Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 28th February 2020

Year 7 Artists of the Week

Year 7 went all out this February half term to produce their own Mondrian inspired Abstract art T shirt designs. Not only did the students designs their own T-shirts, but they actually painted their designs onto a T shirt from home as well! Well done to Eliya , Hafsah, Amina and Kanza.

Cultural Enrichment: Charity event

This term the Sixth form students led a Bake sale for Cancer research

“We held a bake sale for cancer research and we raised £160! It was a huge success with everything selling out and a big interest in our 'Name the teddy bear' event - Julia Lis won with the name Cuddles. Thanks to all who came and supported us! Everyone's contribution is helping someone who needs it somewhere!”

Liyya Shahid

Cultural Enrichment Award winners in Year 8

Congratulations to year 8 who are leading the way with the Cultural Enrichment award, reminder of what you need to do to achieve the award below:

  • Attend a co-curricular club, or more than one across the 7 areas, for a complete term
  • Attend an educational visit
  • Read a influential literature text and present the book review to your tutors
  • Bring your sticker to Mrs Coulson to present your evidence

I look forward to more of you achieving your award this term!

Cultural Enrichment Award winners in The Sixth Form

Congratulations to the Sixth Form who are leading the way for Upper School with the Cultural Enrichment award.

Updates on Coronavirus


How serious is the coronavirus?

• it can cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough & difficulty breathing

• the infection is not serious for most people, including children

• there is currently no vaccine

• most people get better with enough rest, water to drink and medicine for pain

How likely are you to catch the virus?

• you can only catch it if you have been close to a person who has the virus

• the chance of being in contact with the virus is currently low in the UK

• if you have travelled to areas where many people are infected, your chance of catching the virus is higher, i.e. China and any affected areas

Mental Health and Wellbeing support in Slough

Childline: Calm Zone: An area of the Childline website called the Calm Zone with self-help techniques, ideas and support for children and young people to help relieve stress and anxiety: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

MeeTwo app: The NHS have produced a free app for young people called MeeTwo providing a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives and get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships. https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/meetwo/

Kooth: provide free, safe, confidential, non-judgmental and anonymous way for young people (aged 11-19 /11-25 care leavers) that attend a Slough school to access counselling, advice and support on-line. Staffed and monitored by fully trained and qualified counsellors until 10pm each night, 365 days per year https://www.kooth.com/

The Little Blue Book of Sunshine is for children and young people and explains some self help techniques to help children and young people feel better and advice about who to turn to if things feel too much. https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lbbos-booklet-east-berks.pdf

Mental Health: Let’s Talk the Talk is a guide for parents about children’s and young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. https://cypf.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/media/168492/parents-guide-to-mental-health-slough.pdf

Upcoming INSET days:

Wednesday 11th March

Friday 22nd May

Monday 29th June

Attendance for 10th-14th February 2020

Students are welcome to collect free sanitary products from the administration team, medical room and SENCo’s office.

Could you benefit from learning ways to de-stress and feel better?

NHS Talking Therapies has 4 interactive, FREE, INSTANT ACCESS online programmes designed to support you with:

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Resilience
  • Depression and Anxiety

If you are 18+ and registered to a GP in East Berkshire you can sign up for FREE support! Easy sign up- no hassle, simple registration and immediate access to tools and techniques!

Start TODAY NHS Talking Therapies: Let's Get Started

Baylis Court School PE and Dance News

On Tuesday our year 8s competed in their annual netball tournament. The level of commitment and performance was outstanding from all players. Special mention to Tia Richardson – your performance on the court was noted by many of the other staff members for having such amazing tactical awareness.

Congratulations to all involved, we finished 3rd in our pool, just missing out on the semi-finals.

Mrs Nelson.

On Wednesday our year 9 girls competed in their annual netball tournament. Our team were against strong competition but we were able to remain calm and collected under pressure.

Unfortunately Baylis Court did not make it to the semi-finals, however we reflected on our performance as individuals and as a team.

Well done to all involved.

On Thursday both year 9 and 10s played against Herschel Grammar School – both teams played amazingly well - unfortunately, Herschel won both games.

Well done to everyone that participated and congratulations to Hanan Saeed and Renae Sylvan for receiving player of the match.

Rising Futures Graduation

Well done to this year’s Rising Futures cohort who successfully graduated from the programme on Thursday 27th February! 17 girls from Y8 & Y9 went on self-discovery journey of careers, confidence and aspirations. They were involved with in-school coaching sessions as well as three extra-curricular trips:

Play Your Part - where they gave back to our community by helping with the Slough Nature Park.

World of Work - learning all about the different aspects of careers & work by visiting the O2 headoffice

Into the Wild – a residential trip where it was all about confidence, teamwork and fun!

We can see a great improvement in the confidence & learning in all the students. The Rising Futures coaches, Ms Chauhan and Miss Waldon are all really proud of you! WELL DONE!!


The University of Reading have a comprehensive programme of outreach activities available for individual students to book on to. 

• Alternatives to Medicine Day: 2nd April

• Spectroscopy Masterclass: 23rd April

• Architecture Spring Taster: tbc

• Spectroscopy Masterclass: 24th June

• Archaeology Taster Day: July 1st

• Architecture Summer School: tbc

• Pharmacy Summer School: tbc

• Biology Summer Taster: tbc

• Geography and Environmental Science Taster: tbc

• English Literature/Language Summer Taster: tbc

Subject Taster Sign Up

University of Reading June Open Days

Summer Open Days are coming up on the 19th and 20th June. Please use the following link to apply and secure your place.

Open Day Bookings

University of Reading also offer a wide array of subject specific and general applying to university online courses. You can view these in full through Future Learn

Future Learn

University of Reading

Pathways to Property Summer School

The Pathways to Property Summer School takes place from 20 – 23 July 2020 for Year 12 students from state schools/colleges who want to learn more about a career in property. Taking place over 4 days on campus at Henley Business School, University of Reading, this fully funded, residential Summer School gives you the opportunity to explore the world of property and the careers within it. With a mix of taster lectures, site visits, a group project, careers fair and social activities, you will get to experience university life, whilst also exploring key themes in property such as sustainability, regeneration and globalisation. And with such a huge variety of roles, from a building surveyor or town planner to a sustainability consultant or financial analyst, there is a role to suit any skillset or personality. As part of our commitment to widening participation, places for the Summer School shall be awarded to students who best meet our widening participation criteria.

Apply Here

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The major social sciences are Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

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  • Police officer
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  • Psychologist
  • Counselling and Mental Health roles
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Victim Care Officer
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  • Legal Careers
  • Human Resources Officers
  • Charity Officer


Courses combine sociological theory with developing research skills and can include options to study criminology or social policy. A sociology degree can be useful for a diverse range of careers, such as market research, media, charities, management, youth and community work, the police and the probation service.

Some of the highest ranked jobs that people go onto with a sociology degree, such as a Public Relations Specialist, can earn up to £59,2000 a year

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  • Guidance Counselor
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Career Sessions

This week at our career talk we had Myriam Raja, film director – it was the largest turn out of students so far! We were all very impressed about her journey from Baylis to the Baftas! She discussed the benefits & disadvantages to the different course routes you could take into becoming a Film Director – University, Film School or apprenticeships. Myriam said she preferred going to film school as all the resources you needed were there, so you were guaranteed to make films. Students had some great questions for her and it really was inspiring, even for the staff! Watch out for the upcoming season of Top Boy where Myriam directs 2nd unit, and her short film is also being made into a feature length with Film 4!

Upcoming Sessions: March 10th - Hayley Middlehurst, Sony Account Manager

March 21st - Ms Kane, Horse Riding