Year 6 transition

On behalf of members of staff, pupils and governors, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Brockington College.  On this page, you will find key information and answers to frequently asked questions. Further detail is available throughout the website.

Year 6 induction days - Monday 8 July and Tuesday 9 July

Both days will start at 8.40am.  Pupils should arrive between 8.20am and 8.30am and make their way into the school.  Guides will then show them into the main hall.

Pupils will have the opportunity to experience lessons and also to get to know their new tutor group by undertaking team building activities.

  • A pencil case with pen, pencil, eraser and coloured pencils.
  • Money for lunch or a packed lunch.
  • Training shoes (needed on both days).
  • Signed reply slips.
  • Completed ‘Moving on Up’ transition booklet.

Pupils are requested to wear their current school uniform.

On the induction days, pupils will be able to buy a hot lunch for £3. This will include a choice of main meal, a dessert and a drink. Items on sale at break. Those children in receipt of free school meals will be able to have their entitled meal at Brockington and we have contacted primary schools to provide us with this information

The induction days will end at 3pm.  If you are collecting your child, please arrange to meet them in the car park or outside, rather than inside the front entrance of the school.  There will be staff available if you have any questions.

"Pupils Available to Listen (PALs) are group of Year 9 pupils who volunteer to be linked to a new Year 7 form to help get new students settled into routines, learn how to get around the site and to provide a friendly face to talk to."
Year 7 pastoral manager

Year 6 welcome evening for parents/carers - Monday 8 July

The evening will begin at 7pm with a short talk by the principal and head of year 7, followed by an opportunity for you to meet your child’s form tutor and be given detailed information about key areas of the school.  Members of the senior leadership team will also be available to answer any questions that you may have.

Due to the large number of people attending, we are inviting parents/carers only to come along to this meeting.  Please note that our car park is likely to fill very quickly, as it will also be used by sports facility users.  If you are able, we would recommend walking or parking in our car park off Mill Lane or on Mill Lane itself.

On Monday 8 July, our uniform suppliers, Match Fit Kit, will be available in college from 2pm to 5pm and from 6pm to 9pm for parents/carers to order items of uniform.  If you would like your child to try on items of uniform for size, this will be possible when you collect them at 3pm.

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Key information

Key Stage 3
Years 7, 8 and 9
  Key Stage 4
Years 10 and 11
 
Students to lockers 8.30amStudents to lockers8.30am
Period 18.40amPeriod 18.40am
Form time, including spiritual reflection9.40amForm time, including spiritual reflection9.40am
Break10.05amPeriod 210.05am
Period 210.25amBreak11.05am
Period 311.25amPeriod 311.25am
Lunch12.25pmPeriod 412.25pm
Period 41pmLunch1.25pm
Period 52pmPeriod 52pm

Autumn term  
School opensThursday 29 August 2019
Half term Monday 14 to Friday 18 October 2019
School closes Friday 20 December 2019

Spring term 
School opensTuesday 7 January 2020
Half term Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020
School closes Friday 3 April 2020

Summer term 
School opensMonday 20 April 2020
May DayFriday 8 May 2020
Half termMonday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020
School closesFriday 10 July 2020

Tutor groups are created taking into account a number of different factors including:

  • ensuring groups are balanced academically
  • ensuring groups include pupils from a number of schools
  • ensuring pupils who are transferring to us on their own are paired up to help them to make friends.

Transition is an anxious time for some, whilst others take it in their stride.  We recognise that everyone reacts differently – pupils, parents and carers.  The two days of induction  are designed to support your child through this transition.  Although it can be daunting, the opportunity to make new friends will, in the long run, be beneficial to all.  If you do have any concerns after the two days of induction, please get in contact with us before the summer holidays to ensure we can resolve any issues.

Every pupil is allocated a locker.  This eliminates the need for pupils to carry bags, coats , PE kits and mobile telephones around. 

There is a non-refundable charge of £10 for a locker, which parents/carers should pay via ParentPay before the start of the academic year.  Pupils will then be issued with a locker key at the start of term.  However if they lose their key, a replacement key must be ordered at a cost of £3.50, again via ParentPay. 

At the end of each school year, lockers are emptied and keys are returned to the school to enable cleaning and maintenance to take place.  

ParentPay is a secure online account linked to your child and is the preferred method of payment for cashless catering accounts, trips and other one-off school related events.

Your ParentPay activation details have been provided in a letter.  Please log in at www.parentpay.com and register your details in ‘My Profile’ before making secure payments.   If you already have a ParentPay account, you will need to log in as usual, enter the activation  details provided when prompted and follow the instructions to ‘add a child’.

Please ensure that you have registered to ParentPay and that money has been added to the ParentPay account before your child’s first day of school in August.

Your child’s form tutor should be your first point of contact for all inquiries. You will meet them during the welcome evening on Monday 8 July. 

The head of year 7 is Mr Clark.  He can be contacted via ttc@brockington.leics.sch.uk. The pastoral manager for year 7, is Miss Underwood.  She can be contacted via hju@brockington.leics.sch.uk.

Please contact all staff via main reception on 0116 2863722.

All pupils are placed in a tutor group with a form tutor who will oversee form matters, provide pastoral support and guide pupils academically.

The work of our tutors is overseen by the heads of year and pastoral managers.

Pupils have access to a range of support services including weekly ‘drop in sessions’ run by the school nurse and access to the school nurse texting service 07520 615387 for confidential advice and support. Parents can text the 0-19 years service on 07520 615382.

Parents can call the school nurse on 0116 2153239 or 0300 3000 007.

We appreciate that sometimes discussing certain matters with a member of staff can be uncomfortable for pupils, so they are encouraged to use  ‘Voice It’ forms to tell us of concerns that may arise. 

During 2019-20 Brockington College has been participating in a project called route to resilience funded by the NHS and Public Health England. Staff at Brockington College believe that  RESPECT is the route to resilience and that the development of key character traits, underpins academic success and young peoples’ happiness as well as well-being as they prepare for a future in which they will learn to live life to the full.

Ready to learn
Engage
Safe
Pride
Empathy
Cooperate
Take responsibility

We believe in working in close partnership with parents/carers that involves trust and shared expectations.  We encourage pupils to take responsibility for their actions, make the right choice, and recognise that, at times, we all make mistakes.

We have high expectations about behaviour which are clearly set out in the home school agreement.

We report on your child’s progress and attitude to learning three times during the academic year in both Years 7 and 8.

In Year 7, there is a opportunity for parents to meet with form tutors, in early October,  to discuss how your child is settling to life at Brockington College.  At the end of the year, the more formal consultation evening with subject staff takes place.

Brockington College is a dynamic 11-16 Church of England academy, committed to preparing our pupils to ‘live life to the full’.  Our intention is to cultivate the intellectual, creative, social , physical , moral and spiritual development of all our pupils.

This means that each and every one of our pupils will have a wide range of high quality experiences both within and outside of the classroom. We meet this challenge by recognising that we are all individuals with different needs and interests. We believe and teach on a daily basis that pupils must strive to be their best academically, totally commit to a full life and must learn to appreciate, understand and respect others. 

Underpinning our aim are our seven Christian values which are at the heart of life at Brockington College and are the qualities that we hope every member of the school community will work towards in their daily lives.

Our values are compassion, forgiveness, justice, perseverance, wisdom, koinonia (working together) and learning.  Throughout your child’s time at Brockington, they will have opportunities to grow as people and as global citizens through a wide range of activities and events focused on our values.

There are many clubs and activity groups to get involved with including Christian lunch club, the Compassion Committee and Koinonia Kafé.

Brockington College provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all its pupils, including those with Special Education Needs & Disabilities. The school maintains an additional needs record that is regularly reviewed to evaluate and monitor pupil progress.

We are committed to inclusion, parent partnership, pupil participation and equal access to all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is to help to improve basic literacy and numeracy skills and to develop pupils’ independent work and life skills.

Special needs staff work with subject staff to provide in-class support, to help to adapt materials for pupil use, to team teach in some subject areas, to directly teach basic skills and to deliver intervention programmes.

If you require any further information, do not hesitate to contact Mrs S Lawrence, SENDCO, on 0116 286 3722.

Brockington College recognises the importance of ICT in education and the needs of students to access the commuting facilities available within the school.  The school aims to make the ICT facilities  it has available for students to use for their studies both in and out of lesson times.  To allow for this Brockington College requires all students to sign a copy of the acceptable use policy before they receive their username and password.  Access to the school’s ICT facilities will only take place once this document has been signed by both the student and parent/carer. Please return the signed summary sheet on the welcome days.

"Very encouraging and highly motivated staff. One word to describe this school is 'passionate'."
Parent

How will my child travel to school?

If you are planning to drive your child to school, please be aware of the limited space on the school site for vehicles.  We would ask you to consider dropping your child nearby, so that they walk the last few hundred metres to school.  When collecting  your child by car, we would also ask you to consider arriving at school 10-15 minutes after the end of the school day, so that school buses have had the opportunity to depart the school site.  It is less congested and dangerous for pupils as a consequence.  Please park considerately and avoid blocking driveways and entrances for those who live in close proximity to the school.

We have a limited number of cycle rack spaces, so if your child wishes to cycle to school, they should apply for a permit in September.

Once they have been allocated a cycle permit and rack space, it is important that bikes are locked securely on the school grounds, (the best way is to lock the bike frame and rear wheel to the bike rack and to make sure that the lock is facing the ground).

Pupils cycling to school should ensure that they are dressed appropriately (including bright clothing and a helmet) and that their bike is regularly maintained to ensure safety.  Pupils must cycle sensibly and have regard for other users of roads and pathways. Pupils are not allowed to ride their bikes anywhere on the school site.

There are bus stops near to the main entrance of the school (Arriva 50), but this will involve pupils crossing Blaby Road, which is usually very busy. 

Andrews of Leicester operate private bus routes directly into Brockington College from Thurlaston and Huncote, Thorpe Astley and Braunstone Town and Stoney Stanton, Sapcote and Croft. Parents/carers will need to liaise directly with Andrews of Leicester regarding timings and payment.  Contact: info@andrews-coaches.co.uk  or call 0116 287 7017.

We do recommend the use of the school buses as they reduce the impact on the environment, drop off and pick up pupils inside the school grounds and are cheaper over a prolonged period. 

Safety is extremely important when travelling to and from the college by any means of transport.  If your child is walking or cycling to school, please ensure that they are aware of the pedestrian crossings locally and the safest routes to school.

Your child is representing the school on the way to and from school and our uniform is recognisable.  Therefore, please ensure that your child is aware of their conduct when travelling to and from school.

Please note that even when not in uniform or at weekends and evenings, pupils involved in misbehaviour or public order offences may also be punished by the college for bringing the school into disrepute.  We take our commitment to the community extremely seriously.

 

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Uniform and equipment

ItemForNotesUniform supplier
Navy blue polo shirt with college logoAllCompulsoryYes
Navy blue sweatshirt with college logoAllCompulsoryYes
Black trousers AllCompulsory. Tailored/formal trousers suitable for school. MUST NOT be tight fitting below the knee, stretch/jersey material, denim, jeans, chinos, leggings, or have studs, rivets, zips (other than fly) or embroidery.
Black, fully or partially pleated, skirt to the knee or a minimum of 18 inches in lengthGirlsCompulsory. Suitable for school. MUST NOT be tight fitting or stretch/jersey material.
Footwear suitable for school.
We recommend that canvas shoes/ similar are not suitable.
AllMUST be ALL black, small heeled or flat.
MUST NOT have any colouring on shoes/laces/stitching.
NO BOOTS
HairstyleAllHairstyles should be suitable for school and avoid extremes of colour and style.
Make-upAllYear 7 and Year 8:
No make-up or nail varnish or false nails.
Year 9 and above:
Natural toned foundation/concealer and light mascara ONLY. No nail varnish or false nails.
Jewellery

AllOne small gold/silver stud per ear lobe and a watch ONLY.
Year 9/10/11 pupils only may wear one small nose stud.
No hoop ear rings, necklaces or rings. No bracelets.
No facial or other body piercings, including tongue studs.

Uniform can be purchased from our suppliers, Match Fit Kit, either online or in person at Brockington College.   Uniform ordered from Match Fit Kit will be delivered to your home address.

Representatives will be at the school on:

  • Monday 8 July 2pm and 5pm and 6pm and 9pm
  • Wednesday 24 July 6pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 7 August 6pm-8pm

The governors’ policy on uniform must be followed by all pupils.  Decisions on the suitability of all uniform items and appearance are at the discretion of Brockington College.  If in doubt as to the appropriateness of uniform items, please contact the school for advice.  We would take this opportunity to ask parents/carers to support us in upholding our uniform policy.

Please remember that hairstyles should be suitable for school and pupils must avoid ‘extreme’ colours and styles.  For pupils in Year 9 and above, make-up should not be obvious, such as ‘orange foundation’, lipstick, heavy eyeliner, false eyelashes or nails.

All uniform issues will be brought to the attention of the pastoral team and where possible resolved by the provision of appropriate clothing items.  In extreme cases, pupils may be placed in isolation until the matter is resolved satisfactorily.

GirlsBoysUniform supplier
Black quarter zip training top with red trimBrockington rugby shirt
Reversible red and red/black shirt.
Yes
Black polo shirt with red trim
Black polo shirt with red trimYes
Black shorts with red trim
or plain black shorts
(no branded names)
Black shorts with red trim
or plain black shorts
(no branded names)
Hockey socks
Black with red contrast top
or plain black socks (no branded names)
Football socks
Black with red contrast top
or plain black socks (no branded names).
Gum shieldGum shield
Sports socks
White ankle socks.
Sports socks
White ankle socks.
Shin padsShin pads
Trainers (indoors)
Not fashion/leisure or black trainers
Trainers (indoors)
Not fashion/leisure or black trainers
Football boots – optional
Must have plastic studs or blades for use on the artificial pitch.
Football boots – compulsory
Must have plastic studs or blades for use on the artificial pitch.
For outdoor games in the winter, a plain black track suit/jogging suit may be worn.
Hats and gloves can be worn in very cold weather, at the discretion of the PE teacher.
For outdoor games in the winter, a plain black track suit/jogging suit may be worn.
Hats and gloves can be worn in very cold weather, at the discretion of the PE teacher.

If for any reason your child does not have their kit or a medical note explaining that they are unable to take part in the lesson, we are unable to make alternative provision.  Our policy is similar to most secondary schools in that pupils who are not able to do PE are expected to join the PE group, listening to the theory aspects and helping with duties as instructed by the teacher. This is also the same policy for outdoor lessons.  It is therefore important that pupils have a coat and warm clothing to observe the lesson if they are outdoors.

If your child has a medical reason for not participating practically in a PE lesson, please supply your child with a note to give to their PE teacher on the day of their PE lesson.

If your child has a medical condition that is likely to last for several weeks, please contact your child’s PE teacher to explore arrangements that can be made in such exceptional circumstances.

Pupils will need to bring the following items to school each day in their school bag:

  • Pencils (HB)
  • Pens (black and blue)
  • Coloured pencils
  • Eraser
  • Clear ruler
  • Good quality glue stick
  • A small set of unbranded ear buds or headphones (for music and computing lessons)
  • A pencil case
  • A maths set (protractor, compasses)
  • A scientific calculator (e.g. Casio)

Pupils can purchase items from our school shop, the Cabin, using our cashless payment system.

At the start of the academic year, pupils in Year 7 will be issued with a wallet to carry books and equipment around school. 

Pupils may bring a mobile phone to school, but this is at their own risk.  Pupils must ensure that mobile phones remain in lockers throughout the school day.  If a mobile phone is seen during school hours, it will be confiscated and parents/carers will have to collect it from the school office the following day. 

Pupils are permitted to drink water in a clear bottle during lessons. Other drinks will be confiscated if in lessons.

The drinking of water is not permitted in ICT, science or technology lessons. Pupils will not be permitted to leave lessons to use the water fountain unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

"Brockington... changed me for the better and hopefully my dreams will come true!"
Pupil

Attendance and punctuality

If pupils are not in lessons, they cannot learn. Good attendance is considered to be 96%+ attendance with no unauthorised absence.

  • 90% attendance = ½ day missed every week.
  • 1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed.
  • 90% attendance over 5 years of secondary school = ½ school year missed.
  • 17 missed school days a year = one GCSE grade drop in achievement!

If a pupil is absent, we:

  • will contact parents/carers on the first day of absence if no reason for absence has been received
  • may visit your home
  • will invite parents/carers to a meeting to discuss the matter, if the situation persists
  • will refer the matter to our attendance manager, if attendance falls below 90%.

If your son or daughter is ill, you are asked to contact the school by telephone, 0116 286 3722, and follow instructions to leave a message on the dedicated absence line. 

Alternatively, you can email studentabsence@brockington.leics.sch.uk. We routinely check some messages to ensure legitimacy.  Provided that the reason falls within the regulations set down by the Department for Education, the absence will be recorded as authorised.   Absences that fall outside of these regulations will be recorded as unauthorised.

If an illness is likely to involve an absence for a prolonged period then we will send work home.  This is especially important when working towards examinations. 

In line with current legislation, the school policy regarding family holidays during term time is that a pupil leave of absence will only be authorised if proven exceptional circumstances apply.  Any leave of absence taken without authorisation will be recorded as unauthorised and will be referred to our attendance manager.  Penalty notices to both parents/carers of each child they have at the school may be issued.   In the case of exceptional circumstances, please write to the principal giving full details. 

Poor punctuality is not acceptable.  If a pupil misses the start of the day, they can miss important information.  Pupils who arrive late also disrupt lessons and the learning of others and this can cause embarrassment.  We expect pupils to arrive in good time to learn, hence, the school bell is at 8.30am to allow pupils time to get to their lockers, sort out their belongings and arrive at period 1 on time.  If a pupil arrives at school after 8.35am, they should enter via main reception, they will receive a detention and parents/carers will be informed.

If a pupil is persistently late, parents/carers will be required to meet with relevant staff in an attempt to resolve the problem.  However, parents/carers can approach the school at any time if they are having problems getting their child to school punctually.

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What are the arrangements at break and lunchtime?

The school provides an excellent catering service for pupils to purchase a variety of hot and cold meals at reasonable prices. Facilities are also available that allow pupils to bring packed lunches. However, in the interest of other pupils with nut allergies, it is essential that pupils do not include nuts or nut based products in packed lunches. For health and safety reasons glass bottles and fizzy/energy drinks are not permitted in school.

Break and lunch take place in our open courtyard area in the centre of the school.   A wide range of food is available from the main canteen, which serves hot meals (including a vegetarian option), jacket potatoes and pasta.  Food is also available from the Baguette Bar, which serves freshly made sandwiches, rolls and other snacks and drinks.  Pupils can pre-order food from the Baguette Bar by completing an order form at break for collection at lunch time.  

Our biometric payment system allows pupils to pay for their meals by placing their finger on a scanner at the point of sale.  Each pupil registers with the system via their fingerprint, which is translated to a unique, alpha-numeric code and the fingerprint is then deleted.  Pupils are registered on the system on the first day of school in August, allowing payment for items purchased at the school canteen to be processed.

There are three ways that money can be added to the system:

  • ParentPay -This is a secure online account linked to your child and is the preferred method of payment for cashless catering accounts, trips and other one-off school related events.
  • PayPoint – Payments can be made at local shops displaying the PayPoint symbol.  The store will scan a barcode issued to you by the school and the payment will be credited to your child’s account.  Requests for PayPoint barcodes need to be made via the school finance office if required.
  • Cash – We prefer pupils not to bring cash into school.  However, if accounts need to be topped up because parents/carers have been unable to do so online, small amounts of cash (notes and coins) can be inserted into the cash loading machines located opposite the servery in the courtyard.  This money goes directly onto the child’s account.  

If you think you may be eligible to claim for free school meals for your child, please read the free school meal information on the Brockington College website.  We would encourage all who are eligible to apply, so that we receive the extra funding as a school.

To check eligibility and how to apply for free school meals please contact School Catering Services at Leicestershire County Council.

Pupils eligible for free school meals will automatically have £3.10 credited to their account at the start of each school day.   Any money not spent from this allowance will be taken off the account at the end of each day.

A good breakfast is an essential way to start the day and it is especially important to assist learning.  KS3 pupils who qualify for free school meals are invited, on an individual basis, to attend breakfast club each day, which runs from 7.50am.  All KS4 pupils who qualify for free school meals are eligible to attend from 8am.

Pupils enjoy college and are keen to do well. They engage in their learning, behave well and have good relationships with their teachers and each other.
Ofsted

Medical matters

Key points to note:

  • Pupils with inhalers and epipens should carry them at all times.
  • Inhalers and epipens should be clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and form.
  • The college carries an emergency inhaler for use by pupils with asthma in the event of an emergency and if their personal inhaler is not available. Please sign and return the emergency inhaler consent form to give permission for this to happen in an emergency.
  • If required, after discussion with the school health coordinator, a spare inhaler and/or epipen can be stored in the first aid room.
  • Pupils with serious medical conditions or allergies may need an Individual Health Care Plan. Please contact the school to discuss this further, if needed.
  • A signed administration of medicine is required if pupils need to take any prescribed medication during the school day.
  • Pupils are not allowed to carry any medications or painkillers in school, other than prescribed inhalers or Epipens.
  • If your child has an injury and/or has reduced mobility, please contact school in order to arrange a risk assessment before returning to school.
  • If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Miss K Brotherton, School Health Co-ordinator via klb@brockington.leics.sch.uk or 0116 286 3722.

Brockington College employs a school health coordinator who acts as the main school first aider.  If your child becomes ill at school and needs to go home, we will contact you immediately. Please let us know of any medical issues or changes to medical conditions so that we can keep our medical records up-to-date and respond appropriately whilst your child is in school. It is also important that the school always has up-to-date telephone numbers to enable us to contact you immediately, if required.

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Curriculum information

One of the driving principles at Brockington College is to provide our pupils with an outstanding, varied and personalised education.

We aim to provide courses that meet the aptitudes and aspirations of all our pupils and ensure those who require extra help receive it, be they high attainers or pupils with Education, Health Care Plans or Individual Health Care Plans

Pupils will follow a two-year Key Stage 3 and a three-year Key Stage 4 curriculum.  Pupils will pick options in Year 8 and then study their GCSEs for three years, in order to allow them to focus on the specific skills and knowledge required to be successful at GCSE.

Whilst in Key Stage 3, pupils will study a broad curriculum enabling them to build the skills they need for the challenge of Key Stage 4 and to ensure they become well-rounded citizens of the future.

Alongside lessons in English, maths and science, all pupils have lessons in art, design technology (including food and nutrition), computing, drama, geography, history, music, PE, a language and religious studies.  Classes are composed in a  variety of different ways, such as tutor groups, mixed tutor groups and academic sets.  Each subject has formatted their groups based on the best outcomes at GCSE and this may be different from what pupils experienced at primary school.  We acknowledge that pupils come from a range of schools and experiences, therefore, groups are reviewed on a regular basis.  If parents/carers have any concerns, please contact the school to discuss these further.

There is a wide range of instrumental tuition available at Brockington College, which is provided by a variety of expert private instrumental teachers.  In most cases, your child will need to have their own instrument and bring it into school for lessons (with the obvious exception of drum kit and piano.)

This means pupils are able to receive their instrumental lessons during the school day but all communication regarding the arrangements and payments are made directly between parents/carers and the instrumental/vocal teacher.

Lesson times are on a rota, so while pupils have lessons on the same day each week the lessons are at a different time to avoid missing the same lessons regularly.

All details of the provision we provide at Brockington can be found below.  

If you have any questions regarding instrumental/vocal tuition, please feel free to talk to or email Mrs Ward, curriculum team leader, performing arts via sew@brockington.leics.sch.uk

InstrumentName of teacherTeacher contact details
Flute, pianoMs Teresa Bexon01455 239373 / 07791456054
tjbmusic@talktalk.net
Keyboard, pianoMr Ian Maw07980010060
01530 560653
ianmaw@tiscali.co.uk
DrumsMr Adam Stringer07941 549962
Adamstringermusic@hotmail.co.uk
Guitar (electric, bass & classical)Mr Dave Jobson07948 402728
davidmusicroom@gmail.com
SingingMrs Sarah Woodhall07866015774
saz.woodall@ntlworld.com
CelloMrs Judith Matthews0771 2489591
jmcellist@gmail.com
BassoonMs Rebecca Wong07888 368668
rebeccawong13@yahoo.co.uk
ClarinetMs Christine Taylor07802 664173
christineataylor@ntlworld.com
Violin, violaMs Sally Smith07799 492486 sasviolinviola@hotmail.co.uk
Violin, flute, pianoMrs Alison Gatesajprintmusic@hotmail.co.uk
Music technologySouth East Creative Arts07545 848841 southeastcreativearts@gmail.com
Clarinet, saxophone, fluteMr Patrick Whitepatrickjwhitemusicteacher@hotmail.co.uk

 

Homework is an effective way to help your child extend their learning and improve their ability to work independently, as well as developing skills of perseverance and self-discipline.  It is also an excellent way for parents/carers to be involved in their child’s learning.

The homework timetable is published in September.  We use an online system called Show My Homework.  Pupils and parents/carers will be issued with login details allowing pupils to access the homework and parents/carers the opportunity to monitor what is being completed.  Further information can be found on the Show My Homework page of the Brockington College website.                

 

Pupils are taught a range of life skills within their Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) lessons.  The topics covered include bullying, democracy, E-safety, forced marriage and issues related to mental health.

We believe that the topics taught in this non-examined subject are vital to facilitating opportunities for pupils to enquire, seek advice and build resilience in a supportive way.

The content of the curriculum for each year group is published on the school website and via the school bulletin each year.  Legally, parents/carers have a right to remove their children from relationships and sex education lessons.  We would, however, strongly advise parents/carers against taking such action.  Every effort is taken to ensure that the content and style of these lessons is inclusive and appropriate, enabling pupils from all backgrounds and faiths to feel comfortable and make a contribution.

If you wish to discuss this course further, please contact either Ms Broadfield or Mrs Thorpe, curriculum team leaders for this subject.

The library actively encourages and promotes ‘reading for pleasure’.  It stocks a large range of fiction and non-fiction books along with daily newspapers and magazines.  The library also has access to computers, laptops, tablets and Kindles for pupils to use.

New pupils are enrolled into our library system and may borrow up to two books at a time for a fortnight.  The library is open daily and a homework club runs after school

Each morning, pupils have a chance to take part in spiritual reflection. This involves participating in activities centred around our values and themes of the week and it is also a chance to spend time considering different points of view on a range of moral issues and current affairs.

Pupils have assemblies each week led by a member of staff from school or from the local Christian community. Within assemblies, pupils are encouraged to look at aspects of life from various points of view.

Here are eight ways you can help your child do well at Brockington College.

  1. Make sure your child uses Show My Homework so they understand what they have to do and can complete work on time.
  2. At home, encourage your child to read quietly for 10-20 minutes on a regular basis.
  3. Find opportunities for your child to use numbers in everyday situations and encourage them to work out sums in their head.
  4. Encourage your child to follow up interests and talk about them.
  5. Try to keep up-to-date with what your child is learning at college and talk regularly about it.
  6. Help your child to be ready to learn. Adequate sleep and a healthy diet are essential.
  7. Ensure your child begins their day with breakfast and is able to eat and drink appropriately whilst at college.
  8. Encourage your child to use our online portal, Moodle, to access work and resources they may need.

The school offers a range of activities and clubs for pupils to join at lunchtimes and after school. These change each term; details of these are available on the website.

Pupil Premium is funding given to schools so that additional support can be given to students currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those who have been eligible at any point in the last six years.  Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after, adopted or the children of service personnel.

As part of this funding, the school are able to support parents of eligible students with the cost of purchasing Brockington College uniform.  Please contact school reception on 0116 286 3722 for further information.