Latest News & Updates

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Maths Students Achieve 9 Bronze Medals in UK Maths Competition

Last term, 25 of our students in Year 12 and 13 took part in the UK Maths Challenge. Ms Porch, Lead Practitioner, said: “The Senior Maths Challenge is a fantastic event that encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Senior Maths Challenge are designed to make students think. All of our students performed brilliantly, and we were delighted to have achieved 9 Bronze Medal Awards in this national competition.”

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

10 Students Secure Place on Career Accelerator Mentoring Programme | 10 Students at Bexleyheath Academy Sixth Form have secured a place on the Career Accelerate Mentoring Programme, which gives them 1-2-1 mentoring from a professional in a top tech company. During the course of their programme, the 10 students will also have an opportunity to speak to someone from one of career accelerator corporate partners, which include Just Eat, Vodafone and LinkedIn, as well as exciting tech start-ups. Ms Doyle, Assistant Principal, said: “This programme will provide our students with an opportunity to discuss a whole range of useful topics, including university applications, CV writing and applying for jobs. We would like to congratulate our Sixth Form students for securing a place on this prestigious programme.”

Remarkable Reading & Library Trip | Next week, our Year 7-9 students will be going on a trip to the local library as part of their Personal Development lessons. Ms Shalo, Assistant Principal, said:

“This term, our students have been engaging in three 20-minute reading sessions every week, as part of their Personal Development lessons. So far, our students have finished 1,247 books and spent 716 hours, which is an incredible achievement. This opportunity will allow students to tour the Bexley community Library, explore the purpose of a community library and learn about ways to browse through the large collection of materials that the library has to offer.”

For more information, please click here to read a letter from Ms Shalo outlining key information about the trip.


Year 13 Geography Field Trip | Our Year 13 students will be going on a field trip this week as part of their A-Level Geography course. The aims of the trip are:

  • To identify primary and secondary data for their NEA proposals

  • To observe and record land use at various locations (Canary Wharf and Stratford)

  • To evaluate the successes and or failures within their NEA proposals

  • To gain skills in evaluating their primary and secondary data

We look forward to sharing some photos of the trip next weekend.

Sixth Form Parents Post-18 Pathways Awareness Workshop | The Academy will be running a Post-18 Awareness Workshop focusing on apprenticeships and alternative pathway programmes, such as traineeships and T Levels, that are available to students at the end of Year 13. This will be a virtual event run via Google Meet on Thursday 02 December 2021 at 17:00. To register your attendance at the event, please complete this short Google Form. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Ms Doyle, Assistant Principal.

Lunch Cards | Please can parents/carers remind students to bring their lunch cards to the Academy if they would like to use the canteen. The lunch cards allow us to operate a faster service in the canteens to ensure that students do not wait too long at break and lunchtimes. If your child has lost their lunch card, another card can be purchased from the canteen for the sum of £1.50, which will be deducted from your parent pay account.

Bexley Winter Holiday Activities and Food Programme | Between Monday 20 and Friday 31 December 2021, the London Borough of Bexley is funding nine providers to offer over 1,500 places on a range of different holiday activities and programmes. These schemes offer a full range of enrichment activities, including sport, food making activities, dance, arts and crafts and martial arts; at least one healthy meal a day and nutritional and food education for both participants and their families. Full details of this programme, the individual schemes and how families can book places can be found here.

Police Cadets | Bexley Volunteer Police Cadets are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for young people aged 11-17. The Cadet programme is designed to teach young people life skills and social responsibility in a secure setting where they get to meet other young people and help to build positive relationships with the Police and their community. There are two different programmes:

  • The senior (aged 13 to 18) uniformed programme is centred around providing young people with opportunities to develop and learn whilst gaining qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh, First aid and senior leadership.

  • The junior (aged 10-12) programme follows a similar suit with a view of preparing the young person to join the senior unit with skills such as; knowledge on first aid, basic criminal law, team building and fitness.

If your child is interested in becoming a Police Cadet please email Bexley.Cadets@met.police.uk for an application form and further information.

Reminder - Flu Vaccination | The NHS will be providing students with the opportunity to have a flu vaccination in December. If you would like to consent for your child to have the flu vaccination, please complete this form by Wednesday 01 December 2021. Information regarding the flu vaccination programme can be found in the following documents provided by the NHS:

Lost Property

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Lost Property can be collected from the library. Items are retained at the Academy until the end of term.

Week Beginning 22 November 2021 (Term 2, Week 3)

Bexleyheath Academy's Cycling Champion | A student at Bexleyheath Academy is crowned South East Cycling Champion for her age group. Emily, in Year 9, took part in the Kent Cycling Association 10 mile Time Trial on Saturday 22 May 2021 at Betteshanger Park which incorporated the GHS District Heat (South East region). She won her age group (13), came second place for the girls' group (12-16) and third place for the overall group (boys and girls 12-16) with a time of 27mins 36 secs. Her results meant she qualified for the National Youth Championship Final at Mallory Park motor racing circuit on Saturday 4 September 2021. With the weather remaining dry, albeit the circuit was extremely windy, she came a respectable 3rd in her age group. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and looks forward to competing in more events in the future.

Year 9 Parents' Evening Success | On Thursday 18 November 2021, Year 9 parents/carers meet with teachers at the Academy for our first parents' evening of the Academic year. In total, over 1,000 appointments were booked and attended. Ms Delver, Assistant Principal for Year 9, said: "Our Year 9 Parents' Evening had a remarkable turnout; it was great to see so many parents/carers attending our virtual parents' evening. The discussions with parents/carers provided a great opportunity to discuss the progress and attainment for our Year 9 students, and we would like to thank our community for their high levels of engagement in this event."

Sixth Form Open Evening | On Thursday 25 November at 17:00-18:45, the Academy will be hosting our annual Sixth Form Open Evening. This event will provide internal and external students with an opportunity to discover what's possible in our remarkable Sixth Form. There will be an opportunity to meet our teachers and find out more about the wide range of courses we have on offer. To register for this event, please click here. Once you have registered, you will receive more information on how to join this event via email.

Pathways Workshops for Parents/Carers | The Academy will be running two pathways workshops for parents/carers, one for Year 11 parents/carers and one for Sixth Form parents/carers. These workshops will focus on the different pathways that are available to Year 11 and Sixth Form students at the end of their current programmes of study.

  • The Year 11 Workshop takes place on Tuesday 23 November at 17:00. To register for this event, please click here.

  • The Sixth Form Workshop takes place on Thursday 02 December at 17:00. To register for this event, please click here.

Mock Examinations | Our Year 11 students have now completed their core mock examinations. The Academy would like to thank all Year 11 parents/carers for ensuring that our Year 11 students were prepared for their examinations last week. Assistant Principal for Year 11, Mr Courtney, said:

"Through the entire mock examination period, our Year 11 students have demonstrated their maturity and conducted themselves with professionalism. It was an absolute pleasure to watch our Year 11 students take part in these examinations, and we look forward to sharing the results with parents/carers in the near future. These examinations will help to ensure that each and every one of our Year 11 students are successful next summer. Well done, Year 11."

Next week, Sixth Form will continue to complete their mock examinations. Details of these examinations can be found on our Assessment & Examinations page. Any student who missed a core mock examination will be given an opportunity to complete their exam(s) this week.

Period 0 & Period 5 Lessons | Period 0 and Period 5 lessons will resume on Monday 22 November 2021. These additional lessons, for Year 11 and Sixth Form students, help students to bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding, and boost attainment. These lessons form part of the Academy Day for students in Year 11 and Sixth Form.

Flu Vaccinations | The NHS will be providing students with the opportunity to have a flu vaccination in December. If you would like to consent for your child to have the flu vaccination, please complete this form by Wednesday 01 December 2021.

Information regarding the flu vaccination programme can be found in the following documents provided by the NHS:

Letter from HRCH to Parents/Guardians

Protect yourself against flu guide


Uniform | We would like to remind parents that jewellery, makeup, nail polish, acrylic nails are not permitted for students at the Academy for students inYear 7-11. Please ensure that students are adhering to these uniform rules.

Week Beginning 15 November 2021 (Term 2, Week 2)

Year 9 Parents’ Evening | We are looking forward to virtually welcoming parents/carers to our Year 9 Parents’ Evening which will take place on Thursday 18 November 2021 from 16:00-19:00. This event will take place virtually and parents/carers are now able to book their virtual appointments using our SchoolCloud booking system. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of our website. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis and parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all of their child’s subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress and attainment across this academic year. If you have any questions regarding our Year 9 Parents’ Evening, please contact Mr Sparks, Vice-Principal.


Year 11 Pathways Awareness Workshop | The Academy will be running a Post-16 Awareness Workshop focusing on a range of pathways including apprenticeships, traineeships and T Levels, all of which are available to students at the end of Year 11. This will be a virtual event run via Google Meet on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 17:00. Please register for this event here.


Sixth Form Open Evening | Join us on Thursday 25 November 2021 for our Virtual Open Evening to discover what’s possible in our remarkable Sixth Form. Meet our subject teachers and find out more about the courses that we have on offer. More information on how to join the virtual open evening will be available on our website in next week’s Latest News.


Anti-Bullying Week| Next week is Anti-bullying week and this year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. We will be asking students to share their kind words about each other next week, as part of our Personal Development programme. If you would like any advice on how best to support your child please contact your Pastoral Manager for further information.


Two Students Selected for the Bexley Speak Out Challenge | On Tuesday 09 November 2021, a selection of Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in the ‘Speak Out Challenge’. Students took part in a variety of speaking and communication workshops, led by the Speakers’ Trust, developing vital skills that will benefit them now, and in the future. Ms Mack-Poole, who led the challenge, said: “The students who took part enjoyed the day and were a credit to the Academy. We are pleased to announce two students, Precious and Ross, were selected to represent the Academy in a Bexley Speak Out Challenge competing against candidates from other schools. We wish them good luck for the next stage in the challenge.”

Keeping Your Child Safe Online| Please find attached an informative resource created by ThinkUKnow to help parents/carers keep their children safe online whilst at home. To support parents/carers to educate and protect their children, the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) have created the four step process: TALK. More details and guidance can be found here.


Year 11 Mock Examinations | Year 11 mock examinations for core subjects begin on Monday 15 November 2021. The mock exams are designed to allow students to:

  • experience the full length of the paper to help develop timings

  • become familiar with the exam venues

  • raise awareness of key areas of development which will allow them to prioritise topics for revision

The full details of the mock arrangements can be found on our Assessment & Exams page.


Year 11 Period 0 and Period 5 | Due to Year 11 mock examinations taking place this week, there will be no Period 0 and Period 5 lessons this week. These lessons will return for students on Monday 22 November 2021.

Week Beginning 08 November 2021 (Term 2, Week 1)

Start of Term Arrangements | We look forward to welcoming students back to the Academy for the start of term two on Monday 08 November 2021. Students in Years 11 and 13 will return for Period 0 at 08:00, while students in all other year groups will return for Period 1 at 08:45.


Team Update | As we begin Term 02, we welcome some new members of staff to the team at Bexleyheath Academy. Ms Watson joins the team as Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, and Ms Kelly joins the team as Family Liaison Officer. Contact details for our team members can be found on the Contact Us page of our website.


LFD Testing | As we prepare to return to the Academy at the start of Term 02, twice-weekly home testing remains an important step to ensure that we reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Before students return to the Academy on Monday 08 November 2021, we would please request that a LFD Test is taken on Sunday 07 November 2021, and the result reported on TestRegister. All students were provided with additional testing kits at the end of Term 01. Should any student require additional test kits, these can be collected from their Pastoral Manager.


Term 1 Progress & Attainment Reports | The progress and attainment reports for term one were sent to parents/carers on Saturday 23 October 2021. If you have any queries regarding your child’s term one report, please complete this online form and a member of the team will be in touch with you when the Academy reopens on Monday 08 November 2021.

Timetable Changes | At the end of each term, Faculty Directors and Class Teachers review the data from the termly assessments and make adjustments to classes to ensure that students are in the right sets to support their learning. If your child has moved classes, you will have received an email from the Academy outlining which set your child is now in and the reason(s) for the change. If you have not received an email, this means that your child is in the same classes this term.

Year 9 Parents’ Evening | Our Year 9 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 18 November 2021 from 16:00-19:00. This event will take place virtually and parents/carers are now able to book their virtual appointments using our online booking system. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of our website. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis and parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all of their child’s subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress and attainment across this academic year. If you have any questions regarding our Year 9 Parents’ Evening, please contact Mr Sparks, Vice-Principal.

Reading & Literacy | This term, students will gain access to a number of new apps to help support the development of reading and literacy. All students will now have access to a reading app called Sora. Sora is an online library that provides students with an opportunity to access and engage with thousands of texts, including both fiction and non-fiction. Students will be provided with opportunities to select and read texts during their Personal Development lessons. In addition, students in Years 7-10 will also have an opportunity to use Bedrock, a tool designed to help develop reading and vocabulary, which they can access both inside and outside of lessons.


Year 11 & 13 Period 0/5 Lessons | We will resume our Period 0 and Period 5 sessions for Years 11 and 13 on Monday 08 November 2021. Please ensure that students arrive at the Academy for 08:00. Period 0 and Period 5 sessions provide students with additional lessons for all of their subjects to help bridge gaps in knowledge, understanding and skills. If you have any questions regarding our Year 11 or Year 13 sessions, please contact Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal for Year 11, or Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Year 13.


Mock Examinations | The DfE and OfQUAL have confirmed that students will be completing GCSE, A-Level and VTQ examinations in 2022. As you will have read in our previous updates, students will be taking mock examinations from Thursday 11 November 2021. The mock exams are designed to allow students to:

  • experience the full length of the paper to help develop timings

  • become familiar with the exam venues

  • raise awareness of key areas of development which will allow them to prioritise topics for revision

The full details of the mock arrangements can be found on our Assessment & Exams page.


COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Old Students | The NHS Vaccinations Team will be offering COVID 19 Vaccinations for 12-15 year old students at Bexleyheath Academy between now and December 2021. As a parent/carer of a student at Bexleyheath Academy, should you wish your child(ren) to receive the vaccination, please complete this consent form. Vaccinations will not be given to students without explicit parental consent. We have included links to key NHS information below:

The NHS vaccination team can be contacted using the email address: hrch.schoolcovid19vaccine@nhs.net.

Week Beginning 25 October 2021 (Term-Break)

Start of Term Arrangements | Term 01 ended on Friday 22 October 2021 at 15.10; the Academy is closed from Monday 25 October 2021 to Friday 05 November 2021 for our term-break. Term 02 commences on Monday 08 November 2021. Please note that we have a number of GCSE examinations taking place during the term-break, from Monday 01 November 2021 to Thursday 04 November 2021 (see below).

Weekly Updates from Bexleyheath Academy | As we commence our Autumn term-break, we will pause our weekly updates for one week. The updates will return on Saturday 06 November 2021. In a change to the current format, from Saturday 06 November both the main updates, and sixth form updates will be included on this page.

Term 01 Progress & Attainment Reports | The Progress & Attainment Reports for Term 01 were sent to parents/carers on Saturday 23 October 2021. If you have any queries regarding the Term 01 Progress & Attainment Report, please complete this short online form and a member of the team will be in contact with you when the Academy reopens on Monday 08 November 2021. If you did not receive a copy of your child's Progress & Attainment Report, please contact Mr Sparks, Vice-Principal: jsparks@bexleyheathacademy.org

Rapid Home Testing during the Term Break | Testing during term-break remains very important and we would please ask parents/carers to continue to support students undertake a rapid LFD test twice-weekly and report the results on Test-Register. We have provided all students with additional kits to cover the term-break, and a final test before returning to the Academy at the start of next term.

GCSE November Examinations | The autumn series of GCSE English, Mathematics & Science examinations commences on Monday 01 November 2021. It is important to note that some of these examinations take place during the term-break. This series of examinations affects a number of Sixth Form students. The full calendar of examinations is available on the Assessment & Examinations page of our website.

  • GCSE English Language Exam - Monday 01 November 2021 and Wednesday 03 November 2021

  • GCSE Mathematics Exam - Tuesday 02 November 2021, Thursday 04 November 2021 and Monday 08 November 2021

Students sitting examinations during the term-break should arrive at the Academy for 08:00. An examination warm up will take place in C204. On the morning of your exam, it is very important that students check whether they have any of the following: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and/or a loss of change of taste or smell. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not attend the Academy and call the Academy to inform us of your symptoms. Students should report to main reception where they will be met by a member of the examination team. Between 08:00 and 08:50, students will work with their teachers to provide them with last minute revision, hints and reminders. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ms Westrope (nwestrope@bexleyheathacademy.org) or Ms Luthfa (rluthfa@bexleyheathacademy.org).

12 -15 year old Vaccination Programme | NHS England will soon offer 12 to 15 year olds the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine out-of-school, such as through vaccination centres. This offer will run in parallel to the in-school vaccination programme. Parents of children aged 12 to 15 will receive a letter from the NHS with more information on the vaccination programme shortly, including information about how to book an appointment out-of-school, if this option is preferred.

Parents' Evening Events | Thank to all parents/carers that responded to our survey regarding preferences for parents' evening events taking place this year and into the future. Our next parents' evening event will take place on Thursday 18 November 2021 for parents/carers of students in Year 9. We will share information about arrangements for the evening at the beginning of Term 02. Our planning for this event will consider both parental preferences collected from our survey, and the current guidance from the DfE in relation to COVID-Secure operations.

Mock GCSE & A-Level Examinations | During Term 02, Year 11 and Year 13 students will complete 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations. The programme of Mock Examinations will take place from Monday 15 November 2021.

  • Year 11 students will complete mock examinations in English, Mathematics & Science.

  • Year 13 students will complete mock examinations in all Academic (A-Level) subjects.

We've shared revision materials and guidance available to all students via their Google Classroom, and it is important that students give sufficient time over the term-break in preparation for their examinations. Should you have any questions at all regarding the series of Mock Examinations, parents/carers can request a call from a member of the team using this short form.

Week Beginning 18 October 2021 (Week 07)

Progress & Attainment Reports | Following the conclusion of termly assessments on Friday 08 October 2021, these are being reviewed by the team at the Academy. We will be sharing this term's report with parents/carers before the end of term. As usual, this report will include assessment results and attitude to learning scores across all subjects. Should you have any questions at all regarding assessments, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

End of Term Arrangements | Term 01 ends on Friday 22 October 2021 at 15.10. Term 2 commences on Monday 08 November 2021. Please note that we have a number of GCSE examinations taking place during the term-break, from Monday 01 - Thursday 04 November 2021.

Parents' Evening Events | As we prepare for our Parents' Evening events across this Academic year and into the future, we'd love to hear your views. We're interested to hear whether you have any preferences about how Parents' Evening events take place at Bexleyheath Academy. If you'd like to provide us with your views, please use this short online form, which should take less than 30 seconds to complete. This online form will be live until Friday 22 October 2021.

Bexleyheath Academy Principal's Surgery | Later this week the Principal, Mr Napier, will be hosting the first in a series of workshops where parents/carers can book a short appointment to provide feedback, suggestions and ask any questions regarding the experience of students at Bexleyheath Academy. The Principal's surgery will take place on Wednesday 20 October 2021 between 17.00 and 19.00. Click here to book an appointment with the Principal for this week's surgery.

Team Update | We have been pleased to welcome a new member of staff to the team at Bexleyheath Academy. Ms Kendall has joined our Pastoral Team and will be working with students in Year 8 as their Pastoral Manager. You will find contact details for Ms Kendall on our Contact Us page.

Cashless Catering | By way of a reminder, from Monday 18th October, students will no longer be able to top up their lunch cards onsite. Could we please request that student lunch cards are topped up using your Parent Pay account. If you can not access your Parent Pay account, please contact Ms Hurst (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org) who will be more than happy to assist.

Mock GCSE & A-Level Examinations | During Term 02, Year 11 students will complete 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations. The programme of Mock Examinations will take place from Monday 15 November 2021. Year 11 students will complete mock examinations in English, Mathematics & Science

We'll be making revision materials and guidance available to all students via their Google Classroom for their respective classes. Should you have any questions at all regarding the series of Mock Examinations, parents/carers can request a call from a member of the team using this short form.

Year 11 Virtual Work Experience Workshop | During Term 02 will be working with Forage, a company which supports young people to experience high quality virtual work experience placements with top employers such as LinkLaters, Accenture, Clifford Chance and Aon. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain experience in a new industry; develop skills and boost their CV. Of students who have completed the Forage programmes

  • 95% found the experience useful in exploring new career paths

  • 94% enjoyed their virtual experience

  • 84% found the experience useful in understanding work in practice

Employers and Further Education providers have stated they are 4 times more likely to give an offer if a student had completed a virtual work experience programme. We will be running this work experience workshop every Friday morning during Period 0. A full list of the programmes running next term can be found here and students must apply for this opportunity by completing this short online form by Thursday 22nd October.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Old Students | The NHS Vaccinations Team will be offering COVID 19 Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year old students at Bexleyheath Academy between now and December 2021. As a parents/carers of a student at Bexleyheath Academy, the should you wish your child(ren) to receive the vaccination, please complete this consent form. Vaccinations not be given to students without explicit parental consent. We have included links to key NHS information below:

The NHS vaccination team can be contacted using the email address Hrch.schoolcovid19vaccine@nhs.net.

Year 11 Post-16 Options Events | Further to the Bexley Post-16 Directory which was shared with pupils last week please note that North Kent College isn’t detailed heavily in this, being just outside the borough border, but remains a popular post-16 choice. NKC has published its School Leavers Guide 2022/23 that covers their offer, including their new T Level provision, along with dates of their open events for this academic year. The NKC School Leavers Guide 2022/23 can be found here.

Week Beginning 11 October 2021 (Week 06)

Staying Safe Online | Our safeguarding team has released the third edition of the Bexleyheath Academy eSafety newsletter. As we all know, the internet is a valuable source of information for us all as it allows us to continue to engage with our learning and education wherever we are. However, we must also be aware of the dangers of the internet and how we can protect ourselves. This newsletter provides some top tips and advice to allow you to keep our young people safe on social media and the internet.

Progress & Attainment Reports | Following the conclusion of termly assessments on Friday 08 October 2021, these will be reviewed by the team at the Academy. We will be sharing this term's report with parents/carers before the end of term. As usual, this report will include assessment results and attitude to learning scores across all subjects. Should you have any questions at all regarding assessments, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

Cashless Catering | From Monday 18th October, students will no longer be able to top up their lunch cards onsite. Could we please request that student lunch cards are topped up using your Parent Pay account. If you can not access your Parent Pay account, please contact Ms Hurst (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org) who will be more than happy to assist.

Lost Property Items | Items of lost property are displayed each week as part of our latest news, with photographs of items which have been mislaid. Should you recognise any of the items in the gallery, students can collect these from the Academy Library. Items of lost property are retained by the academy until the end of each term. Any items that are not collected at the end of term are donated to charity.

GCSE English, Mathematics & Science Examinations | The autumn series of GCSE English, Mathematics & Science resit examinations commences on Monday 01 November 2021. It is important to note that some of these examinations take place during the term-break. This series of examinations affects a number of students who had decided to take examinations that were unable to sit in summer 2021, and for students in our Sixth Form. The full calendar of examinations is available on the Assessment & Examinations page of our website.

Preparing to Join Y7 in September 2022 | Over the coming few weeks, our series of live online events continues to help students to prepare to join us in 2022. We are looking forward to prospective students and their families joining us for our Wacky Science Workshop and Coding Combat Workshop. The 'Join Us' page of our website contains the information for these events.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Old Students | The NHS Vaccinations Team will be offering COVID 19 Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year old students at Bexleyheath Academy between now and December 2021. As a parents/carers of a student at Bexleyheath Academy, the should you wish your child(ren) to receive the vaccination, please complete this consent form. Vaccinations not be given to students without explicit parental consent. We have included links to key NHS information below:

The NHS vaccination team can be contacted using the email address Hrch.schoolcovid19vaccine@nhs.net.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 16 & 17 Year Old Students | The Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday 24 September that all 16 and 17 year olds can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. Young people aged 16 and 17 can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy. Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites can be used to get vaccinated without needing an appointment. If students cannot book appointments online, they can call 119 free of charge. Further information can be found on the NHS website.

Post-16 Options in Bexley | To support year 11 students select the most appropriate pathway once they have completed their GCSEs, the London Borough of Bexleyheath have provided a directory which is available to download from www.bexley.gov.uk/decisionspost16. In addition to this, a Post-16 Open Evening Events calendar is available for students.

End of Term Arrangements | Term 01 ends on Friday 22 October 2021 at 15.10. Term 2 commences on Monday 08 November 2021. Please note that we have a number of GCSE examinations taking place during the term-break, from Monday 01 - Thursday 04 November 2021.

Week Beginning 04 October 2021 (Week 05)

Week 5 Assessments | Week 5 assessments commence in all subjects on Monday 04 October 2021 for students in all year groups. These assessments are an important opportunity for students to demonstrate their progress so far this Academic year. We will provide parents/carers with a Progress Report during week 6. Should you have any questions at all regarding assessments, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

Bexley's Post-16 Directory | Bexley have created a post-16 directory to support in helping year 11 students select the most appropriate pathway once they have completed their GCSEs. The directory has now been finalised and will be available to download from www.bexley.gov.uk/decisionspost16 by the end of Monday 4th October. A list of dates for the open events taking place over the next couple of months and information about the different options available to students at post-16 can also be found using the same link. More information regarding the directory is is available on this leaflet.

Core Assessment Programme | Our programme of core assessments for students in Year 7 - 11 continue over the coming week. These assessments will evaluate how students are progressing in terms of reading ability and core skills in English and Mathematics. Students in Year 7 will also complete cognitive ability assessments which evaluates holistic understanding and ability to learn. The full timetable of assessments can be found on the Assessments and Exams section of our website.

Preparing to Join Y7 in September 2022 | Over the coming few weeks, our series of live online events continues to help students to prepare to join us in 2022. We are looking forward to prospective students and their families joining us for our Live Virtual Tour, Wacky Science Workshop and Coding Combat Workshop. The 'Join Us' page of our website will contain of the information for these events.

Weekly Homework Assignments | All students receive homework assignments each week. Homework is assigned on a Monday morning, and is due to be submitted the following by the following Sunday evening. Week 04 homework is due to be submitted by Sunday 3rd October 2021. Students are not able to complete their week 3 homework successfully will join the homework workshop on Tuesday 5th October from 3.15pm to provide support with homework completion, organisation and time management. Should you have any questions at all regarding homework, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Old Students | The NHS Vaccinations Team will be offering COVID 19 Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year old students at Bexleyheath Academy between now and December 2021. As a parents/carers of a student at Bexleyheath Academy, the should you wish your child(ren) to receive the vaccination, please complete this consent form. Vaccinations not be given to students without explicit parental consent. We have included links to key NHS information below:

The NHS vaccination team can be contacted using the email address Hrch.schoolcovid19vaccine@nhs.net.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 16 & 17 Year Old Students | The Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday 24 September that all 16 and 17 year olds can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online. Young people aged 16 and 17 can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy. Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites can be used to get vaccinated without needing an appointment. If students cannot book appointments online, they can call 119 free of charge. Further information can be found on the NHS website.

Education Provision within the London Borough of Bexley | The London Brough of Bexley have provided information for parents/carers regarding University Technical Colleges and Studio Schools within the Borough.

Week Beginning 27 September 2021 (Week 04)

Year 11 Student crowned British Powerboat Champion

Following a season of competition, the CPA British Powerboat Championships took place on Saturday 18 September 2021. Jamie (aged 16) from Bexleyheath Academy competed in the championships in the GT15 class. The powerboat championships are held each year around the UK and consist of a timing heat, followed by three heats of 9 minutes duration. The GT15 racing class is for young people, aged up to 16, racing boats capable of speeds of up to 40mph. Through his relentless effort, skill and determination Jamie was crowned the 2021 British National GT15 Champion.

Head of Upper School, Mr Courtney said:

"I know I speak for everyone in the Year 11 team, when I say that we are 'over the moon' for Jamie. We are absolutely thrilled at what he has achieved. Well done Jamie"

The Principal, Mr Napier added:

“This is a remarkable achievement for Jamie, and it is incredible to see what he has achieved. From everyone at Bexleyheath Academy, we offer a huge congratulations. We are all immensely proud of you!”


Week 5 Assessments | As we move to week 4 of our term, our team will be supporting students as they prepare for assessments which will take place in each of their subjects from Monday 04 October 2021. These assessments are an important opportunity for students to demonstrate their progress so far this Academic year. We will provide parents/carers with a Progress Report during week 6. Should you have any questions at all regarding assessments, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

Year 12 Parents' Evening | Our first Parents’ Evening for students who have joined us in Year 12 is taking place on Monday 27 September 2021. Parents/Carers have been booking appointments to meet with members of the team on this evening, and we are looking forward to discussing how students have settled and are getting on at Bexleyheath Academy.

Weekly Homework Assignments | All students receive homework assignments each week. Homework is assigned on a Monday morning, and is due to be submitted the following by the following Sunday evening. Week 03 homework is due to be submitted by Sunday 26th September. Students are not able to complete their week 3 homework successfully will join the homework workshop on Tuesday 28th September from 3.15pm to provide support with homework completion, organisation and time management. Should you have any questions at all regarding homework, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this form.

Free School Meals | Free School Meals are provided to students at Bexleyheath Academy where families are supported by certain welfare benefits. Free Schools Meals provides students with a good quality meal each day, and has previously allowed us to provide supermarket vouchers during holiday periods. We know how much this can support families within our community. More information about Free School Meals is available on our website. If your child does not currently receive free school meals, and you feel you may be eligible, please use this form to let us know and a member of our team will contact you.

Core Assessment Programme | Our programme of core assessments for students in Year 7 - 11 commenced last week. These assessments will evaluate how students are progressing in terms of reading ability and core skills in English and Mathematics. Students in Year 7 will also complete cognitive ability assessments which evaluates holistic understanding and ability to learn. Our assessment programme will commence on 30 September 2021. The full timetable of assessments can be found on the Assessments and Exams section of our website.

Preparing to Join Y7 in September 2022 | We we thrilled to be joined by hundreds of parents/carers at our Virtual Open Evening event on Thursday 23 September 2021. This provided an opportunity to meet members of the team and students from the Academy, find out what it's like to be a student, and the opportunities and experiences that students can expect. The Open Evening event can watched again on YouTube Live. Over the coming few weeks, we will be hosting a number of live online events to help students to prepare to join us in 2022, starting with an opportunity to Meet our Students and to ask them questions about their experiences from 5.30pm on Thursday 30 September 2021. Later this term, we hope that you can join us for our Live Virtual Tour, Wacky Science Workshop and Coding Combat Workshop. The 'Join Us' page of our website will contain of the information for these events.

COVID-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 Year Old Students | The NHS Vaccinations Team will be offering COVID 19 Vaccinations for 12 - 15 year old students at Bexleyheath Academy between now and December 2021. As a parents/carers of a student at Bexleyheath Academy, the should you wish your child(ren) to receive the vaccination, please complete this consent form. Vaccinations not be given to students without explicit parental consent. We have included links to key NHS information below:

The NHS vaccination team can be contacted using the email address Hrch.schoolcovid19vaccine@nhs.net.

Week Beginning 20 September 202021 (Week 03)

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Year 7 Parents' Evening | Our first Parents’ Evening for students who have joined us in Year 7 is taking place on Monday 20 September 2021. Parents/Carers have been booking appointments to meet with members of the team on this evening, and we are looking forward to discussing how students have settled and are getting on at Bexleyheath Academy.

Extra-Curricular Programme at Bexleyheath Academy | Our programme of extra-curricular activities and clubs commences on Monday 20 September for all students. Clubs take place every day; with Period 5 clubs finishing at 4pm or 4.30pm. Click here to find out more about the programme of clubs and activities available to students.

Tours at Bexleyheath Academy | This month, we have been welcoming families who are looking to enrol their children at the Academy for tours to see the Academy in action. We have welcomed families looking to enrol children in year 7 in September 2022, as well as families looking for their children to join the Academy immediately in other year groups. Tours can be booked on our website. For any family looking to enrol their child at Bexleyheath Academy in the current Academic Year, please complete this short form and a member of our team will contact you.

Bexleyheath Academy Open Evening | Our Open Evening for parents/carers of children in Year 6 takes place on Thursday 23 September 2021. The Open Evening is an online event will take place from 7.00 - 8.00pm, on YouTube Live. The evening will provide an opportunity to meet members of the team and students from the Academy. We will be sharing information about what it's like to be a student at Bexleyheath Academy, and the opportunities and experiences that students can expect. The Open Evening event can be accessed on YouTube Live.

Homework | Students in all year groups have received homework in each of their subjects this week. Homework is completed online, and we have provide links to all homework activities and deadlines within each student’s Study Google Classroom. All homework is set weekly on a Monday morning, and students will have one week to complete the activities which should be submitted by the following Sunday. Where homework is incomplete, students will be required to attend the homework intervention workshop which will take place each Tuesday from 3.15pm. Should you have any questions about homework, please use this form to request a call from a member of the team.

Period 0 & Period 5 Academic Support | Our programme of Academic Support for students in Year 11 & Year 13 commenced last week. We have been incredibly proud of all students for the way they have embraced this programme. These lessons are designed to further support our students with their academic success and students have been engaged and enjoying their lessons.

Core Assessment Programme | This term we will be introducing a programme of core assessments for students in Year 7 - 11. These assessments will evaluate how students are progressing in terms of reading ability and core skills in English and Mathematics. Students in Year 7 will also complete cognitive ability assessments which evaluates holistic understanding and ability to learn. Our assessment programme will commence on 30 September 2021. The full timetable of assessments can be found on the Assessments and Exams section of our website.

Coronavirus Home Testing | As part of our ongoing work to ensure that students are able to attend the Academy safely, we are asking parents/carers to support children to complete Rapid LFD tests twice per week. These tests should be completed on a Sunday evening and a Wednesday evening, with results submitted on TestRegister. This programme of testing helps us to identify any possible positive cases quickly and provide support to families. Home testing kits can be obtained from the Academy. Our Designated Medical Lead is Ms Seamons (nsseamons@bexlehealthacademy.org.).

Academy Uniform | We are slowly phasing out the distinct colours of our Academy Tie for students in different year groups. Over the coming year, our ties for all students in Year 7-10 will slowly be replaced with a clip-on blue tie on our online uniform store. We hope that this will make help simplify our uniform where there are multiple siblings at the Academy. All students will eventually have the same style tie, and we know that a clip-on style tie is simpler and safer for children to use. Students can continue to wear their current coloured tie and there is no need for parents/carers to replace these. We are grateful to parents/carers for labelling items of uniform with the student name. This helps us to return mislaid items to their owner quickly.

Week Beginning 13 September 2021 (Week 02)

Contacting the Team at Bexleyheath Academy | Our Pastoral Team continue to support all of our students and parents/carers at the Academy. Pastoral Managers are allocated to a specific year group and are the first point of contact for students regarding issues at school and if parents/carers need to contact the academy. The pastoral team can be contacted using the details found on the Contact Us page of the website. Alternatively, parents/carers can request a call from a member of the team using this short form.

School Photographs | Our annual school photographs will take place on Tuesday 14th September. We would please ask that all students ensure that their uniform is looking sharp for a perfect photograph on the day. There will be the opportunity for parents/carers to purchase school photographs later in the term.

Extra-Curricular Programme at Bexleyheath Academy | We are delighted to be able to launch an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities and clubs for all students at Bexleyheath Academy. The programme commences on Monday 20 September and clubs are available for all students. Clubs will run during lunchtimes and during Period 5; with after Period 5 clubs finishing at 4pm or 4.30pm. Last week, all students in Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9 selected the club they will join this term, and students in Year 10 and Year 11 will have the opportunity to select their clubs later this week. Click here to find out more about the programme of clubs and activities available to students.

Musical Instrument Tuition at Bexleyheath Academy | At Bexleyheath Academy, we aim to provide the best possible musical education for every child. Studies have shown that learning an instrument boosts brain development, IQ, literacy and numeracy skills as well as helping improve concentration and social skills. Learning a musical instrument is a fantastic opportunity to develop key transferable skills as well as learning a life-long pleasure. If you would like your child to learn an instrument this year, click here to find out more information about our programme of instrumental tuition and to register your interest.

OfSTED Inspection Report | The report from the Ofsted Inspection at Bexleyheath Academy in July 2021 was published earlier this week. In the report, inspectors have summarised the improvements at Bexleyheath Academy and made key judgements about how the Academy is performing. Ofsted have confirmed that special measures have been removed from Bexleyheath Academy. When inspectors visited Bexleyheath Academy in July 2021, they said that the way in which pupils work in school has been “transformed”, and that “there is a positive atmosphere in classes and around the school”. Inspectors also said that the school “has completely changed” and have confirmed in their report that Bexleyheath Academy is officially a good school. Click here to read more about the Ofsted Inspection Report.

Homework | Students in all year groups will receive homework in each of their subjects (with the exception of core PE) each week. We believe strongly that homework has an important role to play in enabling students to make progress outside of the formal classroom setting. Homework allows students to revisit content from lessons, increase levels of retention and enables teachers to check levels of knowledge and understanding. Homework will be completed online from Monday 13 September 2021, and we will provide links to all homework activities within each student’s Google Classroom. All homework will be set on a Monday morning, and students will have one week to complete the activities which should be submitted by the following Monday. Where homework is incomplete, students will be required to attend the homework workshop which will take place each Tuesday from 3.15pm.

Bexley District Football Trials for Year 7 Girls | The U12 Bexley District football team is looking for girls that would be interested in trialling for the 21/22 season. This is a fantastic opportunity for girls in Year 7 at Bexleyheath Academy to join a competitive, demanding and fun group of players seeking to best represent the borough. Trials will be taking place from 6.00pm on Wednesday 15th September at Hall Place. Parents/Carers are please asked to register in advance, providing the player's first name and school using the email address BexleyDistrictgirlsnew@yahoo.com

Attendance & Punctuality | Students are required to arrive at Bexleyheath Academy by 08.40am (at the very latest) each day ready for their first class to begin at 08.45am. To support students to improve punctuality, where they arrive late to the Academy, students will be required to attend a lunchtime detention which will take place on the same day. Should a student fail to attend their lunchtime detention, they will be required to attend seclusion detention until 4.00pm.

Acrylic Nails, Nail Polish, False Lashes & Piercings | By way of a reminder, these items are not permitted at Bexleyheath Academy as part of our uniform guidelines. Our team will ask students to remove these items as they arrive at the Academy.

Week Beginning 06 September 2021 (Week 01)

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Academy Day 2021-22 | The Academy Day will continue to provide students with four 80-minute lessons per day. The timings of the Academy Day will remain unchanged from the previous Academic year. Students are required to arrive at Bexleyheath Academy by 08.40am (at the very latest) each day ready for their first class to begin at 08.45am. To support students to improve punctuality, when they arrive late to the Academy, students will be required to attend a lunchtime detention which will take place on the same day.

Academic Support for Y11 & Y13 Students | Part of the provision we continue to provide for students in Year 11 and Year 13 includes a programme of additional tuition and academic intervention. Whilst some parents choose to pay for additional tuition outside of school, this additional support will be provided by Bexleyheath Academy to all Year 11 and Year 13 students. This will take the form of intensive, high-impact additional learning, intervention and tuition time with teachers and subject-experts. A timetabled programme will continue in the autumn term and will take place during Period 0 (beginning at 08.00am) and Period 5 (beginning at 3.20pm). It should be noted that these periods are not optional, and form part of the formal Academy Day for students in Year 11 and Year 13. Period 0 and Period 5 classes will commence on Monday 13 September 2021.

Student Timetables | Students have access to their timetable for the coming Academic year, which shows their classes for each day, their teachers and the classroom. Students can access their new timetable in their Google Calendar. The timetable entries in the Google Calendar also provide direct links to all of our Google Classrooms where students can access all of their work. We will also provide students with a printed copy of their timetable on their first day at the Academy.

Daily Engagement Reports | Our Daily Engagement Reports provide an indication as to how students have been engaging in their learning each day. These daily reports will commence as students return to the Academy, and will be circulated to parents/carers via email at 6.00pm each day. The daily emails will include information as to how you can contact a member of the team if parents/carers have any questions.

Homework | Students in all year groups will receive homework in each of their subjects (with the exception of core PE) each week. We believe strongly that homework has an important role to play in enabling students to make progress outside of the formal classroom setting. Homework allows students to revisit content from lessons, increase levels of retention and enables teachers to check levels of knowledge and understanding. Homework will be completed online, and we will provide links to all homework activities within each student’s Google Calendar. All homework will be set on a Monday morning, and students will have one week to complete the activities which should be submitted by the following Monday. Where homework is incomplete, students will be required to attend the homework intervention workshop which will take place each Tuesday from 3.15pm.

Assessments & Reports | Over the previous Academic Year, parents/carers will have become familiar with our Assessment and Reporting cycle, and this will continue into the coming Academic Year. All students, in every year group, will complete a formal assessment in Week 5 of each term, and we will report the results of this to parents/carers the following week.

Student Behaviour | We expect the very highest standards of behaviour of every student at Bexleyheath Academy. Where a student’s behaviour does not meet the expectations of the Academy, the teacher will refer this directly to our behaviour team. Ms Devler (Head of Lower School), Mr Courtney (Head of Upper School) and Ms Pressney (Head of Sixth Form) will work alongside Ms Luthfa (Vice-Principal) to make all decisions related to consequences following poor behaviour. They will work with our team of Pastoral Managers to ensure that we contact parents/carers in the event of a student being removed from class, and then again the same evening with any follow-up information.

Car Parking at Bexleyheath Academy | Bexleyheath Academy provides car park facilities for all parents/carers and Sixth Form students on the public car park accessed from Graham Road. This provides a safe location for students to be dropped off and collected, avoiding the busy Woolwich Road at the front of the Academy. The best postal code to use for this car park (if you're using SatNav) is DA6 7EG. The Academy provide 15 minutes free parking for parents/carers so that students can be dropped off and collected safely, without the need to pay for parking.

Week Beginning 30 August 2021 (Week 0)

Coronavirus Vaccination Programme for Young People | The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to all 16 and 17 year olds, and we are encouraging students at Bexleyheath Academy to get a vaccine. In south east London, young people aged 16 and 17 years can get a vaccine in one of two ways:  

  • By attending a grab-a-jab walk-in clinic (no appointment required)

  • Through a direct invitation to book from a healthcare provider

Chromebooks at Bexleyheath Academy | At Bexleyheath Academy, we embrace technology to enhance the learning experience for everyone, and students are provided with a Chromebook to use in every lesson. Students are required to take their Chromebook home each day to support their studies and to allow them to complete homework. We would please request that the device is fully charged each evening ready for the next day. Students are required to bring their Chromebook to the academy each day as there are utilised in every lesson.

Key Stationery Items | As we prepare for the term ahead, we would encourage students to ensure that they have the correct stationery items so that they are fully prepared for their classes. Student are encouraged to use a transparent pencil case (which is suitable for examinations) containing a black or blue pen; a red pen; a pencil; a ruler; a rubber; a glue stick; a scientific calculator; a compass; and a protractor.

Academy Uniform | The Academy uniform reflects our high standards, expectations and core values. It is designed with both boys and girls in mind and is smart, comfortable and economical. Our uniform guidance and links to purchase uniform online can be found on the Uniform page of our Academy website. Where students have outgrown their uniform, we would encourage parents/carers to donate any uniform in good condition to the academy so that we can help support other families in the Bexleyheath Academy community. Any donations of items of uniform will be greatly received by our Reception team.

False Eye-Lashes, Nails & Piercings | During the summer holidays, it is tempting for students to experiment with acrylic nails, semi permanent lashes and piercings. We would please request that these items are removed before students return to the Academy.

Improving Punctuality | Students are required to arrive at Bexleyheath Academy by 08.40am (at the very latest) each day ready for their first class to begin at 08.45am. To support students to improve punctuality, where they arrive late to the Academy, students will be required to attend a lunchtime detention which will take place on the same day.

Medical Information | Where there has been a change in the medical condition of any student over the summer break, we would please ask parents/carers to contact the Academy to provide us with up-to-date information. Our Designated Medical Lead is Ms Seamons (nseamons@bexlehealthacademy.org).