Another very busy half term at Le Rocquier, which was marked by some decidedly cold weather. However, it is very encouraging to see all the daffodils coming into bloom and heralding the end of Winter and the start of Spring .... we hope!
Well done to the Year 7 boys who managed to get to the last 16 in the outside 9-a-side English Schools Championships and are through to the National Finals in the indoor 5-a-side championships. We wish them all the best in the finals in March. Our Student of the Week award goes to Jenson Ellis and Owen Pryce who are both in Year 11
As many of you will know Jersey is embarking on a similar but, in my opinion a much better, school review programme. Le Rocquier was part of a pilot review a few weeks ago and we are busy feeding back suggestions for improvements before the programme is rolled out officially for the start of the next academic year. It was very pleasing to note that the Reviewers were extremely complimentary about the behaviour of our students, the hard work of the staff and the quality of pastoral care that the school provides.
Talking of improvements, planning approval has been gained for the construction of a cycle/pathway from the Parish Hall to Pontorson Lane via our school playing fields. Once this has been constructed, we will be expecting the vast majority of cyclists to enter the school via the Pontorson Lane entrance - this should be a lot safer. Plans are also being discussed about improving the safety for pedestrians and cyclists between the school and town. It is likely the school will host a planning display/ presentation after Half Term to highlight what some of these suggestions are likely to be.
Following the success of the new Late Detention system this half term in improving students? punctuality to school, we would now like to improve the efficiency and pace of lessons by focusing on basic the expectations of students in school and ready to learn.
* ?Wearing correct school uniform
* ?No jewellery other than one pair of stud earrings to be worn
* ?Having the correct equipment for all lessons
Checks will take place after half term and any student not meeting the basic expectations will be sanctioned.
Thank you very much for your continued support.
Mr Slater - Headteacher
- Category: School Admin
LE ROCQUIER SCHOOL
Head teacher: Mr. Philip Slater
Address: St Clement, Jersey JE2 6QP
Telephone: (01534) 855876
Fax: (01534) 857100
Le Rocquier School - Our School, Our Education, Our Future.
The new Le Rocquier school building opened in February 2006; a modern, spacious and innovative building that is a focus for our dynamic learning community. In the following profile I have highlighted some of the areas that will be of interest to prospective parents and students.
We place a high priority on the pastoral care of students. Each year group in the school is divided into a number of form groups looked after by a tutor, supported by a Head of Year, both of whom will normally stay with the year group as students move through the school. An intensive Induction Programme for Year 6 students exists to help make their transition to Le Rocquier School a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Key staff visit each primary school, and students enjoy a two day induction programme where they follow a special timetable and meet other students and staff. Some students are invited to our extended induction programme which culminates in a Summer Learning Festival during the summer holiday.
In order to make the transition to secondary school as smooth as possible, year 7 have their own school within the main school called ‘Little Rocq’. This means that they have their own team of staff and can enjoy all the facilities without having to share them with the older students. This has been highly successful and this arrangement is popular with students and parents/carers. In the majority of subjects where student numbers allow, setting occurs so that teaching can support student ability. We use academic data to set challenging targets and feedback progress to parents three times a year.
Students follow the Jersey Curriculum through Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and will enjoy a very wide range of options at Key Stage 4. Careers and Personal guidance is an important part of the curriculum. Over 90% of students stay on in full-time education.
We offer a full programme of extra-curricular activities. These include a full PE programme, homework club, Science Club, drama productions, sign-language classes, charity work, art club and First Aid training. Our Library and ICT suites are open to all year groups at all break times and after school for learning activities. Activities Week in the Summer Term offers students a wide range of interesting on and off island activities.
There is a strong commitment to Special Educational Needs. We have a team of Special Needs teachers and Teaching Assistants. Links with external agencies are strong. Le Rocquier has strong partnerships with a variety of outside agencies who contribute to the school’s Multi Agency Support Team (MAST). The Island’s provision for students with impaired hearing is located at Le Rocquier.
A leadership development programme is in place for students to follow from year 7 to year 11. These opportunities include helping to receive visitors, library volunteers, peer readers, sports leaders, student mentors, both Senior and Junior head boys / head girls and prefect roles. A successful School Council, which manages its own budget, is run by students for students.
All students are assigned a House when they arrive. The Houses are based on five of the continents to support the school’s international dimension. Le Rocquier is the first school in the Channel Islands to win the British Council’s International School Award. All aspects of the curriculum have an international content so that students can learn about global issues and their place in a rapidly changing world. Close links have been developed with schools in France and Kenya.
Investors in People
The school has been awarded ‘Investors in People’ at Gold Level and is designated as an Investor in People ‘Champion’, which demonstrates the commitment and dedication of a strong and well-qualified staff team that works together to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Le Rocquier.
Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)
In 2013, Le Rocquier was again awarded the LPPA which recognizes the extensive work undertaken with parents and carers including our Parenting courses and support groups.
Students at Le Rocquier School are well-motivated. National examination results are very good and show extremely good Value Added in many subjects.