Heritage Skills



During the last week of March some of our Year 9 students took part in two days of activities based on heritage skills. We were lucky enough to have had four specialists come into college to run workshops based on stone masonry, lime plastering, thatching and green wood working. This opportunity had been kindly provided by Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme.  The full story was on BBC Midlands Today on 31st March 2017.

The workshops took place on the college site within the college day involving 24 students. The practical activities allowed students to gain hands on experience as well as learning the theory and history behind the techniques. Students not taking part also had chance to view the activities as they moved around the college site during the day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jen Jones, Jon Bielstein, Alan Jones, Luke Unsworth, John Munro, Neil Mapes, Dave Faye and Ned Scharer for providing their time and expertise during the two days.

Mr McMahon




Green Pioneers 2017


Once again our school was chosen by The MidCounties Co-operative to take part in The Green Pioneers Programme. The Green Pioneers Programme is a partnership between The MidCounties Co-Operative, The Outward Bound Trust and our school. The programme is not simply about a week long residential, but is about creating a legacy that will continue to positively impact the students and our school long after the programme has come to an end. The students have to learn about the Co-Operative ‘DOES’ values and how to apply them to everyday situations.
We are proud of our participation in The Green Pioneers Programme, which has played a vital role in helping our students to understand the importance of being aware of

environmental issues and sustainability. Thank you very much for this fantastic and amazing experience again given to our school.





New York, New York, so good they named it twice



For 38 Year 10 and 11 students (and 4 members of staff), February Half Term became an eye-popping week of excitement in the Big Apple. At 7:00am, Bishop’s Castle air was filled with excitement and anticipation, as we began our trip across the pond to New York.

Upon landing, the first landmark hit was the iconic Empire State Building, which we quickly ascended for a night time view of NYC – a view unequalled by any other city. As if the breath-taking skyline wasn’t enough, this experience was made all the more memorable by the sheer amount of GIFs Miss de la Mare forced us to partake in!

The next morning, we ventured around the corner from our hostel to Bocca Bliss – a place well-known for ‘creating fanatics’! There, we crammed our boxes with mountains of food, setting us up for rest of the day.

To work off the calories we’d just consumed, we hit the mean streets of midtown Manhattan for a mere four hours, with our tour guide, Jared (and his trusty lightsabre). It wasn’t long before Charlie Kinsey delivered a puntastic comment, renaming Jared ‘Luke Guidewalker’. Genius.

At the first sight of Times Square, students were plunged into the vibrant cityscape of neon billboards, mass crowds and a scene so familiar from films and TV, yet so alien in reality. And what were the students interested in? Shopping! It was difficult to tear the girls away from the vice-like grip of Sephora – a shop Abi Bebb, Sophie Davies and Megan Butler (and Jack Finn!) could have happily spent the whole NYC trip in!

After a slice of pizza or two for sustenance, we headed over to visit the very tall, very showy and very golden Trump Tower, where George Lawrence and Tom Swancott purchased their ironic (or maybe not) Trump memorabilia.






Year 9 Visit to Chester University

ChesterUniOn Wednesday 29th March the Careers Team went to Chester University with 50 Year 9 students.  We were taking part in a day introducing life at University with participation in 2 group activities and a tour of the campus.  An interactive board game highlighted the pathway to University and student life, and the Dream University activity made the Year 9s think about how University is an aspiration and achievable goal for many and what individual Universities can offer.  All the students were a credit to the College and listened well to the student ambassadors who gave us the tour.