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Record Breaking Year


Year 11 students at the Community College Bishop’s Castle have posted the best GCSE results in 25 years, with 69% of them achieving 5 or more good passes including in English and Mathematics. This is a 5% improvement on last year, and represents a significant improvement particularly given the decline in some national averages.

This is better than we had been estimating, but it does not come as a huge surprise. All students here are very well supported in their studies right to the very end and this year our Year 11 students fully engaged with their teachers and put the work in. We get great support from parents and the volunteers from the local community – it is very much a team effort.

Maths, for the third year running achieved outstanding results with 87% of students achieving at least a C grade, with 22% achieving an A* or A grade, and in English Literature 81% achieved an A*-C grade, with 24% achieving an A* or A grade. Art, Biology, Drama, PE and Spanish were amongst the highest achieving optional subjects at the school, all of which achieved over 90% A*-C grades and some 100%, but also in Science, Humanities, French, and in all Creative Arts and Technology subjects students achieved well above national average.


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!


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 .


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.