Category: Rector’s message

Corona Virus Update (Updated 24/3 @ 2.07pm)

Dear Bell Baxter High School Community

We understand that this is a really difficult and anxious time for you and your families.  There are lots of different demands on you all right now in terms of working from home, making sure the children are still learning and caring for others.

Please do not try to do everything at once – we are in this for the long haul.  Our teachers have posted lots of work on Teams, and I am sure our primary colleagues are doing the same.  This may seem overwhelming.  Please be reassured that teachers do not expect you, as parents, to be able to deliver all of this work, or that it will all be completed immediately.

In these early days in particular, there will be issues around technology, sharing laptops, not being able to access what we need to.  That’s all ok.  The most important thing right now is to maintain some sort of routine, look after each other, and pay attention to our mental health.  The pressure on us all is huge right now.  These are very strange times for everyone.  Please be kind to yourselves and give yourself time to adjust.

Keep in touch, stay indoors and be safe.

Carol Ann

Carol Ann Penrose


Corona Virus Update (Updated 22/3 @ 4.09pm)

Please see the below email sent to all parents/carers from Carol Ann Penrose, Rector.

Dear Parents/Carers

We have just listened to a further announcement from Nicola Sturgeon.  Her message is clear.  In light of further information about the rate of spread of the virus, all schools have to close to all young people.  This includes those for whom arrangements had been made to complete SQA coursework.

This has obvious implications however we will work through these together, it is clear that the health of our young people and their families must take priority at this point.

I know how anxious you will all be at this time hence be assured I will communicate with you regularly to keep you fully updated.  If you have any particular concerns do not hesitate to email me directly on my personal email – to ensure that I can pick up and respond to as quickly as possible.

Very best wishes,


Carol Ann Penrose, Rector

Bell Baxter High School

Corona Virus Update (Updated 18/3 @ 4.34pm)

Please see the below letter from Carrie Lindsay, Executive Director of Education & Children’s Services at Fife Council.


All Secondary Schools


Dear Parent / Carer


COVID 19 First Minister’s Announcement Wednesday 18 March 2020 1pm


Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland made the following announcement at 1pm on Wednesday 18 March.

“My view is that it is now inevitable that we will close schools and nurseries. My planning assumption now is that schools will close to pupils at the end of this week.”

The First Minister indicated she was making this announcement to give parents as much notice as possible. The Deputy First Minister will set out a statement to Parliament tomorrow and he will address key questions parents and pupils will have, particularly, vulnerable pupils, those sitting their exams and children of “key workers”. The First Minister indicated that teachers and school staff will play a vital role in the weeks to come. She also indicated that schools will re-open as soon as possible, but she could not at this time promise that they will re-open before summer.

As a result of this announcement, we will continue our discussions with the Scottish Government regarding what services we will be providing and the roles our staff will play in that.

As detailed above, the Deputy First Minister will provide more detail regarding the SQA exam diet and awarding of qualifications and other key information tomorrow.

We understand that this is an anxious and uncertain time for everyone. As soon as we have further information, we will be sharing that with you.

Yours sincerely


Carrie Lindsay


Executive Director (Education & Children’s Services)

Corona Virus Update (Updated 17/3 @ 3.13pm)

Please see the below update regarding the Corona Virus:


Remote Access to Learning
In light of the current situation, we wanted to let parents know that we are accelerating our plans to move learning onto digital platforms for remote access. All principal teachers are currently working with their Faculties to ensure that every teacher has their classes set up in Microsoft Teams in order to allow teachers to email young people class work and communicate remotely. We are writing an easy guide to Teams for parents and young people and this will be with you before the end of the week. Once all classes are set up we will let you know via text/email. Our plan is to have this in place for the end of the week.


SQA Exams
Guidance from SQA is still that all exams will be going ahead as planned. We await further information and will share this with you as soon as we have it. Teachers are working hard at the moment to ensure all young people meet submission deadlines for internal coursework.

Thank you to all of our parents who are being incredibly supportive in such unprecedented times. We understand there will be a level of concern out there and aim to do our best to reassure by keeping you fully informed as new information is passed on. Stay safe, take care and do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with.


To keep up with information and news as it happens, please follow us on:

Twitter: @Bellbaxter_HS

Facebook: @BellBaxterHS

Bell Baxter Traffic Management Plan


It has been raised by home owners along Westfield Road, Cupar that parents have been parking and dropping off pupils.  Please refer to the Traffic Management Guide (link below)


Pupils are reminded that this area should not be used for parking or social activities in the evening or at weekends. Please be respectful to neighbours.