FAQs

  • What is your ethos?

    Little Lever School is one of the most improved schools in the country! One of the major reasons for this is that everyone at Little Lever believes in our core purpose and doing things the Little Lever Way! Click below to find out what the Little Lever Way is all about…

    The Little Lever Way

  • How do you reward and praise students?

    We care about children and we want every child at Little Lever to be known and feel valued.  We want them to understand that success comes through hard work and effort.  We understand how Praise helps and supports every person to achieve things they never thought they could, but praise is earned at Little Lever.  We give praise for a multitude of things but primarily for demonstrating effort and kindness.  Click below to find out more about our praise culture…

    Our Praise Culture

     

  • How do you set high standards of behaviour?

    We have very clear expectations at Little Lever.  We are very clear about what we expect from each and every student.  This is to ensure ALL students have the best chance of achieving things they never thought they could!  In our experience when you raise your expectations of young people they always rise to the challenge.  Click below to find out more about our expectations.

    Our Expectations

  • What subjects do you offer and how does your curriculum support students to make great progress?

     

    Our Curriculum pages guide you through our subjects and courses we offer for all our students from Year 7 to 11. Find out more below…

    Explore our curriculum, subjects and courses

  • How do you ensure your teaching helps EVERY student to become effective learners?

    We pride ourselves on knowing what has the greatest impact in helping your children learn.   This is one of the many reasons why we are one of the most improved schools in the country!  We are research driven and only implement teaching strategies that have the greatest impact in helping our students achieve things they never thought they could!  Please click below to find out more about how we do this…

    Our Teaching

     

  • How do your students perform at GCSE?

    Little Lever School is in the top 60 most improved schools in the country in 2019 based on our fantastic GCSE results. Even during these unprecedented times, we continue to make great strides in ensuring our students leave with the best possible outcomes. Our GCSE results are available view in the tab below;

    Our GCSE Results

  • What extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities do you provide?

    The school runs a wide range of enrichment clubs during and after school. From first aid training to bake-off competitions, there’s something on offer for everyone!

    Our enrichment activities support positive relationships and develop our students’ interpersonal skills. The school tracks and records every child’s involvement in these opportuntities and this is reported to parents/carers in end of year Life Chances reports alongside academic performance. This provides an holistic picture of students’ committment and contribution to learning and personal development in and beyond the classroom.

    Find out more about our enrichment curriculum in the link below;

    Our Enrichment

     

  • How does your timetable work?

    Due to COVID we have adapted our school day to prioritise the safety and well being of everyone in the building. Our school day aims to:

    • To reduce the movement of students within the school
    • To keep students within 3 distinct cohorts and within these cohorts keep students in Year group bubbles as much as possible
    • To allow staggered arrival and departure times for each cohort and separate entrances for each Year group bubble
    • To allow students to access the full curriculum
    • Ensure the curriculum is robust and prepares students in KS4 adequately for the rigours of GCSE 2021, particularly Year 11
    • To provide students with a school day that is as close to ‘normal’ as possible
    • To ensure we can quickly and seamlessly move back to our original timetable when government guidance allows us to and so it has no detrimental impact on students’ learning.

    The school day has three 100 minute lessons each day. 

    8.45-9.10am 9.10-10.50am 10.50-11.15am 11.15-12.50pm 12.50-1.20pm 1.20-3.05pm
    EDGE Session 1 BREAK Session 2 LUNCH Session 3

    The school is split into 3 cohorts.  Within each cohort there are Year group bubbles. 

    We split the arrival and departure times, break times and lunch times for each cohort to reduce the potential mixing of students outside of their cohort and where possible outside of their Year group bubble.  This means students in each cohort will have different arrival/departure times, breaks and lunch times to each other. 

    Year group bubbles may share the same lunch time but this will be staggered and each Year group bubble will have a designated area which they much stay in to reduce the mixing of Year group bubbles as much as possible. 

    Students from different Year group bubbles may pass each other on the way to their lunch/break/lesson or their designated area but in line with the government guidance this brief passing on a corridor poses a very low risk.

    We serve breakfast from 7.30am in our canteen. Students have been involved in designing the menu for breakfast, break and Lunch times. A cooked breakfast, porridge, yoghurt, fruit, scrambled egg on toast, crumpets etc… will be available to students from 7.30am – 8.30am every day. Those families in receipt of Free School Meals will receive a Free Breakfast for their children.

    We ask that students are on the school site by 8.40am ready for registration in EDGE time at 8.45am

    We operate a split break and split lunch time. This means Year 7 students will share their break and lunch with Year 8 students only. Year 9, 10 and 11 students have a separate break and lunch time.

    Year 7 and 8 have a later break and a later lunch. In discussion with our Parent Forum we agreed a later break and later lunch for Year 7 and Year 8 would help support students’ concentration through the day. We will concentrate predominantly on English, maths, science and Ebacc subjects (History, Geography, MFL) in the morning and deliver lessons such as Art, drama, PE, Technology, music in our afternoon sessions.

  • What would a typical day for a new Year 7 student look like?

    For each Year group, there are staggered arrival and departure times and transition to lesson times. This is how a Year 7 student would navigate their day…

    Arrival and Transition:

    Arrival procedures will be slightly different for each cohort and each Year group bubble within that cohort.

    Due to the staggered start we would advise that students, parents and carers time their journey to school carefully.   Students that arrive before the arrival time for their Year group bubble will be able to enter the school grounds from the ‘normal student entrances’ but they will have to wait outside. The canteen will be open from 8am and will be serving breakfast from this time.  There will be a maximum number of students allowed in the canteen at any one time.  Students will be allocated a seat when they enter the canteen and will not be allowed to move places once they have collected their breakfast and sat down in the canteen.

    Parents and carers will not be allowed on the school site in the mornings, during the day or after school.  Parents and carers that wish to see a member of staff must make an appointment and we will ascertain the best forum in which to communicate with you.  This may be a video call or a phone call initially.  Face to face meetings will be kept to a minimum in line with the government guidance.  We will be publishing more details on how to make an appointment before September.

    Year 7  – 9am start:  Students will enter the building at the back of school near the astroturf.

    Students will line up on the back yard in the designated areas for their EDGE group (form group).  Their EDGE tutor will be there to greet them and this will be clearly labelled for students.

    Protocols for arrival:

    • Parents will be able to drop off students in the drop off zone of the car park. Parents will not be allowed to leave their car.  Students dropped off here will be able to walk through the front of school via Student reception to the back yard.  If students arrive early they will have to wait in the canteen or the front of school/back of school until the arrival time for their year group.
    • Students that walk to school will go straight to the back yard along the road via Bowness primary school and enter the back yard near the astroturf pitch.
    • Students will line up in their EDGE tutor groups
    • Edge tutors will be there to greet students as they arrive and instruct them to line up
    • Edge groups will then be escorted in to the school one class at a time.
    • The teacher will escort students to their classroom
    • SLT will then signal for the next class to enter the building and the process will be repeated until all classes have safely entered the building.
    • Any students arriving late will need to enter the school via Student reception in the normal way.

     

     

    Transition:

    • 9.08am Transition to Session 1 – Students will be escorted to the back yard at 9.08am by their EDGE tutor. They will line up in their classes for Session 1.  SLT will supervise students until their Session 1 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 1
    • 10.45am Transition to Session 2 – Students will be escorted to the back yard at 10.45am by their Session 1 teacher. They will line up in their classes for Session 2 in their designated area (Tennis Courts).  SLT will supervise students until their session 2 teacher comes to meet them and escort them to Session 2
    • 11.45am Transition to BREAK – Students will be escorted to the canteen at 11.45am by their teacher. Those students that want refreshments can purchase them from the canteen at this point.  Once they have done this students will make their way to the Tennis courts on the back yard which will be the Year 7 designated area for BREAK and LUNCH times
    • 12.00pm Transition back to Session 2 – Students will line up in their Session 2 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 2 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 12.50pm Transition to Session 3 – Students will make their way independently to Session 3
    • 1.45pm Transition to LUNCH – Students will be escorted to lunch by their Session 3 teacher at 1.40pm. Teachers will eat lunch with the students.  Once students have eaten their lunch they will make their way to their designated LUNCH time area on the Tennis Courts
    • 2.15pm Transition back to Session 3 – Students will line up in their Session 3 classes on the Tennis courts. Their Session 3 teachers will be there to meet them and will escort them back into the building one class at a time under the direction of SLT.
    • 2.55pm DEPART – Students will leave the building via the nearest exit to the front of school. Session 3 teachers will escort students off site.  Students must make their way off site as quickly as possible and must maintain social distancing on the way home.
    • On Wednesdays Year 7 students will leave at approximately 2.20pm around the back of school as they will be on their lunch. This will be staggered with Year 8.

     

     

    Departure:

    • Each cohort will leave following the nearest exit to the front of school.
    • Each class will be dismissed by their teacher at the allocated time for their year group.
    • Students will not be allowed to wait for friends on the school site. They must leave the school site as quickly as they can and begin to make their way home or find their allocated seat on the school bus or make their way to their C3 detention if they have one.
    • The teacher will be the last person out of the classroom and will also escort students out of the building.
    • Every student will wash their hands with the hand sanitisers when leaving the classroom. Students will maintain government distancing guidelines as they leave and will be encouraged to do this until they arrive home.
  • How do you carry on the learning of students through the current COVID situation if they have to self isolate or the school goes into lockdown?

    We have designed two remote learning programmes for students who need to self isolate for up to 14 days and one if the school goes in to full lockdown over an extended period. Find out more below;

    Our Remote Learning Guide

  • How does the school prepare students for the world of work?

    This is a 25 minute lesson at the start of the day to give students the EDGE.  It is designed to ensure students are ready to learn and develop essential employability skills.  We focus on developing Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication as well as other essential skills to improve students’ Life Chances.

    What is The Edge?

     

  • What equipment does my child have to bring to school each day?

    Equipment at Little Lever refers to 4 things:

    1. Book (A reading book of their choice)
    2. Bag
    3. Pencil case
    4. Planner

    All students are expected to have these 4 items at all times when they are in school.

    ‘You wouldn’t turn up to a football match without your football boots… you’re probably not going to play very well…’

    This is a common analogy we use with students to show them the importance of having their equipment with them at all times. Not having the right equipment can significantly affect the progress a student makes each day.

    We conduct equipment checks every morning in EDGE time. Students who do not have the right equipment will be issued the right equipment for the day. If students return the equipment at the end of the day there will be no consequence issued. Should students not return their equipment they will be issued with a C3 detention. Again, this is to teach students about the importance of managing themselves and taking responsibility for their equipment.

  • What is your stance on the use of mobile phones in school?

    We are a Mobile Phone Free School.  This is a national project established by Parents and Teachers for Excellence.   While the Mobile Phone is a fantastic creation and helps society in so many ways we do not feel they are conducive to helping students learn.  They cause too many distractions, increase the risk of exposure to uncensored material and cause significant mental health issues for young people when used for pro-longed periods of time.   There is significant re-search to suggest that those schools who have mobile phone free policies have significantly improved the life chances of their students by improving their concentration levels which has resulted in improved GCSE outcomes for their students.

    Many of the top performing schools in the country have adopted a mobile phone free policy and we feel our students will reap the benefits of being able to concentrate solely on learning when they come to school.  Our Little Lever Parent Forum were in full support of becoming a Mobile Phone Free school and echoed the benefits to learning and students’ mental health this would bring.

    How will it work? 

    Students must not have a mobile phone on their person at any time of the school day.

    We understand that parents/carers will want to keep in touch with their children and many parents will want their child to carry a mobile phone for safety reasons.  For this reason, students will be able to bring a mobile phone into school but it must remain switched off and in the students’ bag until the end of the day.  Once the student has crossed the blue line outside the school gates at the end of the day they are free to use their mobile phone.

    If students have a mobile phone on their person or are seen using their mobile phone at any part of the school day it will be confiscated and a C3 detention will be issued.  The phone will be labelled and placed securely in the school safe and record of the students name will be taken.  Students can collect the phone at the end of the school day.

    If a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it for a second time the phone will be confiscated for 5 school days from the date it was confiscated and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will ask parents and carers to collect the phone at the end of the 5 day period.

    If a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it for a third time the phone will be confiscated for a 4 week period from the date it was confiscated and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will ask parents and carers to collect the phone at the end of the 4 week period.

    For every time a student has a mobile phone on their person or is seen using it after the third time it will be confiscated for 4 weeks each time and the student will receive a C3 detention.  We will always ask parents/carers to collect the phone at the end of the 4 week period.

What is the school uniform policy?

We have a strict uniform policy.  This is to ensure students are preparing themselves for the world of work and life beyond their 5 years at Little Lever.  In many jobs students will have to wear a uniform or specialist equipment.  We want to teach our students the value of this.  We also want to ensure every student feels part of the Little Lever team.  When students wear our blazer they take on the responsibility to leave the blazer in a better place.  This means they represent our community when they wear our blazer and they must represent our community in the right way.

We insist on black leather shoes and we will not deviate from this.  We do not allow trainers of any type.

Students are only permitted to wear a wrist watch.  Rings, earrings, piercings and bracelets are not to be worn.  If students arrive to school with jewellery on it will be confiscated and a C3 detention will be issued.  Again, we want students to take responsibility for the choices they make.  We have set out a clear uniform policy and our expectations will not change.  The responsibility lies with the student to make the right choice.

If students are going to have piercings we recommend students have these done over the summer holidays.  We will not accept any reason for wearing jewellery other than a wrist watch.

Our Uniform Policy

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Our Uniform Stockists

We have contacted the vast majority of stockists who are operating at limited capacity currently but many are still operational through their websites which you can find below…

Whittaker’s Schoolwear, Deansgate, Bolton 01204 389485

whittakersschoolwear.co.uk

Smart Clothing, Blackhorse Street, Bolton 01204 392610

smartschoolwear.co.uk

PTS School Wear, 7 New Road, Radcliffe 0161 723 0991

pts-schoolwear.co.uk

Ziggys, Brackley Street, Farnworth 01204 577211

What books should my child be reading to make them successful in secondary school?

As stated above, a reading book is a compulsory aspect of a Little Lever student’s equipment. Reading is an important and vital part of our school. It is the bedrock of good literacy skills and the gateway to performing effectively in EVERY subject.

Our English team have provided their recommendations of which books your child should be reading for both pleasure at home and to support their academic performance in school. We recommend these should form a part of their essential equipment for school.

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

My name is Mr. Lloyd and I recommend the book ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet. Over time, the Prince learns what it means to grow up and become an adult, and gains the wisdom of how he should live his life. 

My favourite line is:

‘What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well’.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Hi, I’m Mr Reynolds and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is one of my favourite books.  I’m a big science fiction geek.  Earth has been demolished to make way for a new road through the galaxy and now Arthur Dent is the only man to survive.  

It’s a tale of adventure, philosophy and a depressed robot called Marvin!  It asks us questions about who we really are and what is the meaning of life.

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Hi, I’m Miss Hutchinson and I would recommend the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman to anyone who is looking for a little bit of fantasy fiction.

It tells the story of a young boy called Bod who is adopted and raised by the spirits and supernatural elements in a graveyard.  After a difficult start in life, Bod finds friends in the most unusual of circumstances and his life is changed forever.

The book has many twists and turns, making it difficult to put down once you start reading it. 

Hope you enjoy it too!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hi, I’m Miss Crook! I would recommend the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley because it questions who the real monster of the novel is and it’s really gory and gripping!!

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Hi, I’m Miss Hughes and I would recommend the book ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll because it’s all nonsense! It is nonsense truly, but it is not meaningless nonsense. 

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it” 

Wonderland is the place for the imagination. It is the place to dream and to escape. Wonderland is for everyone – including you!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

I’m Miss Coope and I recommend the book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to you! ​The layout is slightly different as it is scripted, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Harry’s life after Hogwarts!

Blabbermouth By Morris Gleitzman

My name is Miss Calvert. I would recommend reading ‘Blabbermouth’ by Morris Gleitzman because it is not only hilarious but teaches us how our struggles and difficulties in life do not limit our potential. 

I find the main character Roweena very inspiring.

Shine by Kate Maryon & Boy by Roald Dahl

Hi I’m Mrs Fernside and I would Like to recommend two books to you as I wanted to appeal to you all.

The first is ‘Shine’ by Kate Maryon. It is a good tween book appealing to age 10-12 year old girls. It’s an engaging story of a girl who lives a lavish life with her mum, until it all goes wrong over night. She has to move away with strangers and start a new life, learning to trust adults again! I think you’ll really like it!


The second has to be ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl. It’s like an autobiography of certain events from his life retold as short memories. It’s funny reading what he did as a child and what he got in trouble for! 

Hope you enjoy them too! 

Number The Stars by Lois Lowry

Hi, I’m Ms Sofokleous and I recommend ‘Number The Stars’ by Lois Lowry, which is a gripping story of courage and hope.

It is set against the real-life backdrop of the Second World War in Denmark. The main character, ten-year-old Annemarie, bravely faces terrible danger to help her best friend whose family is under threat from the Nazis because they are Jewish. 


If you are a fan of wartime drama, you might also enjoy ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden, ‘Goodnight Mister Tom” by Michelle Magorian and ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ by Judith Kerr.

 

The Weirdstone of Brisingham by Alan Garner

Hi my name is Mrs Henshall Davies. I would recommend The Weirdstone of Brisingaman by Alan Garner.

I love this book because it follows 2 children that help a wizard find a magical stone. It is special to me as it takes place in Alderley Edge which, where legend has it, Merlin is sleeping in the caves in the area, ready to save the world when it is needed. The places he mentions are places where I used to play as a child and today I still walk there today.

 

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah, Caught Beneath the Landslide by Tim Rich & The Body, A Guide for Occupants’ by Bill Bryson

‘Hi, I’m Mr Seddon and I would recommend the book ‘Face’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. It is a roller coaster of a book with some challenging situations which have real life consequences.


However, for those drawn to non-fiction and lovers of Manchester City, you could read ‘Caught Beneath the Landslide’ by Tim Rich. This is a behind the scenes look at what happened to Manchester City before all of the money and success arrived. A true fan would love this book.


My final recommendation is ‘The Body, A Guide for Occupants’ by Bill Bryson which is a book all about the human body. It is a science tale but with plenty of humour based around who we are as humans and how best to maximise the body we have.