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Welcome to Bexleyheath Academy
Bexleyheath Academy is a ‘Good’ School!
Dear parents, carers and guests,
Please find the link for our Ofsted Report from the visit on 18 – 19 September which formally acknowledges that our Academy is a ‘Good’ educational establishment! The report is explicitly clear in terms of its content and says a number of fantastic things about our students and our staff. I am a very proud man I can tell you!
However, I want to take this opportunity to assure you we will continue with our relentless drive to keep improving teaching, behaviour and the overall quality of provision for our students. Whilst we are extremely happy with ‘Good’ in all categories, as I said in my first week, ‘Outstanding’ is my overall goal and again, we will continue to work as hard as we can and to do our very best each and every day until we achieve this.
With respect and best wishes,
Mr C A Wakefield
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Re: Academy Closure – Thursday 17th October 2013
I am writing to inform you that due to a significant number of our teaching staff opting to support their professional associations proposed nation-wide strike action, unfortunately this Academy will be closed to our student cohort next Thursday (17th October).
I sincerely apologise for any disruption or consternation this may cause you as a family due to having to find alternative arrangements primarily relating to childcare. However, the decision was based on an assessment of our ability to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every child in our care. Again, with so many staff opting to support the strike action, this could not be guaranteed and therefore the decision to close was made.
Many thanks in advance of your support and cooperation in this matter and once again, I do apologise for any disruption this may cause you or your family next Thursday.
With respect and best wishes,
Mr C A Wakefield
Principals speeches will be at 9.30am during Open Mornings and at 5.45pm and 7pm on Open Evenings
Parent-SENCO Partnership Days are scheduled once every half term. Parents of students with current special educational needs/disabilities are invited to make a half hour appointment to meet the SENCO (Mr Pereira) and/or Deputy SENCO (Mrs Ashcroft) for our first partnership day on Tuesday. Appointments can be scheduled with Mrs Twigger, SEND Administrator. Please call the main school number or e-mail Mrs Twigger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr J Pereira
Head of Inclusion (SENCO)
Last Thursday (26th September), our Year 7 students and their parents/carers met with their teachers and form tutors in a new style, ‘Meet the Teachers Evening’. It was a lovely evening with over 200 of our new cohort looking immaculate and keen and eager to introduce their families to their new teachers. Our staff also enjoyed the event and we are now confident those initial and friendly ‘introductions’ will now lead to many years of collaboration and mutual support all aimed at providing the best possible experience for our new Year 7.
From a personal perspective, it was also an absolute honour and a pleasure to meet so many of our new parents/carers and I very much look forward to working alongside you in the future.
Please find the link to the video we put together for this event and starring some of our new students.
With respect and best wishes,
Mr C A Wakefield
It is open to all students and all you need to do is write a play about the “Number 13” in 500 words. Sounds easy? Then have a go! You could be the lucky winner!
For more details contact Mrs A. Mack-Poole in room 110 (English)
Important e-Safety notice
Due to the recent publicity surrounding the social networking site Ask.fm, we would like to clarify with parents the difference between this site and the similarly named Ask.com.
Ask.com (previously known as Ask Jeeves), allows users to get answers to questions posed in everyday, natural language, as well as by traditional keyword searching. Ask.com has added support for mathematic and word-definition questions. It is for these reasons Ask.com can be a useful tool to aid children in their learning investigations. The content filter attempts to limit your exposure to adult-oriented and other potentially offensive content. Parents should ensure this filter is active on any home devices capable of connecting to the internet. There may be times when children will use Ask.com in school and, as with any search engine, this will be in the presence of an adult. All staff at Bexleyheath Academy receive e-Safety training.
The similarly named Ask.fm is a social networking site where users can invite questions from other users on the site or from anonymous users. Ask.fm is not a site that will be used in school and we would strongly advise parents that, as with all other Social Networking Sites, it is not at all suitable for use by any children of Primary school age.
If your child mentions that they use Ask in school, we can assure you it is Ask.com and not Ask.fm.
Health Promotion Advisor for Children & Young People
London Borough of Bexley
Behaviour and Reward Ladders were set up to direct pupils on how to be more responsible for their actions and the outcomes.
Each pupil has a copy in their homework diary and each room is displaying copies.
please click on the attachment below to find a very important message about applying for term time holidays as from September 2013.
Mr C A Wakefield
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.
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.
Bexleyheath Academy secures record GCSE Results once again!
For the sixth year in a row, Bexleyheath Academy has secured record results at GCSE. On top of the record results seen at A-level last week, this has been an excellent seven days for the students and staff and just rewards for the huge amount of time and effort that went in from all concerned throughout the past twelve months. An amazing 99% achieved 5A*-C grades, up 6% on last year, every one of the 331 students secured 5A*-G, an improvement of 1%, whilst 61% secured 5A*-C inclusive of English and maths, up 9% from 2012.
We are so proud of this set of results in particular however as this year group has been through so much over the past six months after losing two of its students in Philip Lamin and Jamie-Leigh Lynch. To have to deal with two such traumatic situations at the beginning and in the middle of their key revision and actual examination period was a real challenge. However, the class of 2008-13 pulled together, looked after each other, stayed strong and came through these tragic times to do themselves, the Academy, their families and perhaps above all, Jamie-Leigh and Philip proud.
They are indeed a very special group of young people who have been extremely well led and looked after by their pastoral leads, Mrs Boswell and Mrs Bristow, and will without doubt go on to become extremely successful in their future careers. I am honoured to be associated with both this year group and their staff and feel these set of results are both well-earned and thoroughly deserved.
Record results for our A-level students!
Bexleyheath Academy students achieve record results in their A-level examinations. The headlines figures are as follows:
- 27% A*-A (3% - 2010, 18% - 2011 and 23% - 2012)
- 43% A*-B (24% - 2010, 35% - 2011 and 41% - 2012)
- 74% A*-C (66% - 2012)
- 97% A*-E (95% - 2012)
These results show an improvement in ALL key areas from previous years whilst record numbers of students secured places in Higher Education establishments across the country as well.
I am proud of all our students who worked so hard to achieve such tremendous results and would like to wish them every success in their future studies and employment. However, I am also extremely proud of all those members of staff who supported our A-level students throughout the course of their studies. Their dedication, time and input has without doubt contributed significantly to the tremendous success we saw today.
The final thank you goes to the parents and families of our students who have supported their children and our staff throughout the last two years. I have only known the students since January but they are an absolutely fabulous group of young people and are an absolute credit to you as well as themselves of course.
An excellent day for Bexleyheath Academy.
Mr C A Wakefield
Bexleyheath Academy Prospectus 2013-14
Please click the image below to take a look at our brand new prospectus!
MacMillan Charity Sale
Congratulations to the following Year 11 BTEC Level 2 Hospitality students who helped with the cake sale in aid of Macmillan on 26/9/13:
Leyla Altan, Nathan Attard, Emily Barclay, Luke Bewick, Matthew Bolton, James Freeman, Ryan Goodrich, Habeeba Khatun, Harry Milligan, Lauren Newton, Jessica Parkinson and Zakaullah Shinware.
Please praise these students when you see them, they all did fantastically well. The grand total raised was £80.00…but we anticipate a few more pennies by the end of the week.
Thanks to all those who supported us, especially those who simply donated money without taking a cake. Every penny counts!
Maria Guest Naharnowicz
Bexleyheath Academy has achieved
On Friday 27h September, the PE team were visited by David Barrett for a Kitemark inspection. The process was rigorous with many questions from David regarding our School Games involvement over the past year. In order to achieve the Bronze award we were required to show that we are;
- Providing 8 different sports as intra-school competitions
- Providing 6 different sports as inter-school competitions
- Engaging a number of students in leading, managing and officiating in the Sainsbury’s School Games
- Offering opportunities that enables at least 25% of pupils to participate in extracurricular sporting activity each month
After presenting all the evidence, BA received not only confirmation of achieving the Bronze award but also the knowledge that we were almost worthy of the Silver. Achieving this Kitemark award allows the PE team to be acknowledged for their commitment and hard work in providing school sport for all students at BA. We are extremely proud to receive it and are determined to achieve the Silver in 2014.
Hilary's 15 mile charity walk
"I managed to do a 15 mile walk on Friday night 19:30 into Saturday morning, finishing at 4am. The charity is called Maggiescentre, they offer respite care and support for cancer patients.
It was a fabulously organised event. We were allowed on the London Eye, had Fortnum & Mason tea at the foreign Office, saw the inside of the National Geographic Society and finished at the top of the Gherkin with a massage.
Please do sponsor this wonderful charity, any amount will be most appreciated and don’t forget to gift aid it at no extra costs. Thank you for your support."
What is Maggie's?
Maggie's is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care.
Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.
We also welcome family and friends, as they are often deeply affected by cancer too. We know that those who love and look after someone with cancer can feel just as frightened, vulnerable and uncertain.
Jeans for Genes day 2013
Jeans for Genes day was a great success! Collectively we rasied £855.37! Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in this great charity.
Susan Adelegan meets David Cameron
"This summer has been full of incredible opportunities, by far the most exciting time of my life. Looking back to last year when I reluctantly applied to be a part of the Social mobility foundation (thanks to the persuasion of Mr Telfer), I would never have dreamed that I would have a tour of No. 10 Downing Street and meet the prime minister.
I would never have imagined getting internships at the country’s biggest and best Law firms and Barrister's chambers. To have had the opportunity to learn at the best universities in the country is still a concept hard to grasp. To say the Social mobility has 'helped' me is an understatement; the opportunities they have given me are the difference between the realisations of my dreams.
This programme mainly asks for good GCSE grades, so I urge the lower school students to work hard and try your best because it's so worth it in the end".
Susan Adelegan – Year 13
“I am currently a Year 13 student at the Academy but also play football for West Ham Ladies who compete in the Southern Women's Premier League. I have represented my county (Kent) at senior level as well as playing for our very successful girl’s Academy football team. I am currently one of the all time Bexleyheath top goal scorers with a record 10 goals in one game. Our team has won over 18 trophies competing at regional and national levels with our brilliant coaches Miss Drew and Mr Ainsworth.
I am also looking for sponsorship and would be absolutely delighted if any of our parents, carers or guests visiting this site could support.
Skye Johnson on the Disney Channel
Skye Johnson, a Year 8 Student at Bexleyheath Academy auditioned for an advert on Disney Channel. Here's what happened:
"Yesterday was so much fun!
We had to wake up really early so that we could get there on time. Once we got there, we had to try on lots of summery outfits to see which ones fitted, then we got our hair and makeup done. After all this we started shooting.
Everyone I met there was really nice. I made really good friends with everyone. There were five boys and five girls. We all shot different scenes with different props, such as inflatable guitars and dolphins! I even got to eat some ice cream.
I had so much fun shooting with everyone, I really want to do it all again!
I can’t wait to see it on TV.
Thank you for the opportunity, love from Skye"
A Warm Welcome
I am delighted to welcome you to Bexleyheath Academy