October 2007 - Littleover Community School


October 2007 - Littleover Community School



Littleover Community School

& Millennium Centre


October 2007

BSF is Not a Disease!

You may have read recent articles in the local press about a project

called “BSF” or “Building Schools for the Future” and the impact it may

have on some city schools. Here are some facts:

Derby City has been allocated funding of approximately £150

million to modernise its secondary schools.

In addition there will be a sum of £20 million to upgrade ICT

systems in secondary schools.

Before the money is made available, all secondary schools must

produce a “Strategy for Change” which must link in with a similar

document to be produced by the City Council.

This will involve a lot of staff time and a lot of money being paid to

consultants and middlemen.

No building work will actually take place before 2012 at the


There are thirteen secondary schools in the City. Two have

already been completely rebuilt and a third is currently being


The three rebuilt schools will not have a share of the £150 million,

but will benefit from the £20 million for ICT.

Of the remaining ten schools, two or three will probably be

completely rebuilt, several will get major building works and the

rest will receive some refurbishment.

Decisions as to how much work/money individual schools will

receive have not yet been taken.

Some schools may be turned into “City Academies”. This will

NOT apply to Littleover Community School.

Our priority at Littleover will be to use our share of the cash to

provide the best possible facilities and to develop and improve

the quality of what we offer our pupils.

We will not embrace change for change’s sake or damage any of

the aspects of our school which currently work well.

We will keep parents and pupils informed of developments and

consult them over any future proposals.

David Nichols – Headteacher

Head in the Clouds

As a reward for winning the RAF Headteacher of the Year Award, (East

Midlands) Mr Nichols was invited to take a party of Year 10 pupils to

RAF Cranwell, the Training College for the RAF.

They were given a tremendous reception at the College and the pupils

enjoyed a morning of team building activities, followed by a chance to

experience the flight simulators.

Meanwhile Mr Nichols, dressed in full RAF flying kit, including

parachute, was taken up in a dual control training and aerobatic plane

and was able to fly it for 30 minutes, including looping the loop three

times. He even managed to retain his breakfast and did not need to

bale out.

Lunch was served at the huge top table in the York Officers’ Mess,

under the gilded portraits of Air Chief Marshals. This was followed by a

very informative tour

of the College itself,

after which the pupils

asked to be shown

how to march. Sadly

their attempt was not

up to RAF standards.

As a follow-up, the

RAF Motivational

Outreach Team have

offered to come to

Littleover to do some

activities with our


Ready for take off

Winston Churchill Casts An Eye Over Our Pupils!

Mr J Wilding – Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Forthcoming INSET Days

Just a reminder, that there are 2 INSET Days this month on

Friday 12 th October 2007 and Monday 29 th October 2007.


Sunrise Study Clubs take place

Tuesday – Friday mornings


There are clubs for English, Maths, Science and ICT

We currently have 15 volunteers working with small groups of pupils,

and are looking to recruit more parents or friends who might be

interested in helping out at the clubs.

Do you have a higher qualification in maths, science or


Do you enjoy working with young people?

Can you spare one hour per fortnight 7.30-8.30am?

If you feel you would be able to help at any of the clubs, or would like

more information on how the clubs are run, please contact the Sunrise

Co-ordinator Mrs Pell on: Tel 01332 513219 Ext 169.

Press Release – Arkwright Scholarships

We are delighted to advise you that two of our students who have just

started in the Millennium Centre 6 th Form have been selected to receive

an Arkwright Scholarship. David Gell and Jason Walker had to

successfully pass the Arkwright Aptitude Paper, demonstrating flair

and originality in solving Engineering Design problems and presenting

GCSE work to a panel of interviewers in March and April this year.

The selection process culminated in an interview for shortlisted

candidates at one of 6 universities. A team exercise presented by the

university provided the interviewees with an experience of the

challenge and excitement of engineering related careers. Parents and

young people toured the university and explored the diversity of

engineering and the rewards of a career in the sector.

Scholarships are sponsored by Industry and Charitable Trusts and will

be formally presented at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of

Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London, on Friday 26 th

October 2007. During the day Scholars have an opportunity to meet

their sponsors and other Scholars.

I am sure you will agree that this is a remarkable achievement for both

David and Jason, as there were only 170 Scholarships awarded out of a

total of 743 applicants.

Mr C Simmons (Co-ordinator ordinator of Technology)

Duke Of Edinburgh Award Evening

On the evening of Wednesday 3rd October 2007, a total of 91 pupils

from Littleover Community School and the Millennium Centre

will receive their Duke of Edinburgh awards, (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

These awards will be presented by the Mayor at The Guildhall in Derby.

In total there will be 138 pupils from schools and organisations across

Derby. 91 of these young people are from Littleover Community

School. This is an incredible achievement for both the pupils and staff


Mr G Moses

New ICT Facilities

The big event this term has been the opening of D8 as the Mathematics

ICT Room. D8 now has a full class set of brand new PCs, linked to the

school network and the Internet. The use of this new facility will not

only help pupils do better in Mathematics, but will also allow D7 to be

used for English lessons all the time. At last, we are in a position where

each of our core subjects has a dedicated ICT room, allowing pupils to

benefit from the latest learning software and web-based resources. We

hope to extend our ICT facilities even further over the next few years,

making ICT an integral part of teaching and learning across the whole


Students at Work in the Newly Refurbished D8

Mr A Venkatesh – Deputy Head

Creative Arts & Drama

Rehearsals are now underway for the school production. This year we

are presenting "Oliver" on 5th, 6th & 7 th December.

The principal parts were auditioned at the end of the summer term and

the chorus has been gathered from those who did not quite make the

principals but were keen to be involved, and our new Year 7s. The

major rehearsals take place on Wednesday evening with the band

rehearsing after school and the actors from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tickets

will be on sale in November. Keep a space in your diaries!

This year for the first time we have 25 students who have registered to

gain a bronze Arts Award. Certificated by Trinity Guildhall, London,

most of the candidates are now finishing their arts tasks and the

external moderation is set for November 7th, when an examiner will

come from London to check out the pupils' work. We wish them luck

with this new enterprise.

Mrs M Bucknell – Co-ordinator ordinator of Creative Arts

Fundraising for Relay for Life

Once again a staff team is taking part in the annual Cancer Research

UK 24 hour Relay for Life, at Moorways Stadium during July. As part of

the ongoing fundraising toward this event we are holding a raffle within

school, which will be drawn at an event at Pride Park Stadium on 3 rd


The tickets are £2 each and are available from Pupil Support and the


We have a selection of prizes for the raffle including:-

• A pair of tickets to a Premiership game at Pride Park during


• A large home football shirt signed by the first team.

• A Derby County football signed by the first team.

• A number of gift vouchers and tickets for a variety of events.

• Numerous other prizes.

During the last two Relays we have raised £7865.31 plus Gift Aid and

this year we are well on our way to our £4000 target for Summer 2008.

The team greatly appreciate the support of staff, pupils, parents, family

and friends.

Mrs K Simpson – Pupil Support Office

4th October is National Poetry Day.

National Poetry Day

Every lesson in school on that day will commence with a poem.To help

us celebrate, on 5th October we have a performance poet in school

who will be reading his poems and working with some of the pupils.

Watch this space for lots of reviews and pictures...

Happy Reading!

Mrs L Pell - Librarian

Littleover Environment Group

Littleover Environment Group was established in 2004. Since then the

small group of volunteers has completed numerous activities including:

Planting over 150 trees, a hedge row, shrubs and bulbs

Designing and installing the steps on the Fresco Drive playing


Installing decorative panelling at the School entrance

In addition various walks in the local area have been organised on a

regular basis.

We are looking for more volunteers to join us in continuing our

excellent work. Further activities have already been planned as


Saturday 3 rd November 2007 – 9.30am (Meet at the Sports Hall)

A working morning to plant more bulbs, hedgerow and shrubs.

Saturday 24 th November 2007 – A Walk in Bradgate Park

If you are interested in joining the group and taking part in the

activities, please email me at: m.gosal@littleover.derby.sch.uk

Mr M Gosal – Assistant Head & Co-ordinator ordinator of Science/Chemistry

PSHE / Citizenship News

Every term is busy in the Department but this is an extra busy time for

us in helping the new Year 11 pupils to start focussing on which

pathway they are going to take after their GCSEs next summer.

Eleven pupils from Year 11 went to the University of Derby on 13 th

September to attend a careers fair linked to occupations available

within the broad field of health. This is an interactive event in which the

pupils can get involved in a range of activities and role plays to learn

more about specific jobs. Those that attended felt that it had been a

very worthwhile visit and that they had learned a lot.

It has also been the two separate weeks for work experience for Year

11. As always, and with your help, the pupils have found a huge range

of placements from which to gain experience of what it is actually like

to spend a week at work and, for others, the chance to experience the

realities of a possible future career. There have been some notable

individual successes but all of our pupils are returning to school with

increased confidence and with the knowledge that they need to

achieve the best possible results in their forthcoming exams in order to

be competitive in the labour market.

Finding the quality of placements which we need and offering job

opportunities which meet the rigorous health and safety standards and

risk assessment procedures of the Derbyshire Education Business

Partnership, becomes an increasingly difficult task. We are already

building up a database of placements for 2008 and if you could help in

any way, either by offering a placement to a pupil for a week or by

suggesting a friend or relative who could help, please contact Miss

Simpson or Mrs Dyg via Pupil Support.

On Thursday evening 4 th October we shall be holding our annual

Options 16+ information evening for parents on the opportunities and

choices available to our pupils next year. Year 11 parents should have

had a letter inviting them to this and outlining the choice of workshops

available for the evening. If you have not seen this letter and require

further information, please contact Mrs Butler or Miss Came via school.

The evening starts at 7:30 in the School Hall.

During the first week in October, another letter will go out to all Year 11

parents with the dates of all local Open Evenings for Sixth Forms and

Further Education opportunities. Do look out for this and take the

chance to compare what courses are on offer in the Derby area which

match the personal skills and interests of your sons and daughters.

A group of pupils from Years 10 and 11 have also been working with the

University of Derby on the creation of a new prospectus designed to

appeal to a range of abilities and also the younger age group.

Following an initial consultation in the late summer term, a team of

researchers from the Marketing department returned to school with

the proofs incorporating the young peoples’ original ideas.

Lively discussion and lots of constructive criticism came out of the

meeting and the team left impressed with the quality of comments that

they had received. We are all looking forward to seeing the finished


The photos below show some of Year 11 hard at work during work


Mrs M. Butler – Co-ordinator ordinator of PSHE

Pupils At Work

NHS Careers Taster Event at Derby University

By Hannah Foxon 11GHS

On Thursday 13 th September a group of Year 11 pupils successfully

applied to attend this event, which aimed to give an insight into a

variety of careers in medicine. On arriving at the University we were

given a brief tour of the campus. We were then taken to the Medical

Suite where we followed the course of treatment of a patient who had

‘broken her hip’. We followed the patient through Accident and

Emergency assessment and treatment, through to Radiology, Surgery,

Physiotherapy and to her treatment at home by Social Care Workers

and Occupational Health Workers.

During the course of the event we met many different health care

professionals and students who were actually training to be Doctors

and Nurses. We also attended a careers fair. This gave us the

opportunity to ask questions about qualifications and working

conditions and take blood from a fake arm! It was an interesting and

insightful afternoon.

The trip was organised through the Derbyshire Education Business

Partnership and NHS. Miss Came accompanied pupils as the member

of school staff. The pupils involved in the event were -

Sonia Sohal DTB

Tom Willmott DTB

Hannah Foxon GHS

Catriona McCartney GHS

Karina Sharma SHM

Nikita Rai PJM

Priya Dutta PJM

Francis Okoroh PJM

Arnold Gangaidzo JJC

Nikolas Medgyesy JJC

Chandni Thakar TPB

Gifted and Talented News

Parents whose sons and/or daughters are members of the National

Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) may or may not be

aware of the recent changes to this programme.

Warwick University recently lost the contract to run the academy.

However, the programme will now be run by the CFBT Education Trust

under the title “Young, Gifted and Talented” which is part of the

National Programme for Gifted and Talented Education.

All members of the new Learner Academy, INCLUDING CURRENT

NAGTY MEMBERS, will have access to a vast range of activities,

events, products and services, all of which are available from an online


One particular aspect of the YG&T is the regional Excellence Hubs,

which will provide activities and events for the new Learner Academy.

These may include residential summer schools and subject/skillsspecific

master classes.

New information about YG&T is arriving all the time. If you wish to know

more, the web address is www.cfbt.com or alternatively I can be

contacted at school on TEL: 01332 513219

Mr D Bisset (Co-ordinator ordinator for Gifted and Talented pupils)

Schools ols Fantasy Football Competition 2007/8

Littleover Community School has been running a Fantasy Football

League for the last three years as part of the National Schools Fantasy

Football competition. The rules are very similar to the leagues run by

National newspapers (£70million to spend on Premiership players in a

4-4-2 formation, maximum three players per club). Each year, over a

hundred students and staff take part, winning certificates, medals, t-

shirts and trophies during the season. This season, there is an

opportunity for parents to have their own league.

Entry is £3.50 per team which covers: administrative costs, medals,

certificates, trophies, weekly prizes, Manager of the Month awards,

website administration and so on.

If you wish to take part, please pay £3.50 to Mr Bisset at the Sports

Hall, via your son/daughter. They will then receive an entry voucher

which has a unique code that you use to enter your team online.

The teams will start scoring points from Saturday 20 th October, so get

your entries in as soon as possible.

Mr D Bisset (League Chairman)

Iceland Trip

This trip departs on 18th October 2007, returning on 22nd October

2007. Pupils in Years 10, 11, 12, and 13 are going with Mr Bowler.

Future Dates for Your Diaries

In addition

to the INSET days in October already mentioned above,

there is one further INSET day before we break up for Christmas:

Friday 30th November 2007




These are the latest results for our school football teams:

Week Commencing 10/9/07

Year 8 LCS vs Ecclesbourne - Won 3-2

Year 9 LCS vs Chellaston - Won 2-1

Year 10 LCS vs Sinfin - Won 5-3

Year 11 LCS vs Woodlands - Won 4-1

Week Commencing 17/9/07

Year 7 vs West Park - Lost 3-1

Year 8 vs West Park - Drew 3-3

Year 9 vs Sinfin - Won 4-0

Year 10 vs Woodlands - Lost 4-3

Netball Results – 20/9/07

Year 12 Netball vs Derby High Won 12-5

Basketball Results – 20/9/07

Littleover Year 10 girls vs Da Vinci Year 10 boys - lost 28 - 42



LOCATION: Littleover er Community School

HOURS: 6 hours 40 mins per week

PAY: £5.93 per hour (plus lunch allowance)

We are looking to appoint friendly, outgoing individuals to work as part of a

team of Midday Supervisors at Littleover Community School.

The hours are worked over the lunchtime period.

No previous experience is necessary

but good communication skills are required.

Further details and application forms are available from:

Mrs. J. Page,

Littleover Community School,

Pastures Hill,



DE23 4BZ

Tel: 01332 513219

A number of our pupils have been involved with the South Asian Arts

Festival that took place on August 26 th , 2007 at Normanton Park.

Kite Making Competition

At the end of last term, in July sixteen Year 9 pupils took part in a Kite

Making Workshop. Their kites were then displayed, and entered into a

competition at a local community event in August.

Congratulations to Jill Kasule 10GMW for winning the competition, she

received a prize of £25. Her winning kite is shown below.

Amrita Shanker 10CMC

Hemani Bubber 10MEH

Manisha Pannu 8JER

Omraj Kainth 10MEH

Asian Dance Performance

Dhol Playing

All pupils enjoyed the experience very much and look forward to taking

part in another similar event.

Mr S Modhara – Community Links

Exam Results Update

Further to the headline figures from our excellent examination results,

sent home at the start of term, we can confirm that Littleover

Community School and the Millennium Centre achieved the best results

in Derby at A Level, GCSE and Key Stage 3 SATs in 2007.

The A Level results, in particular, were stunning with 58% of all entries

achieving A/B grades and a 100% pass rate. Two national newspapers

have rated us in the top 50 Sixth Forms in the country.

We are still awaiting some remarks and appeals, which we have

requested for individual pupils, and will send all parents a full set of all

results by the end of October.

David Nichols – Headteacher

Uniform Prices – Good News!

Following discussions with Morley’s at Chaddesden, our uniform

supplier, we are pleased to be able to confirm that they will be

dropping the price of our sweatshirts and polo shirts from 8 th October.

The new prices for the current, top quality range are:


Polo shirt:

Size: 9/10 11/12 13 14/15 L-XL

Price: £10.99 £10.99 £11.99 £12.99 £13.99

Size: 26-34 36-46

Price: £8.99 £9.99

In addition, Morley’s will also now stock a second, cheaper range,

complete with logo, which, although of lesser quality, will give parents

another option.

The prices for the alternative garments are:


Polo shirt:

Size: 9/10 11/12 13 14/15 L-XL

Price: £8.99 £8.99 £9.99 £10.99 £11.99

Size: 7/8 9/10 11/12 13-15 L-XL

Price: £6.99 £6.99 £6.99 £7.99 £8.99

David Nichols - Headteacher

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