Encourage your child to read for pleasure…

Reading for pleasure gives your child so many things – an adventure into another world, an understanding of people and social relationships, excitement and wonder.

Added to this

  Research shows that an 11 year old who reads for enjoyment for 30 minutes a day boosts their school performance by up to a whole year! 

So how can you encourage your child to read?

  1. Keep reading material around the house. Children who grow up with books and magazines around them are much more likely to pick up a book and start reading. It doesn’t even need to be books – magazines, comics, this all counts as reading.
  2. Ask your child what they are reading at the moment. If they aren’t reading for pleasure then suggest a book you know fits in with their interests. If you’re not sure what to suggest have a look at our recommended reading lists. These lists update regularly so never go out of date:

Year 7 suggested reading list

Year 8 suggested reading list

Year 9 suggested reading list

Year 10 suggested reading list

Year 11 suggested reading list

  1. Model reading. If your child sees you enjoying a good book or magazine they are much more likely to pick one up themselves.
  2. Give your child the gift of reading. Give books for Birthday and Christmas presents. If your child is into technology, buy them a Kindle or E-Reader.
  3. Visit the local library and take out books for free! Reading doesn’t have to be expensive. Your child has access to an extensive range of books in school as well. Taking a book out of the school library is also free!

Information regarding our Key Stage 3 courses is currently being updated by staff at LSCC and will be published on our website as soon as it is ready. 

The curriculum is deliberately broad and balanced to provide pupils with the opportunity to experience a range of subjects, enabling them to develop their talents and try out new skills. In addition, some subjects begin their GCSE courses during Year 9. Throughout the key stage, schemes of learning focus on the development of personal learning and thinking skills. At the end of the year, key stage 3 pupils have a Challenge Week which provides opportunities to learn new skills beyond the usual classroom lesson structure. Examples of challenges might include:

  • Learning to kayak or surf;
  • Orienteering and camping on Dartmoor;
  • Creating a play in a week, etc.

This year, one of the things we are trying to develop is students’ ability to learn effectively outside of the classroom. Using six tried and tested strategies, we hope that students will be able to ensure the way they study or revise at home is as effective as possible. It is one thing to be able to remember something soon after it has been taught, but quite another to properly learn it so that it can be remembered and understood months later.
The six strategies will be referred to in class and taught throughout the year. Posters showing each of the strategies are displayed in every classroom and are shown below for your information.


Please click on the relevant Strategy image to open a more detailed PDF document about that Strategy.


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Liskeard School and Community College is a member of SMART (South East Cornwall Multi Academy Regional Trust), along with two other secondary schools and three primaries. At Liskeard, we believe in ‘achieving more together’. The ethos and culture we have is based on the view that we all benefit through co-operation and by supporting each other. The joining of SMART and forming a close partnership with other like-minded local schools, therefore, is the obvious and most natural thing to do. We are genuinely excited about the opportunities that being part of SMART will bring to the staff, the students and the wonderful community of Liskeard.

SMART's website can be found here -

SMART Policies and Financial Information

Please click HERE to access:

  • SMART Articles of Association
  • Annual Accounts
  • Trustees’ Report
  • SMART Funding Agreement
  • Liskeard School and Community College Supplementary Funding Agreement
  • SMART Financial Statement
  • SMART Financial Policies
  • SMART Register of Business Interests
  • SMART General Policies

Policies used across SMART can be accessed HERE.

SMART is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 7542166.

The registered office is at Community School,
Wearde Road,
PL12 4AY.

Telephone: 01752 843715

Good school attendance is essential for students to make good progress. We know from our own analysis and from national research that students with over 95% attendance achieve one grade higher on average in their GCSEs than students with attendance below 95%. The table below shows what good attendance looks like in terms of days off and lessons missed in an academic year.


Attendance website

 Holidays in term time will not be authorised (except in exceptional circumstances) and from September 2019 will result in an automatic penalty notice. Penalty notices are £120 per child per parent.

We ask parents to arrange any medical appointments out of school hours where at all possible, but understand this isn’t always easy. Absence greater than 3 days needs to be supported by a doctor’s note.

If students are absent from school, we expect them to catch up with any missing work. Students with severe medical issues preventing them from attending school will be supported as appropriate to ensure they do not fall behind.

Rewarding attendance has been shown to have a long term negative impact, however we do recognise and celebrate excellent attendance. Students with 97% or above attendance each half-term are awarded house points and those with 100% at the end of each term receive a certificate and letter home.


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

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