The Community College has a PD day on Monday 28th January 2019.  This is for staff to visit colleagues in other schools.  There will be no school for students.

Worcester Warriors Trip

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On Saturday 28th January 2017 thirty Key Stage 3 rugby students attended Worcester Warriors Rugby Club for a match day experience.

A training session in the morning focusing on tackling and rucking was delivered by the Worcester Warriors expert coaches and then an opportunity to see the professionals play with an Anglo-Welsh cup game v Harlequins in the afternoon. Unfortunately Worcester were defeated 28-22, but Bishop’s Castle students enjoyed an exciting game.

 

Woman In Black

 

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On Thursday 9th February 2017 the year 11 GCSE drama class went to The Courtyard theatre in Hereford to watch Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’. This was a fantastic play for year 11 to see in preparation for their written exam in May. Here is what some of the year 11’s had to say after the show: “It was a perfect combination of jumps, scares and comedy”; “nail bitingly tense”; “it was exhilarating and kept us on the edge of our seat”.

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Science Live Trip

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In January the science department took approximately 30 students to the ‘Science Live’ event held in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

This is an event especially designed for students of around GCSE age where five world-renowned scientists give captivating, informative and inspiring presentations about the works that they are involved in.

This year we were lucky enough to hear from Professor Alice Roberts, the famous anatomist and biological anthropologist on evolution-without the fossils, Professor Andrea Sella on ‘strange ice’, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock on the wonders of space, Professor Jim Al-Khalili on time travel and Professor Mark Miodownik on ‘Stuff matters’ a particularly thought provoking presentation on the changes to the material world that are coming our way.

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Learning in a Rural Area

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One of the things that rural schools have in common is that they are relatively small compared to the national average. Unfortunately I don’t have the space here to describe both the delights and difficulties of working in a small school, but suffice to say it can be a real challenge at times. To overcome this, our school has formally linked up with all its primary schools and other partners to form the South West Shropshire Learning Trust. In an age when competition between schools encouraged, it is very refreshing to be able to work in a truly collaborative way with like-minded people and for the benefit of the children.

The Learning Trust has been in existence since October 2014 and already has notched up some notably successes: Literacy, mental health provision, mathematical calculation policies, common assessment approaches, teacher exchanges, special education needs provision, sharing services, attitude to learning and outstanding teacher conferences are just some of the things we’ve come together to organise. The main aim is not to save money in these austere times, but to work together to improve the opportunities and support available to young people in South-West Shropshire.This year, for example, we will be jointly employing an Educational Psychologist to work with our more vulnerable students.

As all schools in South West Shropshire are either good or outstanding, we also have a wealth of expertise that is worth sharing. The Trust is a cooperative so we will soon be encouraging local people to join and become members and have a say in what projects we undertake. We’ve already had a very strong steer from our own school councils! We believe the Trust has a lot of potential to be a force for ‘good’ in these difficult times for rural communities.

Alan Doust
Headteacher
The Community College, Bishop’s Castle