We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Bishopston School. We continue to be established as one of the highest achieving schools in Wales and are once again recognised in ‘Good School’ lists published by national newspapers. In the Autumn Categorisation Visit (AVC) in November 2016, our regional Challenge Advisor awarded us a ‘1A green’ rating, which is the highest possible categorisation any school can achieve. This is a huge compliment to the whole school community of staff, pupils, parents and Governors who work together in partnership to continue to improve standards in so many aspects of life in the school.

Despite a very successful ESTYN Inspection Report, published in June 2013, we continue to strive for further improvement in all aspects of academic, personal, moral and social development for each pupil who passes through the school as part of their lifelong learning process. The outstanding external examination results achieved by our pupils are the result of high expectations, a very strong work ethic and the existence of a suitable climate for learning where respect, humility, trust and commitment provide the basis for success.

We pride ourselves in developing:

‘an outstanding learning community founded upon mutual respect’

Within a caring and friendly environment, where the safeguarding and well being of the pupils is paramount, opportunities are available to gain experience through a wide and diverse curriculum providing a breadth and balance that offers an appropriate pathway for each individual.   This includes both academic and vocational courses to suit the aspirations of every pupil so that they become ambitious, capable learners ready to learn throughout their lives. Across the curriculum we place a significant emphasis on the core and wider skills including literacy, numeracy and digital competency.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in and give of their best in all aspects of school life. ESTYN highlighted the significant impact the input of the pupils has on school improvement in the published report and commends it as an outstanding feature at Bishopston.  Central to the work of the school is the vast range of extra curricular activities on offer. We encourage all pupils to take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their development as healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.

With an ever increasing use of our superb sports facilities on the site there is a continuing drive to maintain our Community focus where the school plays a significant role in the life of people in the local area. This, combined with the well established links between ourselves, our partner primary schools and the post 16 educational establishments ensures that we are creating a life long learning experience with the school playing an important part in the pupils’ development. We are delighted to report the sporting facilities available for 2017, including a 4G pitch, 2G pitch and artificial cricket wicket.

We hope our prospectus offers you an interesting insight into life at Bishopston. Further information is available on our school website .  The 2013 inspection report is available on the ESTYN website.

We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you to develop our school community over the coming years.

 

J. Bird

Headteacher