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This area is for staff and students only.
Tuesday 13th October 2020
We're very disappointed that we're unable to run our usual Open Evening, but we have produced a video which we hope will give you a flavour of life at Blackminster. You can see it on our Facebook page - the link is here:

Self-isolation reminder for parents
Sunday 11th October 2020
We received this message from Worcestershire Children First:

Schools are requested to remind their families that if anyone in the household develops COVID-19
symptoms all their household including all children must self-isolate until a test result is received.
• A negative result means children can return to school (unless they have been identified as a
close contact of someone else)
• A positive test result means children must self-isolate at home for 14 days from the onset of
symptoms or 14 days from the test date if the parent was asymptomatic

Open Evening
Thursday 8th October 2020
Our Open Evening has had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions. We are so disappointed, as we love showing visitors our fabulous facilities and giving them the chance to meet our delightful students.
However, we always try to rise to the challenge so we're in the process of producing a video, which we hope will give you a flavour of life at Blackminster. Also, we can offer tours of the school after the working day is over (so after about 3:30) - please ring reception if you'd like to visit us.

Guidance for parents - if my child is unwell
Tuesday 15th September 2020
Please see the flow chart on our Facebook page to help decide on the correct course of action if your child is unwell.

extract from letter to schools from the DfE about coronavirus testing
Monday 14th September 2020
Please read this extract from a letter from the DfE to schools about testing for coronavirus:
The Department for Education has worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the potential risks of spread. A key part of this is the appropriate use of testing to help identify people who are positive and subsequently their contacts. We have made testing available throughout the country and anyone with symptoms can book a test online or over the telephone through 119 to get the certainty they need to protect themselves and those around them.
Crucial to our overall support for schools and colleges is ensuring that everyone with coronavirus symptoms has access to a test as soon as they develop those symptoms. It is vital that we learn from the recent Scottish experience, where the return of schools saw a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms. We want to avoid a similar surge in test demand as England’s schools and colleges return to ensure that we continue to prioritise our testing capacity for those with symptoms and to avoid children, students and their families self-isolating unnecessarily.
To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:
*they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
*they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)
If a student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. Unless a student or staff member has one of the three main coronavirus symptoms, they should only be tested if instructed otherwise by the local authority, health protection team or their GP. As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual.

Support for parents and carers of children with worries or anxieties returning to school
Friday 11th September 2020
Schools have been asked to share with parents and carers that there are a series of online support and education sessions for parents of children with worries or anxieties around the return to school.
The sessions, delivered by teams from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the Starting Well Partnership cover topics including beating worries and anxiety, building relationships, coping with change and looking after your emotions. Each session will last 45 around minutes and take place in groups online via video call.
The sessions are open to all parents and carers of children living in Worcestershire and are free to join.
• Monday 14 September 11am: Back to school: Relaxation techniques
• Monday 28 September 11am: Back to school: Coping with change
To sign up for these events please visit www.worcshealthcarenhs.eventbrite.co.uk

Parent Pay
Wednesday 15th July 2020
Parents and carers - please watch out for an email from Parent Pay that should be coming out tomorrow.

Please read it carefully and set up your account as soon as you can - we'll be a cashless school in September

Information for students moving to TDMS in September
Thursday 9th July 2020
Please see the link for information from The DeMontfort School

Government guidance for parents and carers for September
Tuesday 7th July 2020
The Government have released guidance for parents and carers about schools in September. The link is attached. We'll be releasing our own information about how we intend to implement this at Blackminster before the autumn term starts.

School Games Mark and Virtual School Games Mark
Friday 3rd July 2020
We're pleased and proud to have been awarded the School Games Mark and the Virtual School Games Mark too. These awards speak volumes about the amazing work done by our PE team to provide a range of challenging and enjoyable sports for all of our students.

BESTIE – Local Mental Health Services App
Wednesday 1st July 2020
BESTIE - an interactive app developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and designed
by local young people, CAMHS clinicians and IT experts – has recently been launched by
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust CAMHS.
BESTIE is freely available and can be found by searching for ‘Worcestershire BESTIE’ on Apple and
Android phones or tablets. A web-based version is available at www.camhsbestie.co.uk
On joining BESTIE, young people, parents and professionals are able to easily access information
about local mental health services (including virtual reality tours of Worcestershire CAMHS bases),
signposting to local and national services and charities, as well as useful self-help information.
This information is age-rated (so that young people only see information which is appropriate for
their age) and favourite self-help information can be saved in a ‘personal space’ on the app, so that
it is immediately to hand.
For young people who are seen in CAMHS, additional features will soon be unlocked, including the
ability to track their goals, mood and emotion. BESTIE was awarded ‘MidTech Best NHS developed
innovation' at the Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.
For more information about BESTIE, please see www.camhsbestie.co.uk

Wednesday 1st July 2020
#ParentPay is coming to our school soon. No more trying to find cash or the cheque book in the morning. Pay for school meals, trips and other items online. Watch out for more information.

Y6 Transition
Tuesday 30th June 2020
Don't forget to check out our Year 6 Transition page!

Latest on trips
Friday 12th June 2020
Update on trips.

All Cadbury and Footloose refunds have been processed. If you paid via cash you will be receiving a cheque in the post shortly. If you paid via Payment 4 Schools, we have requested a refund from Worcestershire County Council directly back to your card. Please note they have told us this could take up to 28 days to process.

Harry Potter Refunds: If you paid via Payment 4 Schools, we have requested a refund from Worcestershire County Council directly back to your card. Please note they have told us this could take up to 28 days to process. If you paid via cash then a cheque will be issued but please note this will also come from Worcestershire County Council and could also take up to 28 days to process.

Mr B (the trip leader) is in touch with the providers of the Snowdonia trip and we'll have more information for you as soon as we can. Please accept our apologies for the delay.

Returning to school
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Children who are back next week will be spending as much time as possible outdoors, so please remember to ensure that they come equipped - depending on the weather they might need a coat, hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinks.

Update on school trips
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Update on school trips:

Cadbury World and Footloose trips:
We are hoping to get refunds for these trips processed by the end of next week. If you paid via Payments for Schools it will go back to your card from the system. If you paid cash we need to refund it via cheque so we'll do those as soon as we can.

Harry Potter World trip :
We won't have the refund from the company for another couple of weeks and so will refund that as soon as we get it.

Snowdonia trip:
We still haven't heard from the provider - we'll keep chasing this up and let you know more as soon as we have it.

Wider reopening information
Monday 1st June 2020
A letter went home today about our plans for wider reopening. You can find a copy by clicking on "Parent Portal" on this homepage, then "letters to parents". Select "Year 6" and the letter is called "Update School Opening 1st June"

Friday 29th May 2020
We're delighted to be working with our friends at the school shop to offer leavers' hoodies to students leaving us this summer. The link is below. This would make a lovely souvenir for anyone leaving Blackminster under these extraordinary circumstances.
Order should be submitted by June 26th, and hoodies will be available for dispatch or collection during the week commencing July 13th.

School trips
Monday 18th May 2020
School Trip Updates

We have now received confirmation from both Cadbury’s World and Harry Potter that the trips cannot go ahead as planned. We are waiting for the companies to refund the school and once this is received we can start the process of issuing you a refund. Please be patient – we will deal with all refunds as quickly as possible!

Snowdonia. Currently Wales is in lockdown until May 28th and we will not have any information as to whether the trip can go ahead or whether it will be postponed until next year until after this date. Unfortunately this is out of our control.

Blackminster in lockdown video
Monday 27th April 2020
If you don't follow us on Facebook you might not have seen our little video of Blackminster in lockdown. You can see it from this website if you'd like to - go the the Information tab (above the photographs on the homepage) and then it's at the bottom under "Covid 19". We hope you enjoy it.

Updated information on school admission appeals
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Updated information on school admissions appeals during the corona virus outbreak has been released.

Updated DfE Guidance
Tuesday 21st April 2020
The Department for Education have updated their guidance to parents and carers during the corona virus outbreak.

Online safety info pack
Tuesday 21st April 2020
CEOP have produced resource packs for parents and carers containing activities for children to reinforce messages about staying safe online.
The link to the pack for 11-13 year olds is attached here.

NHS information
Friday 17th April 2020
Link to the NHS Starting Well site - lots of information for families at this time.

Worcestershire Here2Help website
Friday 17th April 2020
Link to the county Here2Help website - lots of information and support during the corona virus pandemic.

Worcestershire's SEND Local Offer
Friday 17th April 2020
Please find attached the link to Worcestershire's SEND Local Offer

Explaining Corona Virus to children
Wednesday 15th April 2020
The attached book has been produced and made freely available to help parents explain the current pandemic to children. It's illustrated by Alex Scheffler (of The Gruffalo) fame and is really excellent.

New Lessons from Bitesize
Friday 3rd April 2020
Starting on April 20th the BBC will be offering lessons through BiteSize. The link is attached here - definitely worth a look!

Island Adventure
Friday 27th March 2020
Island Adventure - Cross curriculum resources available

More Home Learning Resources
Friday 27th March 2020
Parents and carers - please keep checking the school's Facebook page for more ideas for home learning.

IXL Parent guide
Friday 27th March 2020
IXL Parent Guide: What to know if your child is using IXL at school - Please see link

Sex and Relationships Education Policy Consultation
Wednesday 25th March 2020
We know that now might seem like a strange time to be undertaking a parent consultation, but we are conscious of the need to prepare for when schools do return after the current crisis is over and this includes reviewing our Sex and Relationships Education policy.
A copy of the draft can be found under the "Curriculum" tab on this website - then scrolls down to the bottom and it's under "RSE". Any comments can be emailed to [email protected] to be considered when we redraft. The closing date for the consultation is April 24th.
Thank you very much.

Thursday 19th March 2020
We have a planned INSET day tomorrow (March 20th) and then we will close, as instructed by the government yesterday.

If you are a Key Worker, please email [email protected] with the message heading " Key Worker: Your child's Name". Within the message please give your child's name, tutor group, your most up-to-date contact details and also please specify your occupation. To help us plan, please do this by 3:15 today (March 19th).

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. Please check the website and social media regularly for updates.

Wednesday 18th March 2020
Reminder of Government guidance - if a child has a new, persistent cough or a temperature in excess of 37.8oC they should be kept at home and the whole household should isolate themselves for 14 days.

Thursday 12th March 2020
Parents and carers will be receiving a latter today, either by email or paper copy, outlining our plans for if we are forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak. A copy can be found in the Parent Portal section of this website too.
We'll keep parents and carers updated on the website and via social media if we are forced to close. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Table Tennis success
Monday 17th February 2020
Lots of success for BMS students at Evesham and District Table Tennis Association's tournament yesterday. We're really proud of all our students, but particular congratulations to Alfie (runner up in Cadets and winner of Novice Singles) and to Ben (winner of the Novice Handicap). More details and photos can be found on our Facebook page.

First Schools visit BMS science
Wednesday 12th February 2020
Today we've welcomed children from some of our partner First Schools to BMS to work in our lovely science labs. Children have worked with our students to carry out experiments of the sort that generally just aren't available in first schools. We're looking forward to welcoming other schools later on this week.

Monday 10th February 2020
World Book Day is coming up!
We'll be celebrating slightly early here at Blackminster - on Monday 2nd of March to be precise.
We'll have all sorts of book-related activities during the day, so watch out for those. We'll also be running two different competitions, with prizes for winners and ePraise points for all entrants.
The first is our traditional costume competition - students are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. The second is a new one - can students make a potato into a character from a book? Prizes for the most adventurous and obscure, so get your thinking caps on!

Race to the Tower
Monday 3rd February 2020
One of our amazing mums is running the Race to the Tower marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. If you'd like to support this wonderful charity the link is here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=CherylHirst&faId=1162713&isTeam=false&stop_mobi=no

Year 7 Poetry Slam
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Year 7 will be taking part in a Poetry Slam with performance poet Spoz on Monday 3rd February. Winners of the slam will go forward to the Worcestershire competition and perform their poem at the Palace Theatre in Redditch.

Year 6 Mock exams
Monday 20th January 2020
Year 6 students will take part in mock exams as part of their preparation for SATs during the week beginning 24th February. This is a little earlier than the dates we originally planned because we feel this will give us more time to resolve any issues that arise.

Cross Country Successes
Wednesday 15th January 2020
Our Cross Country teams did brilliantly at the District event held at Prince Henry's yesterday. The weather was dreadful, but we are delighted to report the following results.
Year 6 girls came third as a team, with Emily W coming third overall and going through to represent South Worcestershire at the county competition.
Year 6 boys team came fifth.
Year 7 girls came fifth as a team, with Tallulah taking third place overall and going on the the county competition.
Year 7 boys took third in the team competition with Sam B placed sixth overall and going on to county.
Year 8 did extremely well against stiff competition - they were actually racing against students from year 9, so we're delighted that Anna B came fourth overall and is also going through to county.
Amazing set of team and individual results from BMS students in very challenging conditions - well done everyone!

Christmas Fayre
Tuesday 17th December 2019
THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Christmas Fayre last Friday. School was thronging with people, and we raised over £700 to support our lovely students. Thank you so much to everyone who donated prizes, ran stalls and spent money!

Christmas Fayre
Tuesday 17th December 2019
THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Christmas Fayre last Friday. School was thronging with people, and we raised over £700 to support our lovely students. Thank you so much to everyone who donated prizes, ran stalls and spent money!

Shoe Box Appeal
Tuesday 17th December 2019
Students went to the Christian Centre in Evesham yesterday to deliver over 40 shoe boxes of goodies and to serve Christmas lunch to service users. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed for your generosity.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Friday 13th December
Tuesday 10th December 2019
The Christmas Fayre is taking place on Friday 2:30-4:30. Stall, games, raffle and lots of Christmassy fun.
Reminder that students are invited to Dress With Flair for the Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 11th Dec - wear their Christmassy clothes in return for a donation for the raffle or tombola.
Also, we have the Blackminster Christmas Bake-Off competition - contestants are asked to bake six Christmas-themed cupcakes. These need to be brought to school on Friday 13th, when they will be judged and then sold at the Christmas Fayre.

Scholastic Book Fair
Friday 6th December 2019
Scholastic will be offering heavily discounted books at our Christmas Fayre next Friday (13th December). Every book bought supports our lovely school, and books make fantastic Christmas presents!

INSET day 22-11-19
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Reminder school is closed to students on Friday 22nd November for staff training.

County Champions!
Wednesday 13th November 2019
We're pleased and proud to announce that Blackminster are Under-13 Girls' County Table Tennis Champions! Congratulations girls - we're all really proud of you!

Odd Socks Day
Tuesday 12th November 2019
Students have come to school today wearing odd socks and/or wacky ties to show their support for Anti Bullying Week. Lots of activities are planned for tutor times, all coordinated by our fabulous Anti Bullying Ambassador team.

Remembrance at Blackminster
Monday 11th November 2019
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Blackminster fell silent to remember with gratitude all those who gave their lives or health in conflicts.
Our Student Executive laid the wreaths next to our memorial stone, and Year 6 student Emily played The Last Post to conclude our two minute silence.

Anti Bullying Week 11-15th November
Thursday 4th April 2019
It is Anti Bullying Week next week.
Our fabulous team of Anti Bullying Ambassadors have planned all sorts of tutor time activities, and we are encouraging students (and staff!) to join in with Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12th November. The idea is to wear odd socks and/or a wacky tie to show support for the idea of stamping out bullying at Blackminster and beyond.
We're looking forward to seeing all those odd socks and wacky ties!

Safety advice for cyclists
Monday 4th November 2019
This graphic contains some excellent advice for cyclists as the evenings and mornings are getting darker.

TDMS exam success
Sunday 20th October 2019
Congratulations to our former students, friends and colleagues at The DeMontfort School on their fantastic GCSE results this summer. A richly-deserved success!

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2019
Friday 18th October 2019
Once again we hope to support the Christian Centre in Evesham by providing shoe box presents for their service users. We've been pleased to support this lovely local organisation for a number of years now, and there are several ways that students can get involved. Students can either provide a filled show box; individual items; or even boxes and wrapping paper. Items to go in boxes include:

- toiletries eg shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton wool
- clothing eg gloves, socks, scarf, woolly hat, tights
- little luxuries eg key rings, hairbands, hair clips, torch, comb, nail varnish, lip balm, notepad, pen
- edibles eg chocolate, sweets, biscuits

Some of our students will be chosen to go to the Christian Centre at some point in December to deliver the boxes and help to serve Christmas dinner. The boxes will then be given out to service users on Christmas Day.

Students will soon get details about when and where to bring donations, and we'd like to thank you in advance for your support for this very worthy local cause.

BMS Christmas Fayre
Wednesday 16th October 2019
Save the date! BMS's Christmas Fayre will take place from 2:30-4:30 pm on Friday 13th December.

If you're a local craftsperson or business and would like a stall, please contact Mrs Baldwin ([email protected]) to arrange that.

TDMS Open Evening
Monday 14th October 2019
Our friends at The DeMontfort School are having their Open Evening on Thursday 17tgh October, 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Year 7 and 8 students will be bringing home a letter with some more information.

Year 7 football win
Thursday 26th September 2019
Our Year 7 footballers had their first game of the season against Abbey Park Middle yesterday. It was a great game, and we're delighted that we won 11-1. Goals by Sam (1), Will V (1), Will B (3) and Kai (6) and a fantastic all-round team performance - well done to all involved!

Friday 13th September 2019
New rewards that students can "buy into" with their points are being added to the e-praise system today.
The last time I looked we had information about the Halloween Disco; pumpkin carving; a chance to buy extra break times and a Harry Potter themed event.
Tutors will be talking to students about how they can cash in their points to claim the rewards they'd prefer.

Tuesday 10th September 2019
Students can sign up and get involved with clubs at lunchtimes and after school.

To find out what's on
1) go to the school's website and click the link to e-praise
2) log in, and click "community"
3) click "get involved"

Students (and families) can see what's on and sign up there. Keep checking - new clubs and events get added!

School photographs tomorrow
Monday 9th September 2019
School photographs are being taken tomorrow.

Show My Homework
Friday 6th September 2019
Show My Homework is now up and running - students should be bringing home a letter with their own passwords and a password for parents or carers.
The system is very easy to use - we recommend that you download the free app to a smartphone or tablet, as that makes things even easier!
Remember too that even if you don't have the app or you've forgotten your login, you can always access the whole-school homework calendar from the Show My Homework link at the top of our school website.

Meet the Tutor Evening
Friday 6th September 2019
Meet the Tutor Evening is on September 19th. Students will be bringing home a letter in which parents and carers are invited to make an appointment with their child's form tutor to discuss academic and pastoral matter at the start of the year. It's a great chance to build those home-school relationships which are so important to children's success.

Friday 6th September 2019
We will be holding our Open Evening for prospective students and their families on Thursday October 3rd, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Come along, meet our lovely students and staff and see our fabulous facilities.

Uniform Available
Friday 19th July 2019
We have a number of items of uniform available, kindly donated by leavers. If you are interested, please contact Miss Shattock ([email protected]) - she'll be able to tell you what there is and arrange for you to collect.

Nigel Huddleston MP opens our new facilities
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
It was great to welcome Nigel Huddleston MP to open our new science and technology facilities. Nigel was very impressed by our fabulous workspaces and brilliant students. More photographs are available on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Summer Fete raises £500+
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Our Summer Fete last week raised over £500 to support the work of the school. Over the last year, money raised by the Blackminster Fundraising Group (BFG) has run the minibus; bought books for the library; paid for the Year 7 Poetry Day; bought a dishwasher for the new science prep room; purchased sewing machines for the new textiles room and other things too. If you're interesting in joining BFG, please contact Ms McQuone at school - she'll put you in touch with the right people.

Spelling Bee Success
Thursday 27th June 2019
BMS won the Middle Schools' Year 6 Spelling Bee this morning, bringing home this rather cute trophy. Thanks to TDMS for hosting, and to teams from St Egwin's, Bredon Hill and TDMS for taking part.

BMS Brass Band
Wednesday 5th June 2019
BMS's very own brass band will be rehearsing on Wednesdays from 3:20 -4:30, starting on June 12th. See you there!

Open Day and Summer Fete
Tuesday 4th June 2019
Plans are well underway for our Open Day and Summer Fete on June 28th.
Come along from 10am to see the school in action in our brilliant new facilities. The Summer Fete will open at 2pm - there will be stalls and games; a bouncy castle; a fire engine; a dog show; various food vans and all sorts of other attractions.
We look forward to seeing you!

BMS Photography
Monday 3rd June 2019
We've held a spring photography competition and received many entries. Please click the link to view a sample of them.

BMS welcomes former students
Friday 24th May 2019
Today we welcomed back former BMS students for a look around the school. It was fascinating to hear their memories, and about how much the school has changed since they were here. Several of our visitors (including a former Head Girl!) were here as long ago as 1948.
Visitors enjoyed lunch cooked by Year 8 students and were impressed at our lovely new facilities.

BMS Trip to Mars in July 2020
Thursday 23rd May 2019
We're delighted that our school's name is being carried by NASA on the Mars 2020 rover, due to be launched in July 2020. It's an absolutely inspirational mission, and we hope that our involvement, tiny though it is, will inspire our students to learn more, and perhaps even consider a career in science.

Year 6 Bell-boating
Friday 17th May 2019
Year 6 enjoyed a brilliant day's bell-boating today, to round off their SATs week. Take a look at our Facebook page for more photographs.

Worcestershire Poetry Slam Final
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Yesterday was the final of the Worcestershire Poetry Slam competition. BMS were represented by a team of Year 7 girls who performed their poem on "Peace". The girls were an absolute credit to themselves, their families and the school, putting in a powerful performance. Some of the audience said they were "blown away" by our girls - we're very proud of them!

Our Federation Needs you!!
Thursday 11th April 2019
Our Federation Needs you!!

Comic Relief
Friday 15th March 2019
We raised a total of £235 for Comic Relief on Friday. Thanks to all who took part.

World Book Day
Wednesday 6th March 2019
We celebrated World Book Day with dressing up, Harry Potter quizzes, a book-swap and all sorts of other reading-related fun. Please see our Twitter (@BMiddleSchool) and Facebook for more photographs of the day.

Haven Awards
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Year 8 students Caitlin and Luke were invited to the Worcester Breast Unit's Haven Awards ceremony yesterday evening. The awards are a thank you from the unit to fundraisers, and we are delighted that Luke and Caitlin (who organised so much of our fundraising when Miss S was being cared for by the Unit) were able to go along to be thanked in this way.
They are fabulous young people, truly living out our core value of "Community", and we are very proud of them.

Year 8 Leadership Day
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Year 8 students were delighted to welcome friends from ACS School in Surrey for the second of their Young Leader days, lead by Phil Jones. This is Day 2 of the programme - the first having taken place in Surrey earlier this academic year.
Students from both schools have worked together to build their leadership and teamwork skills, and have made friends with other young people from very different backgrounds from their own. The opportunity to learn about each others' schools and lives was a key part of both days, and the students involved have enjoyed the programme enormously.
Thank you to Phi Jones for facilitating.

Parents' Evenings
Thursday 28th February 2019
Our Parents' Evenings are coming up on Tuesday March 5th, Wednesday March 20th and Thursday April 4th. Parents and carers - you will have received an invitation by text or email, along with instructions on how to make appointments. The system is very easy to use and allows you to book to see the teachers you want to at a time that suits you. Please be aware that the system operates on a first come, first served basis, so we do advise you to get your appointments booked as soon as you can. We look forward to seeing you!

Momo Challenge
Thursday 28th February 2019
Parents and carers will probably have heard of the "Momo Challenge" - an online "game" that encourages children to hurt themselves. It seems to be aimed at children slightly younger than Blackminster students, but parents and carers would be wise to be extra vigilant when children are online. You can read more in the link below, and also on our Twitter feed @BMIddleSchool

Thursday 14th February 2019
A wonderful day today, with every child in Key Stage 3 involved in the production of Macbeth. It's hard to choose a single photo to represent that day, so head over to our Facebook page to see more. Students were fantastic, and it was a real pleasure to watch them, along with families and Year 6 students.
What a lovely way to end the half-term.

Security Gates
Thursday 14th February 2019
Text of the letter sent home today concerning the new security gates:

Dear parents and carers,

I am writing to inform you that over the half term break, an electric gate will be fitted at the entrance of the drive to increase the security of the site.

Please make sure that you drop your child off in the bus bay in the mornings where they must go through the student gate and walk up the student path. The student gate is locked at 8:25am so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

Please note there will be no car access to the drive unless you have a meeting arranged with a member of staff. In this case, please press the call button at the gate and speak to reception staff who will open the gate.

These changes have been introduced to keep your children safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Play in a Day
Wednesday 13th February 2019
Key Stage 3 students will be putting on a production of Macbeth - all done in one day, tomorrow. There will be a final performance at 2:15 for parents and carers of children taking part. Please contact school for tickets if you have not done so already.

Site Security
Monday 11th February 2019
During half term our security gates will be installed. This will mean that vehicles won't be able to get onto the school site without being "buzzed in" by Reception. Please be aware of this if you're running slightly late when you drive your child to school!

Reminder - school closed Friday 15th Feb
Monday 11th February 2019
School will be closed to students on Friday 15th February - we have a staff training day. We're then closed for a week for half term. We return to school on Monday 25th February.

Review Grades released after half-term
Thursday 7th February 2019
Review Grades for Reporting Period 3 will be sent home to parents and carers during the first week back after half term. Details about the grades and what they mean can be found under the "information" tab above, either "assessment" or "engagement grades". Please contact your child's form tutor in the first instance if you have any questions.

Wednesday 30th January 2019
There is a SATs information workshop for Year 6 parents on Wednesday 30th January at 6:30pm. Please come along for more information about the exams themselves and tips on how you can support your child during the build-up.

Christmas Fayre
Tuesday 18th December 2018
Our Christmas Fayre was a great success, with almost £600 raised. Thanks to everyone who came and supported!

E-safety workshop for parents
Thursday 29th November 2018
Several parents and carers have told us that they're concerned about keeping their children safe when using the internet for games or social media. We've teamed up with our friends at Bredon Hill Middle School and The De Montfort School to offer a workshop to help.
We hope to see as many of you as possible!

Thursday 29th November from 6.30-7.30pm.

Year 8 Leadership Day
Thursday 15th November 2018
14 of our Year 8 students were fortunate enough to take part in a Leadership Development Day yesterday, alongside students from ASC Cobham. This is a large international school, educating students from all over the world. Students took part in team-building exercises, and debated and presented, and had a wonderful day working and making friends with students who have often had very different experiences of schooling from their own. Mrs Button and Mr Anderson said afterwards that BMS students were an absolute pleasure to be with, and a real credit to our school, their families and themselves. We're looking forward to working with ACS in the future.

Blackminster Remembers
Monday 12th November 2018
We held our annual Act of Remembrance today. The choir sang and brass band performed; our Head Boy and Head Girl read poems; Mrs Button explained to us the importance of remembrance and the entire school community observed two minutes' silence.
The Act also gave us the chance to unveil our beautiful Remembrance Quilt - this stunning piece of art has contributions from every student in KS3 and is a powerful reminder of the debt we owe to those who gave their lives or health in the service of others.

Christmas Fayre
Monday 12th November 2018
Our Christmas Fayre is going to be held on December 7th, from 2pm onwards. Any local craftspeople or business owners who would like a stall should contact [email protected]

Supporting parents and carers
Wednesday 7th November 2018
A number of parents and carers have told us that they are worried about their children using social media (Snapchat and Instagram, for example) and also playing games like Fortnite. Along with our friends at The DeMontfort School, we're going to be offering an evening workshop for parents on keeping children safe on line. The workshop will be on November 29th. We've yet to finalise times and a venue, but put the date in your diary and watch this space for more details.

Evesham Journal Article
Wednesday 31st October 2018
The Evesham Journal has published an article about us.


OFSTED report released
Wednesday 24th October 2018
Ofsted have reported back after our recent inspection. A copy of the letter will be available on this website very soon, and parents and carers will receive a copy.
There are many things to be proud of in the report - some highlights for us are
"You have a school community in which pupils and staff are optimistic and positive about learning"
"You take pride in the curriculum and you provide interesting learning for pupils"
"Pupils say there is no bullying at the school and they feel confident that if there were, staff would deal with it quickly."
"You ensure that pupils are well-prepared for the next stage in their education"

Tuesday 23rd October 2018
This afternoon Mrs Button cut the ribbon and declared the new science labs officially open.
Lessons will take place in the new rooms after half term.

New labs after half term
Monday 22nd October 2018
We're very much looking forward to being able to teach in our lovely new labs after half term. Work will then commence on the Art and DT areas downstairs. We're looking forward to delivering our vibrant curriculum in exciting, state-of-the-art facilities.

Autumn Term clubs
Monday 22nd October 2018
The list of clubs available this term is now published. You can find it under the "information" tab above :-)

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2018
Monday 22nd October 2018

For the last five years, Blackminster Middle School has filled shoeboxes with goodies for adults who visit the Christian Centre in Evesham.

Please get involved by bringing in: empty shoeboxes, wrapping paper, single items to go into the shoeboxes and/or a filled shoebox. You can earn an epraise point for each appropriate item brought in. You can earn 10 epraise points for a filled shoebox.

Remember that we are filling in shoeboxes for adults – male or female.

Filled shoeboxes will be taken to the Christian Centre in Evesham in December.

Ideas for items to go into shoeboxes:-
• Toiletries: e.g. shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, cotton wool, make-up remover wipes, shaving foam.
• Clothing : e.g. gloves, socks, scarf, woolly hat, tights.
• Luxury items: e.g. keyring, hairbands, hair clips, torch, hairbrush, comb, nail varnish, lip balm, necklace, bracelet, notepad, pen
• Edible luxury items: e.g. chocolate, sweets, biscuits
• Rolls of wrapping paper
• Empty shoeboxes

Thanks for supporting this worthy initiative.

Big Draw
Monday 15th October 2018
Year 8 students attended The Big Draw workshop at Prince Henry's High School last week.
The photo shows some of the collage work they did in addition to their drawing.
Thanks to our friends at Prince Henry's for organising the event.

Goodbye and thank you, Mrs Cooper!
Thursday 4th October 2018
Today we've said goodbye to the fabulous Mrs Sheila Cooper, who is retiring after 32 years dedicated to the students and staff of Blackminster Middle School.
Sheila has been unfailingly kind, positive, hardworking and calm, and generations of children and staff love her. We'll miss her terribly, but we know she'll be back to help out at school events from time to time.
We wish her a long, happy and restful retirement - there are few people who deserve it more.

Assessment Grades
Thursday 27th September 2018
We're running a new assessment system this year. We think it will provide us as teachers and you as parents and carers with more accurate and helpful information about how your child is progressing. Take a look under the "Information" tab above, and then the information is under "assessment".

Animal encounters
Thursday 27th September 2018
Students attended an Animal Encounters workshop yesterday. They were fortunate enough to see (and, in some cases, handle) a range of amazing animals, including a bullfrog, snakes, spiders, myriapods and scorpions. The picture here shows the scorpion fluorescing under ultra-violet light.
The workshops were provided for us by our catering partners, AiP, and we'd like to thank them very much for their sponsorship.

Show My Homework
Friday 7th September 2018
Students will be bringing home a letter with log-in details for Show My Homework. The system is very easy to use, and allows parents and carers, as well as students, to see what homework has been set. It can be accessed from the link at the top of the homepage on this website, or smartphones users can download the Show My Homework app.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's tutor.

New Student Executive in place
Thursday 6th September 2018
Our new Student Executive Team (consisting of our Head Girl, Head Boy and their Deputies) are now in place. They've introduced themselves to Year 6 tutor groups today, and will be starting work formally next week. We're delighted to have them on board!

Back to school!
Wednesday 29th August 2018
We're looking forward to welcoming students back to school at 8:25am on Wednesday September 5th.

Sports Day winners - Resolution
Thursday 12th July 2018
We're delighted to announce that Resolution House were the winners of Sports Day yesterday, with Endeavour and Discovery tied for second place.
Photos of the day are available on our Twitter feed @BMIddleSchool or on our Facebook page.

INVITATION to our Celebration of SATs Success
Thursday 12th July 2018
Parents, carers, grandparents, friends of Year 6 students are warmly invited to celebrate their success in SATs exams with us on Monday July 16th July at 2:30pm in the school hall. We'll have some light refreshments, and celebrate the success of all our fabulous Year 6s.

SATs results
Wednesday 11th July 2018
Year 6 students will be bringing home their individual SATs results tomorrow (July 12th)

We are delighted that as a school our results are improving year on year, and we've actually exceeded the national figures in most areas.

We are very proud of our brilliant and hardworking students and staff!

20th July - last day of term
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
School will be closing for students at 1:30pm on Friday July 20th. Bus services will run at this new time so children will be able to get home as normal.

End of Term Concert
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
We're pleased to announce that our end of term concert will be held on July 11th. We're also pleased to announce that it will start at 5:30pm in order to avoid a clash with the world cup game!

Den Day
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
On Friday night some of our intrepid Year 6 students (and even more intrepid staff!) built shelters and camped out in the school grounds. We're so lucky to have staff who run these activities and the kinds of beautiful grounds which make these things possible. Head over to Twitter or our Facebook page for more photographs of the fun.

Are you aware of social media age limits?
Monday 2nd July 2018
With the holidays approaching, it's likely that parents will be asked to allow more time on social media. We thought that this article from the NSPCC might be useful>

More good news for the Federation
Thursday 14th June 2018
We're delighted that our partner school, Pebworth First, has been judged to be Good by Ofsted. Huge congratulations to the staff, students and governors involved.
The report can be downloaded from the school's website, and will be available on the Ofsted site on June 21st.

ARC of Excellence
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The whole Blackminster community met yesterday to introduce our Core Values. After much discussion and debate, these are the Core values that define our school - they are who were are and the way we go about things.

These are the values that we want to live by and that will lead us to lead to Excellence.

We've opened a competition to design a new school logo that encompasses these ideas, and shows the world what we're all about. The winning designer will receive a cash prize and the satisfaction of seeing their design used.

Entries should be with Ms McQuone by Friday 29th June.

Good luck!

Year 6 cookery workshops
Friday 25th May 2018
Year 6 were very lucky this week to have a workshop from our catering partners, Alliance in Partnership. They made pizzas with healthy ingredients, and enjoyed eating them at break or lunchtime!.
We've got lots more photographs on our Facebook page

BMS Refurbishment
Monday 14th May 2018
We are becoming increasingly excited about the refurbishment of the science and technology areas, which is on schedule to start in the summer holidays. Team Blackminster is really looking forward to teaching your children in state of the art facilities, unrivalled by any other school in the town. It is especially positive for pupils joining us in year 6 as they really benefit from a more grown up style of education in specialist teaching areas, taught by experts. This just doesn't happen in primary schools. We are privileged to have a three tier system in this town and very grateful to our local authority for supporting it through this massive investment in our middle school!

Summer Clubs list is published!
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
The list of clubs available this term is out. You can see a copy here:

KS3 students learn about careers
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Today we've been delighted to hear from Kohler Mira. Kohler Mira are a world-wide business with their head office in Cheltenham. They make showers, taps and bathroom furniture.
Jodie, Toby and Jake came to talk to students about the kinds of career opportunities that are open to them, and the routes into qualifications and training that aren't necessarily the ones that first spring to mind, including apprenticeships.
It's important for students to understand the types of opportunities that are around, and the types of skills and attributes that employers are looking for. We're grateful to Jodie, Jake and Toby for giving up their time to talk to students, and to Kohler Mira for making it possible.

Keeping kids safe on Snapchat
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Snapchat is incredibly popular with students. If your child is using it you'll need to know how to keep them safe. This guide gives you the information you need.
More information can be obtained from www.nationalonlinesafety.com

Blackminster is heading for the sun
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Well, our name is!

Later this year NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe. Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
Schools have been given the opportunity to have their names recorded on a memory chip that will be carried aboard Parker on its mission into the sun and, along with our friends at TDMS, Blackminster is right there! It seems very fitting, in the year in which we update our science and technology facilities, that we're linked with such incredible, cutting-edge science.
You can find more information about this amazing science here: http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/index.php#the-mission

Festival Of Football
Friday 20th April 2018
Blackminster hosted the South West School Games Festival of Football tournament. Teams of Year 4, 5 and 6 students from many schools took part in a fabulous afternoon of sport and sunshine.
We're grateful to all the teams who took part - their sporting behaviour and manners were absolutely first-rate. Huge thanks to our fabulous PE team for all their hard work. Most of all, thanks to the brilliant Mrs Roberts for organising it all, even down to arranging for gorgeous sunshine all day!
Head over to our Facebook page or Twitter (@BMiddleSchool) to see more photos from the day.

Show My Homework
Thursday 19th April 2018
78% of our students and 53% of our parents and carers logged in to the Show My Homework app last term. If you haven't done so yet, please contact Ms McQuone ([email protected]) and she'll send you your PIN and instructions to get started.

Fundraisers visit breast unit
Thursday 29th March 2018
Our Wacky Wednesday organisers, Caitlin, Ruby and Luke, visited the breast unit yesterday to hear about their work and to deliver the money they'd raised. The staff at the unit showed them round, and were able to explain that the money will go towards supporting the work of the unit in ways that the NHS budgets simply can't fund.
The students were a credit to BMS and we are delighted to be able to help this fantastic cause.

Arts Award
Wednesday 28th March 2018
Year 8 students taking the Arts Award Option have been working with Sarah Brown, an artist who works in glass. This is a tremendously valuable opportunity for our students to work with a practising artist. They have produced some beautiful work - this photograph simply doesn't do it justice.
Our Facebook page and Twitter feed have more photographs.

Government information on SATs
Wednesday 28th March 2018
The Government has published an information leaflet for parents and carers of children in Year 2 and Year 6 who will be taking SATs this summer. The link is attached.
There is also a video with the information on - the link for that is here: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/sta/ContentTabs/Embed.aspx?dfid=33382

Students visit Heart of Worcester College
Friday 23rd March 2018
A group of Year 8 students have visited Heart of Worcester College today. They've been finding out about Further Education and the kinds of opportunities that are available for young people after compulsory school has ended.
Preparing students for the next stage in their lives and education is a vital part of what we do.
See our Facebook page for more photos of our students in action!

More snow!
Sunday 18th March 2018
We plan to open school as normal tomorrow (19th March), but please do allow extra time for your journey in to school if necessary. If we have further snow or anything else changes we will update you as soon as possible.

Keeping children safe
Friday 16th March 2018
We've heard about an online community called Wattpad, which is an online story-sharing site that enables users to read and write and comment on one another's stories across the world. In many ways it sounds brilliant, but we've heard about children getting hold of some highly inappropriate content through the site.
As ever, it pays for parents and carers to know what their children are doing and who they are talking to online.

More Accelerated Reader Successes!
Wednesday 7th March 2018
These brilliant young women are Daisy and Matilda, the latest of our Word Millionaires. They've each read over a million words on the Accelerated Reader scheme this academic year - quite an achievement!

School reopens tomorrow (March 5th)
Sunday 4th March 2018
We will be reopen as normal tomorrow (March 5th). We'd like to thank all of our parents and carers for their support and understanding of our decision to close due to the snow.

BMS to undergo major refurbishment!
Monday 26th February 2018
We are DELIGHTED to announce that Blackminster is to undergo a major refurbishment, including two brand new science labs and an extensively renovated Design and Technology suite. This is incredibly exciting news, and will mean that we will be able to provide an even better standard of education for our students. Please see the article from the Journal for more information.

Wacky Wednesday
Wednesday 14th February 2018
We are delighted that Wacky Wednesday raised a total of £246 for the cancer ward at Worcester where Miss S is being treated. Thank you to Caitlin, Ruby and Luke for organising the whole thing - we're very proud of you!

Parent-Teacher Consultation Evenings.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
Parent-Teacher Consultations evenings are coming up on March 13th and 21st, and April 19th. Parents and carers - you're able to book times on whichever evening suits you best.
We've got a new on-line booking system for making appointments, so please watch out for a text message containing a link - simply click the link and follow the instructions to book your appointments.

The DeMontfort School Options
Monday 12th February 2018
Reminding Year 8 students and their parents/carers that Option forms for The DeMontfort School need to be in by Wednesday 14th February. The link can be found at the top of this website.

The benefits of middle schools
Saturday 10th February 2018
The attached report has been published, illustrating the importance of middle schools for students’ education and development.

SATs Information Evening
Monday 5th February 2018
Presentation Available from our SATs Information Evening

Friday 2nd February 2018
Students will be coming home today with a bag from Rags2Riches4Schools. We'd be really grateful to receive your unwanted clothes! The company recycle them; the scheme raises funds for school and you have a good excuse for a declutter - everyone's a winner!

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

More information on their website:


SATs information evening
Thursday 1st February 2018
We are holding an Information Evening for the parents and carers of Year 6 students. This will take place on Monday 5th February at 6pm. Come along, hear about the exams and how we can work together to support our children to do their best.
Details are in the letter here: http://www.blackminster.worcs.sch.uk/content/parentalportal/letters/SATS%20Information%20Evening.pdf

Tuesday 30th January 2018
Congratulations to Daniel Jones, Romeo Bond, Nathan Berry and Cara Griffiths who have become our first Word Millionaires by reading a million words on the Accelerated Reader scheme. This is a big achievement and we're really proud of them!
As we're approximately 30% of the way through the spring term, all students should be at approximately 30% of the AR target. If your son or daughter is falling behind please encourage them to catch up - just twenty minutes of reading each evening will make a huge difference to their skills and to their success.

Primary School League Tables
Friday 26th January 2018
Primary school “league tables” were published in January 2018. The claim is that these tables give valuable information about the effectiveness of schools. Whilst we applaud openness and welcome accountability and scrutiny of our work, the league tables contain a number of significant issues for our school which mean that our results need to be understood in context.

Students come to us in September and take their SATs exams in May, having only been with us for two terms. It therefore gives an inaccurate impression when comparing Blackminster to other schools – children have been at their first schools for nine terms of Key Stage 2 and with us for only two. Ofsted inspectors acknowledged this in their November 2013 report, when they wrote “National tests show that Year 6 pupils have usually made less progress than expected nationally in English and mathematics in Key Stage 2. However, this is misleading because pupils only spend their final year of the key stage at Blackminster Middle, and make consistent and sustained progress during their three years at the school. By the time pupils reach the end of Year 8 they have made exceptional progress in mathematics and good progress in English. School data show that the majority of pupils are working at higher levels of attainment than those expected nationally for their age” – so even Ofsted’s own inspectors disagree with the conclusions presented by the league tables!
We are certainly not complacent and we are working hard to improve our results, but the league tables do not present a fair picture of our school or our students.
If you have any questions about our students’ results or progress, please do contact us. We will be delighted to share our information and evidence with you.

Table tennis news
Thursday 25th January 2018
We received this email today from Worcestershire Schools Table Tennis Association:

Good morning, would you please share this link with the Head teacher and Mrs Blakely.

The school can be very proud of their Worcestershire School County Champions, Anna Cole, Johnny and Anna Blakely.

They can also be proud of Harry Hawkins-Pitts who came second in the boys U13 , Kieran Lawley who reached a 1/4 final and umpired some very important matches and Alfie Saunders who came 3rd in the U11 Boys.

The children were a credit to themselves and their school.

Regards John

John Mckay WSTTA Rep

We certainly are very proud of them!

GCSE Options at TDMS
Thursday 25th January 2018
Reminder for Year 8 students that the TDMS Options Evening is THIS EVENING at The DeMontfort School. The electronic options form is now open - there's a link for BMS students to use at the top of the homepage of this website. Please see Mr Jacob if you have any questions.

UPDATE on today
Wednesday 24th January 2018
We'd like to thank all parents and carers for their support this afternoon.
The full story is that the fire alarm developed a fault and went off at just before midday, but could not be reset. Students were allowed back into the Year 6 block by the fire officer as it was so cold and rainy, but as the alarm still wasn't working it was unsafe to have students in school. We therefore put in place our emergency procedures to get children home early.
The engineer is here as I type this, so we're looking forward to normal service being resumed in the morning.
Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Support for SATs
Monday 22nd January 2018
As well as the Parent and Carer Information Evening on Feb 5th, we're going to be running a Mock Week for students sitting SATs exams. The idea is that the week will run as much like SATs week as possible so that there aren't any surprises in May. The Mock SATs week will be w/c February 12th - ie the week before half term.

14th February - Wacky Wednesday
Monday 22nd January 2018
Three Year 7 students (Ruby, Luke and Caitlin) are organising a fund raising day to raise money for the ward at Worcester hospital where Miss S is having her treatment. For a minimum donation of £1 students will be able to wear pink clothes, or a wig, or have crazy hair on Wednesday 14th February. There will also be a cake sale during the day.
We're so proud of our students for organising this - please support them generously.

Ofsted Parent View
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Ofsted invite parents and carers to give feedback on their children's schools. They do this as part of inspections, but will also take feedback at any other time in the form of a questionnaire. You can complete the questionnaire at any time at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk or by the link on the homepage of this website.

Family Challenge
Wednesday 17th January 2018
This week's Family Challenge is released! It's a bit late because Ms McQuone has been out of school, but it's now available under the "Information" tab.
We've had some lovely feedback about last week's challenge, so we hope you enjoy this one.

Thursday 11th January 2018
May 14th - 17th 2018 is now confirmed as the exam period for SATs.

Monday 14th May - English punctuation and Grammar paper AND Spelling test
Tuesday 15th May - English Reading test
Wednesday 16th May - Maths Paper 1 (arithmetic) and Paper 2 (reasoning)
Thursday 17th May - Maths Paper 3 (reasoning)

Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Here at Blackminster Middle School we use a system called Show My Homework to help you to keep track of your child's homework.

You can find a link to the system at the top of the homepage on our school website www.blackminster.worcs.sch.uk. From there you can access a simple school calendar that lists all the homework set across the school. If you (or your child) log in to the site, you will be able to get information relevant to you, and also receive notifications and reminders.

Students will be given another copy of their login details on January 4th and to encourage you (and them) to log in we will be running a prize draw. Everyone who logs in to the site or the mobile app between today and Thursday 11th January will be entered into the draw, and winners will be announced on Friday 12th January.

If you have any questions about Show My Homework, please contact your child's tutor, who will be delighted to help.

Merry Christmas!
Wednesday 19th December 2018
Wishing our students, families and friends a peaceful, joyful Christmas and a happy new year.
We look forward to seeing our lovely students again on Thursday January 4th, when it will be week A on the timetable.

Santa Run
Monday 18th December 2017
We had a great time at the Santa Run this afternoon. Please see our Facebook page or Twitter for more photos.

New PE kits coming soon
Friday 15th December 2017
The new PE kits will soon be available from the School Shop in Evesham. Existing students can continue to wear their existing kit - there is no expectation for parents to replace kit. The stripey socks will be for those students who have represented the school at sport.

New PE kits unveiled
Friday 15th December 2017
We're delighted to unveil our new PE kits, ably modelled here by some of our Year 8 Young Sports Leaders - there are some basic pieces and a range of optional extras so there really is something to suit everyone!

Christmas diary dates
Monday 4th December 2017
A few end-of-term dates for your diaries:
December 12th - Christmas Concert. Choir, our talented students and another outing for the Brass Band (including staff who've been learning since September!) Come and join us for this celebration of the season.
December 18th - Santa Run. Cross-country run around our lovely site - Santa hats, tinsel and all manner of festive silliness. Beard optional.
December 19th - Christmas Jumper Day . £1 minimum donation please for students to wear a Christmas jumper along with their uniform. A lovely thing to do for the last day of term.

Christmas gift inspiration!
Friday 1st December 2017
If you're looking for Christmas present ideas for your son or daughter why not have a look at Accelerated Reader's pages for parents and carers? You can see what your child is reading, and it gives ideas for books they might enjoy based on their past reading.
You received log in details at the start of September, but if you'd like them again please contact Mrs Croft at school and she'll send them out to you again. Further details are in the link.

Diabetes Day Balloon Race Results
Thursday 30th November 2017
We're delighted to be able to announce the winners of our Diabetes Day Balloon Race.
The student whose balloon went the furthest was Luca in Year 6 - his balloon was picked up in Essex. The overall winner of the race was Mr Downing - his balloon made it all the way to Lyon in France - an amazing 535 miles away. Congratulations to Luca and Mr D!
Thank you to everyone who supported and enabled us to raise over £600 for Diabetes UK.

Accelerated Reader latest
Sunday 19th November 2017
CONGRATULATIONS to 6AR - they are our Star Tutor Group having read 142% of their target!

By this stage in the term we expect students to have read about 70% of their target. Please check with your son or daughter that they are around this figure, so on track for reaching their targets by Christmas. There are loads of prizes and rewards up for grabs, but most importantly they'll be improving their reading!

Attendance improves again
Sunday 19th November 2017
Attendance last week was 95.3% - higher than the previous week and getting closer to our whole-school target of 96%. If you have any queries about your own child's attendance please contact the office - we'll be delighted to help.

GCSE results better in 3 tier system than 2 tier
Sunday 19th November 2017
Data just published by the National Middle Schools Forum shows that students in 3-tier schools actually perform better at GCSE than students in the more usual 2-tier system.
For results in 2017, the percentage of students achieving GCSEs at grade 4 or higher in English and Maths was 68.1% in 3-tier compared to 63.3% in all schools nationally. 24.0% of 3-tier students achieved grade 4 or more in EBacc subjects, compared with 23.5% of students in all schools.
The same pattern is repeated if we consider the higher grades - 21.6% of 3-tier students achieved EBacc at grade 5+ compared to 21.1% of all students. 45.7% of students in 3-tier achieved grades 5+ in English and Maths compared to 42.2% in all schools.
The three tier system works - don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

INSET Day Friday 24th Nov
Thursday 16th November 2017
Reminder that we have staff training on Friday 24th November, so school is closed to students on that day.

Children in Need
Thursday 16th November 2017
Friday 17th November will be a non-uniform day to raise money for Children in Need. Please give whatever you can.

Diabetes Day
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Thanks you to everyone who took part in Diabetes Day at school - to Anna, Alex and their mums who organised; to the diabetes nurse team who came to deliver an assembly; to staff who coordinated and to students who wore their onesies or blue, released balloons and donated money.
We raised a magnificent total of £579:48.
For more photos, including the balloon release, please see our Facebook page.

New resources for parents
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Click on "information" then "parental support" for resources to help parents and carers support their children's learning. You'll find lots of useful information on there, including a parents' guide to Accelerated Reader, information about Show My Homework and also user guides to the forthcoming Parents' Evening system. Do let us know if there's anything else you would find helpful and we'll do our best to provide it.

Attendance improvements!
Sunday 12th November 2017
Attendance last week was up to 95.2% - getting closer to our school target of 96%. Good attendance is linked to better exam results and higher earnings in later life.

Dementia Action Alliance
Friday 10th November 2017
Blackminster Middle and Pebworth First Schools are now members of the Dementia Action Alliance - we'll be helping our students to support people living with dementia in our communities.

District Cross Country Results
Friday 10th November 2017
Some fantastic results for Blackminster students in the District Cross Country Competition today - Poppy J came 1st in the Year 7 girls' race, Anna B took 3rd place in the Year 6 girls' event; Lola came in 5th in the Year 8 girls' and Dan was 3rd in the Year 8 boys' competition. Well done to everyone who took part!

Remembrance Day
Friday 10th November 2017
Remembrance Day was marked with an immaculate two minutes' silence this morning.
We were privileged to welcome Mr Ken Love, who shared his recollections of life in war time Britain and brought a fascinating collection of memorabilia for students to see.
Former student George came back from Prince Henry's to play The Last Post, before Mr Love, Kieran and our Head Boy and Head Girl laid our wreath.
For more photographs, please head over to our Facebook page.

SATs exam dates
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Monday 14th May 2108 - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 15th May 2018 - Reading
Wednesday 16th May 2018 - Maths papers 1 and 2
Thursday 17th May 2018 - Maths paper 3

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 8th November 2017
Parents' Evenings will take place on Tuesday March 13th, Wednesday March 21st and Thursday April 19th. All three evenings will be open to all year groups, so we hope you'll find a day and date that suit your other commitments.
We're going to trial a new online system for booking appointments which should make the whole process easier for everyone - watch out for details of how to do this nearer the time.

Supporting your child's learning
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Parents and carers might like to check out our resources designed to help you help your child. They can be found under the "Information" tab on this website, then click "Parental Support". We hope you find this useful!

Consultation on school admissions 2019/20
Saturday 4th November 2017
Have your say on school admissions for 2019/20 here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/download/1188/2019_to_2020_admission_arrangements_consultation_downloads

Keeping up with homework
Saturday 4th November 2017
Parents, carers and students can easily keep up with homework using our brilliant online homework diary Show My Homework. There is a link at the top of this webpage that will take you to the whole school calendar, and you can filter from there to see what work has been set. Alternatively, you can use the login facility, in which case you'll only see the relevant work. It's even easier if you download the Show My Homework App for your smartphone - you'll get updates and reminders so that the Sunday night homework panic will be a thing of the past! Personalised log in details were sent home earlier this term, but if you'd like these again please email [email protected] and they'll be sent out to you.

Attendance latest
Saturday 4th November 2017
Our school attendance currently stands at 95%. This is slightly below our target of 96%. If parents or carers would like an up-to-date report on their child's attendance they can contact the office at school and we'll be delighted to provide it, in addition to reporting on our regular Review Grades.

Pebworth school visit BMS for science lesson
Saturday 4th November 2017
It was a pleasure to welcome children (and staff!) from our sister school, Pebworth First, to our labs on Friday to study the science of sound. Children learned how sounds are made and measured. Check out our Twitter feed @BMiddleSchool or Facebook for more photos.

Year 7 Cross Country Results
Friday 3rd November 2017
The Year 7 Cross Country competition took place this morning. On both the boys' and the girls' races the positions were as follows:
3rd - Resolution; 2nd - Endeavour, 1st - DISCOVERY

The individual winners were Poppy J in the girls' race and Joe L in the boys'.

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

Act Of Remembrance
Friday 3rd November 2017
We will be holding our Act Of Remembrance next Friday morning, 10th November. Any parents, carers, family or friends who would like to join us will be very welcome. We'll be starting at 10:45am in the Hall.

House Cross-Country running results
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Year 6 and Year 8 have taken part in House Cross Country competitions today. I'm pleased to be able to announce that the individual winners are
Year 6 girls - Anna B
Year 6 boys - Edward L
Year 8 girls - Lola H
Year 8 boys - Dan J

while the team prizes were as follows
Year 6 girls - 3rd - Discovery; 2nd - Resolution; 1st - ENDEAVOUR
Year 6 boys - 3rd - Resolution, 2nd - Discovery; 1st - ENDEAVOUR
Year 8 girls - 3rd - Discovery; 2nd - Endeavour; 1st - RESOLUTION
Year 8 boys - 3rd - Resolution; 2nd - Discovery; 1st - RESOLUTION

Well done to everyone who took part. We're looking forward to the Year 7 competition on Friday.

Attendance latest
Tuesday 31st October 2017
Attendance for the whole school last half term was 95%. This is slightly below our school target of 96%. Individual students' attendance was reported to parents and carers on the Review Grades that were issued during the last week of term.

Sunday 29th October 2017
Autumn 2 half term starts again tomorrow at 8:25am. We're looking forward to seeing our lovely students refreshed and ready to learn after their break. We'll be on Week B of the timetable.

Review Grades
Thursday 19th October 2017
Students took home their Review Grades for the Autumn 1 half term yesterday.
Parents and carers will find an indication of their child's current attainment, an indication of their attitude to learning, and also their % attendance for this half term (counted from 04-09-17 to 13-10-17) on the report.
If you have any questions, please contact your child's tutor or teacher in the first instance.

Halloween Disco
Thursday 19th October 2017
Last night was our Halloween Disco - lots of fun, laughter, dancing and fantastic costumes!

You'll find more photos on our Twitter feed (@BMiddleSchool) and Facebook (Blackminster Middle School)

Thank you!
Wednesday 18th October 2017
We received this message on our Facebook page yesterday, from the mum of one of our Year 6 students last year. I'm delighted to pass it on.

Hi, I wondered if you might be able to post a big thank you from me and my family on your page. We wanted to say a big “thank you” to all staff, students and parents who supported our daughter Ella and helped raise £292.90 for the Child Brain Injury Trust last term. We as a family were really overwhelmed by the support and the money raised will help the charity help other families like ours where a child acquired a Brain Injury. A massive thank you too from Ella’s sister Evie who suffered a severe stroke in June and was Ella’s inspiration for this.

Parent Voice
Tuesday 17th October 2017
We held our first meeting of Parent Voice this academic year yesterday. Thanks to the parents who came along - we had a very helpful discussion about our Anti-Bullying Policy and also about transition from First Schools.
If you'd like to have your say on either of these, please contact Ms McQuone - her email address is [email protected]

Attendance latest
Friday 13th October 2017
Attendance this week was 94.8% - a little below our school target of 96%.

Percentage attendance for individual students will be sent home next week with Review Grades.

Accelerated Reader updates
Friday 13th October 2017
We're 43% of the way to Christmas now, so students should have read at least 43% of their Accelerated Reader targets. Please ask your son or daughter about theirs.
Currently our most successful tutor group is 6AR - they've already read 102.5% of their target - a huge well done to them!
Particular congratulations to the following students, all of whom have reached their targets already.
6AR - Kiera, Lily, Maisie, Dylan, Isis, Emma
6JB - Nathan
6KS - Charlotte, Daisy
7MA - Alex, Aidan
7SB - Romeo, Ruby
8PD - Dan
If you have any questions about Accelerated Reader or about your son or daughter's progress on the scheme, please contact their form tutor.

Friday 13th October 2017
#BeCyberSmart is the new campaign against cyberbullying and online harassment, led by West Mercia Police. We're delighted to support this campaign.

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can be even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.

However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police

Here’s an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice: -

What is cyberbullying and online harassment?

Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.

Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.

Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.

There’s a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at: bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/what-is-cyberbullying/

How you can stay safer

Think before you post: when posting or commenting online, consider what you say and what effect it may have. Never post comments that are abusive, threatening or are likely to cause offence to others.

Keep personal information personal: do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts – particularly about your personal details and activities.

Make the most of privacy settings: keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.

Social media help sections can show you how to block users, change your privacy and contact settings, and report abusive content:

• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/help/
• Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/
• Instagram - https://help.instagram.com/
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin
• Google+ - https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382
• YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/en-GB/reporting.html
• Pintrest - https://help.pinterest.com/en
• Tumblr - https://www.tumblr.com/abuse
• Snapchat - https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB

Report cyberbullying to internet service providers: lots of content online is offensive or upsetting. It’s not always a criminal offence, but it often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Service providers are often keen to take action against users who abuse their terms of service.

If you believe that you are the victim of online bullying, keep a record of the content (for example, take a screenshot). You can use this to help your report to the service provider and, if necessary, the police.

Middle Schools in the news
Thursday 12th October 2017
Link to an article in the Times Educational Supplement on September 30th that perfectly sums up why we believe Middle schools are so well-suited to the developing needs of young adolescents.

BMS on social media
Thursday 12th October 2017
Remember that you can get updates, news, celebrations and share the learning (and the fun!) on our social media sites. We're on Facebook as Blackminster Middle School and Twitter as @BMiddleSchool. Links are at the top of the homepage on this website too.

The importance of good attendance
Thursday 12th October 2017
It's impossible to exaggerate the importance of good attendance at school - students who have better attendance make better progress, get better grades and have better mental health than students who have more time off school.
Our school attendance target is 96%. Parents and carers will be informed of their own child's attendance alongside Review Grades, which will come home next week.
If you have any questions about attendance, please contact Ms Dayman or your child's form tutor.

Thursday 12th October 2017
The first meeting of Parent Voice this year will be on Monday 16th October in Room 1. We're in the process of rewriting our Anti-Bullying Policy and we'd love to get input from parents and carers. The meeting will start at 6:30, and we'll finish at 7:30.
Do come along, have a glass of wine and help us to improve the school!

5-star rating!
Wednesday 11th October 2017
We are pleased to announce that our caterers, Alliance in Partnership, have been awarded a hygiene rating of 5 from the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) for the kitchen and staff at Blackminster.

Well done!

Tuesday 4th July 2017

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
Camp fire...

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
More den day fun

Den Day
Friday 16th June 2017
...looks like a fab den!

Stamp Out Hatred, Prejudice and Intolerance Everywhere (SOPHIE)
Friday 12th May 2017
Year 7 students have been working with PCSO Karen Kampton and PC Chris Boon this morning. They've been using materials from the Sophie Foundation - a brilliant charity set up in memory of Sophie Lancaster. Sophie was murdered in 2007 by a gang who attacked her and her boyfriend because they were "Goths". The charity works to eliminate prejudice and hatred against people based on how they chose to dress or look. It's a vitally important message, and we're delighted to give our students these opportunities.


E-Safety Contacts
Friday 10th March 2017
Please Click the link for some E-Safety Contacts

E-Safety Evening Presentation
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Please download the presentation from our E-Safety Parents Evening via the web links below.

Click here to go to download the presentation WITH videos. (Larger File - Microsoft Powerpoint)

Click here to go to download the presentation WITHOUT videos. (Smaller File - PDF)

Successful Ex BMS Student
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Brilliant assembly today from Harry - ex-BMS student and now successful swimmer, talking about importance of perseverance

New Grades
Tuesday 17th January 2017
Guidance from the @educationgovuk about new qualifications can be found here:

GCSE Grades
Tuesday 17th January 2017
New GCSE grades go from 1 to 9. Higher number = higher grade.

Keeping up with your child
Thursday 29th September 2016
There is now a Show My Homework App available for smart phones. If you'd like a PIN to register for the app, please email Ms McQuone at school and she'll send you one. The App shows your child's homework and deadlines, helping you to keep abreast of what is being set.
Show My Homework is also still available through the link at the top of our web site.


International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Thursday 11th February 2016
Blackminster Middle School is totally committed to the success of every student - we believe that with hard work and determination all young people (and older ones too!) can achieve great things regardless of their gender, race or background. Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and we're proud to celebrate the successes of our girls in particular, but also our boys, in subjects that maybe aren't seen as "traditional".

So, whether your favourite woman in science is Ada Lovelace, Lise Meitner, Helen Sharman, Marie Curie, Alice Roberts or even one of a couple of school leaders - here's to the success of ALL our students in whatever they want to achieve!

Ms. McQuone & Mrs. Button
Safe Student Scientists

Wednesday 10th February 2016
We are delighted to receive this nationally recognised accreditation for the program we have been running successfully for three years. Children are invited onto the program with their parents and, regular mentoring sessions and target setting with follow up meetings ensure improved progress for children and increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Mrs Blakely is our school champion for the program and she organises the mentoring teams and their training. This award is a worthy recognition of her hard work and that of the teams she leads. We have been delighted with the impact of the program and its impact on some of our young people. It is especially pleasing to see some of the original group now leading as prefects or as part of the student executive and mentoring some of our younger pupils themselves. We are hoping to build on this award to become a leading practice school in future.

In her letter of congratulations, Laura Bromberg, the regional director for Achievement for All, said "I was particularly interested by the work which you do in introducing the programme to your AFA groups, and the time which you take to involve parents from the start. It is clear that being in and AFA group, is seen as a real benefit by your students.

Please pass my congratulations to your team for achieving this prestigious award and in particular to your SENCO for her extreme hard work with all things AFA! "