Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 9th October 2020

Winter Uniform Requirements

With winter approaching, We will be doing everything we can to keep classrooms ventilated, a vital part of our fight against coronavirus infections. The heating will be on in all classrooms; however, students may begin to feel the cold so it is important that they all wear their Baylis blue jumper underneath their blazer. Please ensure your child has one available to wear. They may also wish to wear a white vest under their shirt.

When walking to and from school and while outside for break and lunchtimes, students will need a plain, dark coat, and appropriate winter garments i.e. a hat, scarf, gloves, and umbrella.

For more information regarding school uniform please see today's letter to parents/carers which can be found here

Breakfast Club!

Breakfast club is open from 7.30 every morning and all year groups are welcome!

You no longer need to pre book- just turn up on the day and choose from a delicious array of hot and cold food to enjoy in the warmth of the dining room.

Pupils Attending Medical Appointments During School Time

Pupils should not be missing full days of school to attend medical appointments. There are exceptions to this that must be discussed with the appropriate Head of Learning (HOL).

Pupils who have a medical appointment or treatment and need to leave during the school day must provide a written request from a parent/carer to the HoL at least 24 hours in advance supported by the appropriate documents e.g. an appointment card/letter or text message.

The only appointments that should be authorised are hospital and orthodontist appointments. Parents/carers should not be picking up their children during the school day for appointments with the dentist, optician or general practitioner. These are unauthorised.


If any pupil is self-isolating they are expected to be in school remotely via Teams. They will be expected to join the whole day every lesson, including registration.

For more information please see our

This week year 10 cooked chicken curry. It is delicious and simply dish based on chicken, onion, tomato and Asian seasonings. Our students did very well and they should be proud of themself as we are proud of them. Here are some pictures of Baylis students' work.

We Love Reading!

Staff book reviews

Review of The Foundling by Stacey Hall

Pacy, highly atmospheric and tantalisingly gripping from the very first page. The strands of tense and devastating maternal conflict are acutely observed and beautifully sustained throughout the book. Stacey has created warm and memorable characters, drawn with great sympathy and understanding, who deliver a riveting read. With rich storytelling and a compelling narrative, The Foundling is subtle, satisfying and intensely moving; a fabulous example of great historical fiction.

Mrs Bowen


Review of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

It's not often that I find myself quite literally unable to put a book down. I usually read before dropping off to sleep at night and am lucky if I last for 20 minute before my eyelids begin to droop. But Crawdads found me still turning the pages (or swiping as I read on a Kindle) at 1am, desperate to find out who murdered popular jock Chase Andrews and how the young Kya Clark was involved.

The novel is set in the marshlands of North Carolina and tells Kya's story after she was abandoned first by her mother, then her brothers and sisters and lastly her father and is left to fend for herself in their shack in the marshes. An outcast from the local town, her craving for human interaction brings her to the attention of Chase and his sudden and unexplained death throws suspicion on Kya.

Herself a botanist and author of a number of wildlife books, Owens' intricate description evokes the natural beauty and rhythms of the marsh landscape in a lyrical prose style which is as compelling as the storyline itself. I am eagerly anticipating her next novel and hope that I don't have to wait too long!

If you are interested in this book or in the process of writing, the link below is for an interview with Delia Owens where she talks about the differences between writing fiction and non fiction.


Mrs Greatorex

Well done to all pupils who have been taking part in cultural enrichment activities. If you have been reading books as part of this, or even just at home by yourself, we would love to hear from you! Please write a book review and email it to Ms Chauhan at nch@bayliscourt.slough.sch.uk. Let’s get reading!

We are proud to announce nominations for the Slough Youth Awards 2020 are open!!!

The Slough Youth Awards aim to raise the profile of young people in a positive way by celebrating their achievements in an annual showcase. You can recognise an individual or group’s achievement’s by nominating them for an award, with the celebration to be held in a virtual ceremony for the first time.

  • Young Artist Award
  • Young Environmentalist Award
  • Young Inspiration Award
  • Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Young Sportsperson Award
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Young Voluntary group of the year Award

For the Check Out Details & Nominate Here: http://www.slough.gov.uk/young-people/slough-youth-awards.aspx

For Award Category Details: http://www.slough.gov.uk/young-people/awards-categories-and-judging-panel.aspx

We look forward to hearing from you and all the amazing things the youth of Slough have been doing.

Parking at School Gates

Dear all

We have unfortunately had several complaints from our neighbours on both Gloucester Avenue and Pippin Close regarding inconsiderate and unsafe driving and parking at school drop off and collection times.

We are once again asking all parents/ carers to park their cars further away or better still, allow their children to walk to school where possible.

Please note that if the situation doesn't change we will have no choice but to take further action.

Fantastic costume and props from yr 9 horror performances in Drama this week!

Get Hired Jobs

The Prince’s Trust is advertising current vacancies to help support young people into work at this time. We will be supporting them to apply for these roles via our Live Chat. Visit https://jobs.gethired.org.uk/

Explore (16-25) - LONDON Explore is a 5-week personal development programme which offers young people group activities and one-to-one support to help build confidence, get motivated, meet new people and identify and achieve their goals. We also develop employability and independent living skills. Personal development qualifications are available in Interpersonal & Self-management Skills, Participating in Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle, Career Planning, Money Management, and Presentation Skills. Group Induction: Tuesday 10th November Where: Microsoft Teams
  • Log on to: https://kudos.cascaid.co.uk/#/
  • Go to the ‘Sign up’ panel and enter the license code: easychef50
  • Set up your own account
  • Use your school email address
  • Set the password to ‘Baylis123’

Go to www.startprofile.com and click ‘Register


In Partnership with Penguin Talks: How to be a climate optimist with David Wallace Wells, Author and Deputy Editor, New York Magazine & Lily Cole, Environmental Activist, Model, Actress and Filmmaker

  • Date: Tuesday 13th October
  • Time: 17.00 – 18.00

Author and deputy editor of New York magazine, David Wallace-Wells, joins environmental activist, model, actress and filmmaker, Lily Cole, to discuss climate change and COVID-19, choosing optimism and what we can do to create the future. Be sure to have your questions ready or pre-submit them to inspiration@speakersforschools.org


We also have a pre-recorded talk to watch

Design your work life from Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Bill and Dave are bestselling authors of the book; Designing Your Life and have also written, Designing Your Work Life which this talk focusses on. The book has a focus on how readers can organise themselves through journaling and design thinking.

Bill is Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford University and Dave is lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, a management consultant, and a co-founder of Electronic Arts. Bill and Dave discuss their big ideas, identifies key dysfunctional beliefs for young people, refer to important research findings on early adult success and lay out how to go forward to design your life and career.

You can watch the talk here: https://www.speakersforschools.org/vtalks/designing-your-work-life/

Please see the PDF for some fantastic work experience opportunities in many different industries.

If you would like some more information please see Ms Chauhan. If you attend an events online, please email Ms Chauhan with your feedback!

NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 app

NHS Test and Trace has launched the NHS COVID-19 app. The app has been launched to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It will do this by alerting people who may have been exposed to infection so that they can take action.

The app is available to download on smartphones for anyone aged 16 or over. This means that some students in year 11, 12, 13 will be eligible to use the app and benefit from its features. NHS Test and Trace has published guidance and resources to support the use of the app which are available here


Created with images by Ed Robertson - "Captured on Portobello Road, London" • Krystal Ng - "untitled image"