Bonus Pastor are following the Government's advice regarding school closures.
Return to School in September 2020:
We are pleased to say that on the 2nd July the government announced that all children can return to school from September.
In order to gain some essential time with each year group we will be operating a staggered start to the beginning of the academic year 2020-21. This will allow us to meet with your child, go through all of the key information and training to ensure they are equipped and ready to return to school. The dates are as follows
Tuesday 1st September 2020 STAFF TRAINING INSET
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 Year 11- PM only- 1pm-3pm (Churchdown)
Thursday 3rd September 2020 Year 7- all day (8.45-3.15) (Churchdown) Year 10- PM only (1pm-3pm) (Winlaton)
Friday 4th September 2020 Year 9- AM only (8.45-12pm) (Winlaton) Year 8- PM only (1pm-3pm_ (Winlaton)
Students will have staggered starts and finishes in the following order:
Year 11 and Year 10: 8.30am
Year 7 and Year 8: 8.45am
Year 9: 9.00am
Year 10: 3.05pm
Year 11: 3.05pm
Year 7: 3.15pm
Year 8: 3.15pm
Year 9: 3.25p
All students will be kept in separate ‘bubbles’. These will be in Year groups 7-11. Students will be separated from other students, however all classes on their normal timetable will be taught, by their assigned teachers and specialists. We are going to achieve this by facilitating teacher movement across the school. Supervision rotas will be used to supplement this.
Lunch and break
In order to separate, the bubbles at lunch we are operating a system where year groups will need to be served lunches in separate areas of the school. We will ask that Parentmail is used exclusively, so please ensure you have appropriate details and log ins.
Strict social distancing rules will be followed and all students will receive a Health and Safety briefing from me and the SLT on their first day.
- A full risk assessment has been carried out
- A questionnaire will be sent to all students to gauge their feelings about returning to school
- Bubble year groups will be assigned specific entrances, exits and learning areas.
- The behaviour policy will still be in full operation and any students breaking social distancing bubble rules may be isolated and then sent home for their safety and safety of others
- Students will not be allowed to go into shops before or after school
- Students should bring their own drink.
- Heightened awareness of hygiene and cleaning will be in action during your child’s visit to the school
- Deep cleans will be carried out each evening
- Measures will be taken to improve ventilation for example by opening doors and windows
- All teachers and other staff will operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable
- For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, staff and pupils should have their own items that are not shared.
- Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within each year group; these should be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.
- Resources that are shared between classes or bubbles, such as sports, art and science equipment should be cleaned frequently, meticulously and always between bubbles.
- Teachers will move from class to class and students will stay in static areas to maintain distance and to limit interaction with other ‘year bubbles’
- When movement does occur a one-way system will be in operation with specified year group entrances and exits
- Regular handwashing will be factored in.
School attendance will be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply.
We ask that you encourage your child to walk or cycle to avoid public transport if possible but we understand that many of you will want to drop your child to school- Please do not stand at the gates to see them in and please assist us in following government guidance on social distance.
The government have stated that any child over the age of 11 needs to wear a face mask on public transport so all students will need to have these available if travelling this way.
In order to comply with guidelines and to manage student bubbles, we will be asking all students at the bus stops to go straight home and not to visit the local shops and/or take away outlets in the local vicinity.
All students will return in full school uniform
We recognise that the shift from home learning to being back in school will take some getting used to and we feel it is important to hear from your child regarding their feelings on returning to school. We have created a survey questionnaire in Google classroom to help us learn how best to support your child.
I am sure that you can appreciate that the government and DFE guidance is an everchanging picture and the plan is subject to change in order to incorporate further updates and advice when received. We remain committed to providing the best education to your child and we really look forward to seeing them in September.
I have been so impressed with the efforts and levels of commitment from our students and the fantastic support they are receiving from you at home during this difficult time.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, if you have any queries or suggestions.
We thank you for your continued support
Mr Jonathan Ronan (Principal)
In preparation for any future absence or possible localised lockdown, please see additional information below:
Working From Home / Google Classroom:
For pupils working from home they have access to Google Classroom where teachers are uploading lessons, resources and activities for pupils to complete. Pupils can then submit / turn in the work back to those teachers for them to mark and give feedback. For more help please download the Google Classroom Guides provided.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular:
We are also in the process of creating additional Google Classrooms to support the other outstanding areas of our school, such as stretching our most able students and maintaining our catholic ethos through our spirituality team and a "Faith in Action" classroom, whilst also provided careers information, advice and guidance to our Year 11s in preparation for their transition, and for Year 10s and lower years in the school.
Subjects are also uploading to Google Classroom a range of extra curricular activities, A Level work and other tasks that pupils can be getting involved in beyond their Google Classroom lessons.
Students can also take part in the Bonus Pastor Charter..From Home! A tweaked version of our existing enrichment programme, with a wide range of activities that pupils can be completing at home, that will not only get them thinking creatively or stretch them beyond their regular subjects, whilst also improving their CV's and College/6th form applications, but can also earn them rewards and count towards their BP Charter back in school!
Children's Guide to Covid19:
The Children's Commissioner has designed a guide to help explain the current situation to children and gets them to reflect upon their feelings. Please see the download attached.
Year 11 Exam Results and Leaving:
Due to the situation the Government has cancelled all GCSE examinations due to take place this summer. Ofqual has published guidelines on how GCSE grades will be awarded and moderated (please see the letter on the right hand side from Ofqual) and we as a school have worked hard to collect a large amount of robust evidence to support these. However, the guidance states that these grades must remain confidential to the school until "results day" (Date TBC), and so unfortunately we are unable, by law, to discuss any child's grades with either the student themselves or any family members.
Whilst we know that this causes some worry, fear and uncertainity about the future in terms of applying for 6th form, college, apprenticeships and employment, we have a long history of ensuring that everyone in our school goes onto a suitable place for them, and we will do everything we can to support you in that transition. If you do have any worries or need any help or advice please contact Miss Hill at HillR@bp.lewisham.sch.uk.
Finally we want to assure you that we will still have Prom, Leavers Mass and Results Day, as we always have done, and once plans for these have been confirmed we will let you know.
If you need any more information please email Mr Ryan, or Ms Hill on the links below:
Free School Meal Vouchers:
During this time whilst your child is not in school, we are utiilsing the Government's "Free School Meal Supermarket Voucher Scheme".
This means that an E-Code worth £15 per week per eligible child is sent out to the first parental/career email address that we hold. These E-Codes are sent out monthly, meaning that 1 E-Code is worth £60, and is designed to help support the parent/carer with providing the child's free school meals for that month.
These E-Codes can then be exchanged online at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk for a supermarket voucher of choice.
If you have any questions or need any support please email Mr Lawrence at:
If you need any additional support or help during this difficult and challenging time, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us as a school.
We can also refer you to Lewisham Foodbank where you can get support in access to, and providing food for you and your family.
For more information, please see the document below, or email Mr Lawrence:
Who to Contact:
If you or your child need any help or support over the coming weeks and months then please do get in touch, we will do all that we can as a school to help during this difficult and challenging time.
For any questions relating to your child's school work for specific subjects please email your child's individual subject teachers, or the Head of Department, which can be found on our subject pages.
For all other questions or concerns please email your child's Head of Year or Head of House, and if they are unable to help they will redirect your enquiry as necessary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time, and we look forward to being reunited as a school community.
|A Childrens Guide to COVID19||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Free School Meal FAQs||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Google Classroom Instructions||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|How to Use Google Slides||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Letter to Y11 Parents re GCSE Grades||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Ofqual Student Letter re GCSE Grades||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Parent Letter 12th May||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|The BP Charter From Home||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Uploading Work to Google Classroom Instructions||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Year 11 IAG Letter||22nd Jun 2020||Download|
|Lewisham Food Bank||09th Jul 2020||Download|