Welcome to Transition 2021

 

Dear Parent/Carer

I am absolutely delighted that your child will be joining us at BBEC.  I look forward to welcoming them to joining our BBEC family, being happy, successful and having lots of exciting experiences.  I hope that you are managing to keep safe and well during this difficult time.  The lock down is affecting all of us in so many ways and is likely to affect the way that Year 6 to 7 transition is managed.

As a parent myself, I understand that in normal circumstances the transition from primary to secondary school can be worrying so over the next few months we will aim to give you and your child all the information you need to ensure a smooth transition.  I am sure that you are also concerned about how the current lockdown will affect the transition process.  We are monitoring closely the advice that is coming from government and will try to ensure that we safely and sensibly do all we can to make the transition experience as comfortable as possible.  We will keep you informed as we know more.  In the meantime, staff from BBEC are already contacting primary schools to collect all the information we need in order to give your child a good start.

If there is anything we can do to help your child to transfer successfully to BBEC please do not hesitate to contact us on 01274 676285. If you have any specific concerns that relate to SEND requirements, please contact our SENDCo, Miss Jessica Henshall at jrh@buttershaw.net. The Head of Year is Miss Michelle White and she is available at mlw@buttershaw.net should you have any questions. We will try to help you in whatever way we can.  Our website provides a good introduction to BBEC.

We would also like all parents to download the SIMS Parent app. Information about this will be sent to you via email. This will be our main way of communicating with you from September 2021.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your child as soon as it is possible.  Please pass on our best wishes to them.

Take very good care of yourselves

Yours sincerely

Ruth Hartley

Head of School

Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

 

Parents FAQ

 

What time does school start and finish?
School is open to children from 7.30am to enjoy some breakfast and some social time with friends before lessons start. All students must be in school before 8.30am. The day finishes at 3:00pm (Mon to Thu) and 2.25pm (Fri).

How long do lessons last for?
There are 5 x 1 hour lessons each school day, plus a 35-minute form time Monday to Thursday. Teachers meet students at their classroom door and learning begins the moment they enter the classroom (this is why it is so important students are on time!).

What extra-curricular activities are available to my child?
Here is an example of the extra-curricular activities available to students this academic year. Please be aware that this may change in September.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR TIMETABLE

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BASKETBALL (MORNING) BASKETBALL (MORNING) BASKETBALL (MORNING) BASKETBALL (MORNING) BASKETBALL (MORNING)

 

RUNNING CLUB

 

NETBALL BASKETBALL
YR 10/11 FOOTBALL BOYS’ RUGBY CLIMBING GIRL’S FOOTBALL MARTIAL ARTS
BOXING CHEERLEADING GIRLS’ BASKETBALL YR 7/8/9 FOOTBALL CHESS CLUB
COMIC BOOK CLUB TRAMPOLINING  DANCE
BOARD GAME CLUB SCIENCE CLUB

In addition to activities there are clubs run by the Art and Design Academy, delving into photography, painting and drawing.  The Music Department offers a wide range of instrumental lessons at heavily discounted prices (£1 a lesson) on drum, guitar, vocals, bass, piano, violin, flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Can my child be in a form group with his/her friends from primary?

We appreciate that starting school for your child can be a little daunting and having friends around may sound quite comforting but making new friends is an equally important part of starting at a new school.

The year team have spoken to all feeder primary schools and have been given information on good (and bad) pupil matches and these will be taken into consideration when placing students in their forms.

Classes for their other subjects however, are created based on ability so that teaching can be as tailored and successful as possible

 

Do I need to meet my child at the school gates like in primary school?

No, but some parents do decide to collect their child from the main gates or pick-up / drop-off spaces in the main car park.

We find that most like to walk or cycle home with their friends once they gain a little more independence.

 

My child has specific SEN needs. Who do I contact about this?

Our SEN team at BBEC have already collected information on all students on the SEN register at primary school so you do not need to inform us.

If you do have any further specific concerns you can contact our SENDCo, Miss Henshall, on jrh@buttershaw.net

 

Where will the students have dinner?

Year 7 have their lunch in the main hall which is a designated space for Year 7 students. Here they can pick up a hot or cold meal or bring their own packed lunch.

We are a cashless school here at BBEC and so if the students are purchasing lunch you will need to add money to their Parent Pay account. More details can be found on our website.

 

Who is my child’s form tutor and what is his/her role?

Every student will be placed in a Form Tutor group. Form time (or registration) takes place Mon – Thu during Period 3.

The form tutor’s role is to deliver important PSHCE work, to monitor attendance and behaviour and also to provide pastoral care for your child should he/she need it.

Who do I speak with if I have a concern?

For non urgent issues your child’s Form Tutor will be your main point of contact and should be the first person you refer to with any questions about your child. You can contact them via your child’s planner or by telephone.

If the concern is more urgent or you are unhappy with how your concern has been dealt, you can contact a member of the Year 7 team.

 

Where should my child store PE kit? Will my child get a locker?

When Year 7 students join us in September, we ask that they bring £5; this is payment for their ID card (which they will need to wear at all times) and a locker key, which they will be able to collect on their first day in September.

Upon your child’s departure from BBEC at the end of Year 11, providing he/she returns the locker key, the £5 will be refunded.

If lost, the ID card will cost £2 to replace and the locker key will cost £5 to replace, therefore, these should be looked after.

Pupils can put their PE kit or any other belongings that they do not wish to carry in their locker before their first lesson starts at 8.40am.

 

If my child is ill, how do I report the absence?

If your child is ill then you must ring the school number on 01274 676285 before 8.30am every day that your child is absent.

If there is no record of an absence and your child has not been registered in school then you will receive a phone call or text message informing you of the absence. If your child has to leave school early due to an illness you will be contacted and he/she must be signed out at student reception.

 

How much homework will my child receive and how do I know if my child gets any homework?

Your child will receive 2-3 pieces of English, Maths and Science homework each week. Depending on how often they have a subject will determine the amount of homework they receive.

Homework from other subjects will vary from once a week to once a half term. You child will be expected to write down any homework in the student planner, which needs to be signed by you every week. That way you will be able to check what homework has been received and ensure your child is keeping up to date with the work.

 

My child has lost his/her PE kit /coat etc.

If items have been lost in school, initially students should retrace their steps as more often than not they have left it in their previous lesson.

If it has been lost at break or lunch, usually someone will have handed it in to Student Reception and placed it in lost property.

Students should check in at Student Reception at break, lunch and at the end of the school day before they start to panic.

We strongly recommend labelling any items of uniform including PE kit. If kit is left in the changing rooms, the PE department will be able to help your child look for it in lost property, however, if it isn’t labelled this is more difficult to do.

 

Is my child allowed a mobile phone in school? How can I contact my child?

Pupils may bring phones into school but only for emergency purposes on their journey to and from school, but once in school mobiles should not be seen or heard. If a student is found to have their mobile phone out during the school day it will be confiscated. The student will be able to collect the phone back at the end of the school day from Student Reception.

If there was a situation whereby your child needed to contact you, this can be done via Student Reception. Alternatively, if you need to contact your child during the school day, please ring the school.