A Test

December 13, 2018

EPMS Winter Wonderland

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
December 19, 2018

Term Ends

Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

School Christmas Dinner

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Tenner Challenge 2017

Tenner ChallengeIn PSHCE year 8 pupils are taking part in the nationwide competition this year, giving pupils just 1 month and £10 to set up a business – whilst learning vital skills along the way. Find out more at: www.tenner.org.uk

Watch this space for updates on our progress …

Sponsored Silence – 5 Monet

uniqueOn Thursday 23rd February, 5 Monet will be taking part in a sponsored silence, we are raising money for Unique.

‘Unique’ is the UK’s only registered charity for families affected by rare chromosome disorders. They provide information and support to anyone affected and work to raise public awareness. Rare chromosome disorders involve missing, extra or rearranged genetic material on one or more of a person’s chromosomes. Many of those affected are born sick and disabled, unable to walk or talk but others only find out they are affected when they come to have children of their own. Their rarity means that information about the disorders is scarce and medical professionals may not have the knowledge or understanding to answer the many questions families have. That’s where ‘Unique’ comes in. As a small charity, Unique receives no government funding and relies heavily on the support of its members, their friends, families and colleagues, donating generously and going the extra mile to raise the funds they need to go on helping families affected by rare chromosome disorders.

Please help us to support this charity and make a difference to someone else’s life.

The sponsored silence will be held at school from 9:00 – 12:30pm. This will be a challenging activity, but we are determined to raise as much as possible for ‘Unique’.

Grand Opening

Thursday September 22nd was the momentus day when our new building was officially opened by Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, the Bishop of Bedford.

The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, Head teachers from nearby schools, representatives from Watson and Cox (who built the extension), the architect (Leon Delegate), the Mayor of Biggleswade (Councillor David Albone) and a number of key staff who have moved to other jobs or retired.

The afternoon started with a performance by the steel band which was followed by a speech by Mrs Reddick.  Bishop Richard spoke to us about his robes and the important figures depicted on his cope, including St Alban and John Bunyan.  Our school choir performed an anthem and then the school was officially opened by Bishop Richard.  The afternoon was concluded by guests being given a tour of the school, whilst the pupils enjoyed an hour of ‘golden time’ doing activities that the children themselves had chosen to do, ranging from Football and Frisbee, to art and board games.  The fantastic weather and wonderful behaviour of the children helped to make it a very special day.

Before School Care

‘The Breakfast Club’ runs Monday – Friday from 7.30am to 8.30am.  Pupils can arrive at anytime within this hour but we do ask that those pupils requiring a hot breakfast arrive before 8.10am. This will give the pupils enough time to eat breakfast and provide sufficient time for us to tidy away promptly at 8:30am. Pupils do not have to attend every day but we ask that any sessions are booked a week in advance to provide numbers for catering. Each session costs £3 per day which includes a hot breakfast, a drink and fruit or cereal.

There are a range of healthy breakfast options available and we encourage the children to be involved in choosing what they would like to eat.  We always have a selection of cereals, baked goods (toast, croissants, waffles etc) fresh fruit, jams and honey, yoghurt, fruit juice, squash and hot drinks. (Vegan and vegetarian options are available)

For more information regarding the club please contact Mrs Bilcock or Miss Wren (‘The Breakfast Club’ Leaders)

If you would like to reserve a place at The Breakfast Club for your child/children please use the following links and return the completed paperwork to ‘ The Breakfast Club’ leaders.

‘The Breakfast Club’ Policy

‘The Breakfast Club’ Consent Form

‘The Breakfast Club’ Booking Form

 

School Gateway

You can now make online payments to school via credit or debit card.

We are pleased to advise that we have introduced a new service via the ‘School Gateway’. This means that you will be able to make online payments using a smartphone app or website.  School Gateway will also make it easier for parents to pay any time 24-7 and reduce the amount of cash being carried by children onto the school premises.

We will notify you by text or email when new items such as school trips or tickets for events are available for payment on School Gateway. You will also be able to give online consent, where required, for your child to take part in activities.  Currently this facility will not be available for school uniform or dinner money.

What you need to do now –

Activate your School Gateway account. It’s quick and easy to do. All you need are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you.

  • Download the app: If you have a smartphone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone). The app shows the same information as the website PLUS it saves the school money when we send you a text message.  
  • Please note: If you have already downloaded the schoolgateway app for the messaging service we provide, this is one and the same service. 

OR

  • Visit the website: www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’. You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number. Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.

If you are having trouble logging in, it may be because the school doesn’t have your current email and mobile phone number on record. Please call the school and we’ll update the details on our system.

We hope that you will find School Gateway to be a fast and easy way to pay for school items.

Safeguarding Survey for Parents and Carers

As part of the work that Bedfordshire Police and partner agencies are doing to tackle issues such as child sexual exploitation and online grooming, the force is inviting you as parents and carers, to take a short survey about your knowledge of staying safe online.
The force hopes that the survey will give an insight into the views of parents and carers which will help them improve their communication in the future. This will ensure that they are sharing the right information and tools you need in order to help keep your children safe online.
Please follow the link below to take this short survey.

The Buildings and Facilities

Edward Peake C of E (VC) Middle School has undergone significant expansion in order to provide an additional 120 middle school places in Biggleswade.  In September 2016, we officially opened a new two storey accommodation block with relocated administration, a two court sports hall with associated changing facilities; four state of the art teaching rooms; a bus turning area and extended hard play area. The original hall and gym space have been combined to provide a much improved dining, worship and performance space.

We are fortunate to occupy a spacious building with ample playing fields.  The school is light, well-planned and well supplied with resources.  The first phase of building was completed in 1975 and the Year 5 and 6 classroom block in 1980.

There are two fully equipped science labs, seventeen general teaching rooms and a learning support unit – ‘The Peake’.

The library is centrally located with a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction books. Our newly completed Music department provides keyboarding and recording facilities.  There is a Music Practice Room, which is regularly used for peripatetic music lessons.

Art, Design and Technology have three teaching rooms with specialist areas for the teaching of textiles, fine arts, food technology and resistant materials.

Our outdoor sports facilities include tennis courts, a hard games area, a large field with space for four pitches or a full sized athletic track and long jump pits. The football pitches are floodlit.

Information Technology and Computing

The school benefits from two computer suites enabling computing to be class taught and for Information Technology to feature in other subject areas. Two trolleys contain 20 laptops each and allow for digital literacy to be one component of any classroom lesson.  All teaching rooms are equipped with interactive white boards, six of which are the latest HD touch screen technology. All teaching staff use digital technology as part of their teaching.

The school Virtual Learning Environment enables pupils and parents to access learning resources in school and at home via the internet. Computing and other subjects are moving to an internet based learning environment.

In addition we now have a class set of 30 Samsung Tablets which use the latest android technology.  The tablets allow pupils to access a wider range of android apps to support their learning.

Pupils in Year 5 and 8 have two hours of discreet Computing lessons per week, while those in Year 6 and 7 are taught for one hour.  The new computing curriculum focuses on computer systems and programming, emerging technologies and the safety of young people whilst using digital devices online.

Biggleswade Community Union of Schools (BCUS)

Edward Peake Church of England Middle School is pleased to be able to play a close and leading role in the Stratton Pyramid of lower and middle schools, which, together with Stratton Upper School, provide continuous 3 to 19 education for the Biggleswade area. All schools recognise their interdependence and work hard to establish and maintain close links and shared practice to ensure that transfer and transition through the phases is as smooth as it can be.