Latest News & Updates

Bexleyheath Academy sends weekly updates to all parents/carers by email.  If you are a parent/carer of a student at Bexleyheath Academy and are not receiving this email, please click here to provide us with your current email address.

On Latest News This Week:


Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term five commences on Tuesday, 16 April 2024, at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here.


Eid | Eid Mubarak to our Bexleyheath community members that have been celebrating the end of Ramadan. We hope that this has been a joyous occasion spent with family and friends. 


Songkran | Happy Songkran to our Bexleyheath community members of the Buddhist faith that might be taking part in this festival this weekend. Containers of water are fragrances with herbs, these are thrown as a symbol of washing away all that is evil.


Remarkable Readiness | To ensure that every student is ready to have a great experience every lesson, every day, ask that parents/carers double-check that their child has the following: 

1) A bag packed with a Chromebook, headphones, charger and essential stationery; 

2) A fully charged Chromebook; 

3) A ParentPay account that is topped up and ready (for students purchasing lunch on-site); 

4) A washed PE Kit, which is prepared for the term ahead; 

5) A full school uniform; 

6) All lashes, nail polish, and acrylic nails are removed.

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations, which can be found here

We would like the remind parents of the following:


Handbags or crossbody purses are not permitted. Students must bring a backpack or a satchel which can hold a Chromebook and A4 folders. 


Chromebook Chargers | We have listened to your feedback about the need to have a way to purchase Chromebook chargers from the academy. We have purchased a limited stock of Chromebook chargers to sell to students at the cost of £15. These are specifically for Chromebook use. If you would like to purchase a charger for your child, please make payment for this using ParentPay. There is a ‘Chromebook Charger’ pot set up for this. Once payment has been made, the charger can be collected from reception. If you have any questions regarding ParentPay, contact Ms Hurst, Reception Team (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Welcome Back Support | To support some of our families preparing for academy return, we will be contacting families on Monday, 15 April to make sure that families have everything they need to make academy return easy. 


Exam Timetables | Our Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 students have been preparing for their examinations over the course of the year. The academy is currently in the process of completing the last of our entries and tier adjustments with our examination boards. We are hoping to be able to share the individual examination timetables with students and parents by Wednesday 01 May. 

There are some examinations that will take before this as part of the vocational qualification structure, these are as follows:

These exams are all day exams. Students will need to arrive at the academy at 08:00 and will leave the academy by 16:00.


Safeguarding | MHST Visit & New Mentors  |  Thank you for all of the positive feedback regarding safeguarding updates and mental health support. We are happy to hear that the weekly features are being received well. We would like to share some feedback that you have provided:

We support students in promoting positive mental health strategies through:

We also have the following colleagues at the academy who meet with students to talk through issues, concerns and develop strategies to support students:

This term, we will be increasing the number of academic mentors that will be working with our students. We also have  members of the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) who will be providing drop-in sessions on Monday, 29 April and Monday, 06 May for all our students should they wish to speak to someone. The invitation is if students are currently struggling with difficulties around their mental health, particularly around anxiety and low mood to come and discuss these struggles. These are students that we might not be aware of and that might mask these feelings in the academy. Please take the time to speak with your child to see if they would like to speak with the team. We will send a Google Form next week to parents/carers to request a drop-in slot for their child. The team will listen to the students and then sign post them to support and next steps. All conversations will be confidential unless there are safety concerns raised. 

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Spotlight | Attendance


Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Bexleyheath Academy we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the academy every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties, but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at the academy.


The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. 


Group 1: No Concern | Green Group | The student attends for 97% - 100% of the time. 

Group 2: Concern | Yellow Group | The student attends for 95% - 96.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement  | Amber Group| The student attends for 93% - 94.9% of the time.

Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement | Pink Group | The student attends for 90% - 92.9% of the time.

Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement  | Red Group| The student attends for 0% - 89.9% of the time.


Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group by their pastoral manager. Bexleyheath Academy are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. It is important that you monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

At Bexleyheath Academy we reward pupils who attend the academy each day and whose attendance is improving. Students are also rewarded for good punctuality. Here is an example of rewards for good attendance:

If you are concerned about this new ‘Focus on Attendance’, there are important steps that you can take:


Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Bexleyheath Academy.

Term 04, Week 06 | Monday, 29 March 2024

Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term three commences on Tuesday, 16 April 2024, at 08:30.  Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here. On Monday, 15 April, the academy will be close for an INSET day however, we have invited a number of students in to the academy to prepare for exams and complete coursework. 


Good Friday & Easter | Many of our Bexleyheath Academy community members would have celebrated Good Friday yesterday. Good Friday is part of Holy Week. Good Friday is usually a day of sorrow, penance and fasting. It is believed that Jesus suffered on the cross on this day for the sins of people of the world. Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus is said to have been resurrected. We wish all of our Bexleyheath Academy members that are celebrating this weekend a Happy Easter. 


Year 11 Newsletter | Please find the Year 11 Weekly Newsletter from Mr Whitham here


MHST Drop-ins  |  A member of the Mental Health support team in schools will be providing drop-in sessions for 02 days on Monday, 29 April and Monday, 06 May for students. Students will be able to drop-in during allocated times to talk about troubles that they might be having. These might be questions around:

We recommend that you sit down with your child to see if they would like this support. We will send a Google Form out closer to the time to students if they would like to book some time to see a member of the team.


Year 11 Easter Booster Club Sessions| English & Mathematics Monday, 08 - 12 April 2024 | We will be inviting 120 Year 11 students for Mathematics booster sessions and 90 Year 11 students for English booster sessions during the second week of the Easter holidays. The booster sessions are aimed at preparing students to achieve better outcomes and to push them further if they have already secured a pass grade. Parents/carers of the selected Year 11 students will be contacted by Tuesday, 26 March 2024. Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal said: “As an academy, we have run Booster Club sessions from January and this has made a huge difference to the outcomes of students. We have converted a number of our students that were on the pass borderline and this has given students a lot of confidence in their abilities which has made such a difference on their outlook of their other studies. We understand that this can be a difficult time for our students who are nervous about their up and coming examinations and we would like to provide every opportunity to support our students. One of these ways is with our Booster Club provision.” If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lucas (flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org)


Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13 Easter Activities | Half Term is the perfect time for our students to not only get some well deserved rest but to also catch-up with controlled assessments and consolidate their learning in preparation for their up and coming examinations. Our teachers have put together revision resources for our students as well as guidance to support students in the completion of their controlled assessments. The academy will also be providing a range of tuition for different subjects. All activities and details of tuition can be found here


Spotlight | Parkview Residential Care Home | Our Year 09 students visited Parkview Residential Home this week. Students had prepared mathematical puzzles for the residents to complete. Mr Dye, Teacher of Mathematics said: “This was our second visit from the Mathematics Department and we can not wait to take students back. Students have a magic touch when it comes to dealing with the elderly. The supervisor of the wing we were in had commented that many of the residents that the students were working with rarely engaged with activities put on by the residential home nor did they engage much in conversation however, they were excited to be with the students and engaged in conversation as well as worked through the mathematics quests. Our students loved finding out about the lives of the residents. One gentleman in particular had the attention of all of the students as he told them about his life as a chef and one of his jobs as a chef was in the RAF. The staff at the residential care home stated that after the fire, they feel that they have gained new family members in the form of Bexleyheath Academy.”


Inclusion Update | We know that the half-term can be a very stressful time for students, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for whom changes in their routine can be very unsettling. ASD is a neurodiversity which creates barriers for people with social communication and interactions. To find out more about ASD, please click here.  It is important for students and their families to plan out their time so that there is a new predictable routine set up for the holidays. You can use the Half-Term Plan  to support your child to organise their half-term, giving it predictability and meaningfulness. Do not forget that rest is also important and a little bit of reading daily can go a long way! 


Parents’ Evening Feedback | Thank you to everyone that joined us for Parents’ Evening on Wednesday, 27 March. 

Reminder of the following, for each Parents’ Evening, we have a priority year group which allows parents/carers from the relevant year group access to booking for a week before we open up the appointments to other year groups. Unlike you traditional Parents’ Evening where you only have one opportunity a year to speak with teachers, this model allows you to see teachers were there are slots available 


As discussed last term, we would like to find out more about your Parents’ Evening experience. We would like to know:

If you would like to let us know about any of these areas, please complete this form.


End of Term Survey | As part of academy improvement, we seek feedback from parents on a termly basis to help us plan for improvements. We will be sending a form directly to parents to get feedback during the half term. 


Let’s read at home! | Thank you to parents/carers that have committed to reading a book with their child(ren) at home. We have purchased books for over 150 families. As an academy, we are committed to improving our student's reading ability as there is a direct correlation with academic outcomes and behaviour choices made. The ‘Let’s read at home’ project supports the work we are doing in the academy. As you are aware, we implemented a 20 min daily reading period for students however, in order to further the impact, we need students to continue to read outside of the academy. Raimond (Year 09) said: “I believe that the opportunity to read not only for knowledge but for pleasure is something that we all take for granted. Many people dream to have the ability to read and although it is something small for us, I know that a vast majority are excited by this reading at home scheme as books these days can be hard to find in actual shops due to everything being online. Not only this, the price of books is getting pricier by the day and parents might not have the money to buy books therefore, I really appreciate this scheme even though for many it might seem as something small.” 


Term 04, Week 05 | Monday, 25 March 2024

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term four ends on Thursday, 28 March, at 13:15. Term five commences on Tuesday, 16 April 2024. 


Palm Sunday | Some of our Bexleyheath Academy community members will be observing Palm Sunday tomorrow. On this day, community members from the Christian faith celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. During mass on this day, palm leaves are handed out to all patrons, thus giving the name, Palm Sunday. 


Holi | Happy Holi to all of our Hindu Bexleyheath Academy community members. Holi marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter as well as celebrating the Hindu god Krishna.


Year 10 Priority Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 27 March 2024 | 16:00-19:00 |  Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager (dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Year 10 Priority Parents' Evening for SEND | Parents/carers of students with SEND in Year 10 are being offered an opportunity to book appointments with our SENCO Ms Chiculita. These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evenings, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager (dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Fixtures for the Week | The fixture for the week beginning, Monday, 18 March are as follows: 

A reminder for parents/carers that for safeguarding reasons, we do not put information about who our students are playing and where pick-up and drop-off locations are on our website. The website can be viewed by anyone. 


Year 11 Weekly Newsletter | Please find the weekly Year 11 newsletter from Mr Whitham here

Homework Update | A massive thank you to all the parents and carers who joined our Homework Parental Support Meeting last Thursday. If you missed this informative event, please click here so you can see the recording of this event.  


The takeaways from the event are summarised below.


This term, we have been trialling Language Nut. Language Nut is an AI platform that helps students from Year 07 prepare for their Spanish GCSE. From Term 05, this will be part of our homework expectations alongside: Mathematics, Science and English.

If you have any questions regarding homework, please contact Mr Uwaechi, Assistant Principal (fuwaechi@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Jack Petchey | Speak Out Challenge | Jack Petchey speak out challenge is a public speaking competition that takes place in London and Essex and is open to Year 10 students only. Each year, students take part in workshops that help develop their speaking and listening skills and they are also able to take part in the competition element. Asher was chosen to represent BA and went up against all the other Bexley schools to compete in the regional final. They gave a speech titled "The power of writing" and the content, structure and delivery was excellent. We were very proud of Asher’s performance! A big thank you to Ms Mack-Poole for overseeing the Jack Petchy programme and for all of her support developing our students’ public speaking. Asher will be sharing her speech to each year group next week as part of their celebration assembly. Well done Asher for taking part and making the academy proud.  


Year 08 Barclays Life Skills Workshop| Day 01 | Listening & Speaking | Barclays Life Skills is an employability and financial education programme which unlocks skills and employability opportunities for all ages. We are lucky to have been able to partner again with this provider. Ms Jobson, Careers Advisor said: “It was a great atmosphere on Monday where all our Year 08 students participated in the Barclays Life Skills for listening and speaking. The workshop was aimed at providing students the opportunities to develop and put their listening and speaking skills into practice. The event focused on communication beyond the classroom, how it transfers between school and work, and even different kinds of job roles, as well as why good communication is key to being successful in the workplace. A big well done to all the Year 8 students who all participated in the session and were brave to try something new.”

Students have three more sessions which will run in Term 05 and Term 06. If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Ms Jobson, Careers Advisor (sjobson@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Easter Booster Club Sessions| English & Mathematics Monday, 08 - 12 April 2024 | We will be inviting 120 Year 11 students for Mathematics booster sessions and 90 Year 11 students for English booster sessions during the second week of the Easter holidays. The booster sessions are aimed at preparing students to achieve better outcomes and to push them further if they have already secured a pass grade. Parents/carers of the selected Year 11 students will be contacted by Tuesday, 26 March 2024. Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal said: “As an academy, we have run Booster Club sessions from January and this has made a huge difference to the outcomes of students. We have converted a number of our students that were on the pass borderline and this has given students a lot of confidence in their abilities which has made such a difference on their outlook of their other studies. We understand that this can be a difficult time for our students who are nervous about their up and coming examinations and we would like to provide every opportunity to support our students. One of these ways is with our Booster Club provision.” If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lucas (flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org)


Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13 Easter Activities | Half Term is the perfect time for our students to not only get some well deserved rest but to also catch-up with controlled assessments and consolidate their learning in preparation for their up and coming examinations. Our teachers have put together revision resources for our students as well as guidance to support students in the completion of their controlled assessments. The academy will also be providing a range of tuition for different subjects. All activities and details of tuition can be found here


Sixth Form Final Applications | It is great to see that many of our Year 11 students have registered their initial interest for our Sixth Form. Mr Read, our Head of Sixth Form, will be leading an assembly on Monday, 25 March for all Year 11 students to talk about next steps for Sixth Form applications. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Mr Read, Assistant Principal (dread@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Inclusion Update | The Youth Action Diversity Club have shared an update regarding their services and information that may be of interest to some families. Being a young person in today’s world is challenging and here at Youth Action Diversity Trust (YADT), they understand that some young people need a little extra support to help them get a positive start in life or overcome obstacles along the way. They work with young people and their families to understand Autism and ADHD behaviours, helping them to develop strategies for a calmer family life. They help young people with the difficulties that affect them, these can be a number of issues such as anger management, social anxiety, improving confidence, enhancing communication and dealing with stress and loss. Their friendly support service is for young people aged 5 to 17 years and can be delivered as one-to-one support or family support sessions. They charge £40 per session for this behavioural support and all their meetings take place at the North Cray Neighbourhood Centre, in Sidcup, which is neutral ground for most families. Their flyers can be found here YADT Behavioural Support Service Leaflet 2024, YADT ADHD Behavioural Support Service 2024, YADT Social Anxiety Behavioural Support Service 2024, YADT Anger Management Behavioural Support Service 2024, YADT Autism Behavioural Support Service 2024. If you have any questions regarding these services and would like support from the school to access them please contact us via the  SEND Enquiry Form


In Science This Week….. | This week in Science, students have been hard at work on their end of term assessments. Our Year 13 students completed their final required practicals. They used Thin-Layer Chromatography to analyse Anadin Extra tablets to find out which painkillers were in the tablets. They also synthesised aspirin, a common painkiller, by reacting ethanoic anhydride with salicylic acid. They had to purify their aspirin by using recrystallization. They also produced a pure sample of ethyl ethanoate. Ethyl ethanoate is an ester which has a sweet smell and is used in nail varnish remover and glue. 

Extra-Curricular Clubs | This week, we would like to talk to you about Drama Club. Drama Club will help students develop the four key skills involved in acting: voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, whilst also collaborating with students across the academy and developing their social skills. Drama Club takes place on Thursdays in Room P1. 


Extra-Curricular Clubs | On Friday, 22 March in Year 8 Football Club we had our Battle of the Bands, where X vs Y vs Z band all played against each other in a football tournament on Goals. Students worked as a team in their bands to make sure their band was proud of them. It was a tremendous effort by everyone but the Y band were the winners. 

Term 04, Week 04 | Monday, 18 March 2024

Year 11 Weekly Newsletter | Please find the weekly Year 11 newsletter from Mr Whitham here


Term 4 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change this terms Parents’ Evening from Thursday, 28 March to Wednesday, 27 March. We apologise for any inconveniences caused. 


Y10 Priority Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 27 March 2024 | 16:00-19:00 |  Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 11 March 2024 for TEN Days. From Thursday, 21 March 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11, Y12 & Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Parking Bay | We would like to remind parents/carers that the disabled parking bays should only be used for those with a blue badge issued by the NHS. Please do not park in these locations for the reason of ease of pickup and drop offs as our community members with mobility issues need these spaces. 


Fixtures for the Week | The fixture for the week beginning, Monday, 18 March are as follows: 

A reminder for parents/carers that for safeguarding reasons, we do not put information about who our students are playing and where pick-up and drop-off locations are on our website. The website can be viewed by anyone. 


Sixth Form Team Expansion | We are happy to announce that we have expanded our Sixth Form team. Mr Read previously the Faculty Director of ICT/Business/Media and lead on vocational studies has been promoted to Assistant Principal. Mr Read will be leading our Sixth Form provision moving forward with the support of the Sixth Form team and our Vice-Principal Ms Kobewka. Mr Read, Assistant Principal said: It's an honour to assume this role, one that I do not take lightly. I have worked at the academy for over a decade and with that I bring the understanding of our students, their needs and how to make their aspirations a realistic goal. Many families will already know me as at some point I would have taught their children. I am here to support students and family every step of the way to get students to their intended destination. Whether you need academic guidance, personal support, or just someone to lend an ear, my door is always open. I am also lucky to have such a large team to ensure that no child is left behind.” 

Students in Sixth Form are supporting by six key members of staff:

Mr Read | Assistant Principal | Head of Sixth Form

Ms Kobewka | Vice-Principal | Head of Whole School Teaching & Learning | skobewka@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Mrs Watson | KS5 Pastoral Manager | lwatson@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Dr Lucas | Careers Lead | flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Ms Olu-Garrick | KS5 Personal Development | eolugarrick@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Mr Read | Vocational Studies Lead | dread@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Ms Porch | KS5 Progress & Outcomes | lporch@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Bexleyheath’s Got Talent | We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Talent Night for our students on Thursday, 25 April 17:00 - 18:30. Parents/carers will need to sign up for tickets closer to the time. In preparation for this, we will be holding auditions on Monday, 18 March for students that would like to take part. Students can audition to:

Auditions will be taking place in P2. Students will have two opportunities to audition:

If you have any questions regarding the talent show, please contact Mr Wanderema, Teacher of Music (swanderema@bexleyheathacademy.org). 

Spotlight | Food Preparation & Nutrition | This week, our Year 11 Food Preparation & Nutrition students completed their final practicals for their coursework. Parents/carers who attended our Principal’s Coffee Morning this week were engulfed in the aroma of the dishes that were being cooked whilst we were on a walk of the academy. Ms Gaskin, Faculty Director of DT said: “Practical examination weeks are always nerve racking for our students due to the fact that they are so passionate about what they are doing and want everything to look and taste amazing. Students used their time well to create their breakfast buffet items and I am so proud of each and everyone of them.”   

Reading Group Changes | On Monday, 18 March, there will be changes to our reading groups across Year 07-10. The reading groups are based on the most recent NGRT assessments which were completed over the past half-term. Students are in groups which are the most appropriate for their reading level which helps up to provide targeted intervention. Students have been emailed the name of the teacher and classroom. Their teachers will collect students from their lineup so they go to the correct classroom. Ms Elliott-Graves, Assistant Principal said: “This year, we introduced a Reading Period in the middle of the day to support the reading abilities of all of our students. Each day, student focus on a different aspect of reading:

We are excited to report that students are improving in their reading ability and this has a direct impact on engagement and outcomes. To support what students are doing in the academy, please encourage students to read outside of the academy. Students can use Bedrock to develop their vocabulary and grammar skills or continue to read for pleasure using MyOn. All of these programmes can be found on their Chromebook.” If you have any questions regarding our reading programme, please contact Ms Elliott-Graves (lelliottgraves@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Safeguarding  | Self Harm |  Self-Harm is an issue among young people nationally. The causes behind self-harm can come from many places, sometimes it's a reaction to difficult emotions. In other cases it can be related to poor self-worth and self confidence. In any case it is not only a traumatic practice for many, it is also physically perilous. Attempts at self-harm can sadly result in unforeseen injuries that may take years to heal, and produce life-long mental and bodily scars. To find out more about self-harm and how to deal with it in education, please follow the link for Young Minds.


Safeguarding | Online Beauty Ideals | TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and X have revolutionised global society. Today, for better or worse we are surrounded by the other, windows into other people's lives, actions and worldviews. For children and young people, who are often permanently online, the perception of attractiveness and behaviour is formed in this sphere. What is considered desirable or beautiful has always been at the forefront of people's perception of themselves. Now those ideals change faster than ever, and not being able to fit into that bracket of desirability can be a driver of personal issues among young people. In this vein the Austrian Safer Internet Centre held a study of 400 12 to 17 year olds, on the topic of beauty ideals. To read this informative report, please follow the link here


Homework Update | To further support families with homework completion, there will be a Homework Parental Support Evening, on Thursday, 21 March from 17:30 to 18:30. Here is a link to join the virtual meeting. If you have any questions or concerns prior to this event, please add them into this google form.


Emails and Communications Update | Since September, the trust has experienced issues with delivering and receiving emails from BT and Yahoo email accounts. There are some other email providers that we initially experienced issues with but these have largely been resolved once users change their preferences and tag the academy as a ‘safe’ email with their provider. Since September, the Bexleyheath Academy community has been amazing at sharing information with each other to help ‘white list’ our emails. The links to guides of what you can do to get our emails onto your ‘safe sender’ list are as follows:

As an academy, there is nothing further that we can do to resolve the issue from our end. However, we will continue to do the following:


Fizzy Drinks & Energy Drinks | This is a reminder to all parents/carers that fizzy drinks & energy drinks are banned from the academy. Should students be found with these items, these will be confiscated and disposed of.


Book Review Competition | We launched our Book Review Competition for all Years 07-13 last week. Every student in the school is invited to enter the Book Review Competition. To participate the student must write a review on an age appropriate book they have read this academic year and hand it to reception by Thursday, 28 March. In the review they must; 


The first winner of every year group will win an Amazon voucher and the second winner of every year group will win am=n Amazon voucher. Winners will be announced in the first week of Term 05. 


The rules of the competition are: 


Book Swap Scheme | From Thursday, 07 March students have been given access to free copies of books via the Book Swap scheme. To take part, students can select any free book from the Book Swap display in their canteen during break and lunch. Students can return the books once they have read them and collect another book from the display. 


Inclusion Update | Students are reminded that assessments will be taking place next week (Week 5). Students with SEND may benefit from preparing with their parents/carers by going over the Knowledge Organisers for English, Maths and Science we worked on during our reading sessions this week. For all other subjects, students can be looking through their google classroom materials and past lesson slides. If you have any queries or would like your child to receive additional support preparing for their assessments please use our SEND Enquiry Form  to let us know. 


Principals' Coffee Mornings | We would like to thank our parents that have attended our Principals' Coffee Mornings so far. It has been helpful for myth busting and also sharing great ideas. This week, our parents/carers suggested an opportunity to see and taste the food in the canteens which we are excited to do. We will be offering dates for these during Term 06. In lieu of this, we have shared some photos of the canteen this week.  


Comic Relief | Thank you for supporting our Comic Relief activities this week. Students had the opportunity to find our more about this cause and take part in a WOW session with the whole of the year group which was a great community experience for them. 


We would like to thank the PE team that organised this event.


Together, the academy has raised over £600 for Comic Relief.  

Term 04, Week 03 | Monday, 11 March 2024

Ramadan | Ramadan Kareem to our Bexleyheath community members. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of prayer and reflection. During Ramadan, the Muslim community will observe a fast and not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. The first fast is likely to take place on Monday. 


Year 11 Weekly Newsletter | Please find the weekly Year 11 newsletter from Mr Whitham here


Term 4 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change this terms Parents’ Evening from Thursday, 28 March to Wednesday, 27 March. We apologise for any inconveniences caused. 


Y10 Priority Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 27 March 2024 | 16:00-19:00 |  Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 11 March 2024 for TEN Days. From Thursday, 21 March 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11, Y12 & Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Safeguarding | Kooth Mental Health Support | Kooth is an online mental health community. Kooth is a judgement-free forum for young people to get advice, Kooth are online and provide emotional wellbeing and mental health support, they support young people from the ages of 11-25.  This will be online and young people can receive 121 online support and more. Kooth has a team of professionals available, young people can talk about anything that is on their mind, this is free, anonymous which means names do not need to be given. Kooth also has a TikTok and Instagram page for young people 13+ to have access to.  Please find various fact sheets here regarding anxieties.  Getting urgent support from a crisis service can feel daunting, please see a full list here.  You can sign up for free here.

In April, Kooth will be running FREE webinars specifically to help parents and carers support children sitting exams.  Please find the links below:

To sign up to their webinars, please use this from here. To find out more about the service, please visit their website here


Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge | Assessment Workshop | This week, our students had an assembly delivered by ASK. ASK is an apprenticeship programme which offers help and support for students that wish to move on to apprenticeships after their studies. Whilst the programme is funded by the government and aimed at Year 10 - Year 13 students, we have collaborated with ASK to design assemblies and workshops which inform our students from Year 07 about the different educational pathways that are available to them. Year 07 - Year 13 students took part in these assemblies on Thursday. On Monday, Year 12 & 13 students will be taking part in a mock assessment workshop where they will develop skills; CV writing, completing application forms and interview skills.. The details are as follows:

Period 02 | Year 13 - Selected

Period 03 | Year 12 - Group 01

Period 04 | Year 12 - Group 02

To find out more about ASK, please watch this video here. To find out more about our careers provision, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal (flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Work Experience Update | We have consent for the majority of our students in Year 10 and Year 12 to attend Work Experience in July. This is a reminder that without parental/care consent, students will not be able to take part in this programme. For those that have completed the consent form, we now need completed Work Experience forms which have the employer details by Thursday, 28 March. A copy of the form to be complete can be found here. Printed companies can be found in reception.   To find out more about work experience, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal (flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


World Book Day | This week, we have celebrated world book day with our students and their teachers. On Thursday, 07 March students participated in a World Book Day Assembly during their reading  period  where we reflected on the ways in which books are; powerful, a right and a privilege. Thursday also saw the launch of our Book Swap Scheme and our Book Review Competition. On Friday, 08 March all students in KS3 and their teachers participated in a Drop Everything and Read session where we read and discussed two short stories: The Yellow Faced Man by Anthony Horowitz and The Open WIndow by H.H.  Munro Saki. The students had a fantastic time reading and discussing the texts and developed their critical analysis skills and enjoyment of reading. Students and their parents can download the texts and worksheet if they wish to re-engage with the materials or catch up if they missed the session. 


Book Review Competition | On Thursday, we also launched our Book Review Competition for all Years 07-13. Every student in the school is invited to enter the Book Review Competition. To participate the student must write a review on an age appropriate book they have read this academic year and hand it to reception by Thursday, 28 March. In the review they must; 

The first winner of every year group will win a £20 Amazon voucher and the second winner of every year group will win a £15 Amazon voucher. Winners will be announced in the first week of Term 05. 

The rules of the competition are: 


Book Swap Scheme | From Thursday, 07 March students have been given access to free copies of books via the Book Swap scheme. To take part, students can select any free book from the Book Swap display in their canteen during break and lunch. Students can return the books once they have read them and collect another book from the display. 


Homework Update | Homework goes live by 08:00 every Monday during term time and locks by 23:59 on Sunday. Students are reminded to complete their English, Maths and Science homework tasks as scheduled. English and Science are completed on Tassomai where students must reach their weekly goal. This will display 100% when completed. The questions set will be based on prior learning to ensure that students are not forgetting knowledge especially in Science. Maths tasks are done on MathsWatch. Students are expected to achieve a minimum of 50% of the total marks available. For clarity, it is not the number of questions attempted but rather the actual marks gained (half must be correctly answered). To further support families with homework completion, there will be a Homework Parental Support Evening, on Thursday, 21 March from 17:30 to 18:30. Here is a link to join the virtual meeting. If you have any questions or concerns prior to this event, please add them into this google form


Emails and Communications Update | Since September, the trust has experienced issues with delivering and receiving emails from BT and Yahoo email accounts. There are some other email providers that we initially experienced issues with but these have largely been resolved once users change their preferences and tag the academy as a ‘safe’ email with their provider. Since September, the Bexleyheath Academy community has been amazing at sharing information with each other to help ‘white list’ our emails. The links to guides of what you can do to get our emails onto your ‘safe sender’ list are as follows:

As an academy, there is nothing further that we can do to resolve the issue from our end. However, we will continue to do the following:


Fizzy Drinks & Energy Drinks | This is a reminder to all parents/carers that fizzy drinks & energy drinks are banned from the academy. Should students be found with these items, these will be confiscated and disposed of.


Combs | We would like to inform carers and students that, for safety reasons, combs with pointy ends are banned in the academy. Please ensure your child does not bring these items into the academy. These items will be confiscated if students are found with them. 


Charity Project | Bexley Food Bank | Charity projects have the power to bring a community together in various ways. Students have been discussing what they would like to do as a charity project for next term and our students have decided that they would like to collect donations for the Bexley Food Bank. A Food Bank is a charity which collects food to distribute to individuals and families who are in need. Food banks play a crucial role in addressing hunger and providing assistance to those who may not have regular access to an adequate and nutritious diet. Each week, the academy will focus on collecting different types of food:

Week commencing:

Any contributions would be greatly received and help those in need.


Let’s Read at Home! | Reading is at the heart of ensuring that students are progressing across all subjects. This year, we implemented a 20 min reading period to develop the reading skills and confidence of our students. We would like students to read at home and whilst we have more than 100,000 digital books on MyOn, we know to read as a family it is nicer to have a physical book. To help families in making reading a habit, we would like to purchase up to two books for students that would like to take part in this initiative. All we ask is for some feedback on how you are getting on with reading at home. If you would like the academy to give you and child up to two books of your choice, please complete this form by Friday, 15 March 2024. 


Fixtures for the Week | The fixture for the week beginning, Monday, 11 March are as follows: 

A reminder for parents/carers that for safeguarding reasons, we do not put information about who our students are playing and where pick-up and drop-off locations are on our website. The website can be viewed by anyone. 


Extra Curricular Clubs | Basketball Club takes place in the Sports Hall and is open to all students across KS3 and KS4. Students take part in a friendly game of basketball helping students improve coordination tasks like throwing and catching, dribbling, shooting, and passing. This is a great way to stay healthy and active. Physical activity during breaks also ensures that focus levels and engagement is high in the classroom. Through the club, students also develop team building skills and it is also a way to develop friends. 


Please find the updated extra-curricular timetable for this term here. We would like all students, particularly in KS3 (Years 7-9) to take part in at least one extra-curricular club. If you would like your child to sign up to  any of our extra-curricular club offerings,  please email Mr Choudhury: schoudhury@bexleyheathacademy.org


Attendance | Research has shown that regular attendance and good punctuality are crucial factors in students achieving their full potential in education. At Bexleyheath Academy we wish to work in partnership with parents and carers and so are seeking your full support in ensuring that your child attends the academy every day and on time. We are always pleased to work together with parents/carers in resolving any difficulties, but we are also committed to improving attendance levels at the academy.


The target attendance figure for all pupils is a minimum of 97% attendance. Based on current attendance figures your child will be placed in one of the following groups below. 


Group 1: No Concern | Green Group | The student attends for 97% - 100% of the time. 

Group 2: Concern | Yellow Group | The student attends for 95% - 96.9% of the time.

Group 3: Risk of Underachievement  | Amber Group| The student attends for 93% - 94.9% of the time.

Group 4: Severe Risk of Underachievement | Pink Group | The student attends for 90% - 92.9% of the time.

Group 5: Extreme Risk of Underachievement  | Red Group| The student attends for 0% - 89.9% of the time.


Your child will be informed of their Attendance Group by their pastoral manager. Bexleyheath Academy are monitoring students closely whose attendance is falling and will contact you if your child’s attendance does not improve. It is important that you monitor single day’s absence, as these days soon add up to weeks.

At Bexleyheath Academy we reward pupils who attend the academy each day and whose attendance is improving. Students are also rewarded for good punctuality. Here is an example of rewards for good attendance:

If you are concerned about this new ‘Focus on Attendance’, there are important steps that you can take:


Thank you for working in partnership with us to achieve the highest possible levels of attendance and punctuality at Bexleyheath Academy.

Girls Football Success | This week, the academy hosted a Year 08 Girl’s Football Tournament. Schools in the local borough participated in this tournament. We had two of our teams represent the academy. Team A came third and Team B came fourth. Both teams played exceptionally against the opposition. Other schools have commented on the talent of some of our team members which included Elsie who received player of the tournament which is an incredible achievement. 

We will also be hosting a Year 07 & Year 09 Girl’s Football Tournament this term. Our teams have been preparing hard for this opportunity and we look forward to seeing how well they perform. We have over 30 students turning up to our Football Club on Fridays, with this continued commitment, we will be first place very soon. 


Comic Relief | Comic Relief is a fundraising programme which helps people and communities overcome various challenges in life. This year, the Sports department will be raising money for Comic Relief by running extended Work out of the Week (WOW) sessions. 


From the week commencing, Monday, 11 March, each day a different year group will have an assembly about Comic Relief and then complete an extended WOW session. On these days, students in the participating year group can come to the academy in their full Bexleyheath Academy PE kit which they can wear for the day. Students attending the academy in their PE kit should donate £1 to Comic Relief at the gate. Students will complete their Comic Relief WOW sessions on the following days:

Students must wear the Bexleyheath Academy PE kit only. The following items are not allowed:


Students can wear their BHA shorts over leggings during these days. 


Our PE team are very excited about this event and are very passionate about the cause. 


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ms Pressney, Lead Practitioner (lpressney@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 12 NCS Trip | This week,  a group of twenty one Year 12 students went to Norfolk for a 4 night residential trip. The students worked in teams to complete challenges including; climbing, abseiling, caving and problem solving tasks. The leadership and communication skills they developed, in addition to the resilience they all showed during the challenges will be invaluable experience for their time at university or in employment. 


Ms Kobewka, Vice-Principal said: "Taking 24 students on a residential trip to complete outdoor activities is not everyone's cup of tea but Mr Sheehan and I were up for the challenge. Our students had no previous experience of these activities so for them it was really an opportunity of a life time. 


If is strange to thing that this could happen in four days but students have grown as professionals and become more independent which challenges that they faced. Everyone was willing to try something new on this trip and I know that they have become closer as a team as a result of this."

Term 04, Week 02 | Monday, 04 March 2024

Ramadan | Ramadan Kareem to our Bexleyheath community members. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of prayer and reflection. During Ramadan, the Muslim community will observe a fast and not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. 


Year 11 Weekly Newsletter | Please find the weekly Year 11 newsletter from Mr Whitham here


Term 4 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to change this terms Parents’ Evening from Thursday, 28 March to Wednesday, 27 March. We apologise for any inconveniences caused. 


Y10 Priority Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 27 March 2024 | 16:00-19:00 |  Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 11 March 2024 for TEN Days. From Thursday, 21 March 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11, Y12 & Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Safeguarding | As you are aware, there is a national crisis currently with school children and vaping. We all need to work together to ensure that this is not a problem for our Bexleyheath Academy community. The Metropolitan Police have sent this letter to all parents/carers regarding Dangerous Vape Devices which are circulating in Bexley Borough. We ask for parents/carers to check their children's bag and coat for these items on a regular basis. If you have any questions or would like support, please contact Ms Kendall, Designated Safeguarding Lead (nkendall@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Extra Curricular Update | EAL Oracy Club is for students who have English as an additional language. Through interactive games and activities students are provided the opportunity to learn to develop their fluency and confidence in speaking English. Just a reminder that we have the following extra-curricular clubs which we have added to our extra-curricular provision this term:

Please find the updated extra-curricular timetable for this term here. We would like all students, particularly in KS3 (Years 7-9) to take part in at least one extra-curricular club. If you would like your child to sign up to  any of our extra-curricular club offerings,  please email Mr Choudhury: schoudhury@bexleyheathacademy.org


Comic Relief | Comic Relief is a fundraising programme which helps people and communities overcome various challenges in life. This year, the Sports department will be raising money for Comic Relief by running extended Work out of the Week (WOW) sessions. 


From the week commencing, Monday, 11 March, each day a different year group will have an assembly about Comic Relief and then complete an extended WOW session. On these days, students in the participating year group can come to the academy in their full Bexleyheath Academy PE kit which they can wear for the day. Students attending the academy in their PE kit should donate £1 to Comic Relief at the gate. Students will complete their Comic Relief WOW sessions on the following days:

Students must wear the Bexleyheath Academy PE kit only. The following items are not allowed:


Our PE team are very excited about this event and are very passionate about the cause. 


If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ms Pressney, Lead Practitioner (lpressney@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Spotlight | Food Prep & Nutrition  and Graphics Trip | Our Year 11 Food Prep & Nutrition and Year 11 Graphics students went to the Mariotte Hotel and Toby Carvery as part of a research task for their respective course.  Members of the public commented: 


Ms Gaskin, Faculty Director of Design & Technology said: "It was a delight to have Year 11 Graphics and Food Preparation & Nutrition students out into a different environment to take part in a gastronomic experience! It was brilliant to see the students being big-hearted when we had to wait for another school trip of primary school children to cross the road, the year 11's assisted the process of getting the primary school students across the road safely. 


The trip has boosted morale and built a sense of community in our year 11's. They now have full bellies and more inspiration and research to add to their coursework. I am so proud of how they represented not only the school but Mr Ephson and I on this trip, we cannot wait to see the dishes they produce in their exams next week!." 


Charity Project | Bexley Food Bank | Charity projects have the power to bring a community together in various ways. Students have been discussing what they would like to do as a charity project for next term and our students have decided that they would like to collect donations for the Bexley Food Bank. A Food Bank is a charity which collects food to distribute to individuals and families who are in need. Food banks play a crucial role in addressing hunger and providing assistance to those who may not have regular access to an adequate and nutritious diet. Each week, the academy will focus on collecting different types of food:

Week commencing:

Any contributions would be greatly received and help those in need.


World Book Day | The school will be celebrating World Book Day on Wednesday, 07 and Friday, 08 March. The celebrations will include the launch of our Book Review competition where the best book reviews in each year group will receive a prize. The students will also take part in an assembly during their Reading Period on Thursday, 07 March  that explores and celebrates the value of books. This will be followed by a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) lesson on Friday, 08 March during  Period 03. During this all students in Years 7 to 09 and their teachers will drop everything and read a literary text. This will also be read aloud to ensure it is an engaging and accessible session for all. We hope that you will join us in helping your child think about the value and joy of Reading at home!  


We will also be launching our free book swap initiative. Our canteens will have a selection of new and used  books on display that students may take to read at home. Once they have read those books, the students can return them to swap them for another book of their choice. Donations of books will be much appreciated and will help offer a range of texts to our Remarkable Readers.  If you would like to donate additional books to the book swap please just drop them off at reception any time from Monday, 04 March. The donations are any books that you might not have use for at home any longer. 


Let’s Read at Home! | Reading is at the heart of ensuring that students are progressing across all subjects. This year, we implemented a 20 min reading period to develop the reading skills and confidence of our students. We would like students to read at home and whilst we have more than 100,000 digital books on MyOn, we know to read as a family it is nicer to have a physical book. To help families in making reading a habit, we would like to purchase up to two books for students that would like to take part in this initiative. All we ask is for some feedback on how you are getting on with reading at home. If you would like the academy to give you and child up to two books of your choice, please complete this form by Friday, 15 March 2024. 


Inclusion Update | On Thursday, 29 February we held our second Inclusion Information Evening offering information to parents and carers regarding the support we offer students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  and English as an Additional Language  in the school. We would like to warmly thank everyone who took part.  We have had over 160 households watch our presentation, a recording of which can be accessed through this link


During the event we heard from our exceptionally knowledgeable SENCO Ms Chiculita and our dedicated SEND Administrator Ms Cookson-Edwards. We also heard from some of our  fantastic Learning Support Assistants discussing how they support students in school. We are especially proud of our remarkable students who did a fantastic job presenting in the event and  discussing how they are supported in school. We were also inspired to hear how our Vice Principal Ms Kobewka and our Principal Ms Luthfa use their Special Educational Needs as a superpower to excel professionally and lead an inclusive school. 


We are pleased to have already received a large number of SEND Enquiries through our SEND enquiries form which we are responding to and look forward to receiving your enquiries through this form on an ongoing basis. 


Fixtures for the Week | The fixture for the week beginning, Monday, 04 March are as follows: 


Immunisations | On Friday, The NHS staff will be onsite to administer the Year 09 DTP/MEN Immunisations for those that had missed this in the first cycle. Only students that have provided parental/carer consent to the NHS will have these immunisations. The academy does not deal with consent and nor does it deal with any missed immunisations. Should you have any questions regarding immunisations, please contact your GP. 


Spotlight | Year 13 BlackRock Trip | Our Year 13 students had the opportunity to visit Black Rock headquarters in Central London to find out about their organisation to make decisions about applying for their highly sought after apprenticeship programme. You may remember that one of our Year 13 students last year was successful in their application for their apprenticeship programme and is not earning a city salary whilst completing their studies in financial investments through their programme. Students on the trip were inspired and with awareness raised of the different ways that you can enter the financial sector. Mr Read, Head of Vocational Studies said: “I was incredibly proud of our students who were preparing their questions for the organisation on the way to the offices. Students were asking challenging and topics questions about the finance sector and using this as a networking opportunity to support them in the future. The day was full of inspirational talks and myth busting. Students often think that there is a certain type of student that should be looking to get into finance which is not the case. They found out about the different jobs that are available in the organisation which is helpful for them to see where their skill sets match up.”  

We continue our commitment to ensuring our students leave the academy with a further educational pathway that is suitable for them. 

Term 04, Week 01 | Monday, 19 February 2024

Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term four commences on Monday, 19 February 2024, at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here.


Remarkable Readiness | To ensure that every student is ready to have a great experience every lesson, every day, ask that parents/carers double-check that their child has the following: 

1) A bag packed with a Chromebook, headphones, charger and essential stationery; 

2) A fully charged Chromebook; 

3) A ParentPay account that is topped up and ready (for students purchasing lunch on-site); 

4) A washed PE Kit, which is prepared for the term ahead; 

5) A full school uniform; 

6) All lashes, nail polish, and acrylic nails are removed.

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations, which can be found here

We would like the remind parents of the following:


Handbags or crossbody purses are not permitted. Students must bring a backpack or a satchel which can hold a Chromebook and A4 folders. 


Chromebook Chargers | We have listened to your feedback about the need to have a way to purchase Chromebook chargers from the academy. We have purchased a limited stock of Chromebook chargers to sell to students at the cost of £15. These are specifically for Chromebook use. If you would like to purchase a charger for your child, please make payment for this using ParentPay. There is a ‘Chromebook Charger’ pot set up for this. Once payment has been made, the charger can be collected from reception. If you have any questions regarding ParentPay, contact Ms Hurst, Reception Team (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Academy INSET Days | We would like to remind parents/carers that there are two Academy INSET days which will take place on Monday, 26 February & Tuesday, 27 February. The Academy will be closed to students. Some students in Year 11 & Year 13 will be invited to the academy to complete intensive coursework sessions. Parents will be contacted later this week.


Let’s Read at Home! | Reading is at the heart of ensuring that students are progressing across all subjects. This year, we implemented a 20 min reading period to develop the reading skills and confidence of our students. We would like students to read at home and whilst we have more than 100,000 digital books on MyOn, we know to read as a family it is nicer to have a physical book. To help families in making reading a habit, we would like to purchase up to two books for students that would like to take part in this initiative. All we ask is for some feedback on how you are getting on with reading at home. If you would like the academy to give you and child up to two books of your choice, please complete this form by Friday, 15 March 2024. 


Year 11 Interventions | Our Year 11 Intervention timetable resumes from Monday, 19 February. The morning sessions will continue with:

The after school interventions run as follows:

If you have any questions regarding Year 11 Interventions, please contact Mr Whitham, Assistant Principal (dwhitham@bexleyheathacademy.org).  



Spotlight | Sixth Form Leadership | Last term, Ms Kobewka, Vice-Principal stepped in to lead Sixth Form and will be continuing to lead Sixth Form. 


Ms Kobewka will be meeting all Sixth Form students during their PD lesson Period 04 on Monday, 19 February. Ms Kobewka said: 


“This term is crucial for our students as it is the last full term ahead of the examination series which starts in May. Many of our students would have been working hard over the half term to ensure that they are ready for key coursework deadlines for their vocational course which take place this term. Others would have been revising for their up and coming mock examinations which are powerful tools for our students to further prepare for their national examinations based on the assessment outcomes. 

Preparation empowers our students to take control of their own future and this is the focus for this half term. Our students are not at the hands of fate; rather, they are the architects of their own futures with the support of the academy and their families. By preparing for their exams, they take ownership of their education and chart a course for their success. I refuse to let our students be passive bystanders; instead, encourage them to become active participants in their own learning journey to ensure each student is successful.

This term, we will focus on students preparing for these examinations. I look forward to seeing all of our Sixth Form students on Monday for their Sixth Form Assembly.” 

Students in Sixth Form are supporting by six key members of staff:

Ms Kobewka | Vice-Principal | Head of Sixth Form | skobewka@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Mrs Watson | KS5 Pastoral Manager | lwatson@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Dr Lucas | Careers Lead | flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Ms Olu-Garrick | KS5 Personal Development | eolugarrick@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Mr Read | Vocational Studies Lead | dread@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Ms Porch | KS5 Progress & Outcomes | lporch@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Parents’ Evening | Thank you to everyone that joined us for Parents’ Evening on Thursday, 08 February. As discussed last term, we would like to find out more about your Parents’ Evening experience. We would like to know:

If you would like to let us know about any of these areas, please complete this form.


After listening to staff and parents/carer feedback, we will be changing the last two Parents’ Evening dates to take place during Week 06 of every term moving forward after all termly assessments have been completed. The new dates are as follows:


Coffee Mornings with the Principal | The best part of a Principal’s day is spending time with the community members, whether it be students, staff parents or carers. We will be offering parents/carers the opportunity to have coffee or tea with the Principal in small groups and to have a tour of the academy. The events will take place on the following dates and times. You will be able to book from Saturday, 24 February:


Charity Project | Charity projects have the power to bring a community together in various ways. Students have been discussing what they would like to do as a charity project for next term and our students have decided that they would like to collect donations for the Bexley Food Bank. A Food Bank is a charity which collects food to distribute to individuals and families who are in need. Food banks play a crucial role in addressing hunger and providing assistance to those who may not have regular access to an adequate and nutritious diet. Each week, the academy will focus on collecting different types of food:

Week commencing:

Any contributions would be greatly received and help those in need.


Spotlight | Safeguarding | Online Dating Apps | We recently highlighted that there have been some disturbing apps that have been created to allow children to find people to date. However, whilst most dating apps known to adults claim to be for over 18s only, some will relax their age verification procedures to allow children to access them. There are many risks with this:

To find out more about this and how to prevent or stop your child using such apps and sites, please read through this infographic here

If you have any questions or would like support, please contact Ms Kendall, Designated Safeguarding Lead (nkendall@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Term 03 Progress Reports | Progress Reports for Year 07 to Year 10 and Year 12 have been shared to the Parent Portal and can be found in the Reports section of your portal account.  Year 11 and Year 13 Mock Result Reports will be shared by Week 4 of Term 4. 


FSM February eCode Vouchers | Codes have been emailed to families.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager (dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org).  


Sports Fixtures | The games next week are as follows:

Due to the first week back, there may be some fixtures that the borough notify the academy about on Monday, 19 February. Parents will be contacted directly regarding these. 


Attendance | We would like to remind parents/carers that good attendance to school is essential and is directly linked to students’ academic achievement as well as positive mental health and wellbeing. We consider that good attendance is 95% and above. We appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to ensure that students are attending the academy each take and reward students with Remarkable Character points as well as assembly shout outs for those that attend the academy daily. To ensure that rewards are far, we reward students for 100% each term. Students are also rewarded with badges for each term of 100% attendance. 


Students whose attendance is 90% or below,  are classified as Persistent Absentees by the Department for Education. This means that these children are at significant risk of;

Parents/carers are also likely to face legal action if their child becomes a Persistent Absentee. 

With a brand new term ahead of us, it is important that children attend the academy from the first day of term, especially for those that may not have had 100% attendance last term. 

Your child’s termly report will tell your child’s attendance percentage. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please contact Ms Delver, Vice-Principal ( pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Punctuality | Being on time  to the academy is essential and we would like to remind students and parents/carers that they are expected to be at school by 8:30 everyday. This allows students time to go to the toilet, resolve any issues with equipment for the day and to catch up with their friends before lineup.  We would also like to inform parents/carers that late detentions will resume in Term 04. 

Late detentions will take place from 15:10 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday. If your child is in Year 11, detentions will start after their afternoon intervention and will take place from 16:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. 

For any questions regarding late detentions, please contact Ms Delver, Vice-Principal (pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org).  


Year 11 & 13 Mock Exams | This is the last week of mock examinations for Year 11 & Year 13 students. The full timetable for the mock exams can be located on our website.


We complete mock examinations for a number of reasons:


During the mock examination weeks this term, students in Year 11 only, will not take part in before school or  afterschool intervention sessions. Sixth Form students will continue their intervention timetables. During the week of the exam, please ensure that students:


If students miss an examination, they will sit the exam at another time during the week. If you have any questions regarding the mock examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 

Term 03, Week 06 | Half Term 

Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term four commences on Monday, 19 February 2024, at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here.


Year 11 Weekly Newsletter | Please find the Year 11 Weekly Newsletter for Week 05 here


Year 11, 12 & 13 February Half Term Assignments | Half terms are used by students to rest, revise and prepare for the term ahead. For our exam groups, they very much rely on this time to catch up or get a head. Each department has put together activities for students in Year 11,12 & 13 to complete. This has been shared with students. The full list of activities can be found here


Let’s Read at Home! | Reading is at the heart of ensuring that students are progressing across all subjects. This year, we implemented a 20 min reading period to develop the reading skills and confidence of our students. We would like students to read at home and whilst we have more than 100,000 digital books on MyOn, we know to read as a family it is nicer to have a physical book. To help families in making reading a habit, we would like to purchase up to two books for students that would like to take part in this initiative. All we ask is for some feedback on how you are getting on with reading at home. If you would like the academy to give you and child up to two books of your choice, please complete this form by Friday, 15 March 2024. 


Inclusion News for the Week | We are happy to announce that we have added another two additional interventions to our provisions to support students with organisation, concentration and social skills. These will begin from Wednesday, 21 February. We will be running daily Focus and Organise sessions from  8:25 to 8:40 for students who need support to manage their sensory needs and to calm and refocus their minds before starting their day in school. Students will be supported to engage in movement, sensory, focus and anxiety relieving activities by a member of the Inclusion Team. We will also be running a daily Chill Club during lunchtime in C114. Students participating will attend the club after they have collected their lunch and will engage in fun activities and discussions that will support their social, communication and interaction skills as well as managing friendships. 


We are also very excited to invite all parents and carers of students with SEND and EAL to our second Inclusion Information Evening of the Year. This will be held virtually on Thursday, 29 February 17:30-19:00. During this information evening we will share key information and advice to support students with SEND and EAL, introduce new members of the Inclusion Team, outline the work we do to support students in school and share student experiences of our Inclusive processes. We will be sharing the event link with all parents and carers invited via email and you will also be able to find the link on the website shortly. 


If you have any questions, enquiries or suggestions for the Inclusion team please use the Bexleyheath SEND Enquiries Form to send these. We would love to hear from you ahead of the Information Event. 


If you need to get in contact with the Inclusion Team or would like to request a space for your child on the Focus and Organise Intervention or Chill Club, then please email Ms Andra Chiculita, SENCO (achiculita@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Spotlight | The Reception Team | Our reception team ensure that both students, staff and parents/carers are supported through the academy day. It is a tough job. 

The team have manned the reception desk for over a decade and are great at what they do. We have looked into concerns regarding delayed responses from staff at the academy and we have found some common issues that if resolved, will help community members with getting responses quicker:


To further support with academy communication responses, we will be increasing the reception team next term. We would like to remind parents/carers that when speaking to our reception team, please ensure that you are respectful and kind at all times. 


Parents’ Evening | Thank you to everyone that joined us for Parents’ Evening on Thursday, 08 February. As discussed last term, we would like to find out more about your Parents’ Evening experience. We would like to know:

If you would like to let us know about any of these areas, please complete this form.


After listening to staff and parents/carer feedback, we will be changing the last two Parents’ Evening dates to take place during Week 06 of every term moving forward after all termly assessments have been completed. The new dates are as follows:


Coffee Mornings with the Principal | The best part of a Principal’s day is spending time with the community members, whether it be students, staff parents or carers. We will be offering parents/carers the opportunity to have coffee or tea with the Principal in small groups and to have a tour of the academy. The events will take place on the following dates and times. You will be able to book from Saturday, 24 February:


Uniform Expectations | It is tempting to allow your children to have lash extensions and acrylic nails during the holidays. However, this is a one week half-term and we kindly ask that these are removed by Sunday, 18 February to avoid issues at the academy when the academy reopens on Monday, 19 February. We would like to remind parents and carers of the Academy expectations for Year 07 - 11 students: 

If you have any unwanted uniform items, we are happy to collect donations to give these items to other Bexleyheath Academy community members who are facing hardship. If you have any questions regarding uniform expectations, please contact Ms Delver, Vice-Principal ((pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Spotlight | PE WOW Sessions | With the use of technology growing at a significant rate, health and fitness is more important than ever. Whatever career path or future endeavours our students aspire to, they need to be in the best health possible to face the challenges that life brings. For this reason, every student in years 07 to 09 participates in WOW lessons once per week. WOW lessons focus on the scientific knowledge needed to not only understand how our bodies work but to also prepare them for the KS4 curriculum. 

The workouts are high intensity sessions that involve functional movements to develop all components of fitness, for example, cardiovascular endurance, strength, coordination and speed, to name a few. The PE team have been busy this term measuring the impact of these WOW lessons by conducting three fitness tests which students have taken part in with enthusiasm. One test is a 3 minute burpee test to measure their strength and agility, and most importantly their ability to move their body efficiently.

Did you know that a burpee was invented to assist people in getting back up after falling over. A skill that should be maintained throughout adult life. We have also completed the sit up test to measure their muscular endurance and an 800m run to measure their lung and heart capacity. 

Each test produces a score that equates to a number 1, 2, 3 or 4. This score will help teachers to plan future WOW lessons and also help students to recognise their strengths and weaknesses. Many students have reported back how proud they are of their results and we look forward to seeing their fitness continue to grow. 


Extra-Curricular Updates  | Our extra-curricular clubs have been very popular this year. Each week, we have an increase in attendance which is great to see. 

Next term we are delighted to be adding to our extra-curricular offering with the following clubs:


Year 09 Options | Early today, we sent parents/carers a letter regarding the last stages of the options process. For safeguarding reasons, we will not be linking the letter or options selection form to Latest News. The letter has been sent directly to parents/carers. The Year 09 Options selections form, has been sent directly to Year 09 students and can only be completed using their profile. 

So far, to support our Year 09 parents/carers and students with the process, we have:

Feedback about this years process has been great and we appreciate the positive feedback:

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal (jcooper@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


FSM February eCode Vouchers | Codes have been emailed to families.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager. dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Safeguarding | Online Safety | The half-term holidays are always a point of concern for many of our vulnerable students but also all students due to overexposure to social media and other online activity which takes place during this time which can often lead to poor choices being made. The NSPCC have recently stated that there has been an increase in children under the age of 16 sending nude or explicit photos and videos of themselves to people that they think they can trust. As an academy we encourage parents to:

For up-to-date information from NSPCC on how to deal with these issues as a parent/carer please click here.  Please also see the Government advice for Keeping your Child Safe Online here

If you would like help or support with this topic, please contact Ms Kendall, Designated Safeguarding Lead (nkendall@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Vaping | There is an increased concern regarding the increasing availability of vapes to school aged children which contain cannabis compounds or synthetic cannabinoids across the borough. To further protect our students from harm, we will continue to complete bag searches of students. Items found will be given to the police and reported. We are happy to report that no items of this nature have been found from the bag searches completed this week. We have heard of recent reports from neighbouring schools of students that have had to be put in a coma as a result of the affects of vaping. Whilst it is easy to think that by not providing children with money, they will not be able to purchase these items, the police have reported that children can be found paying for these items in the following ways:

Please be vigilant and speak with your child about vaping and the impacts at home. We will continue to monitor the Broadway after school daily but to support us, please encourage your child NOT to go to the Broadway unless they are getting a bus.  

 If you would like help or support with this topic, please contact Ms Kendall, Designated Safeguarding Lead (nkendall@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Charity Project | Charity projects have the power to bring a community together in various ways. Students have been discussing what they would like to do as a charity project for next term and our students have decided that they would like to collect donations for the Bexley Food Bank. A Food Bank is a charity which collects food to distribute to individuals and families who are in need. Food banks play a crucial role in addressing hunger and providing assistance to those who may not have regular access to an adequate and nutritious diet. Each week, the academy will focus on collecting different types of food:

Week commencing:

Any contributions would be greatly received and help those in need. 

Term 03, Week 05 | Monday, 05 February 2024

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term three ends on Friday, 09 February, at 15:10. Term four commences on Monday, 19 February 2024 at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here. 


Year 11 & 13 Mock Exams | Year 11 and 13 students have shown resilience this week as they had nearly two exams a day to celebrate what they know. Students and parents/carers have been emailed individual timetables which also indicates the location and seat number for each paper. The full timetable for the mock exams can be located on our website.


We complete mock examinations for a number of reasons:


During the mock examination weeks this term, students in Year 11 only, will not take part in before school or  afterschool intervention sessions. Sixth Form students will continue their intervention timetables. During the week of the exam, please ensure that students:


If students miss an examination, they will sit the exam at another time during the week. 

If you have any questions regarding the mock examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Newsletter | The Term 03, Week 04 newsletter can be found here


Sports Fixtures | The games next week are as follows:


Spotlight | Welcome Ms Chiculita | Many of families have already had a chance to speak with and meet Ms Chiculita over the last two weeks. Ms Chiculita is our new SENDCo and we are excited to have her as part of the Bexleyheath Academy community. Ms Chiculita said: "It was been a great start here at Bexleyheath Academy. My knowledge skills and experience are ready to go to further develop our SEND provision. Our SEND team has been growing to support our community. My team and I have set ourselves a target to get in touch with all of our parents/carers who have a child with SEND so we can introduce ourselves across this half term and next half term. Many of you have already received a call and it has been great speaking with you. 

I would also like to invite you to my first Virtual SEND Updates Evening on Wednesday, 28 February 17:30 - 19:00. Parents will be sent the meeting link to their emails closer to the time. " 

If you would like to meet or speak with me directly, please contact me so we can set up a meeting or call. Ms Chiculita, SENDCo achiculita@bexleyheathacademy.org 

For other members of the team:

SEND Administrator | Ms Cookson-Edwards | acooksonedwards@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Inclusion Lead (SLT) | Ms Elliott-Graves lelliottgraves@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Extra-Curricular Inclusion Focus | As part of our commitment to make our Bexleyheath Academy school inclusive we are adding  Chill Club next half-term. Led by Ms Chiculita and our dedicated Inclusion  Team, the Chill Club will offer a safe haven for students who may find the typical lunchtime environment overwhelming or overstimulating. Students will be invited to the Chill Club but can also select to join. Please email achiculita@bexleyheathacademy.org if your child would like to be part of the club. We have two other clubs to further promote inclusion in the academy:

If you have any questions or concerns about clubs or would like to suggest one, please contact us through the Bexleyheath Academy SEND Enquiry Form.  


Jewellery and Make-Up | We would like to remind parents/carers that jewellery and make-up is not permitted for students in Year 07 - Year 11. Students are provided with make-up wipes if they arrive to the academy with make-up on. However, we ask parents/carers to check that make-up is not worn before they leave for the academy and items of make-up are not brought into the academy as this can be tempting to put on on the way to the academy or through the day. From Monday, 22 January, jewellery will be confiscated until the end of the academic year. Students will be informed of this during the week. 


Term 03 Priority Parent’s Evening | This term, we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. This is a Year 09 Priority Parents' Evening and will take place on Thursday, 08 February 2024  16:00-19:00. Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 22 January 2024 for TEN Days.


From Thursday, 01 February 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Items Not to Bring | There are a number of items that are prohibited from the site. We understand that these might have been purchased to support a students education, however, we would like to assure you that we have these items available from classroom teachers when needed so there is no need to bring these to the academy. From Monday, 19 February, should these items be found, they will be confiscated and disposed of. The items are as follows:


Exams Certificates | If you have a child that has completed Year 11 or Year 13. Exam certificates will be available to collect from our reception team from Monday, 19 February. In order to collect these, you will need to bring either a passport, drivers licence or birth certificate. If you have any questions regarding exams certificates, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Home Languages GCSE | We will be providing our Year 11 students an opportunity to complete a home languages GCSE this year. A qualification in a language will not only support them with further education but will also provide students with a competitive advantage when it comes to employment. Your child must be able to: read, write and speak in this language fluently. A GCSE is not available in all languages. Therefore, we will notify you if this language is not available. Please complete one form per language that you would like to enter your child for. If you would like for your child to be entered for a home language, please complete this Google Form.


Year 09 Options | We have spoken to many of our parents/carers regarding the Year 09 Options Evening. It was great to hear your feedback. We would like to capture more of this feedback to help improve our Year 09 Options process as well as continue with the great bits. Please use this form to provide us feedback. If you would like to speak to a member of the team regarding the options process for your child, please use this form. The letter shared with parents/carers this week can be found here

We will send the options selection form to parents/carers next week. The Year 09 Options page of our website now has videos for most subjects to explain what the subject is about. Missing videos will be added by the end of the week. 


Spotlight | Sir David Evernett (MP) | On Friday, Sir David Evernett visited the academy and spent time with staff and students. Students were excited to have our local MP visit the academy. Sir David shared his educational journey with students as well as how and why he got into politics. 

He visited lessons and gave our Year 11 students motivational speeches to keep them focused for another week of examinations in the run up to half term. The MP recognised the improvements that have been made in the academy over the years and the positive impact the academy is having on the local community. 

We look forward to seeing him again soon. 


Changes to Reading Groups | Students in Year 07 - 10 will be completing their next NGRT assessment next week. The assessment is designed to assess the reading age and level of students. The data we collect from these tests will be used to move students into different reading groups next half term. It is essential that students focus on the NGRT tests and try their best to ensure that students are not placed in groups that are not suited to their needs. Students will require headphones for the assessment. If they have their own headphones they will be allowed to use them for this one lesson. All missed tests will be completed when the students are next onsite. 


Vaping | There is an increased concern regarding the increasing availability of vapes to school aged children which contain cannabis compounds or synthetic cannabinoids across the borough. To raise further awareness regarding the dangers of vaping and the products that might be added to these such as Spice, our School Police officer will be running a whole school assembly about vapes on Monday. To further protect our students from harm, we will continue to complete bag searches of students. Items found will be given to the police and reported. We are happy to report that no items of this nature have been found from the bag searches completed this week. We have heard of recent reports from neighbouring schools of students that have had to be put in a coma as a result of the affects of vaping. Whilst it is easy to think that by not providing children with money, they will not be able to purchase these items, the police have reported that children can be found paying for these items in the following ways:

Please be vigilant and speak with your child about vaping and the impacts at home. We will continue to monitor the Broadway after school daily but to support us, please encourage your child NOT to go to the Broadway unless they are getting a bus.  

 

Charity Project | Charity projects have the power to bring a community together in various ways. Students have been discussing what they would like to do as a charity project for next term and our students have decided that they would like to collect donations for the Bexley Food Bank. A Food Bank is a charity which collects food to distribute to individuals and families who are in need. Food banks play a crucial role in addressing hunger and providing assistance to those who may not have regular access to an adequate and nutritious diet. Each week, the academy will focus on collecting different types of food:

Week commencing:

Any contributions would be greatly received and help those in need. 

Term 03, Week 04 | Monday, 29 January 2024

Year 11 & 13 Mock Exams | Year 11 and 13 students will be completing their second round of mock exams from Monday, 29 January. Students and parents/carers have been emailed individual timetables which also indicates the location and seat number for each paper. The full timetable for the mock exams can be located on our website.


During the mock examination weeks this term, students in Year 11 only, will not take part in before school or  afterschool intervention sessions. Sixth Form students will continue their intervention timetables. During the week of the exam, please ensure that students:


If students miss an examination, they will sit the exam at another time during the week. 

If you have any questions regarding the mock examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Newsletter | As mentioned last week, Mr Whitham and the Year 11 team will be sending parents/carers a weekly newsletter with updates. The Term 03, Week 03 newsletter can be found here


Visitors to the Academy  | We had visitors from our quality assurance team two weeks ago. The quality assurance team helps the academy in our continued improvement. The last time the quality assurance team was in the academy was in 2022 and the visitors have been impressed with the changes and improvements that have been made since. The feedback we have received has been great and we would like to share some of the feedback with you:


Year 09 Options | On Thursday, we had over 100 families join us live for our Year 09 Options Information Evening. 

Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal said: “Thank you for all the positive feedback regarding our virtual event. It was good to hear that you found this event informative and the workshops with subject leads helpful in making the right decision for your child. I will be in contact this week with the options selection form. For safeguarding reasons, this will only be sent to parents/carers who are the primary contact and via email. All videos regarding subjects will be online by next Saturday to further help with decision making. Students have been inquisitive on the playground and I have been impressed with the questions related to Ebacc and questions related to career pathways. Many students had notebooks with their questions in which means that conversations are happening at home, we thank you for this. This is an exciting time for Year 09 and we are committed to helping students and their families make these decisions  which will shape their lives.”

If you would like to speak to a staff member regarding Year 09 Options, please complete this Google Form. This form will close on Sunday, 04 February. We aim to get back to all parents/carers by Friday, 09 February. The options booklet can be found here


Jewellery and Make-Up | We would like to remind parents/carers that jewellery and make-up is not permitted for students in Year 07 - Year 11. Students are provided with make-up wipes if they arrive to the academy with make-up on. However, we ask parents/carers to check that make-up is not worn before they leave for the academy and items of make-up are not brought into the academy as this can be tempting to put on on the way to the academy or through the day. From Monday, 22 January, jewellery will be confiscated until the end of the academic year. Students will be informed of this during the week. 


Term 03 Priority Parent’s Evening | This term, we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. This is a Year 09 Priority Parents' Evening and will take place on Thursday, 08 February 2024  16:00-19:00. Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 22 January 2024 for TEN Days.


From Thursday, 01 February 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Sports Fixtures | The games next week are as follows:


Year 10 & Year 12 Work Experience | Thank you to everyone that joined us for the Work Experience Information Event this week. Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal said: “Students are full of questions about Work Experience this week. They have already started to make phone calls to relatives to try and secure a placement which is fantastic to hear about. This is organisation at its finest and students are working to the deadline of Friday, 29 March to make sure that we have their completed consent form and Work Experience placement form. They are already demonstrating the skills of a working professional.”

If you would like more information regarding Work Experience, this can be found on the Careers section of our website here

A paper copy of the Work Experience placement form was provided to all students. However, a digital copy can also be found here. The permission form has been sent to parents via email but can not be shared on the website for safeguarding reasons. If you have any questions regarding Work Experience, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal (flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Careers Insight | Every Friday this term, we have had careers talks for all students from professionals in industry about their careers. Yesterday, students in all year groups listened to a careers talk by Jaz, a trainee solicitor and Nef, a civil servant and PhD student at Oxford University. If students would like to get in touch with either of them to discuss their work or ask any questions, please speak to Ms Kobewka, Vice-Principal (skobewka@bexleyheathacademy.org) for their contact details. 

We would love to expose our students to a range of different career pathways which will help them decide on educational pathways in the future but potentially inform them of career routes that they might not have known about. If you would like to speak to our students about your career, please contact Ms Luthfa, Principal (rluthfa@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


The Lion King Trip | Our Year 10 Drama students went to see The Lion King as part of their Btec Performing Arts qualification. Students and staff both had a fantastic time seeing this performance. We would like to thank the staff that supported this trip which arrived back to the academy at 23:00. We would also like to thank parents/carers who supported students in getting home safely. 


We often forget that many of our students, whilst they live so close to London have not been to central London or to a theatre production. We are committed to increasing the number of trips that we have to help develop culture capital.


Year 11 Science Saturday Masterclass | From Saturday 3rd February, a group of Year 11 students will be invited onsite for  a Masterclass onsite to help them achieve the higher grade bands in Science but to also further develop their curiosity for the subject. Parents/carers will be contacted during the week. If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact Ms Ghai or Ms Brunt, Science Subject Leads (gghai@bexleyheathacademy.org or nbrunt@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Items Not to Bring | There are a number of items that are prohibited from the site. We understand that these might have been purchased to support a students education, however, we would like to assure you that we have these items available from classroom teachers when needed so there is no need to bring these to the academy. From Monday, 19 February, should these items be found, they will be confiscated and disposed of. The items are as follows:


Exams Certificates | If you have a child that has completed Year 11 or Year 13. Exam certificates will be available to collect from our reception team from Monday, 19 February. In order to collect these, you will need to bring either a passport, drivers licence or birth certificate. If you have any questions regarding exams certificates, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Home Languages GCSE | We will be providing our Year 11 students an opportunity to complete a home languages GCSE this year. A qualification in a language will not only support them with further education but will also provide students with a competitive advantage when it comes to employment. Your child must be able to: read, write and speak in this language fluently. A GCSE is not available in all languages. Therefore, we will notify you if this language is not available. Please complete one form per language that you would like to enter your child for. If you would like for your child to be entered for a home language, please complete this Google Form.


Sponsored Bike Ride Update | You may remember, last term Emily (Year 11) took part in the Festive 50k Challenge. Through your support, Emily raised over £7000. The money will be used to support children less fortunate to learn how to ride a bicycle and to fund weekly cycling lessons. Emily said: “Thank you so much for helping me raise money for a cause that I feel passionate about. If it was not for the parents/carers and students at Bexleyheath Academy, I would not have been able to raise this money.”


Help Us, Help You | We have looked into concerns regarding delayed responses from staff at the academy and we have found some common issues that if resolved, will help community members with getting responses quicker:



Inclusion News for the Week | Students are reminded that assessments will be taking place next week (Week 4). Students with SEND may benefit from preparing with their parents/carers by going over the Knowledge Organisers for English, Maths and Science we worked on during our reading sessions this week. For all other subjects, students can be looking through their google classroom materials and past lesson slides. If you have any queries or would like your child to receive additional support preparing for their assessments please use our SEND Enquiry Form  to let us know. 


Rewards System | Students are issued rewards points for a number of actions:

The points tally will refresh at the start of every term and students with the higher points can be rewarded with the the following:

At the end of each half term, students in each year group have a celebration assembly. During each celebration assembly focuses on different aspects:

On the week commencing Monday, 05 February, students will have their celebration assemblies. Please encourage your child to work hard to be recognised and rewarded. You can monitor their points awarded through the Parent Portal App.


MyLOL App Concerns | We would like to make parents/carers aware of an app that is targeted at teenagers. This is a free social media app which allows children to create dating profiles. Please find an infographic here to tell you more about this app. 


League of Legends Game Concern | We would like to make parents/carers aware of a gaming site called League of Legends. Please find an infographic here to outline the key concerns with this gaming site. 

Term 03, Week 03 | Monday, 22 January 2024

Thank you! | We would like to thank our parents/carers that have supported the academy and its community members by informing us about social media groups that have been unkind to community members and sharing information which has caused concern and upset to our community members. We believe that the social media groups are causing harm and worry through incorrect information. We are also concerned about who is in those groups and how the organisers are vetting that the people joining are actually parents/carers of Bexleyheath Academy as well as protecting members of the group. Parents/carers have requested that we have our own social media channels that they can join so that they can receive information which is factually accurate. We will be setting these up ready for the new term. We will vet the members that would like to join to ensure that they are actually members of our community and ensure that misunderstandings are not occurring. This will be a platform for daily updates or sharing the great things are happening in our community. 


Year 09 Immunisations | Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) & Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY) | The NHS staff will be onsite on Friday, 26 January 2024 to administer the Immunisations to students in Year 09. Only students whose parents/carers have provided consent for this will be able to have these immunisations. The closing date for consent is Sunday, 21 January 2024. The NHS has provided the attached letter to parents/carers to read about the immunisations. You may also find the following documents from the NHS useful:


Year 09 Options | We have been holding events this term in preparation for students to make their choices at the end of term:

The letter from Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal regarding options from last week can be found here. If you have any questions regarding options, please contact Mr Cooper (jcooper@bexleyheathacademy.org). 

The options booklet can be found here


Year 11 Newsletter | As mentioned last week, Mr Whitham and the Year 11 team will be sending parents/carers a weekly newsletter with updates. The Term 03, Week 02 newsletter can be found here


Year 10 & Year 12 Work Experience | The principle purpose of work experience is to introduce students to, and broaden their knowledge of, the world of work. At the same time, the emphasis is on developing self-awareness, whilst providing the opportunity to develop skills seen as being most valuable to employers. These include: Communication, problem solving, teamwork, business awareness, use of technology, personal development and self-management. Work experience can be used to ‘test drive’ a possible future career option, but equally it’s the chance to try something new, gain confidence and make useful contacts for the future. We would expect the placement to provide meaningful and purposeful work, involving some observation, learning and carrying out a variety of tasks involving increasing responsibility. Importantly work experience should enable students to gain a clear understanding of expectations in the workplace. 

As part of our whole school careers provision, it is a mandatory requirement that all students have the opportunity to have an experience of a workplace in Year 10  and Year 12.  This year, the Work Experience programme will take place from Monday, 08 July to Friday, 18 July 2024.

This term, we will be meeting with students in Year 10 & 12 to outline the Work Experience preparation process. Parents/Carers will be invited to attend a virtual meeting regarding Work Experience on Wednesday, 24 January 17:00 - 18:00. Parents have been contacted directly with a Google Meet link and the forms which relate to the process. Students should secure their Work Experience placements by Friday, 29 March.

If you have any questions regarding Work Experience, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal. 


Term 03 Priority Parent’s Evening | This term, we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. This is a Year 09 Priority Parents' Evening and will take place on Thursday, 08 February 2024  16:00-19:00. Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 22 January 2024 for TEN Days.


From Thursday, 01 February 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Jewellery and Make-Up | We would like to remind parents/carers that jewellery and make-up is not permitted for students in Year 07 - Year 11. Students are provided with make-up wipes if they arrive to the academy with make-up on. However, we ask parents/carers to check that make-up is not worn before they leave for the academy and items of make-up are not brought into the academy as this can be tempting to put on on the way to the academy or through the day. From Monday, 22 January, jewellery will be confiscated until the end of the academic year. Students will be informed of this during the week. 


Sports Fixtures | The games next week are as follows:


Inclusion News for the Week | Students are reminded that there is a read out loud and speech to text function on all Chromebooks. This can support students who need text read to them, need to look up keywords or need to dictate to text. Students who need support with using this can attend Thursday Homework Club at Lunch time where there will be a dedicated member of staff to show them how it works. 

Term 03, Week 02 | Monday, 15 January 2024

Year 09 Immunisations | Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) & Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY) | The NHS staff will be onsite on Friday, 26 January 2024 to administer the Immunisations to students in Year 09. Only students whose parents/carers have provided consent for this will be able to have these immunisations. The closing date for consent is Sunday, 21 January 2024. The NHS has provided the attached letter to parents/carers to read about the immunisations. You may also find the following documents from the NHS useful:


Extra-Curricular Clubs | All extra-curricular clubs will commence from Monday, 15 January. A reminder to sign up for extra-curricular clubs this term should be completed through the parent portal app; please find instructions to do so here. All students across KS3 (Years 07-09) are expected to sign up for at least one extra-curricular club. Students are encouraged to select an extra-curricular club that is different from the one they did last term to develop and explore a new skill.  


Please see the current timetable for extra-curricular clubs here. Please discuss the options for extra-curricular clubs with your child. The deadline for sign up has been extended to Monday 15th January 2024. Club numbers are capped so in order to secure the clubs that your child is most interested in please be advised to sign up as soon as possible.  Students will be expected to attend their selected choice of club from Monday, 15 January. If you are experiencing any problems with signing up, please email Mr Choudhury, Assistant Principal (schoudhury@bexleyheathacademy.org) with your choice of club. 


Year 11 Newsletter | As mentioned last week, Mr Whitham and the Year 11 team will be sending parents/carers a weekly newsletter with updates. The Term 03, Week 01 newsletter can be found here


January Examinations | Students in KS4 and KS5 will have their first national examinations for this academic year in January. These started on Wednesday, 10 January 2024. 

Students have been emailed their timetables including seat numbers. Any qualification with 'TBC' next to it is not an examination but is the date when their coursework is been submitted to the exam board. Letters have been sent to parents/carers with details of; warm up sessions, examinations and useful information to supper students. The sent home can be found below: 

If you have any questions about examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Term 03 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | This term, we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. This is a Year 09 Priority Parents' Evening and will take place on Thursday, 08 February 2024  16:00-19:00. Priority appointments available for booking from Monday 22 January 2024 for TEN Days.


From Thursday, 01 February 2024, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 & Year 13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening’s, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Jewellery and Make-Up | We would like to remind parents/carers that jewellery and make-up is not permitted for students in Year 07 - Year 11. Students are provided with make-up wipes if they arrive to the academy with make-up on. However, we ask parents/carers to check that make-up is not worn before they leave for the academy and items of make-up are not brought into the academy as this can be tempting to put on on the way to the academy or through the day. From Monday, 22 January, jewellery will be confiscated until the end of the academic year. Students will be informed of this during the week. 


Academy Break Time | We have had a few questions about where students can sit at break-time and lunch-time. As an academy we are lucky to have the amount of outdoor space that we have which has seating in each year group bubble. However, students can also spend their time in the following locations:

During wet breaks, students have a designated location for their year group:


Sports Fixtures | The games next week are as follows:


Year 09 Options | This term, our Year 09 students will start to explore their GCSE options subject. As explained in previous communications, all students at Bexleyheath Academy will be completing the Ebacc route of educations which will mean they complete the following subjects at GCSE:


We will be holding events this term in preparation for students to make their choices at the end of term:

The letter from Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal regarding options can be found here. If you have any questions regarding options, please contact Mr Cooper (jcooper@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 10 & Year 12 Work Experience | The principle purpose of work experience is to introduce students to, and broaden their knowledge of, the world of work. At the same time, the emphasis is on developing self-awareness, whilst providing the opportunity to develop skills seen as being most valuable to employers. These include: Communication, problem solving, teamwork, business awareness, use of technology, personal development and self-management. Work experience can be used to ‘test drive’ a possible future career option, but equally it’s the chance to try something new, gain confidence and make useful contacts for the future. We would expect the placement to provide meaningful and purposeful work, involving some observation, learning and carrying out a variety of tasks involving increasing responsibility. Importantly work experience should enable students to gain a clear understanding of expectations in the workplace. 

As part of our whole school careers provision, it is a mandatory requirement that all students have the opportunity to have an experience of a workplace in Year 10  and Year 12.  This year, the Work Experience programme will take place from Monday, 08 July to Friday, 18 July 2024.

This term, we will be meeting with students in Year 10 & 12 to outline the Work Experience preparation process. Parents/Carers will be invited to attend a virtual meeting regarding Work Experience on Wednesday, 24 January. Students should secure their Work Experience placements by Friday, 29 March.

If you have any questions regarding Work Experience, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal. 


Term Dates 2024/2025 | We have published provisional term dates here. Please be aware that these are subject to change. 

Term 03, Week 01 | Monday, 08 January 2024

Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term three commences on Monday, 08 2024, at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here. 


Remarkable Readiness | To ensure that every student is ready to have a great experience every lesson, every day, ask that parents/carers double-check that their child has the following: 

1) A bag packed with a Chromebook, headphones, charger and essential stationery; 

2) A fully charged Chromebook; 

3) A ParentPay account that is topped up and ready (for students purchasing lunch on-site); 

4) A washed PE Kit, which is prepared for the term ahead; 

5) A full school uniform; 

6) All lashes, nail polish, and acrylic nails are removed.

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations, which can be found here. We would like the remind parents of the following:


Chromebook Chargers | We have listened to your feedback about the need to have a way to purchase Chromebook chargers from the academy. We have purchased a limited stock of Chromebook chargers to sell to students at the cost of £15. These are specifically for Chromebook use. If you would like to purchase a charger for your child, please make payment for this using ParentPay. There is a ‘Chromebook Charger’ pot set up for this. Once payment has been made, the charger can be collected from reception. If you have any questions regarding ParentPay, contact Ms Hurst, Reception Team (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 09 Immunisations | Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) & Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY) | The NHS staff will be onsite on Friday, 26 January 2024 to administer the Immunisations to students in Year 09. Only students whose parents/carers have provided consent for this will be able to have these immunisations. The closing date for consent is Sunday, 21 January 2024. The NHS has provided the attached letter to parents/carers to read about the immunisations. You may also find the following documents from the NHS useful:


Spotlight | Welcome Mr Whitham | Mr Whitham, Assistant Principal joins us this term. Mr Whitham will be the year group lead for Year 11. The Year 11 team now consists of:

Mr Whitham | Assistant Principal | Year Group Lead 

Ms Pelton | Year 11 Behaviour Lead 

Ms Bulford | Year 11 Pastoral Manager 

Ms Kelly | Year 11 Intervention

Dr Lucas | Assistant Principal | Academic Progress Support 

Mr Whitham said: "I am excited to ensure that students are well on their way to success GCSE outcomes. Meeting the students at the end of last half term, I was amazed at the dedication that these young people have towards their educational outcomes and how hungry they are to improve on what they already have. 

This term is jam packed with additional support for students such as:

To ensure that parents/carers are updated on the weekly successes and focuses, the Year 11 team will be sending out a weekly news letter on a Saturday.

During the week, we will be in contact with the parents/carers of students who have been selected to attend Saturday Booster Sessions in English & Mathematics and to invite parents to vital Academic Review Meetings. 

I look forward to leading Year 11s to achieving the best results Bexleyheath Academy has every seen."

If you have any questions regarding Year 11, please contact Ms Whitham, Assistant Principal (dwhitham@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


January Examinations | Students in KS4 and KS5 will have their first national examinations for this academic year in January. These start from Wednesday, 10 January 2024. 

Students have been emailed their timetables including seat numbers. Any qualification with 'TBC' next to it is not an examination but is the date when their coursework is been submitted to the exam board. Letters have been sent to parents/carers with details of; warm up sessions, examinations and useful information to supper students. The sent home can be found below: 

If you have any questions about examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Start-of-Term Arrangements | Term three commences on Monday, 08 2024, at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here.


Free School Meal Eligibility | Here at Bexleyheath Academy we want all of our children to thrive and be fully engaged in their learning.  A healthy mind and body feed a child's drive to learn and we believe every child deserves that opportunity.   Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following: 

● Income Support 

● Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 

● Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 

● Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

● The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 

● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 

● Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

● Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you may get)


Our current cashless system ensures confidentiality and funds would be uploaded daily to your Parent Pay account.


We will be more than happy to make an application on your behalf and ask you to complete this short Guardian Information form or alternatively, if you meet the criteria above, you can then apply via the following links:- 

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/bexley or to apply via London Borough of Bexley website https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/free-school-meals 


If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) that they are currently in on 31 March 2024.


Sports Matches | When students are part of sporting activities that require them to be out of lessons, leave the site or stay after school, parents are contacted directly by the sports staff. Moving forward, this will also now be communicated through Latest News. We will not provide details of where students are going or which schools we are competing against for safeguarding reasons. The games next week are as follows:



Inclusion News for the Week | Last half-term, we welcomed two new staff members to the inclusion team: Ms Cookson-Edwards, SEND Administrator and Ms Kaygusuz, LSA. We are thrilled to have the additional capacity to provide more support to our students and develop better communication with our parents/carers of students with SEND. Ms Cookson-Edwards has already been in contact with some parents during the last week of term. 


Extra-Curricular Club Sign-Up | Sign up for extra-curricular clubs this term should be completed through the parent portal app; please find instructions to do so here. All students across KS3 and Year 10 are expected to sign up for at least one extra-curricular club. Students are encouraged to select an extra-curricular club that is different from one they did last term to develop and explore a new skill.  Please see the current timetable for extra-curricular clubs here. Please discuss the options for extra-curricular clubs with your child and complete the signup via the parent portal app by next Friday, 12 January. Club numbers are capped so in order to secure the clubs that your child is most interested in please be advised to sign up as soon as possible.  Students will be expected to attend their selected choice of club from Monday, 15 January. 


Year 09 Options | This term, our Year 09 students will start to explore their GCSE options subject. As explained in previous communications, all students at Bexleyheath Academy will be completing the Ebacc route of educations which will mean they complete the following subjects at GCSE:


We will be holding events this term in preparation for students to make their choices at the end of term:

Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal will be in contact next week regarding the process and the options booklet. If you have any questions regarding options, please contact Mr Cooper (jcooper@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 10 & Year 12 Work Experience | The principle purpose of work experience is to introduce students to, and broaden their knowledge of, the world of work. At the same time, the emphasis is on developing self-awareness, whilst providing the opportunity to develop skills seen as being most valuable to employers. These include: Communication, problem solving, teamwork, business awareness, use of technology, personal development and self-management. Work experience can be used to ‘test drive’ a possible future career option, but equally it’s the chance to try something new, gain confidence and make useful contacts for the future. We would expect the placement to provide meaningful and purposeful work, involving some observation, learning and carrying out a variety of tasks involving increasing responsibility. Importantly work experience should enable students to gain a clear understanding of expectations in the workplace. 

As part of our whole school careers provision, it is a mandatory requirement that all students have the opportunity to have an experience of a workplace in Year 10  and Year 12.  This year, the Work Experience programme will take place from Monday, 08 July to Friday, 18 July 2024.

This term, we will be meeting with students in Year 10 & 12 to outline the Work Experience preparation process. Parents/Carers will be invited to attend a virtual meeting regarding Work Experience on Wednesday, 24 January. Students should secure their Work Experience placements by Friday, 29 March.

If you have any questions regarding Work Experience, please contact Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal. 


Term Dates 2024/2025 | We have published provisional term dates here. Please be aware that these are subject to change. 

Term 02, Week 06 & 07 | Half Term  

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term two ends on Tuesday, 19 December 2023 at 13:10. Term three commences on Monday, 08 January 2024 at 08:30. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2023/24 here.


Merry Christmas! | To all our Bexleyheath Academy community members, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.


Spotlight | A Christmas wish! | This term, the Bexleyheath Academy community members have been 'Big Hearted' and donated presents for the residents at Parkview Residential Care Home. We would like to thank everyone in the local community that have; donated items, sent positive messages and volunteered to help. This project has brought our community together and we are proud of what we have achieved.

With your donations we were able to make 70 parcels for the residents which consisted of a range of items such as:

Staff and students took the parcels to the residents on Tuesday, 19 December 2023. Residents were excited to have our students and staff visit them and were grateful. for the donations.  We look forward to seeing the residents in the new year.

 

KS4 & KS5 Christmas Revision | Our students have worked hard over the last two terms preparing for their final examinations and preparing for coursework deadlines. During the Christmas break, we expect our students to have a well earned rest but also use this as an opportunity to catch up or get a head with their course content. Each subject has put together a task list for each year group which can be found here. If you have any questions regarding Christmas work, please contact the relevant year lead:

Year 11 | Ms Pelton | cpelton@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Sixth Form | Ms Gayle | ngayle@bexleyheathacademy.org  


January Examinations | Students in KS4 and KS5 will have their first national examinations for this academic year in January. Students are aware of key dates but the finalised timetable will be sent to parents/carers and students by the end of next week. This will include exam times and seat numbers. If you have any questions about examinations, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Parent/Carer Feedback | As part of academy improvement, we seek feedback from parents on a termly basis to help us plan for improvements. Please could parents/carers complete the form linked in the email to provide feedback to the academy.


TfL Year 09 Workshop | Students in Year 09 this week completed a workshop run by Transport for London (TfL)  to explore different types of sexual harassment on public transport and to reinforce that these are unacceptable behaviours in the community. Both the TfL staff and police outlined to students:

Comments from students after the sessions included:

Staff from TfL we amazed by the maturity of our Year 09 students and how inquisitive they were. 


Spotlight | Parkview, Mathematics Workshop | Our Year 10 Mathematicians have been designing problem solving games for a fun filled afternoon with the Parkview residents. Students attended the residential home on Thursday with Ms Pelton and Mr Dye. Ms Pelton, Year 11 Lead  said: “Spending time with our students outside of the classroom allowed me to see their caring personalities shine. Whilst the afternoon was designed for the students to think creatively about numbers whilst creating games for the residents to play which is great for people with dementia, it was an amazing opportunity to help them see the struggles that people face in life and develop empathy and compassion for others. They were thoughtful and caring towards the residents and were asking when they could return to spend more time with them. Seeing them with the residents made me burst with pride for the academy. We will continue to grow these links with the community.”

Comments from students:


Chromebook Chargers | We have listened to your feedback about the need to have a way to purchase Chromebook chargers from the academy. We have purchased a limited stock of Chromebook chargers to sell to students at the cost of £15. These are specifically for Chromebook use. If you would like to purchase a charger for your child, please make payment for this using ParentPay. There is a ‘Chromebook Charger’ pot set up for this. Once payment has been made, the charger can be collected from reception. If you have any questions regarding ParentPay, contact Ms Hurst, Reception Team (hhurst@bexleyheathacademy.org). 



Free School Meal Eligibility | Here at Bexleyheath Academy we want all of our children to thrive and be fully engaged in their learning.  A healthy mind and body feed a child's drive to learn and we believe every child deserves that opportunity.   Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following: 

● Income Support 

● Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 

● Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 

● Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

● The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 

● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 

● Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

● Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you may get)

Our current cashless system ensures confidentiality and funds would be uploaded daily to your Parent Pay account.

We will be more than happy to make an application on your behalf and ask you to complete this short Guardian Information form or alternatively, if you meet the criteria above, you can then apply via the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/bexley or to apply via London Borough of Bexley website https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/free-school-meals 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) that they are currently in on 31 March 2024.


Lost Property Gallery | We have an ever-growing Lost Property collection, which contains coats, blazers, shoes and much more. If your child has lost an item, please look at the Gallery of Lost Property on this page. If you recognise an item, please encourage your child to go to the library, where Ms Eldridge safely stores any lost items.  At the end of each term, items not collected will be used to support other students, given to charity, or destroyed.


KS3 & KS4 Christmas Concert | This week, we held our Christmas concert. Students in Year 07, 08, 09 & 11 played Christmas classics for two audiences. They performed for the Parkview Care Residents in the afternoon and then their families in the evening. Ms Liu, Teacher of Music said: “Our students have been preparing for the Christmas concert for the past 06 weeks. Students from each of our music clubs took part:

Whilst students performed separately, there were collaborative pieces from different clubs and it was great to see students supporting and encouraging each other from different year groups. Both performances were magical.”


Oxford University Year 10 Residential Programme | Uncover is a residential programme that gives girls and Black African and Caribbean heritage students in year 10 the opportunity to explore maths and physics subjects in the context of Engineering studies, while offering a glimpse into university life.

The programme is run by Oxford University and students will stay in a college for 4 days. Days will be filled with engineering-focused activities and workshops organised by the Department of Engineering Science. In the evenings the team has arranged recreational activities and social opportunities with other like-minded future engineers. Students also find out about life at Oxford and living in a college (including a formal dinner!). On the final day, the team hope that parents will join them to learn more about studying engineering at a university like Oxford.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a follow-on programme in coming years, aiming to build the Uncover community. If you would like more information about this programme, please click here


Festive 50k Challenge | As an academy, we love to see our students supporting charities independently. One of our Year 11 students will be completing a sponsored bike ride over Christmas. Emily said: I am participating in a Youth Festive 50k sponsored cycling challenge on Wednesday, 27 December at Herne Hill Velodrome. I must complete the challenge in two and a half hours. This will also be my last opportunity to ride as a youth rider before I go up a category into the juniors from the start of January 2024.The ride is to  raise money to support young people less fortunate. If you would like to support me in this challenge please see the group fundraising link here. So I can see how much I have raised through my supporters. Can you please name me (Emily BHA) in your message on the donation page.”


Timeout Passes | Timeout passes are provided to some students that might find periods of learning overwhelming. They are provided with a pass that allows them to step outside of their lessons for 02 - 05 mins. Through the year, we review the timeout passes that are issues to students. From January, all timeout passes will be removed. Only if students have an Educational Health Care Plan ( EHCP) and a timeout pass is stated as one of the strategies that must be used, all other passes are no longer valid. We will review individuals case by case who do not have an EHCP over a period of time to see if students need a timeout pass. Whilst timeout passes benefit some students over a short period of time, the following issues also occur for some students:

If you have any questions regarding timeout passes, please contact Ms Cookson-Edwards, SEND Administrator (acooksonedwards@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Charity Bake Sale | On Monday, 18 December, the academy will be holding a charity bake sale for UCKG Outreach. The charity runs five projects to help the less fortunate and those in crisis:

To find out more about this charity, please click here. Students will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the cost of £2 through the day.  


Kooth Mental Health Support | Some of our students struggle with mental health and wellbeing. Holidays can often be challenging for students. We would like to make parents/carers aware of Kooth and their offer of support during these times: “With the winter break fast approaching, at Kooth Digital Health we appreciate there will be some young people who may struggle during the holidays without the access to the daily pastoral support, trusted adults and friends that the school community provides. Equally, seasonal illness and the closure of many services at this time of year can lead to extended wait times across both adult and young people's NHS and community services. For this reason I thought it may be worth highlighting to your students that our services remain open for them to access at any time over the winter period. We've put together a short (2:47) ‘we are still here’ Kooth video.

Visit www.kooth.com to find out more.


HAF Programme | London Borough of Bexley | The HAF programme offers funded holiday club places to pupils who receive benefits-related free school meals, during the Easter, Summer and Winter holidays. Each participating holiday club will provide a variety of fun experiences, activities and/or sports, a nutritious meal and the opportunity to socialise with other children or young people. Please find communications from the borough about the the programme:


Warhammer Club | This term, student in Warhammer club entered a competition for the designing the best space marine outfit.  Students have spent the term, patiently painting their figures. The winners of the competitions were Renan (Year 10) for the level of detail in his paint work and Alex (Year 07) for the blueprint of his design.  


Year 09 Immunisations | Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) & Meningitis ACWY (Men ACWY) | The NHS staff will be onsite on Friday, 26 January 2024 to administer the Immunisations to students in Year 09. Only students whose parents/carers have provided consent for this will be able to have these immunisations. The closing date for consent is Sunday, 21 January 2024. The NHS has provided the attached letter to parents/carers to read about the immunisations. You may also find the following documents from the NHS useful:


Term 02, Week 05 | Monday, 04 December 2023

Guru Nanak | This week, our Sikh community members have been celebrating the birthday of Guru Nanak. This was a day where Guru Nanak Dev’s selfless service to people was remembered. Guru Nanak founded the Sikh faith in the Punjab region of the northern part of India at the end of the fifteenth century. 


Year 11 Mock Results Evening | We will be holding a Year 11 Mock Results Evening on Tuesday, 05 December. Students will receive their results for their recent mock examinations. The reason for this is so that they can experience what it would feel like to get their results. Students will be guided in the evening on next steps to ensure that there is continued improvement with their outcomes. Due to the size of the cohort, families will be given a time to attend on the evening:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). The letter shared with parents/carers can be found here.


Oxbridge Success | We are proud to announce that this year, five of our Year 13 students applied to a Oxbridge University. So far, two of our students have secured interviews. One has gotten an interview at Fitzwilliam College at Cambridge University and the other has secured an interview at Oxford University. This really highlights the quality of education that students have received in their time at Bexleyheath Academy and the commitment and dedication to their own progression. Staff will be supporting students in their interview preparations on the next few weeks. At Bexleyheath Academy, we like to ensure that students have all opportunities available to them in the next stages of their lives and therefore, in September 2024 all of our Year 10 students will follow the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) Pathway. When students study the Ebacc Pathway, they have better access to a range of subjects at Key Stage 05. When studying Ebacc subjects students will study the following subjects:

More information regarding this will be provided during Year 09 Options which will start in January. Mr Cooper, Assistant Principal (jcooper@bexleyheathacademy.org)  will be leading Year 09 Options. 


Spotlight | Our Year 11 students performed for friends, family and staff on Wednesday evening. The performance was part of their Btec qualification. Students performed parts of:

The students displayed courage and talent throughout. Ms Draper and Mr Gibbons had prepared students well and we thank them for supporting the students in being successful on the night. We can not wait to see them in the Westend in years to come.


Free School Meal Eligibility | Here at Bexleyheath Academy we want all of our children to thrive and be fully engaged in their learning.  A healthy mind and body feed a child's drive to learn and we believe every child deserves that opportunity.   Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following: 

● Income Support 

● Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 

● Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 

● Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

● The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit 

● Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 

● Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

● Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you may get)

Our current cashless system ensures confidentiality and funds would be uploaded daily to your Parent Pay account.

We will be more than happy to make an application on your behalf and ask you to complete this short Guardian Information form or alternatively, if you meet the criteria above, you can then apply via the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals/bexley or to apply via London Borough of Bexley website https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/free-school-meals 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) that they are currently in on 31 March 2024.


Lost Property Gallery | We have an ever-growing Lost Property collection, which contains coats, blazers, shoes and much more. If your child has lost an item, please look at the Gallery of Lost Property on this page. If you recognise an item, please encourage your child to go to the library, where Ms Eldridge safely stores any lost items.  At the end of each term, items not collected will be used to support other students, given to charity, or destroyed.


Blue Lollipops | There has been a trend of children buying blue lollipops which stain their mouths. These lollipops are high in sugar and can affect focus on concentration in lessons. As an academy, like fizzy drinks and energy drinks, these are now banned from the academy. Students will be informed on Monday. Lollipops found after this will be confiscated and disposed of.


Primary School Handball Event | On Wednesday, the PE department hosted a Primary School Handball event with four local schools. The event was known as ´Just for Fun´ and was an opportunity for each child to experience a new sport with expert coaching. The PE team also had the support of 06 of our Year 07 students who have recently been learning all about handball in lessons. Their leadership and coaching skills were commendable from our Year 07 students and all the parents/carer and teachers were very impressed. Despite the cold temperatures, the event was very successful with each Primary School. It was great to work with the local schools to help students learn a new sport which is not available at their own school. 

Term 02, Week 04 | Monday, 27 November 2023

Academy INSET Day | We would like to remind parents/carers that there is an Academy INSET day which will take place on Monday, 27 November. The Academy will be closed to students. Some students in Year 10, 11 & Year 13 will be invited to the academy to complete intensive coursework sessions. These will be taking place for the following subjects:

Parents/carers affected have been contacted. 


Inclusion | We would like to remind students and parents that we run 03 inclusive lunchtime and after school clubs that are specifically designed to support students with Special Educational Needs. 

If you have any questions or concerns about clubs or would like to suggest one, please contact us through the Bexleyheath Academy SEND Enquiry Form.  


Cloisters Winner | Naomi in Year 12 entered a national essay writing competition created by Cloisters. Naomi is one of 05 winners national. Ms Townsend, Faculty Director of English said:  “I'm an extremely proud teacher and head of department. Naomi, with a tiny bit of help from me, managed to write an outstanding essay and is now finally considering that maybe her destiny is to go to University!”. 

Naomi has won a £100 gift voucher. She has also won a one day actor’s training course provided by Orisun Productions. Orisun Productions is a theatre company that was set up by Shereener Browne, a former Barrister at Garden Court Chambers (now Associate Tenant) who is now an actress. Along with the other selected students, she will spend a day with a trained actor from the Orisun Team to provide her with training on key skills such as public speaking, presentation and performing – all of which are invaluable for a career at the Bar. This will take place at the offices of leading international law firm, Linklators and will be held over a Saturday in mid-January. 


Year 11 Mock Results Evening | We will be holding a Year 11 Mock Results Evening on Tuesday, 05 December. Students will receive their results for their recent mock examinations. The reason for this is so that they can experience what it would feel like to get their results. Students will be guided during the evening on next steps to ensure that there is continued improvement with their outcomes. Due to the size of the cohort, families will be given a time to attend on the evening:

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Parkview, A Christmas Wish | Parkview is a care home in Bexleyheath. The care home offers 24 hour residential care including specialist Dementia Care and Respite Care. You can find out more about the care home here. In the Summer Term, the care home experienced a fire which meant that residents were displaced for a period of time which caused a lot of upset in the community. Bexleyheath Academy supported residents during this time and is continuing to build relationships with the care home and its residents. Due to the incident we would like to ensure that the residents experience a good festive period this year!

During Term 02, we will be collecting donations from the local community to give to the care home residents at Christmas. We are looking for the following items that students can gift to residents:

If there are any other items that you think might be suitable we are happy to pass these on. We ask that any items are good as new/new and safe. Donations can be brought to the reception team. Students in KS3 will fill each gift bag with seasonal messages. Students will be selected to represent  the academy to take these gifts to the residents in December.


Year 07 Girls Netball Club | The Year 07 and year 08 girls netball teams have taken part in several competitions this week. The year 07 girls had their first competitive match against Bexley Grammar school on Wednesday evening, where the girls won 5-2.  The girls quickly took the lead with fantastic shooting from Lila and great interceptions by Natalie in defence. The girls all showed excellent resilience and sporting ability to keep ahead throughout the whole match. Well done Girls and we look forward to our next match! 

On Tuesday, the academy hosted Haberdashers and Trinity who came for a small tournament. The girls played amazingly with two draws, 1 win and a loss. Ms Duffy, PE Teacher and Netball coach said: “Our Netball teams have really developed their skills and knowledge of their game this year. We have previously not entered matches against other schools but this year the talent has developed and we have had many wins. We look forward to the team members thriving this year.” 

Year 09 Rugby Club | The Year 09 Rugby team played their first competitive game this term away at Bexley Grammar on Tuesday evening. The boys were outstanding and showed real character through the game. Whilst the students did not win this match, they held their heads high and congratulated the winning team. Students will be training hard for next time!

Band Club | Bands Club provides students with an opportunity to experience playing different musical instruments, such as the guitar, piano and drums to name but a few and also help develop their vocal skills. Students will learn and practise playing a musical instrument and collaborate with others as they become more skilled. Bands Club takes place every Thursday after school from 15:10 - 16:00. Students are currently preparing for their Christmas Concert. 

The Big Ambition | The Children’s Commissioner for England has recently launched ‘The Big Ambition. The Big Ambition is a survey that will collect the views of children and parents/carers so that these views can be considered by policy makers a head of the next election. Students at the academy will be completing this survey at the academy. We request that parents/carers complete this survey by Friday 08 December. A leaflet to explain more about the survey can be found here and the survey can be found here

Term 2 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | This term we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year.

Year 11X Band & Sixth Form Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 6 December 2023 | 16:00-19:00 | Priority appointments available for booking from Wednesday, 15 November 2023 for TWO weeks. Year 11Y Band & Sixth Form Parents' Evening | Thursday, 07 December 2023 | 16:00-19:00 | Priority appointments available for booking from Wednesday, 15 November 2023 for Two weeks. 

If you are not sure which band your child is in, please look at their timetable. Their English, Mathematics and Science lessons will have an X or a Y code next to the subject. 


From Monday, 27 November 2023, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 09, Year 10) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. Parents that completed the Google Form last term requesting support for booking, we will aim to book these for you but these might fall across different days. 

If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening dates, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Winter Secondary HAF Provision | Bexley Borough host activities for young people during the holiday periods. This provision is free for young people who receive free school meals.  There are opportunities to get involved in a variety of activities/trips, meet new people and receive a free meal.  Please read through this letter and  document from London Borough of Bexley on how to book Holiday Activities.  Parents and Students have been sent an email this week, please check your junk mail too.


Lunch Cards & Parent Pay | To ensure that students are served quickly in the canteen, students must bring their lunch cards to the academy which allows a faster service. Please could we ask you to check that your child has a lunch card. If this has been lost, this can be purchased from the canteen at the cost of £1.50. Can we also remind parents that use Parent Pay, that it is important to top up accounts before students arrive at the academy. Further delays are caused when students are waiting for their accounts to be topped up.

 

Canteen Menu | The updated canteen menu can be found here

Term 02, Week 03 | Monday, 20 November 2023

Academy INSET Day | We would like to remind parents/carers that there is an Academy INSET day which will take place on Monday, 27 November. The Academy will be closed to students. Some students in Year 10, Year 11 & Year 13 will be invited to the academy to complete intensive coursework sessions. These will be taking place for the following subjects:

Parents/carers affected will be contacted next week. 


Diwali | This week our; Hindu, Sikh and Jain community members have been celebrating Diwali. Diwali is a five day Festival of Light. This is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Devotees will decorate their homes with small oil lamps called diyas. Fireworks are used to mark the celebrations and sweets are shared amongst family and friends. Happy Diwali from Bexleyheath Academy. 


Year 11 & Sixth Form Mock Exams | This week, the Year 11 and Sixth Form students have been sitting a series of mock exams.  These are vital as some qualifications will be completing examinations as early as January 2024 so practise and preparation is important. The mock examinations will be a combination of examinations in the examination halls and in the classroom.  The mock exams are designed to allow students to:


The outcomes of these examinations will provide the students with their most likely grades for their final GCSE and A-Level outcomes. It is important that students prepare for these examinations using the revisions resources provided. The examination timetable can be found on our Assessments & Examinations Page


During the week of the exam, please ensure that students:


You can help your child prepare for their exams by encouraging them to revise over the half term. Students will have access to revision resources through Google Classroom. Some subjects have also provided students with printed resources, past papers and revision guides. Other strategies that you could use to help you child success are as follows:


During the week beginning, Monday, 13 November, there will be no before or after school interventions for Year 11 ONLY.  The afternoon examinations will be completed by 15:45. If you have any questions about the mock examination series, please contact Ms Shalo, Vice-Principal (ishalo@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Year 11 Interventions | Year 11 interventions resume this week. On Monday, students in the X Band will have Mathematics on Monday, 20 November at 08:00. 


Sixth Form Open Evening | We are excited to invite Year 11 students and parents/carers to the Sixth Form Open Evening which will be held on Thursday, 23 November from 16:45 until 18:45. The event will take place virtually which will allow parents/carers to also attend the events. This is both a critical and exciting year for your child as they complete their GCSEs and begin to consider what they would like to do/study from September 2024. It is important that they attend this event to start thinking about the options that are available to them. 

The event is designed to:

The links to all the events and timings can be found here. These links will be available from 16:00 on Thursday, 23 November. 



Term 2 Priority Parent’ Evening’s | This term we will be providing Parent’s/Carer’s the opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year.

Year 11X Band & Sixth Form Parents' Evening | Wednesday, 6 December 2023 | 16:00-19:00 | Priority appointments available for booking from Wednesday, 15 November 2023 for TWO weeks. Year 11Y Band & Sixth Form Parents' Evening | Thursday, 07 December 2023 | 16:00-19:00 | Priority appointments available for booking from Wednesday, 15 November 2023 for Two weeks. 

If you are not sure which band your child is in, please look at their timetable. Their English, Mathematics and Science lessons will have an X or a Y code next to the subject. 


From Monday, 27 November 2023, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Year 07, Year 08, Year 09, Year 10) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher.  These events will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. Parents that completed the Google Form last term requesting support for booking, we will aim to book these for you but these might fall across different days. 

If you have any questions regarding our Parents' Evening dates, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 07 Football Team WIN! | Our U12 Girls team beat Hayes this week in 03 - 02 win. They are not in the next round of the cup. Ms Sheehan said: "Our Year 07 students are new to the academy but have taken training very seriously. They have come together as a team very well and are very supportive of one another on the pitch. I am confident with further training the wins can only get better."


Inclusion | Students with Special Educational Needs may struggle with their organisational skills. This can affect their ability to come to school prepared with the right equipment. It is important that these students pack their bags every evening with support to check that they have their: pens, glue sticks, rulers and charged Chromebooks ready for the next day. If they have any issues with missing equipment they can talk to their pastoral manager as soon as they get into school. If you have any further questions and concerns about supporting students with organisational skills, please contact the Inclusion Team via the Bexleyheath Academy SEND Enquiries Form. 



Rewards Trips | Students with the highest rewards points or students who had 100% attendance last half term were entered into a raffle for an exclusive  cinema trip this week.  Students can be awarded points in a number of ways:


Academy Car Park | Driving safely in our car park is crucial to ensure the safety of our; students, pedestrians, other vehicles and passengers in other vehicles. Here are some tips for parents/carers to drive safely in our car park:

We would like all users of our car park to be mindful when using it and to follow our tips to help prevent accidents and keep everyone safe.


Science Masterclasses | We will be inviting our Year 11 students who are projected to gain Grade 7, 8, 9 to Saturday Science Masterclasses. These sessions were meant to start today however, due to IT issues with Google this weekend, these will start next week. The masterclasses are designed to support students in securing the higher grades in Mathematics. The hope that we are getting them as close to a Grade 9 as possible. The Masterclasses will take place virtually on Saturdays at 10am. 

The Science Masterclasses will taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, 25 November 2023 | Top Marks Data Analysis 

Saturday,  02 December 2023 | All Things Calculations  

Saturday,  09 December 2023 | Acing Six Mark Practical Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Science Masterclasses, please contact Ms Ghai, Science Subject Lead (gghai@bexleyheathacademy.org) or Ms Brunt, Science Subject Lead (nbrunt@bexleyheathacademy.org). 


Vaping, A National Crisis | Vapes are designed to help smokers quit smoking, they deliver nicotine in a safer way than smoking tobacco products. The legal age to purchase vapes is 18 and they should not be used by young people who do not smoke. Only legally sold vapes are regulated, so people who use illegal vapes or refillable vapes are at an increased risk of vaping THC and SPICE either through choice or accidentally.  


THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, it is a Class B drug that gets you high, this is why THC products are illegal to buy, sell or consume in the UK (except where prescribed). THC smells like cannabis although this can be obscured by flavoured oils. SPICE is a collection of synthetic Class B drugs, they are cheaper to produce (usually in makeshift labs by criminals) and mimic the effects of drugs like cannabis. There are over 700 different types, so it’s impossible to know which type you are consuming, what it contains, or how much you can have without overdosing. Vaping SPICE is extremely dangerous for young people, it can lead to an inability to move, breathing difficulties, chest pain, heart palpitations, seizures, extreme anxiety, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, psychosis, gastrointestinal issues (vomiting or diarrhoea), acute kidney injury and in some cases a single dose can kill. 


As an academy, we educate our students about the harm of vaping through Personal Development lessons and assemblies. To ensure that our students are safe, we conduct bad searches to assure ourselves that students do not have these items. We ask that parents check their child's bag before and afterschool. If these items are found, please report this to the academy so that we can ensure that students are educated about the affects and supported. We are working with the local police to set up workshops for parents/carers whose children are found with items. The workshops will be for family attendance. We thank the local police for supporting us with this. 

Please find a useful leaflet to read about vaping which you can talk through with your child here


BBC Children in Need | On Friday, our students raised money for BBC Children in Need. BBC Children in Need use the money donated to funding the grassroots organisations and project workers across the UK that provide the vital positive relationships children need to help them navigate the challenges in their lives. 

Children in Need funds thousands of charities and projects in every corner of the UK, that support children and young people to feel and be safer, have improved mental health and wellbeing, form better, more positive relationships and be given more equal opportunities to flourish.


Mr Zah lead this charity event said: "Our students have been very generous to this charity. During our assembly on Wednesday, many students were amazed that children of  the same age as them did not have the same support networks available to them consistently across the country. Our students really are 'Big Hearted' and a credit to their families."


As an academy, we raised £244.04 for this charity. 

Term 02, Week 02 | Monday, 13 November 2023

Year 11 & Sixth Form Mock Exams | Year 11 and Sixth Form students will be sitting a series of mock exams across Term 02.  These are vital as some qualifications will be completing examinations as early as January 2024 so practise and preparation is important. The mock examinations will be a combination of examinations in the examination halls and in the classroom.  The mock exams are designed to allow students to:


The outcomes of these examinations will provide the students with their most likely grades for their final GCSE and A-Level outcomes. It is important that students prepare for these examinations using the revisions resources provided. The examination timetable can be found on our Assessments & Examinations Page. The first day of examinations will take place on Monday, 13 November.  


During the week of the exam, please ensure that students:


You can help your child prepare for their exams by encouraging them to revise over the half term. Students will have access to revision resources through Google Classroom. Some subjects have also provided students with printed resources, past papers and revision guides. Other strategies that you could use to help you child success are as follows: