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Q:What is the uniform and where do I buy it from?
Details on our uniform can be found at: http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=13178
You can buy it through the following suppliers:
Natasha Schoolwear, 12 New John St, Bradford, BD1 2QZ  Tel: 01274 724676  http://natashaschoolwear.com/
Whittakers Schoolwear, 21 Briggate, Shipley, BD17 7BP   Tel: 01274 585015  https://www.whittakersschoolwear.co.uk/product-category/shipley/beckfoot-secondary-school/
Whittakers Schoolwear, 5 Low St, Keighley, BD21 3PJ   Tel: 01535 611211  https://www.whittakersschoolwear.co.uk/product-category/keighley/beckfoot-school/
Please ensure all items are clearly labelled/named.

Q:What equipment will my child need?
We highly recommend that students arrive prepared for school with these items:
•an appropriate school bag that is clearly named
•a lightweight PE bag that is clearly named
•a padlock for their locker
•an optional refillable water bottle that is clearly named
•a pencil case that is clearly named, containing: black or blue pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener and a scientific calculator. The Casio fx-83GT PLUS calculator is recommended by our Maths faculty and can be purchased at our Student Facilities Office (SFO) in the Atrium. It is currently priced at £6.35 (subject to change). A range of essential stationery can be purchased from the SFO. 

Q: Where should my child go on their first day in September?
Students can use any entrance to access the school, but we recommend avoiding the reception area as this can get very busy. Students can play outside or wait in the Atrium at the heart of the main building. The school is open from 7.45am.

Q:What are school’s opening hours?
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC), which is our library, and Atrium are open to students from 7.45am. Students can buy breakfast from 8.00am and we have a welcoming Atrium space. Lessons finish at 2.45pm and after-school activities usually end by 4.15pm. Students also have access to the LRC after school until 4.30pm. Any student who is not in an organised activity or using the LRC, should leave by 3.00pm. All students must leave the school site by 4.30pm.

Q:Where does my child store their things?
All Year 7s are issued with a locker. They will need to provide their own padlock. We recommend a combination lock with a strong, thick bar. Please make a note of the combination before they start with us. If they have keys for their padlock, we recommend you give a spare key in a sealed envelope, with their name and ‘Year 7 Team’ clearly on the front and hand in to the Key Stage 3 office in September.

Q: What if my child gets lost?
It’s unlikely they will because new Year 7 students will be paired up with a team of Year 8 buddies on their first day at Beckfoot. The buddies will be on hand for the first two weeks at lesson changeovers and lunchtimes to help students move between lessons easily. All students and staff are on hand to help them too. We understand that it takes time for Year 7s to adjust to a new building and routine.

Q: Can my child bring their mobile phone to school?
Yes. Students can use their mobile phone at break and lunch times only. At all other times, mobile phones must be switched off and safely stored in school bags. 

 

Travel

Q:Is there a school bus my child can use?
A full list of buses that travel to and from Beckfoot can be found here:
https://www.wymetro.com/your-school/a-z-school-finder/b/beckfoot-school/
Further information can be found here: http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=6655.

Q:Where can I apply for a Bus Pass for my child?
You can apply for a travel card for cheaper travel around West Yorkshire. Click the links to find out more: https://ticketsandpasses.wymetro.com/under-26-students/under-16-photocard/ or https://m-card.co.uk/the-cards/under19/

Q:Is there parking at the school to drop off/pick up my child?
Bradford Road entrance: Parents/carers are able to use this entrance to drop off/pick up your child. It has a turning circle to allow you to queue and wait in order to drop/collect your child.
Wagon Lane entrance: Parents/carers with a permit have access to the front car park from this entrance. The permit is only issued to parents/carers of children with limited mobility. Please contact Mike Barnes, SENCo, to check if you are eligible for a permit.
Regular patrols of the front car park take place to check on permits and the use of disabled badges in marked spaces.

 

Dining

Q:How much money will my child need for lunch?
The standard two course set meal price and the free school meal allowance costs £2.35. More prices can be found here: http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=501

Q:How do I top up the money on my child's lanyard card?
The easiest and safest way is by using ParentPay: https://app.parentpay.com/public/client/security/. You will receive a letter in the post to link up your ParentPay before September. There are machines in the Atrium that students can use to top their own card up using coins/notes.

Q:What food options are available during before school, break and lunch?
You can find information about food options here: http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=501
There are also healthy vending machines and a water fountain to refill water bottles.

Q:How can I monitor what my child is buying?
Everything that is bought on their lanyard card can be viewed through your ParentPay account https://app.parentpay.com/public/client/security/#/login .

 

Support

Q:How do you support worry about starting secondary school?
Being nervous about starting secondary school is normal; after all it’s the first big change many students will have experienced. Please reassure your child that this move is an exciting, positive, new chapter in their lives and that we are all looking forward to welcoming them to Beckfoot. However, if you are concerned about your child’s anxiety, please contact school and we will do all we can to help.

Q: Who can my child speak to if they are worried?
If your child has any worries or concerns they should speak to either the Year 8 buddies they have been paired up with, the Head of Year 7 or their Tutor, who they will have contact with each day.

Q:Who do I contact about my child’s medical information?
We would ask that any relevant medical information about your child is passed to Beckfoot directly by speaking to Mike Barnes, SENCo, or Jackie Drew, School Health Carer.

 

Learning

Q:How is the day structured?

8:30am – 9.30am:     Period 1
9:30am – 10.30am:   Period 2
10:30am – 10.55am: Break
10:55am – 11.20am:  Assembly once a week;
                                      Tutor four times a week;
                                      Optional SPA time (Sports and Performing Arts clubs)
11:20am – 12.20pm: Period 3
12:20pm – 12.50pm: Lunch
12:50pm – 1.50pm:   Period 4
1:50pm – 2.45pm:     Period 5

Q:Where can I find out about homework?
Please visit http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=12222

Q:How do sanctions work at Beckfoot?
We have the highest expectations of all our students. Our Positive Learning Strategy promotes an environment conducive to learning, ensuring high achievement for all young people irrespective of their differing needs. There are a number of expectations which we place on all our learners, particularly with regard to planners, lanyards and uniform. These expectations will be made clear to new Year 7 students during the first week induction assemblies and Tutor time. Further information on our expectations and Positive Learning Strategy (PLS) can be found in the Beckfoot-Ready Guide and your child’s planner. http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=14058

 

Enrichment

Q:What after school clubs are available?
A timetable of after school activities will be provided to students when they start with us. It will also be available to view online here: http://www.beckfoot.org/?p=5512 

Students are encouraged to join up to two Sports and Performing Arts (SPA) activities during the day and as many after school activities as they want to. We also have a Homework Club for Years 7 to 9, and another for Year 10 and Year 11. The LRC is open from 7.45am – 4.30pm, Monday – Thursday and until 3.00pm on Fridays.

 

Still got a question?

Check the Beckfoot-Ready Handbook here: http://www.beckfoot.org/?page_id=13994 .
Or please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing BeckfootTransition@beckfoot.org