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Welcome to Bexleyheath Academy
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Congratulations to Mrs Hutchinson who is the winner of our prize draw and has received a voucher for Nandos.
If you did not enter the draw, but wish to provide your email address to us to ensure we are able to contact you via the quickest and most cost-effective route, please send your details through to Ms V. Morrison – Office Manager, via email@example.com or by telephone on 0208 303 5696.
At Bexleyheath Academy we are striving to provide the best possible experiences for your child. To this end we are investing heavily in developing our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle. This is Bexleyheath Academy’s gateway to learning beyond the classroom and your child should be accessing regularly.
What are the benefits of Moodle for you and your child?
• Access to homework and additional information so no instructions or sheets are lost
• Messaging service for pupils to ask questions when they need help
• Tracking attendance and punctuality
• Checking timetables and upcoming events
• Cloud based storage for documents and resources
• Monitoring of behaviour
• Supporting achievements via access to VIVO, the Academy’s reward system
• Access to assessment and reports before parents evening
• Available 24/7
If you would like further information or a reminder of your parental account details please contact your child’s form tutor or head of year.
It was fantastic to see so many of you at Friday's Academic Review Day. Thank you very much indeed for your positive comments and input which I can assure you were warmly received and these have been passed on to the rest of the staff. I also appreciated you taking the time to fill out our questionnaire's which will now be reviewed and the feedback compiled where it will be discussed by the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body. The key issues will then feed into our Academy Development Plan with subsequent action points and timescales for improvement assigned to them. I am a strong advocate of Academic Review Days and have set them up in four Academies now. I genuinely believe they are a more efficient and effective alternative to the more traditional Parents Evenings and for a whole host of reasons. However, we will still be hosting key information evenings at various points throughout the academic year and should an issue arise regarding your child's education at any point, you can contact the relevant member of staff at any time to arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss it over the telephone or in person, my preferred option. Our next ARD will be in November but termly reports will still continue to be produced for every student in the Academy noting their updated progress, attainment and attitude to learning. Thank you once again for attending on Friday and we look forward to continuing to work alongside you to further improve the educational standards at Bexleyheath Academy.
With respect and best wishes,
Mr C A Wakefield
Please note that in the ‘Meet the Principal Evening’ attachment on the right hand side of this section, there are updates on the targets set on the evening of 28 January 2013.
Mr C A Wakefield
18th March 2013
Please find a letter from Mr Burnett, Assistant Vice-Principal, relating to the Homework Timetable which is also attached. It is the complete Academy document referring to the timings of homework for all year groups and individual subjects and is self-explanatory. Mr Burnett has however left his direct contact details if you wish to clarify matters or discuss the procedure further.
Mr C A Wakefield
Please find attached the Academy term and holiday dates for the next academic year, 2013/14.
Please note in particular the staff training days which we are required to conduct throughout the year.
Two other important dates I would like to bring to your attention are:
• The last day of this academic year for students is Friday 19 July
• There will be an extra staff training day on Friday 28 June which means the Academy will be closed to all students on this day
Mr C A Wakefield
are you aware that very soon all young people will be required to be in education or training until they are at least 18 years of age? Please click on the link below for more information and look out for updates as to when this becomes the law.
Please find both the letter sent out by Mr Dore in January 2011 and the Academy Mobile Phone Policy. As you will see, we do not allow mobile phones to be used in lessons. If they are seen out, the member of staff will warn the student once and then if they are seen again, they will be confiscated for a period of two weeks. We do however allow the students to use them at break and lunch in the canteen and outside areas. We also do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to mobile technology devices brought into the Academy. This has been in place for two years now and does very much ensure that mobile phones and technology does not interfere with the core business of teaching and learning.
Many thanks in advance of your continuing support in this matter.
Mr C A Wakefield
Evennett Backs Bexleyheath Academy's Miahcats
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, visited Bexleyheath Academy in Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, on Friday morning (17 May) to meet with a group of pupils who are trying to raise funds for an exciting new project.
The Year 9 group are hoping to enter Greenpower racing events, but have to design and build their own environmentally-friendly car in order to compete. The pupils gave a presentation to Mr Evennett about their plans and discussed both the construction and project management involved. Their team will be called The Miahcats, named after their tutor and Head of Construction Rakib Miah.
Greenpower racing events are organised by the Greenpower Education Trust and aim to inspire young people to change views about engineering by encouraging links between schools, industry and the community.
Mr Evennett said “I was impressed by the dedication and excitement I saw from the pupils, which was apparent in their presentation and discussion. I believe that projects like this are vitally important in encouraging young people to work together and highlighting the importance of STEM subjects. I will be supporting the Miahcats on their quest and hope that they can make it to the grid. If you are a local engineering firm interested in sponsoring the team so that they can get this project off the ground, please do contact them via Bexleyheath Academy.”
Mr Miah said "The pupils have made me very proud. They are role models to their peers and perfect examples of what can be achieved with hard work, enthusiasm and determination. The level of commitment and professionalism shown by the students is phenomenal especially at such an early stage. If they continue this way, I am certain the pupils can all look forward to very lucrative careers ahead of them"
Whilst at the School, Mr Evennett also met with the new Principal, Carl Wakefield, and the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mark Spicknell.
The students who took part are:
Kara Amy Lark
Marcos Dos Santos
Businesses interested in sponsoring the project should contact Mr Rakib Miah at Bexleyheath Academy on 020 8303 5696.
The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC)
Year 9 and Year 10 BTEC Business students
The National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC), Friday 10th May
160 Year 9 and 10 BTEC Business students had the privilege to take part in the National Enterprise Challenge (TNEC). TNEC is an inter-school competition that is available to all secondary schools in the UK. The challenge in the words of Lord Alan Sugar, ‘gives schools the opportunity to harness pupils with key employability skills’.
On the day, the students were set a specific enterprise challenge, and were organized into in teams of six. The challenge involved creating a brand new innovative product and during the course of the day, students were asked to brand the product, draw up a marketing plan (4 P’s) with straplines and logos. Each group delivered a 30 second elevated pitch to the visiting TNEC facilitators and the groups were then shortlisted to eight successful groups.
The prize for the winning team was a guarantee of a place in the UK finals to be held at the Troxy Centre, East London on 1st July, during which time they are expected to participate in a Q&A session with very special guest, Lord Sugar himself. Therefore, you can imagine that the competition and expectation was very high indeed.
With lunchtime to prepare, the eight finalists, in front of all present including 3 judges, presented their creations. It was a hard decision to choose one because all students provided a very professional delivery with limited resources and time.
Flavalets, a runner-up team of Year 10 students created a drink that was in the form of a tablet. The tablet could be dropped into a glass of water to make a refreshing drink. They not only presented the pitch but also created a very humorous advert which they acted out to the judges.
Zac Isak who was also a part of a runner-up team Technobrella said ‘Friday was a very fun and engaging day for me and my team, they (TNEC) gave us a once in a life time opportunity to harness our business mind and learn from a fantastic business event, away from the classroom’. Zac’s team presented an innovative business to business umbrella creation which had a built in projector via the spokes to project corporate advertisements as well as measure weather conditions and weather forecasts via a 3G mechanism.
However, the winners who will represent Bexleyheath Academy at the finals with a very convincing pitch were ‘Me-Check’:
Their creation was a device that can be worn to monitor heart rates, metabolism, and blood pressure amongst other health awareness issues for all users. Nikolas said ‘there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. This is what got us through the challenge and we won eventually’.
Temi also remarked ‘the competition was amazing. It let us as business students think about enterprise in the real world. Additionally, since my groups are now going to the final, it will give us the chance to bring forward our imaginations and our inventions to business entrepreneurs around the UK.’
Congratulations to them and we wish them the very best of success for the final in London. I must congratulate all of the Business students who took part in the challenge which proved to be a steep Business learning curve for all participants. They were a credit to the Academy and it was quite interesting to watch what could be some budding entrepreneurs in action.
Disneyland Paris May 2014
Just to let you know we are now accepting deposits and payments for Disneyland Paris May 2014. This trip is currently only available to years 7 and 8.
If you wish your son or daughter to go, then he or she must collect a parental consent letter from their tutor, have it signed return the letter with two passport size photos and a deposit of £130 to Mr CM Bradford in room T1.1 as soon as possible to be allocated a place.
You can pay by a variety of methods:
- By logging into the Parent Pay system and clicking on the Disneyland Paris option.
- By cheque, crossed and amde apyable to "Bexleyheath Academy".
- By depositing the cash at reception and having it signed for.
You can then opt to pay monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or even by making a final payment in one go as long as the cost of the trip is paid in full by Easter 2014.
Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr CM Bradford on the school number. (020 8303 5696)
Welcome to the School Online Payment Website
We can accept online payments for school meals, trips, music lessons, etc.
ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24-7, safe in the knowledge that this website has been security checked by many local authorities and uses very high internet security standards.
At school we are committed to giving all pupils, whether they take a school meal or not, a consistent messages about eating healthy food. We support the '5 a day' campaign to encourage children to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Find out more about Healthy Eating at www.eatwell.gov.uk
Our menus have been developed following in-depth research of essential nutritional balanced meals set against the food young adults like to eat. Parents are encouraged to take up their entitlement of free school meals and with our lunch card system as every student is the same in the dinner queue. Please contact the school office for more details.
Barclays Bank Visit
The Academy was invited by Barclays Bank to take part in a project being run in the Bank to look into talent development and career mobility for people who are in their early careers. Barclays also wanted to include young people under 16 years old within the project.
Six Year 10 students volunteered to take part in a focus group, to find out how they perceive the future of work. The students left the Academy, accompanied by Miss Knight and Mr Telfer, on a Friday at midday not really knowing what to expect. Two train journeys later they arrived in Canary Wharf in the centre of Docklands and made the short walk to The De Vere Venues Conference Centre.
The students were greeted by a facilitator who took them to a conference room and they set to work. The focus of the session was to imagine what work and life would be like 30 years in the future. The students could be as creative as possible. Once a consensus was reached within the group the students then devised a presentation to put over their ideas.
The students then joined a bigger group of Barclays Bank employees and senior executives to deliver their presentation, which was done in the form of a television news item and interview. This innovative approach was very well received by Barclays and impressed everyone present. While the students were giving their presentation two professional artists were drawing their ideas to form a mural.
Before the end of the afternoon the talent manager from Barclays approached the Academy staff to say that he was so impressed with the students that he was keen to work with Bexleyheath Academy to help develop talent of our young people before they entered the world of work.
Congratulations are due to the six students who all contributed their individual and unique talents to such an excellent end result:
The Miahcats have always been a close group. We have prided ourselves on being there for each other through the good and bad. They have always been very proud of their school environment and know the meaning of hard work. They have always been eager to prove that you can work hard in school but have some fun along the way.
Throughout the years we have taken photos to document our changes from Year 7 to Year 9. It's always fun to look back at how they have changed and always a pleasure to show the parents, especially on the most recent academic review day.
This year, as well as documenting our changes and progress as a group, it was decided by Kara Amy Lark that we should show some of the other pupils who have come along to our departments and have enjoyed the hard work necessary, as well the fun. The title decided by Kara shows what we sometimes forget. It is all about the students. You may not always remember a bad lesson but you're probably likely to remember the good times and the memories you create.
Kara Amy Lark and Amy Wishart (pictured) stayed after school on Thursday as they were eager to get the collage wall finished on time to show the parents. It shows how proud they are of the school and our group. Led by Kara they were helped by other students along the way.
The collage wall and title embellishes what Bexleyheath Academy is all about - Pride through achievement.
Bexleyheath Academy Newsletter - Summer 2013
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Laura Dockrill visits Bexleyheath Academy
On Tuesday 30th April, Laura Dockrill, author of Darcy Burdock, Mistakes in the Background, Ugly Shy Girl and Echoes, visited Bexleyheath Academy to talk to over 170 primary students from St Thomas More and Upland Primary Schools. Laura spoke about her inspiration for writing, ideas, how she got started and she also read extracts from her latest book Darcy Burdock. Laura signed copies of her book for the students before they left and the students were so enthused that they had started to read her book straight away. Laura also did a workshop with some Y7 students in the Upper School Library during Lesson 3 and got them to write about their feelings for food a subject close to her heart! The morning was great and everybody was infected with her enthusiasm and zest for writing and life.
Mighty Musicality of Bexleyheath Academy
Mighty Musicality of Bexleyheath Academy took place on the 19th and 20th of March. A staggering £1,158.86 was raised through the two concerts and this money will be spent on a new digital piano for the school hall for future performances.
More pictures and videos to come soon.
Ebbsfleet United Football Tournament
The U13 & U16 girls football teams participated in the Ebbsfleet United 6-a-side Football Tournament today at Leigh Academy Technology College in gale force winds and torrential rain. The girls were a credit to the school which included four sixth formers who also gave up their time to help coach the two teams. The U13 Team (years 7/8) won the tournament and the U16 team (Years 9/10/11) placed 3rd.
The U13 team (years 7/8)
The U16 team (Years 9/10/11)
Starting Year 7? Try our 'Moving up Book'
The interactive 'Moving up Book' shows what new Year 7's have said about starting Secondary School and answer your all important questions.
Click the image below to open the 'Moving up book', please be patient as it can take some time load.
Bexley Primary School Spelling Bee
On Wednesday 20th March, 11 primary schools from the Bexley area competed in the 4th annual Primary Schools Spelling Bee. The schools were Lessness Heath, Christchurch, Upland, St. Thomas More, Gravel Hill, Barnehurst, Danson, Bursted Wood, Old Bexley, Hillsgrove and Pelham.
It was a very close, exciting competition and all the participating schools did extremely well. However, Danson Primary School was a very worthy winner with 72 points, Bursted Wood came second with 64 points and Old Bexley CE Primary School came third with 62 points.
The Danson students, Jeevana Thavarajah, Dhruti Halai and Manisha Halkhoree were each presented by Mr Wakefield with a winners certificate, a dictionary kindly donated by W H Smith and a £10 book token. Danson School were also given a framed winners certificate. All the other students were given a certificate for their magnificent performance and taking part.
Trip to Civic Office Bexleyheath
8 students visited the Civic Office in Bexleyheath, the pupils were a credit to the academy and their behaviour was exemplary. In fact they were the best behaved bunch there (and I’m not being biased).
The question and answer session at the end of the day held in the Civic Chamber was really good and pupils got to ask questions of TFL, Bexley Bus garage, Transport police and council officials about issues that concerned them, there were some very good questions asked by pupils, they really put the panel on the spot.
Out of the four workshops all but one of our pupils opted for the first aid workshop, and some commented that they thought it would be a good idea if the academy were to run first aid coursed for pupils.
Coca Cola Real Business Challenge
Coca Cola Real Business Challenge Friday, 15th February 2011, London Final Kia Oval Cricket Ground
It was a pleasure to escort 8 successful Year 10 Business students to the event above recently. To reach the ‘London Final of the Real Business Challenge’ hosted by Coca Cola, the students had participated in an enterprise challenge comprising of creating, planning, marketing and costing of an healthy soft drink.
|The competition involved 250+ schools in the South East and 89 schools in London. The London final comprised of the top 10 schools in London and the students were issued a new challenge on arrival to Kia Oval. The challenge involved the Special Olympics and the students had to create and record a Radio Advert raising awareness of the event, create a promotion campaign for the event, cost the promotion plan with a restricted budget and present the plan to 3 top executives from Coca Cola (in front of around 150 participants).|
The students who comprised of Jared Baseley, Jasvir Kaur Neta, Jack Scott, Danny Dixon, Erol Sarafat, Harry Starbuck, Bernadette Obode, and Luke Symonds. The students worked extremely hard on their promotion plan in what was a very difficult and competitive environment. Erol Srafat remarked after that is was the most difficult business challenge he had taken part in but he had enjoyed the day immensely and had learned lots of new business skills. To reach the final was an achievement in itself and we are very proud that they represented Bexleyheath Academy. Well done!
Bexleyheath Academy Literacy and Numeracy Policies
Bexleyheath Academy Curriculum 2012/13
Dear parent/carer, please find the Academy's 2012/13 Curriculum offer for all Key Stages below. Should you have any questions relating to this then please email Mr Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bexleyheath Academy Progress and Attainment Data - February 2013
Please find our most up to date progress and attainment data. This will now be updated every data capture which occurs every six weeks.
Mr C A Wakefield
|Year||5 A* - C (Eng/Maths)||5 A* - C||5 A* - G||1 A* - G||VA|
Bexleyheath Academy Sixth Form College Trailer
Here is a fantastic video created by A-Level Media students James Sims, Ola Fatogun, Paige Mundy and Matthew Quigley to promote the Sixth Form College.
"93% FIVE A*- C GCSEs!"
OUR BEST RESULTS EVER
We are delighted to announce that hard on the heels of our 92.1% A Level Pass rate, 93% of our Year 11 students achieved 5 A*-C GCSE passes - the best ever GCSE results Bexleyheath Academy students have ever achieved and a massive 15% on last year!
This year also saw another rise in the number of students achieving 5 passes with English and Maths.
Among our best Year 11 students were Ellen Cosgrove, Jamie Dixon, Bethanie Short and Jaspreet Sadhra, who between them gained 17 A*grades and 23 A grades. (read more)