Category Archives: Bishop Stopford’s School

Our mission statement: Bishop Stopford’s is a Church of England school open to all students. Our mission is to provide first rate teaching, learning and extra-curricular activities within a caring and supportive Christian environment. We are extremely proud of our students and our successes and achievements in recent years. Bishop Stopford’s School aims in all branches of its life and in all its endeavours to imitate the example of Our Lord Jesus Christ in His teaching, His encouragement of others, His foundation of community life and His compassion for those in need.

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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Career Carousel 2015

_MG_2798The year 9 students are currently preparing to choose their options.Prior to their options evening on the 29th of January 2015, the students participated in a Careers Carousel where they each had an opportunity to meet at least three interesting professionals from different careers who shared their work life experiences and to spend time discussing career options with each of them. There were professionals from areas including the police, electrical, healthcare, law, engineering, art, music, hospitality management and catering and sports to name a few.

The event was a highly successful and enjoyed by not only the students but the volunteers as well.

Have a look at the photos from todays Career Carousel 2015

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BHM Rosa Parks Play

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African-American civil rights activist, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.[1] Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in both California and Ohio.

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and the members of the Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.[2][3]

Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation. She organized and collaborated with civil rights leaders, including Edgar Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP; and Martin Luther King, Jr., a new minister in town who gained national prominence in the civil rights movement.


Work the Change Day

On Friday 23rd October all Year 10 pupils will be working on a ‘Work the Change Day’. This is part of their careers education and will be focused on looking at the skills that will be beneficial post school. Eg What Employers want? Time management and team work. At the day will enable all students to prepare for work by setting personal goals and constructing a CV. The day will be led by ambassadors from Peace Child International. Peace Child empowers young people to inform themselves, take action and be the change they want to see in the world.

For more information please see Mrs Tagaully

MAcMillan Fundraising Event

On Friday we raised a grand total of £207.48p. This Morning Ross Gallacher came to 9L form time with a further £50.00 making this a total of £257.48p.
If anyone wishes to donate please see Oona Dennis asap.
Many thanks for all your help and support during this event.
Please tell the students how well we did as a school.

Cheers Ross!
Kind regards,
Keely and 9L