Secondary Communications

SECONDARY ALERTS AND MESSAGES

 

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Latest news - Possible COVID case in Year 8 affecting some Year 8 students - Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that the possible positive COVID case in Year 8 which affects some Year 8 students. 

Please read this letter for those parents/carers we have contacted to inform them that their child has been in close contact with the confirmed case

Close Contact - Possible Year 8 case - 22nd June 2021

 

 

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Latest news - Possible COVID case in Year 10 affecting some Year 10 students - Monday 21st 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that the possible positive COVID case in Year 10 which affects some Year 10 students. 

Please read this letter for those parents/carers we have contacted to inform them that their child has been in close contact with the confirmed case

Close Contact - Possible Year 10 cases - 21st June 2021

 

 

Latest news - Parent Relationship and Sex Education Consultation - 28th May 2021

 

Dear Secondary Parents and Carers,

Since September, schools in England and Wales have been required to teach Relationship and Sex Education [RSE] as a fundamental part of the curriculum.

As part of implementing the RSE curriculum, schools must consult with the children, parents, staff and governors to ensure there is a general consensus on our approaches to policy and the curriculum content.

To that end, we are inviting you as parents to try a sample RSE lesson over Microsoft Teams on Thursday 24th June at 4pm-4:30pm. This will go through the core curriculum of RSE, and give a demonstration of the lesson content we are required to take. To take part in this, please email svale@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk and you will be emailed a link closer to the time.

We also ask parents to read through the following documents:

Once you have read through the documents and/or attended the sample RSE lesson, we would appreciate the completion of the following questionnaire.

Responses to this questionnaire will be closed at 5pm on Thursday 1st July.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Simon Vale

Teacher in Charge of PSHE

 

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Latest news - Possible COVID cases in Year 9 that affects all Year 9 students not already isolating and a few students in Year 7 and 10 that have also be in close contact - 18th June 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England we have 3 possible new positive COVID cases in Year  9. Parents/carers of students affected have been directly contacted.

Please read this letter for those parents/carers we have contacted to inform them that their child has been in close contact with the confirmed case

Direct Close Contact - Possible Year 9 cases - 18th June 2021

 

 

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Latest news - Confirmed COVID cases in Year 7 and 9 affecting some students in these year groups - Wednesday 16th June 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised by Public Health England that the possible positive COVID cases in Year 7 and 9 have now been confirmed as positive. Parents/carers of students affected have been directly contacted.

Please read this letter for those parents/carers we have contacted to inform them that their child has been in close contact with the confirmed case

Direct Close Contact - Year 7 case now confirmed - 16th June 2021

Direct Close Contact - Year 9 case now confirmed - 16th June 2021

 

 

Latest news - Letter from Bolton Council about face masks in school

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Please read this letter:

Continued use of face coverings in Bolton schools - 14th May 2021

 

WHOLE ACADEMY ALERTS AND MESSAGES

 

Latest news - Rapid LFD Tests now available for parents @ BSCA - 24th May 2021

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will have seen in the local and national press that Bolton has seen a rise in Covid-19 cases. Enhanced testing is taking place across difference areas of Bolton to try and identify positive cases and reduce transmission of the virus. The testing includes people who do not have any symptoms, but who could have the virus and can pass it on to others without knowing.

Rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Test are free, simple to carry out at home, and give you a result in about 30 minutes. They are intended for young people over the age of 11 years old (attending secondary school) and adults. Testing is voluntary, but to identify positive cases quickly and help reduce the transmission of the virus, we would strongly encourage everyone in Bolton over the age of 11 to continue carrying out an LFD Test twice a week.

BSCA have testing kits for staff and secondary students, but are now able to make them available to all primary and secondary parents, as well as all secondary students that have not yet taken part in home testing. These tests cannot be used on Primary aged children, they are only for age 11 and over.

Each kit will have enough tests for one person to do 2 tests a week (ideally every Sunday and Wednesday) for 3 and a half weeks. Here is how we will distribute the kits - maximum of 1 per person.

  • For Primary parents and carers - these will be available from the Primary yard at morning drop off and afternoon collection. We only have limited stock at the moment but are expecting a

     

     delivery from Bolton Council later this week.
  • For Secondary students already regularly testing at home - Year Leaders will hand out new packs on Thursday.
  • For Secondary students not currently testing at home - Year Leaders will be able to give them a pack on Thursday, parents and carers can make a request in their child's student planner - in the diary section, week beginning 24th May and Home/School comments section.
  • For Secondary parents/carers - parents and carers can make a request for themselves to receive one in their child's student planner - in the diary section, week beginning 24th May and Home/School comments section.

Please note that the Rapid LFD tests are for people with NO symptoms. Anyone who HAS Covid symptoms must book for a PCR test online immediately or call 119. 

 

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Financial Support for Families

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their schools or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is intended to ensure that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

Applications for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme are made via the local authority in which the parent or carer resides, not the local authority where the setting is situated, if these are different. 

We will provide a letter to all students who are asked to self-isolate, which will support an application to the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. Please note that you cannot make an application without this letter. 

To be eligible applicants must meet all the criteria that:

  • they are the parent or guardian of a child or young person in the same household and need to take time off work to care for them while they self-isolate. This is limited to one parent or guardian per household for the child or young person’s self-isolation period.
  • they are employed or self-employed.
  • they cannot work from home while undertaking caring responsibilities and will lose income as a result.
  • they meet all the other means-tested eligibility criteria for a Test and Trace Support Payment or locally determined criteria for a discretionary payment.

That their child:

  • is aged 15 or under (or 25 or under with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)) and normally attends an education or childcare setting.
  • has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their education or childcare setting because they have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Message from Mrs Lucas - Friday 23rd April 2021

Afternoon Parents and Carers,

We don't have a weekly newsletter this week but it will resume as normal next week.

I just wanted to give you a brief update and reminders about a few key issues. It has been lovely to see everyone back in school this week and attendance has been really good. We hope you all had a good Easter break.

Secondary

A reminder that for Years 7, 8, 10 and 11 they need to be sat in RISE at 8.30am and for Year 9 it is 8.45 am. We are locking the door at 8.30am and 8.45am and students will have to sign in at the main entrance at the front of school by walking down the external path.

There are no hoodies allowed in school apart from PE hoodies on a PE day, all other hoodies will be confiscated. Coats are not to be worn in the building and students are asked to remove them on arrival to school.

Year 11

A letter will be arriving next week for Year 11 students and families will a confirmed leaving date for year 11 and further information about the centre assessed grades process and our list of evidence we will be using for each subject.

We will be back to normal service with the weekly newsletter next week

Have a great weekend everyone

Rachael Lucas

Headteacher

 

BSCA Parents: Important message from the Chair of Trustees and CEO of The Bishop Fraser Trust - 23rd March 2021

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Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils of The Bishop Fraser Trust,

We would like to make you aware that Bury Church of England High School has approached our Trustees with a view to joining our Bishop Fraser Trust family in the next academic year.

Bury CE High School’s Board of Governors, with our Trust Board approval, have agreed to begin a consultation to move forward their desire to join The Bishop Fraser Trust. 

The Trust believes that, as a Church of England Trust, our vision and values are entwined and we feel that the addition of this school will add to our Trust’s capacity to deliver on our mission to provide all of our children with an educational experience that is high quality, based on academic, spiritual and social development. Our commitment to ‘Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10) is paramount and never more has that resonated with what we have all encountered through the pandemic.

Our headteachers have seen many benefits of being in a trust and believe that the addition of Bury CE High School will positively add to our Trust’s capacity and delivery.

There will be a full consultation with Bury CE High School staff, parents, pupils and other parties after Easter and if this is successful, the school will apply to join TBFT at some point in the next academic year. TBFT will carry out full due diligence before the school joins our Trust.

We will keep you informed via your own school’s website as this process progresses.

 

In the meantime, we wish you and your family a peaceful Easter break.

                         

Rev’d Janina H M Ainsworth                                                       Tania Lewyckyj                                    

Chair of Trustees, The Bishop Fraser Trust                              Chief Executive Officer       

 

 

          

Latest update – Home COVID -19 Testing Kits for BSCA Students – Thursday 18th March 2021

 

What will happen when a student has:

Consent given and had Lateral Flow Tests in school, even if child is now isolating

We will be sending home COVID-19 testing kits with students.

  • Instructions for the process are issued with the test kits.
  • Your child must complete the tests every Sunday and Wednesday evening and continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. We will be sending home extra kits for Easter holiday before term ends.
  • BSCA will continually issue home test kits to participating students on a schedule in order to ensure that they always have tests available.  In the event that a student needs additional kits, they can be requested from their Head of Year.

You MUST report test results with the NHS and BSCA

After every test, it is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void:

      1. self-isolate immediately and follow national guidance
      2. book a PCR test - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
      3. inform our Attendance Team immediately – 01204 201144

 

Consent given, but child has had COVID since 18th December 2020, therefore, or consent not received and therefore, have not had any Lateral Flow Tests in school

Unfortunately, home COVID-19 testing kits will not be provided by school. If you want your child to start doing home testing you can order kits online at - www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests.

We were hoping the guidance would change, but the current guidance that states that we are only permitted to issue kits to those students who have had assisted tests in school.

You MUST report test results with the NHS and BSCA

After every test, it is really important that results of test are reported online straight away, even if your child’s result is negative or void:

      1. self-isolate immediately and follow national guidance
      2. book a PCR test - https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
      3. inform our Attendance Team immediately – 01204 201144

 

 

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Whole Academy Information and Letters

 

School Buses

School Bus Timetable - 2020-21

Bus Fare Increases Letter - July 2018  

 

General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new legislation that all people and organisations must comply with by 25th May 2018. This replaces the 1998 Data protection Act. Even with Britain leaving the E.U. the government have adopted this legislation.

For schools this applies to ensuring all our stakeholders are aware of what data we hold on them, why we hold it and how long for. To ensure our stakeholders are aware of this we have published on the school website our privacy notices which inform students and parents of how we will use their data.  

Anyone is allowed access to the data that we hold on them as long as it is not against the public interest. As a school we aim to comply with the all the guidelines from the data regulator the Information Commissioners office.

GDPR Policy

Privacy Notice for Students

Privacy Notice for Parents/Carers

 

School Closure (due to adverse weather conditions) Process

The procedures that we will take should there be the need for any closure of the school due to extreme weather, or other emergency conditions. We will do all that we can to ensure that the school only closes when completely unavoidable and any decision to close the school will be taken from assessing local conditions, and an assessment of risk to the safety of students and staff after safety precautions have been taken.

If school is closed during school hours, we will need to know how your child is getting home, or to an alternative agreed location. Complete the form within the letter below or email us at contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk. 

Click below to read the process:

School Closure Process - Parent Letter

 

Privacy Notice

Every year we share our Privacy Notice with you, because under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them. We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ to individuals where we are processing their personal data.

Please read the attached Privacy Notice explains which explains how we collect, store and use personal data about students. We, Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of data protection law.

Privacy Notice - Parents and Carers

Privacy Notice - Students

 

Student and Parent Information                              

It is essential we have the correct information for all our students on our systems for the health, safety, safeguarding and wellbeing of your child. It enables us to contact you when we need to either by phone, email, School Gateway app or letter home -

  • student home address
  • prime (parents/carers) contact details - address, mobile number and email address. Other phone numbers will need to be provided if you are unable to use your mobile at work i.e. home number and work number
  • other contacts - mobile number

We require a minimum of two contacts for each student including at least one prime contact (parents/carer).  To update your details either send a change request or message via the School Gateway app or email us at contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk  .