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 WELCOME TO BELPER SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM CENTRE

Regrettably at the moment our site is mostly closed to students but we are providing online learning through Google Classroom and various other software. 

Our weekly newsletters are available from the parents tab above and cover the latest news from our staff. 

We hope everyone can stay safe and well and that we can beat this Covid pandemic soon. 

With our very best wishes,

Nick Goforth, Head of Belper School

EXCELLENCE

We aim to provide academic excellence to ensure all our students achieve the best possible qualifications to enable ongoing success.

INSPIRATION

Our curriculum is designed to bring out the best in our students by providing a wide range of inspirational learning opportunities. 

COMMUNITY

Our school is a warm, friendly and well ordered learning community where every student really does matter. 

SCHOOL NEWS

Latest newsletter – January 5

To see the latest letter from the Headteacher published 22 January 2021, and covering updates on

  • Online Learning
  • Free School Meals
  • Examinations
  • Our eBook service
  • Quick testing
  • Changes to School Reception/Switchboard opening times
  • ICT Access
  • Safeguarding

please click here.

Summer Exams Consultation

Ofqual have just released their consultation on the plans for the GCSE and A level summer exams. School staff, parents, carers and students are encouraged to respond. The closing date is 29 January 2021.

A quick summary of the proposals is here

Very briefly, students will be asked to sit assessments in each subject in the summer term which will be used by staff to provide a teacher assessed grade. All students, therefore, must continue to learn until these assessments take place.

Click here for the link for the consultation for GCSE, AS and A level grades

Click here for the link for the consultation for vocational and technical grades.

Monday 25th January

Key worker school is open today but please be careful when travelling in. Some local roads and pavements are quite icy.

YEAR 11 STUDENTS & PARENTS – FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COLLEGE COURSES

DCG Virtual Open Days.

Virtual Open Events at Derby College Each event is dedicated to a different Derby College Group site and will give students the opportunity to talk to the curriculum areas on that site.  Check the link to book on and see what is offered on each site. There is also information about additional support and courses  for any students with additional learning needs.  

The Roundhouse, Thursday 21st January, 5pm-7pm
Broomfield Hall, Wednesday 24th February, 5pm-7pm

January Update

The Prime Minister has just announced a national lockdown until at least Mid February. This means that all schools will be closed and all learning will be online until at least the half term break, replacing our previous timelines. However, we will still offer a keyworker / vulnerable students school for the lockdown period as explained in this newsletter: click here. A lot of other information in this newsletter has now been superceded.

We will send out further guidance over this week as and when we can. This guidance will include details of how we will provide free school meals, further details of our online learning, how to borrow a laptop from us and also any information we find out about the summer exams.

In the televised address the PM indicated that these exams will be replaced by an alternative. It is not clear what that will be but we will let families and students know more as soon as we can.

This is a very difficult period for us all but we will get through this and things may be much better by Spring / early Summer when the vaccines begin to take widespread effect. At Belper school we are planning for 2021 to be a year of Hope and Renewal.

Best wishes and take care

Nick Goforth

Sixth Form Applications

Applications for the Sixth Form are now open.
Belper School Sixth Form Application September 2021

On the school website you will find a presentation from Nick Goforth, Headteacher and Paul Brumby, Head of Sixth Form; alongside all the relevant subject information.  Click on the link below …
Belper School Sixth Form Open Evening 2020

If you have any questions regarding the Sixth Form please do not hesitate to contact us at sixthform@belperschool.co.uk

Grants for families raising disabled children

Grants for families raising disabled children are available now from Family Fund 

Family Fund is a UK-wide charity that provides grants for essential items to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Family Fund has continued to provide vital support to families, and has seen a significant increase in applications. Research indicates that half of the families they support have lost income as a result of the pandemic. 

In May, in response to this extra need, the Department for Education provided a further £10 million in additional funding to the £27.3 million it had already committed to Family Fund, which has allowed them to support thousands more families. 

This funding is still available, and families can apply for a grant right now by visiting the Family Fund website. All families can apply online, by downloading an application pack, or by ordering a pack to be sent to them. 

IMPORTANT: 2020-2021 Term Dates

2020-2021 Term Dates

In conjunction with the majority of primary schools in the immediate area, the term dates for 2020-2021 differ slightly from those published by Derbyshire County Council.  The changes specifically relate to the Easter 2021 dates and the date the summer holidays begin in July 2021.   

You can download a copy of our term dates by clicking here.

Free School Meals eligibility

The COVID 19 pandemic is resulting in many families within Derbyshire experiencing a change of circumstances and loss of regular income.

Whilst the school is currently closed, we are supporting our families eligible for free school meals by issuing food vouchers which they can exchange to spend in a supermarket of their choice.  To learn about what we provide during normal school times, please click here.

If you wish to check if your family is eligible for free school meals, please contact the Derbyshire County Council Free School Meals team who will be happy to help.   The best way of contacting them is by email to checking@derbyshire.gov.uk but you can also apply on line at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/your-child-at-school/meals/school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx

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