College Re-Opening COVID Testing

COVID testing: In anticipation of college re-opening week starting March 8th, please complete this consent form for COVID testing.

Please contact with questions.

Plans for all students returning to the College from week commencing 8th March 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Thank you for all of your support in ensuring that your child has engaged with their remote learning. There is a parental survey on the website if you would like to give us some feedback on your child’s remote learning experience. You can access the survey on the College website.

As you will be aware, following this week’s announcement students will start to return to College from Monday 8th March. Each year group should return on the following dates and times and then remain in the College each day for lessons.

Year Group Start Date Start Time
Sixth Form Monday 8th March 8.30am
Year 11 Monday 8th March 1.00pm
Year 7 Tuesday 9th March 8.30am
Year 10 Tuesday 9th March 1.00pm
Year 8 Wednesday 10th March 8.30am
Year 9 Thursday 11th March 8.30am

The phased return will allow the College to test all the students who give consent to be tested. The College has been lucky enough to have a team of highly experienced and professional health practitioners to facilitate all the testing. Initial indications are that the uptake will be extremely high. The testing is to ensure we keep the College site as safe as possible and I strongly recommend that students are tested. The testing is in line with Public Health guidelines. Each student will be tested as they return, at the dates/times indicated above and again on two more occasions before the Easter break. You should have received a link by email to the consent form. Please complete this form as soon as possible and definitely before the students return to College. Once tested, students will stay in College and attend normal lessons. After the three tests in College students will be provided with test kits to allow for testing at home twice a week. More information to follow for home testing.

Please be aware that if there are positive tests students will still need to self-isolate for a period of time. The bubbles have been reduced in size but will still lead to some children having to self-isolate if there is a positive test.

As you will have observed in the news, all students will be required to wear a face covering at all times whilst they are in the College. This now includes within classrooms as students are not always able to maintain a two metre distance from each other. Please ensure that your child has a face covering with them at all times. If your child is exempt from wearing a face covering you must provide written medical evidence, such as a doctor’s note or medical condition information. Could you please forward this to the College before your child returns to College. Many thanks for your support with this matter.

Students will remain in their bubbles and should use their usual entrances and stairwells when they return. In order to limit the number of students leaving times will be staggered as follows:

Year 7 - 2.30pm
Year 8 - 2.35pm
Year 9 - 2.25pm
Year 10 - 2.45pm
Year 11 - 2.40pm
Sixth Form - 2.45pm

In order to limit contact, we are unable to lend equipment to students so please ensure that your child is fully equipped when they return. Whenever possible please also ensure that your child brings a packed lunch and water. Can I also take this opportunity to ask for your support in making sure that your child has full uniform, including correct shoes.

As students are returning from 8th March live lessons will not be able to take place during this week. However, work will still be set on the subject platforms for your child to complete on the days they are at home.

Parents of children in years 11 and 13 will have many questions about their examination grades. We are currently absorbing the guidance from Ofqual and the DfE and as soon as the children are settled back into College we will be informing the students and their parents/carers of our plans.

We are fully aware that for some children returning to College, at this time, will be very stressful. If you feel your child needs extra support please does not hesitate to contact the College so that we can support your child’s return. We have many experienced staff who work tirelessly to support the children.

I will stress, once again, that the safety of students and staff is our main priority during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Please email if you have any queries.

Best wishes and stay safe
Paul Dickinson

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Student Voice

Thank you and well done on accessing your Microsoft Teams lessons/online work. You are working extremely hard during this difficult period and early indications suggest that you are fully engaged with your lessons. Thank you and please ensure you continue to access your work.

Parent View

Thank you and well done on your child accessing their Microsoft Teams lessons/online work. Your child is working extremely hard during this difficult period and early indications suggest they are fully engaged with their subjects. Please pass on our congratulations to them and thank you for your continued support and effort to ensure they are accessing their work. If you have any issues or concerns, then please call the college to discuss, or via email on

Year 7 Intake 2021 College Virtual Tour

This year we are unable to host our informative, engaging and exciting Open Evening due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

Please click on the link below to see a virtual tour of our outstanding college and a typical day at Archbishop Beck Catholic College.

We are hoping to visit our local primary schools in the week beginning 28th of September.

Application packs will be delivered to many local primary school or you may click on the Admissions tab (above) to access the same information.

Alternatively, you can collect an application pack from our reception.

PLEASE NOTE all applicants must complete the College supplementary form and return to the College, addressed to Mrs. Ellen Keegan.

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Archbishop Beck Catholic College Awards

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  • Sportsmark Award
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  • Creative Partnerships
  • Sports Colleges
  • The Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark
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Polite Notice to all Visitors, Staff, Students, Parents & Carers

Could I request that all parents/carers who collect and drop off their child from the College do not use the car parking facilities of the local retail stores, for example; The Bed Factory, Fireplace Warehouse & surrounding outlets.
Thank you for your co-operation

Vehicles of any description - this includes cars, bicycles & scooters are stored on the college premises at the owner's risk.
The college will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.