Statement on Redundancies at Belper School and Sixth Form Centre

At a meeting on 18 January 2016, our governors voted reluctantly to start a redundancy process to reduce our staff numbers.  This is because the number of students on roll has fallen steadily over the past few years as a result of a lower birth rate in the area a decade or more ago.

In January 2012 we had 1464 students but this has fallen to 1311 (a 10.5% reduction) and as our income from the government is directly related to student numbers this has implications on the amount of funding we receive.  The numbers in primary schools have started to increase again and we expect this increase to feed through to our school in about three years’ time.

There have also been significant increases in costs which we have had to absorb within the budget with no additional funding to support this, such as increases in national insurance and pensions.

We have already worked hard to reduce our costs in a number of areas whilst maintaining high standards of education, but it is not possible to make the savings we need without reducing the number of teaching staff we employ.

We have significantly reduced support staff numbers in the past few years and we have made some savings by not replacing teaching staff when they leave but we have reached a point where, in the next financial year we will not be able to balance the books without reducing staff numbers further. By law school budgets are not allowed to operate at a deficit.

The governors are hopeful that we can manage this situation through voluntary redundancies, but we recognise that unless sufficient volunteers come forward, there will have to be some compulsory redundancies.

We realise how difficult and disruptive this could be and we will do our utmost to manage the situation with as little impact to staff and the education of students as possible.

We are supporting affected staff and we’d like to reassure you that our students’ education continues to be our priority as we strive to be outstanding.


Year 9 and 11 immunisation programme – Wednesday 9 March 2016

The School Age Immunisation Team will be visiting school on Wednesday 9 March 2016 to deliver Teenage Booster (Tetanus, Diptheria & Polio) and Meningitis ACWY vaccinations to Year 9 and 11 students. 

Further information and a consent form is being given to Year 9 and 11 students on Friday 29 January 2016 for them to take home to parents/carers.  We would ask parents/carers to read the form carefully, complete BOTH SIDES and return it to the School Office as soon as possible and by no later than Wednesday 10 February 2016.

Please be aware that parents/carers still need to complete the form even if they do not wish their son/daughter to receive these vaccinations.  In addition, please note that failure to return the form will not be taken to mean refusal, and your child may then be immunised after giving their own consent, if deemed competent.

For further information on vaccinations for school-age children, please refer to the NHS Choices website by clicking the link below:

NHS Choices – Vaccination schedule and information

If you have any specific queries, you can contact the School Age Immunisation Team direct on 01283 707170 option 3.

If your son/daughter does not bring the information and consent form home, please contact the School Office on 01773 825281.  Year 9 and 11 students who are away from school on Friday 29 January 2016 will have the information and consent form posted home to their parents/carers.

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These are the only vaccinations scheduled at present, although we are aware that the HPV initial and booster vaccinations for female students (which protects against cervical cancer) will be next on the programme.  We do not have a date for these at present, but will notify students and parents as soon as we have any further information.

 


Student vaccination programme

We have been informed that the NHS has outsourced its programme for some vaccinations, and these will now be delivered in school by NHS staff rather than at your GP surgery.

From the preliminary information we have received to date, this programme is likely to include the following vaccinations:

Meningitis ACWY for Year 9 students and boosters for Year 11 students
HPV boosters for Year 9 female students
HPV initial vaccination for Year 8 female students

It is expected that further information and consent forms will be sent to the School to forward to parents/carers prior to each element of the vaccination programme.

At present, we understand the delivery of the vaccination programme will span both Spring and Summer Terms, however, exact dates are still awaited.

As soon as we receive further information, we will update the website and contact the parents/carers of the students concerned.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office.

 


School Emergency Closure Procedure

It would be extremely rare for Belper School to have to close on a day when it should be open to students.  However it is possible that for health and safety reasons such as the failure of the power or water supply we would be unable to remain open. Severe weather such as heavy snow could also cause the closure of the school at short notice.

You can view the procedure we follow by clicking the link below:

School Emergency Closure Procedure – Information for Parents/Carers

If you wish to have a paper copy of this procedure, please contact the School Office.

 


Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening – Thursday 7 January 2016

A reminder that it is our Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening on Thursday 7 January 2016.  Copies of the letter and appointment sheet can be viewed/downloaded by clicking the links below …

Y11 Parents' Consultation Evening 7 January 2016 - Letter to parents
Y11 Parents' Consultation Evening 7 January 2016 - Appointment Sheet

As the car park at the front of school will be busy, the car parking facility at the back of the school will be open.

 


Christmas Cracker update ….

Our very first Christmas Cracker event took place on the evening of Wednesday 16 December 2015, and was a great success.

Santa began the evening by providing a hearty welcome from the rooftop amidst localised snowfall, much to the delight of our younger visitors!

Our festive marketplace had been transformed into a winter wonderland with the help of our very talented staff and students, and was bursting at the seams with a fabulous variety of gifts available to purchase.  Our tombola, which our staff and stallholders contributed gifts to, raised an amazing £138.00!

The music and drama performances by our students and staff were received with rapturous applause and there were plenty sing-a-long opportunities to get the audience into the Christmas spirit.

Special thanks go to all the staff and students involved both on the night and in the run-up to the event, whose efforts helped raise a total of £638.00 which will be split between our two nominated charities for the event, Help for Heroes and Umbrella Derby.

 

 

 


Belper School swimmers take District title

Belper School’s swimming teams turned in some excellent performances to land this year’s District crown at the annual Amber Valley Schools’ Swimming Gala.   Four local schools were in attendance and Belper School used home advantage to give some experience to its younger swimmers by fielding B and C teams in some categories.

The KS3 and KS4 boys’ teams, captained by Will Brookes and Josh Horobin respectively, were comfortable winners in their age groups.  The girls had it a bit tougher but were still able to secure third place in KS3 and second in KS4, with Katy and Sarah Dymond captaining the sides.

When all the points were added together, Belper School took first place on 180 points, ahead of Ecclesbourne School on 164 and Heanor Gate Science College on 162.

Well done to all our swimmers and our PE staff who hosted the event.

 


Belper School’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ event – Wednesday 16 December 2015

You are invited to …

Belper School and Sixth Form Centre’s

CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Wednesday 16 December 2015

5.30pm to 8.30pm – Free Admission

Featuring …

  • Live seasonal music and drama performances
  • A festive marketplace of local stallholders selling gifts, decorations, jewellery, homeware and crafts.
  • Grand tombola
  • Hot food and refreshments (including mulled wine) available all evening.
  • A special guest appearance from Santa himself!

All profits raised from the event will go to Help for Heroes and Derby Umbrella.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Any enquiries regarding the event should be directed to the School Office Manager on 01773 825281 or by email to enquiries@belperschool.co.uk

Umbrella  NEW-FISO-H4H-Logo

  Charity No 1150203

 


Success for Belper School runners

 
The School’s cross-country teams enjoyed an excellent set of results at the Amber Valley Cross-Country Championship at Alfreton Park in early November.  Every team finished in the top three and numerous Belper runners finished in the top 12 to make it through to the County Championships in January.
The best team performance came from the Under 14 boys who finished clear winners with 5 runners inside the top 10 positions.  Jack Husselbee led the way for them with a third place finish.
Three of our teams earned runners-up positions:  The Under 12 girls, who were led home by Holly Tempest in 3rd place; the Under 16 girls who were led by Tamsin McGraw in 2nd place and the Under 16 boys, led by Sam Moakes, also in 2nd place. The Under 12 boys and the Under 14 girls also competed strongly and bagged very pleasing 3rd positions in their respective team events.  Holly Bolsover led the Under 14 Belper girls with a 7th place finish, while Lucas Jackson in 11th was the top finisher for the Under 12 boys.
Well done to all involved!

School car parking

We would respectfully remind parents, carers and visitors that the car parking spaces directly in front of the Leisure Centre are designated for Belper Leisure Centre users only, and would ask that they refrain from using these spaces.

Car parking is available on the main car park at the front of school and overflow parking is available at the rear of the school via the access road to the right of the Leisure Centre.