Safe use of ICT and Mobile Phones

Although the use of mobile phones is not permitted on the school site, the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices such as computers. tablets,and game devices is commonplace. However, as a society, we are beginning to recognise that although these devices have brought great benefit, we also need to ensure that we help children to understand the dangers and how to keep themselves safe.

This includes:
  • Keeping personal details secure;
  • Understanding that not all content is appropriate, truthful or legal;
  • What to do if they accidentally access inappropriate or illegal content;
  • What to do if they are upset by something they receive;
  • What to do if they are physically going to meet someone they have met online.

Through our PHSE activities, including Computer Science lessons, we teach students to keep their contact details (address and phone numbers private and security settings on social media high; to understand that not everyone they 'meet' on social media is real or honest; that if they publish pictures or videos on the internet, anyone can change or share them; to report abuse; to block unknown contacts. We use or encourage access to resources from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) and www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Year 11 Support

In Year 11, students are monitored very closely in terms of their progress. Each student is mentored by a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Year 11 or the ASM (Assessment Strategy Manager) and we work closely with parents to ensure that every student makes as much progress as possible.

Our dedicated Head of Year 11 works closely with our Year 11 students, as well as their Head of House, to enable students to try to reach their potential in all aspects of their life at Belvidere.

There are many revision sessions on offer to Year 11 students throughout the year, including during the holidays and all are encouraged to attend breakfast revision sessions on the morning of their GCSE exam.

Staff are often available at lunchtimes and after school, for example, to help anybody with concerns.

This is a vital part of our work during Year 11.


Parents/Carers Learning Strategy and Wellbeing Evening

We offer a Learning Strategy and Wellbeing Session for parents/carers.  On Tuesday 19th November 2019 you are invited to come along to an informal event where you can see some of the skills that we use with the students first hand, and have an opportunity to discuss any issues or concerns, with us and other parents. During the evening there will be a series of workshops on offer where revision techniques are discussed, along with strategies to encourage the organisation of homework, coursework and revision. Each workshop is specifically designed to cover the issues that arise at different stages of students education here at Belvidere. We offer many types of pastoral support at Belvidere which help our students develop strategies for coping with the challenges of teenage life; for building emotional resilience and managing their feelings and for attending well throughout their time at Belvidere. Members of the pastoral team will be present on the evening, offering workshops on selected themes for parents/carers.

Parent/Carer Learning Strategies and Wellbeing Evening : Thursday 19th November 2019

‘I didn’t know that revision could be done in so many different ways’
‘I wish that I was taught how to revise when I was at school’
‘I feel better equipped to help my son organise himself ready for his exams now, thank you.’
'Just wanted to say we appreciated yours and the other staffs time and efforts last night.'
'It was helpful as it reassured me that Chloe and I were on the right track. It is was very different for me 30 years ago, reading through text books and hoping for the best!'



Intervention

Here at Belvidere we aim for every student to reach their full potential. To enable them to do this, they sometimes need a little extra support. Mrs Brown, our intervention manager, extracts students and works with them on areas where support is needed, specifically in English and Maths.

Students are extracted in groups of 4-5, these small group sizes ensure that pupils receive the help they need, that will boost their skills and confidence. In addition to this, pupils are also extracted during form time and PSHE by the head of Maths, English and Science and our literacy and numeracy coordinators, to refresh key skills.

We also have a team of assessment strategy managers. There is a designated assessment strategy manager (ASM) per year group who is on hand to assist your child on an individual basis or in small groups. They use data and teacher referrals to track and see individual children, but they can also self-refer by asking an ASM or their form tutor for an appointment. The ASMs help pupils organise themselves, keep up to date with homework and offer advice on all subject matters. 
The ASMs are:
 Year 7  Mrs Cadwell   Year 7 Assessment Booklet
 Year 8  Ms Reading   Year 8 Assessment Booklet
 Year 9  Mr Lowe   Year 9 Assessment Booklet
 Year 10  Mrs Batha   Year 10 Assessment Booklet
 Year 11  Ms Poyser   Year 11 Assessment Booklet

For all courses, further information can be found by visiting the subject specific pages.

KS3 Curriculum - from 2014

Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a core curriculum of:
English Modern Foreign Languages Art Computing
Mathematics History Music PSHE and Citizenship
Science Geography Drama Physical Education
Design and Technology Religious Studies Dance  

KS4 Curriculum

KS4 Subjects available 2019-2021
CORE SUBJECTSChoose one from each option ( see notes)
 

OPTION A

OPTION B

OPTION C

OPTION D

English

English Literature

Maths

Science

Religious Studies

PE or Dance 

Geography

History

Art - Fine Art

Business Studies

Child Development

French

Spanish

Music

Sport

Art - Fine Art

Computer Science

Drama

Engineering Design

Food Preparation

French

German

Geography

Health and Social Care

Art - Graphics

Art - Textiles

Citizenship

D & T Product Design

D & T Resistant Materials

Systems and Control

Food Preparation

Triple Science

History

Please note that these are our current year 10 options, however they are very likely to change in the future to accommodate government policy changes.