2017), your child will have a set of GCSE results involving two grading currencies, 1-9 for maths and English and A*-G in all other subjects.
3. If your child is in Year 9, progress will be reported using the new (1-9) structure in all subjects apart from Design & Technology (A*-G). This will be the case throughout Years 10 and 11. Your child will get GCSE results (June 2018) using the new (1-9) scale for all subjects apart from Design & Technology and some option subjects such as Business & Sociology (A*-G).
If your child is in Year 9 or 10 you should now have received their first progress report for this academic year. These reports use the new (1-9) grades for targets and predictions in the relevant GCSEs. As you will have seen in the table above, the DfE have pegged specific points on the new grading scale to the old (A-G) scale. However, at this stage there is no definitive means of matching each numeric grade to an equivalent letter grade. Therefore all targets in the new (1-9) scale have had to be set on a ‘best-estimate’ basis. As more information about the new grade structure emerges we expect that individual pupil’s targets may have to be adjusted so that we continue to provide the right level of encouragement and challenge to all.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)
4. If your child is in Years 7 or 8, this GCSE reform does not have any short term impact. We are still using National curriculum Levels across those two years. However, by the time students start in Year 9, they will be the first two cohorts to have their progress reported using the new currency across ALL subjects and throughout Years 10 & 11.