As we approach the end of another school year, with the hope of emerging from restrictions and some sense of normality for our September return, we have some important messages and information to share with you.
Summer School – 22-29 July 2021
Year 6 and some year 7 students will have 6 days of workshops over the next 2 weeks and we look forward to welcoming them into school.
Students will need to arrive and be waiting in the tennis courts by 9AM each morning. They will need to bring snacks and a packed lunch, though this will be provided for students who ordinarily have free school meals.
The workshops will last all day with lunch at 12.00 noon, and parents will need to collect their children from Stourport Road or Bewdley Leisure Centre at 2.30PM.
The schedule for the week available to download here – Summer School Schedule
Further information will be sent to those involved. Current year 7 students who will count as year 8 for the purposes of the summer school, will be linked to specific new year 7 groups for the week as follows:
|New year 7 group||Joined by new Y8 groups|
|7W||8B and 8W|
Exam Results Week – 9-13 August 2021
Year 13 and 11 students will have received an invite to collect their results from school on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th August. Please attend at the allocated time. Unfortunately we will not be able to have parents / carers on site for these days and ask that students attend on their own and follow signage. Any exams enquiries should be addressed to email@example.com.
Our uniform allows students to feel part of the school and have a sense of belonging. We will continue to be very vigilant about ensuring our students wear their uniform correctly and I have included the school’s dress code to help you when buying school wear over the summer. Thank you to our parents and carers for supporting the school in implementing our uniform policy and a polite reminder that trainers are NOT permitted items of footwear and should not be worn in school. We appreciate that shoes can be an expensive item for parents to buy and we are therefore keen to ensure the correct version is purchased. Your child may tell you differently, but trainer-type shoes are not permitted, nor are canvas pumps, trainers or mules. From September, the school hooded sweatshirt will only be allowed to be worn during PE and does not form part of the traditional regular school uniform. General expectations are:
Uniform and general appearance should be appropriate for school, your place of work, and conform with Health & Safety standards. It is therefore required that:
- Shoes should be worn that are sensible and practical i.e. low heels (no boots or trainers unless a doctor’s note is presented).
- Jewellery should not be worn or brought into school, to avoid loss, damage or injury. One pair of studs in the lobes of ears can be worn but will need to be removed for PE/Games. (No other piercings or retainers are permitted)
- Make-up, including nail varnish, is not necessary for school and if obvious will be expected to be removed.
- Jackets/Coats/Jumpers should be suitable for school and the weather conditions. Hooded jackets/jumpers/branded logo jumpers etc. are not permitted
- False/acrylic nails are not allowed to be worn in school.
- Hair – if long it should be tied back for practical lessons. Hair bands etc. should be black, white or blue (school colours). Extreme styles and colours are not acceptable; symbols, names etc. cut or dyed into hair will require a student to return home.
- Other Valuables (i.e. mobile phones, iPod etc.) If they are brought into school, the school will not take responsibility for loss or damage.
School clip on Tie
White School Shirt
Blue Polo Shirt (Summer Term only)
Black School Trousers or knee length skirt [Pleated skirts only – straight skirts are not permitted]
Black/Grey/White/Neutral Socks or Tights
Black V-neck school jumper with school logo
The new PE kit can be ordered directly from Scimitar Sports online shop:
If you have any Customer Service issues, please contact Scimitar directly on: 01905 425324, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our uniform is available to order online or by telephone from Marks & Spencer at www.mandsyourschooluniform.com including core items such as trousers/shirts (M&S are advising parents that the 20% discount on school uniform runs from Tuesday 6th July to Tuesday 3rd August ).
Please see the “Acceptable School Uniform Guidelines” on our website Uniform – The Bewdley School
School Uniform Fitting
Both of our uniform suppliers (main school uniform and PE Kit) will be available on Tuesday 27 July between 1pm and 2.30pm at our Youth Centre (located next to the Leisure Centre) for students and parents to go and try uniform on and purchase new uniform (PE Kits only). For main school uniform, students will be able to try uniform on and then order it online with a 20% discount. The 20% discount runs between Tuesday 6th July to Tuesday 3rd August.
COVID-LFD onsite testing – 1-14 September 2021
We have been asked by the government to re-establish our onsite COVID-LFD testing facility, and test all students twice at the start of the school year in September. Parents/Carers who have previously provided consent, do not have to consent again to testing in September. However, if consent has not been provided previously we strongly recommend parents do so. The more students that sign up, the greater the chances are of detecting COVID-19 within our community and prevent the spread of the virus.
To sign up to the onsite supported LFD testing in September, please complete our Online Consent Form which takes no more than 2 minutes to complete and will ensure that our community is the safest it can be in September. Please ensure that when completing the form you select the year group your child will be in, in September. E.g. new starters – Year 7, current Year 7 – Year 8.
For more information about LFD testing including our privacy notice please visit our website – COVID-19 – The Bewdley School
It would be dishonest of us not to say that this will present problems for us, as most of the staff we recruited in January now have other commitments, and our staff in school already have education related jobs which occupy them full time. However, assuming that we are able to find the 8-10 staff required to run the centre, the schedule for testing can be found here – COVID-19 Testing Schedule
Parents of students from years’ 7 to 11 are asked to bring their child in for testing to Bewdley Youth Centre, and then take their child home as follows:
- Year 7 – Wednesday 1 September (return for induction on Friday 3 September)
- Year 8 – Thursday 2 September (return to school on Monday 6 September)
- Year 9 – Friday 3 September (return to school on Monday 6 September)
- Year 10 – Monday 6 September (return to school on Tuesday 7 September)
- Year 11 – Tuesday 7 September (return to school on Wednesday 8 September)
Any child who tests positive will be informed by phone and advised of what they need to do. For all those not contacted, a negative test result can be presumed (this will actually be sent by text/email by the NHS test and trace system) and children return to school as shown in brackets above.
Sixth Form students should attend for a test with Year 12 on Thursday 2 September and Year 13 on Friday 3 September. Whilst specific slots have been designated during the course of each day, as we are no longer operating year group bubbles, sixth form students may attend at any point on their given day.
Second tests for all students will take place during school time as per the arrangement above, exactly one week or 5 school days after the first test. After Wednesday 14 September the testing centre will close, and all tests will be again done at home from that point onwards.
If you are available and would like to work in our testing centre, please see the job advert at https://www.bewdley.worcs.sch.uk/life-at-bewdley/vacancies/ . We also have a vacancy for a Science Technician and a Youth Centre Manager (the last is subject to the funding coming through)
As you will all know, there have been a number of positive cases in our community, so please do take care and we would encourage all of our students to continue to take sensible precautions to safeguard themselves.
Summer Holiday LFD Testing & Reporting Results:
The government have confirmed that students do not need to continue LFD testing during the Summer Holidays. However, if students have tests remaining we strongly advise students continue testing to ensure the safety of community and provide reassurance to students and their families. Please note after Monday 19 July parent/carers will not need to notify the school of any positive COVID-19 cases until the start of the Autumn Term.
Have a restful and peaceful summer and please do take care.