At Isca in order to best support our students we operate a House system which means the College is broken into four Houses (Apollo, Maia, Minerva and Saturn). These are then broken into eight tutor groups - four Key Stage 4 groups and four Key Stage 3 groups. Our tutor groups are arranged ‘vertically’ meaning we have students from each year group in each tutor group.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the overall development of our students we have made some changes to how the House system operates in order to create more opportunities for celebrating success, student leadership and cooperative work.
Then main focus of the House system will be around student leadership (house, vice, and sports captains); sports competitions (inter house activities); rewards (house points, certificates, vouchers, and experiences); and a tutor time programme (including study time, mentoring, peer support and assemblies).
The Library is located in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC). It is open every day from 8.30 to 3.30, and is managed by the Librarian, Mrs King, with the help of Pupil Librarians.
The resources in the library include books for the National Curriculum and leisure reading, newspapers and magazines, spoken word CDs and an interesting Reference section.
Pupils are allowed 2 books for 2 weeks, and 1 CD for 1 week. If books or CDs become overdue letters are sent to their tutors. If books are still outstanding a letter is sent home to parents, and ultimately a bill is sent if the books or CDs are not returned.
We hold regular events with help from the English department and frequently welcome authors to speak to students about their experiences.
An off-site pass for lunchtime will be issued to year 10 and 11 students in September, following receipt of a permission slip from parents. In order to retain their pass students are asked to adhere to the following code of conduct:
Be polite and respectful at all times –showing self control in use of language and tone so as to always give a good impression.
Take care and behave responsibly when crossing roads
Be punctual and keep to college times
Respect the environment and always place litter in a bin
Our community is a vital part of what makes us special, always try to remember this
However, if students are late to college in the morning they will not be able to use their pass on that day. Furthermore, if students return late from lunch they will have their pass removed for the following day. If students are consistently late (morning or afternoon) they will have their pass removed for the half-term or completely.
Isca aims to meet the needs of all members of our college community by establishing standards of behaviour based on respect and self discipline. We aim to promote a college ethos that sets out high expectations of all students through developing high self-esteem in an inclusive community.
We aim to teach students how to choose appropriate, responsible behaviour. Behaviour is a curriculum area. It is our belief that a positive, restorative and solution focused approach can do this. Students should be able to feel safe, think through consequences of their behaviour and be able to learn without being disrupted by others.
Students should also recognise their uniform carries a responsibility with it and they should conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
We have a few simple rules which are consistently reinforced by a rewards system and a sanctions system.
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