Friday 3rd April 2020
I do hope that you and your families are safe and well. We are endeavouring to keep you updated on developments as regularly as possible, the school website is the best place to watch for updates, please check regularly. Below are a number of important updates on
The guidance has today been released on how GCSE Grades will be awarded and schools role in this. I will now work closely with subject leaders to ensure that we follow the guidance and ensure that fair and robust grades are submitted from the school for GCSE subjects. We are awaiting guidance about how vocational subjects will be awarded for example BTECs and NCFE qualifications.
Guidance for parents can be found here - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.pdf
Letter to Students about Exam Grades from Ofqual https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.pdf
2 Easter Provision
School will continue to be open throughout Easter (including Bank Holidays) for the children of key workers and vulnerable students. Please ensure you tell us if you need to use this provision via the email@example.com email. School can be contacted on 07563 588421
3 Free School Meal Voucher Scheme
We have been working very hard to organise the Free School Meals Vouchers in accordance with the governments’ instructions.
These should be on their way to you either via email or the post depending on the selection you made.
If you requested a “Food Box” this can be collected from school on Mondays between 8-10am.
If you have not told us how we can support you with free school meals at the moment please check your email for details of the support available. If you have any concerns or questions with regards to the changes this week please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To all of our families if you find yourselves in changing circumstances and need to access the key workers provision or free school meals please email email@example.com with details of the support you would like to access.
4 Year 11 Updates
We have been in contact with a significant number of parents in year 11 with an update on post 16 destinations. Appointments with BCOT have on a number of occasions had to be cancelled and alternative communications have been set up.There is an update from BCoT at the end of this Enews.
Yr11 Web Page
To make it easier for you, we are currently creating a single page for year 11 parents and students to go to with the latest information that we have. This will go live by Monday 6th April.
5 Google Classrooms - Full Launch of Vyne Gmail & Google Classroom
We are pleased to announce that next week, in time for the Summer Term we will be launching Vyne Gmail accounts and Google Classroom for all year 7 to 10 students.
Gmail accounts will allow students to access Google Classroom is a web based eLearning platform that will support your child working at home in these difficult circumstances.
How will this happen?
From Monday 6th April, all parents with a registered email account will receive an email with instructions on how students can sign up to their new Vyne Gmail account. Parents without a registered email account will receive instructions through the post /text.
When will students start using Google Classroom?
Monday 20th April: the start of the Summer Term
From home students will now be able to pick up lesson work from their teachers directly through Google Classroom.
We have asked teachers to post work on the day they teach that class.
Will we still use ePraise?
Yes – ePraise is still vital.
Teachers will indicate on ePraise that work has been set.
What does Google Classroom do?
It is a fantastic online tool which allows students a one stop location for school work. It puts all assignments and work in one safe place.
Teachers are able to create, assign, support, collect, grade and return work to students quickly to save time and trouble for teachers grading student work.
Do you have any Help Guides?
We will be posting over the Easter Holidays a number of simple How To Guides for students if they get stuck.
What if I have my own personal Gmail account?
Do not use this, you won’t be able to access Google Classroom.
You can now use your new one.
What if I already have a school GMail account?
A few students and teachers have already been using this.
Their old emails will be suspended in due course, but their saved work will be transferred to their new account so nothing is lost.
6 Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
7. Prefect Applications
Year 10 - your time to shine is now! Some aspects of school life continue and the deadline to apply to be a prefect, senior prefect or head girl/boy has been extended to Monday 20 April. As Prefects you would be some of our strongest ambassadors for the school; you will be proud, committed and reliable. You will be confident in your ability to do the right thing and will exhibit a positive approach in all you do. You can find all the details you need on Epraise or by contacting Mrs Guzzi.
Get those letters of application written. Good luck!
Finally, we have had a good week in school with the students we are seeing each day. The students this week have enjoyed various activities including football and a very exciting visit from Chester. Over Easter we will not be setting work in the usual way but please do explore the enrichment folders, in the “Work@Home” section of the school website (under the curriculum tab), for ideas to keep your young people occupied.
I wish you all the best.
Mrs N Pearce
UPDATE FROM BCoT
We hope you are well and that things are still running smoothly in these challenging times.
This is just an email to firstly remind you that we are here should you have any questions or concerns about your students’ applications to BCoT, or any other questions you may wish to ask us.
Secondly, as we have cancelled our upcoming applicant events as a result of Covid-19, we have been contacting students who were due to attend our applicant events on March 31st and April 28th. These students should have received an email, advising them to refer to our website https://www.bcot.ac.uk/ to look at the course content and entry requirements, and then if they are happy with their choice of course that they have applied for, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give them a conditional offer. This will then be finalised at enrolment in August. If any students have not received this email, they should contact us as well.
If you know of any students who would still like to apply to BCoT, please let them know that it is not too late - they are still more than welcome to apply via our website https://www.bcot.ac.uk/ where there is an option to ‘apply now’. When they have applied, we will be in touch with them to advise them on the next steps of their application.
In the meantime, please let us know if there is anything you need, or anything we can help with.
The Admissions Team at BCoT
Basingstoke College of Technology
Spotlight have teamed up with Covid 19 Basingstoke which is run by members of Hampshire Council. They will be providing food parcels for vulnerable adults and families in need and members of the Covid 19 will be coordinating volunteers to be able to distribute the parcels to homes across the area.
Any families or vulnerable adults in need of support can email food requests to email@example.com or call 07804 880072.
They will be open 10-4pm Monday to Saturday running from Hart House, Priestley Road RG24 9UP.
If you wish to donate to the foodbank please email firstname.lastname@example.org.