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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.

 

Go4Schools from Monday 26th September

As a parent, you can access Go4Schools from Monday 26th September.

You will be able to see assessment, attendance, timetable, homework, INSPIRE points and behaviour information.

Please visit https://www.go4schools.com and click on the Parent button at the top right hand side of the web page – follow the instructions for a First-time User. You must use the e-mail address registered with the school.

The assessment data currently shows only targets for the year, either GCE/GCSE/Vocational grades or EDSM bands (Emerging, Developing, Secure, Mastered) at key stage 3.

A guide sheet for the new key stage 3 bands is attached and there is information on the school web site about EDSM and new GCSE grades. If you would like more information then please come to an information session on Tuesday 4th October 6.30 at either TBS or AWS school halls.

The new EDSM bands will be more evident in key stage 3 exercise books and assessment/tests as the term progresses.

Current and Predictors will be completed after half term once teachers have carried out early assessments. Go4School will then be able to show student progress towards targets.

Homework - Staff are getting used to loading homework onto Go4Schools – please bear with us whilst we get used to the new system. We will also use planners but we think this system will be a good way to check on setting and completion of homework.

Year 12 targets still to be verified and will be entered within the next fortnight.

I would be grateful for any feedback on the new system. Please send any comments (good or bad) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tom Hyland
Deputy Headteacher (Data and Performance)

Go4Schools – Online Student Progress and Attainment System

go4schoolsWe will be launching Go4Schools this term. Teachers will be using the system from Wednesday 7th September, we will open it up to students on the 19th September and then parents on the 26th September.

This online system will enable you to have access to timetable, attendance and behaviour information and after half-term the most recent progress data too. You will be able to see:

  • INSPIRE points and other behaviour information.
  • Timetable.
  • Attendance statistics.
  • Homework with tasks, deadlines and completion history.
  • Mock exam grades.
  • Target, current and predicted grades and annual reports.

Logging on to the system is simple. Visit the https://www.go4schools.com and click on the Parent or Student button at the top right hand side of the web page – follow the instructions for a First-time User. Students must use their school e-mail account and parents the e-mail account registered with the school.

If you have not added your email address to the contact form or need to update the email address we hold for you, please send a letter to reception with your child in an envelope. This should include your email address and it must be signed.

We will continue to use the student planner alongside Go4Schools in the medium term whilst we get used to the new system, and our aim is to reduce the number of paper copies of data sheets and reports as the year progresses. Current and Predicted grades will be updated by teachers after each half-term and all mock and exam data will be available following exam sessions.

We hope you enjoy using this on-line system.

A Level Results 2016

Exam ResultsAs you will be aware, the 2016 A-Level results were released on Thursday. I am delighted to share with you the fantastic and record-breaking achievements of the 2016 Bramcote College cohort. The results issued on Thursday saw our students deliver the best-ever results for the College with another year of improvement across the board:

  • 44% of all A2 grades were A* to B;
  • The average points score per student rose to 735 and the average points per student entry rose to 214;
  • A pass-rate of 99.7% - we have only one ‘U’ grade across over 200 entries and this is subject to an appeal as it is one mark off an E grade. Currently all but one A-Level course achieved a 100% pass rate;
  • 65% of all Vocational grades were graded Distinction and above and 34% of Vocational grades were graded Distinction*.

How have we achieved another year-on-year increase?

  • Ensuring we have all students on the correct pathway (Academic, Vocational or Mixed) to maximise their chances of exceeding their potential;
  • A structured Tutor system that means students have a mentor to support their achievement;
  • Small class sizes that allow for personalised learning: at Bramcote College you are taught as an individual, not part of a large group;
  • On-going support and advice so that you reach your chosen destination – whether it be university or work.

University Destinations 2016

2016 results show that 80% of BRAMCOTE COLLEGE applying for university were accepted by their first-choice destination. We have established excellent links with a variety of Russell Group Universities, as well as a range of great, locally based universities. This year our 2016 cohort gained places at the following universities:

  • The University of Nottingham;
  • Loughborough University;
  • Warwick University
  • The University of Birmingham;
  • The University of Leeds;
  • The University of Manchester;
  • The University of Leicester;
  • Nottingham Trent University.

Great Jobs too

We know that university isn’t necessarily the only successful route a student can choose after A Levels. At Bramcote College, we always ensure that all students have the advice and support needed to make the best decisions for their future. Recently, our students have achieved coveted apprenticeships with companies such as Experian, Rolls Royce, Boots and many more. In addition to this, a few of our students have gone on to serve in the police and ambulance service as well as the Army, RAF and Royal Navy.

2016 and Beyond

Our aim is to ensure that we continue to ensure that all our students exceed their potential and secure their chosen destination after College. The results over the past few years show the positive impact our small class sizes have in securing great outcomes for our students.

Registration for September 2016

Students that have already been offered a place can confirm their place and choice of subjects after receiving their GCSE results from 9.30am on Thursday 25th August. Those students that are away can confirm their place and choice of subjects by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students that have not yet applied but wish to come to Bramcote College from September 2016 can apply for a place from 9.30am on Thursday 25th August. Interviews will take place on Friday 26th August.

We very much hope that your son / daughter will be joining us in September and we are already looking forward to celebrating even better results with them in 2018.

James Macdonald
Head of College