PROSPECTUS - Bishop Fox's High Standards & High Expectations - Bishop Fox's School
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2 “The Headteacher provides a sense of continuity and cohesion for staff and students whilst simultaneously preparing to move the school on to the next stage of it’s development” Ofsted 2017
Welcome to our school A message from Ms Kerry Tonkin, The Headteacher It is my very great pleasure to welcome you to Bishop Fox’s School. At Bishop Fox’s School our ethos of high standards and high Our academic results have seen tremendous improvement in expectations underpins everything that we do. We work hard recent years and place us in the top ten performing secondary to create a caring and challenging learning environment in schools in Somerset and the top 20% of schools nationally. It is which each individual can strive, enjoy and achieve. As the our responsibility to enable our students to have every Headteacher I hold a strong belief in the power of education opportunity to achieve their full potential and be at the to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive forefront in shaping the world of tomorrow. an excellent education. We welcome into our school community the parents of We are dedicated to building opportunities for our students students who want to learn, experience and grow into to achieve the highest academic standards, ensuring that they informed, high achieving, well-rounded and delightful young are known as individuals and that their unique personality, people. A strong partnership between parents and the school talents and interests are nurtured and developed to the full. is vital in enabling children to achieve success. Bishop Fox’s School is a place for students to make new friends Please contact the school if you would like to pay us a visit and and to enjoy many shared experiences together. We embrace discover more about what we have to offer. the notion that young people should enjoy and achieve in their time at school. Whilst examination results are critical to Kerry Tonkin children’s future lives, so is a safe and happy environment within Headteacher which they can enjoy the opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom that nurtures them to become independent learners and responsible adults.
4 “The school’s work to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is having a positive impact” Ofsted 2017
Why choose Bishop Fox’s? DEPUTY HEADTEACHER The opportunities are absolutely fantastic.You PARENT Bishop Fox’s is an attractive and welcoming can go to Disneyland Paris, ski in Colorado, Why choose Fox’s? - As a parent of two school. We work hard and enjoy the many visit a West End musical in London or have the students at Bishop Fox’s, I believe the school successes of our students. We are committed opportunity to go on many other amazing offers a caring and supportive environment, to developing the talents and interests of all trips. You can join lots of different clubs in PE, where children feel happy and confident to our young people. dance, media, drama, music and loads more. learn. All children are offered numerous opportunities to develop a variety of skills Our students tell us that they enjoy school KEY STAGE 4 STUDENT allowing them to become independent and they appreciate the care and attention Like every Year 6 student, I had many learners. The school encourages the children they are given. Students respond to the many apprehensions about coming to secondary to set themselves high standards in all that they challenges and opportunities we present. The school, however we were all helped by do, whilst guiding them to achieve their full history of the school encourages us to aspire teachers, support staff, buddies and prefects potential. to the highest possible standards and we are who made us feel really welcome and we soon confident in our ability to deliver these. Bishop settled in. It was exciting to find our way As a parent there are many opportunities to Fox’s is a thriving, constantly evolving school. around a new school and do lots of subjects meet with staff at the school through Academic Challenge, opportunity, achievement and with many different teachers, it helped me Tutoring, regular reports, parent’s evenings and enjoyment are the key words I would use to make lots of new friends right from the start. though attending various school events sum up what helps to make Bishop Fox’s an throughout the calendar. We are encouraged excellent school. Bishop Fox’s is a really friendly school which to communicate with our children’s form tutor truly cares for and values the students within or Head of Year if we have any questions or TEACHER it. Students with different talents are catered concerns, it feels like a true home-school Bishop Fox’s gives young people the for with a wide variety of clubs and teams to partnership. opportunities to achieve in and enjoy a join. All achievements are recognised and tremendous range of academic, sporting and students are given many opportunities to get musical activities, both in school and in all of involved throughout the five years. the extra-curricular activities offered. We actively encourage all students to achieve their SCHOOL GOVERNOR full potential in all activities, as both individuals The mission statement for the school states and team members, in preparation for their Bishop Fox’s is committed to providing high future studies and careers. standards and high expectations. This is well demonstrated by the level of commitment to This is a great place to work and we all really nurture and challenge all members of the strive to make a difference to children’s lives. school community. The students take a pride in their school and are very supportive of each KEY STAGE 3 STUDENT other. There are many reasons why I chose Bishop Fox’s as my secondary school. There are The school is well situated with excellent exciting and interesting lessons with really facilities. Lessons are both stimulating as well supportive members of staff who help us learn as challenging, and the staff at the school make and inspire us to achieve our very best. every effort for students to achieve their very best.
6 “Most students are working and achieving well and are on course to meet the appropriately demanding targets the school has set” Ofsted 2017
OFSTED “Bishop Fox’s is a good school” OFSTED 2017 Following an Ofsted inspection in February 2017, Bishop Fox’s has been judged to have maintained a good quality of education in the school. The report reads positively including: “We know that Bishop Fox’s is a good school, and in many ways better than good, and I am pleased that “Students successes are celebrated, they enjoy their the Ofsted inspection team found sufficient evidence lessons and they make good progress”. to agree with this judgement. “Most students are working and achieving well and We have worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for are on course to meet the appropriately demanding our students over many years and also to offer a targets the school has set”. broad range of experiences within and beyond the classroom. The culture of high standards and high “The most able students are challenged expectations underpins everything that we do. appropriately and make the progress they should”. As the Headteacher I was encouraged by the It was reported that Kerry Tonkin, the new tremendous support that the school has within our Headteacher from January 2017, has provided a local community – comments received from staff, sense of continuity and cohesion for staff and governors, parents and students were wholly students while simultaneously preparing to move the positive. It was heartening to hear in the feedback school on to the next stage of its development. from the lead inspector that he thought that we had all of the ingredients to be outstanding in the future”.
Our values and vision SCHOOL’S MISSION STATEMENT “High Standards and High Expectations” SCHOOL AIMS “Creating a caring and challenging learning environment in which each individual can strive, enjoy and achieve.” Our school is driven SCHOOL VALUES SCHOOL’S FIVE YEAR GOALS by an agreed set of Within our school and local As a school we are mindful of the community we believe that: need to ensure that school core values which improvement impacts on teaching, • The needs of students are learning and student achievement. are shared by all foremost Our five year goals are to: • Every individual is special • Deliver outstanding value added members of our • Success is built upon high self- performance at both key stages community. Similarly, esteem • Offer a broad range of extra- • All achievement is valued curricular provision in the seven we have a clear • There should be unconditional fields of human experience which mission statement allows each individual to find their positive regard for all niche • Only one’s best is good enough and an agreed set of • We are committed to nurture • Help students to become independent learners five year goals which and challenge all members of our • Help deliver high self-esteem for provide the clear school community each individual • Respect is a right and a • Challenge all members of the direction for what responsibility community to work outside their • Equality of opportunity is a we are trying to comfort zone fundamental right • Engender a values system based on achieve for all of our • The climate for learning should a concern for others students. be wholly positive • Support progression into • Learning is a lifelong process education and training
10 “A real strength of the school is the positive ethos and the calm and purposeful manner in which the students approach school life” Ofsted 2013
The Curriculum ENGLISH / LITERACY MATHS / NUMERACY English is the foundation for success for Our aim is to develop an impressive evidence, the true scientific approach all subjects. The course offers students a knowledge and understanding of which often leads to the unexpected! broad and challenging study of texts Mathematics in young people. through the ages. In KS3 students delve “The important thing in Science is not so into Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men and Students are organised into sets early in much to obtain new facts as to discover WW1 letters. Students will also secure Year 7 and targets are set, against which new ways of thinking about them” their knowledge of grammar and individual progress is closely monitored. (William Henry Bragg, Nobel Prize in punctuation accuracy. An increasing amount of work is available Physics) to students through the school internet In KS4 the focus turns to the set texts for with a range of materials, challenges and A broad Science education at Key Stage 3 their AQA exams. Students study An self-assessment tests available. with impressive outcomes is a useful Inspector Calls, Macbeth, A Christmas preparation for greater choice and Carol and we explore an anthology of SCIENCE specialism at Key Stage 4. poems. In total the students sit four Science is a subject which allows students exams: two for language and two for to discover, wonder and make clear At Key Stage 4 students study GCSE literature. Exam skills are embedded connections with the world around them. Science.Within the GCSE course students through the schemes of learning so We aim to provide opportunities for either follow the three separate science students feel prepared and confident students to develop their natural courses of Biology, Chemistry, Physics sitting their external exams. curiosity and explore Science with an (known as ‘Triple Science’) or follow enquiry based approach. Learning in Combined Science (known as ‘Double Science allows students to test their ideas Science’). Outcomes have been equally and support them with data and successful in recent years, especially for Triple Science with 55% of students achieving A/A* grades in 2016.
12 “The supportive nature of the school has resulted in students attendance rates being above the national average” Ofsted 2017
The Curriculum HUMANITIES: MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES GEOGRAPHY / HISTORY / RELIGIOUS Modern Foreign Languages at Bishop media sectors. The three year course EDUCATION Fox’s involve French and Spanish which consists of two core units, one of which is At both Key Stages, students study are offered at both Key Stages. an exam and two optional specialist units. History, Geography and R.E. as separate subjects. Teaching and Learning is active, fun and BUSINESS engaging. It is characterised by students As a school specialising in Business & Increasingly, we adopt an enquiry based being expected to take responsibility for Enterprise, we are committed to approach to learning and compliment their own learning and that of others. preparing our students for the world of class-based work with field trips, both Regular visits to Europe are part of the work. locally and abroad. provision in languages as well as “events” such as the French Café. We offer courses at Key Stage 4 in Students are expected to gain knowledge Business Studies and a wealth of other and understanding in order to form COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY enterprise related opportunities.We offer opinions and actively engage in the issues Discreet Computer Science/IT lessons both GCSE and BTEC options and also of today. These include global warming, are taught in Key Stage 3 and students BTEC Health & Social Care. political structures and systems, and choose from a range of options available religion as a source of community in Computer Science/IT at Key Stage 4. All students engage in “Curriculum cohesion and conflict. Immersion Days” each term where the The IT provision in school is outstanding timetable is suspended and “Business A range of field trips are offered to with over 250 Windows PCs and laptops, Challenge” becomes the order of the day. students which currently include Dawlish and 50 Apple Macs all available for Students work alongside local business Warren, Lyme Regis, Holford River, Big student use. people and are encouraged to take risks, Pit, Buckfast Abbey and Bristol. be enterprising, work collaboratively and All classrooms have interactive pursue competitive goals. We also offer a DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY whiteboard technology and standards of range of enterprise schemes such as “Tremendous facilities and great choice” attainment at both Key Stages are ‘Dragons Den’ and ‘Tenner Tycoon’. characterises provision in Design and impressive and well above national Technology. This area of the curriculum averages. is particularly well served with its own suite of computers, CAD/CAM MEDIA technology and widespread specialist and The BTEC First Award in Creative Digital refurbished accommodation. Media Production qualification is designed to inspire and enthuse learners to Students experience the full range of consider a career in the creative digital technology options at both Key Stages industries. It provides learners with the including Resistant Materials, Graphics, opportunity to gain a broad Textiles Technology as well as Food and understanding and knowledge and to Nutrition. develop skills across the creative digital
14 “The school is working hard to ensure that disadvantaged students maximise their potential” Ofsted 2017
Performing Arts We offer a huge variety of performing arts opportunities to all of our students, from taking centre stage to working behind the scenes. Our productions range from musical extravaganzas and annual dance shows to stage adaptions of productions such as Matilda, DNA and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Students are involved in every aspect of putting productions together, including light and sound management, make up and costume, set design, acting, singing, dancing or playing an instrument. Performing arts is a subject that is accessible to all students and helps to build confidence, work collaboratively, be creative, imaginative and inspirational young leaders. We have great spaces for our students to develop the creativity including a theatre seating over 120 people, a drama studio, a dance hall and fully equipped music rooms. At Key Stage 3 students are taught Art, Music, Dance and Drama as separate subjects and all four of these subjects are highly successful options in Key Stage 4.
16 “The extra curricular provision offered by the school is outstanding in terms of both the range of activities offered and the quality” (Parent of Year 9 student)
Sport Provision is extensive for those who simply wish to participate and those at the “elite” end of performance. The full range of sports is taught at Key Stage 3 and 4. This includes football, rugby, basketball, hockey and netball, supplemented by cricket, tennis and athletics in the summer months. Teams represent the school in all these major sports in competition with other local schools and across the South West Region. At Key Stage 4 we offer qualifications in GCSE PE as well as BTEC, where results are outstanding. Half and full colours are awarded in recognition of excellence in this field. Sports Day is an important annual event in the school calendar. It provides an exciting opportunity for students to compete for their tutor groups and aim to beat some longstanding athletic track and field records. Participation rates are high and students are encouraged to cheer on their team members in the afternoon.
18 “Students have good reading skills and read widely” Ofsted 2013
Extra curricular provision Learning beyond the classroom is an essential ingredient of any successful school. Our attitude is that in providing a wide range of extra-curricular provision we hope to unearth the interest and passion of every one of our students. We offer a bi-annual summer activities programme in which all students participate. Choice of activities including visits to Spain for a watersports holiday, a trip to Disneyland in Paris, a cultural trip to Manchester, visits to West End shows and galleries as well as art and sporting opportunities based in and around school. During the year, the school timetable is suspended for “Curriculum Immersion Days” where students engage in entrepreneurial, risk taking, experimental activities working alongside staff and local businesses. Each day a programme of lunchtime and after school activities are available. At the present time, these include the provision of clubs in all the major sports, music, dance, drama, chess and philosophy to name but a few.
20 “The most able students are challenged appropriately and make the progress they should” Ofsted 2017
Teaching & Learning At Bishop Fox’s School, “high expectations and high standards” of teaching, learning, behaviour and respect for each other lies at the heart of much of what we do.We believe that ensuring the highest expectations and standards of teaching is the best way to enthuse our students and help them achieve their full potential. Therefore our approach to teaching and learning is that it must be tailored to the individual as much as possible through a balance of academic challenge, support for the individual and a stimulating curriculum. We aim to create both an exciting learning environment, where each individual can strive, enjoy and achieve, and also a challenging learning environment which supports excellent progress for all students. One where our teachers strive to create independent, articulate thinkers and learners who have the confidence to achieve their ambitions. At Bishop Fox’s School, we also recognise that learning is everybody’s responsibility, and believe that parents can make a huge difference to their child’s learning by showing an interest, asking questions, offering positive praise, and irrespective of their own confidence in the subject matter, focusing on the effort and strategies used by their child in their learning. We encourage you to take an active interest in how your child plans and works out how to go about tasks, solve problems and carry out their plans to the desired outcome or conclusion.
22 “The school is continuing to develop a culture of High Standards & High Expectations” Ofsted 2017
Bishop Fox’s & the Community Bishop Fox’s believe it is important to be in the heart of the community and as such is an outward looking School looking for opportunities to work with and for the local community. PRIMARY SCHOOLS WORK EXPERIENCE LOCAL UNIVERSITIES Bishop Fox’s has strong links with the Bishop Fox’s is one of only a few We have strong links and arrange visits local primary schools – we run a schools that offer Work Experience to a range of local universities. We range of different curriculum to all students in Year 10. Students also run the Brilliant Club where opportunities for our local schools work in a range of local settings and students in Year 9 work with PHD which include: enjoy the opportunity to experience students to produce a university- what the world beyond Year 11 will standard report and have the · Business and Enterprise challenge look like. opportunity to visit Russell Group day for Year 5 universities. LOCAL COLLEGES · Science day for more able Year Bishop Fox’s has close links with all LOCAL BUSINESS 5 students the local colleges. We run careers We have a strong Business and · Sports festivals throughout the year days at both Bridgwater and Taunton Enterprise focus and work in College and Richard Huish College. A partnership with the a range of local · Drama and Dance workshops wide range of talks, presentations and business to enhance the education of workshops run throughout the our students. The school is a member · Language days school year. Year 9 students can also of the Chamber of Commerce and spend a week in summer school at run a range of joint events with them. The aim is to make the transition from Bridgwater and Taunton College.They primary to secondary as smooth as also run motor vehicle and hair and POST 16 possible and to offer our specialist beauty vocational course’s for Year 10 We have a proud tradition of ensuring curriculum and facilities to our local and 11 students. all our students make positive primary students. transitions from Bishop Fox’s. Over 90% choose to attend Richard Huish College, or Bridgwater and Taunton College choosing a range of academic and vocational options. The remaining students choose apprenticeships or go direct in to the world of work.
24 “The school has a clear focus on supporting students who are vulnerable or anxious, thus allowing them to play a full part in the richness of life at school” Ofsted 2017
The Most Able As a school, we believe that excellent provision for the most able students benefits all students. Therefore, we will identify the most able students so that they themselves and their teachers understand the extent to which they can achieve. Identification comes through analysis of KS2 results, CATS scores and faculty registers which themselves have criteria in terms of knowledge, understanding and skill levels. We seek to create a climate of independence where students think, seek out responsibility and challenge themselves and each other. We provide opportunities inside and outside of the curriculum and we monitor students’ progress whilst evaluating our own interventions and their effectiveness.
26 “Safeguarding is effective, secure and forms a strong part of the school’s culture” Ofsted 2017
Additional needs Some students will inevitably require enjoy their time at school, make good DISABILITY ACCESS additional support in order for them to progress and realise their potential. Our school is committed to meeting the make good progress. needs of all our students. This is reflected Close partnership with parents is critical in our disability, equality and accessibility We offer excellent support provision in this respect and we build positive, policies which detail current provision through our Flexible Learning Centre effective, and lasting support partnerships and future planned improvements. The which is highly regarded in the county. with many of our families. school is well served to meet the needs of students within the broad spectrum of Students’ needs are assessed. One-to- Details of the school’s special needs disability. one or small group provision is available policy, the school’s local offer and the SEN and we have dedicated teams of staff Annual Report to Governors are all whose responsibility is to support, guide available via the school’s website. and nurture individuals so that they can
28 “You continue to develop an environment in which students enjoy coming to school.” Ofsted 2017
Anti-bullying Every child in school has the right to enjoy and achieve. Besides a young person’s health and happiness, education comes a very close third. Under no circumstances will our school tolerate bullying of any kind. Students are encouraged to “tell” and the school undertakes to resolve any concerns. At all times our determination is to “protect” our students from the unpleasantness of others whilst seeking to change the behaviour of those responsible. This commitment on the part of the school is “non-negotiable”. The school has a clear and robust Anti-bullying Policy which is available in school.
30 “Teachers ask thought-provoking questions” Ofsted 2013
Tracking progress and rewarding achievement Our school approach is to “catch students doing well and reward them for their efforts” For all our students we value the contribution they make in terms of effort, progress, application and achievement. All students are set challenging targets based on prior attainment data. Students are monitored against these targets to ensure that they achieve and realise their full potential. Regular reports are sent home which indicate “points scores” in relation to progress. Students scoring well are rewarded on a termly basis and parents are informed of their child’s progress. We seek to reward all that we value; regular attendance, punctuality, effort, participation, responsibility, progress and achievement. Our monitoring and tracking system have been judged “exemplary” and “outstanding” by the Schools External Improvement Partner.
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