Questions we are frequently asked from parents
When parents are choosing a secondary school for their child, there's always a wide range of questions they have. Here we've highlighted some of the most frequently asked.
As Bishop Perowne is a Church of England school, does my child need to regularly attend church?
No, it is not necessary. We do adhere to the Diocese of Worcester's Kingdom Values of love, justice, compassion and freedom, which are upheld by staff and students on a daily basis. These values are displayed throughout the school and reference is made to them in a wide variety of contexts. You can learn more here.
What is your policy on bullying?
We strive for academic excellence for all of our students within the context of a caring and mutually supportive partnership between school and community. For this vision to be realised, it is essential that students, staff, governors and parents recognise that bullying is not acceptable. Everyone accepts responsibility for dealing with and minimising the impact of bullying, and supporting people who have been affected by bullying.
We have an anti-bullying policy that is easily available and we have appointed and trained student anti-bullying ambassadors who are available at break and lunch times. The ambassadors will not resolve bullying alone, but will consult with members of our pastoral team.
What subjects are available to choose from for GCSEs?
In addition to the eight core academic subjects – English, maths, science, PSRE, core PE, geography, history and French – students going into Year 9 choose a further four subjects from options such as dance, art, music, psychology, business studies, sports science and child development.
As students move into Year 10, core subjects reduce to five – English, maths, science, PSRE and core PE – and students add a further four options to study – one of which must be history or geography. The remaining three subjects can be selected from the options they chose in Year 9, or they could switch an option and continue to study a Year 9 core subject, such as French. Click here to learn more about the subjects available.
It can be a difficult decision, but students and their parents/carers will receive advice and help in making the decision.
How do I apply for free school meals?
Will my child be able to take part in extra-curricular clubs?
Absolutely. As much as we place importance on a rich and varied curriculum, we also value pursuits outside the classroom to ensure every student reaches their full educational and personal potential.
Our Broadening Horizons initiative aims to offer new experiences and build confidence and offers possibly the widest selection of extra-curricular activities in the whole of the city. In addition to what are seen as traditional after school activities, such as team sports and music, we have a range of clubs that cater for varied hobbies and interests. These include Lego Club, tap dancing, STEM Club, Bike Club, Adventure Academy and Eco Club.
Broadening Horizons is about changing the 3pm culture and making school a place that encourages students to remain after the final bell. A full timetable of clubs will be published at the beginning of each academic year.
My child has additional needs – how will these be catered for?
Our dedicated learning support team ensures the assistance our students receive is based on their assessed needs and will be designed to remove barriers and promote access, inclusion and independence.
Support may be offered in the mainstream classroom, working alongside subject staff to ensure students achieve their very best, or as part of a short term, planned intervention to address individual needs.
We will work closely with your child's primary school to ensure a smooth transition to secondary school. Additionally, we work with a wide range of outside agencies for advice and support, including an educational psychologist, behaviour support team, hearing impaired service, and medical teams.
There is also our Nurture Base, which supports students at KS3 who may need extra emotional and social support with the transition to high school. It is open throughout the day including break and lunchtimes.
Is my child able to join one of the school's sport team?
Yes, it's part of our Broadening Horizons programme, and students of all abilities have the opportunity to play football, rugby, badminton, hockey, netball, basketball, and more, for fun or competitively.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions you would like answering. We're also always happy to meet parents to give them and their child a tour of our school.