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Headteacher's Weekly Information

Please see the following for communications that are emailed home via PS Engage. 

Friday 27th May 2022

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a wonderful half-term, in particular the start of the exam season for Year 11 and 13.  We could not be prouder of the way the Year 11 and 13 students have approached the exams considering the disruption that they encountered during the last few years.   
 
I also want to commend the remainder of the school who have demonstrated real Bishopshalt spirit in the way that they have conducted themselves around the examination rooms within the school ensuring that the students sitting in exams have complete silence.  They are to be commended as this could not be possible without the support of parents and carers; we thank you all.
 
This term also marked the return to Work Experience, with many of our Year 10 students attending placements in a variety of sectors.  The feedback from all employers about Bishopshalt students was amazing.  It is clear that our students really did demonstrate that they all have bright futures.  For further information about our students chasing brilliance please see the Better Bishopshalter newsletter on the website.
 
Our final half-term of this academic year will begin with the second half of the exam season.  We continue to wish good luck to all of our students taking public exams with your continued revision.
 
The new cohort of September Year 7 students will join us for Transition Day on Tuesday 5th July transition.  The Year 12 Transition day will take place on Monday 11th July.  We look forward to welcoming our new students ahead of the Summer Holidays. 
 
We have a very busy few weeks ahead of us with Our 'Chase Brilliance' day is Friday 24th June, Junior BODs Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July, Bishopshalt Got Talent, as well as many other wonderful events to look forward to.
 
The following Virtual Parents’ Evenings will take place via the https://bishopshalt.schoolcloud.co.uk/
 
Year 7             Wednesday 8th June
Year 10           Thursday 16th June
Year 8             Tuesday 21st June
 

May I also remind you that Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be sitting their final end of Year assessments. Ms Hubbard, Deputy Head, has written to all parents and carers regarding the end of Year assessments and further details can be found on our website.  You will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with their Form Tutor at the Progress Review meetings which will take place on Tuesday 19th July 4:30-7pm and Wednesday 20th July 8:30am to 12:00noon. 
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers about the uniform expectations at Bishopshalt. 
 
As you are aware, we expect all students to be dressed in full school uniform each day,  Students are not permitted to wear trainers to school, in the event that a student arrives without shoes, they will be escorted to the Pupils’ Office and be required to wear a pair of shoes that we provide.  
 
Please also note that girls’ skirts must be knee-length, any student found rolling their skirt up or wearing a short skirt will be sanctioned. Trousers should be of an appropriate style not skinny fit.  With the exception of one small stud earring in each ear, students are not permitted to wear any jewellery to school.  Nose rings, necklaces etc are not permitted, as before, any student who infringes this rule will be sanctioned with a same day detention. 
 
We hope that you will support the school by ensuring that your child attends in appropriate uniform, with the correct footwear and not wearing jewellery.
 
Finally, I do hope that you all have a wonderful half-term break, and thank you again for your continued support and cooperation.
 
Yours sincerely
  
L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher
 

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Friday 1st April 2022

Dear Parents & Carers
 
As we close our second term of this academic year, I would like to thank you all for your continued support.
 
At times, this has been a difficult term with the rise of COVID throughout out the local area and the school, yet we are very pleased that we have been able to continue to provide our students with a full range of lessons and learning opportunities, despite at times, the challenging staffing situation. 
 
Our Year 11 and 13 students have all been made aware of the programme of Easter revision and intervention classes that are taking place throughout the holiday.  Please be reminded that students must arrive on site for 10:00am and 12:30pm, the gates will be closed ten minutes after these times and will not be reopened until the end of each session 12:00 and 2:30pm. Students should bring any refreshments/packed lunch that they require as the catering facility will be closed and they are not permitted off site until the times mentioned above.
 
Looking forward to next term, from 1st April all COVID restrictions will be lifted.  However, we will continue to allow students to wear masks in school if they wish to do so.  Masks must be worn correctly, they should not be under the nose or chin.

The COVID the guidance that schools have received is as follows:

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available for specific groups, including eligible patients and NHS staff, once the universal testing offer ends on Friday 1 April.
Updated guidance will advise:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice will be 3 days

Further information can be found on  next steps for living with COVID-19
 
Please may I also take this opportunity to remind you of some key dates for the next half term:
 
Friday 29th April          Staff Training Day
Please note some Y11/13 students may be asked to attend on this day for additional support.
 
Monday 2nd May        May Bank holiday
 
Monday 9th May         Public Examinations (GCSE & A Level) commence
 
Friday 13th May          Year 8 HPV vaccination
 
Monday 16th May       Year 10 Work experience commences - Y10 will receive further details of this
 
Tuesday 17th May      Year 9 HPV vaccination 2nd dose
 
Friday 2th May            Breakup for half term
 
Please note, if you need to contact the school during the holidays please email office@bishopshalt.hillingdon.sch.uk and your email will be responded to at the earliest opportunity.
 
There are many important religious dates over the break, so to all affiliations, happy Vaisakhi, happy Ramadan, happy Easter, or just happy holidays, and I want to wish you a wonderful break. 
 
I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to school on Tuesday 19th April and once again, I thank you all for your continued support. 
 
Yours sincerely
 
L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher

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Friday 25th February 2022

Dear Parents & Carers 

We are writing to advise you that following this week’s Government announcement regarding COVID, students are no longer required to test twice weekly with effect from Thursday 24th February.

As schools will no longer receive Lateral Flow tests, we will be unable to provide students with test kits. We had anticipated that we would receive a delivery this week, but we have been advised that this will not now happen. 

The current guidance can be found here.

You will note that there is no longer a legal requirement for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to self-isolate, however if you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

If you have COVID-19 you can infect other people from 2 days before your symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. If you have COVID-19 you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting.  As before, the school will not be providing Lateral Flow tests, these will need to be purchased from a pharmacy. 

For the remainder of this term we will continue to provide on-line learning access to students who have tested positive for COVID-19.  This will cease at the start of the summer term. 

In school, we remain conscious of the ongoing risks associated with COVID and will continue to promote good hygiene, maintain the best ventilation we can and use rigorous cleaning regimes.

School events will gradually return to normal.  However, we will advise on an event by event basis for the remainder of this term.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely     
L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher 

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Friday 11th February 2022

Dear Parents & Carer

Unbelievably we are at the end of the spring half-term, and this has been one for which the school has so much to be proud of.

We have had great success as 170 of our students have made University applications, of which there have been acceptances into Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

We have had fantastic House competitions, excellent trips and fantastic student leadership including the launching of the Student Charter. It has been an exceptional term where students have really worked on our core value of building character.  All of this success has also been couched with the continued uncertainty over the Omicron variant and students required to wear masks.

In light of the improved data locally and nationally, and the removal of legal restrictions due to shortly end, from Monday 21st February wearing masks in school will be optional.  There may be times when for the safety of our vulnerable staff, we insist some students wear masks, however if this is the case Bishopshalt will provide masks in those classrooms to students who do not have one.

We look forward to the second half of spring term with great anticipation, and the hard work we will all put in to ensure our Year 11 and 13 achieve excellent support in the lead up to their final exams.

Please see this NHS letter which we have been asked to send to all parents.  As you are aware, the NHS roving team were in school this week vaccinating those students whose consent had been returned.  If you would like for your child to be vaccinated during half-term, please see the information in this letter.

We hope that all of our students have a restful half-term break, and I thank you again for your continued support and cooperation.

Mr McGillicuddy, Headteacher

____________________________________________________________Wednesday 3rd February 2022

Dear Parents & Carers

I am informing you that after almost three months since the Ofsted inspection our report has now been released.  Bishopshalt remains a 'Good' school, and the report confirms the many strengths that we know the school has.  It is wonderful to have the acknowledgement that our students are proud of their school, and they learn from knowledgeable teachers in a disruption free environment.  

Bishopshalt does the tireless work we do for children, not Ofsted, though it is very pleasing that the areas of strength within our school are acknowledged. 

Disappointingly there is no acknowledgement of the impact of Covid on our community, nor the work that the school has continued to do during this pandemic. 

The full report is now available here.

We will, as always, continue to work to ensure our school continually improves and provides our students with bright futures.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation,

Mr L McGillicuddy, Headteacher

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Thursday 27th January 2022

Due to increased cases of COVID amongst students and staff, the decision has been made to ask students to maintain the current arrangements of wearing masks in school and communal areas through to the end of this half term Friday 11th February 2022.

We will review the situation at that stage and advise parents/students.

Thank you for your continued support. Bishopshalt

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Wednesday 19th January 2022

Dear Parents & Carers

Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister, on the easing of the Plan B restrictions, we are emailing to update you on the guidance that we have received from the Department for Education.

From tomorrow, Thursday 20th January, face coverings are no longer recommended in classrooms and teaching spaces for staff and students in year 7 and above.  As you are aware, they were introduced in classrooms at the start of the spring term as a temporary measure.  However, where we have a vulnerable member of teaching staff, students may still be required to wear their mask in that lesson.

From Thursday 27th January, face coverings are no longer recommended in communal areas for staff, and pupils and students in year 7 and above.  Students will of course be permitted to continue to wear a mask in classrooms and communal areas if they so wish to do so.

Please note for the period 21st to 26th January, students must continue to bring a mask to school each day.  This must be worn when moving around the school and in all communal areas.  The current sanctions will be applied to any student arriving in school without a mask unless we have been notified of their exemption.

We will continue to update you with any further guidance as and when we receive it.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher

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Friday 7th January 2022

Dear Parent / Caregiver,

Thank you for your support this week.  As with all Public Service institutions we are currently under stress with absence, and therefore I want to thank you for your support and understanding during this critical time.  We have now tested our student body, and we ask that your children continue to test at home twice weekly.  

Unfortunately, due to supply chain issues we have not received our testing kits to give out to all students.  We have been able to supply Year 7, Year 8, Year 11 and 13 with Lateral Flow Kits as they were the first year groups to test this week.  As soon as we receive the next delivery we will provide them to the rest of the school.

This term we will aim to provide as normal of an education as we possibly can, to ensure our students are able to chase a bright future.  Therefore, we will not be adjusting any of our planned activities, Drop Down Days, or move to any form of Remote Learning unless staffing levels become untenable.  As always the staff at Bishopshalt will go above and beyond for our students.  

If your child is off due to covid, but well enough to complete work, then they are welcome to the Google live lesson.  All teachers will have their lessons to share live with students on the isolating list.  Students can access this lesson through their Google Calendar.   

With staff absence, and the national shortage of supply of cover teachers, we will ensure that our lessons are delivered by the most appropriate teacher possible, however this does mean some lessons will be held in larger spaces with more children.

If you require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your Head of Year by email, and we will attempt to provide you with support as soon as we can.

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation,

Mr McGillicuddy, Headteacher

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Monday 3rd January 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We very much look forward to welcoming students back this week following the Christmas break.

As I am sure you are aware, students will be required to wear masks in lessons as well in communal areas when they return to school.  Please ensure that your child, as before the break, attends school each day with their own mask, and a spare. If your child is unable to wear a mask, please complete this form for our records.

As you have been informed we will be testing students this week before they return to lessons.  To ensure that we do this in a manageable manner, and due to staff absence, we have made a slight amendment to the testing times below.  

COVID testing phased return to school as follows:

Tuesday 4th January - Training Day 

Year 7 Arrive between10:00am to 11:30 test and then leave site, parents may accompany their child and wait outside if they wish

Year 11 Arrive between 11:30 to 1:00 students arrive and leave site

Year 13 Arrive between 1:15 to 3:00 students arrive and leave site 

Year 7, 11 and 13 return to school as normal on Wednesday 5th January 

Wednesday 5th January 

Year 8 - Arrive at normal time, then proceed straight from their bubble to test.  They will then wait in the hall for 15 minutes before returning to lessons. 

Year 9 - Arrive for 11:30am and assemble in the Bubble.  They will then test, wait in the hall for 15 minutes before proceeding to lessons

Year 7,8,9, 11,13 All in school as normal on Thursday 6th January.

Thursday 6th January 

Year 12 - straight from bubble, test, to the hall for 15 minutes then to lessons. 

Year 10 -

10C - 12:30 test then leave site

10D - 12:55 test then leave site

10E - 1:15 test then leave site

10M - 1:45 test then leave site

10S - 2:15 :test then leave site

10W - 2:45  test then leave site

Year 10 return to school on Friday 7th January as normal.  

Please note that there will be no online provision until the year group has tested on site and returned to lessons.  

We ask that students, if possible, also bring with them a set of headphones to school each day if there needs to be online teaching facilitated at school.

We will continue to update you as and when we receive further information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher

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Tuesday 14th December 2021 - End of Term Mailing 

Dear Parents & Carers 

As we draw to the end of the first term of the 2021-2022 academic year, I would like to use this opportunity to reflect on all the positives that have taken place.  The first of which is that we have been able to complete the term without returning to bubbles, isolating large cohorts of students and have for the most part been able to deliver our lessons in the classrooms and activity spaces, which is something that we were unable to do for the majority of last year. 

We have seen all our students undertake their end of term assessments and their progress will be discussed at the Progress Review meetings which take place virtually on Thursday 16th 4:30 to 7:00pm and Friday 17th December 8:30 to 12:00pm via https://bishopshalt.schoolcloud.co.uk/ I hope that you have made appointments for these valuable sessions.  

We also held two Drop Down Days, one at the end of September focussing on our core value of “Love Learning” and the other in November,  “Show Kindness”, these days were filled with inspirational activities, engaging our students whilst instilling these values, something that is so important to the school.  

We also very proud of the University applications being sent off by our Year 13 students.  The exceptional amount of Oxbridge interviews is very pleasing, and testament to our students chasing brilliance.

Finally, this term having been unable to produce a BODs show in 2020 due to COVID, our students and Performing Arts team, performed “9 to 5” over three nights, to a full audience.  Again, it was inspiring to see our students participating in such a fabulous production and demonstrates their desire to “Chase Brilliance”. 

Arrangements for the Start of Spring Term 2022 

Looking forward to the new term, with the constant shadow of COVID looming over us, we have been informed that all schools are required to advise staff and students to continue to test twice weekly throughout the holidays.

If you would like to arrange for your child to be vaccinated over the Christmas period you can book this via:

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

May I remind you that we will be having an additional Staff Training Day on Tuesday 4th January 2022. 

We are also required to test students on site once on their return in January, this will be followed by students completing a lateral flow test at home three days after their on site test, further details of this are below.

COVID testing phased return to school as follows:

Tuesday 4th January - Training Day 

Year 7 Arrive between10:00am to 11:30 with parents test and then leave site

Year 11 Arrive between 11:30 to 1:00 students arrive and leave site

Year 13 Arrive between 1:15 to 3:00 students arrive and leave site 

Year 7, 11 and 13 return to school as normal on Wednesday 5th January 

Wednesday 5th Januar

Year 8 - Arrive at normal time, then proceed straight from their bubble to test.  They will then wait in the hall for 15 minutes before returning to lessons. 

Year 9 - arrive for 10:30 and assemble in the Bubble.  They will then test, wait the hall for 15 minutes before proceeding to lessons

Year 10 -
        10C - 12:30 test then leave site

        10D - 12:55 test then leave site

        10E - 1:15 test then leave site

        10M - 1:45 test then leave site

        10S - 2:15 :test then leave site

        10W - 2:45  test then leave site 

Year 7,8,9,10,11,13 All in school as normal on Thursday 6th January.

Thursday 6th January 

Year 12 - straight from bubble, test, to the hall for 15 minutes then to lessons. 

As mentioned previously, students will then be required to undertake a lateral flow test at home three days after the school test.  We ask that you then resume the twice weekly testing regime, on a Sunday night or Monday morning and Wednesday Night or Thursday morning following that test, 

Students will also need to continue to wear masks in all communal areas, and when moving around the school building.  Students must ensure that they have a mask with them at all times, unless they are exempt and we have received notification on this.  We will, as always, continue to update you if the situation develops.  

Key Dates for the Term Ahead

Tuesday 4th January - Training Day  + Testing for the Phased Return Details Above

Thursday 13th January - Year 9 Virtual Parents’ Evening 4:30 - 7:00pm 

Thursday 3rd February - Year 9 Options Meeting details to follow

Thursday 10th February - Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening 4:30 - 7:00pm 

Friday 11th February - Break up for Half Term ( Monday 14th to Friday 18th February) 

Ofsted

I am sure that like us, you have been awaiting the details of the Ofsted that took place in the first week of this half term. 

Unfortunately despite my frequent chasing we have yet to receive the report.  Ofsted inform us that they are significantly delayed at this time.  We will of course share the information with you as soon as we are able to do so. 

Finally, as always I thank you all for your continued support and cooperation throughout this term.  I would like to wish you and your families a restful and enjoyable holiday and I wish you the peace of the season. 

Yours sincerely 

L McGillicuddy (Mr)

Headteacher 

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Monday 29th November 2021

Dear Parents & Carers

As you will be aware from the national news, the Government have directed schools to reintroduce mask wearing in all communal areas from today. Monday 29th November. 

This morning we handed masks to all students who had not brought one into school, with the exception of those students who we have already been informed of that are exempt from wearing masks. For the remainder of this week we will continue to handout masks to students who do not arrive with one, however from Monday 6th December, any student arriving in school without a mask will be sanctioned with a same day after school detention. 

Unless they wish to do so, students will not be required to wear a mask in lessons or outside at break and lunchtimes.  They will be required to wear it, when moving around the school, when they are in assemblies and in the Dining Hall unless they are eating. 

You will also be aware that towards the end of last week, we distributed the Lateral Flow tests to students, we ask that you continue to encourage your child to test on a Sunday evening or Monday morning and again on a Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  If your child did not collect tests and you would like them to have a box, please ask them to collect one from the Pupils' Office,  We will be distributing kits in the week commencing the 13th December and ask that students continue with the testing regime throughout the Christmas holiday.  As with the summer return, the school will be required to test students on their return in January and further details will be provided before the end of term. 

In summary:

  • From Monday 29th unless exempt, and you have notified us of this, all students are required to wear masks in the communal areas of the school 
  • From Monday 6th December, if a student arrives at school without a mask they will receive a same day detention 
  • Students should continue to test twice weekly, if you require tests, please ask your child to collect a box from the Pupils' Office, we will be redistributing on Monday 13th December
  • On return to school in January students will be tested once in school, a phased return will be implemented, further details to follow before the end of term.  

Our ultimate aim is to not having to return to bubbles and track and trace. We want to keep the school open and the students attending their lesson, we therefore ask for your continued cooperation and support through mask wearing and testing so as we can achieve our aim. 

Yours sincerely 

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher

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Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Dear Parent & Carers 

I want to thank you for all of your support throughout this half-term.  Our students have been working exceptionally hard since the start of this academic year, and as you are aware they are currently sitting their assessments.  From walking throughout the school yesterday, I am seeing real determination from our students to chase brilliance.  

I would like to bring your attention to the following:

INSET Day
When we return from Christmas there will be an additional Staff Training Day on January 4th 2022.  All students will therefore return to school on Wednesday 5th January; normal school day arrangements will apply. 

Covid
We are closely monitoring the Covid situation within the borough and across the nation.  To keep our community as safe as possible and to minimise the disruption to learning we ask that students continue to test on a Sunday evening or Monday morning and Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. The results should be reported as outlined in my previous email.   

From Monday 29th of November we are strongly recommending students to wear masks in corridors, in assemblies and in the hall.  We however will not enforce mask wearing within lessons at this stage.  

Assessment Fortnight - If your child is self-isolating please be advised of the following:

Students in Y11 and Y13
They will need to sit any mock exams missed when they return to school. If they are well enough to join lessons online via Google Meet, they should continue to do so.

Students in Y7-10 and Y12
If your child is self-isolating but is feeling well enough to join their lessons online, please be aware that we would still like them to do their assessment at home if at all possible.

The teacher will share the assessment paper with your child via email or Google Classroom. The assessment should be taken within the usual time available for their lesson, including any extra time if applicable and your child should write their answers on Word or Google Doc and then submit their answers to their teacher as soon as the time is up. 

If your child doesn't have access to a computer or laptop and is using their smartphone to access the lesson, they may write their answer on lined paper but will need to submit clear photos of their work to the relevant teacher, also via Google Classroom. 

This process will enable us to continue to assess your child's progress as effectively as possible.

If however, they are feeling unwell, the priority is for them to get plenty of rest and to recover. We will make arrangements for any missed assessments to be taken when they are able to return to school.

Cold Weather
We will continue to have windows and doors open in classrooms over the coming months to ensure good airflow in the buildings.  A reminder that we do not allow hoods or winter hats to be worn on the premises unless it is raining Students are however able to stay inside during break and lunch if they choose.

Yours sincerely 

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher 

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Monday 15th November 2021

Dear Parents & Carers

As you are aware COVID 19 remains a concern throughout the United Kingdom.  We are therefore asking for your continued support in ensuring that we keep our school as safe as possible so that our children can be educated without further sanctions such as facemasks, bubbles and sending students home for extended isolation periods. 

We have been informed that the level of reported Lateral Flow tests from our school is below what would be expected for a school of our size.  We would therefore like to remind you that:

  • Students should be testing on a Sunday evening or Monday morning and again on a Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.  The test results should be reported on: 

https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Report a Student Lateral Flow Test Result 

  • The school will continue to provide Lateral Flow Tests via the students form tutors during form time, the most recent ones were handed out last week.  Students should ensure that they collect a box and bring them home.  You can also obtain tests via:      

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

As we move further into the winter months and are able to spend less time outside, we hope that you will appreciate the necessity for testing and support the school by ensuring that your children follow the testing regime as outlined above. 

If your child has not been vaccinated, you may wish to consider this.  You can book a test via 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/london/our-work/covid-19-vaccination-programme-2/covid-19-vaccine-sites-in-london/

We hope that you will consider all of the information above and that you will continue to support the school by ensuring that your child tests and the school remains a safe environment for all.

Yours sincerely

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher 

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Friday 15th October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am writing to formally introduce myself and reflect on my first half term at Bishopshalt School as Deputy Headteacher. 

For those of you I haven’t yet met, I joined the school in September as the Deputy Headteacher responsible for the quality of education. It has been a real privilege to join a fantastic group of teaching staff. And, together, we have been working hard to continue to improve, refine and develop a rich powerful curriculum for your children. If you were able to attend the 'year ahead' meetings at the start of the year, then you will have seen that we have worked on a curriculum which is:

  •  ambitious and designed so that students are empowered by powerful knowledge;    

  •  coherently sequenced, in order that students understand the key concepts and engage with the big questions and controversies within our subject disciplines;

  •  rigorous and enriching to ensure our students love learning, show kindness, build character and chase brilliance, so that all Bishopshalt students thrive and have bright futures.

I have had the opportunity to work in some fantastic schools, including spending the past 13 years at an outstanding school in Harrow. But, joining Bishopshalt and working with the staff and students here is definitely the greatest privilege yet. I look forward to continuing to work with our staff to provide the very best education for all our students. It is an exciting time to be part of Bishopshalt School.

Finally, I wish you all a restful and enjoyable half-term break. 

Yours sincerely,

M Hubbard (Ms), Deputy Headteacher 

On behalf of the school - other important information Friday 15th October 

COVID Vaccinations 12-15 Year Olds - IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

Thank you to all parents who have completed and returned the consent forms for the COVID vaccinations.  For those that have consented, we have been advised that these are likely to take place towards the latter half of the first week back after the break.  The London Borough of Hillingdon have been asked by the NHS for parents to complete a different form to the one that was originally provided.  This form can be found here:

NHS COVID 12+ Consent Form 

We recognise that not all parents will have access to printing the form, and that you have also taken the time to complete and return the form, therefore, LBH/NHS have agreed that a Google Form can also be completed, this will automatically collect your responses and prior to the vaccination, the NHS team will check these responses from a spreadsheet.  The Google Form reflects the questions on the above NHS document above and can be found on the following link:

NHS COVID 12+ Consent Questions 

Year 7, 10, 12 Photographs

On behalf of our school photographers Gilman & Soame, please may we remind you that the deadline for ordering photographs, with free delivery is Sunday 17th October. 

Virtual Parents’ Evenings (Y12 & 10)

Please be reminded that following the half term break, the Year 12 Virtual Parents’ Evening will take place on Wednesday 3rd November and Year 10 Virtual Parents’ Evening is Thursday 18th November.  Parents should make their appointments via: 

https://bishopshalt.schoolcloud.co.uk/  

Appointments with your child’s subject teachers will take place between 4:30 and 7:00pm.  

6th Form Open Evening 

6th Form Open Evening will be held on Monday 8th November 2021 6:00-8:00pm, we recommend arrival from 5:45pm. We hope that all our Year 11 students and their parents will attend and consider us as a choice for Post 16 education. We ask you to note that parking will not be available on site. 

English Year 11 Newsletter

The English Year 11 Newsletter was emailed to parents this week, you can find this here if you have not yet seen it. 

Online Safety Newsletter 

This half-term’s Online safety Newsletter can be found here. 

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Friday 1st October 2021

Dear Parents & Carers

This week saw the first of our Drop Down Days with the focus on “Love Learning”.  After over eighteen months of bubbles, restricted movement and mask wearing, it was heartening to see  our students engaging in a wide range of enjoyable activities where they could freely interact with their peers.  More information about this will be shared in our Better Bishophalter notices. 

COVID Vaccinations

Thank you to all those parents of students aged 12 (by 3rd November) and over who have returned the Consent Forms for the COVID vaccinations. These will take place in school following the half term holiday.  If you have not yet returned your child's form, but would like to do so, please can you do so before Friday 8th October, as we need to provide the team with the final numbers to aid with their planning.  The form can be found here:

COVID Vaccination Consent Form - for students aged 12 (by 3rd November) and over

We ask you to note that children who have had a positive COVID test within 28 days of the team attending will not be able to be vaccinated - there must be a 28 day delay between being positive and being vaccinated. If you have consented and your child tests positive between 1st October and 1st November you must notify us so that we can ensure that they are not on the list for vaccination.

Natasha’s Law

As you will be aware from 1st October 2021, The Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, is coming into effect. It places a responsibility on all food businesses to provide a full list of ingredients and allergen labelling on all food prepacked for direct sale. As such our catering provider Cucina has asked us to share the following information:

Cucina Parents Natasha’s Law Information Letter 

Cucina IFG Information Letter 

We would like to remind parents that as well as the break and lunch service, Cucina also offers a breakfast service between 8:00-8:25am each morning.  Both hot and cold food is available as well as drinks and fruit juices.  After half term, they will also be open between 3:30 and 3:45pm for any students who wish to purchase a snack for the way home. 

Virtual Parents’ Evenings (Y13 & 11)

Please be reminded that the Year 13 Virtual Parents’ Evening will take place on Wednesday 6th October.  Parents should make their appointments via: 

https://bishopshalt.schoolcloud.co.uk/  

Appointments with your child’s subject teachers will take place between 4:30 and 7:00pm.  

May we also remind parents that the Year 11 Virtual Parents’ Evening  will take place on Thursday 14th October, again this will take pace via the schoolcloud as mentioned above.  Year 11 parents will receive a text message when appointments are open for booking.

We hope that all parents will engage with us for these Parents’ Evenings, as Year 11 and 13 are important examination years. 

Year 7, 10, 12 Photographs

On behalf of our school photographers Gilman & Soame, please may we remind you that the deadline for ordering photographs, with free delivery is Sunday 17th October. 

Baseline Testing - KS3

The final two weeks of this half term our Key Stage 3 students will be participating in baseline testing in English and Maths. These assessments are nothing to worry about and students don't need to do anything to prepare for them. The assessments will just help us to get a better understanding of what students can already do and how we can help them make even better progress with their  learning.

The tests will take place on computers in some of the lessons and their teachers will explain how it will work.

Students will need earphones to complete the tests. Although we do have many sets in school, it would be very helpful if students could bring their own if they have them and would prefer to use their own.

Finally, as always, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

L McGillicuddy (Mr)

Headteacher 

 

 

Monday 20th September 2021

Dear Parents & Carers

COVID 12-15 Year Old Vaccinations 

You will be aware from the media and recent news that in the near future school’s will be required to facilitate the vaccination programme for all students 12-15 born on between the dates 16/09/2006 to 16/09/2009.  By the end of this week you will receive a letter, information leaflets and consent/non-consent form in the post.  The consent/non-consent form must be completed and returned to the school by Monday 27th September. 

For those students whose parents consent, the vaccinations will be administered by a team of NHS professionals who will be assigned to the school for approximately 3 days at dates to be confirmed in the near future.  If a student is not in school when the vaccinations are administered, we will not be holding a catchup session, parents will need to contact their P to make alternative arrangements.

Further information regarding 12-15 COVID 19 vaccination can be found here:

COVID 19 Vaccination Guide for Parents 

COVID 19 Vaccination a Guide for Young People 

COVID 19 Vaccination Guide 

Letter sent to Parents of 12-15 Years Old

Consent Form (Please note a hard copy of this has been posted home for you to complete)

This information, along with a copy of the letter and the consent form will be posted home to you tomorrow. 

Students who are 16-18, who have not yet been vaccinated may also be able to have their injection here in school.  If your child is in this age range and has not yet been vaccinated but would like to be so, please complete this form and we will arrange for a consent form to be sent home to you.

Parent Emails & Contact Information 

Please can we remind you that if you make any changes to your contact information, home address, phone number and email address, you notify the school immediately so that we can ensure that our records are updated.  You can send this information via the school email address office@bishopshalt.hillingdon.sch.uk noting your child's name and form group. 

Parents Evenings - Bishopshalt School Cloud

For this academic year we will continue to use the Bishopshalt School Cloud and hold virtual Parents’ Evenings and the end of term Progress Review meetings.  The School Cloud can be accessed through https://bishopshalt.schoolcloud.co.uk/  Parents who have not used the School Cloud previously can find the information on our school website 

In preparation for future meetings, we ask that you login to the School Cloud to check that you can access it.  If you have any issues with this please email office@bishopshalt.hillingdon.sch.uk at the earliest opportunity and we will seek to rectify the issue.

Homework 

Homework is an integral part of the school curriculum, as such it is important that students are all completing this during the set period.  Parents can access their child’s homework via the Google Guardian Summaries.  However, unfortunately at present Google are experiencing some technical difficulties with the Guardian Summaries. If you want to access your child's homework:

  • Log in using your child's email address and password 

  • Click on the 9 dots in the top right hand corner and click on Google Classroom

We have been assured that this is a short term problem which will be resolved in the near future. 

As always, we thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 

Yours sincerely 

L McGillicuddy (Mr)
Headteacher 

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Friday 10th September 2021

Dear Parents, Carers & Students

We would like to thank the students and yourselves for the cooperation and support that has been demonstrated throughout a very busy week. 

We are pleased to confirm that we have now completed the Asymptomatic Testing in school and all students who are engaging in the testing have been issued with a box of Lateral Flow tests.  We ask that to protect our community all students continue to test twice weekly on either Sunday evening/Monday morning and Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.   The test results can be reported here: 

Lateral Flow Test Form 

If your child receives a positive lateral flow test, you must book a PCR test within 24 hour, you must notify the school of the result and your child should not attend school until you receive the results of the PCR.  We continue to issue testing kits to students every two weeks, if they do need further kits they should come to Room 1 to collect a box. We understand that there is some confusion regarding the new guidance for households where a parent or relative over the age of 18 years and 6 months has COVID, as children are no longer required to self isolate in these circumstances.  Households should however be diligent in monitoring for any symptoms and ensuring that regular testing is taking place, as children may often be asymptomatic, therefore it is important to maintain the routine of twice weekly testing and more if any symptoms occur. 

Thank you to all parents who attending the Year Ahead meeting this week.  For those who could not attend you can find the information which was shared here.

Finally, please can I remind students of the importance of punctuality; students you must be through the school gate by 8:25am and in their registration group by 8:30am. Anyone arriving after 8:25am is classified as late and will receive a same day detention.

As always, I thank you for your continued cooperation and support. 

Yours sincerely 

Mr McGillicuddy 
Headteacher 

 

Monday 6th September 2021

Dear Parents & Carers

Thank you all for your support with the students return to school, it has been gratifying to see how positive they all are about their return.

Please can I remind you that students are expected to be in full school uniform, wearing shoes not trainers, any student not in the correct uniform will be sanctioned. On the days that students have PE/Dance/Drama, they should bring the appropriate sports/dance kit in with them and they will change in school. 

We also need to inform you that with the ongoing COVID situation for the safety of our community, we have made the decision to hold the Open Evening which was scheduled for Thursday 9th September virtually.  Therefore, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th will be normal school days, there will not be an early finish, late start as published.   

Full information for “The Virtual Open Evening” will be available on the school website from Thursday 16th September 2021.
 
Please may I also remind you of the following meeting dates this half term:

Year 7 Meeting                                   Monday 6th September          16:30
Year 8 Year Ahead                             Tuesday 7th September         16:30
Year 9 Year Ahead                             Tuesday 7th September         17:30
Year 10 Year Ahead                           Wednesday 8th September    16:30
Year 11 Year Ahead                           Wednesday 8th September    17:30
Year 12 Year Ahead                           Monday 13th September        16:30
Year 13 Year Ahead                           Monday 13th September        17:30

These meetings will take place in the Main Hall and we ask that only one parent accompanies the student to the relevant meeting and that masks are worn in the Main Hall.

Parents Evening

Year 13    Wednesday 6th October - 16:30-19:00
Year 11    Thursday 14th October - 16:30 - 19:00 

Thank you once again,
 
Mr McGillicuddy
Headteacher

 
 Dear Parents & Carers

I trust that you have had a wonderful summer break.  We also hope that those students that enrolled at Summer School have had an enjoyable experience as they have been participating in the wide range of activities that were offered.

We all recognise that for the majority of the last two academic years, the situation for our students and staff has been challenging.  However, the character shown by our entire community is something that we should be exceptionally proud of.  

We are very pleased that our Year 11 and 13 students achieved so well in their final assessments, and in particular for our Year 13 students who are now moving on to the brightest futures. We note that the vast majority of our Year 11s have enrolled in our Sixth Form and are now looking forward to starting Year 12.  

With all of this in mind, it is now time for our student body to return to a more "normal" education, and for Bishopshalt to ensure a that our students develop a love of learning through us providing excellent teaching, outstanding experiences and having the highest of expectations of all our students.  

As the summer holidays draw to a close and with the return of students imminent, we are now making arrangements for the start of the academic year. With the relaxation of COVID restrictions, we want to draw your attention to key dates and expectations of students detailed below:

Bishopshalt, in line with Government expectations, will be required to conduct two asymptomatic COVID tests for students upon their return. Year 7 (September 2021) have already received a consent form via a separate email.   For Year 8 - 13, as you have already consented, we ask that you fill out this form  only if you would like to withdraw this consent, or do not consent.

The dates of these tests, and subsequent phased return to school are below for each year group. Students, on their initial return to school must enter Bishopshalt via the South Gate where they will be directed to testing or a holding area for those who are not consenting.   To ensure the smooth flow of testing, students must arrive within the specified windows below.

Thursday 2nd September

Friday 3rd September

Monday 6th September

Tuesday 7th September

Incoming Year 7 may come into school between
12:00 -3:00pm 

Students test then leave the school site - uniform not required

Year 7 Induction Day students in school 

Testing 

Year 13 8:30-10:30 

Students test then leave - uniform not required 

Year 12 10:30 to 11:45

Students test then go to the Year 12 Induction session

Year 11 12:00 to 2:30pm

Students test then leave - uniform not required 

Year 7/11/12/13 Normal School day. Students should be in for 8:25am - registration at 8:30am

Testing

Year 8 arrive for 8:30am for testing and they will remain in school 

Year 9 must come in at the allocated Form times in uniform, they will test and then leave the site to return home:

9C: 11.30am      9D: 12pm

9E: 12.30pm      9M: 1pm

9S: 1.30pm        9W: 2pm

Normal school day. Students should be in for 8:25am - registration at 8:30am

Year 10  arrive for 8:30am for testing and they will remain school

Timings of day

With the removal of Covid restrictions we revert back to our normal school day, the timings of which are 8.30am till 3.30pm.  Students are expected to be through the school gates by 8.25am to ensure that they are in registration for 8.30am.  The library will be open from 8am till 4.30pm each day, and catering facilities will be open from 8am.

COVID

In line with the current Government guidance, masks are no longer mandatory. Bishopshalt will therefore not enforce mask wearing when students return, however it will be optional for those who wish to wear them to do so.

We will continue to provide hand sanitiser throughout the school site, and hope that students will continue to exercise the same caution they demonstrated throughout the peak of the pandemic with good hand hygiene and maintaining distance from their peers. 

When a positive case of COVID is reported, schools are no longer required to track and trace.  We are however required to continue to distribute asymptomatic tests kits to students and we ask for your cooperation with students continuing to test on a Sunday and Wednesday evening.  

If a positive case is identified and a student cannot attend school, Bishopshalt will continue to provide remote online learning to ensure that our students receive the best possible education.

Uniform

All students are required to wear a full school uniform each day.  We will no longer be allowing students to come into school in PE/Performing Arts kit on the days that they have these subjects on their timetables..  Students will revert to bringing their PE/Performing Arts kit into school and changing onsite when the lessons are taking place.  Sixth Form Uniform expectations have been conveyed directly to students and we ask that these are adhered to. All year groups should note that trainers and canvass shoes are not permitted. 

Assessment and Reporting

Bishopshalt has reviewed its Assessment and Reporting procedures for this academic year.  All students across the school will participate in the Assessment periods that will take place towards the end of each term; at this time we will be assessing their learning and progress throughout the year.  The outcomes will be reported to parents at the end of each term in conjunction with the Progress Review meetings.  These dates can be seen in the Parents’ Calendar.  Further details of the assessment and reporting process will be explained during the “Year Ahead” evenings.

In accordance with the calendar can I draw your attention to the following events which take place in the first weeks of term:

Year 7 Meeting                 Monday 6th September     16:30    

Year 8 Year Ahead           Tuesday 7th September     16:30 to 17:15  

Year 9 Year Ahead           Tuesday 7th September    17:30 to 18:15       

Year 10 Year Ahead          Wednesday 8th September    16:30 to 17:15     

Year 11 Year Ahead          Wednesday 8th September     17:30 to 18:15

Open Evening *                Thursday 9th September     18:00

* Please note that students will finish school at the end of Period 4 on Thursday 9th September to allow the school to prepare for the Open Evening.  On Friday 10th September students should arrive at school at 9:25am for registration and lessons will commence at the start of period 2.

Year 12 Year Ahead            Monday 13th September    16:30 - 17:15

Year 13 Year Ahead            Monday 13th September    17:30-18:15

We are looking forward to the return of our whole school community, and we look to the next academic year with a sense of optimism. 

I thank you all for your continued support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely

Mr L McGillicuddy
Headteacher