WELCOME PACK - The Fulham Boys School
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1. INTRODUCTION Welcome Who is Who? The Houses Communication at FBS 2. THE SCHOOL Christian Ethos Attendance System Behaviour System Reporting Term Dates Friends of FBS 3. CURRICULUM Own Work Literacy Additional Learning Needs Enterprise Sports Peripatetic – Music and Lamda Co-Curriculum Chromebooks 4. PAYMENTS & OTHER INFORMATION & FORMS Payments to school Breakfast club, Tuck shop and lunches School uniform list Sports Kit Equipment list Pupil Details Form Photo Permission
Welcome We are very excited that you and your son will be joining the FBS community and hope that you will find the information contained in this Welcome Pack useful before your son’s start date. The pack is designed to give you further insight and understanding into the way the school works on a daily basis to ensure your son’s transition to this school is a smooth and positive one. Three vital ingredients make up the school’s ethos. We aim to build a school that is geared towards Boys, built upon Christian principles and which nurtures Enterprise. FBS is focused on instilling a ‘can do’ culture: raising expectations of achievement and providing opportunity for boys from the local community to achieve success regardless of background, ethnicity and ability. FBS will deliver this through: ● smaller class sizes ● an extended school day ● teaching strategies aimed at raising achievement for boys ● high standards of pastoral care ● an academic curriculum that will equip FBS boys to apply for Russell Group universities ● a commitment to developing entrepreneurial flair, skills and habits in FBS boys, to serve the community as well as their later economic well-being ● making sport central to school life ● a wide range of co-curricular and vocational activities ● a powerful partnership between school, parents and community ● firm discipline and clear boundaries with high standards of uniform, behaviour, attendance and punctuality. ● the recruitment and retention of extraordinary staff To achieve these aims parental engagement is essential. It is important to us that two way communication with parents / guardians is established and maintained throughout the year. Our vision for FBS as an outstanding school can only be delivered with additional financial support since much of what it offers is simply not covered by funds from the Department for Education. The FBS Foundation is a registered charity set up to manage funds donated to the school to support the core deliverable outlined above. Monthly voluntary donations from parents, grandparents and other donors are vital in helping us deliver our core aims. The extra cost of delivering our ‘whole education’ is approximately 10% above the core elements funded by the Department for Education. Therefore, we request households look to donate between £50-£100 each month, but whatever you give will be gratefully received, and appreciated.
You can set up your parent voluntary donation to the FBS Foundation via this Charities Aid Foundation link HERE where you will also find out more about the work of The FBS Foundation. Alternatively, please visit The Fulham Boys School website and click on SUPPORT US from the main menu. As the school prepares to move to its new home in the heart of Fulham, we also have a range of sponsorship and support opportunities to raise further funds and ensure that the facilities are the best on offer locally. If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brendan Gilmore, Chair of The FBS Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org Hopefully this pack will ensure you know who is the right person to contact for different situations but, whatever happens, please rest assured that your feedback, suggestions and ideas are always welcome as we strive to become one of the very best schools in this country - state or private. Our school website also contains all the vital information you may require including all of our school policies and an up-to-date calendar of school events. If you have any questions or queries or you are struggling to find the information you require please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions Officer, Samantha Barton, using the contact details below: Admissions@fulhamboysschool.org.uk Tel: 020 7381 7100 Ex 251 We look forward to welcoming your son to The Fulham Boys School and, if we have not yet had the opportunity to meet you in person, we look forward to doing so at a future event. Best wishes Alun Ebenezer Executive Headmaster Alexander Wade Chairman of Governors
Who’s Who at FBS 2020/2021 Senior Leadership Team Mr Alun Ebenezer - FBS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Headmaster Mr David Smith - Head of School Ms Sam Johnson - Deputy Head Mr Simon Kellie - Deputy Head Mr Morgan Browne - Assistant Head Ms Nicola Clegg - Assistant Head Ms Elly Plant - Assistant Head Mr Mark Harris - Head of Finance and Operations Sixth Form Elisabeth Igbokwe Head of Sixth Form Heads of House Ms Rebecca Gold - Head of Brunel Mr Jonathan Brophy - Head of Dickens Mr Darren Boswarva - Head of Liddell Mr Aaron Long - Head of Wilberforce Heads of Department and Middle Leaders Mr Martin Jeeps - Head of English Ms Alison Farrell - Head of Humanities Ms Yasmin Kenssous - Head of History Mr Sam Burns - Head of Performing Arts Mr Joseph Brasse - Head of Art and Product Design Ms Jenny Day - Head of Religious Education Mr Jordan Angol - Head of Computing Mr Dan Lane - Head of Sport Mr Sam Brown - School Chaplain and RE Teacher Ms Elisabeth Igbokwe - Head of Sixth Form Miss Ruth Adams - SENCO Mr Chris McCormack - Head of Maths Mr George McEvans - Head of Science Mr Sean Goorah - Head of Business Studies and Economics Ms Emilie Sinot - Head of MFL Teachers Ms Alex Grossman - Assistant Head of English Mrs Mella Monti - Assistant Head of English Ms Rebecca Gold - English Teacher Ms Victoria Matthews - English Teacher Ms Helen Watkinson - English Teacher Mr Ryan Whatley - English Teacher Mr Jonathan Brophy - Maths Teacher
Teachers Ms Julia Fitzgerald - Maths Teacher Mr Jamal Johns - Maths Teacher Ms Aimi Plant - Maths Teacher Ms Sarah Delas - Maths Teacher Ms Kate McClintok - Science Teacher Ms Catherine Singh - Science Teacher Mr Matthew Steele - Science Teacher Ms Sophie Jones - Science Teacher Mr Mike Williams - Science Teacher Mr Paddy O’Donnell - RE Teacher and Pupil Engagement and Pastoral Support Officer Ms Shannon Gorman - RE Teacher Mr Dan Jarvis - RE Teacher Ms Alexandra Gaudé - Deputy Head of MFL Mr Kevin Scalia - MFL Teacher Ms Annie Embiricos - MFL Teacher Ms Eleanor Northway - Art Teacher Mr Freddie Bader - Music Teacher Ms Holly Mazur - Teacher in Charge of Drama Ms Rosie Thomas - Drama Teacher Mr James Freeman - History Teacher Ms Angharad Davies - History and Politics Teacher Mr Duncan Craig - Geography Teacher Ms Fatimah Akhtar - Geography Teacher Mr Josh Missen - Teacher in Charge of Non-Core Sports Mr James Sanderson - Teacher in Charge of PE Mr Aaron Long - PE Teacher Mr Jack Carte-Goldberg - PE Teacher and HAP Co-ordinator Mr Darren Boswarva - PE Teacher Mr Ben Hand - PE Teacher Ms Karima Sahel - Computing and Business Studies Teacher Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) Mrs Tara Johns - LSA and Assistant to SENCO Mr Will Campbell - LSA Mr Martin Hartigan - LSA and Latin Teacher Ms Rukiya Edmonds - LSA Ms Georgina Peters - LSA Ms Catherine Brooks - LSA Mr Ali Zabihollah - LSA and Latin Teacher Support Staff Mr Emmanuel Boadi - Finance Officer Ms Jane Proudfoot - HR Advisor and Clerk to the Governing Body Mrs Samantha Barton - Admissions and Pastoral Support Officer Mrs Maggie Olszewska - Attendance, Co-Curricular and Cover Officer
Support Staff Ms Justine Fialka - PA to Headmaster Miss Emily Fryer - 6th Form Admin, Enterprise and Careers Officer Mrs Samantha Spring - Receptionist, Reprographics and Admin Officer Ms Nina Gai - Examinations Co-Ordinator Ms Liz Low - School Counsellor Mr Sylvain Eko-Ebongue - Science Technician Mr Mohammed Kuddus - IT Technician Mrs Pascale Mitchell - Librarian Mr Ross Dimitrov - Facilities Manager Mr Scott Haley - Caretaker Mr William Tovar - Caretaker
The Houses Heads of House, House Captains and Vice-Captains Boys meet in their houses at the start of each day unless in an assembly Head of House Rebecca Gold House Captain Tristan Mckoy-Ford Vice-Captain Oscar Stirling Vice-Captain John Guy Head of House Jonathan Brophy House Captain Arne Twort Vice-captain Arthur Sugonajev Vice-Captain Luke Hallawell Head of House Darren Boswarva House Captain Amari Barnes Vice-Captain Nour Alaas Vice-Captain Ned Watson Head of House Aaron Long House Captain Jermaine Johnson Vice-Captain Jozef Fudakowski Vice-Captain Armand De Lambilly
Communication at FBS Communication is very important to us at FBS. Our main way of communicating with home is via email and your son’s Conduct Card. We also email out a weekly bulletin to keep you informed of what is happening at FBS. This is sent every Thursday about the week ahead and Mr Ebenezer writes a weekly blog on the school website http://www.fulhamboysschool.org/news-category/headmasters-blog/ and tweets @AlunEbenezer. In case of an emergency, we will call parents on their mobile, home or work numbers. It is therefore imperative that we have your up to date contact details at all times. We ask parents to advise the school of any changes to their contact information. Your son will be issued with a Conduct Card which he has to have on his person at all times (Apart from in PE). On this card teachers will record any behaviour infringements on one side and House Points on the other. You will also be able to track your son’s progress by accessing the Parent Portal on the school’s Management Information System. Login details and instructions for using Parent Portal will be sent out in July.
Whole school letters, sports fixtures, upcoming events are all posted on our website www.fulhamboysschool.org Parents wishing to report their child’s absence should call the general number (020 7381 7100) before 8am if possible and select the absence line. If you wish to discuss an issue, please ask to speak to your son’s Head of House in the first instance. Please note that Heads of House are also teaching and may not always be available when required. We therefore advise to also email Heads of House. For any other issues, please contact the school office. Unfortunately it is not possible to pass on messages to your children during school hours. To get in touch with your son’s Tutor Please contact them directly via email (see below) or by leaving a message with our receptionist; Form Form tutor Email address Brunel 1 Mr R. Whatley email@example.com Brunel 2 Mr M. Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Brunel 3 Miss A. email@example.com Embiricos Brunel 4 Miss K. Sahel firstname.lastname@example.org Brunel 5 Mr B. Hand email@example.com Dickens 1 Miss S. Jones firstname.lastname@example.org Dickens 2 Miss E. email@example.com Northway Dickens 3 Ms A. Gaude firstname.lastname@example.org Dickens 4 Mr J. email@example.com sanderson Dickens 5 Miss S. Gorman firstname.lastname@example.org Liddell 1 Miss H. email@example.com watkinson Liddell 2 Miss F. Akhtar firstname.lastname@example.org Liddell 3 Mrs T. Johns email@example.com Liddell 4 Miss K. firstname.lastname@example.org McClintock
Liddell 5 Mr D. Craig email@example.com Wilberforce 1 Mr J. Goldberg firstname.lastname@example.org Wilberforce 2 Ms R. email@example.com Edmonds Wilberforce 3 Mr K. Scalia firstname.lastname@example.org Wilberforce 4 Mr J. Johns email@example.com Wilberforce 5 Ms j. Fitzgerald j.fitzgerald @fulhamboysschool.org.uk To make an appointment or speak to your son’s Head of House, contact them directly using the emails below: Brunel Miss R. Gold firstname.lastname@example.org Head of House Dickens Mr J. Brophy email@example.com Head of House Liddell Mr D. firstname.lastname@example.org Head of House Boswarva Wilberforce Mr A. Long email@example.com Acting Head of House Sixth Form: Head of Sixth Form: Lis Igbokwe – firstname.lastname@example.org Form Form tutor Email address Brunel 6 Mrs A. Davies email@example.com Dickens 6 Ms A. Grossman firstname.lastname@example.org Liddell 6 Miss V. email@example.com Matthews Wilberforce 6 Mr J. Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org The above are the contact details from September 2020. We also have an up-to-date Google Calendar on our website which contains information on all school events https://www.fulhamboysschool.org/calendar/school- calendar/
The Christian Ethos at FBS The Christian ethos is at the heart of The Fulham Boys School. It is one of the three ‘pillars’ of the school (faith, boys, enterprise) and is one of the underpinning factors in everything we do. The role and vision of the Christian ethos can be summarised in four basic points: 1) Everyone will learn about Christian values, as described in the Bible and demonstrated perfectly by Jesus Christ. We will try to follow them as a community in everything we do. 2) Everyone will have regular and varied opportunities to learn about the main beliefs of Christianity and the claims of Jesus Christ. 3) Everyone will have the opportunity and will be encouraged to think and ask questions about these beliefs and claims. Everyone will be able to give their own view in response, whatever that may be. 4) The Christian ethos will have an impact on every area of school life, be that assemblies, form times, lessons, break and lunchtimes, sports afternoons or any other time. It will have an impact on learning, behaviour, pastoral care and pupil and staff welfare. 5) When an individual or group visits the school we would expect them to clearly see these four points in action. The Chaplain leads on the Christian ethos in the school, although it is supported by all staff. Christian values and beliefs around the school FBS is a community shaped by Christian values and characteristics. We therefore use a list of Christian values as a foundation for teaching the boys about Christian character and development. ● Every half term has a dedicated Christian value (e.g. Compassion). There are assemblies and reflection times that link to this Christian value. ● More detailed Christian value posters are displayed in specific areas around the school. These will explain the Christian values, how they point to Jesus and how they could be seen in action in FBS. ● Teachers regularly draw attention to the Christian values in lessons (e.g. discussing serving others or community when boys mark each other’s work). ● Staff regularly refer to the Christian values when doing follow-up to an incident of poor behaviour or mentoring a boy. Boys should be aware of what Christianity and the Bible has to say about the subject they are studying and so teachers will make links with Christian viewpoints whenever possible. This will not happen in every lesson but will happen when good opportunities arise. Regular events Chaplain’s assemblies – once a week boys will go to the hall in their house groups where they will sing a Christian hymn (with passion!), hear a talk from the Bible on Christian things and there will be a prayer. The Chaplain is responsible for these assemblies and will either give the talk (normally involving interaction with the boys) or ‘host’ the assembly while a visiting church leader gives the talk.
The talks in assembly are normally focused on one of three ‘strands’: - A theme (e.g. ‘people who encountered Jesus’) or a book from the Bible (e.g. Exodus). - The Christian value of the half term - Christians who have had an impact on the world Other talks focus on events in the news or in the Christian calendar. Form times – During form times boys will spend time either in a short time of silence reflecting on a Bible verse, quote or prayer or doing an extended reflection where they discuss, with their form tutor, the Christian value of the half term using resources provided by the Chaplain. Christian Unions (CUs) – There are a number of CUs that happen during the week. These are at lunchtime and entirely optional but are very popular. Boys get to discuss issues or parts of the Bible in a fun and informal way. Some CUs are for particular year groups and some are bigger, joint events (e.g. Big Question or Dig Deeper into Theology). Chaplaincy prefects Chaplaincy prefects apply for the role at the start of the year and are used to: - Support the running of the year-group CUs - Act as a pupil ‘sounding board’ for the Chaplain. - Take part in school assemblies and church services - Act as role models around the school. - Look out for boys who might be lonely or upset. School prayer meetings Every term after school there is a school community prayer meeting that staff, parents and governors are invited to. The Chaplain gives a brief thought from the Bible and the needs of the school community are then prayed for. Everyone is welcome. There is also a parents’ prayer meeting that meets fortnightly during the school day. Links with local churches FBS has good links with a number of local churches. Their church leaders often come in to take assemblies. These churches currently include both Anglican churches and churches from other denominations. ● St Andrew’s ● St Peter’s ● All Saints’ ● St Dionis’ ● St Matthew’s ● Twynholm Baptist ● St Alban’s ● Hungarian Reformed Church ● Trinity West ● St Simon’s ● The Globe Church ● All Souls, Langham Place ● Holy Trinity Brompton
Formal Services There are five formal services during the academic year when the whole school body meets for a service that is longer and with more content than weekly assemblies. The five services are: ● Start of Year Service (September) ● Remembrance Day (November) ● Carol Service (December) ● Easter Service (March/April) ● End of Year Service (July) The school prayer Almighty God, We thank you for creating this wonderful world, For the gifts and abilities you’ve given each of us, And the opportunity we have to learn and to grow. Please work through the power of your Spirit, Developing in us the Christian values shown perfectly in your Son, Jesus Christ. Make us enterprising in all we do, Moulding us into people of character who will make a positive contribution to society. Give us attentive ears to listen, willing hearts to learn, and ready wills to obey. And show us more of the truth about your glorious Son: his life, death, resurrection, reign and relevance. In his name we pray, Amen Some of the Christian values we promote at this school
One of our Christian values posters displayed around the school Some of our Christianity and subjects posters displayed around the school
Attendance and Punctuality At the Fulham Boys School we believe that regular attendance is essential to ensure every boy makes progress in all subjects and is able to reach their full potential. The attendance of all boys is monitored weekly and we are keen for the school to work actively with parents and carers to ensure a regular pattern of attendance is maintained. There is irrefutable evidence to show the link between a student’s attendance at school and their attainment. This evidence shows that there will be an impact on your child’s education if attendance is not consistently above 95% throughout a pupil’s schooling. It might also include depression, anxiety, social isolation and other mental health problems. At FBS we are aiming for outstanding attendance of 97% or higher. Pupils with attendance falling below 91% will not be allowed to represent the school in sporting events. The table below provided by the Department for Education shows that KS4 students who miss between 10% and 15% of school sessions have only about one in three chances of achieving grades 9 - 4 in 5 or more GCSEs including English and Maths. A high price to pay for taking one day off every fortnight! 5+ GCSEs 9 – 4 or equivalent including English and maths Ebacc 90 78.7 Percentage of pupils achieving 80 69.1 70 60 52.8 50 43.8 40 35.6 32.8 30 25.2 18.9 18.8 20 14.9 12.8 9.3 10.2 8.8 7.5 10 5.0 3.3 6.0 3.6 2.3 1.5 0.9 0.6 0.4 x x 0 0 0> -
Punctuality also plays a vital role at FBS. We want our boys to learn the importance of being on time and ready to learn every day. The school gates open at 7:45am each day for the breakfast club and the boys are expected on site no later than 8:20am when we ring the bell and the Forms line up for registration. Boys who are late to school due to controllable circumstances (traffic, poor organization, etc.) will be issued a conduct signature. All our procedures aim to equip your son with skills he will utilise in the future. Being on time is one of such skills. With your son's academic progress being our upmost priority and your support, we are confident that your son will reach his most ambitious academic targets.
FBS Behaviour System Exceptional behaviour is at the heart of a brilliant education At FBS we are determined to set and maintain the highest standards of discipline and instil in our boys the most important discipline of all, self-discipline. We aim to do this in five ways: 1. Firmly. We insist upon the highest standards of uniform, attendance, punctuality, manners and conduct and take a no nonsense approach to bullying, drug misuse, violence and other dangerous and anti-social behaviour. We have put in place the most serious consequences for such offences. 2. Consistently. We uphold these standards lesson in lesson out, day in day out, week in week out; ensuring that nothing gets missed or is allowed to slip. 3. Proactively. We have a team of staff who are committed to the safety and happiness of our boys and show this commitment by being there for them at break and lunchtimes; as they arrive at school in the mornings and by ensuring they go home safely at the end of the school day. 4. Pastorally. We understand that growing up in today’s world isn’t always easy and our boys, some in particular, face real pressures and difficulties. Over the coming months and years we genuinely look forward to getting to know them - over lunch every day, in clubs, in lessons, on school trips; building their confidence and creating an environment where they feel able to share their worries and concerns and trust us to help them sort them out. Furthermore, we hope that by getting to know the boys we will pick up on issues and sense when things just aren’t right. 5. Positively. The school is built upon Christian principles which will run through everything we do. Boys observe and are taught Christian values – kindness, fairness, honesty, unselfishness, self-control and being a good neighbour. Our hope is that the boys will adopt these values and model them in their own lives. Recording and celebrating positive behaviour All Fulham Boys receive a new conduct card each half term. This is a vital piece of equipment and should be carried by them at all times. On one side they can copy their lesson timetable and teachers are able to record House Points for positive contributions. House Points are awarded for things such as: ✓ Exceptional work ✓ Consistently exceptional effort ✓ Service to school ✓ Outstanding own work ✓ Demonstrating enterprise skills ✓ Social enterprise ✓ Demonstrating Christian values ✓ Representing the school ✓ 100% attendance ✓ Excellent participation in co-curricular activities ✓ 3 merit stamps (awarded by class teachers for very good work)
Awards for gaining house points as well as other examples of exceptional effort, behaviour or achievement are given in the following ways: ✓ Weekly Boys of the Week in each House ✓ Headmaster’s commendation ✓ Postcards home ✓ Phone calls home ✓ Recognition in House or Whole School assembly ✓ Form Boy of the Week ✓ Termly Boy of the House ✓ House Captain Boy of the Term There is a celebration assembly to recognise achievement and progress at the end of each term and an annual awards evening held towards the end of the summer term each year. Recording and sanctioning negative behaviour The reverse of the conduct card is used to record conduct signatures for negative behaviour. These could be awarded for: ➢ Failing to bring the correct equipment ➢ Failing to hand in ownwork ➢ Lateness ➢ Low-level disruption in school ➢ Poor attitude ➢ Misbehaviour at break or lunchtime ➢ Incorrect uniform ➢ Failing to bring the correct sports kit ➢ Misuse of ICT Both House Points and Conduct Signatures are also recorded electronically and are reported each term to parents on the parent portal as part of the school report. Conduct signatures result in detentions cumulatively in the following way: 2 signatures 10 minute detention 4 signatures 15 minute detention 6 signatures 20 minute detention 8 signatures 30 minute detention 10 signatures 45 minute detention 12 signatures 1hr 15 minute detention with Headmaster on Friday afternoon 16 signatures 1hr 15 minute detention with Headmaster on Friday afternoon 20 signatures 2.5 hour Saturday detention 10-12.30 Detentions up to and including 45 minutes are served on the same day and parents are automatically notified by 2.30pm by text if their son has a detention in these circumstances. If a boy is placed in Headmaster’s or Saturday detention parents receive 24 hour notice via email.
Sanctions that result in missing lessons As we strive to set and maintain the highest standards of discipline and instil self-discipline in all FBS boys there are a number of schools rules that if broken could result in the boys being placed in the Pupil Support Class and in some cases issued with external exclusions. ➔ Haircut infringements: at FBS we have a strict uniform and appearance policy. If boys fail to adhere to the policy and get inappropriate haircuts they will be taught in the Pupil Support Class separately from the rest if the school. If boys repeatedly fail to conform to the haircut policy they may face a fixed term exclusion. ➔ Uniform infringements: at FBS we have a strict uniform and appearance policy and expect all boys to wear their school uniform properly and with pride every day. If boys fail to wear the correct uniform they will be taught separately in the Pupil Support Class. In the case of school ties and school shoes we do offer a one day’s leniency where we will loan the correct uniform for the day which boys then serve an hour’s detention for. ➔ Bringing the school into disrepute: if boys fail to follow the behaviour code on the way to and from school, such as being disruptive on the bus or going to take-away shops on the North End Road. We strongly believe that boys should go straight home from school and not be hanging around in shops near school. ➔ Defiance: boys who fail to follow instructions from any member of staff may be picked up through an SLT call-out. Being polite and respectful to all members of the school community is extremely important and we believe that firm sanctions for rudeness and defiance are non-negotiable. ➔ Violence: boys who display any physical aggression will receive a serious sanction. In some cases this will result in an external fixed term exclusion but in less serious cases a day in the Pupil Support Class where the boys can reflect on their actions and take part in restorative conversations to ensure a positive move forward. At the start of year 7 we allow the boys a 2 week period of grace that allows them to get used to our exceptionally high expectations. We know that during this time boys may struggle with their organisation, punctuality and understanding exactly what is expected. Form Tutors and Heads of House will reiterate the expectations daily during this time ensuring the boys are dealt with in a nurturing way that supports their transition to becoming a Fulham Boy. If the decision is made to place a boy in the Pupil Support Class parents will be informed via email which clearly states the reasons and the time boys will be dismissed from school. It is vitally important that we have parental support in maintaining these high standards to give FBS boys the best possible chances of succeeding in their future lives.
Reporting at FBS Frequency of reports: At FBS we will report your son’s progress levels twice per year, these reports will follow a formal examination week. One report will follow the autumn term exams, the second will follow the end of year exams. The exams take place at the following times: Examinations Round 1 Year group Exam week Year 7&8 7th December Year 9&10 30th November Year 11 4th January(mocks) Year 12&13 18th January Examinations Round 2 Year group Exam week Year 7,8&9 21st June Year 10 19th April Year 12&13 26th April What is reported? The report includes a grade for his most recent examination in each subject. This grade is levelled from 1 to 9 in line with the GCSE grading system. Boys are expected to make one grade of progress each year (although this can be exceeded) which means if he achieves a grade 2 at the end of year 7 he will be on track to achieve at grade 6 in his GCSE. Boys are also given a score from 1 to 5 in three key areas: Effort, Behaviour and Ownwork in each subject. 1 = Unacceptable 2 = Coasting 3 = Good 4 = Excellent 5 = Outstanding As one of our three pillars we also report on how enterprising your son has been in every subject he studies. This is rated Bronze, Silver and Gold which relates directly to his enterprise log. In each subject he is required to contribute enterprise evidence towards his enterprise log and as part of the report each teacher will judge how well he is achieving towards this in their subject area.
Parent Consultations: At FBS we believe that meeting with parents regularly to discuss the progress of the boys is essential. This is why as well as reporting progress grades we will invite you to school twice in the year for a full parent consultation where you will have the chance to meet with all of your son’s teachers. This is the opportunity to discuss his behaviour, attitude and learning as well as agree how you can work with us by supporting him at home to meet his potential. These meetings are booked through a system called CHQ which allows you to pick your preferred time slots with each teacher. This booking system is opened well in advance of the days and you will be notified via the weekly Headmasters bulletin. It is vitally important that someone attends Parents Consultation for every boy at school. Please ensure you have noted down the following dates and are able to arrange time off work or childcare arrangements in order to attend. Parent Consultation round 1 Year group Date Year 7 Monday 16th November Year 8 Thursday 26th November Year 9 Tuesday 10th November Year 10 Thursday 15th October Year 11 Wednesday 4th November Year 12&13 Thursday 3rd December Parent Consultation round 2 Year group Date Year 7 Tuesday 18th May Year 8 Monday 10th May Year 9 Thursday 6th May Year 10 Monday 1st March Year 11 Wednesday 3rd February 7 Thursday 22nd April Year 12&13 Tuesday 9th March
FBS Term Dates 2020/21 First Day in School Half Term Last day in School Autumn Term Wednesday 2nd September 19th October – 30th Friday 2020 - all years October inclusive 11th December Spring Term Monday 4th January 12th February – 22nd Wednesday 31st 2021 February inclusive March Summer Term Monday 19th April 31st May – 4th June Friday 16th July 2021 inclusive Inset Days (Staff only) Monday 31st and 1st September Monday 28th September Friday 15th January 2021 Bank Holidays (Whole school) Monday 3rd May 2021 NB. Please note that the above dates are subject to changes
Friends of FBS exists to bring together everyone with an interest in FBS: parents, pupils, staff and the school’s wider community. It’s the school’s ‘social network’ - lead by parents, relying on parent volunteers to organise events and always eager to hear from anyone with ideas, expertise or encouragement to help the Friends - and FBS - on its way. The transition from primary to secondary school can be pretty daunting for parents. There’s considerably less opportunity for day-to-day contact with other parents and for the informal conversations that help smooth the way. So, Friends organise activities such as a new parents’ welcome drinks and ad-hoc coffee mornings, alongside a roster of events including a quiz night, a staff celebration (an annual feast fast becoming a highlight of the staff calendar), a fair or two, film nights, occasional talks and as a grand finale to the school year, the FBS-tival. This year Friends have introduced the use of Classlist to FBS parents/carers. Classlist is an app that makes it easier for parents to find each other and to engage with the FBS community. Using an email address already known to the school, please sign up here: https://www.classlist.com/ Friends isn’t a typical PTA. Think of it more as a community of friends – with a network of supportive contacts, advice and skills that other parents and the school can draw on, that’s totally reliant on parents helping the school onward on its ambitious journey. Visit the Friends’ website for information about what’s going on http://www.friendsoffbs.org/ and if you’d like to volunteer time, be a class rep, share ideas with Friends or if you just want to find out a bit more about Friends - please email email@example.com
FBS Own Work At The Fulham Boys School we have adopted the phrase “own work” instead of homework. This is for two main reasons: To develop in boys a sense of ownership and pride in the work they produce and to embed the idea that work outside of lessons does not have to be done at home, it can also be completed in school during self-study time, prep or lunchtime. The purpose of own work is: To reinforce a sense of discovery and excitement in learning. To encourage boys to develop an independent approach to learning. To develop self-discipline and good learning habits. To enable boys to complete and consolidate school work. To offer opportunities for pursuing topics in detail, reinforcing personal interests and ideas. To use materials and other sources of information not always available in the classroom. To allow practice of skills learned in the classroom. To involve parents in their son’s work. Own work is set using Google Classroom so that boys can use their Chromebooks to complete work, access necessary resources, contact their teachers and peers for support and submit work when it is completed. Google Classroom also enables boys to monitor their own work deadlines using the classroom calendar. All parents and guardians will have access to Google Classroom as a “Guardian” so that you can also see the work set and all relevant deadlines. Parents can help with own work by: Helping their son organise his time to best advantage so that things are not left to the last minute or forgotten. Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home – a place that is relatively quiet, undisturbed and well lit, away from the television. Take a positive and active interest in their son's work at home rather than just insisting that it is done. Let the school know if there are problems with own work that you cannot resolve. Perhaps there seems to be too much set, or maybe not enough, or is finding it too easy or too difficult. Contact the boys form teacher or Head of House in the first instance. There will be evening sessions for parents offered in Autumn term to give you advice and guidance on using Google Classroom and how best to support your son’s ownwork.
Literacy at FBS At FBS we recognise that good literacy skills are essential both to achievement at school and to a successful life in general. As well as teaching you specific subject content, your teachers will ensure that you develop the communication, reading and writing skills needed for life beyond FBS. We believe that ‘real men read’ and you will notice that this is a school that values reading achievement as highly as success on the rugby field or a musical accomplishment. RealMenRead is used throughout the school to foster a love of reading in all FBS boys. In Lessons Literacy is not just something you can expect to find in your English lessons. In all of your subjects, the ability to read and write will be key to your success. Even in practical subjects such as PE, the GCSE exam is 60% written so it is vital that these skills are mastered. Every term each subject will set you an extended writing task to consolidate your learning and help improve your literacy skills. These tasks will teach you how to write to persuade, discuss, instruct, inform, explain and recount. In the Library Our Library is ‘built for boys’ with each of the texts hand-picked to appeal to boys of your age. We pride ourselves of stocking the latest popular series such as ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘The Recruit’ and ‘The Young Samurai’. As well as these series we have classic books to stretch the most able readers and shorter reads to build the confidence of boys who find reading more of a struggle. There is something for everyone and our librarian is available every break and lunchtime to help you find a book to inspire you. You are allowed to borrow one book at a time for up to two weeks, but we will let you renew the book if you bring it in and ask. Having a reading book is a compulsory part of your equipment so make sure you visit the Library as soon as you can. Accelerated Reader You will be enrolled on the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme to ensure that you are reading books appropriate for your reading age. Once you sit an initial test, you will be given your ‘ZPD’ which is a number that corresponds to a code on the spine of our library books. When you finish a book, there is a short quiz to test your understanding. Boys who have passed an impressive amount of quizzes, such as our ‘reading millionaires’, are rewarded with certificates at celebration assemblies. Accelerated Reader will make sure that you are making the most of your reading. Part of the Culture You will notice that reading is a real part of the culture at FBS. Each member of staff displays on their classroom door the book they are currently reading so make sure you ask them about it. We will organise author visits during the year and we had Chris Bradford, author of the ‘Young Samurai’ series in school recently. On World Book Day normal lessons are taken over by lessons relating to books and staff run competitions and activities to promote reading. You will also be invited to Lads and Dads three times a year to celebrate a love of reading at home as well as in school.
Additional Learning Needs How does The Fulham Boys School meet the individual needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs? This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. However, in line with the SEN Code of Practice 2015, initial support is focused within the classroom with the emphasis on the teacher, using strategies suggested by SEN team, ensuring progress of the pupil alongside their peer group. High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN and an appropriately differentiated curriculum, led by the teacher, will meet the needs of most pupils. Some pupils, however, will require provision that is additional to or different from their peers, to meet their needs at a particular time. This provision is often referred to as ‘intervention’ and is frequently delivered away from the classroom by Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) or professionals from outside agencies. Interventions At The Fulham Boys School we offer a range of interventions to develop pupils’ academic and social skills. At FBS, we believe that the boys need to be in lessons as much as possible with the expert teacher. Therefore we try to limit the interventions that happen during lesson time and use other times of the day. Some interventions happen in the morning between 8.20-8.40, although most of our interventions happen during the co-curricular time. If a student is placed in an intervention/support group, it will usually take place over two half terms as research shows it takes around 8-10 weeks to fully embed an intervention. How can I let the school know I am concerned about my child’s progress in school? If you have concerns about your child’s progress speak to the subject teacher or form tutor in the first instance. If you are not happy with this then the next step would be to speak to the SENCO, Miss Adams by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or ringing the school. How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school? ● When a teacher has raised concerns about a child’s progress and targeted quality teaching has not met the child’s needs, the teacher must raise this with the SENCO. ● The school will then contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss the issues and the possible next steps.
How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with SEN and what training do they have? The SENCO’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEN. ● All staff have access to strategies for particular types of learning needs and how best to support and differentiate for within the classroom. ● Each child on the SEN register will have an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which gives more individual detailed strategies on the best way to ensure learning takes place for that child. ● In addition, the school provides short weekly training slots, as well as INSET day sessions for staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEN. This includes whole school training on SEN issues such as ASD (Autism), SLCN (Speech and Language and Communication Needs) and SpLD (Specific Learning Needs, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia).
Enterprise at FBS Along with ‘Faith’ and ‘Boys’, ‘Enterprise’ is one of our three core pillars that underpin all that we are at FBS. As a school we aim to develop ‘the whole child’ and we see becoming more enterprising as an excellent way of joining up all areas of learning. What is Enterprise? Enterprise is not something we do, it is something we are. By training our students to be proficient in displaying our 6 Enterprise behaviours, we aim make them: more so Personal Enterprise At Fulham boys Our ‘Enterprise Value of the Half-Term encourages the boys to think about how they are living and developing these attitudes in their everyday life, in and out of lessons. Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise At FBS we believe schools, and the students within them, should be the driving force behind local, national and global change. We encourage our boys to organise fundraising events for our school charity the MAYOO trust, create change within the school with environmental initiatives and give back to our community by running clubs in primary schools, visiting care homes and helping the homeless. Business Enterprise Part of our responsibility to our students is to ensure that they are prepared for life after education. We want to produce 21st century citizens who are secure socially but also financially. A key part of this provision comes through the ‘Business Enterprise’ aspect of the Enterprise award. Each year, students take part in the ‘Tenner Challenge’, where they receive a small start-up loan and aim to make profit from this. We also work with RedSTART and MyBNK to give pupils an insight into personal and business finance. From this they begin to learn about teamwork, managing expectations and improving their business acumen. Throughout the year, students work with and learn from a range of career opportunities involving people from a variety of backgrounds. Students attend career speed-networking events and work closely with a huge range of partners such as Chelsea F.C. to develop business enterprise skills and develop knowledge of a range of possible careers and industries. The Enterprise Award Once students have logged evidence of meeting our 6 enterprise skills and logged hours engaging with social and business enterprise they are entitled to apply for the FBS Enterprise award. The process consists of a presentation of their enterprise log and a viva with the Enterprise team. As well as a very sharp looking tie pin (bronze, silver, gold) the award can be included in their CV and personal statements for university. Furthermore, successful candidates will be eligible for the Enterprise grant (up to £200 for gold award) to use as seed money for their small business/ social enterprise venture.
Student Leadership The Fulham Boys School is a cooperative. That means teachers, parents, governors and students all play a role in leading change. Our vertical form system means there are lots of opportunities for student pastoral care through our guardians system. Each subject has its own student subject council that play a part in review and development and hiring new staff. Students can also apply to be prefects with specific roles in: chaplaincy, enterprise, digital, library and sport. Finally each house is led by a house captain who in turn are led by the head boy and his deputies. In short, opportunities are everywhere to develop the future leaders of this country. Enterprise Week At the end of the summer term the school runs an Enterprise Week. In place of the normal school time- table, a range of activities gets boys venturing across London, participating in adventure training, immersed in business challenges and trying new things. The Duke of Edinburgh Award The DofE bronze award scheme starts in Year 9, with boys completing their overnight expeditions during the summer term, and organising and planning their volunteering, skills and sports options in the co-curricular and their own time.
The Extended Project (EPQ) The EPQ provides an opportunity for Sixth Form students at FBS to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points. The project takes the form of a minimum 5000 words formal essay on a subject of a student’s choice. An EPQ must pose and answers a question e.g. will man one day colonise space? Is stem cell research ethical? Can we prove that God exists? The EPQ allows students to know one topic in detail for university applications/interviews, in addition to developing and applying employability skills, such as decision making, problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise, extend planning, research, critical thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
Sports at FBS There are three strands to the high quality sports programme at Fulham Boys School; Competitive Sports, Physical Education and Co-Curricular Sports. These enable sport to be freely available to all boys and push the talented whilst encouraging those who are less able to find sports they love. Competitive Sports The Fulham Boys School is determined to succeed in four core sports: Cricket, Football, Rowing and Rugby. Competition in these sports will run on an Inter and Intra school competition format. There will be twelve weeks allocated for each of the sports apart from rowing. Autumn Term – Rugby Spring Term – Football Summer Term – Cricket All year round - Rowing Each pupil will receive two hours of specialist coaching every week during their year group sports afternoon. For Football and Rugby, there will be ten fixtures for each of the sports and they will take place on Saturday mornings. Where possible there will be A, B and C team fixtures. Throughout the twelve weeks that have been allocated to each of the sports there will be two house competitions, where every pupil has the opportunity to represent their house. Rowing will also be part of the competitive calendar; FBS will be attending local indoor rowing competitions and we have worked with Fulham Reach Boat Club to set up an elite programme for boys who have shown prowess in rowing. From Year 9 onwards, 16 boys from each year will have the opportunity to join the Elite Squad and opt into rowing throughout the year instead of going to Barn Elms for the other core sports. All boys from year 9 will also have the opportunity to complete the ‘Learn to Row’ course which will take place at Fulham Reach Boat Club during their PE lessons on Monday or Thursday morning.
PE and Games (Curriculum Lessons) PE lessons will run for 6 weeks each (half term) and the activities covered will be: Induction Fitness Testing Athletics Gymnastics Badminton Fitness Training Volleyball Basketball These are taught alongside the core sports (see competitive sports section). A foundation of the GCSE curriculum will be covered throughout these lessons, where boys will learn specific anatomical, historical, motor learning, physiological and psychological aspects that the pupils will have to relate to the sport/activity that they are participating in. Co-curricular sports These activities run throughout the year and they range from: Badminton Boxing Cricket Football Indoor Rowing Judo Mixed Martial Arts Table Tennis Running Club Indoor Cycling Sports Afternoons Sports afternoons take place at Barn Elms Sports Centre, Marathon Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes SW13 9SA. Boys will leave school at 13:30pm and will be taken by coach to the pitches. Coaching will occur from 2-4pm. All boys will be dismissed from the pitches/changing rooms and they will make their own way home from there. Monday – Year 8 Tuesday – Year 7 Wednesday – Year 11 and 6th Form Thursday – Year 10 Friday morning – Year 9
Learn an Instrument at FBS In addition to timetabled Music lessons we offer private tuition for boys wanting to learn a musical instrument. These sessions will happen during the normal school day, with students taken out of lessons or clubs for 30 minutes each week to study with their music tutor. Where possible the lesson times will be on a rotation so that students do not miss the same lesson/club each week. Parents will be expected to pay for at least 5 lessons in advance and your son’s tutor will issue an invoice on the 4th lesson of the block of 5 requesting payment for the subsequent block. If the cost of lessons would be a major barrier to your son accessing instrumental/vocal tuition please note that we have a small number of places available on a scholarship basis. It is very important that these invoices are paid promptly as it is unfair to expect our tutors to have to chase payment for their services. Personal practice is an essential part of learning a musical instrument but we recognise that purchasing your own instrument is not always possible. We have a small number of instruments available for students to borrow and these are issued on a first come first served basis and are subject to the terms set out in the Instrument Loan Contract. Instruments being offered for tuition are: Violin Piano Trumpet Alto Saxophone Cello Bass guitar Trombone Tenor Saxophone Double Bass Guitar/Electric Guitar Euphonium Clarinet Voice Drums French Horn Flute To help with planning timetables and booking tutors it would be really useful to have a good idea in advance of September how many students would be interested in learning instruments. The exact cost will vary depending on the instrument/tutor but you can use the following approximate costs as a guide. £18 per half hour lesson for a one-to-one lesson - OR - £11 per half hour for a small group lesson (there will be no more than three students in a group but we must have at least two students learning together to make group lessons possible)
This will be paid in blocks of 5 lessons, so £90 for one to one or £55 for group lessons per block. The Fulham Boys School Music Scholarship is an award for students who show aptitude for music and who are willing to learn one of our FBS priority instruments for that year but for whom the cost is a barrier. Scholarship recipients will receive fully funded or subsidised instrumental/vocal lessons until the end of the academic year in which the scholarship was awarded. Recipients are expected to take an active role in the co-curricular ensemble throughout the year. Places are limited, therefore families who can afford the cost of music lessons without the need of the Scholarship are discouraged from applying. Please let me know as soon as possible by email if you are likely to apply for this support next year so I can plan accordingly. Priority instruments for academic year 2019-20 are lower brass (trombone/tuba/French horn), strings (cello/double bass/violin) and vocals. If you would like your son to receive instrumental/vocal lessons or if you have any further questions about the above, please contact Mr Burns via email at email@example.com. LAMDA We also offer private tuition for boys wanting to take exams with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, or LAMDA. If you wish to find out more about the LAMDA exams please visit their website at http://www.lamda.org.uk/examinations . These sessions will happen during the normal school day, with students taken out of lessons for 30 minutes each week to study with their LAMDA tutor. Where possible the lesson times will be on a rotation so that students do not miss the same lesson/club each week. Parents will be expected to pay the tutor directly for 5 lessons in advance. Your son’s tutor will issue an invoice on the 4th lesson of the block of 5 requesting payment for the subsequent block. Please contact Mr Burns (details below) if you have any further questions or queries regarding LAMDA tuition. We look forward to supporting your son’s development and hope he will be inspired to participate in this rich and vibrant part of Fulham Boys School life. Sam Burns Head of Performing Arts firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Curricular provision at FBS At the Fulham Boys School we aim to produce young men who are open to new experiences and are prepared to put maximum effort into all that they do. Involvement in Co-Curricular clubs is compulsory and integral to that aim. The Co-Curricular programme at FBS is designed to provide opportunities and experiences that expand horizons as well as supporting and stretching students physically, academically, personally and socially. Our teachers run the majority of our Co-Curricular clubs, and they allow students to develop and improve new and collaborative relationships outside of the classroom environment, which is why we call them Co-Curricular clubs rather than classes. The system we use to sort, organise and allocate the clubs we have to offer is called CHQ. At the beginning of the year, students (and parents) are issued with a username and password. Within the first few weeks of each term (or half term depending on your year group), boys are asked to rank the clubs available to them. The clubs allocation is done automatically by the system. We seek to strike a balance between different types of club (sporting, academic or enterprise). In Year 7, boys will have 6 rotations during the year to give them everyone a chance to try a lot of different things. Some clubs are a response to students’ needs - some subjects offer a Stretch and/or Booster clubs in order to get the best from students. We also have clubs that are non-academic that may request your son’s attendance, for example Running Club. Requests may also be for co-curricular clubs that require ongoing commitment e.g. Debating or Police Cadets. We recognise that we have long days at the Fulham Boys School, so in addition to the variety of activities we have on offer we allow the boys time to complete homework/assignments/revision etc. during one of their Co- Curricular slots. We want boys to try out a real range of activities, please see below for a (non-exhaustive) list of activities we ran this academic year: ● Sports based clubs - Cricket, Judo, Boxing, Indoor Rowing, Swimming ● Enterprise - Setting up an FBS Business, Social Enterprise Wings of Hope ● Interest - Communications Workshops, Cooking, Debating, Photography ● Academic - Spanish Booster, French Chat ● ‘Request’ clubs: School Show, Shoebox Actors Company In some cases, boys may have been requested for 2 or more clubs, resulting in their choice of clubs being overridden. It is important to us that students enjoy what clubs they are doing so we try our best to accommodate your son’s wishes.
Chromebooks Dear Parent/Guardian, I am delighted to be able to contact you with details of our latest Chromebook offer for all boys joining The Fulham Boys School in Year 7 in September. The Chromebook is a slim laptop which runs the Google Chrome operating system, including Google Drive and Google Documents. More details can be found here: www.google.com/chromebooks. All classroom resources use the google operating platform and so are designed for use with the Chromebook. We will expect boys to bring their devices to school every day for use in lessons and to complete ‘ownwork’ during Prep study periods or at home. Students and parents need to make a selection from one of the payment options explained within this booklet by the 3rd of August. Please could we also ask that parents read through the Chromebook acceptable usage policy which can be found here. Students are expected to follow this policy at all times. This booklet sets out the choices available regarding the devices and some common questions. In addition, you can contact the people listed below if you have any further queries: Deputy Head Teacher - Mr Kellie at email@example.com IT Technician - Mr Kuddus at firstname.lastname@example.org I would appreciate it if all parents make their choice from the options outlined in this document and make payment by Monday 3rd August. Yours faithfully Mr S. Kellie Deputy Head Teacher
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