Da Vinci's Bombardier visit! Click the picture to view the full article!
"Students say they feel safe in school and inspectors agree. Students say that bullying, including racist and homophobic bullying, is rare." - OFSTED
"In lessons, students generally concentrate well and are enthusiastic about their lessons." - OFSTED
"The school offers a wide range of cultural and social activities." - OFSTED
"Students behave well, enjoy learning and actively take part in lessons." - OFSTED
"Students show respect for each other and value the support they get from the school. " - OFSTED
Davinci's got Talent! Click the picture to see the full gallery!
"Excellent advice and guidance helps students to prepare for their next steps on leaving the school. " - OFSTED
About da Vinci
Da Vinci Community School is an 11-16 mixed gender Co-operative Trust School with around 560 students. We opened in September 2004 and moved into new state of the art buildings in 2006. We have outstanding facilities that are very hard to match. Since 2004 our exam results have improved dramatically making us one of the most improved schools in the country. Our ethos and strategic development plans are based on 3 core values: Everyone a Learner; Everyone a Leader; Everyone Valued. Click here to read on...
Contact details for the School are as follows:
da Vinci Community School St Andrew's View Breadsall Derby DE21 4ET
Telephone: 01332 831515 Click here to view the rest of the contact information.
For details of our new Urban Choir sessions, and how to join: Click Here
Thank you to all parents and carers for the excellent standard of uniform today. We will be conducting checks on student uniform over the next couple of days to ensure that all students are dressed to continue this very high standard.
Congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved the best GCSE results the school has ever seen!
Both students and teachers worked tirelessly to produce a really positive set of results which include the following successes:
15% increase in the number of students gaining 5A* - C with English and Maths. 20% of our students gained 9 GCSEs at A* - C. 1 in 3 of our students gained 8 GCSEs at A* - C. 25% of students exceeded their target grade in English. 22% increase in the number of boys achieving their target grade in English. 10% increase in the number of girls achieving their target grade in Maths. 15% increase in the number of boys gaining 5 GCSEs A* - C with English
Once again congratulations to all of our students and the families and teachers who gave them so much support.
Click Here to see a photo gallery from the GCSE Results Day
MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
Please Click Here to read the letter from Ofsted following our recent monitoring inspection visit.
The Head teacher has “ . . . made a significant impact on the direction and clarity of vision across the school.”
Students “ . . . display high levels of engagement and positive attitudes in lessons.”
Governors “. . . are ambitious and committed to improving standards.”
- OFSTED March 2016
Welcome to the da Vinci Community School website. I am very proud to be the head teacher of this school which places its students at the heart of all that we do. We are a close knit school community and every individual is treated with care and respect. We have a committed staff who ensure that students have a wide ranging education which extends beyond the classroom. A particular strength of the school is that due to our size every pupil is known as an individual. Our careers curriculum is extensive and we have recently been awarded the Gold Careers Mark and our individualised learning means that students are given every chance to achieve their potential. We are proud of our strong links with a wide range of partners, including parents, Toyota, Derby University and the Quad. We always welcome visitors and hope that having visited the website you will contact us.
The focus for this half term
Click Here to see the assembly on 'Mutual Respect'.
Click Here to read the latest Weekly Bulletin (14/10/2016).
Click Here to find out more about our Student Uniform Survey
Click Here to find out what Summer Reward Trips your child could qualify for
Click Hereto find out about Spring Term 2017 Family Workshops being ran at St Martins.
Click Here to see the gallery from our recent Science visit to the Big Bang Fair at The Roundhouse, Derby.
We had the best attended Rewards Evening where students of all ages and abilities were acknowledged for their hard work and achievement in every area of the school. It was at the Rewards Evening that we announced Ewan Hanna as Head Boy, Mawgan Glasse as Head Girl, William Morris as Deputy Head Boy and Emmy-Lou Palfreyman as Deputy Head Girl.
Around 40 volunteers mended a boardwalk, cut down long grass, repaired polytunnels and gave an iron gate a much-needed lick of paint during Give and Gain day. The day of action was organised as part of the national charity Business in the Community and saw workers up and down the land swap their business suits for overalls and get stuck in for a host of good causes.
We work in partnership with national recruitment company GI Group and around 30 staff from the firm turned up at school, alongside representatives from Kerry Foods and Tottles Bakery. They spent the whole day working at the school to carry out clearance and repair work using materials kindly donated by Nottingham builders merchants John A Stephens. Stella Mosley, our vocational coordinator, met with the building company and they kindly donated all materials needed including sleepers to make new beds, wood to mend the walkway, paint for the outdoor classroom and much more.
Stella said: “GI Group have been a wonderful company to work alongside and we are extremely grateful for their staff for coming along to help us out today. We are very proud of our allotment and wildlife reserve and they are real assets for the school but they were looking a little worse for wear. Through the hard work of everyone from GI Group and the generosity of John A Stephens they are now much improved, while our students have also benefitted from a day spent working outside.” Beth Henson, regional account manager for GI Group, said: “Give and Gain Day is a great opportunity for our staff to get out from behind their desks for one day and make a difference in the community. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at da Vinci.”
“We have taken part in a few projects with da Vinci and everyone at the school is always very keen to engage with us. It’s rewarding for us to meet the pupils and work alongside them both from a personal and a professional point of view because, as a recruitment firm, we appreciate that they are the employees of the future.”
On the 26th May, we took 12 year 7 students to the Derby University campus, Britannia Mill, to compete in the Faraday Challenge. The challenge, which is run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, involved inventing and creating something to make everyday life that little bit easier. Each team were given a BBC Micro:bit, the little device that has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC Micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you're heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet!
Our students were split into two groups of 6, and were a mix of boys and girls. Both teams had lots of fun designing, coding and creating new technology. Each team were asked to design two different ideas, build a prototype and then pitch it to the other schools and judges. Both teams had lots of amazing ideas including; a mail alarm, which would flash and buzz when letters or post were in your mail box, and break assist, which would break for you if it thought you were going too fast or were likely to crash. Unfortunately our team didn't win, however they did gain tonnes of valuable knowledge and even got a free goodie bag.
After the challenge I asked students to write up a short summary about their day and here is what they said:
Ryan Pilmore – "On the competition day we used BBC Micro:bit to create a revolutionary prototype. Our group made a break assist and a watch which tells you your heart rate and other things. The watch was mainly working but the auto-brake was just a prototype and was not connected to anything."
Dylan Rubio – "I enjoyed the trip to Derby University to compete in the Faraday Challenge, because I learnt new things about coding, how to code and that coding is quite easy. My team of 6coded a heat detector and a mail alarm. My favourite part of the Faraday Challenge was when we saw everyone else's products because we got to see what other people thought of our design and what we could do to improve it. I would attend again if I was given the chance!"
Our Year 10 Princes Trust group have been absolute stars! They worked hard for so many hours, helping to renovate and restore a community garden. They had a fantastic day and have done daVinci Community School proud!
On Wednesday and Thursday, 27 and 28 April, Humanutopia came into school to work with some of our students. They are a company who create and run inspiration life-changing courses for our people in schools and their wider communities.
Their unique theory of change explains a process by which a person is empowered to ‘be the change through the Humanutopia experience.’ Their course ‘Who Are You?’ helps young people overcome the barriers they face to unlock their full potential.
Our students were engaged and incredibly responsive throughout and many of them experienced an emotional journey and felt they had evolved during the day. They were very brave and expressed their views eloquently and articulately in front of 200 other students. Going forward, the days will lead to some students becoming peer mentors for others and passing on their experience to younger students.
Humanutopia have since contacted us to say thank you for inviting them to our ‘. . . wonderful school, we really enjoyed the two days. The students were lovely, so friendly and a joy to work with. All the staff over the two days couldn't do enough for us & that was everyone we met, you have a lovely culture within the school.’
On Thursday 28 April, a number of year 7 pupils volunteered to help Miss Hulland litter pick in the conservation area, in preparation for Give and Gain Day in May when our Business in the Community partners have offered to renovate our nature area and our kitchen garden ready for use in the Summer term.
Our students were rewarded with a mini picnic in the seated area in the conservation area and would have had ice lollies had the weather been less unpredictable (cold).
A big thank you to those students who braved the elements to help!
During last half term Mrs Lucas, Pastoral Leader for Endeavour, ran the bronze, silver and gold challenge and the aim of this was to encourage students to get 100% attendance for the half term. We had a considerable amount reach bronze and silver stage and by the end we had 230 students who remained at 100% and they were presented with their gold certificates in assembly. They also received £1 on the cashless system as a reward. This was a fantastic turn out so Mrs Lucas will be running the challenge again before the summer which is an half term that was identified as being low attending last year.
We also offered the tutor groups the chance to compete for the pizza party within their companies. We now have a winning tutor group for each company that all have 97% or above so they will be receiving their reward shortly.
Chocolates have also been given out weekly to the tutor group with the highest attendance in each company and have been praised during assemblies when doing the smart start certificates.
This half term we will be giving students the incentive of qualifying for the governors’ celebration event. Students will need to remain at 100% for attendance, punctuality and no behaviour incidents. This was a lovely event last year as we had all governors attend and presented the students with their rewards.
Students have design postcards for the Senior Leadership Team, and Head Teacher to handout to deserving students during their drop in sessions or generally around school. If they are given the Head Teachers' award card they then collect a prize from Mrs Parry at the end of the day and the SLT cards will be placed in a post box in the students tutor room for a prize draw at the end of the half term.
Students will also be given a gold plated 100% badge if they have completed a whole term at 100%.
N.E.C Skills Show
A group of 55 Year 10 students attended the Skills Show in Birmingham on 19 November 2015. The Skills Show is the biggest careers event in the East Midlands showcasing different career options and college courses.
Students were able to take part in activities such as:- motor mechanics, forensic science, construction, media make up, hospitality, robotics and many more. This opportunity gave students the chance to experience a wide range of skills, to talk to professionals in different vocational areas and look at college and apprenticeship opportunities.
At the end of day students shared their experiences of all the various different taster sessions they had participated in.
As part of their BTEC Music Course, students organised a music concert. They created the themes and ideas for the concert and organised the promotion and running of the event. This involved running auditions, creating posters and programmes, advertising the event to other students and creating stage plans. All the students in the Year 11 Music group delivered the product themselves through either performance and/or different job roles. Following the event they will evaluate the success of the concert to conclude their coursework.
After having to cancel our original performance due to serious technical hitches, we managed to overcome the problems and our rescheduled Christmas performance on Tuesday 15 December was a hugely successful and sold out event, with some brilliant solos and duets, both vocal and instrumental. The choir sang, the dance group danced, our Y11 band played and our staff band Rocked Around the Christmas Tree. MC Bellingall did a fantastic job of compering and the Christmas spirit was well and truly present. A big WELL DONE to everyone for putting in such a fantastic effort and working their Christmas stockings off.
In Humanities Y8 students learned about the realities of child labour by taking part in a factory simulation activity. Students worked on a production line producing t-shirts with a twist, instead of textiles these t shirts were made from A4 paper using origami. Everyone had a job to do on the production line and as the orders came in they had to work hard. There was strict quality control and students were docked pay if their paper folding wasn't up to standard!
The factory owners were quite mean and treated the young people badly (sorry Y8, your teachers were only acting!) and at the end of their 12 hour shift most had earned about 50 pence. It was a fun activity to take part in but as the students found out that working in a factory is a reality for some 12 and 13 year olds in the developing world and they were then able to explore the issues involved further with a number of extension activities. At the end of the activity students reflected on their learning and recorded some thoughts and opinions about the issue on some large T shirts for display.
Rolls Royce Visit
On Friday 16th October, a group of Year 9 students visited the Rolls Royce site in Sinfin.
During the visit we took part in a multitude of activities including:
A tour of the Heritage centre looking at the history of Rolls Royce from the original Silver Ghost Rolls Royce to the up to date plane engines. We took part in a team project where we had to design and make an aeroplane that could be powered by a balloon with limited money to buy products. Teams had varying success on this challenge.
The apprentices at Rolls Royce gave us an in-depth presentation on different careers in engineering and progression.
The visit was very beneficial and it helped broaden our knowledge about the different career paths available.
(article by Kirsty Hanmore and Sam Davies)
Click Here to see more pictures of the Rolls Royce visit
Thursday 8th October was National Poetry Day. The topic for the day was Light.
Students had assemblies around the theme of Poetry, were read poems by members of staff in class and took part in a competition for the best poetry written. Winners were:-
Year 7 Rhianna Lenton–Brown - Year 8 Phillip Freeman E1
Year 9 Sophie Glover C2 - Year 10 Ryan Field E2
Year 11 Emily Baxter C1
Kirsty, Junior Wardens and BBC Radio Derby.
Kirsty Glover, Y11 student at da Vinci, was elected as Derby’s Deputy Youth Mayor for 2015/16 last July. She has been invited to appear by Mashup Derby on the Sally Pepper show this Thursday, 1 October at 11am at BBC Radio Derby.
Mashup Derby are now running Junior Wardens, the Derby Homes initiative, which Kirsty has taken part in. BBC Radio Derby are interviewing Kirsty regarding one of the biggest success stories of the project to date, that of her having been through the project before reaching the position she now occupies. She will be talking about her experience with Junior Wardens. Tune in at 11 am on Thursday to hear what she has to say. We’ll be all ears.
The criteria is based on last years' Extra Curricular PE participation (both competitive and non competitive), number of Student Leaders and hours of curricular and extra curricular PE on offer to students.
On Tuesday 15th September Year 9 students had an opportunity to visit Milton Keynes Coca-Cola factory. Students had insight into the manufacturing and production process involved in producing soft drinks. We were able to see the production line from the cans arriving empty to the finished product. Students were surprised how quickly the whole process to packaged ready to go out to shops. As part of the day they had opportunity to design their own drink looking at the marketing and advertising their own brand, lots of inventive names.
Here are some comments from students about the day;
Chloe Langley said “The trip was really good as I saw the manufacturing process from start to end. It was really interesting finding out about marketing and the history of Coca-Cola and the other drinks made by them. Overall I really enjoyed this trip it is one of the best trips that I have been on, whilst being at da Vinci”.
Megan Bentley said “The trip was outstanding I really enjoyed the day and I would go again”.
Sandra Lewkowia said “I found out lots of interesting facts about the factory and how to advertise products”.
Sainsbury's School Games
da Vinci has achieved The Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Mark. Ms Stafford completed the application a few weeks back and each year previous we have only achieved Bronze, so this is a great step up.
During the recent Alternative Timetable Day, 50 Year 9 students worked tirelessly to develop wind turbine designs to produce the greatest amount of electricity possible.
Click here to find out how students got on during The Wind Turbine Challenge.
The reward celebration event was a great success and the students were presented with their certificates and awards by the school governors. The students were recognised for their great achievements so far this academic year for maintaining 100% attendance, excellent punctuality and no behaviour incidents. The governors commented on how positive this was and how this will impact positively on other students. Overall this was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be involved in and we are now encouraging others to follow this positive path in order to reward more students for their positive attitude towards school.
Click here to view a slideshow of images from the event.
Gemma – “I felt very happy when I got my award and I like everything about it. I enjoyed meeting the governors.”
Angel – “It made me feel very proud to be included in the event with the governors and I really enjoyed it.”
Amy – “I felt very proud when I received my certificate and I was very proud to be a da Vinci student.”
Tegan – “It was really good to get an award for doing well in school.”
Events for October 2016
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