Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 

The ARK Spelling Bee

Seven BDA students spent Thursday afternoon at Evelyn Grace Academy, vying for the coveted crown of ARK Spelling Bee champions.

The first stage of the competition was the 'quickfire round', which required a single speller from each year group to correctly spell as many words as possible in a short space of time. Kareem stepped up for the Year 7s, Nasteho for the Year 8s and Zak for the Year 9s in what proved a profitable round for the team: Zak came a very well-earned third while Nasteho spelt every single word correctly, claiming first place in the process.

The knockout round was a little less successful, but there is no doubt that Alice, Saleem and Aishni were particularly unfortunate with the difficulty of the words they were given.

Despite just missing out on third place, the day was a great experience for all involved. We very much enjoyed mixing with other ARK schools and are looking forward to the next opportunity to win back the title. The group were great ambassadors for the school and a special mention must be made of Adnan, who very honourably volunteered to be a reserve, providing top support throughout the day.