School is closed to all students from Monday 23 March 2020
Children of key workers and identified vulnerable students will be able to attend our 'Community Classrooms' provision. Please click here for further information.
Please see below for letters for each year group providing more information and reiterating guidance given to students.
Principal's Update 13.05.20
I hope that you and your families are well in these challenging times.
We have now received detailed guidance from the Government on how to plan for the return to school of students in nursery, reception and year 1 potentially from the 1st June. We will be working through the rest of this week on the plans necessary to ensure a safe return to school for students, staff and parents. We aim to have these plans in place by Monday 18th May when will write you with more detail. Your teachers will then follow up with a phone call as soon as possible to discuss them with you.
The Government has advised that Years 2, 3 and 4 will have a phased return to school and Years 10 and 12 will have some contact time with their teachers this term, however the dates have not been specified and nor has the guidance on what this will look like. As further information emerges, we will be in touch detailing the plans for these year groups.
At present, the guidance suggests that Years 7, 8 and 9 will be returning at the start of September.
Years 11 and 13 are preparing for Sixth Form and University from home and we will remain in contact with our students to support them with this over the coming weeks.
The school, like families, is having to make plans for the summer term with limited information. At the heart of our planning is ensuring that our students and staff remain safe, and that the home learning provision is as good as it can be during this period of lockdown. Students at BDA have completed the second-highest number of Seneca lessons in the country, which is wonderful news, but we know there is no substitute for teaching in the classroom. We look forward to seeing our students again soon.
Once we have further information we will write to you in more detail on the next steps for each year group.
With best wishes to all our students and families,
Mr Bhatia and the BDA team
Principal's Update - 28.04.20
Please follow links below to access letters from our principal, Mr Bhatia. The letters provide an update on our current priorities of student wellbeing and safety, alongside guidance for home learning. In addition, there is information and guidance for parents and students regarding the process for awarding grades for GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses.
Yr11 Bridging Packs
Yr11 should visit this page to access bridging packs for their KS5 subject choices.
Yr 13: Preparing for University and Independent Learning
Mrs Stephenson, Head of Sixth Form, has compiled the attached letter to ensure that all Year 13 students are fully prepared for making informed choices about university and completing independent study during this period of home learning. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact Mrs Stephenson, Head of Sixth Form, or Mr Goorah, Head of Year 13.
Free School Meals and eVouchers
In order to provide clarity regarding student free school meals and the current eVoucher process we have compiled the guide below, which we hope will answer the most commonly asked questions on this topic.
If you find the answer you require is not found in these guides or you require more urgent support, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if your child is in the secondary school (Year 7 to 13) or at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child is in the primary school (Nursery to Year 4).
An Update from Our Principal
BDA End of Term Update
Dear parents, carers and students,
This has certainly not been the end of term any of us were expecting. The present crisis is reshaping the way we live our lives, presenting us with challenges we could not have imagined. It has been an experience that none of us will ever forget.
We cannot predict how the next few months will be, but I do know that for our staff, students and families, education still matters. We know that it is the key to empowering our children, so rest assured that our mission to ‘Keep Learning’ is core to our thinking right now. We feel it is critically important that our students remain engaged with their studies, even if our school site is physically closed, both for their academic progress and their wellbeing. For this reason, we have spent the end of term focusing on the following priorities:
- Ensuring all our students can access our online learning platforms
- Teachers setting work for every student in the school to do at home
- Form tutors calling home on a weekly basis to check in on the wellbeing and learning of our students
This term has seen Burlington Danes Academy change from a bricks-and-mortar institution, as it has been since 1699, to an online learning hub for our community. We’re really proud of how families and teachers have been working together to make sure our children keep learning. Our teachers have been setting work on Seneca, Show My Homework, Hegarty, and many other packages.
We will review the amount of work that is being set over the Easter break, but I am delighted to inform you that children at BDA have completed an astonishing 35,000 online lessons per week. This is the highest completion rate in the Ark network and places us 3rd out of 7874 schools in the country.
Well done to our parents, students and staff for making sure we keep learning!
Please see below for a few key updates for parents and families.
We are really missing all our students and families and cannot wait for school to reopen so we can get back to our classrooms. Until then, we send our best wishes to all our BDA families and wish you a restful Easter break. If there is anything we can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Stay safe and stay at home.
With best wishes,
Mr Bhatia and the BDA team
Keeping in touch
We will not be operating the normal switchboard over the Easter break, so if you need to get in touch please email either:
- firstname.lastname@example.org for general queries
- Safeguarding@burlingtondanes.org.for any queries to do with student welfare
Easter Learning Packs
Every department has set a pack of online learning for our students to complete over the Easter break. If you have any issue accessing the online resources, please email email@example.com and we will get back to you.
Year 11 and 13 Update
This has been a challenging time for our Year 11s and 13s, who had been working hard in preparation for their summer exams. To date, they have all been studying hard at home – this is very important if we are going to be academically ready when we return to school.
Naturally, our Year 11s and Year 13s have many questions about how their grades will be awarded following the cancellation of the summer exam series. The government released guidance to schools on the last Friday of term. This guidance is being analysed and interpreted by school leaders at Burlington Danes and at Ark. We will provide our school community with updated guidance after the Easter break.
Free School Meals
All families eligible for free school meals have been sent Tescos e-voucher for the last two weeks of term.
The next two weeks to cover the Easter break will be emailed to families by 8 April.
If there are any issues with accessing your e-vouchers, please email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Workers - Information Request
Please complete the form below if you are a key worker and require your child to continue to be educated over the coming weeks.
Government guidance and information on key workers can be found here.
To date there have been 0 reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Ark Burlington Danes Academy
Our shared goals through this uncertain time are to:
- Keep our pupils and staff safe & healthy
- Keep our pupils learning
We will do everything in our power to keep our school open but if we do have to close we have plans in place to ensure your child can learn effectively from home.
Parent Letter - Partial School Closure - Year 9
Parent Letter - Coronavirus Information - All Students
Department for Education Helpline
The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Weekends)
H&F Guidance: Looking after yourself and your children
Hammersmith and Fulham's Educational Psychology service have compiled this information sheet about how best safegaurd the mental health of both parents and children during these worrying times.