A busy start to the new academic year with, as usual, so many events happening at the school. I try deliberately to have a calm and orderly start to the year to enable the school to establish a good set of routines and expectations. I am glad to say that has happened and we are well on our way to another successful year at Le Rocquier.
We have experienced a host of special events at the school this half term ranging from the Year 7 walk to St Ouens and Anti-Bullying Day, Prison Me No Way with Year 8, the election of Junior Head Girl and Boy in Year 9, the Skills Show at Fort Regent for the Year 9 and 10s and the special Partners in Excellence (PiXL) event for Year 11. All the boys and girls sports team have also made a very good start to the year. The Year 7 boys 10-1 win in the first round of the UK Schools’ Cup is worthy of special mention - well done boys and good luck in the next round. Sponsorship for all future matches in the UK is now being received from the local law firm Oben Law & Regulatory.
I am also very pleased with the standard of uniform and the level of student attendance. Uniform is generally exceptional. Talking of exceptional, our student attendance figures for the last academic year have just been released and the data is very pleasing; an overall attendance rate of nearly 96% and nearly 10% of our students have a 100% record. I would like to thank students and parents for their continued support with both uniform and attendance.
This year we have made changes to the structure of the school timetable to enable some subjects to have increased curriculum time. After half term, we will make one lesson swap for a trial period until Christmas in response to staff and student requests. Students will be fully informed about this after half term.
Student of the week goes to Tiffanie Vaudry for a number of positive comments from teaching staff and for coming second in a Skills for Life (Food Tech) competition this week and Christopher Franco for taking part in a poetry competition whilst at St Clement’s and being one of 40 winning entries to be published in Poems from the Trenches. He is also one of the final 6 whose works have been sent to music by renowned composer Laura Rossi, to be performed at Chetham's School next week and at Jersey Opera House on the 22nd October
Enjoy the Half Term break.
Mr P Slater
- 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.