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 Pay online...for peace of mind - Parents will soon be able to book and pay securely online for school meals, trips and other items.

Doddle is an online teaching, homework and assessment resource:

  •  Teachers can track student progress and provide instant feedback on students’ work
  • Students can access Doddle resources online and find support materials to support homework and exam revision
  • Parents can keep track of their child’s assignments and help them search through Doddle support materials

 Spellzone is a fun, easy way to learn and teach English spelling. Spellzone is written mainly with older students in mind: teenagers and adults.  It's the new course that all Yr7-10 have been signed up for weekly spelling.

 We all know that reading transports curious minds to wondrous realms of the imagination. Reading determines success not only in the classroom, but in life. Highly popular and successful for over 25 years, Accelerated Reader (AR) is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice, and we are very proud to welcome it to The Astley Cooper School.

After their initial testing every student in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be given a reading range within the whole range of 1.0 - 7.0+. (A typical range for a Year 7 student would be 4.1-6.8) Students will then be able to read any of the 3,000 fiction books or 400+ non-fiction books (This number is expanding all the time as they add more and more quizzes) we currently have on AR in the library within their range.

 GCSEPod is a unique service, designed to tap into the learning potential of smart phones and handheld devices through a combination of clever technology and award-winning content, to ensure equality of access, high usage and the best possible impact on GCSE results. 

You can access GCSEPod content via the link to the left or on our GCSEPod app.  Each podcast provides you with relevant, easy-to-digest information in a tiny file format, meaning that you can add learning content onto your mobile devices while still leaving room for your own media.

 Click here to view our local Link Family Services website for family support and groups.  Click here for the Link Family Newsletter.


Click here to view the latest government helpful guidelines on keeping your child safe online.

Click here to view recommended websites on the Herts County Council Grid website.

Literacy Matters at Astley Cooper School

http://www.grammar-monster.com/ is full of activities and tips to help with literacy. Much of it could be done at home and the site is interactive and designed to inspire young people. If you want more punctuation and grammar help then this is the site for you.

If you want a topic to try and give all this literacy information a really fun focus then take a look at http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/ It is free and allows you to create a comic to a professional standard or simply have some good old fashioned fun.

Ofsted Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your child’s school...click here for further information.

 Click here to visit the Ofsted webite'We greatly value feedback from our parents and carers, and so we ask parents to complete the OFSTED Parent View questionnaires at our parents’ evenings. Below are the results from five KS3 and KS4 parents’ evenings that have taken place during 2015, and they are overwhelmingly positive. We thank you for your support, and reassure you that we do take note of any areas for improvement and ensure that action is taken to address any concerns'.