Year 7 students have spent the week at Okehampton as part of their transition from Primary to Secondary School. The aim during the residential is Team building, developing existing and emerging friendships. For some students it is the first time they have been away from home for a period of time.
“Students have been excellent! All have thoroughly enjoyed the activities on offer. Gorge scrambling seemed to be their favourite activity amongst Archery, Canoeing, High Ropes, Cycling and night walks on Dartmoor. It has been a pleasure to witness students helping one another, making sure all complete a particular challenge.” Mr Contreras, Head of Years 7 and 8.
Bishop Fox’s students were treated to an inspirational talk from ex student & Head Prefect, Holly Lawrence. Holly is now a world class triathlete (currently holding the Ironman World Championship 2016 title) and lives in California.
Deputy Headteacher, Ray Hennessy said “Holly’s visit was a wonderful opportunity for our students to understand how hard work, determination & clear ambition can help us achieve our dreams”. The students and staff of the school are immensely proud of Holly’s achievements and wish her well in the upcoming World Championships.
Year 7 Bishop Fox’s students attended a Freshers Fayre put on by the school staff to showcase the wide range of extra curricular activities offered to students. Activities include Dance, Drama, Music, Golf, Baking, Gardening and much more. All Year 7 student are encouraged to sign up for at least one extra curricular activity. The school believes participation in extra curricular helps produce a well-rounded student who excels both academically and socially.
An annual event in the Bishop Fox’s calendar is the Year 9 Somerset Enterprise Challenge with a range of schools competing from across the county.
This year’s challenge was to create a Christmas Promotional Campaign for the Holiday Inn, Taunton. The students needed to pitch their idea to a panel of judges; including The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Nigel Pearce, Nadine Ackland of TDBC and Emma Hughes from The Holiday Inn.
The student’s ideas were fantastic ranging from Luxury Spar weekends to An Evening of Local Produce. All of the presentations were commended by the judges Emma Hughes said she felt “The students had really captured the ethos of the hotel”
Bishop Fox’s, the winning team, took the trophy for the third time narrowly beating Preston School Yeovil to second place.
Students at Bishop Fox’s School were celebrating the completion of their Extended Study Programme. The more able students in yrs. 7, 8 and 9 were given the task of creating a project of their own design to work on outside of lessons throughout the year with only minimal help from a mentor. The standard of what was produced was extremely high and all students who reached the end of the programme were a credit to the school. It was hard to choose winners amongst the numerous exceptional projects but credit goes to Oliver Thomas- Bronze, Esme Knight and Isabel Bailey- Joint Silver and Hannah Price- Gold. A massive well done to all involved.
An annual event in the Bishop Fox’s calendar is the Year 5 Enterprise Challenge day.
This year’s challenge was to come up with a theme for Macmillan’s Dress up and Dance – an event held across the UK every June. The students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of Steve Summerill (Deputy Head), Nigel Pearce (President of Taunton Chamber of Commerce) and Jo Summerill (A Macmillan nurse).
The student’s ideas were fantastic, ranging from “What do you want to be when you grow up?” to “Superheroes”! The winning team – St Georges Primary School – were commended by the judges on their slick presentation and great promotional materials. Nigel Pearce said he was “Really impressed with the level of professionalism”.
Steve Summerill said “The aim of the day is to introduce the children to Bishop Fox’s in preparation for their progression at the end of Year 6. With the added bonus of gaining great enterprise skills and highlighting a great cause to boot”.
Year 9 & 10 students from Bishop Fox’s French Club visited St James Church School on Friday to undertake a variety of French workshops. Students from Years 1-6 learnt songs in French and were taught the colours by Bishop Fox’s students as well as playing some language games together. A great day was had by all with everyone having a fun language learning experience.
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”.