Return to school – Wednesday 5th January 2022, 9:15 AM

School reopens to all students on Wednesday 5th January 2022.  Children should aim to arrive no later than 9:15 for registration.

Please ensure all children take two Lateral Flow Tests (home tests) before returning to school, the first test today, Monday 3 Jan and the second tomorrow, Tuesday 4 Jan.

All children will be asked to take an on-site test on Wednesday morning and we are asking all parents to provide consent if you haven’t done so already. The consent form can be found here: bepgroup.net/site/covid-tests/

We look forward to welcoming back all children on Wednesday. From all staff at BEP Academy, Happy New Year.

Work experience service re-start

As employers welcome back their colleagues to the place of work, social distancing rules have changed and education gets back (in the main) to pre-Covid ways of working, we are pleased to announce the restarting of the Work Experience Service.

Over the next few weeks we will be contacting schools and booking work experience slots for January to July 2022 (a number of schools have already been in contact to request their slot – if your school hasn’t yet, please get in contact with the team).

The work experience service (organised by BEP Group) covers Essex, Southend-On-Sea, Thurrock and the East London boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.  If your school is outside these areas, and there isn’t a local work experience organiser or Education Business Partnership (EBP), please get in touch to see if we can help.

Our Central London and West End pre-placement vetting service for all work experience organisers and schools/colleges nationally has also restarted.  If you need a job description and young person’s risk assessment provided for a central London placement, please get in touch either by using the contact form of by calling 01708 436440.

Return to school – Thursday 2nd September 2021

Students return to school on Thursday 2nd September, 2021 for registration at 09:15.

All children will be asked to complete a Covid Lateral Flow Test (where parental consent has previously been given) on their first day and then twice a week (Monday and Thursday) until the end of September, when the policy will be reviewed.  We will provide all children with information about changes to the school rules for managing Covid on their first day.  All staff will have already completed a test.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to the contact the school office.

Monday 17th May, 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021, students will no longer be required to wear a face covering in class or communial areas.  Students are still required to wear face coverings on public transport.

Covid testing is continuing for all staff and pupils, where consent has been given) on every Monday and Thursday until further notice.

Return to school – Monday 8th March 2021

School reopens to all pupils from Monday 8th March 2021.  We have sent all parents a text message, with a link to a downloadable letter, explaining how we are making school safe for everyone, and what to expect on out first full day back. If you haven’t received a text, please contact the office.

School still remains open now to most children (vulnerable and key worker children).  If you wish for your child to attend school, please text or email the attendance team by 10:30 AM the day before.

All children, whether they are coming in to school or not, are expected to access our online learning system to complete work every day.

Return to school (Jan 21)

Last night (Monday 4th January, 2021), The Prime Minister announced schools would remain closed for most children until at least February half term.  As soon as we have a firm date to reopen, we will update the website and communicate with all parents.

Children will be expected to access our online learning system to complete work every day from Tuesday 5th January.

Vulnerable children and children of Key Workers can return to school at the normal time on Tuesday 5th January.

If you wish for your child to attend school next week (from Tuesday 5th January), please book an online test for your child, before the start of term, via the government website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Please select the option for community testing (unless your child is showing symptoms of Covid-19). If your child is unable to take a test, please contact the office for further guidance.

Please text or email the attendance team by 10:30 AM, the day before, if you wish to book a place, cannot access the online system and/or require work to be posted.

For all children returning from Monday 11th January there is currently no requirement to take a test before starting back at school.

Finally, we hope you have had a nice Xmas (even with all the restrictions), and please accept our best wishes for a happy New Year.

BEP Academy