What is a Personnel Leader?

The main role of a Personnel Leader is to meet potential candidates who wish to work at Liskeard School.

What do Personnel Leaders actually do?

Personnel Leaders act as tour guides, showing potential candidates around the school. They are also called upon to make up the Student Panel, which is a group of Personnel Leaders from across the year groups who interview each candidate and ask questions that are important to the student body. Representatives from the Student Panel feedback to the Head teacher Mr Lingard and governors on the main interview panel. The views of the Student Panel are taken into consideration when making a final decision about which candidate should be appointed.

What commitment do Personnel Leaders need to make?

To attend the Personnel Leaders training and catch up work missed when called to help with the interview process.

What qualities would I need to have to be a Personnel Leader?

* Confidence

* The ability to scratch beneath the surface and ask searching questions

* Professionalism

* Good communication skills

* Enthusiasm

How are students selected to be a Personnel Leader?

In addition to having the qualities outlined above Personnel Leaders are selected based on their behaviour record and pride in their appearance. Being a Personnel Leader is a privileged position therefore students are carefully chosen.

Which year group do I need to be in to apply?

Any year group.

How many positions are available?


How do I apply? Download an application form here. Email it to or print it out and give it into Reception.



Pupil Premium

Free School Meals & Pupil Premium Application Form


What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families.

The Pupil Premium Grant is a lump sum given to the school based upon the number of students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been registered for FSM in the past six years. Students in care who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant as well as students who have been adopted from care. Students whose parents are in the armed services are also contained within the Pupil Premium bracket and attract additional funding in order to support their social and emotional well-being. The impact the Pupil Premium Grant is making in each school is closely monitored by the Department for Education and by OFSTED.  The funding, quite rightly, has to be accounted for. 

Like all students, Pupil Premium students are all unique and have differing needs – some greater than others.  We therefore try to make best use of this funding by supporting students according to their needs and all Pupil Premium students will not get the same support.


Why is there a Pupil Premium Grant?

Nationally students eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment on average than those who have never been eligible. For example, over the last five years around a third of students in England who have been eligible for FSM achieved five or more 4-9 grades in their GCSEs, compared to more than two thirds of their peers.


Was your adopted child formerly a ‘looked after child’ and adopted on or after 30 December 2005?

From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005.  Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.  The Government has extended the coverage of the Pupil Premium in recognition of the traumatic experiences many adopted children have endured in their early lives and a realisation that their needs do not change overnight.

To enable our school to claim the Pupil Premium which could benefit your child, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence.  For example, you will need to show the school a photocopy of the original Adoption (Court) Order with sensitive information concealed; e.g. the names of the birth parents. Please contact your child's Assistant Head of Year if you would like more information. Read more about Pupil Premiums on this FAQ sheet.


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Our Objectives

At Liskeard School the Pupil Premium Grant will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The funding will be used to close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers, particularly in maths and English. As far as possible, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities and we will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most.


Our Policy

  • The Pupil Premium funding will be clearly identifiable within the budget. 
  • The Headteacher, in consultation with the governors and staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium funding is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils.
  • We will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils.
  • We will be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant and the Headteacher will report to the governing body and parents on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims.
  • We will publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium funding.
  • We will ensure that parents, governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant.
  • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils.
  • We will track the impact of the strategies put into place through the funding to ensure that we can show the value that has been added to the education of the entitled children.
  • We will monitor, evaluate and review the impact of the Pupil Premium funding.


How many pupils at Liskeard are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Our Pupil Premium funding for 2018-19 is based on the following numbers:

Year 7: 70

Year 8: 54

Year 9: 53

Year 10: 43

Year 11: 71

Total: 291


What additional support do we provide for students eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Funding is committed to specific mentoring support, 1:1 tuition, phonics lessons and booster programmes in English, maths and science, as well as pastoral support such as counselling and a TicTac centre supported by the school. In addition, we fund bespoke sessions by external agencies to support learning and behavioural programmes as well as alternative curriculum programmes. The funds are also used to employ a school councillor and two part time Year 6 transition workers.

We have specific financial support plans for help with buying school uniform, residential trips, breakfast clubs and school meals, music lessons and after school clubs and transport.

Greater detail of each area of support and the allocation of the funding is provided below.


How do we monitor the progress of Pupil Premium students and track any additional support?

Details of the overall progress individual students are making in each year group (with additional detail for English and maths) are collated centrally each term. Alongside this progress data is a record of any additional support each student has received in the same term.

After every Progress Check the progress and attainment of students are analysed at a whole school level as well as by Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year and by the classroom teachers. The progress of Pupil Premium students is a standing agenda item at fortnightly meetings to ensure the most recent data is scrutinised and acted on by the Heads of Faculty and Heads of Year.

Progress meetings (known as ‘RAG meetings’) are held for each year group each term in which any Pupil Premium students not making good progress in English, maths and science are discussed and actions to address this are agreed.


Measuring the impact of the Pupil premium Grant


Pupil Premium students (50 students)





Average Total Attainment 8



Average Attainment 8 Grade



Average KS2 Prior Attainment



Average Total Progress 8



Students Achieving 9-5 in English and Maths



Students Achieving 9-5 in English



Students Achieving 9-5 in Maths



Students achieving 5 Standard Passes inc EM  




Non-PP students (115 students)




Average Total Attainment 8



Average Attainment 8 Grade



Average KS2 Prior Attainment



Average Total Progress 8



Students Achieving 9-5 in English and Maths



Students Achieving 9-5 in English



Students Achieving 9-5 in Maths



Students achieving 5 Standard Passes inc EM  




  • The tables above show that the difference in progress (measured by the ‘Progress 8 figure’) between PP and non-PP students is -0.16.  This compares with the gap nationally of -0.4.  There is a gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and others in our school, but it is smaller than nationally. 

  • Students from disadvantaged backgounds arrive at our school in Year 7 considerably behind other children (see the ‘Average KS2 Prior Attainment’ figures above).   

  • Too few students from disadvantaged backgrounds are achieving the grade 5s or better in English and Maths or five standard passes in English and Maths (grade 4s).  These figures are important because they open access to young people to A Levels and more skilled vocational courses.  PP students’ progress in Maths is a particular area for improvement. 




% of students on or above track to make good progress







Year 10









Year 9









Year 8









Year 7









  • In the above table, good progress is defined by students being on track, as far as it is possible to predict, to meet or exceed the outcomes of the top 20% of other students who were working at the same ability in Year 6.
  • The gap nationally between PP and non-PP students in terms of progress or students meeting expectations, is around -20%.
  • Our biggest gap is with last year’s Year 9 (current Year 10) and shows a gap of -10%. In Years 7 and 8, the PP students are performing slightly better than non-PP students in terms of progress.




Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 6

Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 7

TOTAL SPEND FOR 2017-18 = £243,000



Of the 194 students in Year 7 who took the end of KS2 tests:

  • 64 were below the expected standard in Reading;
  • 59 were below the expected standard in Grammar, Punctuation, Vocabulary and Spelling;
  • 64 were below the expected standard in Maths;
  • 96 students were below in at least one of the expected standards and 46 were below in all three.

The considerable needs are largely addressed by the employment of a specialist teacher with primary education expertise and experience.  Extra groups in English and Maths are being taught by this colleague in Years 7 and 8 and these lessons are supported by Tas.  The students who are significantly below the expected standard in literacy are withdrawn from studying a foreign language and have five extra hours of literacy, phonics-based teaching in Years 7 and 8.

Website PP Policy 2018 19 Page 8


TOTAL SPEND FOR 2017-18 = £22,000

What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors are older students who provide advice, support and a friendly listening ear to younger students.

What does being a Peer Mentor at Liskeard School involve?

Peer Mentors are given full training on all the aspects of the role in the Summer Term. They then play a key role in Year 6 Induction Day and evening, welcoming students, showing them and their parents around the school, answering questions and generally helping them feel at home. This may also involve visiting Year 6 students in their own school.

From September onwards Peer Mentors are out and about in Year 7 areas at break and lunch, wearing bright yellow jumpers, answering questions and being a friendly face! Some Peer Mentors even get to accompany Year 7 on their trip to Porthpean!

Each Peer Mentor is attached to a particular Year 7 tutor group and attend Year 7 tutor period once a week, helping students with their weekly academic review and also leading on Newswatch.

Peer Mentors are there to listen to students’ problems and anxieties for the whole academic year. This could involve anything from helping a Year 7 student organise their homework to comforting them because of something that has happened at home. All Peer Mentors are given Child Protection training to help them deal with any scenario they may come across.

What commitment do Peer Mentors need to make?

To attend:

  • The Peer Mentor Training Day
  • Year 6 Induction Evening
  • Year 7 parents’ evening
  • To spend one tutor period a week with their allocated Year 7 tutor group.
  • To give up break and lunchtimes, particularly in the Autumn Term to ensure Year 7 settle in well.
  • To prepare Newswatch sessions and deliver to a Year 7 tutor group.

What qualities would I need to have to be a Peer Mentor?

  • A big smile!
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to form relationships
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Trustworthiness
  • Empathy
  • Ability to be supportive

Which year group do I need to be in to apply?

Year 8

How many positions are available?


How do I apply?

Download an application form here. Email it to or print it out and give it into Reception.




What is the TicTac Centre?


A health information and advice centre open to the students of Liskeard School & Community College.

Everyone who goes to TicTac will be treated in a non-judgemental, friendly way, as the staff there have a genuine interest in the health and well-being of young people.


 Who Runs It?

The centre is run by doctors, nurses, counsellors and volunteers.

Separate rooms for private consultations are available.

Everyone is entitled to complete confidentiality, unless they are thought to be at risk of serious harm.

What info is Available?

Information on various topics is available from friendly staff, posters and leaflets:

  • Puberty
  • Smoking
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Family Concerns
  • Healthy Eating
  • Sexual Health
  • Fitness & Exercise
  • Immunisations
  • Acne
  • Stress
  • Teenage Pregnancy
  • Bullying
  • Bereavement

and much more


We have a main room for large groups and two smaller rooms for individual consultations and small groups.  All rooms have blinds for privacy.



Although the TicTac building is on the Liskeard School premises, we are a separate organisation from the school.  As such, any information given to staff in TicTac will stay in TicTac.  In exceptional circumstances, such as if you were being harmed or were at risk of being in any danger, we will need to speak to someone.  The young person involved will be asked for their permission to pass the information on before any action is taken.

TicTac is a teacher and parent free zone.  If a teacher wishes to talk to a member of TicTac staff we ask them either to phone us or to come in outside of TicTac opening times.

Download a copy of the TicTac Leaflet

Registered Charity Number: 1097592

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Liskeard School & Community College
Liskeard, Cornwall
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Phone: 01579 343922
Text: 07913558843



Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is taught to all students within tutor period. Delivery takes many different forms, from visiting speakers to special assemblies as is considered an extremely important part of educating students to stay safe and grow into responsible adults. Click the link to view the PSCHE Enrichment Activities. If you have any questions about the PSCHE curriculum please feel free to contact Mrs Emily Lofthouse who oversees the programme.


Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism

In response to the Department for Education Prevent Duty published in June 2015, PSCHE and year group assemblies look at British Values, types of extremism and radicalisation. Through these we raise students' awareness and educate them about what to do if they have any concerns.

The Prevent duty: what it means for schools and childcare providers

In order for schools and childcare providers to fulfil the Prevent duty, it is essential that staff are able to identify children who may be vulnerable to radicalisation, and know what to do when they are identified. Protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of schools’ and childcare providers’ wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other harms (e.g. drugs, gangs, neglect, sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. 

Schools and childcare providers can also build pupils’ resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. It is important to emphasise that the Prevent duty is not intended to stop pupils debating controversial issues. On the contrary, schools should provide a safe space in which children, young people and staff can understand the risks associated with terrorism and develop the knowledge and skills to be able to challenge extremist arguments.

Click the links below for more information and slides on recent lessons:



PSCHE Lesson Years 7,8 and 9

PSCHE Lesson Years 10 and 11

PSCHE Overview 2018-19

If you have any concerns yourself as a parent or wish to find out more information to support your child the resources below may be of use:

Guide to Extremism and Radicalisation for Parents

FAST - Families Against Stress and Trauma



Notice:  Ski Trip information meeting, 15th Nov, 6pm in 6th Form Common Room. Please ensure your child has returned their consent form beforehand. During this meeting we will provide parents with all relevant information on the trip: location, hotel, kit lists, trip hoodies, previous skiing experience of students, payment plan and a definitive list of those who wish to ski/snowboard. It will also be an opportunity for parents to meet the staff and ask any questions. 

Reminder: Please activate your ParentPay accounts - if there are any issues, please contact Finance on 01579 325718.

Please note: We now take card payments over the phone on 01579 325718. 

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