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MISSION STATEMENT

“ … Our Catholic School is a living and caring community of Faith, an extension of the home, and an integral part of the Catholic community …”

IN OUR COMMUNITY OF FAITH IN
BISHOP CHALLONER CATHOLIC SCHOOL
WE GIVE GLORY TO GOD
BY DEVELOPING OUR FULL POTENTIAL
AND IN OUR SERVICE TO OTHERS
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

AS A CATHOLIC SCHOOL WE AIM:

  • To provide the highest standards of Catholic Secondary Education.
  • To deliver a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum; within which specific moral, ethical and religious issues are taught in the light of the teaching of the Catholic Church.
  • To place worship of God and Prayer at the centre of School life through assemblies, Holy Mass and other liturgies.
  • To develop the desire in each student to progress academically, spiritually, morally, culturally, mentally and physically.
  • To provide a caring and secure atmosphere based on mutual respect within the entire School community.
  • To promote respect for, and understanding of, the culture and religious principles of others and to challenge any form of discrimination.
  • To promote equal opportunities for all.
  • To encourage personal and professional commitment of all staff.
  • To encourage the development of each student’s unique talents and gifts.
  • To promote, a wide range of opportunities for a healthy lifestyle including high quality sporting opportunities in Physical Education and Sport.
  • To prepare students to contribute to and cope with today’s modern society and to develop the ability to respond positively to change.

CONTENTS

Student Services - Caring for your Child

Aspects of School Life

Behaviour for Learning and Standards

 

School Information

Download Supplementary Information 2020/2021

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

We have built a nationally recognised reputation as a dynamic and innovative school for teaching and learning. We are committed to using the best methods drawn from evidence based practice to promote the most effective learning for the students in our care. 

We have a team of 10 Lead Teachers who are experienced experts in teaching and learning, and who take responsibility for sharing the most up to date research evidence with staff.  

Teachers in our school are committed to improving their teaching and learning, and every week we have opportunities for staff to read, implement, and share cutting edge teaching and learning practice together, so that our students get access to the best education possible today. 

We have two staff who are Evidence Leads in Education, working with the local research school to spread the word about the best evidence based practice today. 

We continue to put technology and innovation at the heart of our teaching and learning. All of KS3 have netbooks through the netbook project, and staff have had extensive training from our innovations team in the most effective way to use these to support learning.  

You can follow our Teaching and Learning updates on Twitter: @BCTeaching 

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CURRICULUM

We are proud of our broad and balanced curriculum. We encourage all students to pursue excellence and to work to the best of their ability. Every encouragement is given to our students to enjoy learning, take responsibility for it and develop good learning habits including cooperation, collaboration, persistence and resourcefulness.

Our curriculum asks students to think about how they learn and solve problems and make decisions, in order to become independent and life-long learners, equipped to deal with work in the twenty first century. All students follow National Curriculum core and foundation subjects: English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Technology including Food Technology, Computing, Art, Physical Education and PSHE.

Through our PSHE programme we include a detailed Heath Education Programme that includes Drugs and Sex Education.

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TEACHING GROUPS

Students are placed in general teaching groups based upon their prior attainment from KS2. In this group they will be taught all subjects with the exception of: English, Mathematics, D&T and PE. English and Mathematics are taught in bands and this allows students to change their English or Mathematics teaching group without impacting upon their general teaching group. D&T and PE are also taught in bands.
 
Additional information received from Primary Schools is also used, as is information from the screening process carried out by the School’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and her team. All the above ensures that students are placed appropriately according to ability and those with learning difficulties receive prompt attention.
 
Progress is monitored regularly and, where appropriate, students may transfer between teaching groups. Should this be required, parents/carers will be contacted by the English or Mathematics department or by the Head of Year 7.
 
All children are organised into mixed ability Form Groups for registration.

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SIXTH FORM

We have a happy and flourishing Sixth Form with an excellent reputation.  Students consistently achieve impressive results which open doors to future success.

Students in our Sixth Form enjoy excellent working relationships with their teachers and Sixth Form Team.  Our Student Services Department ensures that each student receives personalised guidance; be that invitations to master classes tailored to their needs and interests, mock  interviews, individual support with university, apprenticeship and job  applications.

Students in our Sixth Form continue to live out our Mission Statement “giving glory to God by fulfilling their potential and in service to others”.  There are numerous opportunities to get involved in volunteering; Sixth Form students have served as subject mentors in several departments, volunteered with charity shops, care homes and food banks and run a fortnightly Seniors’ Tea Party, to name just some of their involvement in the wider community in recent years.

Our Sixth Form students have a rich and varied curriculum. We offer an extensive range of A Level courses and some vocational qualifications, which build on students’ talents and strengths and foster in-depth learning and lead to excellent rates of progression to top universities and to other high quality Post 18 opportunities.’

The majority of our students progress to university and on average, around 45% of our students’ university destinations are to Russell Group universities. An increasing number of students are pursuing and securing prestigious and competitive apprenticeship opportunities, some of which leading to degree level qualifications.

Students are carefully monitored and closely supported with information, advice and guidance throughout their time with us. Our enrichment programme offers students the chance to develop new, and nurture existing skills, such as the JP2 Award, so that they may play a full part in their local community.

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EXTRA-CURRICLUAR/GIFTED AND TALENTED 

There is an extensive extra-curricular programme run on a weekly basis, providing pupils with an opportunity to get involved in a large variety of clubs.  Clubs are run by many departments and students in all year groups are welcomed to take part.  Clubs available include; a variety of Sports, Drama, Music and Homework.  In addition sports clubs run both before and after school and well as fixtures in many of the clubs.  These include Football, Netball, Basketball, Badminton and Athletics.

Furthermore there are numerous extra-curricular trips that run across year groups on a regular basis allowing pupils to develop holistically and gain access to an enriching educational experience outside of the curriculum.  Some of these trips include Spiritual retreats, sport development tours, Outdoor Adventurous trips, University and Science visits.

It is hoped that all students choose to take up some of the opportunities that are on offer to them.  We would particularly encourage students that are gifted and talented to attend as there are a vast array of opportunities that we hope would encourage them to further develop their skills and abilities including an extensive Performing Arts programme, numerous Sports activities including Ball Crewing for the Viking Classic Tennis tournament and other international tennis events.  Additionally clubs such as STEM and Creative Writing help prepare students for Inter school competitions such as the Catholic School Games and even some National competitions, in which Bishop Challoner students have achieved very well in in previous years.

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INTERNATIONAL LINKS

Bishop Challoner has links with other schools in many other countries including Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the USA.  These links include joint projects through email and video conferencing, as well as visits by staff and students.

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A SUMMARY OF THE SCHOOL’S SEND POLICY

At Bishop Challoner Catholic College all children are entitled to a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum.  As a Catholic school, we acknowledge the unique creation of every person and endeavour to meet the individual educational needs of all students.  We are committed to providing the right support in order to meet the needs of all students so that they can reach their full potential.  Every teacher is a teacher of every student, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

At Bishop Challoner Catholic College we aim to:

  • provide an environment in which all students are able to reach their potential, raise the aspirations of and expectations for all students with special educational needs and disability, to improve their outcomes 
  • ensure that the special educational needs of students are identified, assessed and provided for
  • identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for a student’s special educational needs
  • ensure students are partners with school and parents in the decision making about their education
  • enable parents to be involved with school and to support their child’s education.

Further details of the manner in which our aims are achieved can be found in the school’s Special Educational Needs policy document, which can be found on the school website.

This policy complies with the statutory requirement laid out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years, January 2015 and has been written with reference to the following guidance and documents:

  • Equality Act 2010: advice for schools DfE June 2014
  • Bishop Challoner’s SEND Information Report (available on the school’s website)
  • Statutory Guidance on Supporting Students at School with Medical Conditions
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021)
  • Teachers Standards 2012

The principles embedded in this policy link to other policies relating to: Admissions, Attendance, Antibullying, Behaviour, Safeguarding, Complaints Procedures, Disability Equality Scheme and Policy, Freedom of Information, Looked After Children, Pupil Premium and Race Equality Policy.

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SAFEGUARDING AND CHILD PROTECTION 

At Bishop Challoner Catholic College we believe that every individual is special and made in the image of God. In living out our mission statement, it is the duty of all to respect each other and offer an environment where all feel secure and valued.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is committed to safeguarding and fully recognises its responsibilities for protecting all members of our community and promoting the welfare of all our students. 

We believe that all staff and visitors have an important role to play in safeguarding. All staff, including temporary staff and volunteers, are subject to stringent background checks including clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to ensure their suitability for working with children.

Safeguarding is defined as:–

  • Protecting children from maltreatment;
  • Preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • Ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.


Bishop Challoner Catholic College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students. We believe that:

  • All young people will be listened to.
  • All young people have the right to be protected from harm, abuse and neglect.
  • That every child has the right to an education and young people need to be safe and to feel safe in school.
  • Young people need support which matches their individual needs, including those who may have experienced abuse.
  • All young people have the right to express their views, feelings and wishes and voice their own values and beliefs in a safe environment.
  • All young people must be encouraged to respect each other’s values and support each other.
  • All young people have the right to be supported to meet their emotional and social needs as well as their educational needs,
  • School must contribute to the prevention of abuse, victimisation, bullying, exploitation, 
  • extreme behaviours, discriminatory views and risk taking behaviours.


Bishop Challoner Catholic College will fulfil their local and national responsibilities as laid out in the following documents:-

  • The most recent version of Working Together to Safeguard Children 
  • The most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (Sept 2021)
  • Birmingham Safeguarding Childrens Trust 
  • The Education Act 2002 s175 
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy – Bishop Challoner Catholic College.

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STUDENT SERVICES-
CARING FOR YOUR CHILD

Every student matters to us. Our pastoral system is committed to ensuring our children feel secure and happy in their learning. Even before our children come to us our teachers will meet with their Year 6 teachers, so that we know a lot about our students before they arrive. To learn more about our students we have taster days and an open evening in July. In September we have Settling in Evening, where we meet parents/carers to discuss any concerns or anxieties. All of this is to ensure an easy transition from primary to secondary school.


All of our students have three named adults who can support them if they are worried: Form Tutors meet our students everyday and Heads of Year are also available to deal with more serious issues should they arise. Our community also offers every student a Personal Tutor. 

Additionally to this, we have a well established Student Services Department, which can offer even more support, advice and guidance where it is required.

 

FORM TUTORS

Form Tutors have a pastoral overview of the needs of their students.  They pray with their students every day, call the register, monitor attendance and punctuality, uniform and homework and respond to routine enquiries.

 

HEADS OF YEAR

Heads of Year oversee the students’ general academic progress, pastoral welfare, attendance, punctuality, appearance and good conduct.  

 

PERSONAL TUTORS

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who takes a special interest in their well-being throughout their career at Bishop Challoner Catholic College.  They encourage them to work hard and to take part in school activities and, of course, they are on hand to help with any problems.

The School reviews student progress and target setting regularly through the Personal Tutor Programme and parents/carers are informed via progress reports that are sent home.  Tutors work with students to set subject related targets.  Personal Tutors meet with parents/carers at Parents’ Evenings and Consultation events to review progress and discuss parental reports.

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ABSENCES

Parents/carers should report a student’s absence from school by telephone on every day of absence.  When returning to the School after absence, students must bring an absence note to their Form Tutor, dated and signed by a parent/carer.  (A section in the Student Planner is available for this)

Parents/carers should note that the Principal has no authority to give leave of absence for ‘long weekends’ or holidays in term time, as such absence may interrupt work on the National Curriculum.  If it is unavoidable then application must be made in advance to the Chair of Governors, care of the School.

Rates of Authorised and Unauthorised Absence 2018-2019

Number of Students:  969

The percentage of half days missed through      a) authorised absence:    4.6%
                             b) unauthorised absence:    0.5%

 

CAREERS EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE

Careers Education and guidance has never been more important than it is today and at Bishop Challoner Catholic College we will be preparing your child for a recovering and rapidly changing labour market and for jobs that do not exist yet. We are therefore committed to providing a full and broad careers education programme and access to good quality information, advice and guidance throughout Years 7 to 13 in order to prepare our students for the world of work.


Careers Education

All students at Bishop Challoner Catholic College will take part in a careers education programme, which is implemented through: Citizenship lessons, assemblies, form time activities, workshops, careers focussed days and one-to-one careers interviews.  Pupils will have multiple opportunities to meet with employers, colleges and university representatives (either in person or virtually) as well as to experience the world of work through work experience. 

YEAR ACTIVITIES
7 Year 7 Unifrog activities 
Careers themed assemblies and form time sessions
Careers project
Careers themed PSHE lessons
8 Year 8 Unifrog activities
Careers themed assemblies and form time sessions
University of Birmingham visit
Careers themed PSHE lessons
Careers Fair
9 Year 9 Unifrog activities
Careers themed assemblies and form time sessions
Careers Fair
Year 9 Pathways assemblies
Raising Aspirations Day (Careers)
CV Building workshop
10 Year 10 Unifrog activities
Careers themed assemblies and form time sessions
Careers Fair
Raising Aspirations day (Employability)
Work Experience
Managing money
Updating CVs
HE Fair
11 Year 11 Unifrog activities
Careers interviews
Post 16 Options assembly
Careers themed assemblies and form time sessions
Support on GCSE results day

 

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To help prepare your child for key transition times, they will have access to impartial information, advice and guidance in the following ways:

Careers Guidance
Mrs Colgan is Bishop Challoner’s Careers Adviser.  She provides independent, information, advice and guidance about careers and future plans.  Pupils can access a Careers Interview at any time.  All Year 11 pupils will have at least one careers interview.

Online Careers resources
Throughout the Careers education programme pupils will have access to Unifrog as well as other websites and resources such as the National Careers Service and the icould website.  There is also a lot of careers information on ‘The Careers Hub’ section of the school website. 

The Unifrog programme aims to support students to progress into the best and most suitable opportunity for them.  Unifrog is a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school.  It contains a wealth of information about any career or pathway any student might be considering.  It is also a fantastic starting point for anyone who is not sure about their future direction.

Careers Library
The Library contains a range of useful resources, as does the Careers Office, which is just off the Sixth Form study centre.

Who can help?
Pupils are well supported by their Form Tutor, Personal Tutor, Head of Year, Mrs Colgan (Careers Adviser) and Miss Darby (Careers Leader) who are on hand to advise and guide them to ensure that they make well informed decisions about their future plans..

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ASPECTS OF SCHOOL LIFE

SPIRITUAL LIFE

This is at the centre of all we do. In learning about the world we are learning about God’s world and so everything we do in school is part of our spiritual life. We know that we are unique and created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and we seek to recognise God in each person, in all our words and actions. In recognition of this, our spiritual life programme is vibrant. We pray together each morning in form time as well as in assemblies and we have retreats for all students of all age groups.

Our liturgies, special services, teaching group and year group masses are interwoven throughout the year. The liturgical season is linked into our daily collective worship and we celebrate the monthly devotions. Advent and Lent are given prominence in our school calendar and are linked to a number of charitable events that regularly take place. These offer increased opportunities for prayer; collective worship and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All of these experiences ensure that we remain a community centred in prayer.


As a community we remain connected in our ethos by giving Glory to God in all that we do and encourage each other to be the person God has called us to be.

The school adheres to the Church Authorities’ guidelines for healthy relationships education based on the Church’s teaching on morality, the sanctity of life and family life education.  Healthy relationships education is taught in the context of Religious Studies, Science and Personal and Social Education.

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

All students follow the Religious Studies (RS) syllabus according to the guidelines prescribed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, who are the trustees of the school.  The heart of RS is empowering students to search for meaning and purpose.  We do this in the light of our Christian faith.  Our desire is to provide RS that is meaningful for all our students.  We view ourselves as a faith community, as expressed in our Mission Statement.  Students of all faiths study not only the Catholic Faith but, in order to have an informed view of and respect for all, are expected to study other world religions.

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RECOGNISING AND REWARDING ACHIEVEMENT

As our mission statement suggests, we give glory to God through our service to others and by fulfilling our potential. Such actions are commended at Challoner.

We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements. Recognition is given on a day-to-day basis with rewards and praise for excellent work and attitude. The Key Stage 3 and 4 “Commit to Character” reward scheme encourages students to develop character virtues as well as rewarding their academic achievements. Teachers reward students using our online platform: Class Charts, which is assessable to parents and carers.  Students with the most praise are invited to reward activities and have included rock climbing, cake decorating and cinema trips, to name a just a few.

Assemblies, post-cards home, reward trips and our annual rewards evening ensures achievement is publicly recognised and celebrated. Our School Council evaluates the success and development of the reward scheme at three different points in the year to ensure it best represents how our young people would like their achievements recognised.

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALTH AND ECONOMIC EDUCATION (PSHE) 

At Bishop Challoner we recognise the importance of high quality PSHE. We provide our students with the knowledge and understanding of matters that affect their everyday lives within and outside of school, in order that they are able to make best and well-informed choices.

We deliver PSHE through a spiral curriculum of timetabled PSHE lessons, form tutor curriculum and activities, collapsed timetable days, assemblies, individualised pastoral support and through the use of external agencies.  At the end of each academic year, all students spend a week off-timetable (Character Week) engaging with the most important PSHE issues for their year groups. During Character Week, students engage with issues such as homelessness, safe relationships, online safety, alcohol and drug awareness, knife crime etc.

The national Citizenship curriculum is also taught through PSHE lessons and the wider PSHE curriculum time. Students engage with topics on modern politics, British and global values, community cohesion and how to live healthy and safe lives. Each year group is challenged with completing an active citizenship project that helps them develop civic virtues at the local, national or global level.

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SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION (SRE)

Relationships and sex education is delivered in a variety of ways including through Science, Religious Studies, PSHE lessons, assemblies, tutor time and Character Week. It was created in consultation with parents, governors, staff and students and is monitored closely and reviewed regularly. Due to the nature of the content of the new 2020 statutory curriculum, we implement most of the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) programme into our Religious Studies. We ensure these lessons take place in a safe learning environment and are underpinned by our school ethos and values, which wholly align with those of the Catholic Church. A variety of opportunities are provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.

The resources we use to deliver RSE in Religious Studies lessons are provided by Ten:Ten - a Catholic education organisation. The Catholic Education Service and Birmingham Diocese have endorsed and promoted the use of Ten:Ten resources in all secondary schools. Their programme of study incorporates videos and Power Points specifically created to promote discussion and inform students about RSE issues. Every resource is rooted in scripture and informs students firstly of the Catholic Churches teachings whilst also sharing other world views as per the statutory framework. More information, including information on the right to withdraw, may be found on the RSE section of our school website.

 

STUDENT VOICE

Here at Bishop Challoner we aim to encourage all students to have a voice and use it well for the benefit of their community; one way they can do this is through School Council. Students are encouraged to be part of the school improvement process and to take an active and independent role in their community by working with their council representatives. In order to participate in School Council, students must verbally present the reasons they should be selected as a form representative to their form. Students are democratically elected and receive leadership skills training.

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BISHOP CHALLONER KITCHEN GARDEN

The Bishop Challoner Kitchen Garden is a well-established plot at the side of the Bishop Challoner Sports Centre. Its aim is to enable the school to develop a sustainable, healthy lifestyle culture across the whole school community and to build on the key healthy eating messages that the school delivers. Students are involved in the whole process, from sowing to harvesting and cooking the produce in their food lessons, with an aim of increasing their knowledge and understanding of its links to a healthy lifestyle. 

Each year, students take place in our ‘Famine Project’. Pupils develop an awareness of how famines impact lives across the world before planting their own potato crop. These plants are looked after by the pupils and are then harvested 3-4 months later. Pupils develop an awareness of how plants grow and the impact that a poor yield can have on those that depend on them for a food source.

 

BIRMINGHAM AND CENTRAL MIDLANDS COMPUTING HUB

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceBishop Challoner Catholic College was designated two years ago to become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computing Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education – one of 34 hubs nationally.

Computing Hubs are led by schools and colleges who are recognised to have excellence in teaching computing. The Hubs support schools and colleges to provide a high-quality computing education to all young people.

Hubs work with schools to identify their computing needs and provide a targeted programme of support to help embed this key subject into the curriculum. Support includes high-quality CPD for teachers with associated bursaries for schools, teaching and learning resources and school-to-school-support.

We work closely with Universities, Initial Teacher Training providers and Business/Industry organisations in our region, which covers Birmingham and surrounding areas - a total of over 1,000 primary and secondary schools.

This year has seen the introduction of Physical Computing Kits – Crumble, Micro:bits and Raspberry Pi Picos – which can be loaned out to schools in our region.

Visit www.bctsa.org/computing-hub to find out more.

Email: teachcomputing@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk

 

ST ALBAN'S AND BISHOP CHALLONER EDTECH DEMONSTRATOR SCHOOL

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The EdTech Demonstrators were initially set up as part of the government’s response to the Covid-19 situation. In 2021 to 2022 the EdTech Demonstrators continue to work with schools and colleges with remote education when it is needed, and with the use of technology in the following areas:

  • recovery - showing how technology can boost pupil and student progress and outcomes
  • reducing workload - using technology to remove unnecessary tasks and support more flexible teaching practices
  • school and college improvement plans - ensuring that the adoption of technology supports the wider aims of the school or college
  • school and college resource management - ensuring that the adoption of technology provides the best value for money for their existing resources
  • an accessible and inclusive curriculum - ensuring that the adoption of technology includes a strong focus on improving access for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and removing barriers to the effective use of assistive technology

 

Visit www.bctsa.org/edtech-demonstrator-school to find out more.

Email: edtech@bishopchalloner.bham.sch.uk

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PERFORMING ARTS

The Performing Arts Department is dynamic, thriving and is continually developing year upon year.  We aim to provide a wealth of opportunities to every student in the school, whatever their particular interest.  Our range of extra-curricular activities and the Arts teachers’ commitment to excellent Arts provision ensure that Performing Arts is a high profile department which has recently been recognised both regionally and nationally.  

Music and Dramatic Arts are taught throughout Key Stage 3 for one hour per week.  Music is then offered as a discrete subject at GCSE and A Level.  BTEC Performing Arts is also offered as an option at Key Stage 4.  Examination results and progress measures at Key Stages 4 and 5 continue to be extremely high quality and reflect the hard work and commitment of both students and staff within the department.

Our amazing variety of extra-curricular activities include Drama Club, Dance Club, Rock School, ‘We Sing’ Show Choir, BC Band, Keyboard Club, Christmas Show and Bishop’s Got Talent evenings and visits to Theatres and Symphony Hall.  Numerous opportunities to work with Professional artists are provided to all year groups and instrumental tuition is offered on 14 different instruments.

Performing Arts subjects enhance academic achievement in every area of the curriculum.  Students’ involvement in the Arts – both in the classroom and through the wealth of extra-curricular activities – helps boost confidence and self-esteem and provides them with life-changing opportunities.

 

SCIENCE

As a highly achieving department, the science department has enjoyed great success at GCSE and A level over many years. In 2019 at GCSE level, over 95% of students achieved a grade 4 or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and 52% of our students achieved 4-4 in Combined Science. We always have strong science A level uptake with great success in the exams. In 2019, we enjoyed 100% pass rate in Biology and Physics and 88% pass rate in Chemistry.

In lessons, pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring; predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. In years 7, 8 and 9 our students are taught a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics covering the key stage 3 curriculum. We have recently finished rewriting the whole of key stage 3 in Science

using the Exploring Science resource where the emphasis is on a broad, inclusive curriculum aiming to enthuse students about science and the world. In January of year 9, we start teaching the GCSE course to the students. In year 10, all our students follow one of two different pathways. They will either study the three separate sciences and achieve three GCSEs or follow the Combined Science route and achieve two GCSEs. We deliver Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels to the sixth form students.

We integrate the use of outside agencies to bring Science to life and make it relevant to the outside world.  We have good links with the University of Birmingham and run trips to attend, for example, the Salters’ Chemistry Festival and the Big Physics Quiz. A Level Biology students have visited the Lickey Hills and Kew Gardens to complete fieldwork whilst A Level Chemistry students have made use of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase initiative organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Science Club for Year 7 students is also run on a weekly basis throughout the year. Science staff are involved with our local primary schools through the Primary Science Programme run by Bishop Challoner. This programme also includes the very successful Science Week run in the summer term at Bishop Challoner and across local schools.

All in all, a very successful and supportive department in an excellent school.

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SCIENCE LEARNING PARTNERSHIP

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is the lead school for the Central Midlands science learning partnership.  The partnership is a network of schools, colleges and universities working collaboratively together to deliver a world leading science education for all young people in England.

The science learning partnership is DfE funded via STEM Learning and we deliver high quality continuous professional development for teachers across the primary and secondary state education sector.  Examples of activities include one day courses, conferences, after school and INSET training.  Since March 2020 we have also significantly expanded our suite of online and remotely delivered training programmes.  Our training is delivered by accredited leading practitioners who have undergone a rigorous development programme.

The science learning partnership covers a large geographical area which includes Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire.

Impact is at the heart of everything we do and our courses are rigorously evaluated to ensure maximum and tangible impact on teachers, pupils and schools.

 

MICROSOFT SHOWCASE SCHOOL

In September we were delighted to find out that we had been accepted onto the Incubator Path leading to Microsoft Showcase School status – only one of 42 schools in the UK. We are looking forward to working with Microsoft this year.

 

A LEADING PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Our dynamic Physical Education curriculum and extensive extra-curricular programme ensures our work is at the centre of excellence for PE and Sport across the community and continues to be cutting edge.

Our KS3 curriculum supports students moving from primary school and allows them to continue making progress, building on their previous learning. All students get the opportunity to experience a wide range of sporting activities. In year 7, 8 and 9 students develop and apply their skills through activities such as Handball, Creative Movement and Swimming. 

At KS4 a diverse PE curriculum is offered – students can opt in to take GCSE PE, BTEC First Award in Sport or BTEC Dance as an academic option. All students take part in a wide range of extensive sporting activities during PE lessons that include Zumba, Basketball, Dodgeball, Fitness and Badminton.

At KS5 students can choose to take A Level Physical Education or OCR Cambridge Technical in Sport (Single or Triple award). These qualifications will give pupils an understanding of the essential skills needed when you are looking to follow a career in the sports sector. It will also support pupils in their progression to either employment or move into further education. All students have the opportunity to take part in PE and Sport in Year 12, as it is timetabled as ‘enrichment’ each week with a variety of activities such as Badminton, Table Tennis or even gain a First Aid Qualification.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College takes great pride in competing in all sports and has weekly fixtures in a variety of sport such as Football, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Rugby.  Our PE department ensures that we have a broad enriched extra-curricular programme for all ages, with daily clubs before and after school.

There is also a wide range of educational visits each year such as the European Football Development Tour, International Skiing Trips, Liddington Netball Trip and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

The school also take great pride in providing the Ball Crew for the Birmingham Classic, a top International Women’s Tennis Tournament every summer at the Priory Tennis Club.

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SCHOOL GAMES PROGRAMME

Bishop Challoner Catholic College works with 37 local primary, secondary, special schools and PRUs through the School Games (SG) framework to develop competitive and fun sporting opportunities, sports leadership training and workshops and provides opportunities for more young people to be physically active. One of the government aims for all schools is for young people to be physically active for a minimum of 60 minutes per day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes at home and at the weekend). This can be achieved in a wide range of ways, including through active travel (walking, cycling), active learning across the curriculum (e.g. active numeracy or literacy) and through getting involved in a local sports club or activities in local parks etc.

We organise a comprehensive event calendar for all schools which provides opportunities for young people to take part in competitions in such sports as gymnastics, basketball, golf, tennis and swimming. SG events will fall in to 1 of 3 categories this year for both the Active Partnership and ourselves. They are:

  1. Skills Development – resources, toolkits and workshops to support young people (aged 7 - 14) to develop key skills and apply these to leadership and volunteering opportunities.
  2. Targeted Provision – festivals/events and support that are targeted at identified audiences who will benefit the most from involvement in the School Games.
  3. Competition Pathways – festivals and competition events focused on a range of sports including some Birmingham CWG 2022 sports.

Some of our events focus on fun and participation and the 6 SG values are used to promote fair play etc. The 6 SG values are Teamwork, Determination, Passion, Self-Belief, Respect and Honesty and we provide certificates and badges to those pupils who take part in events across the year.

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SCHOOL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

The Bishop Challoner PE and Sport Premium Primary Programme uses the government funding to provide a wide range of opportunities for primary schools to develop staff confidence and competence to teach PE as well as providing more opportunities for young people to be physically active.

During the year courses for teaching staff are organised in gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming etc. and schools can also benefit from having whole school training in any PE curriculum area. PE Coordinators in each primary school meet 3 times per year to network, share good practice and receive local and national updates on PE, school sport and physical activity.

Schools also benefit from Play Leader training whereby 12 pupils and 2 teaching staff attend a training day that provides resources and ideas to play simple, fun playground games. Each play leader then gets allocated 1-2 lunchtimes per week back in their own primary school when they work with younger pupils with the intention that more young people are physically active.

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MATHS HUB

Since 2014, Bishop Challoner Catholic College has been proudly serving as the lead school for the Central Maths Hub.

The core purpose of Maths Hubs is to help schools and colleges lead improvement in mathematics education in England. They seek to harness all the maths leadership and expertise within an area, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students. They are part of the wider development of school-led system leadership in England, fully funded by the Department for Education, and coordinated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College identifies strategic partners, who help plan and evaluate the hub’s work, and operational partners who help carry out the hub’s work. So, the hub is not just us – instead it is more like a maths leadership network involving schools, colleges and other organisations with maths education expertise from across our area, which covers Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley. This development of excellent practice is conducted through localised Work Groups as part of wider National Collaborative Projects.

There are 40 Maths Hubs that together serve all the regions of England. Each Maths Hub is open to working with any schools and colleges, from early years providers to post-16 institutions, in the broad geographical area that it covers. The benefits for schools and colleges engaging with their local Maths Hub include:

  • Access to free or subsidised professional development programmes
  • Up-to-date information about all local maths education activities
  • Participation in a network of Local Leaders of Maths Education (LLMEs)

To find out more, please visit our website www.centralmathshub.com, or follow us on Twitter @CentralMathsHub.

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THE OPEN LEARNING CENTRE 

Situated in the heart of the school and staffed by a supportive and dedicated team, the Open Learning Centre includes the library and is a vibrant learning environment which is accessible to students throughout the day.  It is a flexible space that can be used by a class or for independent learning and reading for pleasure.

Resources inspire wider reading, encourage reading for pleasure and support the curriculum across the ability range.  These include a bank of 8,000 texts. In addition, all students can access the online library of e-books and audio books. E books can be downloaded on a variety of devices including student netbooks, home computers or mobile phones.

During the first few weeks of the autumn term, the Open Learning Centre runs an induction programme for all Year 7 students. Students are introduced to the facility and shown how to borrow and use resources. This programme is followed by another initiative to help the students locate the type of book they personally can relate to and enjoy reading. They are shown how to choose reading books independently and encouraged to read for pleasure throughout their school life. In addition reading clubs are run throughout the year and paired reading schemes have been successful.

 

 DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT LEARNING SKILLS

During the first few weeks of the Autumn term the Open Learning Centre runs an induction programme for all Year 7 students. Students are introduced to the facility and shown how to borrow and use resources. This programme is followed by another initiative to help the students locate the type of book they personally can relate to and enjoy reading. They are shown how to choose reading books independently and encouraged to read for pleasure throughout their school life. In addition reading clubs are run throughout the year and paired reading schemes have been successful. 

 

BROADENING HORIZONS

Several special events celebrating student talents and providing new experiences have taken place in the OLC.  These include the performance of the steel band, a sports champion showcase, a pub style quiz,  a board games day, a Balloon Debate and a Lesson in Sugar Craft.  Chess playing is also encouraged.

 

CELEBRATING READING

Teachers and support staff are not afraid to share their love of reading and they join in with any reading promotional activities that occur. Parents and carers are invited and encouraged to visit the library on visiting days/evening.

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MAINTAINING A STRONG STUDENT VOICE

The open Learning Centre encourages students to become Library Monitors and help run the Library. A structured training programme is in place which encourages the students to take on responsibility and make decisions. It also encourages new friendships and bonding through regular meetings.

In addition the students are encouraged to help plan and participate in various school fundraising activates that keep it involved in the school community.

The Open Learning Centre staff aim to help students use the Open Learning Centre in a way that benefits them and others so that it can be used and enjoyed by the whole school community holistically and educationally.

 

E-LEARNING

E-learning (using computer based technology to enhance learning) is dramatically changing education. Here at Bishop Challoner we are maintaining our position at the forefront of this development by constantly developing our online curriculum and support for our students. The school is now much more than bricks and mortar, as students can now access, using their personal devices, a wide range of educational resources from every department. Through their Microsoft accounts students have access to Microsoft Office, Outlook for their emails and Microsoft Teams, a platform that the students have used frequently during the recent year. All students are provided with an account in Year 7 that follows them through their career at the school.

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VOCABULARY RICH AND THE THREE TIERS

Vocabulary Banking, our whole school initiative, promotes and rewards vocabulary development. It aims to encourage pupils to understand the power and value that vocabulary has in our lives. Across all areas of the curriculum, pupils are able to harvest words that they feel they will be able to use in their own answers.

The Vocabulary Bank
It’s inspired by the influential researcher Isabel Beck who provides a three tier approach to Vocabulary development.

Tier 1 words don’t need to be taught.

Tier 3 words are domain subject specific e.g. Photosynthesis, chronology and are overtly taught through subjects.  

Tier 2 words are the key. It’s very easy to assume pupils know these words. Too often they don’t. 

Students need 43,000 to successfully navigate higher education and graduate. With over 170,000 in the Oxford English Dictionary to navigate, at Bishop Challoner Catholic College, our focus is on equipping our students with the skills required to access these complex terms and vocabulary choices. Students are encouraged to look out for significant words and phrases and to make them stand out by putting at * next to them. Pupils add these words to their ‘Vocabulary Banks’ before using them in their own work.

 

TRAINING SCHOOL

Bishop Challoner Catholic College is a Training School. This means that we work in partnership to lead teacher training with Warwick University, the University of Birmingham, Newman University, and Birmingham City University. This brings exciting new teachers into our school, and provides valuable opportunities for our staff to work with Universities in our region.  

Teachers in our school also deliver leadership training to leaders across the region by facilitating programmes like the National Professional Qualification for Middle and Senior Leadership, the national gold standard development courses. This means Bishop Challoner staff are playing a key role in shaping school leaders across the Birmingham region in both primary and secondary schools.  

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BEHAVIOUR FOR LEARNING AND STANDARDS

As in every school, there are rules at Bishop Challoner; they exist to ensure that the children are safe, feel secure, work well in each other’s company and enjoy good relationships.  Happily, most students co-operate, they are sensible, hard-working and courteous to one another and to staff, and for them, disciplinary action is quite unnecessary.

The school is a Christian community and individuals within that community are expected to show self-discipline and be responsible for the consequences of their own actions.  Students are encouraged at all times to think about the wisdom of what they are doing and its effect on others.  These school rules are displayed around the school.

BC Basics
In order for all students to be able to fully engage with learning inside the classroom we insist that students:

  • Do not call out
  • Do not talk when the teacher is addressing the whole class
  • Follow all instructions at the first time of asking

BC 7

We have 7 whole school rules that all students must follow:

  1. Have good att endance and punctuality
  2. Follow instructi ons given by adults
  3. Be polite and show consideration, care and respect for others
  4. Respect the right of everyone to engage with teaching and learning
  5. Respect the environment, school property and the property of others
  6. Abide by the school dress code and come to school with the correct equipment
  7. Do not bring valuable items into school

Sanctions will be applied when either BC Basics or BC 7 rules/standards are not met.

Students, parents/carers and school will sign a Home/School Agreement in order to work together to promote high standards of academic study and behaviour.

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SCHOOL INFORMATION

Throughout the City of Birmingham Bishop Challoner is recognised for its discipline and sensible organisation.  The following procedures are essential to the good running of the school.

 

HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES

Parents/carers are required to keep the school informed of any medical problems relating to their child.  Any medicines brought into school must be handed to the school’s first-aider for safe keeping together with a parental letter of consent for medication to be administered.  Students who have to receive dental or other treatment must go to the Pastoral Office and show their appointment card and a note from their parents/carers that includes the time the student will need to leave school for the appointment.

The School Nurse visits regularly to carry out routine health checks and will contact you if there are any concerns.  The Local Authority medical services also arrange vaccinations and dental inspections; again, you will be informed when these will occur.

The school asks for the details of 3 contacts.  It is very important that the school has an up-to-date EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER (in addition to your home number) in case we need to contact you urgently.

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CLASS CHARTS

What is Class Charts?
Class Charts is a school management system for teachers, students and parents.  It is currently used in over 1000 secondary schools nationally and has been highly recommended by many schools in our local area.  Class Charts allows staff, students and parents to keep in touch and communicate better.

How to access Class Charts
Students and parent/carers will be provided with an access code.  There are two main ways that both parents and students can use Class Charts-
Easiest and most convenient way is an App on either Android or Apple phones
The second method is to login through www.classcharts.com

What will be seen on Class Charts?
Initially you will see all Homework set via Class Charts, as the school develops the system further it has the facility to share information with parents/carers about achievement and behaviour, attendance and detentions.

 

SCHOOLCOMMS

We operate an online payment system.  This system will be the only way for you to make payments for your child’s school meals and selective school trips.  

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Please support Bishop Challoner in insisting that your child does not bring valuable items or large amounts of money into school.  If for some reason items of value have to be brought to school, they should be handed straight into the Pastoral Office.  Mobile phones are not allowed to be used or seen in school.  Should your child need to bring their phone in, it must be kept away and switched off all day.  Obviously the school cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage.

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SCHOOL MEALS

A comprehensive range of meals is served cafeteria style in the dining room during the lunch break.  Light snacks are also available before school and during break time.  Students with special diets must inform the Pastoral Office.  The school uses a biometric fingerprint, cashless system.  Those who are entitled to free school meals should apply using the link on the school website.  If you need further help with any matter relating to your child’s school meals provision, please contact Mrs Houldcroft-Flint.  It is essential that ALL STUDENTS STAY ON THE PREMISES DURING BREAKS.

 

TAKING YOUR CHILD TO AND FROM SCHOOL

We would like to stress that parents/carers are not permitted to drive their cars onto school premises when dropping off or collecting children.  This avoids congestion and possible danger to children entering or leaving the site.

 

CHARGING

It is the policy of the school Governing Body to request students to make a contribution towards the cost of visits which take place in school time.  A charge is made for maintenance of instruments to students receiving peripatetic music lessons.

 

PARENTS AND THE EDUCATION ACT

Parents/carers who wish to raise issues, concerns or complaints on any matters concerning their child’s progress at school should contact the appropriate Head of Year in the first instance.  Any general issues or complaints concerning the curriculum, pastoral care or school management issues should initially be referred to a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team.

 

ACCOMMODATION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The school makes every effort to accommodate students with disabilities, both physical and sensory.  However, the school is restricted in accommodating those children with physical disabilities due to the school being a two-storey building with no lift.  Ramps are available to allow access to the ground floor level of the school, however without access to the first floor it is not possible to access the full curriculum.  For those students with sensory disabilities the school calls upon the support and advice sensory support.  The Sports Centre meets all requirements of the Disability Act.

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MAP OF THE SCHOOL

 

 

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