Author Archives: Bishop Stopfords

Mr Woods’ end of term letter to parents

BSSpostlogoDear Parents / Carers
I would like to wish you all a happy, blessed and Holy Easter. The term has sped by as usual and we are now in our last day in school.  I have just spoken to our Year 11 students in assembly to wish them well in their Easter revision.  Many of them will be in school over the next two weeks for additional lessons, consolidating learning or revising.  I’m sure you will encourage your child, if in year 11, to attend every one of these sessions.

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Brian Pickard

Brian PickardWe are sad to announce that the school’s former Head Teacher, Brian Pickard, passed away on Thursday 26th November. Mr Pickard was appointed as Deputy Head Master in 1977, and taught languages. He was appointed Head Master in 1988 upon the retirement of Dr Roberts. In his time he  oversaw many developments in the life of the school including the opening of the Jubilee Wing (the Science Block) which was opened in 1995. He retired in 2001, but was a regular visitor to the school, most recently being with us for Speech day 2014.  His portrait hangs in the school hall as a mark of his dedication and service to the Stopfordian family. Mr Pickard and his family will be remembered in our school prayers. May he rest in peace.



Ben Calverley

BenIt is with deepest sadness that we announce the death of our school Business Manager Ben Calverley. Ben passed away peacefully last Thursday night.

Ben joined the Stopfordian family in 2010 and has played an instrumental role in the re-branding of the school.

He worked closely with all the staff and was well known for his caring and thoughtful way of detailing with all situations he encountered.

As the Stopfordian Business Manager he always had the interests of the pupils close to his heart and was seen daily in the canteen and playground in conversation with the pupils.

Ben’s passing will be explained to the pupils in their assemblies this week and a candle will burn alongside a picture of Ben in the school chapel. All Stopfordian’s will have the opportunity to visit the chapel to reflect on Ben.

We ask that you remember Ben, his wife and sons in your prayers.

May he rest in peace.​

School closure arrangements 19th October 2015

A Level Results Day 2015

IMG_1916There were many happy smiling Sixth Form students in school on Thursday 13th August as they received their A Level  and Btec results. Some notable success stories were Elendra Stafford-Williams who achieved A*AA in Maths, Chemistry and Physics; Natasha Morgan-Springer, who gained A*BB in Sociology, English Literature and History and Nonso Efobi who achieved ABC in Maths, Chemistry and Physics. Many of our Year 13 students woke up this morning to text messages informing them that they had offers from their firm or insurance choice universities.

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Thank You…

Ms Eggleton would like to thank Gabriel, Precious, Michelle, Courtney, Jessica, Trishna, Tamia, Nnenna, Faith, Joanna, Hannah, Tolu, Ciwendum, Kirsty, Reanne, Abi and Billie-Jo for being such busy and productive writers. Next year, video girls!!! (And Gabriel)

Solar Eclipse Due Tomorrow

By: Precious

NASA has reported to BBC News that tomorrow Europe is going to experience a total solar eclipse between 8 and 10 am.

Today, I interviewed Michelle and she said: ‘I am terrified, especially because the whole school is going to go very dark, but it is going to be a truly memorable event because it is going to be my first time actually experiencing it, so I am very excited!’

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Feminism- what is it in the 21st century? We recently celebrated International Women’s Day which reminds us of the journey we’ve made so far in the fight for gender equality. We have come a long way when it comes to women’s rights and it seems the ideology of feminism is becoming mainstream. Whether it’s the popular song by Beyoncé or Twitter having plenty to say; you are sure to come across it nowadays.

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Who Influences You Online

With internet safety week upon us, expectations for the internet community are very high to uphold. Online is meant to be a place of socialising and gaining information. As technology evolves, so have we on what we do on the internet. Now most, if not all of the internet has an element of sharing, and almost nothing is off limits to what we share. Social media has the power to change perspectives, thoughts and opinions. But does it have the power to influence you?

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Future Classics

A survey on three year 8 classes I found that the most anticipated album for this year is Kendrick Lamar- ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’. Drake was a close second. Trey Songz was not one of the most popular but he was put on the list by popular demand. This is because of his smooth tone and his lyrics which normally revolve around the idea of love. The reason that people liked Drake is because people like his repetitive choruses and is slightly sadistic sense of humour. Drake is very truthful to himself as most of his songs are about changes in his personality or issues about himself. Drake also showed his influences in the song Wu-tang forever because he was able to relate his love life to the acclaimed wu-tang clan. This shows that Drake has a good taste in music because the Wu-tang clan were named recently as the best rap group of all time.

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