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”.
Pictured: The winning team with the judges.
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.
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.