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Coronavirus – useful information

Advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education is being updated regularly, as any new information becomes available, we will update parents/carers via this and the Embrace website and text messages notifications. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Update from the principal

03.04.20
Letter distributed to parents and carers providing information and various updates from the principal, Sadie Batstone.

Emotional and physical wellbeing

30.03.20
Letter distributed to parents and carers sharing ideas and resources to support young peoples’ emotional and physical wellbeing during this period.

Year 11 mock exams

30.03.20
We are delaying the full release of mock examination marks and grades for the time being, to allow for continued moderation of papers across the school.  

As a result of school closure, government directives in force, as well as staff self-isolation, this process will take longer than originally planned.

At present we are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education regarding the process they are intending to follow for issuing student results in the summer term, and will update all Year 11 students and their families as soon as we can.   

 The most up-to-date statement from the Department for Education regarding the 2020 summer exams can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/news/further-update-on-2020-exams

Please be aware of scam emails

26.03.20
We have been made aware of an email scam being sent to parents/carers regarding free school meals during school closures.

The emails states: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.

We can confirm that this is a fraudulent scam email; it is not from the local authority or the DfE. We urge parents/carers that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete immediately

School closure FAQs

24.03.20
Thank you to all parents and carers for bearing with us during these unprecedented times, where we have had to make decisions in response to daily (and hourly) updates. We have received a number of similar queries so have put together this frequently asked questions document to help.

School closure – further information

20.03.20
We have sent you a lot of information over the last few days but have just a few more important things to update you on, which we hope will prove useful. Further information in this letter sent to all parents and carers.

School closure information

19.03.20
Parents and carers will be aware of the government’s announcement yesterday that all
schools in England will close from Monday 23 March onwards. Further details are explained in this letter sent to all parents and carers.

Closure to students in Year 8 and Year 9

18.03.20
Letter sent to parents and carers explaining that we will not be open to students in Year 8 and Year 9 on Thursday 19 March. 

Cancellation of extra-curricular activities

17.03.20
Following the government announcement yesterday, please see this letter informing parents and carers that all after school extra-curricular activities at Brockington College, will be cancelled from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Formal Year 11 revision sessions with subject staff, will continue to take place, as per the revision timetable, but will finish by 4pm. This is, however, subject to change, and we will update parents/carers as appropriate.

Show My Homework access

13.03.20
Letter emailed to all parents/carers

Show My Homework access

Currently schools across the UK are preparing for the possibility of closure due to the Coronavirus. At this point, we don’t know if or when this is likely to happen nor do we know how long any period of closure would last. Should this scenario occur, then we will inform parents/carers and provide more detail at that point.

However, in order that we are ready for such a scenario, our teaching staff have been
preparing work and programmes of study. Should we be in a position where the school
needs to close, our expectation of students would be that they continue to work at home in the same way that they would have done had they been present in school. Therefore, staff will be setting work daily which students will be expected to complete and return to their teachers for feedback.

At Brockington College you will know that we use Show My Homework as a homework setting mechanism. Should we need to close, then the intention is that work will be set for students to complete through Show My Homework, as this is already our normal way of
working and both students and parents/carers are familiar with this tool.

So that we can ensure that all students are able to complete work at home should the need arise, we are asking parents/carers to let us know if they or their child are not able to access Show My Homework or need further help to make sure they are fully set up. Please contact my PA, Diana Walker, via dwa@brockington.leics.sch.uk with any query or where there is an issue with access to Show My Homework, so that we can ensure all students are able to access work ahead of any closure.

Informing the school of travel​

11.03.20
Parents/carers should alert the school if they have travelled and returned from any category 1 or category 2 area. Please ensure guidance is followed.

  • The latest travel guidance can be found here
  • Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here.
We would also greatly appreciate if parents/carers could inform us of any travel plans, over the next few weeks including the Easter holidays, to any of the affected areas.  This will enable us to plan any response as required, in conjunction with DfE and PHE guidelines.  Please contact dwa@brockington.leics.sch.uk

Centralising information

11.03.20
Embrace Multi Academy Trust will now centralise information and updates regarding Coronavirus.  Please check their website www.embracemat.org regularly (Link to information at the top of the page).  As new information becomes available, we will continue to alert parent/carers via text message notifications.  

Exam preparation and Ofqual advice

09.03.20
The government recognises that students, parents, schools and colleges will be concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the 2020 summer exam series. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.

Ofqual continues to work closely with exam boards, other regulators and the Department for Education to plan for a range of scenarios, as the public would expect. The government’s overriding priorities are fairness to students this summer and keeping disruption to a minimum.

It is still many weeks until exams start and they will issue updated advice if necessary, giving schools and colleges as much notice as possible.

The importance of hygiene

09.03.20
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often, for 20 seconds, with soap and hot water.

In addition to handwashing before eating and after sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and after travelling on public transport.  Please help us in reinforcing these simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy

09.03.20

  • The latest travel guidance can be found here. Please ensure guidance is followed.
  • Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here.
  • Government updates on COVID-19.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

02.03.20
Today, the Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Sat and Sun) updated 16.03.20

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Government updates on COVID-19

Coronavirus - useful information

27.02.20
Letter emailed to all parents/carers

Coronavirus – useful information

With the safety of students and members of staff in mind, I wanted to contact all parents/carers to reassure you that we are working in close collaboration with the Trust and the local authority to ensure that we keep up-to-date with all information regarding the Coronavirus. Be assured, we are following guidance and recommendations from Public Health England and the Department for Education.

In accordance with guidance, we are reminding students of the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene, as this remains the most important thing people can do to help reduce the spread of infections. Please reinforce this message at home by reminding your son/daughter to carry tissues and use them to catch coughs or sneezes and then put the tissue in the bin, and wash their hands regularly. We have also made the decision to introduce extra cleaning measures, to minimise risk.

The NHS have provided an information overview and answers to frequently asked questions. 

We would ask parents/carers to inform the college, where students and families have returned from a Category 1 or Category 2 area as identified here, on or after 19 February 2020. Please ensure that where this is the case, we are made aware and that guidance issued has been followed, including self-isolation and/or seeking medical advice, via 111, as necessary.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the college.

 
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Microsoft Office … for FREE!

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Under a Microsoft licencing agreement we have enrolled in we are able to offer all students the ability to download the latest version of Microsoft Office, for Windows, Mac, Iphone & Android – for free, for the duration of their time at Brockington College.

Downloading & logging in:

  • If you are ready to download the software simply click here and logon with your son or daughters email address (username@brockington.leics.sch.uk) and school password.
  • Once logged in click ‘Install Office‘ in the top right corner.
  • Choose ‘Other Installation Options‘ and it will then take you to a page where you can click ‘Install Office‘ to download & install to your computer.

Please note that if your son or daughter changes their school password at any point, they will need to re-sign in to Microsoft Office with their new password.

For any problems/questions regarding singing into Microsoft Office/Office 365, please contact the IT Support team: itsupport@brockington.leics.sch.uk

Other services

For more information regarding other services we offer students, please visit our Students Portal page.

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We are now an R2R Accredited School!

 

GOOD NEWS!

After all our hard work last year we are delighted to announce we are now a Route to Resilience Accredited School. Well done to all the staff that have worked hard to ensure we achieved this. This work has set us on an exciting journey!  Since the end of the course we have continued to move forward recognising the importance of every step we take to support staff and student well-being is key to help us all ‘Learn to live life to the full (JOHN 10:10).

Sue Lawrence & Sarah Heggs – Assistant Principals

 

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January & February 2020 Bulletin

“I hope that our parents, carers and wider stakeholders enjoy reading this edition of the Brockington Bulletin. It has been a busy term so far, with lots happening throughout the life of the college. Our Year 11 students are about to embark upon their final set of mock examinations, before they commence their final GCSE exams in May. At this very busy and pressurised time, I am impressed with their hard work and dedication to their studies. Revision classes are in full swing and are well attended. We hope also that the resources we provide, both throughout the school website and through google classrooms, prove a useful and effective resource for students and parents/carers.”

Please click here for the full bulletin.

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Spring Term Enrichment Programme (2020)

Please click here for the Spring Term Enrichment Programme (2020)

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Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 11th February with the theme –
‘Together for a better internet’.

Brockington College will be taking part in this event.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!

What are the key online risks?

Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them

Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children

Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information

Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites

 

Parents and Carers

Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following link helps.

Please click here for information on how you can play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online.

 

Pupils

Play your part: help create a kinder internet for everyone. The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things.

Click here to find films, games, quizzes and advice to help you to use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.

During Safer Internet week pupils learned about Safer Internet Day in your ICT lessons.

 

Don’t forget to also take a look at our very own E-Safety page. It includes advice for different platforms, a jargon buster and our very own Ask An Expert service.

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Exam Timetable – Summer 2020

Please click here for the Summer 2020 Exam Timetable

For further details on Examinations please visit the Exam section of our website

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December 2019 Bulletin

“At the end of a very full and exciting term, I’d like to wish all our parents and carers a very happy Christmas and a restful new year.

The autumn term has been a busy one; I’d like to pay tribute to all the staff at Brockington who have worked tirelessly this term and often given time and effort beyond what’s expected of them, for the benefit of our students. This edition of the bulletin gives just a small insight into so many activities that students have taken part in this term.”

Please click here for the full bulletin.

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Exams Information

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October & November 2019 Bulletin

“It was an honour to lead the Armistice Day ceremony at Brockington College on Monday 11 November. I was humbled by the respect and reverence that students demonstrated in their approach to such a significant event. This was one of the very few instances where the entire staff and student body is able to come together, in order to mark this occasion. Particular thanks need to go to our head boy and girl, Eddie and Anna, who conducted a reading as part of the ceremony and to Francesca who delivered a solo performance of the Last Post on the French horn. Thanks is also owed to the members of staff who helped to organise the event, namely Mr Barton, Mrs Walker, Mrs Ward and Mr McDonald. If anyone wanted to know about the values taught at Brockington College, or the respect that our students and members of staff hold for others, then our Armistice Day commemoration is a shining example of this work.”

Please click here for the full bulletin.