11 April 2019
St Pauls Church - Car Parking Permit
From this Easter, vehicle access and parking at St Paul’s Church, on a Monday to Friday during term time, between 8:15 and 9:00am and between 2:45 and 3:30 pm will only be available for those with Car Park Permits issued by St Paul’s Childcare Services and on a day when their children are attending St Paul’s Childcare Services.
Despite regular requests for the parents of schoolchildren not to use St Paul's Church drive to drop off their children or park their car, the problem of serious congestion has persisted. This has meant that legitimate users of the car park (ie those taking young children to and from the nursery, Childcare staff, and church service attendees) have been unable to park their cars.
In addition the huge number of vehicle movements has made it very dangerous for the hundreds of pedestrians including many young children going to and from the schools and nursery. An accident is waiting to happen, but together we can stop it. The car park will be regularly patrolled to enforce this requirement and we respectfully seek your co-operation to make St Paul's Church a safe area and a place where users of the premises can park.
Thank you very much for your help and a very Happy Easter.
Rev Nick Armstrong, Vicar of Tupsley & Hampton Bishop
Keith Pratley, Grounds Manager, St Paul’s
Running Man - Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor is hard at work training for the London Marathon which takes place on April 28, which he will run in the name of charity Children With Cancer UK.
He has been running for this charity for nearly four years, so far raising nearly £5,000 for his chosen cause.
This will be his second London Marathon and one that he hopes will help to bring hope, support and the chance to ring the bell that signals the end of treatment for all the families that living with cancer.
If you would like to sponsor Mr Taylor his fundraising page is: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-taylor2019
26 March 2019
Commemorative WW1 Bench Installation
We have a beautiful new WW1 bench which has been installed at the front of school. The bench was commissioned by Marcelle Lloyd Hayes who is our local Councillor for the Ward of Aylestone. Marcelle also sits on the Bluecoat Trust. The bench is to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. We chose the position so that it is both as visible and functional as possible.
22 March 2019
Forensic Science Workshop
Year 9 & 10 enjoyed a forensic science workshop in their lessons on Friday from Education Interaction.
12 March 2019
Reflective and thoughtful communions today in all House's, well done to all students
9 March 2019
Mock Trials Success
BHBS team did themselves proud bring home a trophy for Best Prosecution Team. Not bad for a first attempt. We are very proud of the team.
A group of Year 8 and Year 9 students enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Justice Centre in Hereford. Students watched four cases and had the opportunity to speak to Magistrates and Lawyers about the work they do and matters associated with Law. A highlight was seeing the team take their places in the courtroom. It was a wonderful opportunity and they really enjoyed their day.
We will be participating in the Mock Trial competition on the 9th March 2019. Wish us luck. The team have worked incredibly hard and will no doubt gain a great deal from this challenging, exciting experience.
Forensic Science Workshop
On the 22 March 2019 113 Year 9 and Year 10 student will take part in a forensic science workshop. The scenario is that a 17 year old school girl is found lying dead on the ground in a disused military bunker. The girl's parents reported her missing four days prior when she failed to return home from school. There are signs of a struggle and a substantial wound to the head appears to be the cause of death.
Students will examine the crime scene and analyse the evidence including entomology, trace evidence, fingerprints, toxicology and much more.
A detailed write up of the day will follow shortly.
Deputy Headteacher appointment (19.12.2018)As many of you may know, this week we interviewed for a new Deputy Headteacher, to fill the post vacated by Mr Henton. From a strong field of applications we shortlisted and interviewed six candidates. The interview process lasted for two days on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Both Mr O'Byrne our Chair of Governors and myself are absolutely delighted to announce that the selection panel have appointed Mrs Bunston to be the new Deputy Headteacher with immediate effect. I am sure you will join me in congratulating her in this important role which will be pivotal in developing and growing our leadership at Bishops.
Thank you - Martin Henton (Headteacher)
Students have been attending the Farm all year. This is them learning how to make goats cheese after milking the goats.
Model UN trip
By Ewan Page and George Niblett
On 27th June 2018, Whitecross, St Marys, QE Bromyard and Bishops all took part in the first Hereford Schools model UN day. It was an amazing experience for all who participated and it was a great opportunity to meet new people who we did not know, learn about how politics works and do something that we would not be able to do normally in school.
The day started off with our arrival at the school. We were welcomed by the Head teacher, Mr Knapp, and we were then led to a large room with laptops and paper for our research. We had previously been allocated a country to research, and already had some background knowledge of our country.
The day consisted of 2 debates led by a year 11 student on forced labour in our nations and also climate change. We learnt a lot about worldwide countries and I made a lot of new friends. We inputted our research into a word file to be read as an overview in the debate.
We had an amazing time and would like to thank all the staff at Whitecross and Mrs Barker.
On Thursday 28th June, we welcome Year 6 students across the County who are due to commence at BHBS in September.
Please ensure students arrive at school for 8:45am. Students are advised to bring in a water bottle and £2 for lunch. The end of their school day will be 3:00pm, shortly before the rest of the school finish.
Week commencing 2nd July is enrichment week. Students should be in normal school uniform but also bring Pe kit, including a towel, every day. They will be involved in a large range of activities to include Team building, Problem Solving, Maths Games, Environmental issues, Spirited Arts, Bike-ability , Medical Mavericks, Creative writing workshops, Study skills and many more besides.
There are also trips running to the Eden project with a Maths and Technology focus, Llanrug for outdoor education, and the Battlefields.
STATEMENT FROM Martin Henton: Acting Headteacher
Ref. incident reported by the Hereford Times at BHBS Friday (15.6.18)
We were made aware of a safeguarding allegation on Friday 15th June which as a school we took very seriously, and we contacted West Mercia Police in the first instance.
We took their advice and closed the school gates to follow basic protocol to ensure that there was no threat to any student or member of staff whilst the incident was investigated.
The Police did not attend the school at any time during our response to the incident and shortly afterwards it was confirmed that the allegation was an idle rumour.
The statement released by West Mercia Police this morning has been released without consultation from the school.
Safeguarding is, as always, at the heart of our school.
On Friday 25th May 25 students from years 9 and 10 went with Mrs Ashford-Kelleher, Mr Vaughan and Mrs Doughty- Smith to the Hay Festival. In spite of the incredibly wet weather, students and staff had a great time.
All students and staff came away from our trip feeling thoroughly entertained and inspired.
On Tuesday 15th May some of our Year 9 and 10 students were involved in solving a real-life murder. They were using authentic forensic science techniques including density analysis, gps signal and mobile phone analysis, forensic entomology and finger printing analysis. The students were thoroughly engaged and found the sessions highly interesting.
Comments from them include "it was really interesting to see how science can be used to solve crimes", " I'm now really interested in a career in forensic science after that workshop", " That was fun, I liked the fact that we had to work in teams to solve the crime"
If students would like to extend their experiences in the field of forensic sciences please see the links below: Range of forensic careers: https://www.forensicscolleges.com/careers
Forensic Activities, form beginner to advance... CSI The Experience http://forensics.rice.edu/
Introduction into Forensic Science: Free online course (last 6/7 weeks) https://www.coursera.org/learn/forensic-science For students who were unable to attend the workshop this year we hope to run the workshop again next year.