This page will be updated with any changes to the usual school routine. To receive urgent updates, please ensure we have your correct email address via INSIGHT.
Any important letters can be found at the bottom of this page
An acceptable user guide for Microsoft Teams has been published for all students to read, a copy is available here
A guide for uploading homework to Insight has been added to the bottom of this page
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Last Updated:-15:00 Thursday 2nd July
Last updated - 14:30 Sunday 14th June
As we prepare for the phased return of students in Y10 and Y12 all document and letters issued to parents will also be posted here
Letter sent to parents in Y7-9:- Click here
Letter sent to parents in Y10:- Click here Updated 5th June 2020
Attendance letter sent to parents in Y10:- Click here Updated 15th June 2020
Letter sent to parents in Y12:- Click here Updated 5th June 2020
Attendance letter sent to parents in Y12:- Click here Updated 15th June 2020
Proposed timetables for Y10-12:- Click here
Coronavirus Risk Assessment:- Click here
13:00 Monday 29th June
Each week Dr Smallwood will release a Parent Briefing with news, events, information and extra curriculum links.
The latest edition can be found here:- Weekly Bulletin 29th June 2020
The documents mentioned in this weeks bulletin can be found at the bottom of this page in pdf format
08:30 Monday 15th June
Please see the following advice issued by Wiltshire County Council
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced that from Monday 15 June, anyone using public transport will be required to wear a face covering. There will be no requirement for pupils to wear a face covering on school transport organised by Wiltshire Council. However, should pupils wish to wear a face covering it does not need to be of a professional grade and can easily be made at home – examples can be found here www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering
Please also see the DfE information on this below with the information relating to school transport in bold.
5.4 What precautions should my child take when travelling to school?
From 1 June, children in reception, year 1 and year 6 will be able to attend school, in addition to the children of critical workers and vulnerable children who were already attending school.
From 15 June, children in year 10 and 12, and 16 to 19 learners in the first year of their course, will be provided with some face-to-face contact and only a quarter of them will attend at any one time.
This should limit the amount of children travelling to and from school/college to manageable numbers.
When planning your journey to school, particularly if using public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.
Pupils and parents should do all they can to help make sure they and others can travel safely. This can be done through:
When deciding whether children wear a face covering on school transport, it is also important to remember:
15:00 Thursday 2nd July
The Education Secretary has provided further information regarding GCSE, AS and A level exams next year. More detail in this link.
14:30 Friday 3rd April
As expected, Ofqual have today released further information on how grades will be awarded this academic year following the cancellation of the exams:
Ofqual’s letter to students can be found here:
Please note: Teachers and BWS staff are not allowed to discuss this process or grades with you, but we will continue to update you where we can.
14:15 Tuesday 14th April
We appreciate that this is a stressful and unsettling time for you. We have some guidance for you which we have received from the Examination Boards and Ofqual.
If you have been entered for examinations for Summer 2020 you:
Teachers cannot discuss these grades, they are confidential.
Please see this useful link which will provide more information - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gcses-as-and-a-level-awarding-summer-2020
Please stay safe and well.
Mrs Jan Glasson
Examinations Officer – Centre No: 66715
Tel: (01722) 424732
09:45 Thursday 2nd April
Please note the status of the following events have changed
The online 11+ registration will still open as advertised on April 24th and close July 9th
13:15 Tuesday 24th March
If your son becomes unwell during his time at home, there is no requirement for parents to contact school and inform us. Boys are not expected to continue working while they are unwell and please reassure them about this. They should only resume their work once they are well enough to do so and catch up with the work that has been set as they would usually do if they returned to school. Boys should contact their relevant teacher by email to explain if they have missed a deadline for a piece of work due to illness.
15:00 Friday 26th June
Advice for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to at this time and information about available help and support. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm
16:15 Wednesday 1st April
TheDofE have updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online. Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Updated 14:00 Wednesday 10th June
The Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on the cancellation of the Summer 2020 GCSE, AS & A Level public exams can be found here.
Updated:- 09:30 Friday 20th March
If you are in Yr11 or Yr13, there still seems to be some uncertainty about exactly what will happen regarding your exams this summer. In light of this, it is probably best to keep all of your materials and to do some revision so that you are prepared for any eventuality: it’s better to have done some work and not to need it, than to need it and have done no work.
Whilst the school is closed for you, we will do our best to provide you with resources, exercises and support so that you are able to keep up with your education. Obviously some subjects will be able to do this better than others: English and the Humanities should have few difficulties, but the practical subjects will find it difficult to set work similar to what you’d cover if at school, and Science experiments will also be a bit of a challenge.
You have a part to play in this, too: we will be expecting you to spend sufficient time on the tasks we set (and meet deadlines where necessary) unless you are too ill to do so, or you’re helping others in your family.
It is important to realise that we’ve never been in a situation like this before so we don’t know what will work and where problems might arise. We all need to be flexible – and processes may have to change. If there are difficulties, let us know and we will try to sort things as soon as we can.
Remember also, that we may be ill or be looking after others who are ill – and that, like you, we will probably want to put away our school-work at weekends and during the holidays.
The following should help you understand what we’ve put in place for you. It’s also possible that some teachers may make other arrangements, for example videoing lessons and uploading them to the BWS YouTube Channel, but they will let you know what to do via Insight.
Your teachers will set work on Insight, either lesson-by-lesson or as work to be done over a course of lessons. This means that you will need to check Insight at least once a day.
You might find it easier to complete the work according to your normal daily timetable, but it is really up to you to organise your time as sensibly as possible so that you don’t fall behind. Think about how much time you would normally spend in lessons for each subject each week, add on the time for homework – and that’s what you should be spending on the work we set.
If your teachers set a deadline for you to complete work by, you must make every effort to meet this.
We have now made it possible for you to submit work through Insight for your teachers to review – they will make it clear which tasks require this, as it may not be necessary for every task.
Save your work with a sensible filename (e.g. surname tutorgroup task) and make sure you save it in a format your teachers can view: using a Microsoft Office app (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx) or Adobe/Photoshop (e.g. .pdf, .psd).
There is a button on each assignment to submit the work (under the heading Evidence). When you click this, you will be able to drag-and-drop files or browse to find the file you want to upload. (NB - the upload bug from Wed/Thur has now been fixed)
Once your teacher has reviewed your work, you will be able to see their feedback under the assignment title. Unfortunately, Insight doesn’t have the facility for teachers to mark work onscreen – but individual teachers may find alternative solutions.
Please be patient if feedback doesn’t readily appear: your teachers will review the work when they can.
All students received an email last week from Mr White telling them about free access to Office 365. This will allow them to install all the usual Office apps on your home computer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…) – whether it is a Windows PC or a Mac. It also gives them access to Microsoft’s cloud (One Drive) where they can save their school work rather than using the Remote Desktop if you don’t already have cloud storage. Details of how to do this are in his email. It’s important to understand that their school files have not been uploaded to the cloud nor is there any plan for us to do this: this is something you will need to do (if you haven’t already done so), e.g. using Google Drive.
We are also exploring the use of Microsoft Teams (also through Office 365) which offers opportunities for collaborative work. We were planning on developing this for September but in light of school closures we will be doing our best to accelerate this so that we can provide more interactive learning activities. You’ll receive updates on this in due course.
Unfortunately students cannot access your school email via the Office 365 version of Outlook – there simply hasn’t been enough time to set this up.
Although we have increased provision on the Remote Desktop, it’s possible that when many students are using it you may experience sluggish responses. Therefore it would be better to access your school emails via the webmail link on the school website: navigate to the Main School page, click on the Student Portal menu and select Webmail – use your normal school network logon details to proceed.
You can email your teacher if you have any queries about work that has been set – but, again, be patient if you don’t get an immediate reply. It’s also important for you to regularly check your school email as your teacher may have emailed you!
Remote Desktop (Instructions have changed - please read)
The Remote Desktop gives you access to your files saved on the school’s network and to the apps you’ve been using at school, such as Photoshop. As mentioned above, we have managed to increase provision to this so we will be opening access to all years. However, to avoid overloading the system, please do not leave it sitting in the background whilst you are working on something else (unless you need to).
Insight and your school email account can readily be accessed via the school’s website without using the Remote Desktop.
It also makes good sense to start saving work on your home computer or to the cloud so that if there is an issue with the school’s network you can still carry on.
Department of Education - Latest Updates
Useful information and websites:
(Last updated 15:00 Thursday 18th June)
I appreciate this is a difficult time with so much uncertainty and with the current extension to the lockdown, you may be struggling to adjust. I am conscious that we are unable to offer face to face support in school, therefore below are some organisations that can offer support during this time:
www.onyourmind.org.uk which lists a variety of organisations pupils/parents can contact for support including:
https://youngminds.org.uk/ which has lots of useful current advice for children and parents about coping with the coronavirus lockdown
www.kooth.com online access to qualified counsellors
In addition to this with children spending an increasing amount of time indoors online, this might also be useful for parents to review:
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ advice on setting up parental controls and advice about age restrictions for gaming, as well as lots of other useful advice.
I am checking my emails daily, so if you do wish to contact me directly for support during this time, please do not hesitate to contact me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Elizabeth Jacobs
Pastoral Support Officer
(Last updated 08:15 Tuesday 21st April)
Dear Parents, Carers and Young People, We are aware that it is a very anxious time and there may be concerns about where to access support in coming weeks with school closures or you needing to self isolate.
As a school nursing service we would like to let you know we are here to support you during this time.
For secondary school age young people:-
For parents of any school age child:-
(Last updated 08:00 Friday 20th March)
(Last updated 7:30 Friday 10th April)
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Please see "Cancellation of GCSE, AS and A levels in 2020" at the top of this page for the latest information we have regarding Summer 2020 examinations
(Last updated 08:00 Monday 23rd March)
Please note that payment for all trips has been temporarily suspended on Wisepay until the status has been confirmed. Payment can still be made for all for other items such as catering.
|Event||Date From||Date To||Current Status|
|ESU Shakespeare Competition||16th March||CANCELLED|
|Salisbury School Book Event, Wyvern||18th March||CANCELLED|
|Jekyll & Hyde, Godolphin School||25th March||CANCELLED|
|Rosslyn Park||24th March||25th March||CANCELLED|
|Cambridge University Trip||25th March||26th March||CANCELLED|
|Rugby Dinner||28th March||CANCELLED|
|Cardiff University Trip||1st April||CANCELLED|
|Iceland||31st March||4th April||CANCELLED|
|Zanzibar (Godolphin Trip)||27th March||7th April||CANCELLED|
|Ski Trip||4th April||11th April||CANCELLED|
|YSC - Macbeth||23rd April||POSTPONED|
|Y8 Survival Nights||27th April||30th April||CANCELLED|
|Oxford University Trip||29th April||CANCELLED|
|Ten Tors||Nov 2019||3rd May||CANCELLED|
|Cologne (MFL)||8th June||12th June||CANCELLED|
|Barcelona (MFL)||8th June||12th June||CANCELLED|
|St Ives (Art)||15th June||18th June||CANCELLED|
|French Exchange (MFL)||15th June||19th June||CANCELLED|
|Crickhowell (Y9)||22nd June||24th June||CANCELLED|
|Pencelli||21st June||26th June||CANCELLED|
|SA Rugby Tour||13th July 2021||25th July 2021||ON (Review pending)|
|Great Yews||July 2020||Review Pending|
|D of E Bronze|
|Practice Expedition||9th May||10th May||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||11th July||12th July||POSTPONED|
|D of E Silver|
|Practice Expedition||15th May||17th May||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||5th June||7th June||POSTPONED|
|D of E Gold|
|Practice Expedition||29th March||1st April||CANCELLED|
|Qualifying Expedition||3rd July||6th July||POSTPONED|
(Last updated 15:00 Tuesday 5th May)