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Results Days 2020

Year 13 Results Day | Thursday 13th August

The staff at Bloxwich Academy are looking forward to seeing you on Year 13 Results Day.

Please read the information below carefully so that you understand what you will need to do to collect your results.

  • Results will be distributed from the Main Hall. You will enter the school via the entrance to the main reception.
  • The academy will be open for you to collect your results between 8.45am and 12.00pm
  • There will be a one-way system in place as you collect your results. There will be other safety measures in place too, for example, we will provide hand sanitiser as you enter.
  • You are each permitted to bring one adult along with you to collect your results. Please do not bring more than this so that we can maintain social distancing. You are of course welcome to collect your results on your own.
  • If you would rather your results be sent to you electronically, please email hbrockless@bloxwichacademy.co.uk to let us know. Your results will then be sent to your school email address on Results Day.
  • If you are feeling unwell, displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating, you should not attend Results Day. In this event, please inform us so that we can send your results to you.
  • If you ask a parent, guardian or another responsible adult to collect your results for you, they must bring a note that is signed by you that gives your consent. We cannot release the results otherwise.

Year 11 Results Day | Thursday 20th August

The staff at Bloxwich Academy are looking forward to seeing pupils on Year 11 Results Day.

Please read the information below regarding the process of collecting results.

  • Results will be distributed from the Main Hall. Pupils will enter the Academy via the entrance to the main reception on Leamore Lane.
  • All pupils will be allocated a timeslot for when they can collect their results. These timeslots will be communicated via text message. If you have changed contact details during lockdown, please provide an update by contacting us.
  • There will be a one-way system in place as pupils collect their results. There will be other safety measures in place too, for example, we will provide hand sanitiser upon entry.
  • Pupils are permitted to have one adult accompanying them whilst collecting result.
  • If pupils would prefer their results electronically, please email hbrockless@bloxwichacademy.co.uk to confirm this process. Results will then be sent to pupil school email addresses on Results Day.
  • If you are feeling unwell, displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or are self-isolating, you should not attend Results Day. In this event, please inform us so we can arrange for the results to be sent.
  • Pupils wishing either a parent, guardian or another responsible adult to collect their results must bring a note that is signed by the pupil that gives consent. We cannot release the results otherwise.

How did we decide on grades?

All schools across the country have followed the process laid out by the government for awarding Centre Assessment Grades. This process is explained in this video created by Ofqual, the organisation which regulates exams:

We are very confident we have assessed you with a high degree of accuracy. We undertook a lengthy, rigorous process with every Year 11 teacher participating in a series of meetings. Every grade was decided by whole teams, not individual teachers.

During these grading meetings, we used all available forms of evidence for every single grade, including mock exams, classwork, homework, coursework, prior attainment (how you had performed in previous years) as well as current effort. All grade decisions were rooted in evidence to eliminate any potential bias.

Over a period of several weeks, every grade was discussed multiple times, as part of a rigorous quality assurance process. Only when we were confident that we had graded everyone accurately did we send the grades to the exam boards.

Very important: the grades we submitted for you will not necessarily be the grades you receive on results day. That is because the exam board’s job is to make sure that the grades this year are consistent with those awarded to other pupils in previous years. That means there should be broadly the same proportion of pupils achieving the same grade in each subject as there were in previous years.

For instance, in 2019, 67% of pupils across the country achieved GCSE Grade 4 in English. This year, roughly the same proportion of pupils across the country will achieve GCSE Grade 4 in English, even if schools submitted lots more Grade 4s.

Similarly, around 76% of A level grades are grade C every year. Therefore, roughly the same proportion will be a grade C this year, whatever schools submitted.

It is being widely reported that the grades submitted by schools across the country are significantly higher than in previous years:

https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-teacher-assessed-grades-higher-grades-2019

This will mean that some grades will change. “Insiders” say this could affect around 40% of grades.

https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-warning-40-gcse-grades-may-change

Here is a video from Ofqual with more details about how they are making grades consistent with previous years:

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Big Bang Digital 2020

Tuesday 14 July from 10am to 4pm

Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering and Covid-19 is a free online event for young people 11+ to attend short, inspiring sessions looking at all aspects of STEM in a pandemic.

It’s the perfect opportunity for students to see STEM careers in action, hear inspiring stories from incredible people (including a Nobel Prize winner), ask questions in live Q&A sessions, add their voice to online polls and complete activities throughout the day. 

Big Bang Digital can be included as part of home learning or streamed in school and is a secure environment with safeguarding measures in place. 

Line-up at a glance:

  • TV & Radio Science Presenter, Podcaster & YouTuber Greg Foot will be hosting live
  • Meet NHS frontline staff, join the race to find a vaccine and ask the experts your coronavirus questions.
  • Hear from people designing PPE, ventilators and a social distancing lanyard
  • Find out how the NHS Nightingale hospitals were built so quickly
  • Meet the teams keeping things moving, water in the taps and food in the shops
  • Explore lockdown cyber security and staying safe online
  • Pay tribute to key workers with a rainbow science show with Gastronaut Stefan Gates

To check out the full programme visit: www.digitalbigbang.co.uk

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Year 11 Celebration Video

Unfortunately due to the current circumstances, we couldn’t hold our annual Year 11 celebration assembly where we share memories and celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Year 11 cohort.

Staff at Bloxwich Academy, however, did not want to miss out on the opportunity to send well wishes and act a little silly on video. We hope you enjoy your Year 11 celebration video. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our virtual Teams assembly this afternoon.

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Care home project!

In such unprecedented times, community spirit and care is vitally important. Ensuring that we stay connected and offer thanks to those who play a vital role in keeping our communities thriving. Bloxwich Academy joyfully accepted the request from local MP Eddie Hughes, to offer support and positivity to the residents and staff in our North Walsall care homes.
Primary and secondary pupils currently attending the academy during the lockdown period joined creative forces and produced beautiful heart-shaped bunting, colourful craft flowers, as well as pictures and letters to send our well wishes and lift spirits during this difficult time. The process encouraged pupils to reflect on the feelings of others and the importance of key workers in our community. Most importantly, recognizing that a
small gesture can mean so much to others.

It was lovely to hear that the efforts of our pupils were greatly appreciated
by staff and residents at Woodcross Care Home in Bloxwich, noted with a
kind thank you from Eddie Hughes MP (North Walsall).

“Thank you to all staff and pupils involved, hopefully, your great work will help lift the spirits of residents and staff at Woodcross. Best wishes, Eddie”.

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VE Day 2020

What is VE Day?

VE Day – or ‘Victory in Europe Day’ – marks the day towards the end of World War Two (WW2) when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. On 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before.

Articles and videos about VE Day here: https://bbc.in/3hUrvbn

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day we asked you to get
creative and we weren’t disappointed with the outcomes. As well as
some great artwork, our Bloxwich Academy CCF shared a message to
all key workers.

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Reach for the Stars

Bloxwich Primary staff have been having a sing and a dance and have an important video message to share with the children!

Keep reaching for the stars!

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Even more online lessons!

The BBC and the government have put together daily lessons for children across the UK. If you have finished the work we have set or you fancy something different, take a look.


Oak National Academy

I’m very pleased to welcome Oak National Academy, a new online classroom and resource hub, which has launched to support teachers until schools re-open. The online classroom will provide free lessons and resources for pupils from reception through to year 10. All resources, lessons and more information can be accessed here

As part of a collective response to the crisis, 40 teachers will be producing over 180 free online lessons each week, which will cover a range of subjects from English and maths to arts and languages.


BBC Bitesize 

This week the BBC is launching its own education package as part of their Charter across TV and online – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents. You can find more information about this here

The key difference between the BBC offer and the Oak National Academy is that the Academy is a planned and sequenced series of lessons for schools and trusts to use as part of their planned curriculum offer. Whereas the BBC offer is aimed more at parents and pupils.


Please note that we are not responsible for any of this content. If there are any technical issues, please contact the BBC or Oak Academy directly. We have found that the Oak Academy videos work best on Internet Explorer (the sound doesn’t always work on Chrome, but we are sure they will be ironing out these teething issues moving forward).


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