A Message from the Principal
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:
Receive an excellent education in every classroom, every day
Learn in a disruption-free environment
Develop a strong sense of identity and the ability to thrive
Achieve ambitious academic outcomes
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
08:45-10:05 | Lesson 01
10:10-11:30 | Lesson 02
11:50-13:10 | Lesson 03
13:50-15:10 | Lesson 04
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:
ID cards must be worn at all times
Skirts must be pleated and knee length
Trainers are not permitted outside of PE lessons
Jewellery is not permitted
School bags must be large enough to hold a Chromebook and an A4 folder
If you are experiencing any issues with uniform, please contact your child’s pastoral manager:
Year 7 | Ms Crawley | email@example.com
Year 8 | Ms Byfield | firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 | Ms Kendall | email@example.com
Year 10 | Ms Bulford | firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11 | Ms Freeman | email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.