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    • Bishop Ramsey School Remembers

      Published 12/11/20

      Bishop Ramsey school commemorated Armistice Day in a short socially distanced Act of Remembrance incorporating the annual 2 minutes silence.

      Representatives of the staff including Mr Wilcock, Mr Britton and Year 7 students met at the schools Flagpole shortly before 11.00am. Everyone stood in an arc distanced from each other. The schools Chaplain,  Revd Dand led prayers and the citation ‘They Shall not grow old’ before 'The Last Post' was played by James Orriss and the whole school went silent to honour the fallen and all those involved in war and conflict. It was a very poignant moment especially in this difficult year when the world is experiencing a different type of ‘war’.  At the end of the silence 'Reveille' was played.

      This was followed by the Act of Commitment and ended with the Blessing and Dismissal.

      Those present then paraded to the Remembrance Garden which was created in 2018 and contains the remembrance wildflowers of Great Britain, France, Belgium and Germany which flower through the year. Miss Neal led students in the laying of a poppy wreath and two small wooden crosses, followed by a moment of silence. Year 7 have also made poppies which have been put in the garden.

      Due to current restrictions commemoration in school was different to other years, there were fewer at the flagpole and garden but the whole school were still able to remember in silence and are able to visit the small garden to pay their respects. Next year let us hope our remembrance will be able to return to normal and the nation will be able to commemorate together again.

      We will remember them.

      Miss Neal

      Senior Librarian

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    • Ex-Bishop Ramsey student is part of BBC Children in Need's "Team Rickshaw"

      Published 19/10/20

      We are delighted and excited to announce that Rosie, who has recently left our Sixth Form to attend university, has been selected to take part in the Rickshaw Challenge, raising money for the BBC's Children in Need fundraiser.

      Rosie was born 11 weeks premature and spent some weeks in a Special Care Unit where she had a brain haemorrhage. At around 11 months old, during a routine check the consultant noticed her legs cross in a particular way and diagnosed her with Cerebral Palsy. Whilst Rosie was growing up she had a few procedures to enable her to use her legs as much as possible, spending months in rehabilitation each time. Rosie is taking on the Rickshaw Challenge as she wants to change perceptions of peoples idea of disability and prove to herself she can do this challenge despite her disability. Rosie has been supported by The Pace Centre since she was three years old, and they’ve been funded by BBC Children in Need for several years. Pace improves the lives of children and young people with neurologically-linked motor disorders such as cerebral palsy, delivering bespoke therapy and support programmes.

      Rosie tells us: 'I'm so pleased to be doing the Rickshaw Challenge, I feel honoured to have been picked, it's a challenge but it's a challenge I'm ready for! I'm doing it to show myself and other young people with disabilities that given the right support they can thrive in what they put their mind to. I would also like to thank Bishop Ramsey for making me grow in confidence and for their continued support as without that I would not be where I am.'

      Well done, Rosie, we are so proud of you and can't wait to watch you accomplish this challenge!

       

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    • Introducing our new part time Lay Chaplain - Sam North

      Published 02/10/20

      We are so delighted Sam has joined our Chaplaincy team as Lay Chaplain!

      Sam is an enthusiastic Youth Worker who seeks to improve the emotional, mental and spiritual well being of the school. As an ex-student he has a passion for the values of the school, seeing students thrive and proving himself a quality sportsman while continuing to lose at table tennis. Though you're most likely to see Sam playing sports he is devoted to God, seeking to spread the good news of Jesus in every situation he finds himself!

      Sam will usually be in School on Thursdays and Fridays, and will be running some of our Christian Union meetings in the Chapel.

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    • Revd. Susy Dand is licensed to Bishop Ramsey

      Published 25/09/20

      On Thursday 24th September, we were delighted to welcome The Venerable Catherine Pickford, Archdeacon of Northolt to school to license our school Chaplain, Revd. Susy Dand, as well as  local clergy members who came to support Susy including Fr. John Seymour from St Lawrence, Eastcote, Fr. Simon Evans from St Martins, Ruislip and Fr. Richard Young from St Matthews, Yiewsley.

      Revd Susy was presented to the Archdeacon by Mr Wilcock and Mr Britton. Staff, students and members of Revd. Susy's family were able to be present in our Chapel, socially distanced, to take part in the service.

      The Chapel is the beating heart of our school and it wonderful to have Revd. Susy back to continue the vital Chaplaincy work that lies at the core of our ethos.

       

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    • Bishop Ramsey is a Music Mark School

      Published 21/09/20

      On Friday 18th September Mrs Bowden, our Head of Music, announced the lovely news that the Hillingdon Music Hub had nominated Bishop Ramsey as a Music Mark School 2020/21.

      Music Mark is a membership organisation, subject association and charity that advocates for excellent music education for all children and young people. Music hubs and services around the UK are able to nominate schools who they believe have shown a commitment to providing high quality music education. The Hillingdon Music Hub has recognised the value that Bishop Ramsey places on music and our dedication to providing a broad and balanced curriculum.

      Music plays an integral role in the life of our school within worship, performances and lessons. The music curriculum at Bishop Ramsey allows pupils the opportunity to learn about new styles of music as well as music that interests them. The aim is that they will develop a love for a wide range of music and work together to perform a wide variety of music, once we are allowed to do so safely. Our Music Department staff are passionate about the importance of music both in lesson time and as part of the wider school and it is wonderful that this has been recognised by the Hillingdon Music Hub. We will continue to strive for the very best music education for our students.

      Mrs Bowden says 'I am delighted with this achievement and hope it is the start of all the developments happening in the music department this year'

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    • Our Virtual Open Evening and eProspectus have launched

      Published 15/09/20

      As we are unable to hold our usual Open Evening event for our prospective Year 7 students and their families, we decided to create a video that gives a taste of what life at Bishop Ramsey is like.  We have also created an eProspectus which gives further information about our school  as well as an understanding of what we stand for and what we do.  Click here to see both.

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    • GCSE Results Day 2020

      Published 21/08/20

      I am particularly pleased and relieved that we were able to share GCSE results with our Year 11 students in an atmosphere of optimism and calm, after the tension and widespread unhappiness that surrounded the distribution of A Level grades.

      The decision by the government that each candidate should receive the higher of their Centre Assessed Grade and the grade calculated by the algorithm has meant that our results at GCSE are strong and enable the vast majority of our Year 11 students to progress on to the courses of their choice. A third of our GCSE grades were at grade 7 or above and three quarters were ‘good passes’ at grade 5 or above. My congratulations to all our students on the hard work throughout their time at the school that merited these superb results.

      We are delighted that so many of them will be continuing at Bishop Ramsey following A Levels. We are also very pleased to welcome a good number who are joining Bishop Ramsey Sixth Form from other local schools.

      Mr A Wilcock

      CEO - Veritas Educational Trust

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    • A Level Results Day 2020

      Published 13/08/20

      First and foremost, I would like to pay tribute to our Year 13 students, who have contributed so much to the school during their time with us. I am delighted that so many of them have achieved the A Level grades they needed to progress on to the universities of their choice.

      I would also like to thank their teachers who undertook the process of completing our Centre Assessed Grades with such rigour and honesty.

      In the light of this, I am particularly confused and angry that such a high proportion of our Centre Assessed Grades have been moderated downwards. The class of 2020 are able students and their published results overall do not reflect their ability. This is a shame for a cohort of students who have already had a poor ending to their school education.’

      Mr A Wilcock

      CEO - Veritas Educational Trust

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    • 500 Words Competition - Our own 'Superjudge'

      Published 19/06/20

      Our School Librarian, Miss Neal was honoured to be asked to judge the BBC Radio Two 500 Words Competition this year. She has shared her experiences with us:

      BBC Radio Two once again held the 500 words competition this year culminating in a special virtual final on Friday 12th June as it was not possible for the original final planned at Buckingham Palace to be held due to Covid 19. Celebrating its 10th birthday the UK’s largest story-writing competition for children attracted a staggering 134,709 entries.

      Any children may enter in either of the age classes and all entrants must write an original story of no more than 500 words in length and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING.

      Stories are judged anonymously without regard to grammar, punctuation or spelling but content, originality and characterisation are important.

      I was honoured to be a judge for the second year running but this year was different I became a ‘Superjudge’. The quest for judges started in January and librarians were sent details of how to be a judge. Having filled in the relevant application form I sent it off not expecting to hear again. However shortly after I was told I had been selected as a judge in the 10 – 13 group. I was originally sent 20 stories to read and judge each one giving marks in the various categories. Then I was asked if I would judge some extra stories and give more information therefore becoming a ‘superjudge’. Of course I agreed and I read over 100 stories everyone with their individual slant the topics varied from spaceships to horror and ghosts, from the Holocaust to talking animals, from being lonely to adventures with friends. Some left the reader suspended and wanting for more whilst others gave a complete story. Every one a joy to read opening a new reading adventure. It was difficult to judge, mustn’t be bias to a subject I am particularly interested in, does the content thrill , terrify, me , make me laugh or cry, do I like the characterisation do I understand the characters, do I care about them. In reading I considered each story on its own merit and tried to give a fair mark including one full marks. Having marked them they were submitted for the next round.

      The competition culminated in a virtual Zoom Party broadcast extravaganza wth special guests including the Duchess of Cornwall and the winners were announced having been chosen by an expert panel including Chris Evans, Zoe Ball, Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottell Boyce and Charlie Higson. In the 10 – 13 group the winner was The Diary of a £5 Note.

      I was so honoured to be a superjudge and see so much talent and imagination on show.

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    • Hillingdon Dream Bike Competition - Winners

      Published 10/06/20

      Two of our students have recently triumphed in a competition to design a dream bike run by Hillingdon Council.  Bethany (Year 9) won the overall competition and Holly's (Year 10) entry so impressed the judges that they have commissioned a print of the design to be displayed in the Mayor's Parlour at the Civic Centre.

      Bethany's entry, entitled "It's a Wonderful World" was inspired by the many walks she has taken during the lockdown, which has led her to appreciate and value the world around her. She says "Although this is a strange time, perhaps it has given our world a much needed chance to restore and recover so I think everyone should get on their bike and ride through our wonderful world."

      Holly's entry was influenced by the recent VE Day celebrations. She feels there are many parallels between the bravery of the soldiers 75 years ago and the key workers currently risking their lives looking after patients with Covid-19. She notes "I wanted my bike to represent a sense of celebration but also commemoration for those we should never forget."

      Holly and Bethany have been invited to visit the Mayor's Parlour, when it is safe to do so, to see Holly's work displayed. A fantastic achievement for them both!

       

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    • Fourth Plinth Schools Award - Borough Winner!

      Published 05/05/20
      One of our Year 9 students has won the Fourth Plinth Schools Award 2020 for the London Borough of Hillingdon. This exciting competition involves designing an artwork, inspired by the commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square which hous
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    • Year 11-13 Prize Giving Evening

      Published 13/12/19
      On Thursday 12th December we celebrated the academic and social achievements of over eighty of our students at our Prize Giving evening. Our special guest speaker was the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, who presented the awa
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