Lord Rooker Visits the Community College



The Community College, Bishop’s Castle hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords on Friday 24th June, one day after the EU Referendum, to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. Lord Rooker met with 13-15 year olds for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster generally.

Alan Doust, Headteacher said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives. It was given added relevance given the momentous events of the day, which included the resignation of Prime Minister Cameron”.

The visit was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s “Peers in Schools” programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007 and has so far involved around 75,000 young people. This continuing outreach programme sends members of the House of Lords into schools/academies and colleges across the country to give talks in support of the citizenship curriculum. For further information, see the Lord Speaker’s web page at www.parliament.uk/lordspeaker .


World Book Day 2016





The Community College celebrated World Book Day 2016 with staff and students dressing up as their favourite characters from the World of books.  A phenomenal effort was made by students and a special shout out goes to Mr Harris who became a walking/talking book.  The illustrator of the Skullduggery books Tom Percival has links to the College as he attended here as a student.

Well done to Frances Beaven who came 1st for Darwin, Lily Green 2nd for Webb, Curtis Bennett 4rd for Clive and Michaela Melonia 4th for Sidney. More pictures to follow in the Spring Messenger.

Tom Jones Returns



The much anticipated return of Tom Jones, or rather his look alike Dai Perks, took place on Tuesday 1st March.

Dai visited us for the third year running as part of our programme to support year 11 in their preparation for their examinations. The programme “maximize your potential” has been very popular with students, they are all sent away with a pack that includes ideas and approaches they can use at home for example how they can identify and use their learning style when revising, lots of different memory techniques and my favourite using a polo to plan.

There is even a section on stress management the top 3 techniques are:

Take mini breaks in your revision period (5 minutes)
Get organised with a realistic time. Plan/agree this at home and make sure it builds in time out
Exercise: walk, cycle, stretch

What else has been happening?

All students have been issued with their exam timetable
All students have a Revision planner
The school shop now stocks a range of revision materials and books; in addition students can order books of past papers from reception.
Coaches are working with their Year 11 students to support them in their planning
Revision classes take place most nights after school

We have been really pleased by the way Year 11 have been preparing but we are now in the final stretch. Students should be spending about 1 hour a night in revision in blocks of 20-25mins increasing the time in holidays and making sure they are completing past-papers and getting them marked so they can check their mistakes.

Last of all Year 11- GOOD LUCK!


BBC Visits the Community College





The Community College is to feature on the BBC West Midland’s programme ‘Inside Out’ as an example of a successful rural secondary school.
Students, staff and parents were interviewed by David Gregory-Kumar (correspondent) who was investigating the challenges of living and working in a rural setting and how schools like the Community College are supporting students and their families.

Whilst there are many positive aspects to living in the countryside, it certainly does have its challenges. Transport, access to services and the relative isolation were just some of the topics that were talked about. With reductions in government funding and the impact this is having on schools, leisure facilities and cultural activities, this period of austerity is beginning to effect rural communities like ours and their young people.

Results at the College have risen year-on –year in spite of poorer funding than their urban counterparts. Shropshire has historically been one of the worst funded counties in England for education. The government are about to consult on a new funding formula for schools across the country, which hopefully will address some of the inequalities that exist.

The feature will be screened in the next couple of weeks on BBC1.