Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School
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|Motto||Know. Nurtured. Inspired|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Chair||Rt. Rev. K. Sinclair|
|Local authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|DfE URN||111455 Tables|
|Ages||11–18 (sixth form college)|
|Colours||Navy Blue / Mint Green|
It is also an affiliated school of the Woodard Group of Schools.
The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School was founded in 1984 after an agreement between Cheshire County Council and the Church of England. The Bishops of Chester and Birkenhead were instrumental in the school’s foundation.
The Bishops’ High School is the only Anglican secondary school in the Cheshire West & Chester Local Authority and at present one of only two within the Chester Diocese. The other, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, is in Warrington.
Since 1984 the school has grown in size. Today around 1060 attend, including 160 sixth form students. A massive investment in new buildings and facilities has accompanied this growth in numbers.
The results of a consultation between 14 December 2010 and 13 January 2011 indicated a clear majority of parents, staff and the wider community to be in favour of the school applying for Academy Status. The Bishop of Chester, the Diocesan Board of Education and the Blue Coat foundation expressed their support for the change of status, and The Bishops' Blue Coat C of E High School became an Academy on 1 April 2011.
In 2011, A level students obtained the schools best results ever. 56% of students attained top grades A*/A and B.
The school also achieved its best ever GCSE results. 83% of its Year 11 students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades, with 68% attaining 5A*-C including English and Mathematics.
In 2010, 79% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* - C grades and 58% achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. In the 6th Form 53% of grades obtained at A Level were A*-B grades.
The school has 5 main buildings, with a sixth under construction, due for prominent usage as of mid 2015.
These buildings include:
- "C" - Centre block - used for History, Music, Religious Studies among numerous others. It also homes the main entrance to the school, as well as a sports hall, public library, school canteen and a sixth form common room.
- "S" - Science block - as the school specialises in science, it holds vast resources for all science practical lessons.
- "W" - Named honoring The Reverend Canon Andrew White - used for Maths and English, as well as an ICT suite.
- "D" - Design block - used for Design and Technology, Art and Home Economics.
- "N" - New block - an unconventional "block" with different buildings both permanent and temporary scattered around the school, used for Geography and Modern Foreign Languages
The school also possesses a building solely used as an assembly hall, and is currently constructing a new "humanities" block.
The school is set in extensive and landscaped grounds, the largest of any school in Cheshire, close to the River Dee. Each subject has its own suite of specialist rooms and further planned development will provide more facilities in the coming years.
- Sports Hall
- Cricket and Football Pitches
- Athletics Track and Sand Pit
- Tennis Courts
- Resources Room
- Medical Room
- 9 Science Laboratories
- Workshops (3) and Art Classrooms (3)
- English and Media Studies classrooms
- Wide variety of Sport equipment
- Assembly Hall and Theatre Stage
- Drama Studio and Amphitheatre
- Sixth Form Social and Study Areas
- 7 Computer Suites and study areas with over 400 PCs and laptops for use by students
- 31 classrooms with ICT projectors and/or interactive whiteboards
- Sainsbury's Backdoor Cantina℠
Sports at the school include handball, rock climbing, cheerleading, volleyball and fencing. In addition, the school has a Concert and Training Band.
Notable pupils and teachers