Mr. D Roycroft, Headteacher
My name is Mr Roycroft and I am the Headteacher of your new school, Hadley Learning Community - Secondary.
Over the last few weeks, the world around us has changed so much and we have all been forced to live our lives very differently. I am sure that you are missing your friends and being at school, likewise, I am sure that your teacher is missing you.
At this time of the year, we would normally be coming to visit you in your primary school and holding parent meetings to tell you what life at Hadley Learning Community is like. Due to the coronavirus we can’t do that, so I am writing to you to say please don’t worry about September, everything will be fine and we are finding out lots about you already through the video meetings that we are having with all of your Year 6 teachers.
If schools open again this academic year, we will do everything we can to make sure we come and see you at your primary school to talk about your new school, Hadley Learning Community. We will hold open days where you and your family can meet your new teachers and get to know the building. Above all, we will still run transition days when you can be a Hadley Learning Community student in a fully working school.
However, if that doesn’t happen because we are all still isolating, please do not worry as this situation will be the same for every year 6 student in the country. When we are told that we can return to school we can organise lots of events so that you feel happy to start at Hadley Learning Community. In the coming weeks, you will receive more information that will tell you more about your new school. You will also be receiving a ‘Best of Me’ workbook to complete at home. This is your opportunity to show us the work you can do and what you know about the different subjects that you will study in Secondary School. When you return to school in September, we would like you to bring in this workbook and your new teachers will then be able to see what you have worked on during the summer.
All you need to know for now is that we are looking forward to having you as one of our pupils and we are desperate to meet you and make sure you love life at your new school.
Should you have any concerns over the coming days and weeks please contact our Transition Coordinator:
This section of our website is for you to gain an understanding of your new year 7 life at HLC. You will be able to virtually meet the staff that will be working with you and even have the opportunity to impress us with some project work before you start!
I can’t wait to meet you all.
Mr. D Roycroft
Best of Me
The ‘Best of Me’ workbook has been posted out to all parents on 12th June. This workbook is an opportunity for us to get to know your child as an individual and as a learner. In it we ask your child to talk about their personal preferences around their lifestyle, such as the name they like to be called, as well as their likes, dislikes, hopes and worries. Each subject has also set a challenge to introduce your child to their department, developing their love of Secondary learning ready for September. This workbook is also being emailed out to the students Year 6 teachers at Primary school so that they are aware of the tasks that we have asked students to work on during the summer term and holidays. An electronic version of the workbook can be downloaded using the link below.
Key Year 7 Staff
Mrs K. Turner
Student Support Manager
My name is Mrs Turner and I am going to be your student support manager when you start at HLC in September.
Whilst at this time, I expect you are finding it difficult to think about starting a new school during the closure of schools and this is making you nervous and worried about moving upto Secondary School, I want you to be excited about moving to your new school and the amazing things that you can get involved in at HLC. My job is to support you during your time here at HLC and I am based right next to the student entrance with the other KS3 Student Support Managers for Year 8 and Year 9. We are all really friendly and are happy to help our students with any queries or help you need when you are at school. So if you have any worries or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Currently we are working on some new and exciting ways to help you settle into school in September and will be in touch soon to tell you a bit more about that. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all.
My email address is email@example.com if you or your parents have any questions about starting in September.
Mr P. Thompson
Assistant Headteacher – Personal Development / Transition Lead
My Name is Mr Thompson and I have been leading transition at HLC for the past 3 years. Whilst this year’s transition will be different because of the current school closures, I am confident that we will support all of students moving up from their primary school to our brilliant secondary school – HLC. I am working alongside Mrs Turner to speak to all of your primary teachers to find out everything we can about you to make sure that we put you in the best tutor group we can, identify things that we can do to make sure you are comfortable and settled when you start school in September and to keep you and your parents informed throughout this whole process. I will also be there to welcome you into the school on the first day and to make sure every student finds there way to the right place and is happy at school. HLC is a great place to work and it is a great place for students to learn and enjoy school.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have any questions that need to be asked about your transition up to secondary school.
Head's of Houses
Apollo - Head of House
House Colour: Green
House Moto: Together We Will Achieve
Apollo 11 is the name of the mission that successfully placed the first astronauts on the moon. This is when the immortal phrase: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…’ was transmitted back to earth. The pursuit of placing a person on the surface of the moon began in earnest in the 1960s and was completed within a decade on July 20th 1969. This event marked one of the most definitive achievements of the 20th Century and engineering achievements of all time.
Bridge - Head of House
House Colour: Blue
House Moto: Deeds Not Words
The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made from cast iron. A new blast furnace in nearby Coalbrookdale lowered the cost of producing iron and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve the problem of crossing over the river – the only previous way was via ferry and industries in the area needed a more reliable method. Being the first of its kind, the construction had no precedent and the bridge had to span 100 feet across and to rise to 60 feet above the river. The bridge was raised in the summer of 1779 and was opened on New Year’s Day 1781.
Bridge - Head of House
House Colour: Purple
House Moto: Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty
The world’s most successful supersonic passenger airline. From the first flight in 1976 to the last in 2003 Concorde was able to cruise at an average speed of 1,330 mph and had a maximum cruise altitude of 60,000 feet. This made it possible to fly from London to New York in only 3.5 hours.
The designers of Concorde had to pioneer and over come many engineering and technological challenges to make the aeroplane able to travel at such speeds and altitude. Despite no longer being in action the engineering success ensures that the concept and design of a supersonic commercial airline is yet to be surpassed.
Bridge - Head of House
House Colour: Yellow
House Moto: Honour And Pride Make The Yellows Strive
From his Coalbrookdale premises Abraham Darby III was responsible for one of the first and most important steps in the industrial revolution. Darby devised a method of smelting iron that could provide abundant supplies of the raw material that was needed most at this time. Iron from this process was used in the production of steam engines and bridges (including Ironbridge) amongst other great inventions of the 19th century. The previous method of smelting iron would not have supplied sufficient iron to keep up with the demands of the industrial revolution.
Year 7 Tutors
Hello, my name is Mrs Farley and I am the Assistant Head responsible for Key Stage 3 which is years 7, 8 and 9. My role is to look out for you and ensure that you are working hard, making friends and getting the most out of your time at HLC. It’s been a strange year and I am sure that many of you are more nervous than usual about starting a new school. But you don’t need to be! HLC is a fantastic place to learn and you will soon get settled in with the help of your new friends, your tutor, Mrs Turner and myself. Over the summer holidays, have a look at the school website - there are lots of things you can find out about moving up to secondary school. You can see what your tutor is like and find out a bit about them. You can also find out about your House from your House Leader. We want you to be ready to earn lots of points for your team when you get here! (Especially if you’re in Darby!)
I will be at the school gate on Wednesday 2nd September to welcome you into the school and we have a fantastic transition day planned for you to help you get to know your tutor group and how to find your way around the building.
In the meantime, don’t worry - have a well-earned break over the summer holidays. Have some adventures, stay safe and be confident that you are going to love joining our school and we can’t wait to meet you.
See you in September!
To help you transition into your new year group in September, teaching staff have made a short video to introduce themselves which you can view by clicking on the play icon on each of the tutor cards.
At Hadley Learning Community, we know that excellent curriculum principles and design in conjunction with outstanding, dynamic delivery leads to an excellent education. The structure of our curriculum design is presented within two different documents. Our curriculum map, which outlines subjects studied at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 and our 5 year curriculum overviews which specify the intent, implementation and impact of each individual subject.
Our curriculum is the vehicle to deliver our whole school vision. We offer a holistic curriculum that focusses on the traditional, academic curriculum, alongside a citizen’s curriculum that promotes the nurture and development of students’ social and emotional wellbeing and their personalities. At both KS3 and KS4 the curriculum is underpinned by our whole school values:
Belong Respect Inspire Succeed Enjoy
We believe that through a challenging yet broad curriculum, our students will be inspired to achieve in all they do. They will leave us as well-rounded, respectful individuals with all the skills they need to equip them to belong and flourish in an ever-changing world. We support both breadth and depth of curriculum in the EBacc curriculum and in the arts. Our curriculum reflects the vision of our community school that all students enjoy their learning at HLC and when they leave they will be able to look outwards, through open windows, to an endless journey of personal success.
The key priorities within our curriculum programme are:
• To create an inclusive environment based on positive relationships, in which all students are valued, respected and celebrated, allowing them to fulfil their potential by responding to individual requirements and needs.
• To provide an ambitious curriculum that enhances social mobility through breadth of opportunity, particularly for our disadvantaged students, as they take their place in a global economy, understanding and respecting environmental, economic and social issues.
• To ensure our curriculum allows students to understand Telford’s past, present and future place so that they are proud of their community
• To focus on providing the knowledge and passion to promote full and enriched lifestyles
The School Day
The school day at HLC starts at 8:40am when students will arrive in their tutor rooms, students generally arrive at the secondary gates between 8:15am – 8:30am and meet their friends in the outside areas of the school. Students do have access to the restaurant area before school from 8:00am, where they can attend breakfast club and buy a breakfast before school starts. Support staff are on hand to monitor the students in breakfast club. SLT and other staff are on duty in the morning from 8:30am to meet students and answer any queries they may have before school. The timings for the day are in the table below and you will see we have a 20 min reading session every day. This is because we recognise that good literacy skills are the gateway to learning and we encourage all of our students to develop a love of reading.
8:40am - 8:55am
8:55am - 9:50am
9:50am - 10:50am
10:50am - 11:05m
11:05am - 12:05pm
12:05pm - 12:35pm
12:35pm - 1:35pm
1:35pm - 1:55pm
1: 55pm - 2:50pm
End of Day
SEND Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
Wellbeing is an area of high priority in the school. We have a large pastoral team in school. Each student has a form tutor and a designated Student Support Manager who oversees the whole year group. The Pastoral team also has a Welfare Officer, a Family Liaison and Support Worker, a one-to-one Mentor, a Counsellor and a PCSO. There are a number of staff qualified as safeguarding leads. The SEN team is part of the Pastoral Team, consisting of the SENCO/Director of Inclusion, Assistant SENCO and a number of Learning Support Assistants. We have a nurture base for our most vulnerable students. We have a designated wellbeing team within the Pastoral Team who can be contacted via HLCwellbeing@LCT.education
Our aim is to guarantee a holistic approach to wellbeing and provide a high-quality educational experience for all students and that that includes working in partnership with staff and families. We will develop the skills and attributes needed open and non-judgmental approach which enable our students to become more resilient, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support and to achieve their academic potential.
Positive mental health and wellbeing is reflected in our school values: belong; respect; inspire; succeed and enjoy and we can support the students on an individual basis or in small groups, delivering workshops on:
- Anger Management
- Friendship Groups
- No Worries (Anxiety Management)
- Bereavement and Loss
- Helping to change behaviour, improving attendance, punctuality and organisation
- Managing feelings and low self-esteem
- Chill Skills (Relaxation)
- We also facilitate a ‘Living with Teenagers’ course and ‘Emotional Well-Being’ awareness evenings for parents and carers.
We also promote Emotional Health through PSHE and Citizenship sessions, taught by form tutors and through Wellbeing Afternoons.
We have links with the following support teams and services:
- Educational Psychology
- Prism (Bereavement counselling)
- Sensory Inclusion Service
- Speech and Language
- Learning Support Advisory Team
- Inclusive Schools Forum
- Health and Wellbeing Panel
- Telford and Wrekin SEND Team
- Telford and Wrekin Virtual Schools
- Education Welfare Officer
There is an ongoing programme of training and development for SEND staff.
- SENCO/Director of Inclusion - Specialist Leader of Education for SEN, qualified teacher, qualified SENCO, National Professional Qualification Senior Leadership
- Assistant SENCO – Specialist Assessor
- Mental Health Lead – Mental Health First Aider, qualified Counsellor (including emotional health and wellbeing and cognitive behaviour therapy)
All staff in the SEN team have received training in the four main areas of SEN, specific conditions and needs, supporting reading, supporting mental health needs. We aim for at least one member of the team to become ELSA trained in 2020. There is a rolling programme of SEN-based CPD for teachers in 2020.
Contact details for staff can be found on the HLC website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet Freya from year 7 and Freja from year 9. We asked them to make a video about the things that they thought new pupils might be worried about. Their answers are based on their own thoughts and experiences
The change from Year 6 to Year 7 can be huge and is a big jump for many children. Below are some questions and answers that we feel will make the move easier for you.
We hope that these questions and answers have helped you. Always remember, it is ok to ask any staff member at Hadley Learning Community for help and support.