St Bede’s Catholic School and Byron Sixth Form are excited to be hosting a Summer School for Year 6 students who are joining our community next year.
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St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive and Byron Sixth Form College is delighted to welcome our incoming Year 7 students to take part in our Summer School, 26th-27th July 2021. The Summer School will be based in our school building and will take place 9am-2.30pm.
Focusing on the theme of ‘Community: Past, Present and Future’, we have put together a fantastic programme of activities for your child to take part in. There will be a mixture of academic and enrichment activities including fitness, music and scientific experiments. In addition, we will also be visiting Beamish Living Museum of the North on Tuesday 27th July and the Emmaus Youth Village in Allensford on Wednesday 28th July.
As part of the government’s move to Step 3 of the roadmap, from Monday 17 May, new advice applies to the use of face coverings by staff, pupils and students in schools and further education in England. Our guidance on face coverings has been updated to reflect these changes.
Face coverings will no longer be recommended for pupils and students in classrooms or communal areas, in all schools and FE providers. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms. In all schools and FE providers, we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).
The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. In all cases, any educational drawbacks should be balanced with the benefits of managing transmission. The Local Action Committee structure (Bronze/Silver/Gold) should be used in such circumstances to re-introduce the use of face coverings. Immediate outbreak response (at the level of individual settings or a cluster of settings) remains for local Directors of Public Health to advise on.
Friday 18th December 2020
Notification of INSET day Monday 4th January 2021 in response to mass testing protocols
In response to recent Government guidance surrounding mass-testing of secondary-age pupils, St Bede’s will be closed to all year groups on Monday 4 January. This day will be an INSET day for staff in order that staff can be trained, testing kits can be accepted on site, consent for all pupils can be sought, and logistics surrounding testing can be finalised. This will help ensure that we are providing the safest possible learning environment for our pupils.
Should you wish to read further information about the testing plans, please see the following announcement from the Department for Education (DfE):
As stated in previous communications, and in accordance with Government guidance, there will still be a staged return of pupils to St Bede’s:
- All pupils in Years 11 and 13 will return to school on Tuesday 5 January 2021 in preparation for their preliminary examinations later in the month.
- Pupils who are vulnerable or those who are the children of key workers will also be able to return to school on Tuesday 5 January 2021. We have already contacted these families. If you believe your child falls into this category and you have not been contacted can you please inform your child’s Head of House immediately. For safeguarding purposes, we must know who will be returning to school to make secure provision; regrettably, we will not be able to accept students that we have not been formally notified of.
- Pupils in all other year groups (7,8,9,10,12) will return for face-to-face teaching on Monday 11 January 2021.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. We understand that this late Government decision will also place additional pressures on your families until we can welcome all year groups back on January 11 2021. I wish you a happy and healthy Christmas, and we look forward to safely welcoming students back to school in the new year.
Mrs F. Craik
Acting Executive Head Teacher