We are now almost halfway through the GCSE examinations. By the time we get to lunchtime of Monday 8th June most pupils will have very few examinations left. Consequently, it is my proposal to allow pupils to only attend school for certain activities from Monday 8th June onwards. This means that the last full day at Bishopsgarth School for Y11 will be Friday 5th June. There is a one hour Science exam that afternoon and we will be allowing the pupils to go home once the exam has finished.
The front of school was unusually busy at midnight on Tuesday 10 February, as 42 pupils and parents gathered for the long awaited visit to Paris. In effect, there were two visits in one, as some of the pupils were to carry out research for their Travel and Tourism BTEC coursework, while others were to practise for their GCSE French exam. The trip consisted of a two day access to Disneyland Paris where pupils enjoyed visiting both parks on the site, so there was fun as well as work. There were screams as pupils fell in the Tower of Terror, roared around the Aerosmith coaster and sped through Indiana Jones. They then marvelled at the Disney characters in their parade around the park and took in the atmosphere for what was an exhaustingly exciting day! I cannot explain how rewarding it was to see the level of excitement generated by the rides, the magic of Disney and how much our pupils enjoyed themselves.
January 1st saw the beginning of a new era for the Governing Body at Bishopsgarth School. Under government guidelines, all school governing bodies are required to reconstitute by 1st September 2015, however Bishopsgarth became the first secondary school in Stockton to complete this process a full nine months before the deadline.
The changes saw several long-term members of the Governing Body stepping down and both the school and I would like to thank them all for their support, commitment and loyalty. The position of Chair and Vice-Chair also changed hands, although both Harry Smith (Chair) and Phillipa Burnett (Vice-Chair) will continue to serve the school as Governors. It is my pleasure to welcome Tina Teasdale and Barbara Warren as the new Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.