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Key Stage 3 & 4 Visit to China

Dear Parents / Carers,

I am sure you have been aware of the links we have made in recent times with China, and in particular the ‘sister school’ link we have set up with a school in the city of Ningbo. We think this will be a very exciting aspect of our work in the coming years and will give our students a whole range of opportunities, from understanding Chinese culture and traditions, to learning Mandarin through to establishing friendships with students from this fascinating country, which is playing such an important part in the modern world.

In the Autumn, Mrs Caley and I had the privilege of visiting China, to visit the school and establish our shared programme. We also took a large group of 6th form students who spent an unforgettable two weeks in Beijing, Shanghai and Ningbo, and in the Summer term, we will welcome students from our sister school to Nottingham.

I am writing to tell you about the next exciting stage of our project. We are proposing to take a group of Key Stage 3 and 4 students to visit Ningbo in Spring 2019. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will open their eyes to a very different culture and the opportunities that knowledge and experience of this country can offer.

It will give them the chance to learn and practice Mandarin, both in preparation for the visit and in China itself, and will be an ideal way to motivate and practice to improve and inspire their learning and to form friendships with peers in China for life. They will be accompanied by members of staff from White Hills Park, and the visit is supported by Access China UK, and the Confucius Classroom. There is a short video that gives a flavor of the visit which can be accessed below or by searching youtube for ‘Why visit China? (with ACUK)’.

The trip will last 10 days, is proposed for April 2019 (exact date to be confirmed) and we are launching it now to enable suitable preparation time and to get the best deal that we can. The cost will be dependent on numbers going and the actual date of departure, but we are confident that we can secure additional subsidy to help support parents, and payments can be made in instalments over the next year.

We would like to invite you to a presentation on the project and the way that your child can become involved, to be held in the school Hall on Wednesday Feb 28th at 7.00pm.

Yours,

Paul Heery

Executive Principal

 

Attachments:
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GCSE Results Day

AW results day

The GCSE results become available to students on Thursday 24th August 2017.

All results will be available for collection from Bramcote College, on Moor Lane in Bramcote.

Year 11 will be able to collect their results from 9.00am until 12:00pm
Year 10 will be able to collect their results from 10:00am until 12:00pm

Results will not be issued to students prior to the times agreed, even if they arrive early.
If your son or daughter is unable to come to Bramcote College to collect their results on 24th August they may leave a stamped addressed envelope with the Exams Office at Bramcote College prior to the end of term and results will be posted out on this date. Alternatively, someone may collect your son or daughters results on their behalf, please note your son or daughter must inform the school by providing a signed letter detailing who they wish to pick up their results. The person picking up the results must bring a form of photographic ID with them.

Any uncollected results statements for which we have not received a stamped addressed envelope will be retained and will be available from Bramcote College from the start of the autumn term.

Results statements provided to students will be produced in school from the results received from the exam boards. Exam boards do not provide result slips. To avoid errors on your certificates when they are issued please check the spelling of your name is correct, and that your name is your correct legal name.
When you receive your results, please check them very carefully. If anything appears to be missing or you have any queries regarding your exam results, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We will also provide on results day confirmation of the Certificate Collection date.

Helen Percy
Examinations Officer

OFSTED Report

Rated Good In All AreasPlease find our latest Ofsted report attached below. (not available if reading via the school app - please see our website)

The Bramcote School is a Good School
• Leaders are determined that only the best is good enough for pupils at the school.
• They have introduced an aspirational culture which pupils and staff have embraced.
• A total commitment to continuing improvement permeates the school.
• School leaders and governors have established a culture of high vigilance.
• Pupils know the high standards of behaviour expected of them. As a result, they behave well in lessons.
• Current pupils are making dramatically better progress (in English and Maths).

As you will see from the report, the overall judgement is that we are providing a good standard of education for your children. This is the first time that The Bramcote School has received a Good Ofsted judgement and it is very gratifying that the hard work and dedication of teachers, support staff, Governors and, of course, students is recognised in such a positive way. We are delighted that inspectors speak so positively about the progress we have made, and are continuing to make.

Attachments:
Download this file (The Bramcote School Ofsted Report.pdf)The Bramcote School Ofsted Report.pdf[ ]230 kB

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Student and Community Committee Annual Report

The Student and Community Committee oversees delivery of the White Hills Park Federation five-year vision as it relates to students and the wider community. There are five key areas that the committee monitors– each of which is supported by a named Federation Director.

Listening to Student Voice:  Students have a powerful voice and contribute to decisions about their education.

The Student Federation Council comprises students elected from their year groups and provides a forum for students to represent the views and questions of their peers to invited members of the Federation Leadership. Discussions this year have included views on curriculum changes, new buildings and uniform plans. A Student Union has also been established at Bramcote College and ideas shared for community events. Head Boys and Girls from each of the schools have been invited to join the committee to share their perspective.

Engagement with Parents and the Community: Our Federation is rooted in its community.  We have close links with neighbourhood groups, primary schools, faith communities and voluntary organisations. We work in partnership with parents/carers and parental satisfaction is extremely high.


Each year parents are asked their views about school issues. There were 250 responses to the latest survey in February and across a range of 20 measures responses were positive.

There are now growing Parent Teacher groups in each school – they are led by parents and supported by staff. They provide an opportunity not only for parental networks, but also to raise money for the schools. The Friends of the Bramcote School will shortly become a formally registered charitable organisation. Funds raised this year have been donated to the school for specific English and Maths resources. The Alderman White PTA continues to expand its’ membership and activity plans.

Parents Forums are held each term in each school. These meetings are parent-led and provide a discussion forum for issues that are of concern or interest with members of the school leadership team

The Language College at Alderman White School hosts over 350 people who attend courses throughout the week as part of the Family Learning Programme. This also includes the pupils and students who attend the Nottingham Chinese School on Saturday afternoons. Primary school communities have also benefited from a range of language classes including Mandarin taster courses and cultural activities offered through the new Confucius Classroom which has received very generous funding from the Confucius Institute.

We continue to develop links with the business community and host regular Business Breakfasts at Bramcote College with local leaders.

Recruitment of new Students: The number of students applying for the Federation is rising steadily.

There is significant outreach to local feeder primary schools and induction days for Year 5 and 6 are now an established part of the school calendar. Open evening’s at all three schools also continue to be part of this activity to encourage parents to consider our schools for their children.

Enrichment: Students take part in a wide range of after-school and lunch-time activity.

Federation teachers deliver a wide range of extracurricular activity which is open to all students. Particular successes include:

  • Bramcote Debate Club who have achieved national success.
  • The Year 9 Netball Team who have achieved local and countywide success
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme – Bronze and Silver levels are now being supported by the Federation teams.

The Graduation Scheme continues to provide encouragement to engage with additional school activities and this year 450 students achieved Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status

Behaviour and Safety:  We want students to feel safe and happy in school and their excellent behaviour has a major impact on their learning and progress.

There have been no permanent exclusions from either Alderman White School or the Bramcote School and fixed term exclusions have significantly reduced from previous years. This demonstrates the rigorous application of behavioural standards. Contributing to this is the development of the Schools Behaviour and Attendance Partnership (SBAP) which provides alternative provision for those where mainstream school has been unsuitable and place them at risk of exclusion. The Federation has seen some student success stories which have emerged from this partnership.

During the new school year we will see the wider introduction of Go4Schools which will capture all of the rewards systems in one place and support parents and teachers to access this information.

We will also see during the new school year, the introduction of a new school uniform, which for the first time will include blazers. Parents, students and teachers have all actively participated in the design and development.

If you would like any further information or are interested in getting involved, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.