Congratulations to two of our Year 11 students, Megan Dyke and Kurtis Fletcher, who have received a Bursary award for their outstanding work in Business. This was awarded by the Taunton Chamber of Commerce. Pictured: Megan Dyke and Kurtis Fletcher with Deputy Head Steve Summerill.
A huge well done to our U15 and U13 Handball squads competed in an exceptionally high level regional competition. Both teams narrowly missed out on the finals finishing in bronze. Outstanding performances came from Lauren Knight (C), Holly McKenna, Amy Turner, Lydia Smith, Paizun Hossain and Poppy Pring (C). A great achievement for the girls!
Following an Ofsted inspection in February, Bishop Fox’s has been judged to have maintained a good quality of education in the school.
The report reads positively including:
“Students successes are celebrated, they enjoy their lessons and they make good progress”.
“Most students are working and achieving well and are on course to meet the appropriately demanding targets the school has set”.
“The most able students are now challenged appropriately and make the progress they should”.
It was reported that Kerry Tonkin, the new Headteacher from January, has provided a sense of continuity and cohesion for staff and students while simultaneously preparing to move the school on to the next stage of its development.
“We know that Bishop Fox’s is a good school, and in many ways better than good, and I am pleased that the Ofsted inspection team found sufficient evidence to agree with this judgement.
We have worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for our students over many years and also to offer a broad range of experiences within and beyond the classroom. The culture of high standards and high expectations underpins everything that we do.
As the Headteacher I was encouraged by the tremendous support that the school has within our local community – comments received from staff, governors, parents and students were wholly positive. It was heartening to hear in the feedback from the lead inspector that he thought that we had all of the ingredients to be outstanding in the future”.
As part of World Book Day celebrations, acclaimed author Melvin Burgess visited Bishop Fox’s School to deliver talks and workshops. Melvin has won the Carnegie Medal for Literature, as well as the Guardian Childrens Fiction Award, and is a huge name in teen fiction. He spoke to Years 7 and 8 about his books and the writing process, and took a range of searching questions from both groups of students. He also ran a creative writing workshop with some Year 10 students. A book signing took place at lunchtime with Brendon Books of Bath Place. Literacy Coordinator at the school, Liz Harvey, who arranged the visit said: “Melvin Burgess’ visit was fantastic. The students were enthralled by his talks, and they were queuing out of the door for the book signing event. There was a real buzz around school, and it was great to see the students so engaged with books and reading.”
8 Bishop Fox’s students have represented Somerset in the Regional Finals of the Coca-Cola Real Business Challenge after coming first place in Somerset. The teams met at @Bristol to participate in the business final where they were given the challenge of designing a marketing campaign for the Special Olympics. This had to include a social media campaign and a radio advert. Steve Summerill, who supported the students at the event, said ‘Our students were fantastic, I was so proud of them and their achievements’.
Pictured: Bishop Fox’s Team with the Regional Winners trophy.
Bishop Fox’s ran a curriculum day for all year groups. A curriculum day is organised whereby all lessons are suspended for the day to allow all students to participate in activities or work in curriculum areas for a full day to allow a deepening of their understanding
Year 7 students visited either @Bristol or Buckfast Abbey, they will visit the alternate location on the next Curriculum day. The visit to Buckfast links to the RE curriculum and allows students to experience and find out about life in a ministry. The @ Bristol visit allowed students to participate in a range of Science activities linked to their Year 7 programme of study. Year 8 students participated in a full day of Careers Education with talks and presentations form local colleges including a visit to the schools careers fair. Year 8 students make GCSE choices in Year 8 as the School runs a 3 year Key Sage 4.
Year 9 took part in a ‘Stand against Violence’ series of activities lead by members of the SAV team, sessions included first Aid and self-defence. Year 10 and 11 students focused on Careers education and study skills with a range of workshop s organised to outline the full range of options post 16 including A Levels, Apprenticeships such Media and Computer Science and opportunities at local universities.
Steve Summerill, Deputy Head who co-ordinated the day said ‘it is important to offer this type of event as students need the opportunity to experience a range of learning environments. For our students making decisions about their future it is vital they have access to up to date, independent and relevant information’
All of the Year 8s at Bishop Fox’s get the opportunity to take part in an enterprise project.
This year we challenged them to design a bag that was inspired by Somerset and create a delicious sausage recipe.
Both the projects were generously sponsored by local businesses with the proprietors giving up their time to judge the winners, this was a tough task!
After much deliberation the winning sausage accolade was awarded to Anya Fear. Malcolm Pyne from Pynes award winning butchers said “it was an all-round success full of flavour and the perfect texture too!”
The Somerset inspired bag award was snapped up by Billy Jackman with his theme of lush green fields and the iconic wicker man. Catherine from Ginger Fig said she was especially drawn to this image as it very much said Somerset to her!
Both the sausage and the bag will be available to purchase in the respective businesses. Bishops Fox’s would like to thank these local entrepreneurs for their support in this fantastic experience for the students!!
Steve Summerill, Deputy Head, added ‘it is important part of a school’s curriculum to develop enterprise skills with students – these real life scenarios allow the students to develop these skills in partnership with our local community’.
Pictured – Malcomb Pyne and winning students
Pictured – Steve Summerill with winning bag students
Bishop Fox’s students entertained the residents at Calway House with Christmas carols and songs. The Choir performed a range of Christmas songs and lead a number favourite carols which the residents joined in. Steve Summerill, Deputy Head who organised the event said ‘we are delighted to support our local community, it is important for students to give something back to the community’. One resident spoke on behalf of the audience as the end of the concert saying ‘you will not know how much this means to us all, it has made our Christmas’
Students and staff at Bishop Fox’s school have had a spooktacular start of term making and performing an immersive Theatre event, with this year’s Scary School Tours: The Zombie Apocalypse.
The sell-out event (Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November)was a huge hit, with audiences touring school in an interactive zombie chase where they went in search of codes and antidotes to save the day and stop the zombie outbreak!
Inspired by a number of sources, including Punchdrunk Theatre, Banksy’s Dismaland and Escape Room, Head of Drama Selina Keedwell expressed how proud she was of the student’s approach to the whole event:
“The students have been amazing – making their own costumes, applying Special FX make-up techniques and designing their own performance spaces, characters and scripts. 70+ students performed 13 times each night, with tours going every 10 minutes. We are very proud of the professional approach they took. It’s been a joy to work with such a brilliant cast and crew.”
A special thanks goes to ISPS Production Services for their technical support.
On Wednesday 12 October, Bishop Fox’s music department took their Year 7 students on the annual trip to see the Lion King in London’s West End.
Students took part in vocal workshops at London’s famous Pineapple studios which was hosted by members of the cast.
During the day students also had a sightseeing tour and some time exploring Covent Garden. The day gives students an opportunity not only to experience London but to experience live music performances in a professional setting.
Deputy Head, Stephen Summerill said ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience London’s West end , not only do the students watch the show but also develop an understanding of the demands of the performers, the students undertake a workshop with performers from the Lion King and learn a song and dance routines form the show at Pineapple studios’