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Wales – September 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current advice issued by the government with regards to Covid-19 and school trips, we are unable to travel to Wales in September 2020 as planned. 

Due to the nature of the trip, we are currently looking at rescheduling the trip for the summer term of 2021. Once we have confirmation of dates more information will be sent to you.

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Year 13 Results 2020

Socially distanced happiness! Well done to all our hard-working and talented Sixth Formers. We are so proud of you!

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Results Day Information

Surname Initial     Time Slot

A to F                       9:00 – 10:00

G to N                    10:00 – 11:00

O to Z                     11:00 – 12:00


Year 11 Results Day – Thursday 20th August

You will have received a letter with a time-slot for the collection of your results. In line with government safety guidelines, please only arrive during your allocated time. For more information please refer to the ‘Year 11 Results Day’ letter.

Here is a video from Ofqual with more details about how they are making grades consistent with previous years:

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Home Learning Newsletter July

 To say 2020 has been an unusual year, would be an understatement. As we draw toward the end of this school year, we would like to express our thanks to all our pupils and parents for their support during this difficult period of time. We are extremely grateful of your support and kind expressions of thanks, whilst we have worked to support your learning at home. We hope you enjoy our final Home Learning Newsletter, as we celebrate some of the fantastic work our pupils have completed at whilst at home, and also share some great ideas to keep you entertained during the Summer Holiday. 

We look forward to being able to welcome all our pupils back in September. Further information will follow as soon as we have clear guidance from the government. 

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Big Bang Digital 2020

Tuesday 14 July from 10am to 4pm

Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering and Covid-19 is a free online event for young people 11+ to attend short, inspiring sessions looking at all aspects of STEM in a pandemic.

It’s the perfect opportunity for students to see STEM careers in action, hear inspiring stories from incredible people (including a Nobel Prize winner), ask questions in live Q&A sessions, add their voice to online polls and complete activities throughout the day. 

Big Bang Digital can be included as part of home learning or streamed in school and is a secure environment with safeguarding measures in place. 

Line-up at a glance:

  • TV & Radio Science Presenter, Podcaster & YouTuber Greg Foot will be hosting live
  • Meet NHS frontline staff, join the race to find a vaccine and ask the experts your coronavirus questions.
  • Hear from people designing PPE, ventilators and a social distancing lanyard
  • Find out how the NHS Nightingale hospitals were built so quickly
  • Meet the teams keeping things moving, water in the taps and food in the shops
  • Explore lockdown cyber security and staying safe online
  • Pay tribute to key workers with a rainbow science show with Gastronaut Stefan Gates

To check out the full programme visit: www.digitalbigbang.co.uk

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Text-to-Speech

We would like to share a fantastic feature that is available on Microsoft devices to support your child with reading and understanding Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents. We hope that it will further support home learning.  

Word 2010 and upwards has built in text to speech. You can add the Speech button to the Quick Access Toolbar so you can easily select text to read and click the speech button.

Text to speech can be used to support learners who struggle with print-based information. This might include learners with specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, though it helps all learners. 

Text to Speech can be used to improve reading accuracy and understanding. Improve your child’s concentration by switching from reading to smaller manageable chunks of spoken text. 

This text to speech solution takes less than 5 minutes to install and learn to use. Once installed it will remain on the Quick Access toolbar. Just select some text and then click the button to activate. We hope that you will find the enclosed installation instructions relatively easy to follow.

Alternatively, use the following short YouTube clip to guide you through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFznemOKQ44  

We hope that this helps your child whilst using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents.

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Home Learning Newsletter June 2020

 We hope everyone is still well and able to enjoy the slightly relaxed lockdown measures, whilst keeping safe. We understand that working at home is going quite well for many of our pupils, but that some days are hard. Do not worry, you’re not alone. As long as our pupils are trying their best, getting in touch with teachers if they are stuck, then that is more than fine in the current climate. 

In this edition, we have tried to include lots of helpful tips to support pupils with their studies, but also to help you find interesting things to do when your children need a break from their work. 

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PSHE Home Learning

Whilst May half term is usually an opportunity for students to rest, during these unprecedented times our students may require additional projects to keep them occupied. With this in mind, please find below the link for our PSHE half term challenges. The students do not have to complete these activities however should they wish to do so they will be rewarded with DEC points and recognition.

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Kooth Mental Health Support

Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.

  • NHS funded, mental health and emotional wellbeing service 
  • Local to Birmingham for young people aged between 11-25
  • Direct and confidential access to counsellors 365 days a year 
  • Magazine with articles written by teens
  • Online journal and other self help ideas
  • Live discussions with other young people (fully moderated and safe)
  • Easy and anonymous to join

We have a brief overview of how pupils can use the 'read aloud' function on Microsoft Word, which may help with their remote learning. Please follow the link: https://bit.ly/3nWcqrO

We love this 'Student's Guide to Learning from Home' booklet. It includes some tips and ideas for getting the most out of your remote learning day.

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