Our school works collaboratively with the wider community to inspire our students and to provide a real context for our students’ learning.
We are pleased to announce that our new Community hub, ‘The Hive’ is now officially open. The building will be used as a centre for lots of different community projects, which you will be updated about regularly via letter and on our website under ‘The Hive’ tab.
Our school works closely with ‘Go Learn’ whom provide Family Engagement sessions for students and parents. These sessions have been running successfully this academic year where parents and students have taken part in cooking and craft activities together.
Due to the success of the family engagement sessions we have been given the opportunity to host a paediatric First Aid course for parents which will be run by Go Learn course providers. This takes place on the 21st and 28th September and 5th October, from 4-5:30pm. For more information, or to book onto this course, please send an email for the attention of Mrs L Raynor.
In addition to this, our Community Garden Project is currently underway. This provides all of our local community with the opportunity to get involved in renovating part of the garden at ‘The Hive’, with people from the local community and volunteers from the ‘Master Gardeners’. If you are interested in being part of this, please contact Dave Cliffe; firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also proud to support our local community through running Parent E-safety sessions; this provides the opportunity for our parents to find out how to keep their children, and themselves, safe online. These sessions will run at The Hive every Monday from 10:15am-11:30am.
Furthermore, we also facilitate for our local community to meet and talk to local beat officers in our area about any concerns or things they would like to see happen/change in the community. This is called "Cuppa with a Copper" and runs on Thursdays from 5-7pm at The Hive.
Additionally, we are delighted to provide a chance for parents and carers to meet with our SENCO, Miss Crewe, at The Hive to discuss any needs that their child may have and to meet and chat with other parents. This SEND meeting is for parents on the 25th October from, 3:50-5pm.
We have a variety of curriculum links with the local community, as well as our feeder primary schools and upper schools. For example:
The Creative Arts Faculty has many links within the community such as performing in a number of charity events and exhibiting art work in our local community. We have developed performances, exhibitions, competitions and fashion shows so that our students’ experiences are enriched and celebrated publicly. For example our ‘Little Mermaid’ production; performances at the Ashby Show and Coalville Arts Festival, to name a few, in order to encourage students to develop their skills in their creative way and celebrate with the wider community.
We have had a number of visitors and professionals to lead workshops in specialist areas and work with focus group students; our Enrichment opportunities have had a positive impact on student attainment. The Creative Arts Faculty celebrates all aspects of creativity at Castle Rock and supports our students’ learning and progress whilst boosting their self- confidence through also providing these additional extra-curricular opportunities facilitating for our students’ creativity to flourish.
Furthermore, our successful steel pan band regularly perform for various local community events to raise money for charity. Through our Music Maestros initiative, we also have links with 'The Coalville Light Orchestra' who rehearse with our Music Maestro orchestra every week. Parents, Carers and grandparents are also invited to join in to learn an instrument. The Coalville Light Orchestra is an amateur orchestra which meets Tuesday evenings (term time) and also throughout the school holidays in July and August (excluding Bank Holiday week) to play light classical music in a relaxed environment just for the pleasure of it. Unlike many amateur orchestras, it does not give public performances so its members can enjoy playing without the spotlights, an audience and intensive rehearsal schedules.
Our students also have the opportunity to work with the local community through working with the Rotary Club where they take part in their various competitions, such as the ‘Rotary Young Chef’ award. We believe that Cooking amongst young people is a valuable life skill and these community links require our students to prepare and present a three course meal within a pre-set budget and time limit, which is judged by an expert panel. We also take part in their literary competitions.
In PE we have established Club links which enable our students and local coaches to work together in a number of ways. We also invite their coaches to come and deliver sessions after school and during lunch times through our formal Club Links established with North West Leicestershire School Sports Partnership; families of schools and local community clubs.
Club links include:
- Ashby RFC
- Coalville RFC
- Coalville Swimming Club
- Ashby Castle Lawn Tennis Club
- Coalville Rangers Hockey Club
- Coalville Town Hockey Club
- Coalville Gymnastics
- Heather St Johns Football Club
- Broom Leys Cricket
- Ibstock Town Cricket Club
- North West Badminton Club
- Measham Leisure Centre
- Hood Park Leisure Centre
- Hermitage Leisure Centre
- Ashby Hasting Cricket Club
- We are also proud to lead Forest Way and our feeder primary school students in inclusive and traditional sports sessions.
In addition to this, we have established links with Loughborough University which enables our students to develop their knowledge further and experience how they can work in sport. We also accommodate their PGCE students to enable them to complete phase A and B teacher training.
Additionally through Maths we offer Parent Support evenings every year to provide parents with effective ways to support their children’s learning at home. We also send out a weekly email to inform Parents about homework being set and provide links to relevant video clips to explain the learning each week.
We are also very proud of our UKMT teams which liaise closely with local schools to promote good practise on a regular basis.
Other links include: the ‘Leicestershire Education Business Company’ and the ‘Museum Learning Team’ where our students starred in an Education film about the ‘Dangerous Science of Mining’ and we look forward to sharing this educational resource with primary schools across the East Midlands next year.