Hi Beaucroft family!
A week has passed since the school closed. We are missing the children immensely and really do look forward to seeing them all soon.
Hope all is well at home and you are coping with an extra long Easter break. Remember to check in to the school website regularly and the Home Learning Hub. Phil, and many of the staff team are posting activities and vlogs to keep you entertained. Remember any life skill is a learning opportunity – making your bed or helping to prepare a snack. The Joe Wicks daily workout at 9am is a great way to start the day for the whole family and maintain some structure to the start of the days. Parents be warned – your thighs will burn!
Nigel and Steve have prepared the swimming pool and it looks amazing (photo to follow) and Henry , our school dog, is doing fine but also missing you all.
Hopefully you will have received correspondence from your class teacher and/or parent support (Mandy, Catherine). Please keep in touch via email and please request a telephone call if it would be helpful.
This is an incredibly stressful time for us all, which has been exacerbated by the uncertainty around time scale and our health. Also, we are in a situation that we simply have no control over. We are looking forward to the time we can return to what Beaucroft does best – having fun, with a bit of learning along the way!
Take care and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Dear Beaucroft community,
These are worrying and anxious times for all of us. We wanted to take this opportunity to update you after rather an extraordinary week. You will understand that it is incredibly busy in school, indeed in all schools. As you know government guidance is constantly changing.
A large number of our staff are already off work due to illness or household isolation, or because they themselves are vulnerable or have a vulnerable dependent. This is a pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.
The overwhelming message to you is to keep your child at home if at all possible, to ensure they are safe and not at further risk of being exposed to the virus. You should do everything you can to make sure you and your child are not mixing socially due to the risk of spreading the virus. This is a critical situation.
As you are aware Beaucroft is remaining open for a very small number of pupils from today, Monday, who are our most vulnerable and whose parents are critical workers and need to be able to support the national effort. You will understand the importance of this.
Our staff, both the ones here in school and those at home, have been the most amazing team, showing positivity and resilience in the most difficult of circumstances. They really care about your children and are doing everything they can to make this bearable. We are so proud of them and we know that you are very grateful to them. Your children have also been amazing and we are proud of them too. We will continue to remain in contact whilst they are at home. In these dark times it’s more important than ever to have some fun. One day we will be open again as usual, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming you all back.
Diane Makariou / Joe Barnett
Please have a look at the video above, “A Day in the Life of Beaucroft” – it really was filmed in one day! It shows more in two minutes than a lot of words can say.
Beaucroft is a Foundation Special School that caters for children and young people between the ages of four and nineteen who are experiencing learning difficulties, including complex needs, and those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Beaucroft is a special place, where children feel valued and staff ensure that learning needs are met. In addition to the National Curriculum, it offers a personalised, innovative curriculum to meet particular learning needs, focused on practical, community based learning, creating a friendly, caring environment where children positively thrive.
‘The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is consistently high. Staff know each pupil exceptionally well. This means staff plan activities which precisely meets the needs of pupils and which enable them to learn well and thrive. Activities planned excite, motivate and inspire pupils.’ (OfSTED June 2018.)
We are both extremely proud of our school, having both worked here in different roles for many years, and are excited to be taking on the new challenge of becoming Co-Headteachers. As our recent OfSTED confirmed, we have an extremely skilled and experienced staff team who provide a safe, inspiring and fun place for all our students. Our curriculum provides the opportunities for academic and social development that will enhance the life opportunities for our students as they move into the adult world.
We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and that it provides you with the information or news that you require.
Joe Barnett and Diane Makariou