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    How do you tackle bullying?

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    How do you tackle bullying?

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    We promote an ethos and culture of being a 'telling and talking school'. Students need to tell us if they have a worry or a concern with regard to bullying. There are various ways in which they can do this which includes speaking directly to a member of staff or, for example, using the online 'Report it' link on the school's intranet. Anti-bullying awareness is raised via well being, assemblies and other presentations in school e.g. Y7 have this year already had a theatre in education group perform to them an anti bullying production followed by workshops.

    We have a large group of Y8 and Y9 students trained by the Diana Trust as Anti Bullying Ambassadors, they go into Form time and Assemblies to send out the clear message that Bullying is wrong. The Ambassadors are also proactive around the school site at social time helping any students who require their assistance. House Leaders and prefects are expected to model good behaviour. In the students' planner there is a section of information on the school's anti-bullying policy written in a 'student friendly' way.

    Staff are trained and the pastoral team are very proactive in their aim of ensuring that all students feel happy and safe at school thus helping to enable them to achieve their best possible academic outcomes.

      - Mrs B Humphrey-Lewis

    When will Brailsford kids be offered a non-service bus?

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    When will Brailsford kids be offered a non-service bus?

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    County transport are responsible for transport-it is not normally something school organises (although that could change)

      - Mrs B Humphrey-Lewis

    How do you get to be in the school show?

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    How do you get to be in the school show?

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    If students wish to have a leading role in the show they have to audition. They are required to learn a short scene and a song from the chosen show. If they wish to just be apart of the chorus they attend a singing audition and sign up for the dance rehearsals.

      - Mrs S Corboz

    Are pupils taught in ability groups? If so, how do you decide?

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    Are pupils taught in ability groups? If so, how do you decide?

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    Pupils in year 7 are largely taught in mixed ability sets across the curriculum. In maths and English they are broadly banded according to assessment data received from primary schools.

      - Mrs L Betty

    When did you convert to an academy? What does that mean? Do you have a sponsor?

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    When did you convert to an academy? What does that mean? Do you have a sponsor?

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    Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is a single academy trust converting to a multi-academy trust - called the QEGSMAT. A multi-academy trust is a group of academies that join together to form one legal entity; a company limited by guarantee and a charity. In this case QEGSMAT stands for 'Question, Explore, Give, Succeed' - these form the basis of our vision and values; we put children and young people at the centre of the Trust.

    QEGS will be one academy in the multi-academy trust but other academies/schools will join. These academies will come from the local area.

    The benefits of being part of the QEGSMAT are:

    • to work together to provide the very best education for all young people;
    • for all academies/schools to be able to retain their unique characteristics and features;
    • to shape education for future generations as a group of local schools;
    • to work collaboratively within a formal structure to recruit, develop and retain the very best staff; sharing resources and seeking economies of scale;

      - Mrs A Martin

    Do you have to have a horse/pony to do the equestrian riding?

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    Do you have to have a horse/pony to do the equestrian riding?

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    Preferably you need your own pony but you can still be part of the team by helping out at competitions. You may be able to borrow a pony but this will need to be discussed with Anita Gadsby who is the point of contact for QEGS Equestrian Team. Please contact me if you need more details.

      - Mrs K Starkie

    When will I first meet my form tutor?

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    When will I first meet my form tutor?

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    You will get to meet your form tutor on the Induction Evening (Day 1 of the 3 day Transition in the summer term before you start at QEGS)

      - Miss L Jones

    How much homework do I get in year 7?

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    How much homework do I get in year 7?

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    This varies between subjects and year groups, it is roughly 30mins-1hour per subject per week; parents are sent a letter during the first week of term with the exact requirements for each subject.

      - Miss L Jones

    How many children are in a class?

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    How many children are in a class?

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    The amount of students in a class differs across the curriculum. We aim to not have more than 32 students in a class.

      - Mrs L Betty

    What plans are there to improve the sports facilities?

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    What plans are there to improve the sports facilities?

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    In terms of improvement, we have a planning request submitted currently in conjunction with Ashbourne Rugby Club to upgrade our changing facilities on the field. Our running track pitches have both been upgraded following advice from RFU ground staff to improve drainage. Both the astroturf and courts have a rolling programme of cleaning and rejuvenation throughout the year to ensure they are kept in the best condition possible. Our sportshall and gym are checked and maintained on an annual basis by Mercury ( a specialist gym company) to ensure that the equipment in both facilities complies with current Health and Safety legislation and are fit for purpose.

    To compliment this the PE staff all have access to continual CPD and hold current coaching qualifications in the majority of sports we deliver. Particularly gymnastics, trampolining, athletics, rugby union. The PE department also use part of there annual budget for a rolling programme of the replacement of required equipment. Recent purchases include new hurdles and high jump matting for athletics, an additional trampoline, end decks and extra matting for trampolining.

      - Mr S Bembridge

    Please can you explain the value students gain from taking the core Religious Studies GCSE?

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    Please can you explain the value students gain from taking the core Religious Studies GCSE?

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    All students follow a course in GCSE Religious Studies at QEGS Ashbourne. There are several reasons for this. Firstly Religious Education provides an awareness of the broad spectrum of religious beliefs and morals present within our country and abroad. This enables the students to evaluate situations and to navigate their own way through the complex world that is modern Britain. Secondly the students have a focused opportunity to explore their own beliefs in a supportive and structured programme of study, and finally all students are able to take a GCSE in Religious Studies. In fact the QEGS Ashbourne success rate with GCSE Religious Studies is one of the best in the county, and every year we have students who gain amongst the best results anywhere.

      - Mr M Bawden

    Sport England ICT Mark Peak 11 and FMSIS Regional Winner - The Character Awards 2015 Healthy School Leading Space Education Quality Mark

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    Registered Address - The Green Road, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1EP
    Tel: 01335 343685 | E-mail: enquiries@queenelizabeths.derbyshire.sch.uk

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