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Early Closure - Tuesday 25th September 2018 12:30 pm

This year, our Open Evening for our September intake 2019 takes place on Tuesday 25th September and we will be closing at 12.30 pm to allow staff to fully prepare classrooms for visitors following the extensive refurbishments and improvements made in the summer.

Many students will, we hope, be returning as ambassadors for the evening and for this they will receive a separate letter and permission slip. Students will be able to purchase lunch in the first break if they wish and will leave the site at 12.30 pm. Those students who are entitled to Free School meals will be able to eat at break time. Thank you for your support as always.

New Leadership team - September 2018

Paul Mundy-Castle has joined Bexleyheath Academy as our new Executive Principal, succeeding John Szynal, who retired over the summer period. Mr Mundy-Castle brings with him a wealth of experience and also leads Richmond Park Academy. This news has also made the local press and the full article can be seen in the pages of the News Shopper.

Year 11 GCSE Results Day

Congratulations to our Year 11 students for all of their hard work and effort leading up to today's results. We are incredibly proud of our students and of the progress they have made at the Academy. Thank you to our dedicated staff and parents who have supported our students throughout their studies.

Mr Steel (Principal) said “I am so pleased with all of the hard work that the students and staff have put in to achieve these results and we look forward to continuing to work with families as students progress on to their sixth form destinations.”

Our top female students were Lucy Rowland, Olivia Moulton, Okechi Chinda, Melonie Farr, Jessica Li and Julia Dantas with our top male students being Ernest Gashi, Samuel McKee, Jacob O'Brien, Taylor Arnold, Harry Brace and Henry Fenton. Lucy achieved four 9 grades, two 8s, two 7s, one A* and one A whilst Ernest achieved three 8 grades, one 7, two 6s, one 4, one Distinction and two Bs. We wish all of our students the very best as they embark on the next steps in their education and future.

Key Stage 5 Results Produce Best Ever A*-A

Once again, Bexleyheath Academy has experienced some good results. Principal Dan Steel said:

“We are extremely proud of some of this year’s results. It is a testament to the hard work of our students and staff. Students achieving A*-A has improved from last year and again we celebrate some wonderful BTEC results especially in Business and Sport. It’s been an absolute delight this morning to share student successes and their excitement at their future prospects as many look forward to University, apprenticeships and employment. My thanks to all students for their hard work and perseverance, to the sixth form team for their guidance and leadership of the provision and our teaching staff. To our parents, I would also like to offer thanks for engagement with the Academy and being there in the background to guide and nurture. We wish all students the very best of success, we are so very proud of you all”.

Whilst a significant number of students did exceptionally well, successes include Ashar Magoba (A*D* B) and Megan Rowland (A*A A), both progressing to Kings College to study Physiotherapy and Sport and Exercise Medical Science. Other notable successes were Pallvi Goutam (AAB), Eloise Necker (3 D*’s Dist), Vijender Gill (Dist Dist A) and Emily Rose Penfold (2 D*’s Dist).

Letter From The Principal

Dear parents and carers,

As we enter the summer holidays I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support since my appointment in January 2018.

Our staff have ensured our students have had many positive experiences especially over the last term: the Arts Extravaganza, sports day and sports awards evening and Thorpe Park trips to name a few.

It is at this time of year we say goodbye to colleagues who are going onto new challenges. This includes Mr Ogunbiyi, Mr Jones, Dr. Ariyo, Ms Richards, Ms Ashcroft, Mr Awolola, Mrs Deehan, Ms Djoudi, Mr Kumpelis, Ms Cramer, Ms Matthes, Ms Drew and Mr. Wiltshire.

As you are all aware we have been working hard over the last term to recruit new staff. I would like to welcome: Mr Appiah-Gates as new Head of Science; Mr Kajee as a teacher of Maths; Ms Shergold, Head of Social Sciences; Ms Smith, school counsellor; Mr Whitney, teacher of History; Ms Mensah, teacher of English; Ms Golding, teacher of English and Drama and Mr Campbell, teacher of Geography and Head of Year 8. I wish all of these permanent members well at Bexleyheath Academy.

In terms of internal changes at Bexleyheath, Mr Mack-Poole will be taking up a new role as Director of Humanities, Mr Power will become Head of Year 11 with Mr Campbell replacing him as Head of Year 8. A full list of Heads of Year and Deputy Heads of Year for September 2018 is below:

Year 7: Mr J Reavell and Mrs S Priscott

Year 8: Mr S Campbell and Miss S Hegarty

Year 9: Mrs V Selby and Mr Y Shimirty

Year 10: Mrs S Draper and Mr R Hills

Year 11: Mr M Power and Ms M Pritchard

As you have been notified, Mr Szynal is retiring but joining us as Executive Principal is Mr Mundy-Castle. He has visited Bexleyheath a number of times this term and will be writing to you all before September.

From September we will be adding three new Associate Leaders to the SLT Team to provide additional capacity and to support the rapid journey of improvement we have already begun.

We will be launching our new behaviour policy with students and staff in assemblies and planned curriculum evenings in the first week back.

We will also be improving our curriculum on offer at the academy. All students in Key Stage 3, Year 7-9 will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes arts subjects such as art, music and drama to be reinstated. Students will also have design technology reinstated. Year 10-13 remains an academic focused curriculum preparing students for public exams.

We are also working hard to improve the environment our students learn in. Over the summer there will be room refurbishments, external equipment replaced. Our new Year 7 cohort will be placed into their own block and playground to follow on from a primary style model of learning to support the transition process.

In the first week of term I would like families from all year groups to attend a curriculum meeting to learn more about what your child will be studying for the forthcoming academic year, learning and homework arrangements and give you an opportunity to meet your child’s tutor. Further details will follow in due course.

4th and 5th September are staff INSET days, the first day of term will be Thursday 6th September.

Years 7 & 12 - Arrive at 8:25 and depart 3:15

Year 13 - Arrive for 10:30 and depart 3:15

The remaining years will arrive for 9:30 and depart 3:15 and report to the following areas:

· Year 8 meet the Head of Year on the Lower school playground

· Year 9 meet the Head of Year at fire assembly point on the field

· Year 10 meet the Head of Year outside the sports hall

· Year 11 meet the Head of Year in the tennis courts

I hope you have a restful holiday. I will be in most of the summer to prepare for the new term and oversee the building maintenance work .

You will shortly receive an email with a link for a parental survey to be completed. We would be very grateful if you would complete it in order to support our progress as we move forwards and prepare for a successful academic year.

Kind regards

Mr D Steel


School Games Gold Winners Again

We are delighted to announce that Bexleyheath Academy has achieved the School Games Gold Kite-mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year - for the fourth consecutive year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Our sporting achievements this year include many across a wide variety of sports, which are always well represented, attended and reported weekly in our newsletter. With a number of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our students for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. special thanks to the amazing work of our staff and student Sports Leaders in the PE department, supportive parents and most importantly, willing students who make this happen, year in year out.

Primary Liaison Activities

We have on offer everything from IT, Food Tech and Media to Mini World Cup Five-a-side Football competitions. We will keep you updated with these events as they happen.

Literacy for Fun

‘Literacy for Fun’ is one of the workshops we run for primary school students at BA. This week was the turn of Year 5 students from Hargreaves class at Upland Primary School. They came in on Monday afternoon to the Lower School Library where Mrs Sutton from the English Department was joined by Mrs Eldridge the Librarian and myself. Students were split into groups of six and we started off testing their literacy skills, in between rounds the students each took a turn on ‘Jenga with numbers’, this adds in a cross curricular element as students were then tested on their times tables as a way of increasing the team scores. The students were a fantastic group and as we approached the end of the workshop the anticipation grew as the Jenga tower started to wobble, and finally gave way amidst cheers and excitement. Thank you to the students of Upland Primary for being such a delight.

Girls' World Cup Competition

We hosted the first of our Mini World Cup Five-a-side football competitions. This one was for Year 4 girls and we were joined over at Goals by teams from Bursted Wood, Gravel Hill, Normandy, Pelham and Upton Primary Schools. All the teams were mixed ability, some had never even played together before, but they came out on to the pitches full of enthusiasm and determined to give it their all. All the teams played against each other on a round-robin rotational basis and as the sun came out, the heat started to get to some of the players, substitutions were made, which gave everyone a chance to have a turn. Shouts of encouragement could be heard from the supporting parents that turned up to cheer the teams on. A good two hours later the competition drew to a close, the teams gather together and Mr Sheehan finally announced that Bursted Wood were today's winners. Mr Steel presented the team with their ‘World Cup’ and all of the students received a certificate to congratulate them on taking part. It was a good fun competition. Thanks go to all of the Primary Schools for taking part and bringing the students over and to Mr Sheehan, the PE Team and the Sports Leaders who supported the event.

Miss J Freeman - Primary Liaison and Transition Coordinator

He's Got The Power...

Powerboating, that is. Not often that the splash story actually creates one however, this weekend (9-10 June) sees Jamie Attlee, Year 7, travelling to Traben Trarbach in Germany to take on the world’s best junior drivers in the UIM World GT15 Powerboat Championship

We wish Jamie all the best of luck and hope he enjoys his first World Championship competition and look forward to hearing how it all went

The event will be live-streamed on Sunday, and we understand that you can tune into the action at the link below

The Future's Bright at BA and ellenor

Two of our wonderful Sixth Form, Azeezat and Smriti have completed an Exploring a Career in Care Placement with ellenor hospice. The two each committed one evening per week volunteering on the ward at the ellenor Gravesend hospice for six months, gaining both a valuable certificate in care that will help them to pursue their dream careers - whether that be a nurse, paramedic or even neuro-scientist - and the valuable experience of working in a hospice.

Azeezat described her time spent there as "eye-opening and a real privilege because, as teenagers we don’t get to see and experience things like that but I’m so glad that I did it. I have learnt so much about myself. It’s extremely gratifying and I’m now far more informed about prolonging life.“

Smriti added that the "experience was extremely rewarding. The one to one levels of care is much more hands on than I thought it would be and, although it was nerve-wracking to start, you get good closure with the patients as well.”

ellenor Chief Executive Claire Cardy was "immensely proud" to present the youngsters with their certificates, and said: "We hope that we have provided the experiences that will help you in your careers by having exposure to the work we do. These memories will stay with you for the rest of your lives." Congratulations to you both. If you would like to know more about the courses and placements at ellenor, get in touch with Credit for article:

Sports Relief UK Torch Relay

Whilst many of us see our New Year resolutions fall by the wayside, one of our wonderful students has stayed firmly on track and has succeeded in running 52 miles (the equivalent of 4 half marathons) for Sports Relief in the month of February, alone.

BT finished the UK Torch Relay Run, in which Year 8 student Luke had been participating, on Friday 2nd March. The wider press and BT Sport were in attendance and they specifically requested Luke's presence so that he could collect an award and be part of the wider celebrations for Sports Relief.

He has been absolutely amazing and has raised over £700 so far by running in the evenings and even during the recent half term. A BT Group management team had been so impressed with his exploits and determination, that they have decided to present him with an award to mark his achievement in the pursuit of helping others - he is a credit to both his family and the Academy.

In light of the closure of the Academy at the start of the month, due to inclement weather, we are even more thrilled to hear that one of our own will not be resting on his laurels and will be representing Bexleyheath Academy by attending this event.

Luke participated in the final part of the event which entailed running the Torch into BT HQ with Senior BT Managers with the BBC filming and Luke will appear on BBC sport relief on March 23.

Should you wish to contribute to this fantastic cause, please feel free to click on the link below.

Students improve road safety

Road safety has always been a major concern for our students and neighbouring residents along Woolwich Road and, having recently experienced a few ‘near-misses’ whereby some of our students have narrowly escaped serious injury from speeding drivers, we wanted to take direct action. Our GCSE Citizenship class elected to raise the awareness of road safety among our students by creating a PSHEE lesson for all tutor groups to encourage students not to use their phones when crossing the road. Part of our qualification for GCSE Citizenship required us to engage with the community directly to make a positive impact and sustain a change that will benefit the wider community. Our class conducted primary and secondary research to help build our case and gather support for having Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) installed: we interviewed local residents to get their feedback; petitioned in the Broadway and ran an online campaign – in total gaining over 1000 signatures. We presented our ideas and suggestions to a member of the Bexley Traffic Team, Mark Bunting who was kind enough to meet with us to discuss our request. We are pleased to announce that our hard work paid off as we successfully gained a SID on the corner of Woolwich Road and Russell Close to alert drivers of their speed to help reduce the dangers for all road users.

We are looking forward to future positive engagement with the community to give back to society to make it a safer, healthier and more inclusive community for everyone. We would like to thank: the BA Parent Forum (for the purchase of our banners); the local community who engaged with us and signed our petition; students of Bexleyheath Academy; Senior Leadership Team; Executive Principal, Mr Szynal; the staff and our Citizenship teacher Mr Faci, for all their hard work and support.

Year 11 GCSE Citizenship Team

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