Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 8th may 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and students

We are aware that in some families, circumstances have changed and parents and students may now be applying for Universal Credit or other benefits. If this is the case, you may be entitled to Free School Meals, which are currently being fulfilled by £15 food vouchers every week.

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

click here to apply: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

Stay healthy, stay safe.

Ray Hinds


*Artist of the Week*

Mehwash Shafiq

Year 9

Fantastic and Strange

Wosiah Hussain Y9

Photography and Drawing inspired by Illustrator Iain Macarthur.

Ellora Bogdanova

Year 9

Fantastic and Strange

There is a new free MyTutor Online School, which they have designed to offer additional support to learners at this time.They will be sharing daily lunchtime live group webinar tutorials, as well as short explainer videos and written resources, covering common tricky topics across a range of GCSE subjects.

These are all completely free - students just need to sign up using the link above and join live sessions via Zoom video link. All previous sessions are also available on our YouTube channel.

The Royal Geographical Society has opened it Young Geographer of the Year Award. It is a fantastic way to spend this time.

This year’s Young Geographer of the Year competition gives young people the chance to explore the potential that geography holds. Although we might all be confined to our homes, and doing #geographyathome, we are asking young people to explore their wider geographical horizons by providing entries to our Young Geographer of the Year competition and explore the geography of:

'The world beyond my window'

We are interested in entries that explore the human and physical geography of places that exist beyond a young person's window, be it locally or further afield. We want to know how young people’s lives are connected to and influenced by these places - be the connections physical, digital or emotional. We also want to understand how geographical processes in the physical and human worlds have created these places and might be changing them.

Entries must be in by 30th June

Please see the link for more details and if you are interested in entering: https://www.rgs.org/schools/competitions/young-geographer-of-the-year/2020-competition/

I am more than happy to support any students who would like to enter. Please let me know if you do!

Miss Jackman

11 C Drama-amazing!

Huge well done to 11C Drama who have become theatre critics by watching all the wonderful theatre available online during this time.

This week we reviewed Frankenstein and I really enjoyed our review lesson where we discussed our favourite parts!

Keep up the good work,

Mrs. Coulson

Relationships and Sex Education Consultation

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all parents/carers who took part in the Relationships and Sex education consultation last week. I appreciate your support and feedback to help the school with the planning of the PSHE curriculum for next year.

Please find the results of the consultation below. The suggestions for improvement will be taken into consideration when planning and I will notify you again with more details of the curriculum and policy via the newsletter.

For full results, please click here

Kind regards,

Ms Chauhan


We are so proud of this brilliant cultural enrichment work coming in from all year groups

This Fruit Smoothie was made by Hafsa Ahlam in year 7
Hatsan Hagi-Farah in year 11 wrote this short story
Mehwash Shafiq in year 9 created this piece of art
Well done Micaela Skillan in year 8 for reviewing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
We love this Jane Eyre work by Sumayya Tafhimi in Year 12

Staff enrichment

Mrs Bounds had a go at some Coffee Art following the instructions Ms Bansal sent

Your Cultural Enrichment projects are bringing joy to us all.

Well done,

Mrs Coulson

Silent Solution - 999 and 55

How the Silent Solution* system works:

A silent 999 call alone will not automatically bring help.

Please read the information below to understand how this system works:

WHEN YOU CALL 999: All 999 calls are directed to call centres and will be answered by BT operators. The BT operator will ask which service you need: Fire, Police or Ambulance. If you call 999 and don’t speak, the BT operator will be listening out for background noises (coughs, noises, taps on the phone, pressing 55, etc.) and will hang on the line for a certain period of time. If no requests are made and the BT operator believes the call needs to go through to an emergency service, it will always go to the police first. If no service is requested, but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, the BT operator will connect you to the Silent Solution system.

The Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, tap or make a noise, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t do any of the above, the call will be terminated after 45 seconds.

If you pressed 55, a police call handler will announce that you are through to the police.

If you can’t speak, you will be asked to tap the phone, make a noise or press 55. The police call handler will try a number of ways so that you do not feel under pressure to carry out just one prescribed action.

Only by pressing 55, tapping the phone, coughing, or making noise are you guaranteed a response to your call from a police call handler despite your silence. It is much easier to speak to the operator. But if you must stay silent, a mechanism has been provided that you can use to acquire help regardless.

Pressing 55 will not bring emergency services to your door and does not allow the police to track your location. By choosing to stay on the line, you are informing the police call handler that you might have an emergency that keeps you from talking, and they will do everything they can to determine your location so they can deploy officers to you.

The police call handler will try and engage with you, if you remain silent they will attempt to engage further and ask you to tap the phone if you are unable to speak; for example, yes and no questions can be asked by the call handler and answered using one keypad press for yes and two for no.

If the police call handler has concerns about your safety, they will continue to try to communicate through sound.

If you are able to speak without putting yourself in danger, the police call handler will ask just yes and no questions if necessary. In some cases, the conversation is led by the caller, who sometimes tries and speaks to the police call handlers in code, if for example the perpetrator has reappeared.

If you can say only one thing, please say your location. If you call from a mobile, we can pin point an estimate location but this does not narrow down enough to provide data we can locate you on.

Police call handlers can request subscriber checks and can carry out background checks to assist in locating you. This can depend on whether you have contacted the police before. Also, if your phone is registered to you, it could determine whether this will provide a potential location for you.

The police call handlers will deal with calls on a case by case basis, as each call is different, and the style of the call is adapted in line with the circumstances.

Silent Solution* = calling 999 without speaking, then pressing 55.

Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme

We believe nothing better inspires young people than the direct sharing of advice and experiences.

Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme provides a network of today’s most inspiring figures across business, arts, politics and more donating their time to help inspire students to fuel their ambition. We are passionate about providing a high quality and personal service, making it seamless for speakers, educators and organisations to get involved. Speakers in the network range from CEOs of major companies to notable national journalists, arts people, scientists, leading entrepreneurs and academics.

Previous talks can be viewed via this link

Liz O Riordon:

Retired consultant Breast surgeon and Breast Cancer patient, Author of ‘The complete guide to breast cancer.’

Overall, the talk was about how different ways of dealing with stress and worry can be soothing and helpful for your mental health. Liz talked about called ‘The jar of joy’. Her suggestion was to write on a piece of paper whenever you feel happy or something good happens, and put it in a jar.

Five top tips she gave were:

  • • Use the jar of joy
  • • Set yourself goals
  • • Smile often
  • • Write about your day or your feelings and emotions
  • • Listen to your favourite songs on a playlist.

I liked her advice on how to deal with stress and worry over the difficult times that we may face.

By Kezia Barnes- 8 Austen.

Careers in Technology

Where can Design and Technology take you?

Design & Technology (the development of design and make skills while also considering people, culture and society)

Skills and Qualities

  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Technical ability
  • Analytics
  • Customer service
  • Discipline

Jobs you can do linked to Food Nutrition and Science

  • Nutritionist
  • Chef
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Food writer
  • Baker
  • Public health worker
  • International Aid worker
  • Hospitality and catering