Bishop Fox's Community School

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Bishop Fox's School
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Motto Est Deo Gratia
Type Academy
Religion Non-denominational
Headteacher Paul Scutt
Founder Richard Foxe
Specialism Business and Enterprise College
Location Bishop Fox Drive
England Coordinates: 51°00′22″N 3°05′32″W / 51.0061°N 3.0922°W / 51.0061; -3.0922
DfE URN 136851 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 857[1] as of January 2012
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16

Bishop Fox's School is a secondary school in Taunton, Somerset, England. As of January 2012, the school has 857 students between the ages of 11 and 16.[1]

The school traces its history back to 1522, as the Tudor Grammar School endowed by Richard Foxe (1448–1528), the Bishop of Winchester. The school was housed in what is now referred to as the Old Municipal Building in Taunton. In 1922, it came under the control of Somerset County Council. The school was located on Kingston Road until 1994. This building was demolished and a new housing estate erected. The Kingston Road site is the only former Bishop Fox's School building that is no longer standing. In September 2003, the school was awarded Specialist Status as a Business and Enterprise College. In July 2011, it became an Academy.

In 1994, it moved into new purpose built accommodation on a 30 acres (12.1 ha) site.[2] The new building was opened by John Major who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time. Students at the previous site on Kingston Road were invited to plant trees as part of the transition between sites. A stream runs through the site which is home to water voles.

The school has been awarded the Gold Artsmark Award three times. [3] It was judged "Good" by Ofsted in 2010 and again in 2013.


  1. ^ a b "School Census Data". Edubase. Department for Education. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Bishop Fox's School. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "artsmark". somerset county gazette. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 

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