End of Term Letter

Dear Families,
As we draw to the end of our academic year, I would like to thank the students, parents and staff for what has been another incredibly successful year for Bishop Stopford’s School.
This year we have been reviewing our vision and values to ensure that they enable the school to provide the best possible provision and give the students the best possible grounding for a successful future. The vision seeks to encompass our desire for success, our core values and our underlying Christian Ethos, whilst retaining our strong sense of belonging and family. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share the vision with you now that this have been ratified by Governors.

What we offer
In keeping with our school vision, the school aims to provide all children with an education that is ambitious, inclusive and engaging for all learners. Our school curriculum is reviewed regularly to ensure that it offers all of our students a broad and diverse range of knowledge and equips them for their future success and life in the wider world. We have invested considerable time in the subjects that we offer to ensure that all of our children are able to follow a wider selection of courses than ever before, throughout KS3, 4 and 5. We strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to pursue the future of their choice and we are very proud of the diverse curriculum available to our students. We continue to offer a tailored academic and vocational curriculum in school and in our 6th form and have extended this further through the establishment of partnerships with local businesses and through qualifications in engineering.
Student learning experiences are further strengthened outside of the classroom through the extensive extra-curricular activities that we offer.

Believe, Strive, Succeed
Our vision is to provide an outstanding, inclusive and aspirational education for all our children. We believe that everyone in our community is capable of achieving beyond their expectations by living each day in all its fullness; spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and morally. We are underpinned by deep rooted values of respect, consideration, loyalty, responsibility and success.
1 Corinthians 12:12 ‘the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body’

The Apple Project
Bishop Stopford’s is a forward thinking school that seeks out opportunities to enhance Teaching and Learning. Research shows that it is not digital hardware itself that brings about improvement, but the long term strategy of how digital technologies are used in the classroom, that facilitates progress. Therefore, since November 2018, I have been in conversation with Apple developing a revolutionary one-to-one iPad project, one of the first for comprehensive secondary schools in London. The project focuses not only on how teachers can utilise technologies to improve their practice, but also how learners utilise hardware to enhance their learning. In the first instance this will be a pilot with year seven and is a project designed to further:- (br)

• enhance Teaching and Learning
• develop student skills in independent learning
• prepare and equip students for future success and life in the wider, technological world
• ensure equity of access to high quality digital technology and learning.
In both the short and long term, the Apple Project will support us in our ongoing strive for excellence in all that we do.
Year 11, 12 & 13 Exams
This has been a busy year for all of our school community, especially our Year 11, 12 and 13 students, who recently sat their final examinations. We were all immensely proud of the hard work and dedication that all of our GCSE and 6th form students showed throughout the examination period. Their focus and commitment at such a crucial and busy time was a credit to them all. We wish all of our Year 11, 12 and 13 students every success as they continue their educational journey through Sixth form, college and beyond. May they flourish in all that they do.(br)

Local Authority Review
On Thursday, 27th June, we had a Local Authority Review of the School. The review was very successful and gave us a clear indication of the positive impact our new vision is already having on our community. The reviewer said that, “Inclusivity and achievement for all are the key messages of the vision statement and therefore explicitly reference and celebrate the diverse nature of the school’s intake.” They also said, “There is a positive appreciation of difference and a striving to ensure all students feel empowered to ‘choose their future’”.(br)

The review team confirmed a key strength of the school is the promotion of, ‘excellent behaviour’. Inclusivity, as a key component of the school’s positive behaviour strategy, was tested in lessons. They commented that students, `embrace the rules of social interaction that are skilfully modelled by all adults’. During break and lunch times students were, ‘very orderly and mature’ and that at such times behaviour was ‘impressive’.(br)

During the review a variety of lessons were observed and found that in the best lessons, learning was collaborative. In lessons the teachers’ ability to engage and enthuse through exploratory and interactive learning was praised. One reviewer described what she saw in the classrooms as ‘”lovely- caring, nurturing, positive and safe”.(br)

To conclude, the lead reviewer summarised our school as, “an inclusive school with ambition and capacity”; a wonderful embodiment of all that we strive to achieve.

Working with You
In our drive for continuous improvements and building upon our very positive review, we are keen to work closely with parents of students of all ages in school. Your opinion and your involvement in our school is central to our success. I would like to remind you that there is a regular Headteacher’s surgery once a fortnight, new dates will be advertised on the website in September. The surgeries are an opportunity for you to come into school to share your thoughts and ideas directly. In September we will be recruiting to our Parent’s Association so please look out for details of how to apply on the website. Through collaboration, we can further enhance our ongoing development as a thriving school. I welcome working with you next year.
Please take the time to read our attached newsletter which outlines just a few of the exciting events that our students have participated in over the last term and finally note the following arrangements for the end of term and the beginning of the next academic year.
End of Term and Arrangements for July 2019
The last day of term will be Friday 19th July 2019. Following whole school assemblies all students will be dismissed from school by 12.30pm.(br)

Beginning of Term Arrangements for September 2019
Please note that our New Year 7 students will start the Autumn Term on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 along with our New Year 12 students. This will be an induction day for those groups and will start at 8.30am.
All remaining students (Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13) return to school on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at the normal time of 8.30am.(br)

Further details of the school calendar will be available on the school’s website.
Once again, a huge thank you to all of our students, staff and parents for their support and continued efforts throughout this year. Wishing you all a very restful summer and looking forward to welcoming our students back to school for the exciting year ahead.
Warmest wishes.

Mrs T Day