September 2021 ready!

September 2021 ready!

Please make a note in your diaries for the respective start dates for different year groups in September:
  • Wednesday 1st September: Staff Professional Learning Day (No Students)
  • Thursday 2nd September: Start of Term for Years 7 and 11
  • Friday 3rd September: Years 7 and 11 only (Online work set for other year groups)
  • Monday 6th September: Start of Term for all year groups

We are waiting on further guidance from the government regarding Covid measures and restrictions for the new term. It is likely that students will be required to undertake a Coronavirus test before returning to school, within our school test site. We will send you details once this has been confirmed.

Our new calendar is now live and can be found on our website  here. Of course, all dates may be subject to change, so please do keep checking as the year progresses.

Progress and Assessment
Given the disruption, we are fully aware that students’ learning journeys have taken unexpected diversions and it has been our task this term to try to understand where students are secure and, importantly, where we need to address learning gaps. In order to do this, our strategy has been as follows:

● In years 7-9, students have been undergoing GL Assessments. These diagnostic assessments allow us to quickly identify students’ areas of need and also look at how their attainment compares to national expectations. We are then able to intervene where required and shape our curriculum accordingly in the next academic year.

● Year 10 students are currently undergoing their first taste of formalised assessments, in preparation for next year. With this assessment data, we shall be able to help students understand where their strengths lay and how to support them through the next stages of their learning. Very clearly, this year group has proven to be a motivated, hard-working and focused group of young people and their approach to the assessment period must be commended.

We wrote to parents and carers of students in years 7-9 earlier in the year concerning our new assessment framework which will be fully rolled-out in 2021/22. For further information please click here to visit the assessment pages of our website where you will also find a video that explains this in more detail.

Most importantly, from early in the academic year, parents and carers of students in years 7-9 will be able to go online to see a live update of where students are in their learning, being able to answer these questions:

● Is my child developing, secure or exceeding Age-Related Expectations (AREs) in each subject and where are they expected to be?
● Which assessments has my child sat in subject areas and how have they performed?
● What is my child’s attitude to learning like in each subject?
● How can I support my child to improve in each subject area?

Each year, we shall formally update parents with three separate progress checks across the year, one of which shall be prior to parents’ evenings where any further detailed discussion about their learning can be had.

Enrichment
One strand of the BVC experience, which has been limited this year, is our Enrichment Activities. It is our hope that next year will afford us the time and space to safely deliver a full suite of activities for all students in all year groups. We cannot express how important it is that all students are involved in enrichment in some capacity: they have an opportunity to be creative, to meet new people and to develop new skills.

A link to the Extended Schools Brochure was emailed to parents/carers at the end of the summer term. This contained information about the extra curricular clubs and activities that are being run next term, along with a sign up form. We are asking people to sign up for the activities by Friday 20th August, though there is the possibility of later enrolment if people miss this initial deadline.

If we can support any family in helping students to attend these activities, please do let us know as soon as possible.  Any queries please mail achambers@bottishamvc.org

Relationships and Sex Education Consultation
The Department for Education has announced changes to the RSE curriculum. These changes will come into effect from September 2021 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. We have reviewed our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

● Age
● Physical and emotional maturity
● Religious and cultural backgrounds
● Special educational needs and/or disabilities

We would like to consult parents on this policy so if, having read it, you have any questions, concerns or comments, then could you kindly email  enquiries@bottishamvc.org in the first instance, putting RSE draft policy as the subject heading.

The policy can be found on our website or by following the link:

Buses
Please can we remind bus users of some key expectations:

● Students must travel with a bus pass.
● Students must only travel on the bus to which they are allocated.
● Students must follow the  code of conduct, as set out by the Local Authority.
● Once students have arrived at BVC, they must not leave the site to go into the village.

As students will tell you, we have increased the monitoring of the above and will do so to ensure bus travel is safe and orchestrated in the correct manner.

School Lunches
We are very hopeful that we can return to a sit down lunch service in the dining room and have an opportunity to encourage our school community to socialise and eat a hot meal with their friends before going outside for some fresh air. Please see the attached menus to give you an idea of the range of food on offer each day. If you wish your child to be able to buy food please add money to your child’s wisepay account.  You can track what your child has bought through the parent’s intranet.  Students in receipt of FSM allowance will include a hot meal, a pudding and a carton of water.

Home Testing
There was a rapid increase in Coronavirus cases in the last two weeks of term in Cambridgeshire, particularly amongst teenagers. The Lateral Flow Tests have already proven to be very effective at identifying asymptomatic infections and we have been able to take action to prevent further transmission.  However, the reported testing in parts of our catchment area is low relative to other areas. We suspect this is because many families are not reporting the results with the NHS. Please ensure you continue to encourage your child to engage with the process, logging the results with Bottisham Village College and the NHS. It is expected that students and staff should continue to test during the summer holidays. Test kits can be collected from local pharmacies or ordered
online.

Uniform

We fully expect that we will be able to open PE changing areas safely and we will expect students to be in full uniform from September, which we shall monitor closely as normal.

As a reminder, details of uniform expectations can be found here:

The last day for online uniform orders is Thursday 13th August, any orders placed after this date cannot be guaranteed for delivery in time for back to school.

Expectations
In addition to the above, we shall be making a concerted effort to reacquaint students with other fundamental  expectations:

● A reminder about phones and devices being switched-off and stowed away in bags.
● Clarity about the consequences for lateness to lessons, (potential lost learning and disruption brought to the start of lesson for everyone else in class).
● Uniform: a reminder about standard BVC uniform, including make-up and jewelry.

Our behaviour policy can be found here.

Bottisham students are always understanding of the need for our whole community to have a positive and respectful approach to behaviour and we look forward to working with them to ensure that these expectations are met, so that learning remains our primary focus.

Additionally, we are going to continue to remind our students of how we encourage positive behaviours in lessons and how we deal with low-level disruption within the classroom, using our formal warning and referral system.

How Parents Can Help

Earlier this academic year, we sent you a Parent Information guide, which contained useful information about how to support your child’s learning at home.

A copy of this can be viewed or downloaded here 

We are always looking for parents who may want to be involved further in college life, whether it be giving a talk about their career, supporting with reading, joining our parents forum, governing body or PTA (Friends of BVC). Please let us know if you would like to be contacted enquiries@bottishamvc.org

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