Lees Brook Community School is a comprehensive school for boys and girls aged 11-19 years. On the 1st September 2011, we became an Academy funded directly from the department for education and no longer under the control of the local authority. Before Lees Brook converted to become an Academy, we had established ‘Trust School’ status with Derby College, Derby County FC, Rolls Royce and Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel & Country Club as our Trust Partners. Our admission limit is 219 students per year in Years 7-11 and 150 across Years 12 & 13. Places for students in Y7-11 are allocated according to the School’s Admissions Criteria. You can obtain details of this and the School’s ‘normal area’ from the School or the Derby City Children and Young People’s Department.
ENHANCED RESOURCE SCHOOL (ERS)
Since 1995, Lees Brook has been an Enhanced Resource School. This year we have at least 12 places for students with a special educational needs profile for OLD (Other Learning Difficulties). ERS admissions are arranged by Derby City Children and Young People’s Department.
TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL TO LEES BROOK
Our strong transition programme for Year 6 pupils includes regular contact with our partner primary schools, after-school clubs and activities for primary pupils, Junior Links Club for Year 6 in the summer term and two Induction Days when Year 6 pupils go to lessons in the School.
SUPPORT FOR LEARNING
The School supports the learning needs of students in a variety of ways. Teaching approaches take into account the preferred learning styles of students and the different ways in which boys and girls learn. Each subject’s programmes of study and learning resources are designed to cater for the full ability range and the individual needs of all students. Teaching Assistants give in-class support across the curriculum. There is some withdrawal from lessons or subjects when identified students work in the Learning Support Centre on individual programmes.
After-school Study Support Club for Key Stage 4 students, extra classes and holiday revision courses and are a feature of School life. The ICT rooms are open before and after school and at lunchtimes for students to use for classwork and homework. Our new ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ is being developed to make learning resources available to students at any time and in any place where the internet can be accessed. In recent years, the programme for gifted and talented students has included mentoring by university students, summer schools, special projects with industry and other agencies.
The School has a Learning Centre where Teaching Assistants work with students in small groups and one-to-one situations. This might be on basic skills, numeracy or reading, or it might be working with older students to support them with their GCSE coursework.
STUDENT ORGANISATION, CARE AND GUIDANCE
The School has five Communities, each with 9 or 10 tutor groups. When Year 7 students arrive at Lees Brook, they are in their own ‘Year 7’ Community. From Year 8 onwards, they join a mixed-age tutor group within one of the other four Communities – Dovedale, Edale, Milldale, and Wyedale. In each Community, a Learning and Behaviour Manager has oversight of the general welfare and behaviour of all the students in their Community. Form Tutors know their students individually and are responsible for monitoring their progress and attendance as well as day-to-day matters. Form Tutors have a meeting with the parents of students in their group once a term.