Coronavirus Update
Last updated 12th May 2020

Any questions?

Contact school: office@becketkeys.org

Contact specific teachers: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php

School is closed

Thank you for your support in keeping your sons/daughters at home. As you are aware, since Monday 23rd March, we have only been open to children whose parents’ work is critical to the country’s COVID-19 response. You will also be aware that this continues to be the case. Please be assured that we have very clear procedures in place to remain a safe environment during this period of time for all students and staff, including social distancing at all times.

It has been announced that the school will not re-open for Year 7, 8 or 9 until September. It is possible that the school may open for some face-to-face teaching for Year 10 and 12 before the Summer Holiday, if it is safe to do so. 

Free school meals

All parents entitled to claim FSM should now have received two separate emails with an e-code to claim your eGift card. You next one is due to be sent out on Monday 4th May and will cover the last 3 weeks of this term. If you have not received any of these emails please contact the school. If you are having any other issues please contact Edenred at - freeschoolmealsparentscarers@edenred.com.

The Department for Education continues to work to get more shops to join the scheme as soon as possible.

If you need any further help please follow this link - parent/carer's FAQ document.

Refunds on trips and events including Proms

All refunds for school trips taking place this academic year have now been issued. If you need any further assistance please contact finance@becketkeys.org

To date, the Proms have not been cancelled as we awaiting further information. 

Meaningful work is being set

We will continue to set meaningful work for students in all year groups via the Show My Homework now called Satchel One online platform www.tinyurl.com/BKSMHWCalendar. Senior Leaders continue to monitor the quality. If other platforms are required to complete work, they will all be signposted through Show My Homework / Satchel One.

We have organised the Way of Working for the various year groups and information can be found here. Please contact the school via office@becketkeys.org if you have any queries.

Keep being kind to yourselves (and us!)

We appreciate that home learning is new and can be challenging at times. Please do not get overwhelmed or stressed! We are providing work for all our students and are working hard to get it right. If there is too much, or you do not understand, please request help and advice. Do not worry. This is a marathon and not a sprint. Get into the pattern and rhythm of it over time. We are all getting used to a new way of working. Teachers will not get it right all the time. Please be kind! If you need more work there is plenty on this page of our website: www.becketkeys.org/self-isolation-work-for-ks3-students.php

Thank you for all your kind comments and emails it is very encouraging. Likewise, we are very impressed with the way the students (and parents) have been handling this new way of working so far! We can do this! 

If you or members of your family are struggling with mental health at this time, you might like to look look at the helplines that have been highlighted by ITV's 'This Morning'

Submitting work 

All Sixth Form students have a school email account through which they can submit completed work to staff and receive feedback from staff. Mr. Peggs has put guidance for how Sixth Form students should communicate with their teachers by email and on SMHW; all Sixth Form students should read this.

Other students will be asked to submit work through the Show My Homework Platform - now called Satchel One.

Year 11 and 13 students’ examinations

Guidance from the Government has been given more is to follow soon. Here are the main points:

  • Regulators will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects performance as fairly as possible, and will work with us and the other exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students.
     
  • Exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
     
  • To produce this, teachers will be asked to take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment. 
     
  • Exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
     
  • Regulators and exam boards have been discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising the approach and a consultation has taken place. The intention is to ensure that it is as fair as possible. We will provide more information when we have it. 
     
  • The grades will be presented to students on the normal results days. Year 13: Thursday 13th August Year 11: Thursday 20th August 
     
  • These grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years. 
     
  • They will also aim to ensure that the distribution of grades follows a similar pattern to that in other years, so that this year’s students are not disadvantaged.
     
  • Students will be able to appeal their grades if they do not believe the right process has been followed.
     
  • There will also be an option to sit exams early in the next academic year for any students who wish to – and students can also choose to sit exams next summer.

What can Year 11 students do who want to come to Becket Keys for Sixth Form?

For those Year 11 students who are due to start A level studies with us in September we have 'wider reading' and ‘bridging courses’ available.

 

Keeping in touch

During the period of school closure our phone lines may not be staffed. Parents can contact the school via the following email addresses:

office@becketkeys.org – all general enquiries

finance@becketkeys.org – any finance related queries

SEND@becketkeys.org – Special Educational Needs related enquiries and support

Inclusion@becketkeys.org – Safeguarding and well-being related concerns and support

You can make contact with teachers via the school website: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php

Email accounts will be monitored as usual during the closure period and parents and carers can expect responses to communications within usual timeframes.

The following external websites are helpful and are updated regularly:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Prayers and candles of hope

As the school closes temporarily, we will continue to pray for the good health of every member of our school community; for those who will be placed under financial strain during this challenging period; and for our national and international leaders as they work together to combat this virus. We encourage everyone to light a candle at 7pm each day and place the candle in your window. Please take a picture and Tweet it to us @BecketKeys. You can see thousands of people doing this across the country by searching #CandleOfHope #CandleInTheWindow.

What else can you give me to help me with home learning?

You probably have more than enough for your sons and daughters to do. However, if you need more, Mrs Trebess has found the following list for you:

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBacksha…/status/1242058846941712385

For your older students, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:
http://www.eparenting.co.uk/…/50_free_revision_resources_fo…

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home  From Sport England covering a variety of ideas about exercising whilst at home. 

The BBC have released a wealth of new on-line learning resources, for more information about all the content available follow this link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52149409

Daily lessons are available here:

BBC Bitesize Home Page

You can also visit  BBCiPlayer. BBC Red Button and BBC Facebook and Twitter channels for more details.

Finally

Thank you for the understanding and support you have given the school staff as the coronavirus situation continues to unfolded ; it is deeply appreciated. We will continue to keep in close contact with you all and hope that our gates will be open again in the not too distant future.

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