Contact school: email@example.com
Contact specific teachers: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php
School is partially open for most Year 10 and 12 students. It remains closed for others.
Thank you for your support in keeping your sons/daughters at home. As you are aware, since Monday 23rd March, we have only been open to children whose parents’ work is critical to the country’s COVID-19 response. Since Monday 15th June, we have been partially open for up to 25% of Year 10 and 12 to return to school. All students have been told when to attend school and those with health risks have been assessed to see whether a return is appropriate.
Mr Scott-Evans has recorded a video for parents about our approach here.
Mr Shields has created a video for students about safe return, available here.
It had been announced that the school will not re-open for Year 7, 8 or 9 until September. We are now being told that we may consider inviting these year groups back for some 1:1 meetings. We are considering how we could make this happen. We are still looking for ways to 'finish' with Year 11 and 13. We are well aware that these students never had the pleasure of a final day!
Free school meals
All parents entitled to claim FSM should now have received two separate emails with an e-code to claim your eGift cards. If you have not received any of these emails please contact the school. If you are having any other issues please contact Edenred at - firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 16th June, the Government announced that it would continue to supply Free School Meal vouchers through the summer holiday.
If you need any further help please follow this link - parent/carer's FAQ document.
Refunds on trips and events including Proms
All refunds for school trips taking place this academic year have now been issued. If you need any further assistance please contact email@example.com
We are looking at moving the dates of the Proms. Sadly, we are very limited to which days are available. We have decided better to have the Prom on a bad day than not have it at all!
Meaningful work is being set
We will continue to set meaningful work for students in all year groups via the Show My Homework now called Satchel One online platform www.tinyurl.com/BKSMHWCalendar. Senior Leaders continue to monitor the quality. If other platforms are required to complete work, they will all be signposted through Show My Homework / Satchel One.
We have organised the Way of Working for the various year groups and information can be found here. Please contact the school via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Keep being kind to yourselves (and us!)
We appreciate that home learning is new and can be challenging at times. Please do not get overwhelmed or stressed! We are providing work for all our students and are working hard to get it right. If there is too much, or you do not understand, please request help and advice. Do not worry. This is a marathon and not a sprint. Get into the pattern and rhythm of it over time. We are all getting used to a new way of working. Teachers will not get it right all the time. Please be kind! If you need more work there is plenty on this page of our website: www.becketkeys.org/self-isolation-work-for-ks3-students.php
Thank you for all your kind comments and emails it is very encouraging. Likewise, we are very impressed with the way the students (and parents) have been handling this new way of working so far! We can do this!
If you or members of your family are struggling with mental health at this time, you might like to look look at the helplines that have been highlighted by ITV's 'This Morning'.
All Sixth Form students have a school email account through which they can submit completed work to staff and receive feedback from staff. Mr. Peggs has put guidance for how Sixth Form students should communicate with their teachers by email and on SMHW; all Sixth Form students should read this.
Other students will be asked to submit work through the Show My Homework Platform - now called Satchel One.
Year 11 and 13 students’ examinations
Guidance from the Government has been given more is to follow soon. Here are the main points:
- Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects performance as fairly as possible, and will work with us and the other exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
- Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
- To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment.
- Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
- Regulators and exam boards have been discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach and a consultation has taken place. The intention is to ensure that it is as fair as possible. We will provide more information when we have it.
- The grades will be presented to students on the normal results days. Year 13: Thursday 13th August Year 11: Thursday 20th August
- These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years.
- They will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students are not disadvantaged.
- Students will be able to appeal their grades if they do not believe the right process has been followed.
- There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams next summer.
What can Year 11 students do who want to come to Becket Keys for Sixth Form?
For those Year 11 students who are due to start A level studies with us in September we have 'wider reading' and ‘bridging courses’ available. If you want to make a late application to join Becket Keys for Sixth Form, contact us urgently at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping in touch
During the period of school closure our phone lines may not be staffed. Parents can contact the school via the following email addresses:
email@example.com – all general enquiries
firstname.lastname@example.org – any finance related queries
SEND@becketkeys.org – Special Educational Needs related enquiries and support
Inclusion@becketkeys.org – Safeguarding and well-being related concerns and support
You can make contact with teachers via the school website: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php
Email accounts will be monitored as usual during the closure period and parents and carers can expect responses to communications within usual timeframes.
The following external websites are helpful and are updated regularly:
Prayers and candles of hope
As the school closes temporarily, we will continue to pray for the good health of every member of our school community; for those who will be placed under financial strain during this challenging period; and for our national and international leaders as they work together to combat this virus. We encourage everyone to light a candle at 7pm each day and place the candle in your window. Please take a picture and Tweet it to us @BecketKeys. You can see thousands of people doing this across the country by searching #CandleOfHope #CandleInTheWindow.
What else can you give me to help me with home learning?
You probably have more than enough for your sons and daughters to do. However, if you need more, Mrs Trebess has found the following list for you:
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks
Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBacksha…/status/1242058846941712385
For your older students, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:
https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home From Sport England covering a variety of ideas about exercising whilst at home.
The BBC have released a wealth of new on-line learning resources, for more information about all the content available follow this link:
Daily lessons are available here:
BBC Bitesize Home Page
You can also visit BBCiPlayer. BBC Red Button and BBC Facebook and Twitter channels for more details.
Thank you for the understanding and support you have given the school staff as the coronavirus situation continues to unfolded ; it is deeply appreciated. We will continue to keep in close contact with you all and hope that our gates will be open again in the not too distant future.
Our head teacher or members of the senior team write to parents weekly in the Newsletter. These newsletters are full of advice and guidance regarding how to learn at home.
We would appreciate it if you could complete the surveys recently sent out.