Dear Parent/Carer

Firstly, can we say how pleased we are with the way that the Year Eight students have applied themselves in what has been an extraordinary start to the academic year. We are really pleased with the way that they have settled into the routines. Thank you again for all of your support, help and understanding in all the areas that have cropped up already. I would like to highlight the following areas:

Communication between school and home – can we continue to politely request that you set the parent app settings so that it notifies you of new messages and regularly check the school website. We would really appreciate it if you could check that you have the app and that it is working and that you are familiar with the website. This is because this is the method / area where key information will be posted as we strive to move fully to digital communication. If you have any issues or questions about the app, please get in touch with Mr Hope who is more than willing to help (shope@ems.bhcet.org.uk).

Although we have our normal calendared Parents’ Evening in the Spring Term and we have already uploaded information to our website linked to the information evening last half term we wanted to remind you that we are here to help in any way we can.  If you ever have a query or question, at any time, please get in touch. Mr Hall is the best place to start with that query – his email is: fhall@ems.bhcet.org.uk.

Curriculum planning – The Heads of Subjects and the staff in departments have worked on mapping out lost curriculum time including the 14 weeks of year 7 that were lost during the national lockdown. They have used the assessment data from July, as well as the work this half term, to map the best way ahead for the year. As a school we have also ordered some key resources for English, Maths and Science to give to all of our Year 8 students. They will be given these guides / work-packs for free in lessons and to keep / use as part of their studies.

If there are any parents who would like their child’s work from the lockdown period to be checked, then please get in touch. We have used the assessments done in July to help best plan for this term’s curriculum delivery.  Departments will also use the Key Task 3 in the coming weeks to help consolidate the learning as best we can. Like every area of life and education, we have learned a great deal since March and we are striving to respond this term as best we can and improve in areas where we feel we could have responded better.

I have included some key staff emails below also if you need to contact them. It is really important that every student can access their school account at home (Office 365 such as TEAMS and outlook for emails). Please let us know if you have any issues with remote learning so we can see what ways we can help further. There is an ‘Accessing School Email and Teams from Home’ page on the school website which features tutorials and guides.  This can be easily found under the Coronavirus tab. If you are still struggling with remote access please email Mr S Hope – shope@ems.bhcet.org.uk.

Mrs S Irvine (SENDco) – sirvine@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr P Dickson (Deputy Headteacher – Standards and Student Outcomes) – pdickson@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr P McMahon (Deputy Headteacher – Behaviour, Attendance & Safety) – pmcmahon@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Miss V Parker (Teacher leading on assessment preparation and wellbeing) – vparker@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr L Murray (Head of Maths) – Lmurray@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Ms Lee-Bugby (Head of KS3 English) – Alee-Bugby@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Baker (Head of Science) – Ebaker@ems.bhcet.org.uk
Mr Dunn (Head of Religious Studies) – Ndunn2@ems.bhcet.org.uk

As a general rule, if you know the name of the staff member then their first initial and surname suffixed by @ems.bhcet.org.uk will work.

House activities will continue throughout the winter term.  ‘Virtual’ events will be publicised on the school website and via social media outlets.  Winning entries will count toward House Points and family participation is welcomed.

Wednesday 16th December is the date in the diary for Y8 Christmas House Activities. More details will be shared via tutors and school social media outlets.

Best wishes

Paul Dickson
Deputy Headteacher