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Late Opening 18/10/2018

16 October 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

The school will be opening at a later time on Thursday 18th October 2018. Instead of our usual 08:40 start, we will be starting at 10:40.

Registration will run from 10:40-11:00 and then lessons 3-6 are normal, with normal lunch time.

I would like to apologise on behalf of the school that this was not in our usual school calendar and times issued at the beginning of the year or on our school website.  Our late opening is due to open evening which runs to 20:30 for staff the previous evening. If this presents any problems in childcare please do let us know as we will have some staff available to supervise and support your child.

 

2 Week Timetable

05 September 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

As part of our continued school improvement journey, Leytonstone School will be adopting a 2 week timetable model from September 2018. In this letter I would like to take the opportunity to explain what this means, why we think it will benefit students and drive up standards further and also the implications for the timings of the school day. Please be aware that we welcome full discussion with any parent or career about this and will ensure that any concerns you may have will be addressed sensitively and directly.

Currently we operate a 1 week timetable of 25 1 hour lessons. This is a very traditional model and we believe it does not meet the changing nature of learning in 2018 or help address the real challenges of new specifications at GCSE – which I’m sure you are aware have made both styles of assessment radically different and also requires deeper knowledge of all subjects. All GCSE subjects now require students to study knowledge and skills only previously studied at A level. Few subjects have coursework elements and even in these there is a sharp reduction in coursework. Students are assessed through longer and much more challenging terminal exams. There is no modular learning of type seen in the past.

We welcome these changes as they challenge young people and we see them rise to these increased challenges. The new specifications represent better, deeper learning. However, our models of teaching have to adapt so that we can ensure students are fully prepared and confident in meeting the challenges.

A 2 week timetable enables flexibility of timings of lessons as well as allowing for greater learning time to be maximised. Over 2 weeks – week A and week B – we organise 6 lessons a day (rather than the current 5) into 50 min blocks. In reality, most subjects will have 100 minute double lessons – particularly at KS4.

The benefits are manifold. Firstly, more learning time is generated by less movement round the building. This gains an additional 20 minutes a day. Partly movement between lessons is a challenge for us because of the physical layout of our site and the length of time it takes to travel from 1 end to another. The gain in additional learning time over 2 weeks ensures that we can ensure students continue to have a very broad curriculum offer at KS3 and GCSE. Many schools are being forced into decisions to cut down on subjects seen as ‘non-essential’ because of the difficulty of the new assessments through exams. Most schools are only allowing 3 option choices at GCSE. We are committed to 4 option choices for our young people. Narrowing choice is the enemy of inspiration and engagement and we will continue to strongly resist this.

 

Across the country technology and arts based subjects in particular have taken swinging cuts. At Leytonstone we believe it is essential all students have access to high quality learning in music, drama, art, graphics, textiles, food, product design and resistant materials at KS3. Again and again we see that these subjects can inspire young people along with the traditional academic subjects. We believe that students should choose freely the subjects that they love at GSCE and include business, media studies, PE as well. This timetable model enables us to keep this vision of a broad and deep curriculum a reality.

In addition, shorter lessons in some KS3 students will suit younger children in certain subjects, for example languages where a ‘little but often’ approach is best. Longer 100 minute lessons will be of real benefit in areas such as science where experiments can be more consistently implemented, English where written assessments can be integrated and all practical subjects where students can fully finish projects. So more learning time and better learning are the real benefits.

The day will be slightly longer – by 10 minutes, except for Wednesdays when the school day will end at the end of lunch at 1:30pm. This is to enable rigorous assessment by teachers of students’ work and curriculum planning – critical if we are to fully meet the needs of students with these new challenges. These revised school opening times will present some difficulties we know for families, particularly of younger children. We are committed to supporting families with this and will run a very full extra-curricular offer on Wednesdays so that any child can stay to the normal closing time.

The school day will look as follows:

Time
08:40 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:50 Period 1
09:50 – 10:40 Period 2
10:40 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:50 Period 3
11:50 – 12:40 Period 4
12:40 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:20 Period 5
14:20 – 15:10 Period 6

 

 

 

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?

13 July 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: pupil premium and free school meals

If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.

What is pupil premium funding?
Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:
• Are registered for free school meals
• Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
• Are, or have been, in care
• Have parents in the armed forces
At Leytonstone School, we get an extra £935 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.
For example, we’ve previously used pupil premium funding for:

• Educational provision/resources
• Academic interventions
• Wellbeing and self-esteem building interventions

Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on
• Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.

How do I register?
You only need to register once.
To register, please visit https://walthamforest.gov.uk/content/free-school-meals

More information
For more information about pupil premium go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.

Yours faithfully,

Leytonstone School

Fardeen Challenge

30 May 2018

Dear parents and friends of Leytonstone School.

We’ve joined together to raise money for charity in memory of the most inspirational and brave person we know.  Fardeen Khan sadly lost his battle to cancer in April this year. He had fought hard and been an amazing student of the Leytonstone School Community. He will be so sadly missed which is why this year Leytonstone School have created the Fardeen Challenge in his memory. Staff and Students,both past and present, will be doing the Nightrider London bike ride to raise money to celebrate Fardeen’s Legacy to help as many young people that we can and donate money to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  He always had a smile on his face and brightened every room he entered. You’ll see our team fundraising target on the right. Your donation can really help us smash this goal

The link is:

https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/FardeenChallenge

Y7 -10 Mock Exam Summer Timetable

25 May 2018

Please see attached for the Mock Exam schedule this summer for years 7 – 10

Summer 2018 Mocks by Year Group

Year 11 GCSE Summer Timetable

18 April 2018

The Year 11 GCSE Summer timetable has been released.

a PDF copy is available here:

Summer GCSE Timetable

Be App Aware

17 April 2018

Apps

Parent Diversity Survey

27 February 2018

As part of our PSHE curriculum it is Diversity Fortnight in school. Please could you take a few minutes to fill out our Equality Survey  

www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Leytonstone-parents

 

Youth Health Champions Drop-In

23 February 2018

YHC Poster

Year 11 Wellbeing

23 February 2018

As Year 11 prepare to start their second round of mocks, Leytonstone School wants to ensure their mental and emotional health are also supported during this period.

We have emailed all parents a copy of Young Minds digital support pack to help you support your child during this exam period. This document is also available below.

Thank you

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