Open Evening 2020-21

Updated - 15th September 2020

I would like to begin by wishing you a warm welcome to Benfield School.

This page provides you with information about how here at Benfield we will be communicating with parents/carers who are currently making the very important decision as to where their child will begin their secondary education after they leave Year 6.

Our Open Evening for all Year 5 and 6 parents and students will be taking place on Wednesday 30th September, starting at 5:30pm.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 and the current restrictions linked to mitigating risk and promoting good health and safety for everyone, we are unable to conduct our usual style of Open Evening where you would visit the school with your child, experience all of our curriculum departments and also sample the food available to students.

In place of this, this year we will be holding our first ever ‘Benfield Virtual Open Evening’.

We have set up a new tab on the school website called ‘Open Evening 2020-21’. All of the information that you need about our fantastic school will be located in this area. Please visit our website on Wednesday 30th September where you will be able to watch a series of short videos that will inform you about school, school life and also all of the curriculum department areas at Benfield.

We will also be holding a live chat with our Governors and Senior Leadership Team using Facebook Messenger. Timings of this will be confirmed closer to the time. This is a chance to have a live chat and ask the questions that you would have asked if you visited the school.  It is designed to provide answers and key information to you first hand.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the following email address:

Applications for places at secondary schools open on 10th September and end on the 31st October 2020. The application form can be form at:


Mr R Waters


Open Evening will run as follows:

There will be a recorded video about each subject area department which will be uploaded to the school website.

Each subject department video will include:

-A snapshot of a live lesson 

-An introduction from the curriculum leader of each subject area department.

We will also be uploading the following videos:

-An interview with the Behaviour Lead, Mr Dave Wardle

-An interview with the SENCO, Mrs Amy Anderson, plus footage of our LSA provision (Cherrywood Centre).

-An interview with the Headteacher, Mr Richard Carr

-An interview with the transition team. This video will also be sent to all local primary schools

-A message from the Chair of Governors

There will also be a section outlining all of the information that parents/ students need.

This will include:

 -Key dates for admissions

-Key transition contacts

-Travelling to school advice

-Enrichment and support across all departments


We will be using Facebook Messenger on the evening as a live chat.

This will allow parents to send messages that we can respond to instantly. 

Timings for key members of staff to liaise with parents/carers via Facebook messenger.

5pm until 5:30pm – Mr R Carr

5:30pm until 6pm – Benfield Governor representatives