D of E achievement

Over 25 Bishop Fox’s students achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver award. Students were presented with their awards by Mr Summerill, Deputy Head of the school who said ‘I am incredibly proud of these students, the silver students completed their expedition in driving rain on Dartmoor and the Bronze students completed their expedition on Exmoor in searing heat. We believe the opportunity the school gives to the students to complete such aware is invaluable in creating well rounded decent young people form Bishop fox’s.’ Darren Contreras, HOY added ‘I completed the Gold award as a students and many of students will go on to do the same.’

Pictured: Bishop Fox’s students with their D of E awards

D of E

Taunton Schools Cross Country

24 of our students took part in the Taunton Schools cross country held at Kings School, running against students from other schools on an undulating and muddy course. The wind was bitterly cold, but our students did not disappointment.

The first race was the Year 7 race where they had to run 1500m, all the students did very well and finished with real determination but the star of the show was Gabriel Billington – where he finished 3rd. Cassey Allaway was the first Year 7 girl to finish, in 6th position.

The year 8s and 9s ran together where they had to run 2600m. The Ponter brothers stole the show where one finished right behind the other in a sprint finish. Sam was 2nd and Joe was 3rd. Potentially the next Brownlee brothers?! Special mention to Weronika Bak, the only girl in Year 9 to put her name down to run- she was fantastic!

In the Year 10/11 race we had Jonah Billington who started strong, Liam Phillips and Ben Sibley. They ran 4.5km, just under 3 miles. With Jonah being in Year 10, he ran a super race – he finished 14th overall. The unexpected performance of the day was Liam Phillips – he finished 3rd and Ben Sibley finished in the top 10.

Bin It Roadshow

Bishop Fox’s School provided the venue for the National Bin it Roadshow when it visited Somerset. Year 7 and 8 students took part in a interactive and dynamic roadshow looking at the dangers of rubbish and litter.

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head and organiser of the event said “Bishop Fox’s is set within a beautiful and fantastic site and and it is important to encourage students to not only treat the school environment with respect but the whole local area. We are very pleased to support the National anti-litter campaign.”

Pictured: Year 8 students, Mr Summerill, Local Councillor Mrs Herbert and the cast of the Bin it Roadshow.


The ‘Clever Fox’ Award

clever-foxStudents across all year groups are being given the opportunity to become a ‘Clever Fox’. We have fifty Clever Fox badges to give out, and to be in with a chance of winning one of them, students need to complete two challenges:

Challenge 1: Produce a piece of creative writing to be considered for Tales from the Fox, an anthology showcasing the writing talents of students and staff at Bishop Fox’s. This can be a piece of descriptive writing, short story or poem, up to a maximum of 1000 words on the theme of ESCAPE. Entries should be posted in the ‘Clever Fox Box’ in the CLC. Deadline: Thursday 20th October.

Challenge 2: Produce an excellent, up-to-date Reading Diary with a log of all the books you’ve read, along with pictures, photos, book reviews, biographies of your favourite authors etc etc. This can be in the form of a scrapbook, notebook or folder. Reading Diaries should be handed into your English teacher. Deadline: Friday 16th December.

Bishop Fox’s Year 7 Freshers Fayre

Year 7 students at Bishop Fox’s took part in a ‘Freshers Fayre’, a chance for them to view the wide variety of extra-curricular activities on offer at the school. Packed with stalls to promote both new and existing clubs, the Fayre was a showcase of the huge range of opportunities on offer from sports to music, science and languages, drama and dance, to baking and golf. There really was something for everyone.

The school believes strongly that these extra activities can have a really positive effect in terms of making new friends, learning new skills, working collaboratively and enriching school life outside the classroom. All of Year 7 are expected to commit to at least one activity, and at the Freshers Fayre students were able to visit the stalls, meet the staff and students involved, and sign up for their chosen clubs.


Remembrance photograph for the Think Amy charity

Students gathered on the school field for a remembrance photograph for the Think Amy charity. Wednesday 15th June marked the 5 year anniversary since the death of Bishop Fox’s student Amy Hofmeister. Amy was only 13 years old when a car lost control at 80mph and ploughed onto the pavement where Amy was cycling, killing her instantly.


Bishop Fox Y7 Rugby Area Champions

Bishop Fox Year 7 team won the area Rugby championship, not only did the A team become area champions but the B team were runners up. The A team were undefeated, while the B team lost just one match.

Andy Maloney, PE teacher said ‘In all the years I have been at the school this is the most talented group of Rugby players we have had’ Steve Summerill deputy Head added ‘We are rightly proud of the teams achievements, we are in place to dominate this age group for the next 5 years and look forward to becoming county camions in the future’

Pictured Year 7 Rugby Squad.


Bishop Fox’s Christmas Concert at St Marys

Over 100 musicians from Bishop Fox’s took part in a Christmas concert at St. Marys. This is a tradition of the school dating back many decades and it is still going strong now.

A choir of over 70 performed a range of traditional Christmas music with over 15 students performing solos. A staff choir also performed.

The school has a strong orchestra which is made up of students and teachers alike, they also performed a range of Christmas pieces and accompanied the audience.

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head said ‘The evening was a great success and highlighted the musical talent we have at the school, I was very proud of our students’

Pictured – students of Bishop fox’s – both Choir and orchestra

Okehampton Residential 2015

Year 7 students attended a residential as part of their induction programme of starting school at.  In all over 180 students attended the residential at Adventure Okehampton.  The students attended the residential with their tutor group and tutor  enabling the students to develop a strong bond with their tutor and tutor group.  Students took part in a wide range of outdoor activities such as Gorge Scrambling, Archery, Grass sledging, Mountain biking, High ropes and crate stacking and of course the night walk on Dartmoor. 

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