End of year

Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the end of another busy year I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given both to your son/daughter and the school.

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In the last few weeks and throughout the year, our students have taken part in various educational visits to the National Gallery, the British Museum and RWiSDA (Rudolph Walker inter-School Drama Awards), where our students were runners up overall, with one of our Year 10 students achieving  the Best Actor Award. Year 7 were fortunate to receive a visit from ‘Compassion in World Farming’ to complement their experience at a working dairy farm and Year 8 embarked on a two day visit to the Migration Museum and Natural History Museum in London.  Our GCSE and A level students also paid a visit to the Royal Geographical Society, which was a great success. 

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The Sixth Form have enjoyed a busy and successful year.  A number of Year 12 students were the first in our school to complete the A level Extended Qualification Project, with some of them achieving A and A* grades in their dissertations and presentations.  They also visited Newnham College, Cambridge, to learn how to use an academic library for research; a PiXL Higher Education Conference and all members of Year 12 spent the day at the UCAS Higher Education conference at the Excel Centre, London. Recently, over fifty members of Year 12 spent the day at the University of Buckinghamshire’s open day.

On the sporting front, the Year 10 boys’ basketball team became the Enfield Champions for the third year running. Year 10 boys’ football team reached the Borough finals and the Year 8 girls finished 2nd place at the Girls Borough Athletics.

The school gospel choir continues to go from strength to strength, representing the school throughout the year at various events, including a performance at the prestigious Pater Noster Square, St Paul’s Cathedral.

At the beginning of July, the School celebrated its 49th year since its Foundation.  As with tradition, the School scrolls and camomile were presented by students during mass with Father Stephen Gallagher, the vicar of St Peter and St Paul, Enfield Lock; to celebrate this important day.  We will come together again on Saturday, 21st October 2017 to celebrate the School’s Golden Jubilee and welcome all our parents/carers and past Stopfordians to this open day.  Please see the website for details on how to obtain tickets.

Our exam students have worked extremely hard and we are look forward to another successful year.  Results day for our Year 13 and BTEC students is on 17thAugust, and our Year 11 students GCSE results are on 24th August.  We wish them every success!

When school returns in September, arrangements are:

Monday, 4thSeptember:                              Staff INSET day – School closed to students.

 Tuesday, 5thSeptember:                Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day 

 Wednesday, 6th September:                       All Year groups (Year 7 -13) attend school as normal

                                                                           8.30am start.

The full school calendar outlining the events of the year including parents’ evenings, term dates and whole school activities will be distributed to all students when they return in September.  Alternatively, this information can be accessed now via the school website at http://www.bishopstopfords.enfield.sch.uk/

Finally, our students never cease to amaze me with their generosity of spirit and Christian ethos, and this year has been no exception and is evident in their support of the recent Grenfell tragedy and the Christmas Fayre, which raised over £6,000 for Crisis.  Thank you to all our students.

Overall, this year has been very rewarding for both teachers and students, but we could not achieve all we do without your support, for which I am truly grateful. I wish all of our Stopfordian family a pleasant summer and look forward to our students continued success when they return in September, ready for another exciting and productive academic year.

Yours sincerely

Mrs T Day
Headteacher