Coronavirus Updates from Brookfield Community School
1/6/2020 - 4:00pm
This page will be updated with the latest news from Brookfield regarding the coronavirus.
1/6/2020 - 4:00pm
Proposed Partial Re-Opening of School - Further Update
Mr Hirst has written to parents and carers with an update on the government's announcement regarding the partial re-opening of schools for Years 10 and 12 from 15th June. The letter can be found here, on our letters page.
15/5/2020 - 1:30pm
Proposed Partial Re-Opening of School
Mr Hirst has written to parents and carers with an update on the government's announcement regarding the partial re-opening of schools from 1st June. The letter can be found here, on our letters page.
13/5/2020 - 8:30am
Response to Government Announcement and Remote Learning Surveys
Our headteacher, Mr Hirst, has written to parents and carers detailing our initial response to the latest government announcements regarding education. There are also details of a survey as we gather information to help us evaluate and improve our remote learning offerings. The letter can be found here, on our letters page.
17/4/2020 - 4:30pm
Supporting Working At Home
Assistant headteacher, Mrs Mason, has written to parents and carers regarding how you can support students with learning at home in light of the extension of school closures. The letter can be found on our letters page.
7/4/2020 - 8:45am
Letter to Parents and Students in Years 11 and 13
Our headteacher, Mr Hirst, has written to parents and students in Years 11 and 13, regarding the awarding of qualifications this summer. The letter can be found on our letters page.
3/4/2020 - 3:45pm
Letter to Parents
The latest updates regarding Brookfield and the Coronavirus pandemic can be found in this letter, sent home today.
31/3/2020 - 11:00am
Careers Assistance During the Coronavirus Outbreak
To help parents and students studying from home, www.successatschool.org are making the electronic versions of all of their Gatsby Subject Guides available free of charge. You can access them by clicking here.
26/3/2020 - 2:35pm
In these challenging times it's all about doing what you can.
Today, Brookfield Community School has donated over 300 goggles, masks and gloves to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and several boxes of sanitary products to Chesterfield Foodbank.
25/3/2020 - 2:45pm
Show My Homework Update
We have sent home a letter updating parents and carers on how students and teachers are finding Show My Homework and how we plan to continue to expand our usage of the platform over the coming weeks.
It can be found on our letters page.
24/3/2020 - 11:30am
Admission Appeals and Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
School is currently closed for most pupils, until further notice and the government is advising us all to stay at home as far as possible. We understand that parents’ admission appeals are very important to them and their families but we need to protect the health of parents, school representatives, the volunteer appeals panel members and all those involved in admission appeals. As a result there may be unavoidable delays this year in hearing the appeals. We are constantly monitoring government guidance on how admission appeals can be considered under their published process in the current extraordinary and turbulent circumstances. We shall update parents as soon as we can.
In the meantime, parents should still submit their appeals by the deadline of 31st March. Appeals submitted after this deadline will be heard but probably not within the first batch of appeals, once scheduled.
Please check this website on a regular basis as we continue to review and plan accordingly.
24/3/2020 - 8:30am
Exam advice for Year 13 from Redhill Academy Trust
Here is an update based on the latest information from the Government:
You will not be taking any exams this summer, but you will be awarded a grade for each of your A levels. These grades will be formal grades, with the same status as grades awarded in any other year.
How will this happen?
We will use a variety of information: mock exams, common deadline, class work, homework, assessments and coursework to make as realistic a judgement as possible, which will then be submitted as your grade.
The exam regulator will carefully moderate these grades to ensure they are accurate and fair and then they will award the grade.
You will then be awarded your grades in the summer, and these will be used by universities and other providers to confirm places as usual.
What if you don’t agree with the grade?
There will be an appeal process and the opportunity to take an exam later in the year, or in summer 2021.
What should I do now?
- Complete all work/homework set by your teachers via SMHW. You must check this daily and keep in regular contact with staff.
- Ensure you finish the syllabus/course and keep all notes and revision materials safe (you may need these in the future).
- Complete extra work to prepare for university/ apprenticeships. Please see the “Sixth Form Independent Study Guide” for extra work in all subjects. Your university may send you prep work/reading lists late in the summer. The best advice is to complete a MOOC via the Futurelearn website. These are free online courses on a variety of topics offered by universities around the world. They will keep you active and really help maintain good study habits ready for September.
What about my university place?
Universities will accept your grade with the same status as any other year.
They will be flexible and supportive, and will be sending you information directly.
Do not rush into accepting an unconditional offer (some universities are now changing offers to unconditional). Wait for all offers and make a careful considered choice before the UCAS deadline (remember this date is different for each student).
Please do not worry!
23/3/2020 - 5:00pm
Huge thanks to our parents and carers who found ways to keep their children at home today. We have small numbers in school today which makes stopping the spread of the virus much easier. The day started with a briefing for students regarding social distancing, the importance of regular hand-washing and how the day would run. Supervised sessions then took place where students worked on Show My Homework, completing work set by teachers. After lunch they had a more active Art session. Many thanks to all staff who were present today and helped ensure a smooth and purposeful day for students. Thank you.
20/3/2020 - 6:30pm
Students attending school w/c Monday 23rd March 2020
For those students that have been offered a place at school from next week. Please ensure your child arrives by 8.30 using the front gate and reports to the Hall.
Breakfast will be available from 8.30. Lunch will also be provided.
Students should wear school uniform and bring their PE kit.
If your child shows any signs of illness, please keep them at home and do not send them into school.
GCSE and A Level Exams – Summer 2020
As you may know Ofqual, the exams regulator, have announced today how they plan to award grades to students in Year 13 and Year 11 this summer.
They will calculate a grade for each student which reflects their performance, working with the exam boards and teachers. We are awaiting further guidance in this matter. Please see the link below:
20/3/2020 - 2:35pm
A letter detailing arrangements for the partial closure of school has been sent home today.
19/3/2020 - 3:50pm
The latest update about the school closure can be found in this letter, sent home today.
19/3/2020 - 2:15pm
We have complied a list of contacts and websites that can offer support to both students and parents / carers during the school closures.
This resource can be found here.
19/3/2020 - 12:15pm
Brookfield will be closed from Monday 23rd March, but we are arranging provision for the children of key workers. This provision is for key workers who will be prevented from fulfilling their role because either both parents are key workers, or they are a lone parent.
First, we need to find out how many children will need provision. If you require your child(ren) to attend school from Monday 23rd March and are a key worker, and have not already informed us by text message, please let us know today by emailing: