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Quality Results, Quality Students GCSE – Outstanding at all Levels A*/A Grades in Abundance Yet again our Year 11 students have marked-up the best examination results in the area with some outstanding results achieved by students across the whole ability range. 100% of students achieved at least 1 GCSE with 99% of them gaining 5 or more passes. Using the government benchmark for measuring the quality of results, 5+ A*-C grades including English and maths, 66% of them hit that target, 3% above the school’s target and placing the school amongst the highest achieving, similar schools in the country. 93% (173 out of 190) of students passed 5+ higher A*-C grades, a 12% rise on last year. These figures demonstrate the across the board quality of the results, with students of all abilities achieving higher grades. At the very top end of the scale, the number of A*/A grades achieved by students was phenomenal. 60% of students achieved at least one A*/A grade and 41% of them passed 3+ A*/A grades. 29 students, a record for the school, passed with 10 or more A*/A grades. Of particular note were three students, studying for the Creative and Media Diploma, who achieved a Willingdon Community School

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staggering 16 A*/A grades. They were Lucy Barrett, Katy Tidey and Suzie Aylott. Others of note were, Vanessa Gatward with 15 and Beth Fitzpatrick, Tom Goodwin, Michael Honeywood, Daisy Pamment and Imogen Stark with 13. However, the most outstanding results were achieved by David Stevens, who passed with 13 A*/A grades, 12 of which were at A*. His results included an A in Additional Maths, which is a remarkable achievement. All these results and many more, stand comparison with the top schools in the country. I am delighted by the depth of these results, with every student doing well and most exceeding their expectations, pushing them up to and beyond their predictions. Congratulations to them all and thank you to their teachers. I wish them well as they move onto college. New Staff As we start a new academic year and welcome all our new students, particularly those in Year 7, we also welcome a number of new staff whom I am sure many of you will soon get to know as they settle into their new posts. I introduce them to you, below: Lisa Meiller – Maths teacher Robert Glossop – English teacher Maddy Morrison-Price – English teacher Jeff Nash – Accelerated Progress Co-ordinator Hayley Cook – Hearing and Visual Support Teaching Assistant Louise Carder – SEN Teaching Assistant Jake Lambert – Cover Supervisor Pippa Frost – ICT technician (started in July) Gareth Morgans – Cover Supervisor (temporary maternity cover) I wish them all well in their new posts, knowing they are excellent additions to our team. Willingdon Community School

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Farewell It is also with great sadness that we say farewell to Mandy Moretti, who has moved out of the area. Mandy has been a stalwart member of staff for 17 years, being responsible for the original establishment and subsequent development of our Student Support team. We shall sorely miss her calm and wise counsel which has contributed so significantly to the pastoral welfare of our students over the years and wish her well for the future. E-Communication As many of you know, we send out one main mailshot a year; the one you have received today. In an attempt to both improve communication and to reduce wastage and cost, we are increasingly using e-mail as our main means of communication. For example, this edition of “Contact” is only going out in hard copy to Year 7 parents as an introduction, with all other year groups receiving it electronically. All future editions, the dates of which are in the calendar enclosed in the mailshot, will be sent out to all year groups to your e-mail address. If you still wish a paper copy or do not have an e-mail address then please let us know and a paper copy will be sent out to you via your child. I do encourage you to read “Contact”, as it often contains important information and is always full of news of past and future events. Most other communications home, including a number sent this week, will increasingly be sent electronically where possible, so please do check that we have your up to date e-mail address. In addition to the above, we have also started using the ‘School Comms’ texting service for you to inform us, and vice versa, regarding school absence and the ParentPay electronic system for purchasing food from the canteen. We aim to role out ParentPay for other areas of the school in the near future. There are articles in this edition on both these systems. Willingdon Community School

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We hope that by using modern technology we can improve our communication with you and you with us, whilst at the same time gaining greater value for money from our budget. …and finally I should like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to the new academic year, wishing your child every success over the coming months. I extend a particularly warm welcome to new families who are joining us for the first time, the large majority of whom are in Year 7. I remind you that, whilst we hope everything goes smoothly, if you ever have concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant members of staff and, if need be, feel free to contact me. Ian J Jungius Headteacher

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Year 7 Taster Day

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Year 8 1 1 0 2 p Cam

After years of hot and sunny weather it had to happen eventually. This year’s Year 8 camp during activities week saw two days of rain from the moment we arrived at Blacklands Farm. Students battled against the elements to get their tents up, and then began the many activities in the continually changing weather conditions. Despite the rain, Year 8 threw themselves into every activity, no-one moaned about the weather and as the photos show, most enjoyed getting covered in mud. Favourite activities this year were kayaking, the zip wire, the bungee trampoline and our new activity, the tunnels. After 2 days of rain we got our reward for sticking it out as the sun finally came out for the rest of camp. A huge thank you to Year 8 for their positive attitude throughout camp, and for all the staff who gave their time. Mr Holland

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Activities Week Oasis Project The school link with Oasis is now in its second year and is a direct result of the inspiration provided to Willingdon Community School students by the young people of Hawassa Ethiopia. Using their model of community engagement, 13 WCS students worked on the Healing Garden Project with the staff and guests of the Outreach Centre in seaside. The impact of the days that followed is eloquently expressed by Laurence Dengate-Roe, who said: “The experience itself far exceeded my expectations, and I’m confident that the rest of the group would agree. Although we only interacted with the guests at Oasis outreach centre for three Willingdon Community School

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days, it’s given us something that we can take with us for the rest of our lives. We were touched by how they trusted us with their personal, often emotional, stories. Following the experience we received a letter from Oasis, thanking us for hard work, maturity and enthusiasm. We would like to say thank you to Oasis for a rewarding three days, and know that we will be organising fund raising events and projects with them over the coming year.� Mr Morris

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Morfa Bay 2011 All students and staff had a fantastic time and we look forward to taking bookings for next July! The DVD of photos and film clips will follow shortly‌ on the Morfa bay trip was a great decision for me. If you like "outGoing door activities, fun and having a laugh, this is the trip for you. The

activities I enjoyed most were coasteering, this was where we climbed up rocks of the Pendine shore and then jumped off 40 foot drops which gave us a great adrenaline rush. And the assault course, a team event where we were timed to see how fast we could go round a trenched, muddy, forest whilst crawling through industrial pipes, jumping over walls and climbing over different apparatus. The team that won this challenging event were Mrs Jellings group, Ragwen, which Mr Brennan was not too pleased about. All in all I think that the Morfa Bay trip to Pendine Wales was a fantastic trip in every way with everyone having fun with each other and with the staff. However this trip couldn’t have been made possible without Mrs Townsend Smith and the all the hard work all staff put in to making it a trip to remember.

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lettings

We shall be pleased to hear from any parent/carer, group, club or organisation wishing to hire the school premises/facilities for regular lettings, social events, parties, etc! Our rates are very reasonable and the facilities are often available at weekends and school holidays, as well as outside of weekday school hours. Further details are available from Mr Webb, on 481101

must sign a permission to ride a Parents/Carers permission slip before their child rides a bicycle to school. The bicycle to school slip will also commit your child to

abiding by the rules regarding cycle safety both inside and outside school. There is a designated cycle shelter at the back of the school, which is specifically for student’s bicycles only, offering adequate, secure under-cover provision, which is locked during school hours, however the school cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to bicycles at any time. You should also ensure that the bicycle is security marked, and that regular checks are made as to the bicycle’s safety.

calls to mobile phone

For emergency purposes only, please note that any telephone call made from the school telephone at the Reception Desk to a mobile phone will be charged at 50p. Similarly, if students ask to use the telephone at Reception they will be asked for 20p to cover the cost of a normal (landline) call. A polite reminder that this facility for our students, is for emergency use only, and is not a facility to enable students to sort out their social life!!

school uniform

Students who request a copy of their lesson timetable will be asked for 10p to cover the cost of administration. This service is also designed for emergency use only.

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secondhand uniform

We have a small quantity of second hand school uniform for sale. All garments are in good clean condition and will cost ÂŁ5 for sweatshirts and ÂŁ2 for PE polo shirts. Please contact Chris Mason in the site office, or via the school phone number, ext 223, for more information. All proceeds will go to the School Fund.

travelling to school

As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, and our local community, one of the ways in which we can all do our bit is the way in which we all travel to school, whether we are a member of staff, student or visitor. As you will imagine, we are situated in a residential area where the amount of traffic in and around the school site gets very congested at peak times. We would kindly ask our parents/carers to drive responsibly in and around the area, including avoiding dropping off or picking up students close to the school gates, as this causes bottlenecks and potential hazards, especially to our students at the start and end of the school day. We have also been working with our local councillors to campaign for changes to the road layout in and around the school site, particularly around the junction of Broad Road and Farmlands Avenue where the ending of the double yellow lines in Farmlands Avenue, close to the junction, allows cars to legitimately park but causes significant problems for traffic and especially the buses that turn into Farmlands Ave from Broad Road. Hopefully there will be changes made by the highways department to alleviate many of the problems, however in the meantime we would ask that parents/carers that drive our students to school be mindful of the area, sympathetic to our local residents and the inevitable traffic congestion that occurs in and around a school as large as ours. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter. Mr Webb Willingdon Community School

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the kitchen team

(left to right) Caroline Breach, Caroline, Helen, Adila, Louise & Vanessa

My name is Caroline Breach and I am the Cook Supervisor at Willingdon Community School. My team and I provide the school meals at the school on behalf of Chartwells. As a parent I am very aware of the need to provide young people with a healthy balanced menu and in conjunction with the school we have been at the forefront in the County at introducing a healthier menu to our students (well before Jamie Oliver had his say!). We have been an example Willingdon Community School

to other secondary schools in the County in how to move towards a healthier menu, have received a number of visits from staff in those schools in order to observe our meal service, and are one of only a handful of “training� kitchens used by Chartwells to demonstrate to new school kitchen staff how school meals can and should be prepared. We offer a wide range of items on our menu, all in line with recommended nutritional standards, available from both Contact 131 September 2011


the Dining Hall and the popular “Touch and Go” external food Kiosk, located in the playground. The name of the external food Kiosk was voted for by our students last year, and refers to the biometric cashless catering system we have in the school, which reduces time spent by students in queues, and the need to remember complicated pin numbers, or having to carry school meal cards with them. Did you know we also open for a breakfast club between 8.00am and 8.30am which is again proving popular this term. During the coming terms, as well as our normal menu we also have a number of “theme days” throughout the school year, which offer our students a taste of something a bit different, whilst still meeting the healthy menu criteria. During the last school year we had a Chinese, Mexican, and French day to name but a few. We have also provided in the last academic year opportunities for free “taster” sessions for both students, and parents/carers, and we are already busy preparing other initiatives in order to make the dining hall more popular than ever! Willingdon Community School

Don’t forget there is now the new “ParentPay” facility for parents and carers to pay for their child’s food items on line, which is already being used by a number of parents/carers and is expected to quickly become the most popular method of paying for items from the school meals service. See the school website for further information on this facility or contact Main Reception. There is also a section on the school website that shows the menu options we offer at break and lunchtimes, as well as tips and advice regarding packed lunches etc. Any comments and feedback on the service we provide, are very welcome. On behalf of all my team we are looking forward to a healthy and hungry school year! A.Webb

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free school meals

A recent survey from the School Food Trust suggests that one in five families likely to qualify for free school meals were unaware whether they would be eligible. The School Food Trust, which promotes healthier school meals, says this means that families are missing out on benefits worth about £700 per year. Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one or more of the following:

Income Support (IS); Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA); An income-related employment and support allowance; Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190; Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. How to apply: You can download the free school meals application form via http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/meals/ free/form.htm Or the Directgov website helps you to find out information on the application process in your area. Simply enter your post code and follow the link to your Local Authority: http://local.direct.gov.uk/LDGRedirect/index.jsp?LGSL=4&LGIL=0 Alternatively, contact the school reception, who will be able to give you an application form.

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handle and store personal personal data Schools information about students, parents/

carers, staff, and governors. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, schools are legally obliged to protect this information. As a school we must: • Only collect personal information needed for specific purposes. • Keep the information secure. • Ensure the information is relevant and up to date • Only hold as much information as is needed and only for as long as is needed. • Let people know what information is held about them and what it is used for. • Allow these people to see the information that is held about them. • Notify the Information Commissioner’s Office that we process personal information. Privacy Notices Privacy Notices used to be called Fair Processing Notices (FPNs). The new Privacy Notice has been revised by the Department for Education, in order for schools, in compliance with the Data Protection Act, to notify parents/carers and students that they hold personal data about each student. What is a Privacy Notice? Under the Data Protection Act, all schools and early years settings must inform parents and carers that they hold personal data about each student. They must also explain how they intend to use the data and provide information about who the data may be forwarded to. To comply with this, Willingdon Community School provides a Privacy Notice, in hard copy format, to the parents or carers of all new Year 7 students, and provides access to the Privacy Notice, via the school website, for students themselves, if they are 12 years or older. The link to the current Privacy Notice can be found via www.willingdon.e-sussex. sch.uk/policies/policies.html or you can obtain further hard copies of the document, upon request, via Main Reception at the school. Mr Webb

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On-line payments for school meals with ParentPay! Last term, the school, in conjunction with Chartwells, our “cashless” school meals provider, introduced an even more convenient way to pay for school meals, using a secure service called ParentPay. Parents/carers are able to make payments in respect of their child’s school meal via an on-line facility. Parents/Carers who do not have access to a PC can make payments by cash using the “PayPoint” network at local convenience stores. Parents/Carers can of course still continue to send their child in with dinner money to load into the revaluation units which are located in school, or can continue to write cheques in respect of payment if preferred, however ParentPay is considered to be the easiest, quickest and safest method of payment for school meal items. We hope you will see the added benefits of the ParentPay on-line facility (or “Paypoint” access) as an additional means of encouraging easy and prompt payment by parents/carers in respect of school meals, and your support in using ParentPay will help build on the success of the cashless catering system that was introduced in Summer 2010. Information on using this facility has already been issued out to parents/carers of Years 8-11, however should you require further details, please visit www.parentpay.com or visit the school’s website. Mr Webb Willingdon Community School

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Design & Technology

We are writing to thank those parents of KS4 students who have responded, so promptly, to the request for a voluntary contribution towards the cost of materials and components for Design & Technology projects. For many years parents have contributed to the costs of materials and components. This has enabled us to deliver a wide variety of projects and ensure that students are able to design and make products of a good quality using the best possible materials. We have recently been able to update our CAD/CAM facilities with a new Laser Cutter making this a really fast and accurate process. KS3 students will receive their D&T Contributions letter through the MAILSHOT envelope. Thank you very much for supporting us. Miss A.S.Bolton

HPV VACCINATIONS The vaccinations are due to take place: Monday 26th September 2011 Wednesday 19th October 2011 Monday 12th March 2012 In the new Community Suite (old library) Thank You, Student Support Willingdon Community School

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Communication with Parents

We have subscribed to a home school communications service provided by Schoolcomms. This will enable us to contact you via text service to your mobile phone. You will be able to text back your response and you will be charged at your local rate. Therefore, it is imperative you advise us if you change your mobile telephone number. Absence from school can be reported to us by text via this service on 01323 700027, or by phone via the absence line on 01323 483144, or via the main switchboard 01323 485254 ext 259. These numbers are also printed in your child’s Planner. We are also able to use this system for other purposes such as reminders about parents’ evenings. We will also continue to use email in order to send through certain documents but those parents who have expressed the wish to have hard copies will receive those via their child . This first Contact magazine of the year forms part of our traditional September mailshot but we will also be sending certain documents electronically in order to save

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Attendance

For the past few years those who do not attend school regularly have been termed Persistent Absentees. This has applied to those students who have been absent for 20% of the school year, whether through sickness or for any other reasons. From this September this will apply to those who miss 15% of school days and therefore more families will be invited in to discuss the reasons for absence and how we can work together to improve a child’s attendance. We monitor attendance fortnightly and will invite parents in to create an Attendance Support Plan as soon as attendance has fallen close to 85%. Should attendance not improve, a referral may be made to the School Attendance Service and an Education Supervision Order may be put in place through the Family court. If this fails, parents may be prosecuted. Attendance across the school is good and last year was outstanding in Year 7 but students need to be aware Contact 131 September 2011


that absence from school will affect their education and ultimately their future. We can support students who have health issues or anxiety regarding school and work very closely with parents to achieve this. Parents also need to be aware that if a child is late to school and arrives after 9am, this will also be counted towards their overall absence.

Volunteering

In a previous edition of Contact I appealed for volunteers who might be able to come in to school to mentor young people who need extra motivation or help with personal organisation, goal setting and so on. I was very pleased that one parent, one ex member of staff and one governor have volunteered but all offers of assistance would be appreciated. The recent riots elsewhere in the country have brought to public attention the cuts that have been made nationally to youth clubs, support and careers services and so on and our young people have suffered the same cuts locally. We have made changes to our own provision within school in order to try to compensate for some of these cuts but obviously we cannot replace all the support from within our own budgets and therefore any assistance from volunteers would be superb. You would receive Willingdon Community School

training and support and we would work around your availability.

Anti-Bullying Officer

Here at Willingdon we take all instances of bullying very seriously and I am pleased to report that we have recently appointed Mrs Lorraine Curryer as our school AntiBullying Officer. Mrs Curryer works in the Inclusion team and will work with both the perpetrators and victims of bullying , examining the causes and building self esteem. We encourage all students to report any instances of bullying and not to stand on the sidelines while someone else is bullied. Anyone who has been bullying will be punished and it is also important to note that bullying via Facebook will also be dealt with by the school. We will be participating in the national Antibullying Week later in the year and we raise awareness of bullying regularly in assemblies and PSHE. If you are concerned that your child has been bullied please contact their tutor or the Director of Student Progress. Mrs L Naylor

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Careers Education at Willingdon

Careers Education at Willingdon is starting the new academic year - having successfully achieved the Investors in Careers Award at the very end of last year. This is a Nationally recognised award made up of three stages that the school have attained over the last two years. The achievement of this award means our Careers provision fully covers all Ofsted criteria and offers a broad and balanced curriculum to our young people. We are the first school in Eastbourne to have achieved this award! Careers this year will continue to be delivered by the tutors during lesson one. During these sessions the three key areas of Self Development, Career Development and Career Exploration will be covered. Students will also have access to specific Career related days / events such as the Careers Fair, What’s my Line and Take your Son / Daughter to Work days. Students can also access online Careers advice through the new Careers Library, which is situated in our new Learning Resource Centre. Other Careers news includes the National removal of the Connexions Careers Service within schools which Willingdon Community School

provided our young people with access to a Connexions PA on site. This led to the departure of Mary Hudson (Connexions PA) from our staff at the end of last year. This is very sad news as Mary had worked at Willingdon for over 10 years, guiding many many young people into the right FE courses and career paths for them. She will be greatly missed by everyone! In her place however will be the new ‘All Age Careers Service ‘which the Government are providing as a replacement. This service is an online service which supports people of all ages who are seeking educational courses, training or employment. Students and parents in the coming weeks will receive information as to how to access this website and use it successfully. Finally parents may not be aware that the decision to remove Work Experience from the Year 10 programme was made last year. Your child will however continue to cover ‘Work Related Learning’ activities within their Careers lessons in order to prepare them for the world of work. Mrs Naylor Contact 131 September 2011


WILLINGDON COMMUNITY SCHOOL PRESENTS

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Auditions:

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Tuesday 20th September

3 - 6pm in DR1

Auditions are for everyone interested in being involved Including; principle characters, singing & dancing chorus & backstage You will not all be required to stay until 6pm Call backs will be held on Wednesday 21st

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GCSE Geography Textbook Each GCSE Geography student has been given a letter regarding the opportunity to purchase the GCSE course text book on which the final examinations are based. This will not only help with homework throughout the course but also provide a valuable aid to revision. The textbook is exclusively endorsed by AQA, the exam board we are using. The textbook, follows the GCSE specification and provides a total coverage of the course. The Geography Department recognises the value of these textbooks and is offering you the opportunity to purchase one at a reduced price of £17.99. The students are sure to find them invaluable both in class, at home and as a revision guide in the run up to their final exams. The exam board have made it clear that questions asked in the exam can only be based on information from the textbook. Therefore, it will not be necessary to purchase a revision guide later in the course. Should you wish to purchase the textbook please complete and return the order form with payment. It should then be returned to your child’s Geography teacher as soon as possible and no later than Monday 3rd October. A.Walters

Geography Textbook Should you wish to order a copy of the new Geography textbook, please complete and return this reply slip with a cheque for £17.99 made payable to ‘Willingdon School Fund’ to your son/daughters Geography Teacher. Name:

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Dates for the Diary September: Tuesday 20th Mailshot and Contact Issued / CATs Year 7 Wednesday 21st HPV Vaccinations / CATs Year 7 / Year 11 Information Evening Thursday 22nd CATs Year 7 Friday 23rd Sponsored Walk Monday 26th European Day of Languages /HPV Vaccinations Tuesday 27th Year 8 trip to Lewes Prison Wednesday 28th Year 7 PLTs Day / Year 7 Meet the Tutors Evening october: Tuesday 4th Year 11 English Wednesday 5th School finishes at 1.20pm / Open Evening Thursday 6th Full Governors meeting Tuesday 11th Open Morning

Thursday 13th Open Morning Monday 17th INSET Day - School closed to students Wednesday 19th Parent Forum / HPV Vaccinations Friday 21st End of Term Monday 31st Start of Term 2 / Contact Issued / Careers week November: Thursday 3rd Year 9 Geog Trip - Butts Brow (2 groups per half day) Friday 4th Year 9 Geog Trip - Butts Brow (2 groups per half day) Tuesday 8th Cross Country (all years) Thursday 10th Achievements & Standards Governors Meeting Friday 11th INSET Day - School closed to students Monday 14th Music Rehearsals

Editorial & Production Team, Elizabeth McCabe, Matthew Healey, Barbara Negus Willingdon Community School, Broad Road, Lower Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 9QX

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