Exam Success at Bishop Fox’s

Once again Bishop Fox’s School has delivered impressive examination results this year with many students achieving their potential in the ever-changing world of GCSEs.

Over 73% of students achieved a standard pass in English and 70% in maths, these grades being the new standard to support progress to post-16 study. Many other subjects delivered impressive outcomes with students achieving high proportions of A*-C pass rates, these include Biology 100%, Chemistry 100%, Physics 100%, Health and Social Care 100%, PE 95%, Drama 88%, Computer Science 87%, Media 84% and BTEC Sport 83%.

Headteacher, Kerry Tonkin offered congratulations to both staff and students adding that ‘This is an important landmark in young people’s lives and I am delighted that so many of our students have performed so well. This is further evidence of our continuous improvement and recognises the staff’s commitment and hard work to ensure that our students get the best possible outcomes’.

Whilst it is difficult to mention individuals, there are a number of students deserving a special mention for having recorded 8 or more GCSE results at A*/A (or equivalent grades 9, 8 and 7 in English or maths) Marceli Potocki, Abigail Bailey, Samuel Cunningham, George Hogben, Emily Robinson, Rachael Bailey, Natasha Carter, Joseph Uff, Emmy Chu, Siyu Huang, Joshua Talbot, Wojciech Toczydlowski and Alice Vernon.

I cannot thank my staff and Governors enough for their commitment to the school. We do, of course, wish all our students every success in their future career paths. They were a delightful year group who were a pleasure to work with over the last 5 years and we hope that the have many fond memories of their time at Bishop Fox’s.

Extended Studies

Students at Bishop Fox’s School were celebrating the completion of their Extended Study Programme where the more able students in years 7, 8 and 9 had been given the task of creating a project of their own design to work on outside of lessons.

Students had to show real resilience to continue working independently throughout the year with only minimal help from a mentor to guide them in gaining a raft of new knowledge. Students studied a wide range of different topics with project titles such as Working with Wood, Existential Risk, Architecture and Medieval Weaponry. Their projects were displayed brilliantly in the school hall for staff, students, family and guests and everyone was in awe of all the work that had gone into these projects.

Guest speaker for the evening, Alexander Waugh, who is an author and academic, was stunned by the quality of work on show and paid massive complements to the students involved.

Programme co-ordinator Max Gosden: “I had high expectations for these students but I was still blown away by the incredibly detailed and varied projects which were produced. Students not only presented them successfully but engaged with students and adults who were viewing their projects very eloquently. They excelled themselves as role models to other students and ambassadors for the school. The brave students who presented to our theatre audience as part of the formal evening were brilliant and I was proud to be involved with the programme.”

Jack Leach

Somerset and England Cricketer, Jack Leach, returned to his former school Bishop Fox’s on Tuesday.

Jack did Question and Answer sessions with all year groups across the school – inspiring the next generation.

Jack said that Bishop Fox’s enabled him to be prepared for the challenges of professional sport and lives by the motto ‘there is no substitute for hard work’.

Headteacher, Kerry Tonkin, has been promoting the power of alumni (former students) in assemblies throughout the year and said “Jack is a great ambassador for the school and has been an inspirational speaker for many students and staff in our school community. I am very proud of Jacks achievements on the cricket field but I am also equally impressed with the positive way he presented himself. Confident and charming are traits that I encourage in Fox’s students and such positive role modelling is important”.

Bishop Fox’s trip to France

47 Bishop Fox’s students from Years 7, 8 and 9 visited Northern France, staying in Chateau d’Ebblinghem and visiting the local area of Nord Pas de Calais.  Students were able to try some French cuisine during the visits to a local boulangerie, Becasuc sweet factory, La Halte d’Autrefois goat farm, St Omer market and snails at the Chateau.  Cultural excursions to a WW1 cemetery and La Coupole WW2 visitor centre were balanced with a day in France’s most original theme park, Parc Asterix – a great time was had by all!

Students Awarded Prestigious Bursary Award

2 Year 11 Bishop Fox’s students have won prestigious Bursary Awards from Taunton Chamber of Commerce.

Jack Pountney and Lavinia-Mae Puddy were presented the award by Nigel Pearce, the president of Taunton Chamber of Commerce.

Jack and Lavinia achieved the award for their resilient, positive and enthusiastic approach to Business and Enterprise.

Both students were awarded a certificate and a cash Bursary.

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head said ‘I am very proud of our students, they show a positive attitude can go a long way’

Pictured: Bishop Fox’s students, Mr Summerill and representatives from Taunton Chamber of Commerce.

Bishop Fox’s hit the Slopes

For most, half term was an opportunity to rewind and relax- but for 23 Bishop Fox’s students it was a chance to be daring, brave and win Olympic Bronze (at least in their heads at least). For those 23 students had the opportunity to hit the alpine slopes of Zell am See, Austria where they could snowboard, ski and race each other down the hill to within the last second of the race. The first morning was a perfect day- and whilst some struggled at first to embrace their boots and boards- the fresh hit of fallen snow helped to embrace any rogue falls. If skiing on the snow wasn’t exciting enough our Taunton Winter Olympic Team even tried their hand at skiing on a glacier; despite a temp of -17.50C the views across the top was breath-taking!

For the teachers it was rewarding to see the progress made by each student during their 6 days skiing- from hitting the nursery slope in the early week to accomplishing a mountain red run towards the end. Instructors even noted that the group were “one of the most well-mannered and polite English School Groups we have ever taught”. It was without a doubt a highly action packed and exciting week, and whilst for students and teachers a like sleep is still needed, it has given 23 students an experience like no other. Watch out Team GB, Bishop Fox’s is on their way to Winter Olympic Medal Position!

Bishop Fox’s Award for NCS

Bishop Fox’s school have been awarded a prestigious award from The National Citizenship Services (NCS) for their partnership work and commitment to NCS.

Bishop Fox’s have had over 100 students participate in the scalene over the last 2 years – the most in the region.

Year 11 students participate in a 2 week programme after their exams; 1 week of outward bound activities on a residential and 1 week of community action in Taunton.

The aim is to develop and promote good citizenship in young people.

Steve Summerill, Deputy Head, who was presented with the award said ‘I am delighted that Bishop Fox’s has been recognised for the hard work of our students. We believe that students leaving Fox’s should be well rounded, with excellent examination results, combined with the softer interpersonal skills promoted by NCS. Well done to all of our students involved’.

Pictured: Bishop Fox’s students, Steve Summerill and NCS co-ordinators. Date 12/01/18.

Scary School Tours

Fox’s was filled with fright and terror last week as students and staff took part in this year’s Scary School Tours. Bishop Fox’s Centre for the Deranged saw zombie’s being rehabilitated in various departments around the school – from the mad professor’s brain extraction in the Science lab to the creepy clowns creative class in the courtyard. Audiences were heard screaming through the corridors as the cast skilfully took them through the terrifying tour – a site specific, promenade performance like not other!

Head of Drama, Ms. Keedwell was impressed with the standards of the students this year saying: ‘Fox’s students are just fab! In very little time, they have managed to create work of an incredibly high standard. Tickets sold out both nights and audiences thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A truly collaborative event that celebrated Drama and Production in the school. A massive thanks to the brilliant students and staff that allow us to run such a fun event. Plans for next year are already in fully swing!’

Bishop Fox’s Students trip to Okehampton

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.

Holly Lawrence – 25/09/17

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.