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Home to school transport consultation - 18 November 2014 - Mr James

From the Blackburn with Darwen Council website

Home to school transport consultation

The Council has reviewed home to school transport and is seeking your views on a number of proposed changes to ‘discretionary transport’ for pupils attending mainstream schools. Discretionary transport is the term used to describe services that the Council pays for, even though it is not legally required to provide them. Free home to school transport is not affected and is not included in the consultation.

The proposed changes are part of a wider review of services that the Council is carrying out in order to make cuts of £31m over the next three years. This is in addition to the £70m cuts it has already made. No final decisions will be made until after the consultation.

You can download the home to school transport consultation here.

Please email your completed on line questionnaire by 31st December 2014 and email to hometoschool.transport@blackburn.gov.uk or alternatively you can return by post to the Director of Children’s Services, 10 Duke Street, Blackburn, BB2 1DA.
 

The home to school transport policy reproduced on the website is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will meet the travelling expenses of some pupils whose parents/carers live within the borough and who attend the nearest suitable school (as determined by the Council). Ordinarily the Council will not regard schools maintained by neighbouring councils as the nearest suitable school.

Please note that where specific school bus services are offered for children who receive bus passes (i.e. are entitled to free transport), first consideration for boarding is given to the bus pass holders and only if spare capacity/seats are then available, will fare paying pupils be allowed on to the bus.

The grounds upon which help may be given are listed below.

  1. Travelling expenses may be paid where the shortest nearest available walking route, accompanied as necessary, as determined by Blackburn with Darwen Council between the pupil's home and the school is:
    1. two miles or more for pupils aged four but under eight years of age
    2. three miles or more for pupils aged eight years and over
    3. two miles or more for children aged eight but under 11 years of age from low income families (where children are entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of their maximum level of working tax credit).
    4. two miles but less than six miles from one of their three nearest appropriate schools for children aged 11 to 16 from low income families (where children are entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of their maximum level of working tax credit).
    5. where a parent has expressed a preference for a school and that preference is based on the parent's religion or belief and the child is aged 11 to 16 and the preferred school is more than two miles but less than 15 miles (where children are entitled to free school meals or whose parents are in receipt of their maximum level of working tax credit).
  2. Travel passes will only be issued to pupils for attendance at the nearest appropriate school as determined by the Council.
  3. Applications for a travel pass are sent out automatically to the parents of children who qualify for assistance under the transport policy criteria. If you have not received an application form one month before the travel pass is required and you feel you qualify please contact the Transport Team.
  4. Where a travel pass has been issued it must be returned to Transport Services immediately in the event of any change of circumstances, including the following:
    1. where the pupil changes their address
    2. where the pupil leaves the school before the date on which the travel pass expires.
    3. where absence for any reason of one month or more can be anticipated or has occurred.
  5. For secondary school pupils the application form must be accompanied by one passport type photograph.

Denominational Schools

Other forms of transport can be offered by the Council at its discretion even though there is no legal requirement to do so. This is known as ‘Discretionary School Transport’.

Previously, under Discretionary School Transport the Council provided free denominational transport – i.e. transport to the nearest faith school based on the above criterion, even when the faith school was not the “nearest suitable school”. Legally, the “nearest suitable school” is only defined as a school with places available that provides education appropriate to the age, ability and aptitude of the child (and any special educational needs the child may have) – not one that can provide an education in accordance with parental faith or beliefs.

Following a review and public consultation, the Council took the decision that all new applications from the academic year 2012/13 will only be eligible for a free bus pass if they meet the statutory qualifying distance requirements and are attending their nearest suitable school (as defined above). This will mean that those children who are not eligible for a free bus pass from the start of the 2012/13 academic year will be charged a subsidised fare per day for the return journey to use the bus service.

This new policy will not affect children who currently receive a discretionary bus pass for travel to a faith school; they will continue to be eligible as long as they attend that school and still meet the relevant distance criteria.

The above is based on current interpretation of legislation. If there are any changes to the relevant legislation then the Council will review and amend its policies as necessary to comply with legal requirements.

Further information is available from Transport Services.


Inclusive Voluntary Organisations - 18 November 2014 - Mr James

Places available on a ‘Inclusive Voluntary Organisations’ workshop which helps organisations to explore the value of equality and diversity.
 
Please see poster attached. The session is taking place at Blackburn Central High School with Crosshill on Monday 8th December 6pm – 9pm. Please share with your contacts, display the poster where possible and encourage learners to contact Danielle Dean on 01254 581175 or Danielle.dean@blackburn.gov.ukto book on.

Parent Governor Vacancy - 01 October 2014 - Mr James

We have a vacancy for 2 parent governors which we need to fill as soon as possible.

 

We know parents are interested in the education of their children and keen to see that the school provides a challenging education for all the pupils who come here.  Please do not assume that there will be others coming forward who are better equipped for the job; we need enthusiasm and a willingness to work as a member of the team far more than any specific knowledge or expertise!

 

The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that pupils receive high quality education and that the conduct of the school reflects this aim. The governors work as a team with the head teacher in the whole strategic planning and management of the school. Their responsibilities include consideration and agreement of the aims and policies of the school, discussion and approval of the targets for improvement, appointment of staff, setting and monitoring the budget, monitoring the performance of the school and reporting to the parents and community on how they have accomplished their tasks. Governors are the link between the school and the community and representatives of all those with an interest in the well-being and reputation of the school are needed. Parents are very important in keeping the governing body aware of the views of parents and the local community. They are a vital part of our team.

 

There is first class advice and support available to you and training for your new role at no cost to you.

 

The chair of the governing body or headteacher will be happy to talk to you if you are interested in being nominated and/or want further information. You may also wish to contact Blackburn with Darwen Governance and Liaison team on (01254) 666507 or visit the Council’s website at: www.blackburn.gov.uk  - School Governors.

 

Additional forms are available on the school website and from the school office

 

If you would like to take the opportunity to put yourself forward as a candidate, please complete and return the attached documents to Mr Fred Nelson, School Business Manager by 12:00 noon on Monday 13th October 2014.  If it is necessary for there to be an election, I will contact you to let you know about the arrangements. 

If there are more nominations than vacancies, an election will be held on 28th October 2014 and you will be sent a voting paper. You may return the ballot paper either via your child or by post.
 

BCHS with Crosshill is now HMC Certified - 24 September 2014 - Mr James

Last week BCHS with Crosshill was awarded with the HMC Halal certificate, that proves that all meat and poultry served at BCHS with Crosshill is HMC certified.
 
Benefits of HMC Accreditation for Schools

- The ‘HMC Standard for Schools’ accreditation will allow school to demonstrate that food is prepared and served in a manner that is verifiably consistent with Islamic rulings.

- HMC envisages that HMC accreditation by schools with a significant proportion of Muslim children will instil confidence in Muslim parents that their children are consuming genuinely Halal.

- This will also allow the school to ensure that children consume lunch that has the desired nutritional content.

- As part of the HMC accreditation, school will be invited to a free training event for staff to ensure that they are aware of the requirements of ‘Halal’ catering. This will be particularly useful for the induction of new staff as well as ensuring consistent practice in your school.


Community Cohesion at Central High - 24 September 2014 - Mr James

So far this term Blackburn Central High School has held two Cohesion Days, where primary school pupils can integrate with students from across Blackburn, share ideas and celebrate diversity.

A large variety of activities took place including multicultural poetry, science experiments, and using sport to reduce barriers.

Miss Uzma Hussain from St. Stephen’s CE Primary commented that the pupils “…thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved all the sessions, in particular the baking and science sessions. All the staff and pupils were extremely friendly. We were well looked after for the whole day.”

Policy Updates - 08 September 2014 - Mr James

The Homework Policy and SEN Information have been updated here...


BCHS Lunch Menu - 03 September 2014 - Mr James

This term's lunch menu is available to view in the Parent Zone.

Welcome from the Headteacher - Mrs Atkinson - 01 September 2014 - Mr James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome from the Headteacher

This September it is my priority to support and accelerate the progress of all of our Year 7 students. We have introduced a number of strategies to support those students who are underachieving, helping students who achieved less than a Level 4 to catch up.

 

Reading is a high priority, with all students reading four times a week to improve their skills; those who require it have extra support to improve their reading ability.

 

BCHS opened its doors two years ago in September 2012. We are now a growing and thriving community that has filled almost all of its places in Year 7. We are very proud to have been awarded joint first most improved school in the country 2009-12 by the Department for Education. In November 2012 we were judged to be a good school by Ofsted; ‘leaders have been determined and successful in improving teaching and students’ achievement’

There are no secrets to an excellent education: it entails good teaching and learning, strong support and hard work. We pride ourselves on knowing and caring for all our students whilst having high expectations and ambitions for them all. We want our students to stretch themselves and reach further than they ever thought possible. Our motto is ‘striving for outstanding’ and this is something we aspire to for all our students in their academic and personal development. Positive relationships between staff and students are key to our success as we know young people are inspired to learn from the people they like and respect.

We are very proud of all our young people at BCHS. They are smart, polite, well behaved and keen to learn. I hope you find our prospectus informative and invite you to experience our school for yourselves either on Open Evening or during the normal school day. We welcome any parent/carer who would like to visit school, please phone and make an appointment.

Mrs Atkinson - Headteacher

One Voice September 2014 - 27 August 2014 - Mr James

The latest issue of the BCHS with Crosshill school newsletter - One Voice, is available to view here


GCSE Results Summer 2014 - 21 August 2014 - Mr James

I am so proud of the students and my staff for their achievements this year. BCHS have exceeded by 3% their overall target set based on the students’ performance at Key Stage 2. This in itself demonstrates the hard work and commitment by all.

 

Individual exceptional performance goes to Safwaan Khan who achieved 11 A*/A grades along with Ayesa Imran and Billy Maxwell who achieved 8 A*/A grades each.

 

We continue to pursue excellence and are positioned to make further increases in the forthcoming year.
 
- Mrs Diane Atkinson
  Headteacher

 


 
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