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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 is making provision to accommodate vulnerable children* and the children/wards of key workers.

* We have contacted parents/carers of vulnerable children separately. These include children 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.

If you are a key worker and require your child to attend school from Monday 23 March , please complete the Microsoft Forms link (near the bottom of this page) by 5pm on Sunday 22 March so that we can plan appropriate provision.

Thank you to those key workers who have already responded. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you the current message from our government and our Education secretary, Gavin Williamson.

#StayHomeSaveLives

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 should arrive in 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

School Closure Statement

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, from Monday 23 March The Bulwell Academy will be closed to most students until further notice.

Clarification is expected this afternoon regarding the children for whom the school will remain open. We will update all stakeholders with this information immediately it becomes available. We aim to confirm which students should come to school on Monday in the next 24 hours.

Arrangements are being made for the continuity of education for all students in and out of school. You will receive notice of these in advance of Monday.

Your patience, understanding and support during these difficult times is much appreciated.

Thank you

On behalf The Bulwell Academy Staff Team

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Studying from Home: Help Page

Update: 25 March 2020

Due to limited staffing at school, we are no longer able to issue Study Packs (paper resources) for students who are struggling to complete work online.

Students struggling to complete work online (who have not received a Study Pack) can choose to use the Daily Home-School Timetable below. Work completed can be showcased when we return to school.

A range of free online resources are also being posted to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.


CLASSCHARTS CODES AND LOG-INS

Need a ClassCharts code? Need help with your email address or your login? Please email your tutor and/or Miss Kelly:
emma-jo.kelly@bulwellacademy.org.uk

FOR STAFF EMAIL ADDRESSES – CLICK HERE!

Message from the Principal, 25.03.20

Whilst school is closed due to the UK government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, students who are feeling well are expected to study at home. Where possible, students should complete their work online and submit to teachers at least once a week. Teachers will provide feedback to students at least once a week.

Students using the Study Packs or Daily Home-School Timetable can share photos of their work with their teachers by email if they are able or keep the documents safe until their return to school.

Thank you for your continued support and for bearing with us as we adapt to a new way of working.

Click on the link below to read the full Message from the Principal


Quick Guide for Online Working

Students should log on to ClassCharts daily to complete the work set.

Completed work can be sent directly to the teacher via email or by uploading it to Microsoft Teams.

If students have questions about the work set, please email the teacher who set the work or message the teacher using Microsoft Teams.

Getting Started: FAQs

I don’t know how to get on to ClassCharts

  • Students will have been given their login code at school OR it will be sent to them in the post. If students (or parents) do not have a code, please email the child’s tutor and/or Miss Kelly:
    emma-jo.kelly@bulwellacademy.org.uk
  • ClassCharts is available to download as an App from Google Play or the Apple App store. It can also be accessed here: classcharts.com

How do I get started on Microsoft Teams?

  • Firstly, students need to activate their Microsoft Teams account by following the instructions in the Activation Email sent to their Student Email.
  • Once students have activated their account, they can access Teams and Student Emails through the Microsoft Office link by going to Student Links (in the website footer at the bottom of the page)

How do I access Student Emails?

  • Click on Student Links (in the website footer at the bottom of the page) – then click on the Microsoft Office link
  • Type in your Student Email Address and Password
  • Your Student Email Address is your school PC login username followed by @bulwellacademy.net
  • Your Password is the one that you use to log in to a school PC.

How do I access Microsoft Office Applications like PowerPoint, Word and Excel?

  • When you log in to Microsoft Office (office.com) on the Student Links page, you will see all the Office Applications you need. There is no need to click on the INSTALL OFFICE button.

How do I upload work to Teams or Message my Teachers?

  • Further guidance for Teams can be found on the Student Links page.

I don’t know the teachers’ email address. Where do I find it?

I can’t get on to GCSEpod. Who can help?

  • Email claire.stopard@bulwellacademy.org.uk for help with GCSEpod

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.”