All appointments such as doctors or dentist appointments, should be made out of school time. If you have an unavoidable appointment such as at the hospital, you must bring in a note from a parent and a copy of the medical letter. All notes must be signed by your Head of Learning, prior to signing out at reception. A parent or carer must collect you from school and sign you out. You are expected to be in school before and after the appointment, allowing for travelling time.
You are expected to be present in school every day. You should only be off school if you are very ill. A cough or cold is not a reason to not attend school. If you are ill, it should be a rare occurrence. Anyone who takes a lot of time off school misses out on learning and it affects their grades and life chances. Phone calls must be made to the absence line each and every day you are absent from school. A parent who does not make sure their child has good attendance is referred to the Local Authority and faces fines and can possibly be taken to court. Holidays are not permitted in school time.
The astroturf is a place for ‘sportspersonship’. If you use the astroturf, you are agreeing to play sport with fairness, ethics and respect. The astroturf is supervised by members of staff at break and lunchtime and they are there to make sure that rules are followed and it is a safe environment for all. There are usually at least four games of football as well as cricket. You should take away all litter and belongings.
Assemblies take place once a week. The whole year group gets together and focuses on key values and ‘The Big Question’ of the week. Assemblies are delivered by the Head of Learning, a member of Leadership Group or another member of staff. You will often be asked to participate. You will arrive at the assembly and sit with your form class. This is a quiet time for reflection and participation.
It is expected that you follow our behaviour code. We expect you to:
arrive on time to school and lessons; be in correct uniform; follow reasonable instructions; engage in lessons fully; try hard to complete classwork, homework and coursework; treat other students and all of the school community with respect; follow instructions first time; be helpful, polite and honest; show care and compassion to others.
The following are some examples of what we consider to be unacceptable behaviour:
swearing; violence or threatening behaviour; damage to property; being in possession of a weapon; rudeness; not following teacher instructions; distracting others; not completing class work, coursework or homework; bullying; discriminatory language such as homophobia; lateness to school or lessons; truancy from school or lessons; abuse of the school email or ICT network. This applies in lessons, around the school and when you are outside of school.
These are the strategies we will use to deal with students who behave unacceptably:
recording a demerit on the school information system; removal from class by our on call system; sending students home to change their uniform; asking students to make up for lost time; a reminder of expected behaviour in and around school; letter or phone call to parents; parental meeting; withdrawal from lessons on a temporary basis; confiscation of items; teacher, department and school detentions; removal of privileges; Internal Exclusion; Fixed Term Exclusion; Permanent Exclusion
We follow a sanctions ladder to sanction poor behaviour.
The following items are banned in school:
- Mobile phones, smart watches and other electronic devices
- Chewing gum
- Non standard uniform items
- Energy and high sugar drinks
- Large sharing bags of crisps, chocolate and other unhealthy food items.
These items will be confiscated and will either be disposed of or given to your student manager who will log the item and then return to your parent or carer at a time convenient to the school.
The following items are prohibited in school:
- Offensive Weapons such as knives and anything which is intended to cause harm to someone else
- Fireworks, lighters, matches
- Tobacco products including E-cigarettes and vaping devices
- Stolen items
- Pornographic images.
Items such as these will be reported to the police. The headteacher may add to the list of banned or prohibited items as appropriate.
The school canteen offers healthy and nutritious hot and cold food. This can be eaten in the main dining room or from the food unit in the main playground. To pay for the canteen, your account should be topped up with credit online. Details of how to do this are available on the school website or from the front office. If you think you may be entitled to free school meals, ask your parent or carer to apply online. All students and staff clear their own plates, making it a friendly and clean environment for everyone. If you have comments or suggestion about how to improve the canteen, please email the student council.
Do you know what you want to do when you leave school? Most people need help and guidance with this and thankfully we have a member of staff on hand to help. For information and advice about colleges, university and jobs please go to G14. All students will receive a careers interview and have the opportunity to do careers activities and workshops.
A wise person once said, ‘If you can change a classroom, you can change a community’. Think about how your classroom looks and feels. How are you contributing to it? You should make sure classrooms and learning spaces are orderly and tidy. If you would like to change something about the classroom, please email the student council. If you would like to change something about learning, talk to your teacher.
All students have a computer account and access to computers before and after school. By arrangement you can access a computer at lunchtime (see relevant section). When using the computers, you agree to abide by the ICT and Safe Computer User Agreement. Never share your password with someone or leave your computer logged on. If you do so, you will be responsible for any activity on your account including any emails that are sent.
You should move around the corridors quietly and without fuss, following the corridor rules. Please have a look at the signs on the wall. They tell you the unacceptable behaviours. These are:
- No littering
- No mobile phones or headphones
- No physical contact
- No shouting or inappropriate language
- No running
- No lingering
- Uniform infringement.
On the rare occasion some students decide not to follow safe corridor rules, they will receive a slip which gives notice of a detention. You will be awarded a merit for positive behaviours such as holding doors open, letting people through and picking up litter. Thank you for being polite and courteous. It really makes for a pleasant environment.
Sometimes students are given detentions. They are obligatory to attend. If you have been given a detention, make sure you make a note of the date, time and location and inform your parent/carer so they know where you are after school hours. It is your responsibility to be present on time. The school has the power to set detentions for up to one hour after school and parents/carers can’t object. It is the law!
Our school uses the Dynamic Progress Reporting (DPR) software to monitor and report on your learning in different subjects. You will have key learning objectives, which you must work towards securing. You will be assessed regularly and will be awarded the following:
You can access the DPR from school or from home. Please make sure you login to the DPR regularly (weekly) and check the feedback your teachers are giving. In addition, you should share your DPR login details with your parents/carers and private tutors so they can support you with your learning. You can also upload evidence of your work to show how you are achieving the key learning objectives in your different subjects. As a school we also monitor how frequently you login to the DPR in order to check the level of your learning engagement and self-regulation.
Successful students come to school ready to learn. It is expected that you bring with you a blue or black pen, pencil and ruler. You should have this student planner with you and all books for the subjects you have that day. You must also have a reading book at all times. You should also have a mathematics set and small dictionary. Your own green pen would be useful for peer-marking and redrafting. Don’t forget your PE kit on PE days!
Family Support Worker
Our Family Support Worker is in G13. If you or your parents/carers need help with a matter at home, she is on hand to help you. You can also pop along at lunchtime if you just need a chat.
In class feedback:
You will be provided with feedback regularly by your teacher. Live marking is used in all subjects with target codes that are used by your teacher to focus your efforts on areas to improve. Make sure you know what these target codes mean. After you have received feedback, you should improve it using a green pen. Make sure you act on your teacher’s feedback for improvement and try to achieve the target you have been assigned. Often you will be required to peer assess someone else’s work. Think carefully about your feedback and the important role you have in helping your peer or yourself to improve.
Your DPR is updated by your teachers and you should check the progress of your learning on a regular basis. You may upload pieces of work as evidence for your teacher to consider so that you can move from ‘Emerging’ to ‘Secured’. Your teacher may provide feedback on your DPR; you should respond to this feedback so that you are engaging in developing specific key learning objectives
We are very fortunate to have a well-equipped fitness suite. You can use it at lunchtimes and after school. Please go along to the fitness suite to find out more and to stay healthy.
Your form tutor is there to help you with day to day problems and to listen to you. You will see them at least three times a week and you should find them if you need to tell
them something. They would love to hear your good news too!
All homework and assignments will be set by your teachers on the DPR. You should make sure all assignments and homework are written in your planner too. You can log on to the DPR through the school website. All assignments and homework should be submitted as requested by your teacher on the DPR on or before the deadline. All assignments and homework will be linked to a key objective as identified on your DPR. You will be set different types of homework by your teachers. These are:
- ‘Flipped Learning’: Homework that will require you to complete specified learning tasks at home, ahead of the topic or skill being covered in class. This will help you to become more independent in your learning as well as helping you to consolidate your learning more rapidly in class.
- ‘Exam Skills’: Homework that is in the form of a practice exam question to help you develop your exam skills.
- ‘Consolidating’: Homework that is an extension of something you have covered in class, to help you consolidate your learning.
- ‘Closing gaps in learning’: Homework that allows you to complete any work that may not have been completed in class.
All students will receive some form of extra intervention while they are at school. Sometimes it is during the school day and often it is after school. When you are in Year 11 you will be expected to attend after school most evenings for targeted support with your work. This is a privilege and something that would cost a lot of money if you had a private tutor. It will help you get a better job in the future. Thankfully in school it is free. It is your responsibility to make sure you arrive on time and prepared. Make sure you have reminded everyone at home where you will be and what time you will be finished.
At lunchtime we advise all students to eat a delicious freshly cooked meal from our school canteen. If you are worried about queuing there are five places where you can get your lunch from and we have timed the queue and it is no longer than seven minutes. At lunchtime we have a range of clubs and activities for you to get involved in, including the gym. Check out our clubs board for more information. We also have three designated areas for private study. If you are attending a club or need to see a teacher at lunchtime, you will need a lunchtime pass from the teacher before the time the club starts. Private study requires a stamp in your student planner which you can get by queuing up on the ground floor outside G4. The library has free access at lunchtime.
Letters to and from Home
Most letters will be sent home by email. Please make sure we have your parent or carer’s up to date email address. We will sometimes send letters through the post and sometimes you will be given a letter to take home. Please make sure your parents receive the letter as it will contain important information. Most letters are placed on our website too. If you have a letter about your absence, please make sure it is handed to the Attendance Officer in the front office. Any other letters from home, please give to the person it is addressed to or your form tutor.
This is the reason why we are here. If there is anything that is affecting your learning, please speak to your Form Tutor, Student Manager or Head of Learning.
The library opening hours are Monday to Thursday 7.30am-3.45pm and on Fridays 7.30am-3.30pm. Students are allowed to borrow four books for two weeks but can renew them at any time. If you are an avid reader, you can borrow up to six books!
Lost property should be taken to the front office where it will be logged and returned to its rightful owner. If you have lost anything, please go to the front office first. To avoid misplacing items, please make sure all uniform has been marked with your name. All unclaimed lost property will be displayed at the end of each term. Any items remaining by the holidays will be donated to charity.
If you have medical needs, please make sure your parents or carers have informed the school. Any medication that you have to take during the school day should be placed in a sealed named bag and given to the Welfare Assistant in the medical room. This will be discussed with your parents and a care plan will be put in place. If you hurt yourself or fall ill during the school day, you can go to the medical room. You must have a note from your teacher or you won’t be seen. Most of the time the ailment can be treated in school and you can carry on with learning. If you are really hurt or ill, your parents or carers may be called to accompany you home. Please make sure all phone numbers on the system are up to date and there are at least three contacts available.
There is a mentoring period three times a week with your form tutor. During this time you will take part in the following activities as shown below. Please make sure you have a reading book with you at all times.
Reading & Notices
English Exam Skills (until 4:10)
Reading & Notices
Smart Skills -
Smart Skills -
Smart Skills -
Smart Skills -
Reading & Notices
Reading & Notices
Merits are awarded for effort and achievement. You may also get a merit, if you are helpful or contribute to wider school life. When you have a certain number of merits, you receive a lapel pin and a text home. Use the rewards page in your planner to keep track of your merits and rewards.
Mobile phones are not permitted to be seen in school. If a member of staff sees a mobile phone at any time on the school premises, it will be confiscated and you will receive a detention. Your phone will only be returned to a parent or carer and this will be done at a time convenient for the school.
Presentation of Work
Neat work is really important. It shows that you have taken care and given the right amount of attention. It also helps your teacher read what you have written! Neat, well-presented work is easier to revise from and easier for an examiner to mark. Please make sure you have a black pen, pencil and ruler. Over the page we have our presentation policy- please keep to it.
You must be in school by 8:40am. If you arrive after this time, you will be marked as late. This will have an effect on your learning and will result in a detention for you. Be on time!
At Forest Gate Community School we offer sport as part of the curriculum and a range of clubs before school, at lunchtime and after school. For more information, see our clubs noticeboard; ask your PE teacher or check on the website.
School trips happen throughout the year. At the end of the year there is an educational trip day that all students attend. Have a look at the school calendar on the website for planned trips for your year group. You must make sure you bring in the permission slip and any money required in plenty of time.
The school is open on Saturdays for students to do exam intervention with teachers by prior arrangement. We also run Headteacher’s detention between 9:00am and 10:30am, where students are expected to attend in full uniform. If you are in school on a Saturday, you must enter via the back gate and sign in.
Personal presentation is important in the world of work and we want to make sure that you develop a sense of pride in how you look. Research suggests students behave better in school uniform and therefore your learning will benefit. Remember you are ambassadors for Forest Gate Community School and your behaviour when in uniform, including going to and from school, reflects on the school.
The school’s uniform supplier is Fashion Stop, 138 High Street North, East Ham, E6 2HT
Tel: 020 8552 3200
Uniform items must be plain, without accessories, logos, decoration or any other colours. Below is a list of acceptable uniform:
- Blazer: Black FGCS blazer with logo
- Shirt: Plain white shirt with collar
- Tie: FGCS tie, worn to the waist
- Jumper (optional): FGCS V-Neck with logo
- Trousers: Plain matt black, tailored, regular fit (no denim, coloured pocket zips)
- Skirt: Plain matt black, knee-length
- Socks or tights: Plain black
- Shoes: Plain black leather school shoes, providing adequate protection and support (no casuals, fabric, canvas, trainers, sandals, pumps, ‘work’ type shoes e.g. Doctor Martins, high heels, boots, coloured laces, coloured stitching)
- Coat: Plain black, to be removed in class (no leather, suede, denim, hoody, sweatshirt, sports top, body warmer, gillet)
- Hijab, abaya, prayer cap, turban, patka: plain matt black.
Jewellery, Decoration and Other items:
- A single necklace or bracelet for religious reasons
- Hats: Plain black woollen hat, only to be worn outside the buildings during cold weather (no bobbles, visors)
- Hair fasteners: Plain black or plain white
- Earrings: Small plain studs, matching pair or single
- Belts: Plain black, plain buckle (no oversized buckles)
- Make-up: To be modest and discreet (no lipstick, false eyelashes, acrylic nails)
- No body jewellery, hair dyes, coloured hair extensions, tattoos, visible undergarments.
PE Kit: Required items:
- Shirt: Green FGCS polo shirt with logo
- Shorts: Black FGCS football shorts with logo
- Socks: Black FGCS football socks.
PE Kit: Optional Items:
- Tracksuit bottoms: Black FGCS bottoms with logo or plain black bottoms
- Sweatshirt: Black FGCS sweatshirt with logo or plain black sweatshirt.
Curriculum Rationale Overview
Our curriculum aims to deliver the following outcomes:
resilient, confident and responsible citizens
a supportive and inclusive environment
positive destinations for our students beyond our school.
The steps 1 to 6 below demonstrate how we achieve this:
1. How much progress do we expect from our students?
- We provide judgements for all students against key learning objectives. These objectives are designed to be challenging and they reflect the knowledge and skills required for each student to make progress.
- Our reports are both meaningful and helpful to parents and students because they clearly demonstrate how much progress students are making and what else they need to do in order to improve.
- Students are allocated a pathway dependent on their starting point at the school. This is usually determined by the KS2 attainment.
- If students demonstrate secure understanding on all of their key learning objectives before the end of the academic year, they will be allocated a new, more challenging target so that they achieve their very best.
- If a child makes the expected progress between Year 7 and Year 11, it will look like this:
Students’ starting points at KS2, upon entry to FGCS
Allocated pathway(s) for the student
Expected Year 11 GCSE grades linked to the pathway(s)
Old grade comparator (guidance only)
Progress significantly above the expected level of attainment at KS2
7, 8, 9
A to A*
Progress the same as the expected level of attainment at KS2
C1 to B
Progress below the expected level of attainment at KS2
E1 to C2
Progress significantly below the expected level of attainment at KS2
G to E2
Video 1: New GCSE Grades Explained in 3 Minutes
2. What are the main principles behind our curriculum?
- To identify core knowledge and skills to be learnt, retained and recalled over time
- To facilitate opportunities for ‘mastery learning’ and encourage depth before breadth
- To create independent learners who can self-regulate
- To help students be able to retrieve critical learning information by deploying the process of diagnosis, therapy and testing (DTT) in our teaching
- To help students connect different strands of learning together
- To develop ‘examination literacy’ and the ‘application’ of knowledge
- To develop behaviour and attitude reflective of responsible citizens, able to read, write and communicate well, to allow them to play a positive role in British life.
3. What do students learn at FGCS?
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- We offer a broad and balanced curriculum. All of our students take GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE RE, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Statistics. Additionally, all of our students will be doing GCSEs in either single or combined Sciences.
- We allow our students three option choices in their GCSEs in Year 8, with the exception of a few students who have two choices as they require more support in English and/or Mathematics.
- The vast majority of our students will choose highly academic subjects which will qualify them to meet the standard required for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), a measure that has been identified to ensure students are prepared for academic careers. We do not believe that this route is suitable for all our students. Some students will choose two options only and they are given additional time to improve their literacy and/or numeracy skills which will help them to access the full curriculum.
- These are the following subjects we offer as an additional option choice in Year 8: GCSEs in History, Geography, French, Spanish, Business, Computer Science, Art, Drama, Media Studies, Music, Sociology, Food and BTEC Sports.
- The ability to use a computer effectively is an essential life skill. Almost every career in today’s world requires computer skills and Internet skills. Therefore we expect our students to study ECDL, as it equips them with the practical skills needed and is used across the whole school curriculum. ECDL is designed to promote computer literacy for all our students. This raises the knowledge and competencies in common computer applications and supports better attainment levels.
- In Year 11, we expect all our students to practise examination skills after school for their different subjects.
- Our mentoring periods are 50 minutes long and we have a clear agenda which takes the Citizenship (Cz) and Smart Skills (SS-Literacy and numeracy) programme of study (PoS) into consideration.
- During mentoring time, we also have a clear PoS to develop some of our students who are talented in Music, Art and Drama.
- We develop our students’ cultural capital and resilience through our excellent Master Mission programme incorporating our Big Question assembly schedule.
4. How do we assess and report what our students learn?
Video 2: Reporting to parents through DPR-Learning Collaboration
Video 3: Dynamic Progress Reporting (DPR): Parents and Students' Viewpoint
Dynamic Progress Reporting FAQ
- Our curriculum sets out a clear, differentiated learning journey for students with different starting points at KS2. For each subject and for each Year group, we have carefully identified approximately 10 key learning objectives, which are carefully linked to the new national curriculum for GCSE grades 1-9.
- Students are expected to demonstrate a ‘secured’ understanding in these areas within the course of a year.
- All teachers are required to report four times a year.
- Students and parents receive real time judgements on the extent of student learning through our bespoke Dynamic Progress Reporting online application, after each interim assessment.
We assess our students in the following ways:
Nationally standardised summative assessments
These will be done the following ways:
Interim Retrieval Practice:
We will formally assess our students four times a year to help us assess how much learning they are able to successfully recall. The results from these tests can be used to inform the DPR judgements
For all students we record and report a judgement on the key learning objectives which we colour code to mean the following:
EMERGING: This means the student has not yet shown understanding of the learning objective
DEVELOPING: This means the student has shown some understanding of the learning objective
CONSOLIDATING: This means the student has shown good understanding of the learning objective, but they need to practise more to secure their understanding
SECURED: This means the student has shown excellent understanding of the learning objective
The table below shows what we record and report:
What we collect
What they mean
How we show progress
For which year group?
Attitude Towards Learning
1 = Outstanding;
The extent to which students organise themselves without intervention from teachers or adults
Professional judgement made by teachers indicating if the student is on/off track to achieve their end of KS4 target
Years 7, 8, 9
Current Grade: This is the grade your child has achieved from a recent test
Projected Grade: This is our best estimate, using the professional judgment of the teacher, of what your child will achieve at the end of the KS4 course. It is based on how well they are progressing at the moment.
We subdivide grades thus:
7a: highly secure
Years 10, 11
5. How do we provide pastoral care and guidance to our students?
- We support students by engaging with parents/carers and we offer them support in order to build positive relationships by writing to them regularly.
- We have a dedicated Family Support Worker who supports families who are in need and those who experience genuine hardship.
- Students' behaviour is monitored very rigorously across the school by using different reports to support students – Form Tutor, Head of Learning, Head of Faculty and Pastoral Support Plan.
- Underachieving students are identified by our pastoral team. They scrutinise the data and they conduct targeted Learning Walks to monitor students’ academic attainment, achievement and general wellbeing. Underachieving students are mentored and they are given a clear action plan of how to improve, this is then monitored by the Head of Learning.
- The pastoral team and Family Support Worker offer students strategies to improve their attendance and punctuality to school. Daily home visits take place to ensure that students are in school on time every day.
- We offer all of students a free healthy breakfast in the mornings from 7:30am – 8:30am. We also have a dedicated area where students can come and do their homework before (7:30am – 8:30am), during (break and lunchtimes) and after school (2:50pm – 5:30pm) every day. This facility is fully supervised by a member of staff at all times.
- We have a zero tolerance on bullying. Students are able report issues of bullying directly to a member of staff or they can report it to our dedicated email (firstname.lastname@example.org) anonymously.
6. How do we provide careers information, advice and guidance to our students?
- Our Careers Information and Guidance Officer runs a drop-in session as well as a face-to-face interview for students about their career needs.
- All of our Year 11 students receive at least one face-to-face impartial careers information and guidance interview by an external careers officer. Students who require additional follow-up interviews receive more.
- We organise a week’s work experience for our Year 10 students and our Year 11 students take part in a careers fair organised by our Careers Information and Guidance Officer. Approximately 25 providers consisting of colleges, sixth forms, universities and apprenticeship providers attend the annual careers fair each year.
- Our Careers Information and Guidance Officer meets with parents on a regular basis and we offer parents timely information to help students make informed decisions about post-16 education.
- The Careers Information and Guidance Office promotes careers education learning in the school by working closely with educational providers and employers. Our students regularly visit educational establishments and places of work to broaden their understanding.