Latest News - 25th June 2020

URGENT: Microsoft Teams to be used from Monday 29th June @ 9am for Year 10 and 12 remote learning

Dear Parent / Carer,

During this extended period of school closure, we are delighted to announce that we are able to further support our students working away from school using Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that will mean all remote learning will be in one place – and this can be on your phone, tablet or laptop. Please see over for more details of how to get on to MS Teams.

We have decided to start using this with Year 10 and Year 12 for two reasons:

  1. Both of these year groups currently have a large proportion of students in school. That helps us show the students how to get on to Teams.

  2. Both of these year groups will be completing external exams during 2020-21. We will be using Teams to support intervention and revision next year.

We also plan to use Teams with other year groups for homework, and in the event of a further outbreak of Covid -19.


When will we start using Teams?

From Monday 29th June, at 9am, Teams will be populated with work from every Year 10 and Year 12 teacher.

Students will be expected to complete assignments for each of their subjects by the end of the school day on Friday, at 3pm. 

Instructions on what to do will be provided within each teacher’s instructions.

Each Year 10 and Year 12 teacher will then set other assignments in each of the remaining two weeks of term in the same way.

Teams will allow us to centrally track and monitor completion of assignments so that we can support student progress.

Please help us by supporting your son or daughter in the remaining weeks. We understand that summer is approaching, but we need to prepare for next year and learn how to support Year 11 and Year 13 using Teams.


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What is it?

Teams is a digital hub that will mean all remote learning will be in one place.

You can use Teams to access presentations, worksheets, internet based learning, intervention and home learning - all through your phone or tablet – you don’t need a laptop or desktop PC, although you can use a laptop too.

In the future, Teams will also allow you to take part in remote lessons and revision classes and will allow you to: answer questions, ask questions if you are stuck, and allows a teacher to give you feedback to help you improve.

Teams is free for students at BSCA - your child’s Teams account has been set up automatically.


All your child needs to do is this – from a phone, tablet or laptop:

Sign in to Teams

  1. Open and sign in with your school email and password.

  2. From Office 365, click on the Teams app to open right in your browser. 

  3. Select Teams   in to see which class teams you’re in.

If your child is using a phone/tablet, they can download the Microsoft Teams app


Installing the Teams App on iOS or Android

  1. Open the App store or Google Play store and download

  2. Sign in by using your school email address and password in order to gain access to school work.

  3. You will be prompted to receive Notifications and to allow "Teams" to Access the Microphone.


Latest news - 5th June 2020 - arrangements for children of Key Workers from W/c 15th June


Dear Parent/Carer,

Following on from the government guidance, we have now finalised our plans to invite year 10 and year 12 students into school for some face-to-face contact with teaching staff from 15th June.

We have deliberated long and hard about this process and how best to do this whilst considering safety as the paramount importance. We have also had to constantly review our plans because of the ever changing guidance provided to schools.

Having additional students in school during this time has meant we have had to make changes to school arrangements.

Your child is still welcome to attend school on every day as normal.  During this time, we will continue to focus our support on their remote learning as well as provide sessions of physical and creative activities.

Your child must arrive at school on each morning , using the main entrance of school only between 08:40 - 08:50

Once the lessons have finished, at 15:00 your child will be directed out of school, using the main school entrance. They will wash their hands or use the hand sanitiser. They will be expected to leave the school grounds immediately.

Your child will be expected to travel from home to school directly and vice versa, observing social distancing guidelines as they travel.

Please remember that students should not attend school if they have any symptoms of coronavirus or if you are self-isolating because someone in your household has suspected or confirmed coronavirus. Parents need to phone school to report student absence if this is the case. As parents you will be contacted if your child becomes ill during their time in school. We do have facilities to isolate students who become ill.

A separate email has been sent to you with a new home-academy agreement that must be completed before your child is allowed back into school. Failure to complete this will result in your child not being able to start back week commencing 15th June.

We look forward to seeing your child in school again, and helping to support them as they move forward.

Kind regards

Jason Whittaker

Poster-page-001.jpgHope you are all safe and well

We love seeing your work whilst you are working at home and we want to celebrate this with you. This week, we are launching an event to celebrate your work called PROUD. We would love you to email your photographs, screenshots or videos of your amazing work to each Thursday by 1:30pm and we will send an electronic certificate to congratulate you and showcase the weekly winners on our school social media accounts and website on a Thursday afternoon. We will also enter some of your amazing work to compete against other schools in Bolton.

If you require any further information please e mail


Stay safe

Mrs Robinson





BSCA Secondary One Stop Information Point

What work should students be doing while school is closed?


Process of Awarding Summer 2020 Grades Letter - sent 8th April 2020

General advice

  • Stick to a school routine – use your weekly timetable to structure which subjects to study when
  • Get up, get ready and have a healthy breakfast ready to start your work at 8.30am.
  • Use the start of the day to check and set your daily work .
  • Period 1- 5 - use your daily timetable to complete work for that subject – 8.45am – 3pm.
  • Make sure you take your break times – 10.45 – 11am and 1 - 1.30pm.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Watch what you eat.
  • Weather permitting get some fresh air in your garden or yard.
  • Let your parents/carers know what you have been doing and ask them for support if you need it.
  • Read for at least 30 minutes per day.

Student emails


Office 365

You may not have access at home to Microsoft Office which helps you access any documents that we have uploaded onto our website, or if you are emailed any. As a school we provide Office 365 to all our students. You can access this package either from our website - System Access and ‘Install Office’ from the main screen (top right hand corner).


Any problems with this please email


GCSE Pod – all subjects

  • This is a library of over 6,000 'Pods,' 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts. Every Pod is mapped to the correct exam board, and contains all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams.
  • Teachers will be setting work vis the GCSE Pod too.
  • Instructions were included in the student pack sent home and are also available on our website, see dedicated page on the left hand side, or click here to take you there.
  • Any questions or issues with GCSE Pod, please email


Seneca Learning – English and Computer Science for Year 9, 10 and 11, Maths and French Year 7 – 11

Some departments is using this online tool to set, record and assess work.

Please use browsers like Chrome, Firefox or Safari to access this tool - .


Website – Student Homeworking Information

Work has been, and is being uploaded onto the website via One Drive for students to access - Student Homeworking Information - click on the appropriate year group on the left hand side. The website should be checked daily for updates.


Twitter – PE

Our Twitter account has been taken over by Mr Lowe in the PE department. Check out his updated here -  


Technology subject support


Seneca Learning - 

Corbett Maths - 

Hegarty Maths - 

MathsWatch -

BBC Bitesize - KS3 -

BBC Bitesize - GCSE -


Exam Revision -

Bitesize Revision

Youtube – Search for the R081 Theory channel as this covers everything for the exam


Seneca Learning -


Quizlet -

Youtube – Search for Manufacturing Construction on youtube

Seneca Learning -


Check your emails and the school website for the Carpentry handbook set up my Mr Golding as well as the past papers.

Business Studies

Business Ed -​ 

Seneca Learning -


Heads of Department

If you wish to contact your subject teacher, you can by emailing their Head of Department:


Year Leaders

If you wish to contact your Year Leader, you can by emailing them:



We are extremely lucky here at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy that we have a trained CAMHS worker who supports us within school, during this time if you are worried or feeling it is getting too much our CAMHS worker Vicky is here to offer some advice and support. In order to do this please email our DSL at . Miss Tobin will then pass this over to Vicky and Vicky will contact you directly. Stay safe & Look after each other during this unpredictable time.


Text your School Nurse

During these unsettling times, as a parent of child aged between 5/19 years old you may be worried about your child’s health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help you need.

Our school nurses are still here to help - you can text them for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.

Parent/carers of child(ren) aged 5-19 can send a text to:


We can help with all kinds of things like:

  • Behaviour
  • Continence
  • Emotional health
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Minor accidents and illnesses

Your ChatHealth messaging service is run by The Children’s Integrated Health and Wellbeing Team, Bolton Foundation Trust and is available Monday to Friday 8am until 8pm

We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate bounce-back to confirm we received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours. If you need help before you hear back from us, contact you GP, NHS 111 or dial 999 if it is an emergency.

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GCSE Pod - for all Secondary

Here are all the reosurces you need to understand what the GCSE Pod is and how to use it:

1. Parent - Letter

2. Parent - How to support your child using GCSEPod

3. Parent - Quick Start Guide

4. Parent - Using GCSEPod with Cognitive Learning Techniques - Guide for Parents

5. Teacher - Using GCSEPod to Teach Remotely


During this unexpected school closure, we are delighted to be able to continue supporting your child through the fantastic GCSEPod service, which all students have access to through the school subscription.

GCSEPod is the award-winning digital content and revision provider used by over 1,400 schools worldwide.  As a subscriber, your child has access to GCSEPod's library of over 6,000 'Pods,' 3-5 minute videos designed to deliver knowledge in short bursts. Every Pod is mapped to the correct exam board, and contains all the right facts, quotes, keywords, dates and annotated diagrams that your child needs for GCSE success – all neatly organised into topics and exam playlists.

During this period, teachers may be setting your child work on GCSEPod.  This may take the form of Assignments, which students can access and complete via the GCSEPod platform, or teachers may recommend specific Pods for students to watch at home to continue their learning.

In addition, we ask that you encourage your child to make use of this amazing resource independently. Once they've activated their account, they can browse the GCSEPod library and create their own playlists – just as they would when they're listening to music.

GCSEPod can also identify knowledge gaps and automatically send playlists to your child to help them strengthen their knowledge.  After completing any Assignments set on GCSEPod, your child will get a personalised "Boost Playlist" of Pods relevant to their identified areas of weakness. We strongly suggest you encourage your child to review these playlists regularly as this will speed up their progress.

As we approach exams, students can access a section on GCSEPod called "My Courses."  Here they can view upcoming exams (including exam dates) and view playlists of Pods covering the topics relevant to each exam.  We ask that students review topics that have been taught in class and revise their knowledge.  Students can tick the star icon to favourite any Pods they wish to return to.

Finally, in Maths and English Literature, students can test their knowledge independently using GCSEPod's fantastic Check & Challenge feature.   Simply visit any Maths and selected English Literature playlists and click the purple "C&C".  This will start a short self-marking assessment.

For more ways to support your child using GCSEPod, please visit where you'll find lots more information and resources.

Your child has already been registered with GCSEPod and some students are already using it.  If they have not all they need to do is activate their account by following the instructions below.  All passwords have been reset to Football1, so once logged in students can change this to an individual password.

1)      Go to and click "Login" in the top right-hand corner

2)      Click "New here?  Get started."

3)      Select "Student"

4)      Enter your child's name, date of birth and the school name.

5)      Create a username, password, and a password hint to help them remember the password.

If you have any questions regarding GCSEPod please contact Mrs Alexander who is leading on GCSEPod  , or message