Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 18th december 2020

Dear Parent/Carer

It has been fantastic seeing students working so productively and enjoying their time in school this term. It has been an important term for Year 11 who have taken their mock exams, received the results and information on what they need to do to achieve their target grades. Year 13 will be taking their mock exams next term and the information gained from the exams will help students and teachers to ascertain what has to be done to improve. Both Year 11 and 13 should be revising over the holiday period.

Next term we will have a staggered start:

• Year 11, 13 and Key Worker children will be in school on 4th January 2021 for face to face teaching

• Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will receive lessons and tutor period remotely from 4th January 2021

• Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will return to school for face to face teaching from 11 January 2021

Please take note of the important information regarding Track and Trace

Track and Trace

The Government has asked us to setup a track and trace system to cover the period after the end of term. If your child has any symptoms up until 3.30pm on Sunday 20th December, please do the following:

  1. Please email covid@thameslearningtrust.co.uk
  2. Please answer the following questions:

a. Name of your child including year group

b. Who was your child in close contact with, defined as within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes in the last 48 hours

c. Who have they had face to face contact, within 1 metre, for any length of time (even if wearing a face mask) in the last 48 hours?


  • Face to face conversation
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Being coughed on

d. Who have they travelled with in a small vehicle or within 2 metres in a large vehicle in the last 48 hours?

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday period!

Ray Hinds



It is at this time of year that we see staff changes, welcoming new members of staff and those returning to us after some time away.

As a result, the following tutor changes will take place from January.

  • 7 Pankhurst Mr Usman
  • 8 Anderson Ms Allen
  • 8 Austen Mr Docherty and Mrs Sharma
  • 9 Pankhurst Mr Stewart [room 36]
  • 10 Austen Mrs Thomas and Mr Simpson
  • 10 Keller Mrs Sekar [room 33]
  • 11 Austen Ms Malik and Mrs Poonian
  • 11 Nightingale Miss Owusu

Year 7 Fortnightly Stars

Each fortnight, year 7 form tutors nominate a student from their form who has done something incredible. The theme this fortnight was Leadership of others- Inspiring Change. Well done to the students below for their nominations. All nominated students receive a certificate and their names are put into a hat for two of them to win a prize of their choice from Miss Mathews’ Box of Treasures.

  • Sofia Eiman
  • Aamna Syed
  • Alanna Healy
  • Fatima Aslam
  • Hafsah Mahmood
  • Rubail Khan

Cultural Enrichment Charity events

Huge thank you and well done to everyone who contributed towards our Charity events this term for Save the Children and Slough Food Bank.

Please take part in the festive remote learning Cultural Enrichment assignment on Teams and have a safe and peaceful break.

10 Books to Read Before Christmas

Reading during the festive period is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the delights of the holiday season. From endearing short stories, children’s fairy tales and epic historical novels, throughout literature stories have illustrated the magic and excitement surrounding winter. We have compiled a list of international titles that are guaranteed to warm the heart and bring back the thrill of Christmas in preparation of the big day.

Book Fair Winner!

Mariam Javed (9 Grey Thompson) with her excellent poem about To Kill a Mockingbird! Well done!


Vodafone: Innovators Work Experience Programme for Year 12

15th - 19th February 2021

Join Vodafone for a week-long virtual work experience programme where you’ll attend a series of live webinars, panel discussions and workshops to develop industry focused skills, valuable experience and an insight into working life at Vodafone which will help to kick-start your exciting future career! Click here to apply.



Free School Meals

We are encouraging any families who think they might be eligible for Free School Meals to contact the office and fill out an application.

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.


Last Saturday students from year 11 had food GCSE final practical exam. The students were split into two groups, morning and afternoon, and each group had 3 hours to prepare two dishes suitable for the chosen task. The students worked very hard and they demonstrated many different skills. After the exam students have done an evaluation of the dishes and had opportunity to share the food they prepared.

Wellbeing Tip of the Week

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is affecting all our lives. Many of us are struggling with how it's affecting ourselves and our loved ones. Those of us already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges too.

However, there are some simple things that you can do to look after your mental health, either by yourself or with other people. Here is our well-being mentor’s tip of the week for looking after yourself:

Take time to chill out and relax - People find different things help them relax – it could be having a bath, watching a funny film, drawing, reading, listening to music, deep breathing or going for a walk. Try different things and see what works for you.

Relaxation reduces stress and the symptoms of mental health conditions. So find a relaxation technique that works for you and make it part of your daily routine, even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes a day.


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