We wanted to set up a welcome page for all of our new Year 7 students next year. We are still not sure whether schools will be allowed to open for Year 7 to Year 9 before September 2020. Despite this we wanted to welcome parents and students to Little Lever and give you the opportunity to find out more about our school, our expectations, our curriculum and our teaching.
We want to continue to follow our transition processes as best we can. This may unfortunately mean we don’t get to meet you face to face in the current circumstances but we will do everything possible to ensure you have all the information you need to ensure your children get off to a flying start!
If you have any questions about our transition, you can email the team on this address;
What is happening with Transition this year?
- It is likely schools will be asked to open for specific year groups very soon. If this is the case we will work as quickly as we can with the Local Authority and local Primary schools to see if we can run the Transition programme as planned on 4th July. If this is the case it is likely Transition will be completed over 2 days to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to.
- If it is not possible to run a transition programme in the summer term we will ensure that when the school opens in the new academic year even if we are operating social distancing regulations we will run a 2 Day New Year 7 induction programme. We will also provide a Welcome to Little Lever evening for parents as part of the 2 day induction programme.
- We hope to complete all other aspects of the transition programme remotely as much as possible and this webpage is dedicated to ensure all our parents and carers have all the information they need in order to ensure our New Year 7 make a great start at Little Lever.
Over the next few weeks we will be building this webpage to ensure you have the information you need. We will keep you up to date with government guidance and the changing landscape around schools and the transition programme.
- The Little Lever Way
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…
- Our Praise Culture
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 Expectations
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 Curriculum
- Our Teaching
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…
- The School Day
KS3 (Year 7 & 8)
KS4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)
7.30 – 8.30am BREAKFAST 7.30-8.30am BREAKFAST 8.45 – 9.10am EDGE time 8.45 – 9.10 EDGE time 9.10 – 10.00am Period 1 9.10 – 10.00 Period 1 10.00 – 10.50am Period 2 10.00 – 10.50 Period 2 10.50 – 11.45am Period 3 10.50 – 11.05 BREAK 11.45 – 12.00pm BREAK 11.05 – 12.00 Period 3 12.00 – 12.50pm Period 4 12.00 – 12.50 Period 4 12.50 – 13.40pm Period 5 12.50 – 13.20 LUNCH 13.40 – 14.15pm LUNCH (students line up at 14.10) 13.20 – 14.15 Period 5 14.15 – 15.05pm Period 6 14.15 – 15.05 Period 6 15.05 – 17.00pm Nightclub and Enrichment (optional) 15.05 – 17.00pm Nightclub and Enrichment (optional)
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.
- Edge Time
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.
Our School Uniform
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 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
Smart Clothing, Blackhorse Street, Bolton 01204 392610
PTS School Wear, 7 New Road, Radcliffe 0161 723 0991
Ziggys, Brackley Street, Farnworth 01204 577211
Equipment at Little Lever refers to 4 things:
- Book (A reading book of their choice)
- Pencil case
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.
Our Reading Recommendations
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 are 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.
- Find out which Edge (Form) group you are in?
To be confirmed once the admissions process has been completed.
- Meet Your Edge Tutor
To be confirmed once the admissions process has been completed.
- Meet the Senior Leadership Team
Principal: Mr D Mckeon
Vice Principals: Ms R Naylor (Deep Learning), Mr P Davies (Deep Support)
Assistant Vice Principals: Mr S Cordwell (Deep Learning/Support), Ms M Moore (Deep Learning)
Associate Senior Leaders: Mr M Isherwood (Data), Ms H Fowler (Deep Learning), Mr I Rowlinson (Pupil Premium Champion)
Designated Safeguarding Leader / Intervention Leader: Mr A Cook
Head of Inclusion (SENCo): Ms C Fernside
Leader of Transition / Year 7 Learning Leader: Ms S Leigh
- Additional Support / SEND
Some students received some additional support in Primary School and may need some additional support once at Little Lever School. The Inclusion team are in contact with your Primary Schools to find out what support may be needed for you to successfully transition to Little Lever School. Throughout Year 7 and beyond, the Inclusion team are available to support you with all your learning and health needs both within the classroom and in small groups outside the classroom. A full range of interventions are offered in school and you can see the types of interventions in our school SEN Report which can be viewed in the page link below…
- Coping with Coronavirus - Mental Health & Wellbeing
Please click on the links below to our Mental Health and Wellbeing section which outlines how the school supports and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing. Our News section often provides updated information on external support in this area as well.