Virtual

Open

Evening

Thank you for joining us

Thank you for joining our Virtual Open Evening space.  We are very proud of the children and community here at Bishops’ and it is very special to welcome over 460 parents today. The highlights of our annual Open Evening are the conversations and interactions about learning with our children and staff.  This year, due to Covid restrictions, we are online but the range of prospectus, videos and tour available below will enable you to meet our students, staff and explore what “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) is all about!

With less than a month to go until secondary school applications close on October 31st we understand that choosing a secondary school needs thought and a wide range of information.  It is impressive that 117 first choice applications have already been made to Cheshire West.  That vote of confidence from our community, existing parents choosing Bishops’ again for siblings, and the popularity of this evening is not only due to our excellent reputation but also due to the excellent results achieved by students. As applications come in this month, I hope our Virtual Open Evening will help you to feel more relaxed and confident with your choice. Please explore this page, email openevening@bishopschester.co.uk with any questions and happy scrolling!

Ian Wilson, Headteacher 6th October 2020

Known, Nurtured, and Inspired

Bishops' is an exciting place to be

FAQs

The School Day

How long is the school day?

The school day begins at 8:40am and finishes at 3:15pm except on a Tuesday where we finish at 2:15pm.

How long is break and lunchtime?

Students typically have a morning break and extended lunchtime. Visit https://bishopschester.co.uk/years-7-11/the-school-day/ to see what a typical day at Bishops’ is like.

How long are lessons?

Each lesson is 1 hour, students also have 30 minutes of form time in the morning.

How many form groups are there?

We have up to 7 form groups, each named after a part of our school or local history, Hunter, Dee, Grosvenor, Coppack, Lane, Stratford and Bishops’. Form time includes tutor group worship and form time activities.

How big are the class sizes?

Our class sizes do not exceed 30 and for a large number of classes, as students progress up the school, our class sizes get smaller as students begin to specialise in subjects at GCSE and A Level. This ensures each individual is known, nurtured and inspired in their class time so they excel.

What practical subjects will I study in Year 7?

You will study Art, Design and Technology, Home Economics, Physical Education. You will also get the opportunity to take part in practical experiments in Science.

What languages do you teach?

In Year 7 students get the opportunity to study both German and French. In Year 8 students specialise in either French or German and will continue this subject until Y9. At GCSE and A Level students can study either French or German.

What does STEM assured status mean?

We are one of only a few schools in the UK to be awarded STEM Assured Status. In a highly competitive employment market, we equip our students with skills to keep pace with emerging technologies and the evolving needs of the employer. To find out about our STEM assured status and our other awards and recognitions click here: https://bishopschester.co.uk/about-our-school/awards/

Catering

Can I bring a packed lunch?

Yes – students can bring a packed lunch. Most students’ do use the canteen facility. There is a wide and varied menu with lots of healthy options to choose from. Click here for more information.

I’m a vegetarian, will there be veggie options?

Yes, we have a wide range of freshly prepared hot and cold meals which include lots of choice for students with various dietary requirements.

How do I pay for my dinners?

We have a cashless system. Parents and carers can top-up their child’s lunch account online via the School Gateway. Students can then scan their fingerprint to load their account at the till and pay for their meal, snack or drink. We also use the online payment system to pay for school trips and activities.

First day in school

What will the first day of school be like?

When the autumn term begins in September 2021 the first day is dedicated to Year 7 students only. Year 7 have the first day of school all to themselves. This will give them an opportunity to explore the campus, meet their form tutor, get to know their form, learn their timetable and begin to settle into the new routines of life at Bishops’.

What will I need on my first day in school?

On your first day you will need to bring the following. Pencil case, pencils, pen, rubber, ruler, protractor, calculator, colouring pencils, and a bottle of water. You will not need to bring your PE kit in for the first day of school.

Will the canteen be available on my first day?

Yes, the canteen will be available and you will be able top-up your lunch account before you start Year 7.

Where do I go if I need help?

There are a number of people to talk to if you need help. If it is a problem with a subject, your subject teacher will be available to support you. If you want to speak with someone or just need some extra support your form tutor, year leader or pastoral support officer are there to help. There are also plenty of adults and older students to ask if you need help.

Can I bring my phone into school?

Students are expected to keep their phones “off and away” during lessons however they can access their mobile before and after school and during break and lunch time. As part of our curriculum students are taught the importance of internet safety. Every year we take part in Safer Internet Day which will be taking place nationally on Tuesday 9th February.

Will I get lost?

It can be daunting when you first start as you will be moving from class to class and building to building. Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to get to know the school during your transition day as well as on the first day of term in September. On your first day only Year 7 students will be on-site. It will give you an opportunity to get to know your form group, form tutor and find your way around the school. In the mean time go to our

    Virtual 3D tour to familiarise yourself with the school

Homework and Remote Learning

Will I get homework and how much will I get?

Students will receive homework for all their subjects. Homework is set online via ‘Show My Homework’. Show My Homework can be accessed online or through the app, Satchel One. Students will be shown how to access their homework on their first few days in school. Parents and carers are able to monitor and check their child’s progress through their own parental profile.  Students will typically receive 2 or 3 subject homeworks per day.

Did you do remote learning during lockdown?

Yes, students had work set daily through Show My Homework. They were also able to message their students through Show My Homework if they had any questions or required additional support. We also completed fortnightly ‘linked learning’ phone calls to catch-up with students and families to ensure they were okay and managing throughout the lockdown. To help students progress we hosted a virtual Year 9 parents evening and all Year groups received feedback to help them improve.

Extra-curricular

What sports can I do at Bishops’?

We have a wide range of sports available for students to take part in. Girls can take part in football, netball, gymnastics, rounders, tennis and athletics. Boys can take part in rugby, football, tennis, cricket and athletics.

What extra-curricular clubs do you have?

We have a number of clubs which happen during lunchtime and after school. These include Art club, Retro Gaming, Soul Academy, Debates club, Narnia, Robotics, Chess club, and Tuesday lunch time prayer group.

Admission Information

Supplementary Information Form

Students who themselves or whose parents are involved in worship and/or church activities within the Church of England or attend a Church of England primary school are eligible to complete a Supplementary Information form. This is completed alongside their application through the Cheshire West and Chester application portal for a place in Year 7. Further information about our admission criteria and the Supplementary Information form can be found in our Admissions Policy. The form should be completed and signed by a vicar, minister, or other appropriate leader within the Church of England and sent directly to Bishops’.

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Oct 27

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Oct 26

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