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This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term three ends on Friday, 10 February 2023, at 15.10. Term four commences on Monday, 20 February 2023, at 08:45. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2022/23 here and 2023/24 here.


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | Last week,  parents/carers had an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss their child's engagement, progress, and attainment. Over 275 individual parents/carers participated in the event, with over 1,350  appointments taking place across the evening.  Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal, said, "It was great to see so many Year 12 parents/carers join us for our virtual parents' evening. These events provide us with a valuable opportunity to update parents/carers on their child's progress at the Academy while also allowing us to celebrate their success. We would like to thank our parents/carers for their high levels of engagement with the Academy." We are now gathering feedback from our virtual parents' evening; if you took part in last week's parents' evening and would like to share your feedback, please complete this short Google Form. 


There will be another opportunity for parents/carers to meet with their child's subject teachers next week; see below:


The online booking system opened to Y10 parents/carers on Monday, 09 January 2023; parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) can also book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


End-of-Term Assessments and Reports | Throughout the term, students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 have completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy is currently reviewing the results of these assessments and will publish end-of-term reports to parents/carers by Friday, 17 February 2023. Students in Years 11 and 13 are completing their mock examinations, which will continue next term. Once these examinations are completed, Years 11 and 13 parents/carers will receive a mock examination report. 

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy Continued

Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations Continue | Our Year 11 & 13 students will continue their final mock examinations this week. Further information, including a finalised timetable, can be found in the letters below:


If you have any questions about the Spring Mock Examinations, please get in touch with the relevant year group lead:


Year 9 Pathways Discussion Meetings | Following our Year 9 Virtual Options Evening on Thursday, 26 January 2023, parents/carers are invited to take part in a pathways discussion meeting on Tuesday, 07 February 2023,  from 16:00-17:30. These pathways discussion meetings will provide parents/carers and students with an opportunity to discuss the options they are considering with a member of the Senior Team.  Information on how to book an appointment with a member of the Senior Team can be found here.


A link to the Year 9 Options Booklet and Final Options Form can be found below:


Students are required to submit their final option choices by Sunday, 18 February 2023, at 23:59. If you have any questions regarding Year 9 Options, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Year 9 DTP/MEN Immunisations | The Year 9 Diphtheria Tetanus, Polio Booster & Meningitis ACWY Immunisations will take place on Friday, 10 February 2023. Students will be collected from their lessons to have their immunisations throughout the school day. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Ms Kelly, Family Liaison Officer, at dkelly@bexleyheathacademy.org.  their mock examinations, which will continue next term. Once these examinations are completed, Years 11 and 13 parents/carers will receive a mock examination report. 

Learning a Musical Instrument

This week, students at Bexleyheath Academy had the opportunity to take part in an Orchestral Workshop, which took place on Thursday, 10 November 2022. In collaboration with Bexley Music, students listened to an orchestra performance and then had an opportunity to try various musical instruments for themselves. Mr Yeates, Faculty Director for Music, said: "It was an absolute pleasure watching our students try their hand with various instruments. Across the day, students got a taste of learning instruments from every family of the orchestra; from the delicate sound of the viola to the deep sound of the trombone, there was something for everyone! I want to thank Bexley Music for providing our students with a wonderful experience as the students left the event buzzing. The aim of this event was to encourage every student to learn a musical instrument, and this event will be the start of the Bexleyheath Academy Orchestra." 

 

If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument, please complete this Google Form to indicate which instrument your child is interested in. 


The instruments on offer are: Upper strings (Violin and Viola); Lower strings (Cello and Double Bass); Woodwind (Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute, Oboe); Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba); Ukulele; Keyboard/Piano; Percussion/Drum Kit and Voice.  


There are various options available to help make the experience of learning an instrument as valuable and affordable as possible, including group (shared) lessons and (individual lessons), which are outlined on the Google Form (linked above) If you have any questions regarding our instrumental lessons, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Yeates: syeates@bexleyheathacademy.org. Please note that this Google Form is just an expression of interest and the Academy will be in touch to discuss next steps.


Mr Sparks, Principal, said: "Learning a musical instrument is a wonderful experience and the Academy is committed to supporting parents/carers, and their children. If  your child would like to learn a musical instrument and the cost associated may be a barrier, please complete the Google Form and contact Mr Yeates directly who will be happy to discuss ways in which the Academy may be able to support."  

Week Commencing Monday, 30 January 2023 | Term 03, Week 05

Letter from the Principal | Industrial Action - Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Dear Parents/Carers, 


Following our previous communication on the planned industrial action taking place in the coming weeks, I am writing to update you on school arrangements on Wednesday, 01 February 2023. Due to the industrial action on Wednesday, 01 February 2023, it will only be possible to offer on-site provision for vulnerable children, children of critical workers and children in Years 11, 12 and 13.


All other year groups will move to remote learning for the day. Information about who critical workers are is here. If you are a critical worker, please complete the following Google Form so we can plan to support you and your child/children accordingly. 


Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 will move to remote learning for the day. Students will follow their normal timetable and access their learning via Google Classroom. For many lessons, students will be taught by their normal teachers using Google Meet. Where a teacher is not present due to the industrial action, students will be provided with independent work for English, Maths, Science and PSHE to complete. These arrangements will ensure that all students have access to four lessons throughout the day to minimise any disruption to learning.


Students who qualify for a free school meal but are not on site can collect their free school meal from the Main Reception, on Woolwich Road, at 12:00 on Wednesday, 01 February 2023. If your child is eligible for free school meals, please complete this short Google Form to indicate whether they intend to collect their free meal.


If you have any questions about the above arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Best wishes,

Mr Joseph Sparks, Principal 


This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Year 9 Options | On Thursday, 26 January 2023, Year 9 parents/carers took part in our Virtual Year 9 Options Evening. Over 150 parents/carers attended the virtual event and participated in four subject workshops across the evening. Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, said: “It was great to see so many of our students and their parents/carers on Thursday evening. This is an important time for our Year 9 students as they select the subjects they wish to study in Year 10. To help our students, we have put together a Year 9 Options Booklet outlining all the different subjects on offer. Parents/carers are encouraged to discuss the different options with their child(ren) and submit their choices by Sunday, 19 February 2023.” 


Following this event, parents/carers are now invited to take part in a pathways discussion with a member of the Senior Team. These pathways discussion meetings will provide parents/carers and students with an opportunity to discuss the options they are considering and the next steps.  Information on how to book an appointment with a member of the Senior Team can be found here. A link to the Year 9 Options Booklet and Options Form can be found below:


If you have any questions regarding Year 9 Options, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org.


The Lion King | On Wednesday, 25 January 2023, our Year 10 and 11 Performing Arts students went to the Lyceum Theatre, London, to watch the award-winning musical The Lion King. Ms Draper, Faculty Director for Drama, said: "Our students behaved impeccably and thoroughly enjoyed the show. For many of our students, this was their first time seeing a live musical; it was a pleasure to see the amazement on their faces.” 


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | This Thursday, the first of our two parents’ evenings for term three will take place. A reminder of the parents’ evening events taking place this term can be found below:


The online booking system opened to Y10 & Y12 parents/carers on Monday, 09 January 2023; parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) can also book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10 and Y12, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations | Our Year 11 & 13 students will continue their final mock examinations this week. Further information, including a finalised timetable, can be found in the letters below:


Ms Luthfa, Vice Principal, said: "Our Y11 & Y13 students have started this term strong: attendance and engagement to intervention and weekend booster sessions have been phenomenal. Our students are hungry for success; they have taken every opportunity to ensure they are ready for the 2023 Spring and Summer examinations." If you have any questions about the Spring Mock Examinations, please get in touch with the relevant year group lead:

Week Commencing Monday, 23 January 2023 | Term 03, Week 04

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Virtual Year 09 Options Event | This term, Bexleyheath Academy will run a series of events to help students in Y09 make informed subject choices about the courses they will follow from Y10. On Thursday, 26 January 2023, from 16:00-18:00, we invite all students and their parents/carers to join us virtually for our Y09 Options Event. During this event, you will be given an overview of the process and the opportunity to attend four workshops with subject specialists. Assistant Principal, Mr Ige, said: "This is an exciting time for our Y09 students as they start to consider the options available at KS4. Our students have some important decisions to make over the coming weeks, and they will receive lots of information about the GCSE and Vocational courses at Bexleyheath Academy. We are looking forward to kicking things off with our Virtual Y09 Options Evening that will take place on Thursday, 26 January 2023. During this event, you gain an insight into the different pathways available at KS4, participate in a series of subject-specific workshops, and learn about the key dates and events taking place across the rest of this term. We look forward to seeing you and your child at this event."


A letter providing further information, including links to the different sessions, will be sent to parents/carers on Monday, 23 January 2023. If you have any questions regarding the Virtual Y09 Options Event, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org


The Lion King Musical | This week, our Y10 & Y11 Performing Arts students will visit the Lyceum Theatre, London, to watch the award-winning musical The Lion King. Ms Draper, Faculty Director for Drama, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for our Performing Arts students to watch a live West End Musical as part of their BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts. Our students will be studying The Lion King as their live performance for their coursework; this trip will allow them to see Disney's award-winning musical in person. For many of our students, this is the first time they have seen a West End Musical; we know this will be a night to remember!" 

More information regarding The Lion King visit can be found in the following letter sent to parents/carers on Monday, 28 November 2022. 


Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations | This week, our Year 11 & 13 students will start their final mock examinations. Further information, including a finalised timetable, can be found in the letters below:


Ms Luthfa, Vice Principal, said: "Our Y11 & Y13 students have started this term strong: attendance and engagement to intervention and weekend booster sessions have been phenomenal. Our students are hungry for success; they have taken every opportunity to ensure they are ready for the 2023 Spring and Summer examinations."


If you have any questions about the Spring Mock Examinations, please get in touch with the relevant year group lead:


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | This term, there will be two opportunities for parents/carers to book appointments with their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this academic year:


The online booking system opened to Y10 & Y12 parents/carers last Monday (09 January 2023); from Monday, 23 January 2023, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10 and Y12, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org

Week Commencing Monday, 16 January 2023 | Term 03, Week 03

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Virtual Year 09 Options Event | This term, Bexleyheath Academy will run a series of events to help students in Y09 make informed subject choices about the courses they will follow from Y10. Several key events will be running on-site for students and virtually for students and their parents/carers to find out essential information. 


On Thursday, 26 January 2023, from 16:00-18:00, we invite all students and their parents/carers to join us virtually for our Y09 Options Event. During this event, you will be given an overview of the process and the opportunity to attend four workshops with subject specialists. Assistant Principal, Mr Ige, said: "This is a very exciting time for our Y09 students as they start to consider the options available at KS4. Our students have some important decisions to make over the coming weeks, and they will receive lots of information about the GCSE and Vocational courses at Bexleyheath Academy. We are looking forward to kicking things off with our Virtual Y09 Options Evening that will take place on Thursday, 26 January 2023. During this event, you gain an insight into the different pathways available at KS4, participate in a series of subject-specific workshops, and learn about the key dates and events taking place across the rest of this term. We look forward to seeing you and your child at this event." 


If you have any questions regarding the Virtual Y09 Options Event, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org


Spring Examination Series | Our Spring Examination Series started this week for students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y 13. Mrs Watson, Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, said: "I am so proud of my Sixth Form Form students. They have used every opportunity to revise for these January exams and have shown commitment and maturity throughout their examinations this week. I would like to wish every student who is taking examinations the very best of luck."


Our Spring Examinations Series continues this week; the timetable for examinations can be found on the Assessment & Examinations page of the Academy's website. The Academy wrote to parents/carers in December with further information; a copy of the letter can be found here. If you have any questions or queries regarding our Spring Examinations Series, please get in touch with Ms Luthfa, Vice-Principal, at rluthfa@bexleyheathacademy.org


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | This term, there will be two opportunities for parents/carers to book appointments with their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this academic year:


The online booking system opened to Y10 & Y12 parents/carers last Monday (09 January 2023); from Monday, 23 January 2023, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10 and Y12, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 11 English & Mathematics Booster Club | This week, our Y11 English & Mathematics Booster Clubs sessions got off to a flying start. The Y11 Booster Club sessions are run by an external provider, who provides bespoke tuition and intervention for schools up and down the country. Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal, said: "Students were ready at the gate before 09:00 this morning to start their first Mathematics Booster Club session. Students were engaged and worked hard throughout the session. I want to thank our students for their active engagement and our parents/carers for ensuring they were ready and raring to go! We look forward to seeing them next week…same time, same place."


The Booster Club sessions will continue to run on:


If you have questions regarding the Y11 English & Mathematics Booster Club, please get in touch with Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal, at flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations | Last this term, our Year 11 & 13 students will start their final mock examinations. Further information, including a finalised timetable, will be sent to parents/carers later this week.

Lost Property | 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. 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 Term 03, items not collected will be used to support other students, given to charity, or destroyed. 


DTP/MEN ACWY Immunisations | The NHS staff will be providing Y09 students with the opportunity to have a Meningitis ACWY and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio immunisations on Friday, 10 February 2023. Information regarding these immunisations can be found in the following letter from the NHS. If you would like your child to have these immunisations, you can provide consent by scanning the QR Code in the following flyer.  The NHS require parental consent to be completed by Friday, 20 January 2023. 

Week Commencing Monday, 09 January 2023 | Term 03, Week 02

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Spring Examination Series | Our Spring Examination Series, for students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y 13, starts on Monday, 09 January 2023. The timetable for examinations taking place in January and February 2023 can be found on the Assessment & Examinations page of the Academy's website. The Academy wrote to parents/carers in December with further information; a copy of the letter can be found here. If you have any questions or queries regarding our Spring Examinations Series, please get in touch with Ms Luthfa, Vice-Principal, at rluthfa@bexleyheathacademy.org

 

Term 03 Intervention Sessions for Year 11 & Year 13 | Our Term 03 programme of intervention will start for all students in Y11 and Y13 on Monday, 09 January 2023. For students in Y11, the following intervention sessions will take place:


For students in Y13, the following intervention sessions will take place:


Students are selected to take part in intervention sessions by their subject teachers, and these sessions are designed to provide additional support to ensure their success this summer. Period 00 interventions occur between 08:00-08:40, and Period 05 interventions occur between 15:15-16:30. Parents/carers in Y11 were sent a copy of their child's personalised timetable yesterday (Friday, 06 January 2023); parents/carers in Y13 will receive an email with their child's personalised timetable today (Saturday, 07 January 2023). If you have any questions regarding our Y11 and Y13 intervention programmes, please get in touch with Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal, at pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Instrumental Lessons Commence | Last term, students at Bexleyheath Academy took part in an Orchestral Workshop where they got to play a range of orchestral instruments. Following this workshop, students signed up to learn an instrument of their choice. Over 50 students in Y07-09 have signed up to learn a musical instrument, and lessons start next week. Mr Yeates, Faculty Director for Music, said: "We can't wait for our instrumental lessons to start next week, and we are delighted to have so many students learning a musical instrument. We have students learning ten different types of instrument from every family of the orchestra. We can't wait to watch our students develop and enjoy performing with their peers."


On Monday, 09 January 2023, students will be given their instrumental lesson timetable; students will be provided with their loan instruments during their first lesson next week. Students learning the drum kit and piano will be shown where they can practice within the Academy. In addition, on Monday, 09 January 2023, parents/carers of students learning an instrument have been invited to a short Virtual Question & Answer Session with Mr Yeates to learn more about our instrumental lessons and ask questions. The Virtual Q&A Session will start at 19:00, and parents/carers can join by clicking the link in the email sent on Friday, 06 January 2023. If you have any questions regarding your child's instrumental lessons, please get in touch with Mr Yeates, Faculty Director for Music, at syeates@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | This term, we will provide multiple opportunities for parents/carers to book appointments with their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this academic year. There are two events taking place this term:


From Monday, 09 January 2023, Y10 & Y12 parents/carers can book appointments with their child's subject teachers. From Monday, 23 January 2023, parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10 and Y12, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers.  Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 9 Options & Pathways Events | This term, Bexleyheath Academy will be running a series of events to support students in Y09 in making informed subject choices about the courses they will follow from Y10. There are a number of key events which will be running both on-site for students and virtually for students and their parents/carers to find out key information. On Thursday, 26 January 2023, from 16:00-18:00, we invite all students and their parents/carers to join us virtually for our Y09 Options Event. During this event, you will be given an overview of the process and the opportunity to attend four workshops with subject specialists. Later in term three, you will also have the chance to book a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the Senior Team to discuss these subject choices before a final decision is made at the end of the term. Further information will be provided on Thursday, 26 January 2023.


Year 11 English & Mathematics Booster Club | This week, our Year 11 English & Mathematics Booster Clubs sessions will commence.  Assistant Principal Dr Lucas, who is overseeing the Academy's Booster Club, said: "We are delighted to announce that the Academy has secured funding to run an English & Mathematics Booster Club for select Y11 students to help them secure a Grade 4 and above in their examinations later this year. The Booster Club sessions are run by an external provider, who provides bespoke tuition and intervention for schools up and down the country. The Booster Club sessions will run for five weeks, and we will continue to monitor student progress throughout this period." 


The Booster Club sessions will run on:


Dr Lucas added: "There are 60 places available for each subject, and we will contact parents/carers this week to notify them if their child has been selected. Our selection is based on the most recent mock examinations, and we are offering the first round of places to students who did not secure a Grade 4 in either subject. If your child is not selected for this round, there will be another opportunity next term." The sessions will start on Friday, 13 January 2023. If you have questions regarding the Y11 English & Mathematics Booster Club, please get in touch with Dr Lucas, Assistant Principal, at flucas@bexleyheathacademy.org


Virtual Revision Sessions for Year 11 Engineering Students | This week, our Year 11 Engineering students participated in their first virtual intervention session. These sessions run every Saturday from 09:30-10:30. Our Engineering Teacher and Vice-Principal, Ms Luthfa, said: "I want to thank all of our parents/carers for ensuring that students were logged on and on time. Students were focused and engaged whilst we recapped topics such as CAD/CAM and Modelling versus Prototyping. Through continued attendance and participation, the smell of exam success will be a sure thing! I can't wait to see everyone again next Saturday."


Sessions will continue to run on the following dates:


Canteen Lunch Cards | Our canteen lunch cards help us to reduce wait times for students as they queue for our canteens. It is important that students bring their lunch cards with them to the Academy. If students have lost their lunch card, they can purchase another card from the canteen for £1.50. Parents/carers are encouraged to check that their child has their lunch card with them daily and that the card is topped up and ready to go.

Week Commencing Monday, 02 January 2023 | Term 03, Week 01

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Start of Term Arrangements | Term 03 commences on Wednesday, 04 January 2023, at 08:45. The complete list of term dates for 2022/23 can be found here.


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



Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations which can be found here. If parents/carers require guidance or support with their child's uniform, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Seamons at nseamons@bexleyheathacademy.org. If a student has lost or broken their Chromebook charger, please contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


End-of-Term Reports | Throughout term two, students at Bexleyheath Academy completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy sent the end-of-term reports to parents/carers on Thursday, 22 December 2022. If you have any questions regarding your child's report, please complete this short Google Form, and a member of the team will be in touch by Friday, 06 January 2023.


Spring Examination Series | Our Spring Examination Series, for students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y 13, will start on Monday, 09 January 2023. The timetable for exams taking place in January and February 2023 can be found on the Assessment & Examinations page of the Academy's website. The Academy wrote to parents/carers in December; a copy of the letter can be found here. If you have any questions or queries regarding our Spring Examinations Series, please get in touch with Ms Wetrope, Examinations Officer, at nwestrope@bexleyheathacademy.org. 


Term 03 Intervention Sessions for Year 11 & Year 13 | Our Term 03 programme of intervention will start for all students in Y11 and Y13 on Monday, 09 January 2023. For students in Y11, the following intervention sessions will take place:


For students in Y13, the following intervention sessions will take place:


Students are selected to take part in intervention sessions by their subject teachers, and these sessions are designed to provide students with additional support to ensure their success this summer. Period 00 interventions occur between 08:00-08:40 and Period 05 interventions occur between 15:15-16:30. Parents/carers in Y11 and Y13 will receive an email and copy of their child's intervention timetable by Friday, 06 January 2023. If you have any questions regarding our Y11 intervention programme, please get in touch with Mr Ige (rige@bexleyheathacademy.org), and for Y13, please get in touch with Ms Pressney (lpressney@bexleyheathacademy.org).


Virtual Revision Sessions for Year 11 Engineering Students | From next week, our Year 11 Engineering students can participate in a virtual intervention session every Saturday from 09:30-10:30. Students have been invited to a Google Classroom titled: Engineering | Saturday Intervention. In this classroom, students will find the Google Meet Link and accompanying resources for each of the sessions. Students will revisit topics in preparation for Paper 2. Sessions will run on the following dates:


Please encourage your child to log in on time for each session. A letter providing further information about the Spring Examinations for Engineering Students can be found here.


Drop Down Day for Year 11 Health Studies Students | On Tuesday, 03 January 2023, the Academy will host a Drop Down Day for Year 11 Health Studies students. This Drop Down Day aims to support students as they complete their controlled assessment (coursework). The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 15:00. A letter providing further information about our Health Studies Year 11 Controlled Assessment Completion can be found here


Flu Immunisations | The NHS would like to thank parents/carers who completed the consent form for the Flu Immunisations. Due to the number of parents requesting an immunisation, the NHS will host two different sessions. The Y7, Y8 & Y9 immunisations will take place on Thursday, 05 January 2023. The Academy is currently waiting for further information regarding the Y10 & Y11 immunisations and will notify parents/carers as soon as we are informed.

Week Commencing Monday, 17 December 2022 | Christmas Holiday

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

As we pause for the Christmas break, it provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the impressive achievements of students at Bexleyheath Academy over the last six weeks. Our celebration assemblies that have taken place across the final week of term have highlighted the wide-ranging successes that students have enjoyed. From impressive levels of engagement across the Academy, superb assessment results, and more students than ever participating in clubs and activities. 

 

I want to offer a huge word of thanks for your support during this term. The level at which students attended and engaged in their learning has been very impressive, and this has relied on your support and encouragement every step of the way.  

 

At the end of Term 02, we said farewell to Mr Whitney, Teacher of History, and Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, who have both secured new positions outside the Academy. Mr Whitney is taking on the role of Head of KS5 History, and Mr Courtney is taking the role of Vice-Principal. We thank Mr Whitney and Mr Courtney for all they have done to support students at Bexleyheath Academy and wish them the very best for the future.


As we move to Term 03, we will welcome the following members of staff to the team:


As we look forward to the term ahead, we will work closely with students due to sit exams this year to ensure they are fully prepared.  We will also continue to ensure that students enjoy the best learning experience every day, using technology to enhance their learning and accelerate their progress.

 

We will take a short break from our weekly updates, returning on Tuesday, 03 January 2023. 


On behalf of everyone at Bexleyheath Academy, I wish you, your family, and friends a very pleasant Christmas break.

 

Regards,

Mr Joseph Sparks


This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Start of Term Arrangements | Term two ended on Friday, 16 December 2022.  Term 03 will commence on Wednesday, 04 January 2023. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2022/23 here.


Spring Examination Series | Our Spring Examination Series, for students in Y10, Y11, Y12 & Y 13, will start on Monday, 09 January 2023. The timetable for exams taking place in January and February 2023 can be found on the Assessment & Examinations page of the Academy's website. The Academy wrote to parents/carers last week; a copy of the letter can be found here. If you have any questions or queries regarding our Spring Examinations Series, please get in touch with Ms Wetrope, Examinations Officer, at nwestrope@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Term 03 Parents' Evening Events | Next term, we will provide multiple opportunities for  parents/carers to book appointments with their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this academic year. There are two events taking place next term:


From Monday, 23 January 2023, all parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y11 and Y13) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y10 and Y12, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening events 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org. 


Flu Immunisations | The NHS would like to thank everyone who has completed the consent form for Flu Immunisations. Due to the number of parents/carers requesting an immunisation, the NHS will hold two different dates in Term 03. The Y07, Y08 & Y09 immunisations will take place on Thursday, 05 January 2023. The date for Y10 & Y11 immunisations will be confirmed at the start of Term 03. 


Year 9 Options & Pathways Events | The Academy will run a series of events throughout Term 03 to support students in Y09 in making informed subject choices about the courses they will follow from Y10. There are a number of key events which will be running both on-site for students and virtually for students and their parents/carers to find out key information. On Thursday, 26 January 2023, from 16:00-18:00, we would like to invite all students and their  parents/carers to join us virtually for our Y09 Options Event. During this event, you will be given an overview of the process and the opportunity to attend four different subject workshops with subject specialists. Later in term three, you will also have the chance to book a 1-2-1 meeting with a member of the Senior Team to discuss these subject choices before a final decision is made at the end of the term. All event information will be shared with students, parents/carers at the start of term three. 


Term 02 Progress & Attainment Reports | The Term 02 Progress & Attainment Reports are being finalised and will be sent to parents/carers by Friday, 23 December 2022. Our Term 02 reports have been developed and now include the following additional information:


Parents/carers can download an updated version of the Term 01 Report from the Arbor App. The Term 02 Progress & Attainment Reports will be sent to parents/carers by Friday, 23 December 2022.


A Rewards Trip to Remember | The Academy took 182 students to see the West End Theatre Show Wicked last week. The selected students had exceptional levels of attendance and punctuality and the highest number of Character Points. Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal, said: "It was fantastic to be able to reward so many of our students for their hard work and dedication in terms one and two. The students who attended the trip had a 'Wicked' time and were singing on the coach ride home. We are already planning our next rewards trip, and to ensure that every student has an opportunity to be rewarded, we will reset our attendance and character points at the start of term three." 

Week Commencing Monday, 12 December 2022 | Term 02, Week 06

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term two ends on Friday, 16 December 2022, at 13.10. Term three commences on Wednesday, 04 January 2023. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2022/23 here.


Term 02 Parents' Evening Events | Last week,  parents/carers had an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss their child's engagement, progress, and attainment. Over 250 individual parents/carers participated in the event, with over 1,200  appointments taking place across the evening.  Mr Sparks, Principal, said, "It was great to see so many parents/carers join us for our virtual parents' evening. These events provide us with a valuable opportunity to update parents/carers on their child's progress at the Academy while also allowing us to celebrate their success. We would like to thank our parents/carers for their high levels of engagement with the Academy." We are now gathering feedback from our virtual parents' evening; if you took part in last week's parents' evening and would like to share your feedback, please complete this short Google Form. There will be another opportunity for parents/carers to meet with their child's subject teachers next week, see below:



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, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager:

dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org. 


End-of-Term Assessments and Reports | Throughout the term, students at Bexleyheath Academy have completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy is currently reviewing the results of these assessments and will publish end-of-term reports to parents/carers by Friday, 23 December 2022.


Health & Social Care | Year 11 Controlled Assessment Completion | On Tuesday, 03 January 2023, the Academy will host a Drop Down Day for Year 11 Health & Social Care students. This Drop Down Day aims to provide additional support to students as they complete their controlled assessment. The day will start at 10:00 and finish at 15:00. A letter providing more information will be sent to parents/carers by Friday, 16 December 2023.  


January Public Examinations | Our January series of public examinations will start on Monday, 09 January 2023. We will be writing to students and their parents/carers next week regarding the plans around examinations; you can view the complete timetable for this examination series on the Assessment & Examinations page of the Academy's website.


A 'Wicked' Trip Taking Place This Term | Next week, Bexleyheath Academy will be taking a selection of students to see the West End Musical - Wicked. Students have been selected based on their attendance, engagement, and the number of character points achieved this half-term. Parents/carers of selected students were contacted via email on Friday, 09 December 2023, providing further information about this event. Parents/carers must provide consent by Monday, 12 December 2022, at 15:00. If consent is not provided by this time, the place will be offered to another student. 


Christmas Jumper Day | On Thursday, 08 December 2022, students at Bexleyheath Academy participated in the national Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children UK. The Academy raised over £150 for Save the Children UK. The event was organised by two Sixth Form students, Luke and Max, who said: "It was great to see so many students wearing their festive knitwear. We want to thank everyone who donated to this great cause. On behalf of everyone at Bexleyheath Academy, we wish our community a Merry Christmas."

Week Commencing Monday, 05 December  2022 | Term 02, Week 05

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Year 11 Mock Examination Results Evening | Our Y11 Mock Examination Results Evening will take place on Tuesday, 06 December 2022. Information about this event can be found in the following letter. Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, said: "Our Mock Examination Results Evening will allow students to replicate the experience of opening their examination results in the Main Hall - just like they will next summer. This event will also include a presentation from Mr Sparks, Principal and members of the Academy's Leadership Team to discuss the next steps and interventions available to ensure every student is successful next summer." If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch with Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org


Free School Meal Eligibility | Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:


Children eligible for free school meals have the funds uploaded daily to their Parent Pay account; our cashless system ensures confidentiality when paying for items. If you have any questions regarding free school meal eligibility or would like support with an application, please complete this short Google Form, and a member of the team will be in touch. Alternatively, if you meet any of the criteria above, you can apply directly via the following link. 


Cooking Up a Storm | Our Y11 Food Preparation & Nutrition students have been busy preparing for their final assessments. Last week, students worked hard to cook up a range of new and exciting dishes. Ms Gaskin, Subject Lead for Design & Technology, said: "Our students have been working well under pressure this week as they trialled a range of dishes for the first time. They each prepared three different components of a dish, and their presentation was extraordinary. I can't wait for the students to work on their final examinations...Gordon Ramsey better watch out."  


Term 02 Report Updates | The Team have been working hard behind the scenes to implement a number of improvements to our key stage three (Y07, Y08 and Y09) termly progress and attainment reports. The updated reports contain the following additional information:


Parents/carers are able to download an updated version of the Term 01 Report from the Arbor App. The term two progress and attainment reports will be sent to parents/carers by Wednesday, 21 December 2022.


Cambridge University Day | On Tuesday, 29 November 2022, representatives from the University of Cambridge met with students in Y08, Y11 and Sixth Form. Y08 students completed a session on Critical Thinking, while Y11 students examined post-16 options and next steps. Our Sixth Form students explored Higher Education Funding and took an in-depth look at the cost of university for students. Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, said, "We would like to thank the University of Cambridge for discussing a range of important topics with our students in Y08, Y11 and Sixth Form. Providing students with advice, guidance, and support is important as they consider their next steps and options. Our students were engaged throughout the sessions and asked lots of excellent questions." 


Term 02 Parents' Evening Events | This term, we will be providing parents/carers with an opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. There are two events taking place this term:


From Monday, 28 November 2022, all parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y10 and Y12) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y11 and Y13, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Our parents' evening 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Flu Immunisation | The NHS Nursing Team will be onsite on Thursday, 05 January 2023, to provide our students with an opportunity to have their flu immunisation. If you would like your child to have their flu immunisation, please complete this consent form by Friday, 09 December 2022. The NHS has provided the following information about flu immunisations. If you have any questions regarding Flu Immunisations, please get in touch with Ms Seamons, Designated Medical Lead, at nseamons@bexleyheathacadmey.org

Week Commencing Monday, 28 November 2022 | Term 02, Week 04

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Year 11 & Sixth Form Intervention | Our term two intervention programme for Year 11 and Sixth Form students will start on Monday, 28 November 2022. All students involved in the intervention programme were sent a timetable via email on Friday, 25 November 2022. Students who did not received a timetable are not required to attend the compulsory intervention sessions. 

 

Ms Luthfa, Vice-Principal, explained: "The purpose of our personalised intervention programme is to prepare students for their January exams; bridge gaps in learning; complete vital coursework; and help students move up a grade or two. The Bexleyheath Academy intervention programme is designed to help pupils achieve better outcomes." 

 

The intervention timetables sent to pupils on Friday, 25 November 2022, outlined when and where the intervention will take place. If you have any questions about the intervention programme, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal for Year 11 (rige@bexleyheathacademy.org) or Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Sixth Form (lpressney@bexleyheathacademy.org). 

 

Year 11 Mock Examination Results Evening | Following the Stop the Clock Mock Examinations, our Y11 parents/carers and students will be invited to a Mock Examination Results Evening. Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, said: "Our Mock Examination Results Evening will allow students to replicate the experience of opening their examination results in the Main Hall - just like they will next summer. This event will also include a presentation from Mr Sparks, Principal and members of the Academy's Leadership Team to discuss the next steps and interventions available to ensure every student is successful next summer." The Mock Examination Results Evening will take place on Tuesday, 06 December 2022. Further information about the event can be found in this letter from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal. 


Term 02 Parents' Evening Events | This term, we will be providing parents/carers with an opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. There are two events taking place this term:


From Monday, 28 November 2022, all parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y10 and Y12) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y11 and Y13, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers.


Our parents' evening 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Jack Petchey Award | On Friday, 18 November, 25 Y10 students participated in this year's Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge. The selected students worked with a professional speaker to develop their public speaking skills; were given the opportunity to practise giving speeches to their peers on subjects close to their hearts. The next part of the challenge involves four students going head to head to secure a place to represent Bexleyheath Academy at the regional finals taking place in 2023.

 

Ms Mack-Poole, Teacher of English, said: "The students selected were incredibly, and it was great to see their confidence develop throughout the day. Not only did all of the students have lots of fun, but they will all receive a certificate from Jack Petchey Foundation for participating. Caroline, our outside speaker and coach, was very complimentary about our students and commented on how articulate our students were. I would like to wish the four students going forward to the next round the very best of luck." 

 

National Film Festival | On Wednesday, our Y10, Y11 & Y12 Media Studies students had the opportunity to see 'Top Gun: Maverick' at Cineworld Bexleyheath as part of their Media Studies course. In addition, 30 Y09 students also had the opportunity to take part in this trip as a reward for their hard work this term. Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, said: Our students behaved impeccably on this trip. The students put their Media Studies knowledge into practice, analysing the movie better than Friday Night with Jonathan Ross." 

 

Flu Immunisation | The NHS Nursing Team will be onsite on Thursday, 05 January 2023, to provide our students with an opportunity to have their flu immunisation. If you would like your child to have their flu immunisation, please complete this consent form by Friday, 09 December 2022. The NHS has provided the following information about flu immunisations. If you have any questions regarding Flu Immunisations, please get in touch with Ms Seamons, Designated Medical Lead, at nseamons@bexleyheathacadmey.org 

Week Commencing Monday, 21 November 2022 | Term 02, Week 03

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Post-16 Open Event | On Thursday, 24 November 2022, Bexleyheath Academy will be hosting a Post-16 Open Event in the Main Hall from 14:00. Students will be able to:

 

Students will also have an opportunity to meet with other providers, including Sixth Form Colleges and Apprenticeship providers, to find out more about these alternative pathways. Parents/carers can attend a separate session starting at 16:00, along with external applicants, to find out more about the post-16 options available. If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Pressney, Assistant Principal, at lpressney@bexleyheathacademy.org

 

Remarkable Reading | Last term, students at Bexleyheath Academy completed a standardised reading test to measure their reading skills against national averages. Assistant Principal, Mr Hill, said: "These reading assessments provide us with an opportunity to identify where intervention may be needed and monitor the impact and progress our students are marking. Reading is a fundamental skill, and we are committed to supporting students develop their reading ability. The team at Bexleyheath Academy have been working hard behind the scenes to develop a range of interventions to support all students. These interventions will include changes to homework (see below), reading workshops, phonics intervention, and much more." Next week, parents/carers will receive a reading report; this report will contain two scores: 1) Chronological Reading Age (a measure of your child's current reading age; 2) Stanine Score (your child's score on a scale of 1 (low) to 9 (high)). Further information regarding our different reading strategies will be sent to parents/carers next week. If you have any questions regarding reading, please get in touch with Mr Hill, Assistant Principal, at rhill@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Homework at Bexleyheath Academy | Students at Bexleyheath Academy currently complete one piece of homework in each subject (except core PE) every week. Homework is set on a Monday at 08:45 and is due by the following Monday at 08:45. Following our recent assessments, including the reading assessments outlined above, the Academy has decided to shift the focus of homework in Y07, Y08 and Y09 to the Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science) only. This change will start on Monday, 21 November 2022 and continue for the remainder of this term.  


Mr Kay, Assistant Principal, said: "The Academy sets homework to provide students with an opportunity to revisit content from lessons and help students to remember more in the long-term. From next week, students in Y07, Y08 and Y09 will be set three pieces of homework each week:


Parents/carers will continue to receive a Weekly Homework Report outlining their child's progress. If you have any questions regarding homework, please get in touch with Mr Kay, Assistant Principal: akay@bexleyheathacademy.org

Term 02 Parents' Evening Events | This term, we will be providing parents/carers with an opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. There are two events taking place this term:


From Monday, 28 November 2022, all parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y10 and Y12) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y11 and Y13, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers.


Our parents' evening 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.

 

Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations | Our Y11 and Y13 students will continue their mock examinations next week. Y11 and Y13 parents/carers can find more information, including the timetable of examinations, in the following letters from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal for Y11 and Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Y13:


During the mock examination week, Y11 and Y13 students should arrive at the Academy by 08:30 at the latest; this will ensure that our morning examinations start promptly. Ms, Shalo, Senior Assistant Principal, said: "Our Y11 and Y13 students have approached their examinations this week with dedication and professionalism. Our invigilators have commented on how calm, orderly, and mature our students are, and I am so proud of every one of them. I would like to wish them good luck for their final week of mock examinations, and I look forward to celebrating their results over the coming weeks".


Year 11 Mock Examination Results Evening | Following the Stop the Clock Mock Examinations, our Y11 parents/carers and students will be invited to a Mock Examination Results Evening. Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, said: “Our Mock Examination Results Evening will provide students with an opportunity to replicate the experience of opening their examination results in the Main Hall - just like they will next summer.  This event will also include a presentation from Mr Sparks, Principal and members of the Academy’s Leadership Team to discuss the next steps and interventions that will be available to ensure that every student is successful next summer.” Parents/carers will receive a letter from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, ny Friday, 25 November 2022 providing full details of this event, including the date and time. 


A 'Wicked' Trip Taking Place This Term | Bexleyheath Academy will be taking a selection of students to see the West End Musical - Wicked. Students will be selected based on their attendance, engagement and the number of character points they have received this half-term. Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal, said: "This trip is part of the Academy's rewards programme. Please continue encouraging your child to maintain high attendance levels, maintain excellent punctuality to lessons, and demonstrate our remarkable characteristics." The Academy will contact parents/carers later this term if their child has been awarded a place on this trip. 

Week Commencing Monday, 14 November 2022 | Term 02, Week 02

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Term 02 Parents' Evening Events | This term, we will be providing parents/carers with an opportunity to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. There are two events taking place this term:



From Monday, 28 November 2022, all parents/carers in the remaining year groups (Y07, Y08, Y09, Y10 and Y12) will also be able to book appointments with any available teacher. As many of our teachers do not teach Y11 and Y13, this will provide all parents/carers with additional opportunities to meet with their child's teachers.


Our parents' evening 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, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org.

 

Year 11 & Year 13 'Stop the Clock' Mock Examinations | Our Y11 and Y13 students will start their mock examinations next week. Y11 and Y13 parents/carers can find more information, including the timetable of examinations, in the following letters from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal for Y11 and Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Y13:



During the mock examination week, Y11 and Y13 students should arrive at the Academy by 08:30 at the latest; this will ensure that our morning examinations start promptly. 


October & December FSM eVoucher Codes | During the October half-term, the Academy emailed parents/carers of children who receive Free School Meals (FSM) with an eVoucher Code. These eVoucher Codes are designed to support families during the October half-term and Christmas holidays. So far, 85% of the eVoucher Codes have been claimed. If you have not received the email, please get in touch with our Reception Team via the main switchboard 020 8303 5696 or email info@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Parent Portal and Arbor App | Last week, the Academy updated parents/carers about the Parent Portal and Arbor App.  Ms Fisher, Data Manager, said: "Throughout the week, the Academy has sent login information to all parents/carers who have been downloading and logging into the Arbor App. There has already been a great uptake from our parents/carers who have been logging into the Arbor App to access information about their child. In time, the Parent Portal and Arbor App will become the Academy's choice of communication about attendance, progress, behaviour, and rewards, helping our parents/carers access everything they need to know about your child in one convenient place."


This week, we have received numerous support requests, which will be resolved next week. The Academy will continue sending emails to parents/carers who have not logged on, as we will eventually move all communication to the Arbor App.  If you have questions regarding the Parental Portal or Arbor App, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


Emailing the SENDCo or SEND Team | To streamline the communication process with our SENDCo, Ms Blewitt, and the SEND Team, we have created a single email address to use when contacting the Academy. If parents/carers wish to contact our SENDCo or have a query for the SEND Team, please email sencoteam@bexleyheathacademy.org. Our SEND Team will respond to all emails within 48 hours. 


Term 02 Clubs | Clubs are continuing to run in the Academy this term.  This term, the Academy has two new clubs starting: Basketball Club, which will take place at 15:30 every Thursday and Learning British Sign Language, which will take place at 13:15 every Thursday. Further information on our Extra Curricular and Clubs programmes can be found here.

Week Commencing Monday, 07 November 2022 | Term 02, Week 01

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Term Two Term Arrangements | Term 02 commences on Monday, 07 November 2022, at 08:45. The complete list of term dates for 2022/23 can be found here.


Parent Portal and the Arbor App | This week, parents/carers will receive their login details for our Parental Portal and Arbor App.  Your login details will give you access to Parent Portal (accessible on a laptop or computer) and the Arbor App (the mobile version of Parental Portal, available on iPhone and Android). 


Ms Fisher, Data Manager, said: “We know how valuable communication is, and by using Parent Portal and the Arbor App, we will be able to push notifications directly to your smartphone to ensure that you are kept up-to-date with our latest news page updates, upcoming events, termly progress reports and much more. The Parent Portal and Arbor App will become the Academy’s choice of communication about attendance, progress, behaviour, and rewards, helping you to access everything you need to know about your child in one convenient place.”


Parents/carers will receive their login details, via email, on:

For more information on the Parent Portal and Arbor App, click here.  


End-of-Term Reports | Throughout term one, students at Bexleyheath Academy completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy sent the end-of-term reports to parents/carers via email on Friday, 28 October 2022. If you have any questions regarding your child’s report, please complete this short Google Form, and a member of the team will be in touch by Friday, 11 November 2022. 


Year 11 & Year 13 ‘Stop the Clock’ Mock Examinations | In term two, our Y11 and Y13 students will complete a series of ‘Stop the Clock’ mock examinations. These mock examinations start on Monday, 14 November 2022. Y11 and Y13 parents/carers can find more information, including the timetable of examinations, in the following letters from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal for Y11 and Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Y13:

During the mock examination week, Y11 and Y13 students should arrive at the Academy by 08:30 at the latest; this will ensure that our morning examinations start promptly. 


Orchestral Workshop | On Thursday, 10 November 2022, Bexleyheath Academy will host a series of instrumental workshops for students in Y07. In collaboration with Bexley Music, students will listen to an orchestral performance and then have a go at playing a range of different instruments. Y07 students will attend one of four workshops during the school day; however, there will also be an opportunity for students in all other year groups and their parents/carers to take part in this Orchestral Workshop after school at 15:30. Further information regarding our Orchestral Workshop can be found in this letter. Please complete this short Google Form if you would like to attend the afterschool workshop. 


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

 

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations which can be found here. If parents/carers require any guidance or support with their child’s uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ms Seamons at nseamons@bexleyheathacademy.org. If a student has lost or broken their Chromebook charger, please get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org. 

Week Commencing Monday, 24 October 2022 | Term 01, Week 07

Poet John Agard Visits Bexleyheath Academy 

On Friday, 21 October 2022, Bexleyheath Academy welcomed poet John Agard and rapper Loyle Carner to the Academy.  

Teacher of English, Ms Townsend, said: "John and Loyle gave an incredible spoken word performance to 15 of our selected GCSE students who have shown a flair and passion for literature. This was followed by a Q&A with our students, who got to ask our creatives questions on what inspired them to create music and poetry. Our students were a real credit to themselves and the school, with our guests leaving with the utmost praise for the next generation." The performance was filmed by ITV News and will be shared with parents/carers when it becomes available.


This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Term Two Term Arrangements | Term 01 ended on Friday, 21 October 2022, at 15:10; the Academy is closed from Monday, 24 October 2022, to Friday, 04 November 2022, for our term break. Term 02 commences on Monday, 07 November 2022. Please note that we have a number of GCSE examinations during the term break, from Monday, 31  October 2022, to Thursday, 03 November 2022 (see below). The term dates for 2022/23 can be found here.

 

Weekly Updates from Bexleyheath Academy | As we commence our Autumn term break, we will pause our weekly updates for one week. The updates will return on Saturday, 05 November 2022. 

 

GCSE November Examinations | The autumn series of GCSE English and Mathematics examinations commences on Monday, 31 October 2022. It is important to note that some of these examinations occur during the term break. This series of examinations affects a number of Sixth Form students.

●        GCSE English Language Exam - Monday, 31 October 2022 and Wednesday, 02 November 2022

●        GCSE Mathematics Exam - Tuesday, 01 November 2022, Thursday, 03 November 2022 and Monday, 07 November 2022

 

Students sitting examinations during the term break should arrive at the Academy at 08:00. An examination warm-up will take place in C204. Students should report to the main reception, where a member of the examination team will meet them. Between 08:00 and 08:50, students will work with their teachers to provide them with last-minute revision, hints and reminders. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Westrope (nwestrope@bexleyheathacademy.org) or Ms Luthfa (rluthfa@bexleyheathacademy.org).

 

End-of-Term Assessments and Reports | Throughout the term, students at Bexleyheath Academy have completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy is currently reviewing the results of these assessments and will publish end-of-term reports to parents/carers by Friday, 28 October 2022.


Year 11 & Year 13 Mock Examinations | In term two, our Y11 and Y13 students will complete a series of mock examinations. These mock examinations start on Monday, 21 November 2022. Y11 and Y13 parents/carers can find more information, including the timetable of examinations, in the following letters from Mr Ige, Assistant Principal for Y11 and Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal for Y13:

●        Year 11 Mock Examinations

●        Year 13 Mock Examinations

 

Orchestral Workshop | On Thursday, 10 November 2022, Bexleyheath Academy will be hosting a series of instrumental workshops for students in Year 07. In collaboration with Bexley Music, students will listen to an orchestral performance and then have a go at playing a range of different musical instruments. Y07 students will attend one of four workshops during the school day; however, there will also be an opportunity for students in all other year groups and their parents/carers to take part in this Orchestral Workshop after school at 15:30. Further information regarding our Orchestral Workshop can be found in this letter. Please complete this short Google Form if you would like to attend the after-school workshop. 


What University? & What Career? Live | What University? & What Career? Live is an event for 15-19-year-olds, teachers, and parents/carers to discover the wealth of options available to school and college leavers. This free event takes place on Saturday, 12 November 2022, from 10:00-16:00 at Olympia National. For more information on the event and to register for a ticket, click here.

Week Commencing Monday, 17 October 2022 | Term 01, Week 06

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

End-of-Term Arrangements | Term one ends on Friday, 21 October 2022, at 15.10. Term two commences on Monday, 07 November 2022. Parents/carers can find the complete list of term dates for 2022/23 here.


Parents' Evening Feedback | Last week, parents/carers had an opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss their child's engagement, progress, and attainment. Over 450 parents/carers participated in the event, with over 1,659 appointments taking place across the evening.  Mr Sparks, Principal, said, "It was great to see so many parents/carers join us for our virtual parents' evening. These events provide us with a valuable opportunity to update parents/carers on their child's progress at the Academy while also allowing us to celebrate their success. We would like to thank our parents/carers for their high levels of engagement with the Academy."  We are now gathering feedback from our virtual parents' evening; if you took part in last week's parents' evening and would like to share your feedback, please complete this short Google Form. Next term, there will be two parents' evening events, one prioritising Y11 parents/carers and one prioritising Y13 parents/carers. More information will be published on our Latest News page at the start of term two.


End-of-Term Assessments and Reports | Throughout the term, students at Bexleyheath Academy have completed a series of assessments to examine their progress and attainment in all subject areas. The Academy is currently reviewing the results of these assessments and will publish end-of-term reports to parents/carers by Friday, 28 October 2022.


Year 11 Drop-Down Day | On Friday, 21 October 2022, Y11 students will take part in a drop-down day, exploring careers and the world of work. Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, said: "We are looking forward to our first Y11 drop-down day, which will provide the students with an opportunity to hone their soft skills through a range of team-building activities focused on the workplace. All Y11 students will participate in four different workshops across the day, led by a team of external presenters. We know that our Y11 students will find these workshops valuable, and I look forward to gathering their feedback at the end of the event." 


Post-16 Education in Bexley | The London Borough of Bexley has now published its directory of post-16 education in Bexley for 2023-24, which can be found here. The post-16 directory will help parents/carers and young people explore the options available to them and the local providers offering post-16 education in Bexley. The post-16 directory also details when all the schools and colleges are hosting their post-16 open evenings and events this term. 


Sixth Form Charity Work | Bexleyheath Academy Head Student, Luke, was recently praised by Evaluation, a Family Welfare Charity that worked with families to provide support during times of need. Luke has recently taken part in local community meetings and is involved in one of the charity's latest projects, 'Flare', a local parent/carer network that provides free services to parents/carers and young people in the local area. A spokesman for the charity said: "In a recent local community meeting, Luke presented himself in such a mature and articulate way, confidently asking and answering questions in front of the community. He is a brilliant advocate for Bexleyheath Academy and the local community". Ms Pressney, Assistant Principal, said: "We are delighted that students at Bexleyheath Academy are becoming more involved in the community. We are proud of Luke's recent charity work and look forward to supporting different charities and projects across the borough." 

Week Commencing Monday, 10 October 2022 | Term 01, Week 05

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Bexleyheath Academy Appoints Academy Council Chair | Bexleyheath Academy is pleased to announce that Sarah Harvey-Royle has been appointed as the first Chair of our Academy Council. A joint letter from Rebecca Boomer-Clark, Chief Executive AET and Joseph Sparks, Principal, Bexleyheath Academy, outlining Sarah's appointment can be found here


The first Academy Council Meeting took place earlier this week, where members discussed a range of items, including the recent examination results to parental communication and engagement. Principal, Joseph Sparks, said: "I am committed to ensuring that the voices of parents/carers and staff are heard at Bexleyheath Academy and that we receive regular and ongoing feedback on what it is like to be a pupil at Bexleyheath Academy." If you are interested in becoming part of the Academy Council, please complete this short Google Form, and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss the next steps. 


This Week's Virtual Parents' Evening | This week, on Thursday, 13 October 2022, the Academy will host its first virtual parents' evening of the academic year. There are seven parent evenings that take place across the academic year; each event gives priority to a particular year group. Our first parents' evening has given priority to parents/carers in Year 07. Ms Luthfa, Vice-Principal, said: "This year, we are giving all of our parents/carers even more opportunities to meet with their child's teachers. Each event will open to parents/carers in the priority year group first before opening to all other year groups one week before the event. This means that if a member of staff has availability, parents/carers in other year groups will be able to book an appointment." The schedule for our parents' evenings can be found below:

*Where there are multiple parents' evenings taking place in one term, these will take place on different weeks. The exact dates will be provided at the start of term two (for Y13 and Y11) and term three (Y12 and Y10).


Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. 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, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


End-of-Term Assessments | As we approach the end of term one, students in all year groups will complete an assessment in each of their different subjects. These assessments provide an important opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and progress so far this academic year. To help students prepare for their end-of-term assessments, teachers will provide them with knowledge organisers (see below) to give them the key knowledge they need to succeed. The Academy will provide parents/carers with a progress report by Friday, 28 October 2022, at the latest. Should you have questions regarding our end-of-term assessment, please do not hesitate to request a call from our team using this Google Form. 


Knowledge Organisers | As students prepare for their end-of-term assessments, each subject will be providing students with a knowledge organiser, which can be found on Google Classroom. These knowledge organisers have been designed to provide students with the key knowledge they need to be successful in the topics or units they have studied this term. Students will be shown where to find their knowledge organisers in their lessons which should be used for independent revision at home; students will also be provided with various strategies to support their revision. If you have any questions regarding our knowledge organisers, please contact Ms Kobewka, Assistant Principal, at skobewka@bexleyheathacademy.org.


Orchestral Workshop | On Thursday, 10 November 2022, Bexleyheath Academy will be hosting a series of instrumental workshops for students in Year 07. In collaboration with Bexley Music, students will listen to an orchestral performance and then have a go at playing a range of different musical instruments. Y07 students will attend one of four workshops during the school day; however, there will also be an opportunity for students in all other year groups and their parents/carers to take part in this Orchestral Workshop after school at 15:30. Further information regarding our Orchestral Workshop can be found in this letter. Please complete this short Google Form if you would like to attend the afterschool workshop.


Year 06 Transitions Events | This week, we welcomed hundreds of parents/carers and students to the Academy as part of our Year 06 tours. Senior Assistant Principal, Ms Shalo, said: "This year, nearly 750 families have visited the Academy to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a student at Bexleyheath Academy. Next week is our final week of tours, and we will add additional tours to our website on Sunday, 09 October 2022. The response from parents/carers has been overwhelming and reaffirms that Bexleyheath Academy is the Academy of choice in the London Borough of Bexley." If you have not been able to attend our open events, we have recorded our live events for you to watch. We also have a virtual tour for those that have not been able to attend the Academy. 

If you have any questions regarding our Y06 Parental Tours or Transition Events, please contact our Reception Team at info@bexleyheathacademy.org


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

 

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations which can be found here. If parents/carers require any guidance or support with their child's uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ms Seamons at nseamons@bexleyheathacademy.org. If a student has lost or broken their Chromebook charger, please contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org, who will be able to support.


Success Beyond School | InvestIN has published a webinar aimed at parents/carers looking at how they can support their children with career choices. The webinar can be found here, along with a handout providing more information here. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal at: ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org.

Week Commencing Monday, 03 October 2022 | Term 01, Week 04

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Academy Council Meeting | Our first Academy Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, 04 October 2022, from 15:30-17:00. The Academy Council serves as the single local body focused on providing insight into the experiences of pupils, parents, staff and the wider community. The Academy Council comprises parents, community members, staff, local authority representatives, school leaders and a Trust link member. The agenda for the first Academy Council Meeting can be found here. The Academy is currently collecting feedback from staff and students about their experience at Bexleyheath Academy; the Academy would also like to invite parents/carers to share their feedback via this survey: BHA Parent/Carer Survey 2022/23. The survey is anonymous and will allow parents/carers to share their views with the Academy Council.  Mr Sparks, Principal, said: “I am looking forward to our first Academy Council meeting this Tuesday. The Academy Council will provide an opportunity for parents/carers and the local community to come together and have a greater insight into Bexleyheath Academy. Bexleyheath Academy is fast becoming the academy of choice within the local borough; we look forward to strengthening our relationship with parents/carers and the local community even further.” 


Year 06 Parental Tours | Over the past two weeks, Bexleyheath Academy has opened its doors to Y06 parents/carers who are considering their options for September 2023. So far, over 220 families have toured the Academy, and over 100 families are booked in for next week. Mr Sparks, Principal, said: “We have experienced an overwhelming response to our Y06 tours, and the feedback from parents/carers has been exceptionally positive.  I appreciate that many parents/carers have been unable to book a tour yet, and we have decided to open up our bookings page for the next two weeks to provide more parents/carers with an opportunity to book. I am committed to ensuring that anyone who would like to see the Academy in action has an opportunity to do so before the October half-term, and we will make arrangements to add more tours when required. I believe that the best way to ‘get a feel’ for a school is to see the school in action. I want our prospective parents/carers to see lessons in action; see the transitions between lessons; see the students interacting and playing at break and lunch, and this is only possible during the school day.” If you have any questions regarding our Y06 Parental Tours, please contact our Reception Team at info@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 07 Priority Parents’ Evening | Our Y07 Priority Parents' Evening will take place on Thursday, 13 October 2022, from 16:00-19:00. This event 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. Parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. 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, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Fisher, Data Manager: dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org


From Monday,  03 October 2022 at 09:00,  parents/carers of Y11 and Y13 students will also be able to book virtual appointments with their child's teachers. Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, said: “This year, we are providing all of our parents/carers with an opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers every half term. Each parents’ evening will have a priority year group, giving the parents/carers of this year group a two-week window to book appointments first. This first parents’ evening opened to Y07 parents/carers two weeks ago, and this week we will open appointments to parents/carers of Y11 and Y13 students. We hope this will provide more parents/carers with an opportunity to discuss their child’s progress throughout the year.” 


Canteen Menu | Over the next three weeks, the Bexleyheath Academy Canteen will deliver a ‘World Menu’ experience. Head Chef, Daniel, said: “Students will have an opportunity to experience a range of cuisines, from Pan Asian to Caribbean Fusion; there will be something for everyone”.  If you would like to look at what the students and staff will be experiencing, please click here


Professor Paws Assembly | On Friday, 30 October 2022  students in Y7, Y08,  Y09 and Y10 took part in an assembly hosted by Professor Paws, a music artist and rapper, who spoke to students on a range of topics including friendships, gangs, mental health and knife crime. One  Y9 student said:  “I really enjoyed the assembly with Professor Paws. He spoke about his experiences which helped to make topics like mental health relatable. I even managed to get a signed postcard from him!” 

Virtual Year 11 Information  Evening | This week, on Wednesday, 05 October 2022, Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, will be hosting a Year 11 Information Evening to provide parents/carers with important updates. This virtual event will start at 18:00 and include information on:


This event will take place on YouTube Live and can be accessed using this link. If you have any questions regarding our Virtual Year 11 Information Evening, please contact Mr Ige, Assistant Principal, at rige@bexleyheathacademy.org


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

 

Parents/carers are also reminded of our uniform expectations which can be found here. If parents/carers require any guidance or support with their child’s uniform, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ms Seamons at nseamons@bexleyheathacademy.org. If a student has lost or broken their Chromebook charger, please contact Ms Fisher, Data Manager, at dfisher@bexleyheathacademy.org who will be able to support.

Week Commencing Monday, 26 September 2022 | Term 01, Week 03

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

Academy Council Meeting | Our first Academy Council meeting takes place on Tuesday, 04 October 2022, from 15:30-17:00. The Academy Council serves as the single local body focused on providing insight into the experiences of pupils, parents, staff and the wider community. The Academy Council comprises parents, community members, staff, local authority representatives, school leaders and a Trust link member. Mr Sparks, Principal, said: “I am looking forward to our first Academy Council meeting next Tuesday. The Academy Council will provide an opportunity for parents/carers and the local community to come together and have a greater insight into Bexleyheath Academy. Bexleyheath Academy is fast becoming the academy of choice within the local borough; we look forward to strengthening our relationship with parents/carers and the local community even further.” The agenda for the first Academy Council meeting will be published in next week’s Latest News page updates; parents/carers will be provided with an opportunity to share their feedback before the first meeting.


Year 07 Parents’ Evening | Our Y07 Parents' Evening will take place on Thursday, 13 October 2022, from 16:00-19:00. This event 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. Parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Y07 Parents' Evening, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal: pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 11 to 13 Pathways Information Evening | Join us on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, for our Pathways Information Evening to gain an insight into the different pathways and options available at the end of Y11 and Y13. Assistant Principal, Mr Courtney, said: "This is a great opportunity for students in Y11, Y12 and Y13 to learn more about apprenticeships, traineeships and T-Levels and meet various providers." This event will take place virtually and will start at 18:00. If you are interested in attending our Pathways Information Evening, please complete this short Google Form, or if you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal: ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 06 Virtual Open Evening |  Our Y06 Virtual Open Evening took place on Thursday, 22 October 2022, at 18:00. Nearly 200 parents/carers logged in to watch the live event, which featured messages from the Principal; information on the curriculum; stories from existing students and a question and answer session. Ms Shalo, Senior Assistant Principal, who organised the event, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome nearly 200 parents/carers to our Y06 Virtual Open Evening. Our current Y07 students provided prospective parents/carers with an insight into life at Bexleyheath Academy. We would like to thank the parents/carers who attended the live event for their active participation, engagement and questions.” If you didn’t manage to watch the live event, you can watch the recording on YouTube.  More virtual events will be taking place across October, including:

Further information regarding these events will be published on the Year 06 Open Evening & Tours page of the Academy’s website. 


Year 06 Tours of Bexleyheath Academy | From Monday, 26 September 2022, Bexleyheath Academy opens its doors for our Y06 parents/carer tours. Mr Sparks, Principal, said: "Last year, we opened our doors to over 900 parents/carers and students who booked a personal tour of Bexleyheath Academy. These personal tours provide parents/carers and students with an opportunity to go behind the scenes at Bexleyheath Academy, see what goes on in lessons and speak to a range of different teachers and students." For further information and updates on our Y06 tours, please visit the Year 06 Open Evening & Tours page of the Academy’s website. 


What University? & What Career? Live | What University? & What Career? Live is an event for 15-19-year-olds, teachers, and parents/carers to discover the wealth of options available to school and college leavers. This free event takes place on Saturday, 12 November 2022, from 10:00-16:00 at Olympia National.  For more information on the event and to register for a ticket, click here. 

Week Commencing Monday, 19 September 2022 | Term 01, Week 02

This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

The Queen's State Funeral | Earlier this week, the Academy wrote to parents/carers to confirm arrangements for Monday, 19 September 2022. As outlined in this letter, the late Queen's funeral will be held on Monday, 19 September 2022. As this date has been confirmed as a Bank Holiday, Bexleyheath Academy will be closed. Please do not send your child to school on Monday, 19 September 2022. We will re-open as usual on Tuesday, 20 September 2022.


Bexleyheath Academy Open Evening | Our Open Evening for parents/carers of children in Year 6 takes place on Thursday, 22 September 2022.  The Open Evening is an online event that will take place from 19:00-20:00 on YouTube Live.  The evening will provide an opportunity to meet members of the team and students from the Academy.  We will be sharing information about what it's like to be a student at Bexleyheath Academy and the opportunities and experiences that students can expect.  For more information, please visit the Y06 Opening Evening & Tours page of the Academy's website.


Year 07 Check In Evening | Our Y07 Check In Evening was originally scheduled to take place on Monday, 19 September 2022; as the Academy is now closed on this date, this event will no longer take place. However, to ensure that our Y07 parents/carers can meet with their child's teachers, a full Y07 Parents' Evening will take place on Thursday, 13 October, from 16:00-19:00. This event will take place virtually. Parents/carers can book virtual appointments using our online booking system from Tuesday, 20 September 2022, at 09:00. Appointments are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Parents/carers are encouraged to book appointments with all their child's subject teachers to discuss their engagement, progress, and attainment this year. Information on booking appointments can be found on the Parents' Evening page of the Academy's website. If you have any questions regarding our Y07 Parents' Evening, don't hesitate to get in touch with Ms Delver, Senior Assistant Principal, at pdelver@bexleyheathacademy.org 


Pathways Information Evening | Join us on Tuesday, 27 September 2022, for our Pathways Information Evening to gain an insight into the different pathways and options available at the end of Y11 and Y13. Assistant Principal, Mr Courtney, said: "This is a great opportunity for students in Y11, Y12 and Y13 to learn more about apprenticeships, traineeships and T-Levels and meet various providers." This event will take place virtually and will start at 18:00. If you are interested in attending our Pathways Information Evening, please complete this short Google Form, or if you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal at: ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org 

Year 11 Football Team Win 2-0 | Our Year 11 Football Team got off to an excellent start this season with a 2-0 win over Bishop Challoner's School. Mr Sheehan, Faculty Director for PE, said: "It was a great team performance with notable mentions going to the two Players of the Match, Elijah and Theo; great word, lads!"


Vegan Cooking in Food Technology | On Tuesday, 13 September 2022, Animal Aid – a charity that campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promotes cruelty-free living – spoke to Y10 and Y11 Food Technology students about vegan food and provided students with an opportunity to cook and taste a range of dishes, including vegan chilli and vegan ice-cream. Ms Gaskin, Subject Lead for Design & Technology, said: "The Animal Aid workshop provided our students with an insight into sustainable and ethical food practices and an opportunity to cook various vegan dishes. It was a great opportunity for our students to appreciate different perspectives and cook using a range of vegan ingredients." Seda, a Y11 student, said: "I enjoyed my experience with Animal Aid; the vegan chilli was delicious, and I couldn’t tell that the ice cream was vegan." 


Year 13 Skills for Life Workshop | On Wednesday, 14 September 2022, 30 Y13 students participated in a Skills for Life session, where they explored a range of future pathways. Lauren, a Y13 student, said: I really enjoyed the first session of the Skills for Life workshop; our host Rad was super friendly and made us feel welcome. In the session, we spoke about our current skills and how we can develop these skills further. We also discussed the eight key skills employers look for when hiring employees." There are three more Skills for Like workshops on Tuesday, 04 October 2022; Monday, 17 October 2022; Friday, 18 November 2022. For more information regarding our Y13 Skills for Life Workshops, please get in touch with Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, at ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org


Year 12 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors | On Wednesday, 14 September 2022, 7 Y12 students participated in Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training in conjunction with The Diana Award.  Ms Kelly, Family Liaison Officer, who supported the trip, said: 'The Y12 students who engaged with the training we an absolute credit to the Academy; the students left the training enthused and committed to supporting fellow students at Bexleyheath Academy.'  


Careers Support at Bexleyheath Academy | To help parents/carers and students keep track of the different pathways available at the end of Y11 and Y13, Careermap has published a digital magazine which contains a wealth of information. In this issue, you will find information on UCAS, apprenticeships, and much more. To access this issue of the Careermap magazine, click here, or for more information on our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programmes, please get in touch with Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, at ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org


Virtual Work Experience Opportunities | Cisco and Oxleas NSH Foundation Trust are offering virtual work experience opportunities for students in Y11-Y13. More information on these two programmes can be found below: 

If you have any questions regarding these virtual work experience programmes, please get in touch with Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, at ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy.org


University Open Days | Opendays.com has published a calendar of open days for universities and colleagues across the UK. To access the opendays.com calendar, click here.

Week Commencing Monday, 12 September 2022 | Term 01, Week 01

A Message from the Principal, #AETRemembers

Dear Parents/Carers & Students,

 

On Thursday, 08 September 2022, we bear witness to a truly momentous moment in history, the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. On Friday, students at Bexleyheath Academy came together for a whole-school assembly, led by Faculty Director of Humanities Mr Mack-Poole, to celebrate the life and reign of the Queen.

 

As the nation prepares for the Queen's State Funeral, the coming days and weeks offer a powerful moment of reflection and learning for our children – and indeed us all. 

 

Students at Bexleyheath Academy will be provided with a series of opportunities to share their reflections and messages of condolence using the hashtag #AETRemembers. Students will also be provided with a chance to work with students across AET, where they will be asked to fast-forward to their 96th year and, drawing on the Queen's example, sharing what a life well-lived looks like for them. We hope these activities provide students with an opportunity to reflect, learn and pay tribute to the Queen in a way that is personal for each and every child.

 

If any child requires additional support during this reflective period, they are encouraged to speak to their Pastoral Manager or the School Counsellor, Ms Ayling.

 

During this period of national mourning, all social media activity will cease while we focus on personal reflections and messages of condolence. Our weekly Latest News page updates will continue as usual. The official date of the State Funeral is Monday, 19 September 2022. The day will be a bank holiday and it is likely that the Academy will be closed as a mark of respect. The Academy is currently awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education and will confirm with parents/carers and students in due course. 

 

Best wishes,

Joseph Sparks

Principal, Bexleyheath Academy


This Week's Updates from Bexleyheath Academy

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

 

School Photographs | Our annual school photographs will take place on Tuesday, 13  September 2022. We would please ask that all students ensure that their uniform is looking sharp for a perfect photograph on the day.  There will be the opportunity for parents/carers to purchase school photographs later in the term.

 

British Food Fortnight | From Monday, 19 September 2022, Bexleyheath Academy will host British Food Fortnight, where students can enjoy traditional British dishes during break and lunch. The Academy's Head Chef said: "The team can't wait to serve a range of British dishes,  from toad-in-the-hole to sausage and mash; there is something for everyone to enjoy during British Food Fortnight." The British Food Fortnight menu can be found here

 

Access Law Programme | Ashurst, a leading international law firm, is providing students with an opportunity to apply for their Access Law programme. The programme consists of interactive discussions and workshops with a range of legal professionals. Students who take part in the Access Law programme will learn more about:

 

Further information, including a complete list of dates and sessions, can be found here. Students who are interested in applying need to complete an online application form which can be found here. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 15 September 2022, at midday.


Clubs & Extra-Curricular Activities | The Academy's extra-curricular clubs and activities commence this week; students will have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of lunchtime and after-school activities. Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal, said: "Our extensive range of extra-curricular clubs and activities starts on Monday, 12 September 2022. At Bexleyheath Academy, we take clubs seriously, and there is something for everyone. This Monday alone, we have Boys Football, Girls Netball, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Keyboard Club and the Year 10 Band taking place, and this year we are encouraging every student to sign up to at least one club or activity." Students will be provided with the complete list of extra-curricular clubs and activities in their Personal Development lesson this week. The list of clubs taking place on Monday, 12 September 2022, can be found below.

 

If your child is interested in a club which we are not currently offering, then please encourage them to email Mr Courtney, Assistant Principal at ccourtney@bexleyheathacademy. For more information about the programme of clubs and activities available to students, click here.

 

Bexley Community Safety Survey 2022 | The London Borough of Bexley would like to hear from all parents/carers and students who live in the local area regarding safety in the local community. Parents/carers and students are encouraged to complete this short survey by Sunday, 23 October 2022 to share their views.    

 

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

Week Commencing Monday, 05 September 2022 | Term 01, Week 00

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We are excited to welcome new and returning students to the Academy this week for the start of the academic year. The Team at Bexleyheath Academy have been busy preparing for the start of term to ensure that each and every child receives an excellent education in every classroom, every day.


We remain committed to delivering strong academic outcomes for our students; this summer, Bexleyheath Academy celebrated its strongest set of GCSE and A-Level examination results. In Year 13, the average A-Level Grade improved by one whole grade compared to 2019, with 80% of students achieving A*-B in A-Level Physics and 75% achieving A*-B in A-Level Mathematics. In Year 11, over 70% of students achieved a Grade 4+ in English and Mathematics combined, a 24% increase on the Academy's 2019 grades. Individual students celebrated phenomenal results: In Year 13, Alfie Newman-Bowditch achieved three A* grades in his A-Levels, and Gurneet Virdi achieved A*,  A, Distinction* and Distinction grades in her programmes. In Year 11, Kadija Kamar achieved straight Grade 9s, and Ellie Ainge achieved six Grade 9s, one Grade 8 and a Distinction*. These results are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff; it was a delight to see students celebrating their examination success with their families, friends and teachers this summer.

 

While achieving strong outcomes is important, the Team at Bexleyheath Academy have been developing our Personal Development and Enrichment programmes to provide students with a broader set of experiences that will help them to thrive. We look forward to sharing our enrichment calendar with parents/carers over the next few weeks.


Over the last 12 months, Bexleyheath Academy has become the Academy of choice. Since September 2021, over 180 new pupils have joined the Academy and have settled into life at Bexleyheath Academy; this week, we welcome over 300 new Year 7 students to the Academy. I would like to thank our parents/carers for their ongoing support and high levels of engagement with the Academy; the sense of community at Bexleyheath Academy has never been stronger, and we remain committed to ensuring that each and every child will:

 

Below you will find important information regarding our start of term arrangements. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Team at: info@bexleyheathacademy.org

 

Best wishes,

Joseph Sparks

Principal, Bexleyheath Academy


Start of Term Arrangements | Students in Year 07 and Year 12 will start on Tuesday, 06 September 2022, at 08:45. Students in all other year groups will return on Wednesday, 07 September 2022, at 08:45. 


Academy Day 2022-23 | The Academy will continue to provide students with four 80-minute lessons per day.  The timings of the day will remain unchanged from the previous Academic year. Students are required to arrive at Bexleyheath Academy by 08:40 (at the very latest) each day, ready for their first class to begin at 08:45. To support students to improve punctuality, when they arrive late to the Academy, students will be required to attend a lunchtime detention which will take place on the same day. A list of lesson times can be found below:

 

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

 

Daily Engagement Reports | Our Daily Engagement Reports indicate how students have engaged in each of their lessons.  These daily reports will commence as students return to the Academy and will be circulated to parents/carers via email at 16:30 each day.  The Daily Engagement Report includes information on how you can contact a member of the Team if you have any questions. A summary of the Daily Engagement Report scores can be found here.

 

Homework | Students in all year groups will receive homework in each subject (except for core PE) every week.  We believe that homework has an important role in enabling students to progress outside of the formal classroom setting.  Homework allows students to revisit content from lessons, increases retention levels and helps teachers to check levels of knowledge and understanding.  Homework will be completed online, and students will be shown how to access their homework, using the different online platforms, during their first week.  All homework will be set on a Monday morning, and students will have one week to complete the activities, which should be submitted by the following Monday.  Where homework is incomplete, students will be required to attend the homework intervention workshop, which will take place each Thursday from 15:15.

 

Assessments & Reports | Over the previous Academic Year, parents/carers will have become familiar with our Assessment and Reporting cycle, which will continue into the coming Academic Year.  All students in every year group will complete a formal assessment in each of their subjects every term; we will report the results of this to parents/carers at the end of each term. Parents/carers will receive six progress and attainment reports throughout the academic year.

 

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

 

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


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


Academy Uniform | The Academy uniform reflects our high standards, expectations and core values.  It is designed with both boys and girls in mind and is smart, comfortable and economical.  Our uniform guidance and links to purchase uniforms online can be found on the uniform page of our Academy website. We would like to remind parents/carers of the following key points:

If you are experiencing any issues with uniform, please contact your child’s pastoral manager:

Where students have outgrown their uniform we would encourage parents/carers to donate any uniform in good condition to the Academy so that we can help support other families in the Bexleyheath Academy community.  Any donations of items of uniform will be greatly received by our Reception team.

 

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

 

Lunch Arrangements | The Academy has two canteens, one for Y07, Y10 and Sixth Form and one for Y08, Y09 and Y11. Both canteens operate a cashless system, and students are able to purchase items at break and lunchtimes using their lunch cards. All students at Bexleyheath Academy were provided with a lunch card at the start of the Academic year or upon enrolment. The lunch cards mean that students do not have to carry cash into the Academy and ensure a faster service at break and lunchtimes. Please can we encourage parents/carers to check that their child brings their lunch card to school every day and that the account is topped up; if your child has lost their lunch card, they are able to purchase a replacement from the canteen at the cost of £1.50 that will be deducted from their ParentPay account.


A Healthy Start to the Year | As we continue to promote and sell healthier food and drink options within our canteen, we would like to remind parents/carers that students are not permitted to bring fizzy drinks, energy drinks and chewing gum into the Academy. Any items that are brought into the Academy will be confiscated and disposed of.

 

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

 

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