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Bishop Perowne Church of England Secondary School was founded as an Aided Secondary School by the Worcester Diocese Education Committee in 1963. It occupied the buildings of the former City of Worcester Grammar School for Girls in Barbourne Road which in 1962 had moved across the city to the site of the current Worcester Sixth Form College.
Former City of Worcester Grammar School building
The school takes its name from two former Bishops of Worcester, John James Stuart Perowne (Bishop from 1891-1901) and his son Arthur William Thompson Perowne (from 1931-1941).
In 1983 the school moved to the present site after significant refurbishment and extension of the former Samuel Southall School buildings. These had been vacated when Samuel Southall School merged with Perdiswell School and moved to a new site on Bilford Road to become Elgar Technology College. The oldest parts of the school buildings date back to 1936. The Bishop Perowne Log, a leather-bound book kept since 1983 as a record of daily life of our school, begins with an entry dated 9th September 1983. On the first day, there were 275 students and a staff of thirteen including the Headmaster, Mr D G Hopkin BA(Wales), LLB(London). To mark the opening of the school, a short service was held in St George's Church. This was conducted by the Reverend C K Jinman of St George's and a Governor of the school.
Former Samuel Southall School building dating from 1930s
Bishop Perowne was the first school in Worcestershire to be awarded with a specialist performing arts status in 2002, an award which it holds proudly today.
During 2010, the performing arts studio, comprising a purpose built studio, conference room and changing facilties was officially opened. Bishop Perowne has a partnership with the King's school which includes joint access to an astro turf pitch provided by King's on the Bishop Perowne's site in 2010, and King's also offer bespoke sixth form (Years 12 and 13) bursaries to Bishop Perowne students. The two schools work collaboratively in a number of areas including; public speaking, worship, author visits and specialist science days.
Bishop Perowne today
In 2012 Bishop Perowne CE High School was the fourth out of five city secondary schools to become an academy changing its name to Bishop Perowne Church of England College. The school applied for the status of academy converter with the support of three partners - manufacturer Yamazak Mazak, the King's school and the University of Worcester with whom the school and the university had worked together for 15 years.
Throughout 2013 we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of our school. Our aim as a church school has remained constant, to offer the best academic education which will allow young people to grow, flourish and enjoy a wealth of choices for the future. This is underpinned by the Christian message of love, hope and responsibility to bring about the best of others. While education has changed vastly during the fifty years, we remain inclusive of those of deep faith and those of no faith.
Julie Farr who had worked at the school for 23 years and was made Headteacher in 2004 stepped down from the role, retiring in April, 2015. She was succeeded by our current Headteacher, Mark Pollard who took over in April 2015.