February 2013 - Littleover Community School


February 2013 - Littleover Community School

A Letter from the Government

We were pleased to receive the following letter from the Minister

of State for Schools.

It is good that the work of the school has been recognised at

national level. I would like to thank parents and carers for their

support in ensuring that standards at Littleover Community School

remain very high.

Mr A Venkatesh - Headteacher

Update on Building Development at LCS

Phase 1

The building of Phase 1 is progressing well and is still on schedule. The construction company

has been on site since November and has now created a builders compound, temporary

walkways and a temporary car park. In January all excavation and drainage work was

completed and the main floor slab and retaining walls installed. The block work is well

underway (photographs below). We can now be described as being officially “out of the

ground”. We are expecting the building to be completed and handed over in August this year

ready for the start of term in September.

Recap of How Phase 1 Will be Used

Downstairs will house the new base for Littleover 6 th Form including common rooms, ICT study

rooms, offices and toilets.

Upstairs there will be 6 teaching bases (allocation:- 3 Humanities, 2 PSHE, 1 Maths) a further

office and meeting room.


Phase 2

The planning for Phase 2 is well underway, after consultation with both the Student Council and

the Humanities Department. We are anticipating submitting a planning application in March this

year. We hope the building of Phase 2 will commence in October 2013 and will principally be a

new Humanities block, bringing together the main Humanities subjects under one roof. It will be

a 10 classroom 2 storey construction, built into the bank at the back of school, behind the main

hall. In addition it will also provide much needed indoor pupil social space, extra toilets and


These are indeed exciting

times and we look forward to

giving you more detailed

Information about the design

of Phase 2 and the progress

of Phase 1 in the next


Mr C Simmons

Assistant Headteacher

Schools Privacy Notice

When pupils leave the school at the end of Year 11, we want to make sure that they all go on

to play a useful role in society. For many years, we have been proud that every single one of

our leavers has gone on to further education, employment or training. As part of ensuring a

smooth transition from school, we may sometimes need to share information with other

agencies e.g. careers advisors, other schools, colleges or training providers. I can assure you

that we will only share whatever information is necessary to help the pupils, and that we take

data security and privacy seriously.

If you would like to read our full ‘Schools Privacy Notice’, agreed by all Derby City schools, it

is available on the school website in the ‘Information for Parents’ section. Please ask me if

you would like more information about this issue.

Mr A Venkatesh



Recently, the Art Department has enjoyed success within a range of National Art Competitions.

During the summer, Katherine Smith, a recent graduate from our A Level Fine Art course, won

the prestigious ‘Peak District Young Artist of the Year’ competition with work she submitted for

her A Level coursework. This is a National Competition that receives entries from artists

between the age of 16 and 19, with finalists having their work exhibited at the Great Dome Art

Fair in Buxton.

We have just heard that several Year 9 pupils within the Talented Art Programme have received

National and County Awards from the UK Children’s Fine Art Competition. Lillie Fitzsimons has

won the Runners Up prize within the Secondary Schools section (this is particularly impressive

given the fact that this competition is open to entrants up to Year Eleven), as well as winning the

Derbyshire County Award. Two other students, Abigail Gledhill and Farah Rashid, were awarded

the Runners Up prizes within this division. This is a fantastic achievement and a credit to the


Closer to home, the Art Department seized the moment and launched a snow sculpture

competition which produced some very imaginative entries. After much deliberation the twenty

pound prize money will be split between Maya Rooney and her ‘Snowlar Bear’ and sisters

Aniqah and Zainab Bhatti with their Elephant snow sculpture. Many thanks for your creative and

highly skilled snow sculptures that included monsters, cars and exploding volcanoes.

Mr D Ashman - Co-ordinator of Creative Arts

Easter Revision

Over 100 Year 11 pupils have been invited to attend revision

sessions that will take place during the Easter holiday on Thursday

11 th April. The revision is specifically aimed at those pupils who are

predicted A* or A grades in the subjects being offered. This event has

been running for several years with extremely positive feedback from

both pupils and staff.

Change of Name for the NAGC

The National Association for Gifted Children has a new name, ‘Potential Plus UK’ with the

strapline ‘Discover, Nurture, Succeed’. This group emphasises the importance of parents and

the vital role they play in nurturing talent and giftedness, encouraging perseverance and hard

work and ensuring that their children can reach their full potential. The website is


The Dux Award Scheme

Gifted and Talented News

This Government initiative recognises and rewards high achieving and hard-working Year 9

pupils. It aims to ‘encourage higher aspirations by funding one or two Year 9 pupils from each

secondary school to visit a Russell Group university during the summer term, accompanied by

a teacher from their school’. I shall be discussing this opportunity with the Year 9 pastoral

team over the next few weeks.

Mr D Bisset - Co-ordinator of Gifted and Talented


Derby City Trampoline Competition

Twelve dedicated trampolinists from various year groups took part in the Derby City Trampoline

Competition in January, with the maximum four students allowed participating in each of the

three levels of competition. A set routine, a number of set skills and an optional routine all had

to be performed to give three separate scores which were added together to give a total. The

top two competitors in each level for both City East and City West go through to the County

Finals in March.

Step 1 saw Jade Taylor (Year 7) compete confidently to win Step 1 with

Evie Whitten (Year 7) and Olivia Toon (Year 7) being joint 2 nd . However,

with only two performers allowed through to the County Finals, Evie made

it through as she scored higher on the optional routine. Sophia Robinson

(Year 9) also competed for the first time and came 4 th .

In Step 2, Amy Whitten (Year 10), Eleanor Barraclough (Year 10), Tabby

Blood (Year 7) and Tamara Morgan (Year 7) all performed consistently

well with Amy scoring two whole marks higher than her nearest rival

to take first place and Tamara, despite originally being a reserve for

this competition, taking the second place in the team for the County competition.

Eleanor and Tabby came 3 rd and 4 th respectively.

Francesca Britten (Year 9) competed in Step 3 again this year and once again produced a

polished performance to take first place by two whole marks. Katy Phelps (Year 11) moved up

from Step 2 last year to compete all three sections in Step 3 very well to take 2 nd place. Both

girls will compete in the County Finals. Lucie Betteridge (Year 7) and Abby King (Year 7) both

gave creditable performances, especially considering that this was their first competition and

they were competing at the hardest level as the youngest competitors. Lucie came 3 rd and Abby

came 6 th . Very well done to all!

Miss C Jeffries - Teacher of PE


Please can you ensure that we have up to date contact details for you, including email

addresses and mobile phone numbers.

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 28th February - Year 10 Parents’ Evening, 4.30-7.00pm

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Thursday 14th March - Year 7 Parents’ Evening, 4.30-7.00pm

Tuesday 26th March - Year 12 Parents’ Evening, 4.30-7.00pm

Pupils’ break up on Friday 15th February and

return to School on Monday 25th February at the normal time.


News from the Languages Department

Ten Year 12 students of A Level French together with Mrs Cowie and Mrs Williams went

to Paris to the annual “Your Future in Europe” conference on 31st January. During the visit we

attended the conference in French with speeches and debate on such varied topics as tourism

at Tour Montparnasse, French cooking and healthy eating. We got the chance to learn more

about European issues from Shami Chakrabarti from the human rights group Liberty and Dragon’s

Den presenter Evan Davies who talked us through the Eurozone crisis. Students found

the talk on Erasmus programmes for studying in Europe particularly interesting . During our 4

day trip we also managed to pack in some sight-seeing around the city. We travelled so often

by metro that students considered themselves expert metro-surfers by the end of the trip! We

took in the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay with its famous impressionist collection, Montmartre

and Sacré Coeur. We made sure we got plenty of walking practice too walking from the

Louvre to the Arc de Triomphe - a long way! The students all enjoyed the trip and had plenty of

opportunities to improve their linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Mrs G Cowie - Co-ordinator of Languages


From Thursday 31 st January to Sunday the 3 rd February 38 students and 4 members of staff

spent 4 days in Madrid. The weather was dry and sunny, and we certainly made the most of it.

As soon as we arrived we began our Spanish adventure. Due to a delayed flight we could not

go to The Reina Sofia Art Museum, so we went straight to our ‘workout’ where we all learnt how

to dance the Flamenco and then we replenished with a tapas tasting menu to really get a feel for

Spanish life!

We spent the next day with our pen-pals in our partner school in Madrid, Santa Eugenia.

Students went to lesson with their pen-pal and then played a bi-lingual game of word searches

before heading off to the local shopping centre for a game of bowling.

The final full day was spent outdoors visiting the Bernabéu Stadium, the Zoo and Aquarium. For

many of the students it was also their first experience on the underground and we all

managed to get safely from A to B. In the evening, after dinner we packed for our journey home

the next day after three fun

packed days in the Spanish capital.

Miss Paul

Teacher of Languages


Young Performers’ Evening: Thursday 30 th January

Thea Bathurst Yr 7

32 students from Year 7-9 took part in this year’s very

successful Young Performers’ Evening. Whilst some of

the students playing had some experience of

performing, a good number of them had never

performed to a public audience before and this evening

gave them the opportunity to perform in a supportive


The standard of performance was outstanding and a

most enjoyable evening was had by all. Congratulations

to all of the students involved.

Sinfonia Viva Project. January – March 2013

On 29 th January, 36 musicians in Years 8 and 9 spent

the morning at the Roundhouse meeting the leaders of

this year’s Sinfonia Viva project. They took part in a

number of workshops in preparation for the weeks


Sinfonia Viva are the East Midlands’ leading

professional orchestra. They do a lot of work in

education and, this year, LCS is lucky enough to be

involved once again.

The students’, through the guidance of James

Redwood, the project leader will, with members of the

orchestra, compose a section of a larger work that they will perform at the Assembly Rooms in

March. This is a very exciting opportunity for our younger students. It will be a fabulous


Mrs C Birchall -Teacher of Music

Nicholas Davies Yr 8

Toby Morgan Yr 8


Raising Money for shelterBOX

At the end of a series of lessons on natural hazards, Year 10 Geography GCSE students

studied how aid has been used to help people in countries hit by disasters. They investigated an

organisation called shelterBOX UK. They send boxes of equipment to areas in need. Each box

will support a family with a tent, food and other life saving equipment when they have been

displaced or made homeless by a natural disaster.

A small group of students decided that they would like to raise money to buy a box. They

decided to run a food stall during break and lunch, selling homemade cakes, samosas and

sweets. In just one day they collected £263.00.

We now have the number of our box and will be able to trace it and find out how and where it is


shelterBOX UK were thrilled with our donation “We are proud of the way our young

supporters get involved with our disaster relief work and are extremely grateful for their

continued contribution”.

Well done and thank you to all the Year 10 Geographers involved.

Mrs Birds

Head of Geography


Summary of Forthcoming Overseas and Overnight Trips

(Feb 2013 Update)

To help parents plan and budget for expensive school trips, we have put together this summary of any overseas and

overnight trips currently planned for the next two years. There will also be several one day trips which are listed in the

school calendar (see the school website - www.littleover.derby.sch.uk).

If you have any queries about trips please contact Mrs Bunting.

Dates Trip / Subject Year groups Cost Letters going out and Other comments

first payment date

14 – 17 th Feb History trip to Year 11 £450 Sept 2012 Full



15 th -24 th Feb Ski Trip to Italy Year 9-13 £880 March 2012 Full


21 st – 23 rd Geology trip Year 12 £110 Late Jan 2013

March 2013 3 days


March and

July 2013

Gold DoE

practice and real


Year 12 £250


Students already

enrolled on DoE


Gold DoE

programme full

March and



May and July


17 -19 th May


14-16 th June


12-15 th July


Oct 2013

Oct 2013

Oct 2013

Feb 2014

Bronze DoE

practice and real


Silver DoE

practice and real


Netball weekend

Condover Hall

Activity weekend

Condover Hall

French trip to Le


Geology Trip to


Geography trip

to Iceland

German trip to


History trip to


Year 9

£50 approx

Year 10 £170


Students enrolling


Students already

enrolled on DoE


Silver DoE

programme full

Years 7-10 £140 June 2012 A few spaces for Year

7 pupils

Year 7 £120 Mid Sept 2012 A few spaces


Year 8 £296 Oct 2012 Spaces available

Year 13

Current Year 12

Years 10-13

Current Years


Year 10 & 11

Current Year

9 &10

Year 11

Current Year 10





July/Sept 2013

Jan 2013

£445 June 2012

Letter to Y9 Feb 2013

£480 Sept 2013

Spaces available

Spaces available

Feb 2014

Feb 2014

June 2014

July 2014

Feb 2014

Feb 2014

Ski trip to

Bormio, Italy

Creative Arts trip

to a European City

(replacing NY trip)

Activity Weekend

at Condover Hall

French trip to

Le Touquet

Spanish trip to


History trip to


Years 8-13

Current Years


Years 10-13

Current Year 9-12

£899 Sept 2012 Full, but

reserve list open



March 2012

Year 7 ( current

Year 6 pupils)

£130 Mid Sept 2013

Year 8

£300 Oct 2013

(current Y7)

Yr 9 (current Yr 8) £480 May 2013


Yr 11

£480 Sept 2013

( current Yr 10)


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