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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.


Christmas Fayre 2016

xmasbannerCome and join us to celebrate Christmas and raise awareness for the homeless at Christmas.

At Bishop Stopford’s School, Brick lane, EN1 3PU
9th Dec 2016 3.30pm-7pm


Craft stalls, Santa Grotto, face painting, activities, raffle, refreshments & food available

E-Safety Parent Information Evening

esfetyiconDear Parent/Guardian,

I am writing to invite you to our E-safety Parent information evening on Tuesday 6th of December at 6.00pm, which will last no longer than an hour.

In the digital age in which we live, there are many ways that young people can communicate with other people. This session is a ‘must’ for all those who are concerned about the safety of their children when using technology.

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PrintI would like to invite you to the evening for parents of students in Year 7 which will be held on:

WEDNESDAY 23rd November 2016
in the Main Hall from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

I would like to invite you attend the Parents’ Evening for Year 7 students.  This is an excellent opportunity for all parents and guardians to come along and meet the members of staff who have been teaching your children. For this evening, we are using an online appointment system which will give you the chance to make a 5 minute appointment with each of your child’s subject teachers to discuss progress and achievement.

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GCSE Exam Results 2016

20160825_093800Students at Bishop Stopford’s School make good progress under new government measures. Congratulations to all the students who have just received their exam results. Mrs Day would like to thank the students, parents and teachers who have all worked very hard in delivering these results. The students were committed and focused throughout the exam period and this has paid off with terrific outcomes with some of our best students getting A*/A grades across the board.

We look forward to this year and the exciting new specifications for many A level and GCSE courses. No doubt our students will once again commit to their studies with enthusiasm and determination and far exceed every expectation.

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Sixth Form are launching a book club !

PrintDear colleagues,

The Sixth Form are launching a book club to which staff are invited.

The first book will be ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. If you’d like to take part please read the book and we will have a discussion group in the new library 4 weeks into the next half term – around about 25th November. Please let me know if you are taking part so that I have an idea of numbers.

Many thanks, Rob Smith.


Geography Trip to Canary Wharf

1Last week, ten lucky Year 8 students who are part of the Geography ‘Water Explorer’ Club, were invited to visit HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf. Chosen from 500 teams from across the country; Tylan, Zayn, Reilly, Savvas, Antonio, Alexander, Anna, Rachael, Rianna and Pilar competed at the National Celebration Event.



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Pineapple Punch Festival

image0024Dear all,
Please find below the information for Saturday’s Black History Month event at the Dugdale centre, in Enfield.
Please invite your friends and family to the day. There is information on the tickets and how to get a discount below.
Our Choir will be performing between 12.30 and 13.00pm.
If any member staff is available to assist Judith between 11.45 and 13,00pm please can you let me know asap.

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DT Challenge Day

5Year 9’s worked in Design Technology to produce a wall display for the canteen. The display is a reproduction of The Eatwell Guide which represents the government’s recommendation on healthy eating and achieving a balanced diet.
Students worked industriously, applying their skills and knowledge of textiles, graphics and resistant materials to produce colourful and creative food items.


Art Challenge Day

3.jpgThis year 11 year 9’s will be repainting the
Art Foyer and transform into exhibition space.

The Challenge

Stage 1 – Preparation – Removing existing display and Preparing walls  (Day 1)
Stage 2 -Painting Art Foyer (Day 1 and Day 2)
Stage 3- Art Exhibition -Organizing and displaying work in Art Foyer (Day 2)​

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Science Challenge Day

Students had to design a streamlined rocket that was able to launch an egg and return it to earth unbroken.  This was a fun, but very wet challenge enjoyed by all..  Students had to design a NASA style logo for their rocket and stick to a budget when designing their finished article,.  Students completed a project brief illustrating why they chose certain features of their rocket.

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The School Foundation Service 2016

117On Thursday 7th July Bishop Rob, the Bishop Edmonton, visited us to celebrate the school’s Foundation.  The service saw the presentation of the school scrolls, by the newly appointed prefects and Bishop Rob preached about the importance of values and community. It was a fantastic occasion with the pupil worship group leading all the singing, the School Choir performing under the leadership of Karen Gibson and the steel pan group playing the processional music. Prayers were offered by the Year 7 students for the Stopfordian family and benefactors of the school as the school moves into its 49th year.

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Enfield Clergy Chapter Meeting

On Tuesday 5th July Bishop Stopford’s hosted the Enfield Clergy Chapter meeting. Pupils from Year 7 meet with the clergy and hosted Morning Prayer in the school chapel. .
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The meeting marked the end of Rev Richard James’ and Rev Chris Mitchell’s term as Area Deans. They will be succeeded by Rev Stuart Owen