Baylis Court School Newsletter Friday 22nd may 2020

May 22 2020

Dear Parents/Carers and Students

We have come to the end of another term. Our teachers have reported that our students have worked hard this term and have made good progress. Lessons will continue on Teams next term starting on Monday 1st June. Students who have had problems connecting to Teams can contact the school office for paper-based learning materials.

I would like to thank all of the staff who have helped our students in so many different ways over the last term and I hope you have a healthy and safe Spring bank holiday. Students will return to lessons on Monday 1st June.

All Years- Resources and Advice

Our website provides advice and guidance on a wide range of topics to help during lockdown, such as wellbeing and learning resources. Click on the headings Parents or Students then COVID-19 Resources


Our weekly newsletter is an important source of information, with beautiful examples of student work. The front page is used to update you on any necessary pieces of current information. Previous copies can be accessed from our website.

Year 11 and 13- Good luck and Bon Voyage from the whole of our school community!!!!

We will be seeing Year 11 again during the Sixth form Induction Day next term on 1st July 2020. Any questions please email Mr Brown, Head of VI Form.

Year 7, 9, 10 and 12- Parent Consultation Days

Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 have not had a Parents Evening this year. Therefore, next term we will be providing opportunities for parents to talk to teachers about their child’s progress this year. We are using a system called ‘SchoolCloud’ (similar to Zoom) which will enable you to meet your child’s teachers virtually, using a laptop or your mobile phone. You will be sent a link prior to the consultation day which will allow you to make appointments with each of your child’s teachers. A help sheet will also be provided.

Parent Consultation Time

  • Year 12 Thursday 4 June 14:00 to 19:00
  • Year 7 Tuesday 9 June and Wednesday 17 June 8:30 to 15:15
  • Year 10 Thursday 25 June and Tuesday 30 June 8:30 to 15:15
  • Year 9 Tuesday 7 July and Thursday 30 June 8:30 to 15:15

Year 10 and 12

The Government has said that Year 10 and 12 students should receive ‘face-to-face’ support before the end of this academic year. We have been providing face-to-face support for all year groups, since the beginning of lockdown, through online lessons and a weekly tutor period. Heads of Learning are also providing a pre-recorded assembly once a week and we have a team of support staff who are making telephone calls to help students who are experiencing difficulties engaging with lessons.

Year 9 and 10- Baseline Assessment

Both Years 9 and 10 will have baseline assessments in September 2020 for each GCSE subject that they study. This will enable teachers to establish what students have learned so far and what they need to learn. The information gained will also help teachers make adjustments to the curriculum. The baseline assessments will be based on GCSE examination papers. Students and parents will be given guidance on how students can prepare.

Best wishes for good health and a safe bank holiday.

Ray Hinds


Operation Bletchley is your Virtual Codebreaking Challenge. Cover either 50 or 100 miles on foot this July and crack the codes as you go. Can you deliver your message before it’s too late?


Sign up now and you will automatically create your own page. You can use this to track your walks, mark off your cracked codes and rack up all of your fundraising! (if you chose to fundraise- this isn't obligatory) Use a pedometer app (we recommend Strava), website or a good old-fashioned map to track your steps – whether at home, at work or exploring at the weekends and watch your progress on your own personal challenge page.

Mehek Iqbal Y7

The Outsider

Standing all alone, with no one there,

Staring into the dark, feel like thin air,

I wish I was noticed, but I’m just an outsider,

Am I lonely like a horse with no rider.

I wake up every day, only silence and peace.

I have no partner, my desires decrease.

Am I the only one that feels like a rock?

Sitting alone I have no one to talk.

I wish I was noticed, but I’m just an outsider.

Am I lonely like a horse with no rider.

*Artist of the Week*

Year 10 student Jindveer Uppal

Artist research, transcription and development work inspired by Nikos Gyftakis

Katie Mesi in Year 7

Digital Drawing of a landscape influenced by David Hockney

Ipad Landscapes!

Zunairah Bhatti in Year 7

Digital Photography edit.

Colour scheme inspired by the Fauves (Wild Beasts)

Malaikah Noor in Year 9

Biro Drawing.

Ian Macarthur transcription

Well done to Julia Lis in Year 10 who created this pencil tone drawing

Sociology shout out!

A huge well done to these Year 12 Sociology students for performing very well in their mock exam:

Adama Bobb

Soofia Hussian

Summayah Tafhimi

You should be very proud of yourselves, you showed true dedication.

Mrs Bowen

Safaa Ahmed in Year 7 created a maze game using her Scratch Programming skills from her online computer science lessons. Here is a link to her game which you can play.


End of term online Maths game with Year 8C1! Thank you for your participation and well done to the winner! Have a nice half term!

The winners were: Zaiba Maqsood, Imamah Khan and Cynthia-Rose Douthwaite

Take a look at this list of fun and interesting work out resources put together by Mr Mackintosh


To all students, Start Profile is a fantastic website that can give you personalised career guidance and information. Please go through this powerpoint to help you create your own profile at the Start Profile website. You will then automatically be given some career suggestions and activities to help you start thinking about your future. This will only take 20 minutes. Ms Chauhan

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


“As we say goodbye to our wonderful Year 11 students, we would like to share with you our Year 11 Media Studies Lockdown positivity photography-we hope it makes you smile, as they have made us smile all year.- The Media Department.”

Thank you Annika, Kinga, Barbara, Fatima, Neha and Sonia

Trista Gurung in Year 7 made this wonderful video

Nicola Chumber in year 9 has also completed a video task this week

Christine Msonzah Year 10
Emaan Batool Year 8

Staff enrichment

“Miss Mathews used her daily exercise to visit the Cobstone Windmill Turville, if you do not recognise the windmill is from the wonderful ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Classic film. Why not watch the film and then take a selfie with the famous windmill this half term, send us your selfies!”

Your Cultural Enrichment projects are bringing joy to us all.

Well done,

Mrs Coulson

Well done Eliza- Deputy Head Girl of Year 7!

Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme

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

Upcoming VTalks:


  • • Baroness Mary Goudie: Life Peer & Campaigner, Tue 26/05 10am
  • • Dr Wanda Wyporska: Executive Director, The Equality Trust – Wed 27/05 10am
  • • Nick Boyle: Group Chief Executive Officer, Lightsource BP– Fri 29/05 2pm
  • • Ann Cairns: Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard – Mon 01/06 10am
  • • Kev O’Sullivan: Creative Director, FleishmanHillard Fishburn – Mon 01/06 2pm
  • • Phillipe Sands: Lawyer, Matrix Chambers & Professor of International Law – Tues 02/06 2pm
  • • Gisela Abbam: Chair, British Science Association – Wed 03/06 10am
  • • Dan Connolly: Sports Marketing Executive, Consul Sports Club – Wed 03/06 2pm
  • • John Vary: Futurologist, John Lewis Partnership – Fri 05/06

If you missed a talk or wish to view a previous talk they can be found in the link below:


The Theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is ‘Kindness’

Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place.

We want to see a world where kindness is built into business decisions, government policy and official systems. However, we can start by individual commitment to showing kindness in our words and our actions.

You might want to do something for someone else or take note if you experience an act of kindness.

Not sure where to start?

We’ve put together some suggestions to help you out…

At home and in your community

  • Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Post a card or letter to someone you are out of touch with
  • Send flowers to a friend, out of the blue
  • Find out if a neighbour needs any help with shopping
  • Ring someone who is on their own, or video call them
  • Send someone a handwritten thank you note
  • Tell your family how much you love and appreciate them
  • Help with household chores
  • Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour
  • Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time


Careers in Media Studies

At Baylis we offer the Eduqas GCSE Media course. Following this, pupils may wish to go on to post-16 education to study A Level Media Studies in our Sixth Form. Media degrees are offered at numerous colleges (South Hampton, Strathcyle University). You could also apply to esteemed Film schools (London Film School, National Film and Television School, Met Film School). After studying Media, you may wish to go into a Media Industry career, or use the transferable skills you have developed to go into a completely different career.

Below is a list of transferable skills developed in Media Studies that can be applied to all careers:

  • Specialist industry knowledge and experience.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Professional communication, spoken and written.
  • Creativity.
  • Flexibility.
  • Ability to identify essential issues/facts.
  • Awareness of different cultural contexts
  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Team work
  • Organisation
  • Time keeping
  • Resilience
  • Determination
  • Professionalism

Ex Baylis Students: What are they doing now?

Careers Options

  • Video Game developer
  • Website designer
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Video Producer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Blogger/Vlogger
  • Sound Engineer
  • Art Director
  • Director
  • Photographer
  • Journalist

In the world of film a film studio will need experts on every field, from electricians to lawyers.


Created with images by Sarah Olive - "untitled image" • Vincentiu Solomon - "Sublime purple night sky"