Headteacher Blog October 2020

Dear all students, staff, families and community

I hope that this message finds you all well.  Just 7 weeks after school reopened for all, it is quite remarkable just what a fantastic community Beckfoot Oakbank is.  I would like to share with you some of the highlights.  

The way that our students and staff have got to grips with the new way of working in school has been excellent.  Life is not easy, but everyone has done their bit and more besides.  Students have studied the full subject range as we have kept the curriculum broad.  The Risk Assessment rules that are in place have been taken on board by everyone and both students and staff have shaped where tweaks have needed to be made.  Who would have thought that a face mask would become part of our daily equipment alongside our pencil cases and calculators?  This community has supported one another day in and day out with whatever has come our way.

I have loved seeing and reading about the work that our students are doing from home.  The Robot made by a student in Y8 and the English folder of work by a Y11 student both really stick in my mind.  It is great that we have been able to start bringing extra-curricular activities back in recent weeks lead by the PE department.  The celebration assemblies during this last week of term show just how well our Year Teams and their Form Tutors know the students with lots of prizes awarded.  

Our new Year 7s feel like they have always been with us and have done so well at settling in and making Beckfoot Oakbank their home.  You have had a great half term.  Y7, 8 and 9 have completed some assessments to ensure that we know what they do know and what they don't in order for us to catch them up quickly.  Y11 are preparing for their mock exams after half term and we all wish them well.

The virtual opening evening and the Transition sessions for current Y6s have been there to allow the wider community to see a little bit of our school remotely.  If you haven't already done so have a look at the website.  Next half term we will have our sixth form open evening (virtual of course) and we hope that you can take some time to find out about us.  Our sixth form results are, for a number of years running, some of the best in the area.  The Local School Committee has had its first meeting and I am thrilled that we have a full complement of representatives from our families and the community.  Next term we will be starting our Family Engagement Group and are looking forward to meeting and working with some of you, even if remotely.

And so, we look ahead to another half term.  I have never felt as proud to be the Headteacher of this great school.  What a community.  Enjoy the half term holiday. 

Best wishes,

Tina Smith, Headteacher

October 2020

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