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Principal’s Blog

6 April 2020

Time to reflect

Little did I know a few weeks ago I’d be writing this on the first day of the Easter holidays. The Academy’s open throughout the break – including Good Friday and Easter Monday – for those children whom the Government has said are entitled to a place.

Everything has happened so quickly and I hope the holidays will give a chance to reflect on what we have achieved together in a very short space of time. Students, parents/carers and staff deserve a huge ‘well done’.

We have all had to develop patience – more difficult for some than others – and understanding.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the community. I would like to thank everybody who has posted Facebook comments or sent emails to individual members of staff as well as myself, thanking us for what we are doing. You didn’t have to but it does mean a lot. You are inspiring us to do more for your children.

Parents and carers are doing a fantastic job and it is humbling to see how the community is pulling together.

We are in choppy and uncharted waters and all we can do is steer the best possible course, never losing sight of the education and well-being of our children and staff.

We won’t get everything right but we will do our best.

Parents/carers, please remember if you have any issues, in the first instance please contact your child’s year manager or their class teacher via email.

My email, for feedback or anything else, is enquiries@bulwellacademy.org.uk

I hope you and your families keep well and stay safe.


30 March 2020

Welcome to the first of a series of weekly blogs

What a strange time we’re all living through. We’re having to readjust to the impact the coronavirus is having on our everyday lives. We could not have known only two short weeks ago that the Academy would be closed indefinitely.

I want to thank the staff team who’ve worked tirelessly to get our virtual academy up and running. Parents and carers have appreciated what has been achieved in a very short space of time, and myself and the team are very grateful for the positive feedback.

While our academy community might be separated physically, it’s important we use the technology to talk to and support each other. I’m encouraged about how open the communication is between students and staff.

My tip for successful home learning is to get into a routine and stick with it. Please don’t get stressed. We don’t expect students to stay looking at a screen for hours on end. Reward yourself with a cup of tea or walk in the garden!

I am also wondering about Easter holidays. The Academy will remain open for those children, whom the government have said are entitled to a place. However, for those of you with children still at home on lockdown, would parents/carers like us to set special projects to keep children in their routine?

Please let me know any ideas or suggestions and send any further feedback to enquiries@bulwellacademy.org.uk.

Most importantly, I hope you and your families keep well and stay safe. We will get through this.


27 March 2020

The end of a tough week: School Closure Week 1

A video message from the Principal’s office in an eerily quiet school

Video Message from the Principal

A video message from the Principal 's office in our eerily quiet school. Have a good weekend if you can everyone. And stay safe.

Posted by The Bulwell Academy on Friday, 27 March 2020

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.

#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.”

Considering University?

Free events for Year 10 students and parents/carers to “Explore University Together”.

Nottingham Trent University (City Site)

  • Saturday 14 March, 11:15am – 2:30pm
  • Saturday 4 April, 11:15am – 2:30pm

University of Nottingham (University Park Site)

  • Saturday 28 March, 11:15am – 2:30pm
  • Tuesday 7 April, 5:15pm – 8:30pm

Students and staff from each university will deliver information about student life, finance and pathways, and chat through all of your questions over a meal to help support decisions about your next steps.

For full details, click on the “Book your Place” link below.

Careers Fair & Parents’ Evenings: 27/02/20

Annual Careers Fair – Open to All

On Thursday, The Bulwell Academy is opening up its doors to students, parents and the community to welcome you to our annual Careers Fair.

We will be joined by over 25 local employers and careers specialists to tell you about a range of career opportunities to include apprenticeships, college, university and employment opportunities.

Parents’ Evening: Year 10 & Sixth Form

Parents of Year 10 & Sixth Form students are also invited on Thursday to meet with subject teachers to discuss your child’s recent progress and attitude to learning within the Academy.

The evening will be run on an appointment-based system with 5 minutes allocated for each appointment with subject teachers. Your child has been given an appointment card to fill ready for the evening. Please allow time to visit the Careers Fair too.

For more details about the above events, click on the links below.

After School Timetable

The Spring Extra Curricular Timetable is now available. It includes after-school activities, lunchtime activities and some early morning clubs.

The After School Timetable can be found in the Parents Section of the website, and is updated at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

Creative Writing Winners

At the end of last term, Principal Mrs Strong congratulated some budding young writers and rewarded each of them with a certificate and shopping vouchers for their entries to a Creative Writing Competition.

Before the summer holiday, Miss Hemsley invited students to produce a short story on the theme of “space” with the chance to win a prize. Mrs Strong was very impressed with the short stories and poems, and you can now read them yourselves by clicking on the Downloads below. We hope they inspire more children to get writing!

If you are keen to improve your creative writing, why not come along to our Creative Writing Club on Tuesdays after school (in EF03 with Miss Hemsley).

Key Stage 3 Winners: Charlotte (1st), Janaiya (2nd), Freddie (3rd)
Key Stage 4 winners: Kacie (1st), Holly (2nd), Abigail (3rd)