Month: March 2020

Arrangements for Children of Key Workers (and for Vulnerable Children)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: 22.03.20

From Monday 23 March The Bulwell Academy will be closed to most students until further notice.

Government advice is for all children to stay at home and refrain from any social contact. However, the school has made provision to accommodate vulnerable children* and the children/wards of key workers.

* Vulnerable children include those who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Please click on the link towards the bottom of this page to read the letter from the Principal clarifying the key worker categories.

For those students of key workers, whom attending school is the only and safest option:

  • The Bulwell Academy will be running normal school hours, with school commencing at 8:30 am and ending at 2:50 pm.
  • Students are expected to wear full uniform and bring sportswear with them (this does not have to be their school PE kit if they choose).
  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be available. However, due to reduced staffing, the food options will be more limited. Therefore, you are welcome to send your child with a packed lunch if they prefer. 
  • Please remind your child that, although we will be running an enrichment curriculum instead of timetabled lessons, our Behaviour Policy still applies and we will contact parents and carers of those children who do not adhere to this policy.

These are difficult times and we thank you for your hard work to keep our community safe.

Should your situation change because you are no longer required to be in work during school hours, and thus our care for your child is no longer required, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

In addition to this, should your child or any member of your household develop symptoms of Covid-19, please continue to follow the self-isolation protocol as set out by Public Health England and our government.

Stay safe

The Bulwell Academy Team

Studying from Home: Student & Parent Expectations 18/3/20

Further to the letter posted on our website yesterday regarding partial closure of the Academy to Year 8 and 9, please click on the link below to read student and parent expectations about self-study from home. It is important that ALL parents and students read the Expectations – a copy will be posted home in the mail to parents.

All students who are self-isolating with their household or who are not expected in school due to any closure of the Academy should access ClassCharts on a daily basis to check and complete work set by teachers.

All students should have received login codes for ClassCharts – if your child has been absent, this will be posted home to you.

Student Links to ClassCharts, Microsoft Teams, GCSE Pod, Seneca Learning and Student Emails can all be found by clicking on the Student Links button in the website footer (bottom of the page).

Guidance on how to use Microsoft Teams is also included on the Student Links page.

Guidance for parents on Microsoft Teams is included on the Parent Links page – the Parent Links button can be found in the website footer below.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support during this time.

Links to information and advice from the NHS website and the government’s response to coronavirus can be found below.

Coronavirus Update 17/3/20

17 March 2020

Click on the link below to read the latest letter from the Principal regarding the school’s response to the latest announcements from the UK government. The letter contains details of a partial closure of The Bulwell Academy from 18 March 2020. Further guidance regarding self-study from home will follow.

Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support during this time.

Links to information and advice from the NHS website and the government’s response to coronavirus can be found below.

SIMS Parent App

An easy way to stay in touch with the Academy

We are keen to reduce our carbon footprint. We want to improve our communications with parents and make it easier for you to keep in touch with your child’s progress at school. To help us do this, we are asking all parents to use the SIMS Parent App.

IMPORTANT: It is essential that you log in SIMS Parent to check your contact details are correct so that we can contact you in an emergency and can inform you about important school issues.

If we hold the correct email address for you on our system, you should have received an activation email from noreply@sims.co.uk. Please click on the link in the email to activate your account.

You can log in to SIMS Parent using your normal Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft username and password. From your smartphone or tablet, download the app from the Google Play or Apple App store – search for SIMS Parent.

More information regarding SIMS Parent can be found in the link below.

Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 30 April, 3.30 to 6pm

Year 8 parents are invited to attend this key meeting to discuss their child’s progress with subject teachers.

For the first time at The Bulwell Academy, parents are invited to book appointments online. Full details are provided in the links below. By booking online you will be entered into a Prize Draw for a £20 shopping voucher.

To make your appointments, go to bulwellacademy.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Fill out all the details on the page using your child’s preferred Forename and Surname that matches our records.

Please try and book Maths, English, Science & ICT subjects together – these subject teachers will be in the Restaurant (all other teachers will be in the Hall).

Any queries, please contact the School Office. Thank you.

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Game on for Sport Relief

Friday 13 March:
Get Active, Have Fun, Do Good!

The Sixth Form Team are leading the fundraising for Sport Relief and have organised a number of fun activities for students to take part in.

For 50p, students can dress up in sports kit for the day (or appropriate clothing that they feel comfortable in). Contributions will be collected on the gate as students arrive to school.

Students are advised to wear trainers so they can take part in the Sport Relief Mile and the fun organised activities in the Sports Hall – Zumba, Hoola Challenge, Penalty Shoot-out and Boxing Fun.

A 50p donation for the Sport Relief mile will be collected during Tutor Time. We are looking forward to seeing everyone out on the field either running, plodding, walking or cheering on!

Sport Relief Wristbands will be on sale for £1 in the courtyard, along with the ever-popular Bulwell Bake Sale. Contributions of home-baked and shop-bought goodies are very welcome, and should be handed in to the Sixth Formers or Reception on the day.

Let’s make this the best Sport Relief yet! Get active, have fun and do good!

Click on the link below to view the tutor time / assembly presentation.

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#CreateNoHate

A ground-breaking initiative which has been proven to dramatically reduce bullying is being piloted by The Bulwell Academy. Thirty Year 10 students have been trained as mentors and will lead peer group sessions, encouraging others to take responsibility for issues that may arise.

The Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme is being run in conjunction with Nottinghamshire Police. Principal Mrs Strong said: “We’ve been inspired by this programme and its results elsewhere”.

“Bullying in schools is not new and The Bulwell Academy is no different to anywhere else. We want students and parents to be reassured we are doing everything we can to minimise its impact.”

In the programme, males and females are not seen as potential victims or perpetrators but as empowered bystanders with the ability to support and challenge friends and peers.

The Year 10 students chosen to be the first mentors will act as role models in leading this initiative, delivering sessions to younger peers to provide them with knowledge and tools to navigate their time here, helping to build a safer school community.

Mr Lowther, who will oversee the programme and provide support to mentors, said “Our young mentors will take this experience and learning into life after school. Both universities and workplaces will benefit from the experience students gain on the MVP Programme.”

“We hope the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme will have a key role in reducing issues of bullying at the Academy and help students to feel empowered to stand up to bullying.”