Whole Service Training Day

September 4th, 2006 by Ian in Training

Today we had a training day for all of the Children Out Of School Service. We covered the priorities for the service for this coming year, the work done by the Teaching and Learning Group, the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and child protection issues.

Exam results

September 2nd, 2006 by Ian in News

This year’s exam results were our best ever. We had 30 students gaining 106 passes (96 GCSEs, 8 ELCs, 2 ASDAN).

Highlights include:

47 A-Cs

10 students getting at least 5 GCSEs

5 students getting at least 5 Cs or better

GCSE passes in 13 different subjects just through the Centre – many more subjects if you include exams taken by some of our students in their schools

Well done and congratulations to all of our Year 11 students and good luck for the future.

End of term

July 19th, 2006 by Ian in Dates

Phew, it’s almost the end of term!

We’ll be finishing at lunchtime Friday 21st July.

Staff are back Monday 4th September for a whole service training day, followed by a centre training day on the 5th.

Students are back Wednesday 6th September.

Have a great Summer holiday everyone!

Centre INSET

July 18th, 2006 by Ian in Training

Today we’re having an INSET day. This gives us a chance to improve what we do even more.

Today’s training included a video and talk by Jez on Assessment for Learning:

‘Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there’. (Assessment Reform Group, 2002)

We also had a presentation from Kim and Julia about COPE. COPE stands for ‘Certificate Of Personal Effectiveness’ and is all about life skills and preparing for the big wide world. We have already started this course with some of our students and it will be available to many more next term.

Extended Schools training

July 18th, 2006 by Ian in Training

On Monday Ian and Julia went to the third Extended Schools workshop. The government wants all schools to become extended schools. This means schools need to provide access to things like child care, links with the community, quick support for young people or their parents and lots of interesting and useful things to do (like sports and trips and art).

Extended Schools work involves a lot of multi-agency working, something we do a lot of already and are very keen on developing.

As a result of these workshops, we are hoping to do some work with Adult Education to help us give better information to parents and carers about how to support their children with things like GCSE coursework and revision. If it all goes to plan there will be some exciting new things happening next term!

Parent questionnaire

July 12th, 2006 by Ian in News

We’ve just completed a quick survey of parents and carers’ views about what they would like to know more about. We asked which areas of the curriculum they would like to know more about, and although we still have more parents to ask, most have said they would like to know about off-site activities like Cranborne or Outdoor Education, and services such as Connexions. They have also said they’d like to know more about GCSE coursework.

We also asked how they’d like to be told about these things. The most popular response was ‘information sheet’, followed by a visit to the centre and then by website.

We are currently working on a brochure which will have a lot of this information. We have a celebration evening every November where parents and carers can find out about a lot of what we do, and we will increase the amount of information available at the next one.

We’re also planning to officially launch this website in September. (At the moment, as you can see, it’s very much a work in progress.)

Year 11 leaving do

June 30th, 2006 by Ian in News

Last week we said good-bye to our Year 11 students with a meal and some games.

We’re very proud of what our Year 11 students have achieved this year. They’ve been a fantastic bunch and a real pleasure to work with. It was very sad to see them go.



Postcard Lottery

June 30th, 2006 by Ian in News

Whenever our students do something worth celebrating we send a postcard home. At the end of each month copies of all the postcards go into a raffle and three lucky students win a voucher. There is a big prize at the end of each term.

June’s winners are Sophie, George and Jamie D.


GCSEs finished

June 26th, 2006 by Ian in News

Last Friday Jasmine took her Food Technology GCSE, bringing to a close what has been a hectic period of exam taking.

Well done to all the staff and students for getting so much done. Now we just have to wait for the results!

Roof works

June 26th, 2006 by Ian in News

This week work is starting on repairing our roof. It’s been leaking for a very long time so we’re very glad it’s finally being mended!

It’s going to be a long project. Assuming we have good weather(!!) over the Summer holiday it should be finished around the middle of September.

Whilst the work’s being done we’re going to be short of classrooms as it’s not safe to use the rooms under the parts of the roof that are being worked on.

However once it’s finished we’ll be able to put all the buckets and mops away!