Parents and carers have a key role in the school community. Our happiest and most successful students speak openly about the benefits of being able to talk about their learning with their families. We encourage parents to take an active part in the life of the college and there are numerous opportunities to get involved. Our aim is to communicate as fully as possible with parents and carers, to keep you fully informed of your child's progress and to share with you the events and activities that are taking place at school.
Much of the essential information for parents can be found on this website. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.
Share your views through Parent View
Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an online questionnaire called Parent View.
When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View online facility as this has replaced Ofsted’s paper questionnaire.
Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.
Please register with an email address and a password at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about aspects such as bullying, the quality of teaching, level of homework,etc.
Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved.
If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception.
To find out more see the Parent View website at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/
Isca Friends proudly supports the activities of Isca. Our association brings together parents and teachers and is committed to supporting a wide range of activities within the school.
The Isca Friends supports the school by fundraising and organising activities which brings the school community together. We organise quiz nights, a second hand uniform stall, jumble sales, summer socials, and other events. We support school events by providing refreshments, organising raffles and acting as helpers at occasions such as open evenings. We run information evenings about topical issues which affect our children's welfare. We are a sounding board for staff and offer advice and opinion on issues related to the school. We are a voice for parents.
The work of Isca Friends has funded headphones for the science lab, a new Mac computer for the library, lunchtime concerts by local musicians and has made a financial contribution to the Ten Tors, Duke of Edinburgh, and Exmoor Challenge teams.
If your child has a weekend job, holiday job, or works before or after school they must have a work permit and this is law. Your child's employer is legally responsible for applying for the permit and failure to do so can lead to prosecution and heavy fines.
The law is there to protect the children - work permits can only be issued for work that is allowed by law and only for the hours children are permitted to work. Children working without a permit are employed illegally and may not be covered by their employer’s insurance. This has serious implications for those children who are injured at work and need compensation, or have property damaged or stolen (e.g. bicycle on a paper round).
The hours children can work vary according to their age and whether it is term or holiday time. The legislation surrounding the employment of children is complicated. Click here for a link to the latest guidance.
Every term Isca Academy produces a full colour round up of news and activities that have taken place at the college over the previous term. All students are given a copy to take home and share with their families and copies are also sent to local primary schools and other supporters. The latest newsletter is available to download below but please let us know if you would like to be added to the distribution list so that a copy is sent to your home or workplace.
Additional news may be placed on the website or Facebook pages, distributed via Twitter, or sent out via Groupcall. Please check our news sources regularly for updates.
Parent Surgeries are held throughout the year giving parents the opportunity to come in and discuss student progress with members of Isca staff. On each occassion a Year group will be specified and students in this year will be given an appointment sheet for the session. However, parents of any student in any year may also make an appointment to see any member of staff at any of these events. Appointments can be made via your child or through the Isca office.
Parent surgeries are scheduled for the following dates:
Tuesday November 1st 2016 (Year 7)
Tuesday January 17th 2017 (Year 11)
Tuesday February 28th 2017 (Year 9)
Thursday April 20th 2017 (Year 10)
Tuesday May 2nd 2017 (Year 8) - including information on Options choices
Appointments will be available between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm on these dates.
Parents are also welcome to come into Meet The Head sessions for an informal chat about concerns or ideas. New dates will be listed here as available.
At Isca Academy we take e-safety very seriously.
This page will keep you up-to-date with the latest esafety news, factsheets that give practical advice, links to useful websites and helpful tips from the pupils themselves.
Safer Internet Day 2017
At Isca Academy we will mark Safer Internet Day through a focus on Internet Safety A-Z's in tutor time and assemblies, and will include discussion about staying safe online and a quiz which everyone will take part in together.
Newsletter from esafety advisor
This edition has useful information about social networking - click here to open
Information about Apps and artificicial intelligence - click here to open
More newsletters to download - click here to download
Other useful websites
These websites include video clips, activities and games as well as useful information.
Some of them are being used regularly in class and your students should be familiar with them.
CEOP’s Thinkuknow https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parentsold/
UK Safer Internet Centre http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
CBBC Stay Safe (for younger siblings) http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
Digital Safety: Staying Safe online: An Australian site but some really useful information here for parents. https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/digital-safety-staying-safe-online.html
Social Media Reviews: A great site for parents to check out the common social networking apps that your children may be using http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Due to the new reform to the GCSE grading system introduced by the government this year and the removal of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum levels there has been a big change in the way we now report students’ progress to you.
Exams taken from the summer of 2018 onwards will be graded on a scale 1-9.
For our current Year 10’s this will be in effect for English and Maths only in their summer 2017 GCSE results.
Our current Year 11s will be the last year group to use the old A*-G GCSE grading system for the 2016 GCSE results in every subject.
For all year groups, we have changed our assessment system to focus on the skills that students need to acquire to make good progress, reporting progress with the use of a colour.
For Key Stage 3, Years 7 & 8, this means we will only be reporting a colour to show their progress made towards the skills acquired.
As these new reports are intended to advise you, as parents/carers, how your child is progressing in school, please have a look at the attached “mock-up” of how our new reports will look.
We invite you to send constructive and relevant comments to email@example.com to let us know if you find them easy to understand, if you would like more or less information or if there are any other formats you may like to see these reports in.
This is a transitional time for all schools in the country and we welcome your input to map the way forward for Isca Academy and for all our young people in the future.
Assistant Vice Principal
SAMPLE REPORTS ARE DOWNLOADABLE BELOW
PLEASE READ THESE AND THEN SEND US YOUR THOUGHTS.
Isca Academy uses Groupcall to allow us to contact parents more quickly and efficiently. The system is called Groupcall Messenger; this document provides more information on how the system will be used. Groupcall replaced the Parentmail system that we had been using and allows us to send texts and emails to parents.
We may use the Groupcall system to advise you of the following:-
- Emergency notification of closures
- Advise/acknowledge that your child is absent from school
- Test and exam date reminders
- Changes to meetings and after school events
- Notice of detentions issued to your child
- Parents evenings
- Expected time of arrival when returning from a school trip
- Upcoming special school events
- Invitations to a meeting
- When report cards have gone home
- General information about what is going on at school
TEXT MESSAGES - All text messages sent from school will have the name of the school displayed at the top of the message. We will be able to see when the message has arrived in your phone and so we will know you have received it. If we are asking for information, you can respond to the text in the same manner that you would do with a standard text message – this will not cost you anything; the return text charge is paid by the school. Alternatively, please provide the information in the normal way (i.e. by telephone or email to the school).
Your new Messenger service will also include the Groupcall Xpressions app where you will be able to view information on your child/children throughout the school day accessing timetable changes, registration codes etc. The app is free of charge to you and can be installed on your mobile phone or tablet (currently supports both Apple iOS and Android with Windows mobile to follow). It is imperative that your mobile number and email address is listed correctly on our system to ensure you can use the app.
Parents can now set up their Xpressions account by going to http://support.groupcall.com/xpressions/ and sececting either the Apple App store or the Google Android store. Download your free app and register by using your email address and mobile phone number - these must match the data stored on our school system. If they don't match then please let us have your updated information.
YOUR INFORMATION - Please ensure that the school office has your current contact details, especially your current mobile phone number, and advise us immediately if any of these numbers change. If you had changed your contact details on the ‘Parentmail’ system they may not be saved on our main database. If you have any queries, please get in touch with the school office.
HOME LANGUAGES – If your home language is not English and you would like to receive messages in another language then we can do this using this system. A member of staff will be in touch with families to arrange this if we think it may be of benefit to you. Alternatively please contact us if you would like to request this service.
ARE YOU RECIEVING MESSAGES? – If you are not recieving text or email messages from us then your details are currently not correct on the system. In this case, please contact us to submit the correct details. You can do this by downloading the form below, or
Phone: 01392 204082
Or pop into reception and fill in a change of information form.
LETTERS HOME – most communication and letters home are now sent out by email. This saves us a lot of money in printing and postage and means information comes direct to you rather than getting lost in the bottom of a school bag. Copies of general letters sent home will now also be kept on the Isca Academy website for you to view or download. You’ll find them in the ‘Letters Home’ section under Useful Information http://www.iscaexeter.co.uk/useful-information
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