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Candle Light Concert

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Candle Light Concert

Wednesday 18th Jan 2017
6.30pm sharp (Main hall)
Entry £3 Includes light refreshments

Performances include Year 11 string quartet compositions
& year 11 instrumental performances

Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone.’

pic5On Tuesday 20th December the school hall was crammed full of students and parents for the school carol service. There were some excellent readings by the students and fantastic singing by the Worship Group and the School Choir. The service ended with a celebration of light with ‘glow sticks’ to mark the words from John Ch1. ‘Everything that was created received its life from him, and his life gave light to everyone.’

Peace on earth. Good will to all men

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-11-50-57To mark the end of term the entire Stopfordian family met together in the Sports Hall. Mrs Day and Mr Seabrook led the assembly and focused on the words from the nativity story, ‘Peace on earth. Good will to all men.’ This was linked to our Stopfordian Ethos, there was reflection on the past term and time to look ahead.

End of term Letter from Headteacher, Mrs T. Day

13Dear Families,

As the term draws to a close, I would like to thank you for your support in all the work the school has done with our students since September. The Year 11 pupils are about to undertake their mock exams and our Year 7s are now very much part of the Stopfordian Family.

This year sees the launch of the School’s first Christmas Fete on the 9th December. This event is being run and organised by our Sixth Form students on behalf of the homeless charity Crisis. Students, parents, family and friends are welcome to attend this event from 3.30pm-7pm. As a result, the inset day planned for Friday, 9th of December, will be moved to Monday, 12th December. The School will therefore be closed to students on this day.
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School Choir

The school choir have been getting into the festival mood and were invited to open the Enfield Christmas Market on Thursday 15th December, singing festive music under the bandstand in Enfield town centre. They also have performed at Sainsbury’s on the Great Cambridge Road and played a key role in the school carol service. Continue reading to see the photos Continue reading

Christmas Fayre

On Friday 9th December the first Bishop Stopford’s Christmas Fayre was a tremendous success. Organised and run by the Year 13 prefect team the event attracted many outside businesses as well as staff and pupil run stalls. Father Christmas was in a generous mood and over £600 was raised for the charity Crisis and the Enfield Food Bank. A BIG thank you to everyone who supported the event, we’re already looking forward to next year’s fayre already.
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Year 10 and 11 BTEC Business (Edexcel)

Topics covered during Year 10 BTEC Business include:


Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World

  • Finding information
  • Factors to consider in the current business environment
  • Trends affecting business
  • Size of business and type
  • How business ideas can be successful
  • Business ideas
  • Assessing the suitability of a business idea
  • Producing an initial plan for a business idea
  • Choice of business format
  • Sources of help and support in developing a new business
  • Business model

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Year 13 BTEC Business – Level 3 (Edexcel) This year only

The BTEC Business courses is worth 1, 2 or 3 A-Levels depending on whether it is taken as a single, double or triple option. The single option would be 6 units of coursework, the double option would be 12 units of coursework and the triple option would be 18 units of coursework. It has been designed to give students a ‘hands on’ and practical approach to learning Business Studies. The course is assessed through 100% coursework.

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Year 12 and Year 13 Economics (AQA)

The Economic A-Level course is designed to equip students with a knowledge and appreciation of one of the most relevant topics in society today – The Economy; what is going on, why has it happened and when will things improve.

Economics is 100% exam assessed and consists of two exams at the end of Year 12 if students wish to only acquire an AS qualification, or three exams at the end of Year 13 if students wish to acquire an A-Level qualification.

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Head of Social Sciences

Ms N Cooper

Sociology is the ‘study of society’ and it is a very popular GCSE and A Level at the school. The term ‘society’ refers to the world around you, your community, your country, and all the different people and groups that exist, with their different cultures, beliefs, values, languages, religions etc.

It gives students the chance to study and understand why things are the way they are, and why people behave in certain ways.  Examples of issues that students look at include: Why do some people commit crime? Why do girls do much better at school than boys? Why are we seeing an increase in divorce and a decrease in people getting married? Why is there so much inequality and poverty in the country?

Sociology gives students with an interest in social issues, social justice and current affairs the opportunity to gain a valuable understanding and insight into how society works and how the structures and processes in society, inevitably shape who we are, how we behave and many other aspects of our lives and life chances.  Students develop an understanding of how individuals, groups, institutions and societies are interdependent; the way in which they cooperate and conflict with each other, and the potential causes for the social differences between individuals.  Students are encouraged to think critically and analytically, and to make informed judgements and arguments based on evidence and theories.  Students are asked to reflect on their own experiences of the world in which they live and to develop an increased awareness and understanding of the world they live in and role they play in it.


GCSE Sociology (Years 10 and 11) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)

Sociology (4190)

At GCSE, students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and issues within sociology. It provides students will an excellent foundation of sociological knowledge which they can then build on at A Level and beyond if they chose to continue with the subject.

The topics that students cover at GCSE are:

Year 10

  • Introduction to Sociology / What is society? And Research Methods
  • Family
  • Education

Year 11

  • Media
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social inequality and poverty

This subject suits students that enjoy English and written based subjects. The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and writing is essential. An interest in current issues and an ability to discuss these and consider other viewpoints is also beneficial.

Students will take 2 papers at the end of year 11, 1.5 hours each.

Revision Guides available in resources section


Results GCSE 2016 96% A*-C, 56% A*/A. Progress * +0.9

A Level Sociology (Years 12 and 13) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)


Students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within sociology.  It provides students with a strong base of sociological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study sociology at university.

The topics that students cover at A level are

  • Family
  • Education and Research methods
  • Religion
  • Crime and deviance with Sociology theory and Methods

The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and assimilating information is essential, as well as being able to express their ideas and communicate well in writing.  Students will be expected to have an interest in current issues and be willing to discuss these. They will be taught to think critically and analytically.

Currently students are examined at the end of year 13- 3 Papers 2 hours each.

Department Staff
Ms Cooper
Mr Scott


Useful Websites and Resources

Course textbooks: ‘AQA A level Sociology Book one by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc

‘AQA A level Sociology Book two by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc

GCSE Revision book – GCSE Sociology for AQA: Revision Guide and Exam Practice Workbook (Collins GCSE Revision) by Pauline Wilson (Author)


Mass Media Revision Guide



All year 7, 8 and 9 students have regular Citizenship lessons at Bishop Stopford’s School.

Citizenship is the study of world issues which affect the lives of students at Bishop Stopford’s School.  Students are involved in investigating these issues and understanding how they affect them and what they can do as individuals and a part of society to change things.  The Citizenship curriculum explores areas such as how we make the law, our place within the economy, an understanding of the political and legal system and the development of democratic government , careers choices, human rights and the precious liberties enjoyed by citizens of the UK and how we all relate to the rest of the world. There is also a focus on tolerance, British values, communities and how we all live together, our similarities and differences.  The aim of the citizenship curriculum is to help our students to understand and play a part in the world locally, nationally and internationally and to be equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions.

The Citizenship Department supports students to be:

  •  Aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens
  •  Informed about the social and political world
  •  Concerned about the welfare of others
  •  Articulate in their opinions and arguments
  •  Capable of having an influence on the world
  •  Active in their communities
  •  Responsible in how they act as citizens.


Citizenship lessons are based on issues that are:

  • real: learning about people’s lives
  • topical: current
  • sensitive: how issues can affect people at a personal level
  • controversial: issues which people disagree and hold strong opinions about them
  • moral: issues which relate to what people think is right or wrong, important or unimportant in society


Citizenship lessons also cover aspects of PSHE which covers a wide range of topics including risk, relationships, diversity, healthy lifestyles, change, and financial capability. Depending on which year group they are in Pupils may also attend whole year group presentations on Bullying, Road Safety, SRE and Puberty during the year.

Our aim is to promote the happiness and well-being of our pupils. Our goal is to encourage in pupils sufficient understanding to develop as rounded, fulfilled individuals and as responsible citizens. Our programme is varied and sensitive to changing social pressures and individual needs.


Citizenship lessons also cover aspects of careers education which covers a wide range of topics including thinking skills, decision making, research into different career possibilities and guidance in year 9 option choices. Year 10 and 11 both participate in Work the Change days in order to help them make informed decisions about their futures.

In Year 9, citizenship is taught once a week.

In year 7 and 8 Citizenship is taught once a fortnight

Citizenship in year 10-13.

Tutor groups discuss and explore a wide range of topics related to news items and current affairs.  All year 10 and 11 students study RE GCSE in which ethical and global issues are discussed.

Developing pupils as leaders and student voice

Leadership skills are developed from year 7 upwards. Pupil participation and involvement in school decision-making are encouraged through student council and through a system of prefects which contributes strongly to pupils’ personal and social development.

Students higher up the school are encouraged to mentor young pupils both academically and pastorally.