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A Message for Parents from our Headteacher - Linda Hardman (2003-2017)

  Mr Jon Hall - Acting Headteacher for the Autumn Term 2017
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I think Bishop Wood School is the most special school I have ever worked in. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity and support of the school community and I expect you and your children to experience the same warmth of welcome when your child comes into our school.

At Bishop Wood it is my priority to provide education of the highest possible quality within the supportive Christian context of the school. Your children only have one chance at education and I believe passionately, as both a parent and a teacher, that we must get this right for our children.

I feel very privileged to be the Headteacher of a school with happy, hardworking and well-disciplined pupils who have a clear sense of right and wrong, where there are high expectations regarding work and behaviour. Your children and their needs will always be my top priority.

As parents you will always be consulted and informed about issues relating to your child‛s education. I would always want you to feel free to question, seek clarification, affirm the work of the school and influence change. I actively encourage this of our parents. My view is that we can only best serve the needs of our pupils if our parents are happy with what we are trying to achieve.

I believe that a school like Bishop Wood, with a strong Christian foundation, provides the very best quality of education to assist in the holistic, all round development of your child. Attending and working in a school with a clear Christian foundation is a wonderful privilege that must never be taken for granted. Alongside this privilege comes the responsibility of you as parents to support the school in nurturing the development of your child academically and spiritually.

I believe the hallmarks that make Bishop Wood distinctive are these features:
  • We are a very family orientated community. We want to share your family joys and support you in times of difficulty with your concerns.
  • Every child is known, loved and respected for the unique and wonderful contribution they bring to the school.
  • Compassion and forgiveness are key words as far as the school is concerned. The principle of reconciliation is a very important part of our religious foundation.
  • Success is shared and difficulties are talked through.
  • Every person is valued. Every person is special and unique in the eyes of God

Your child is a very precious gift. I am very well aware of the immense trust you will be placing in us as a school to shape your child's thinking, education and personal development. You need to know that I will always honour and respect that trust and do the very best for your child. I look forward to working in close partnership with you all.

With kind regards,
Linda Hardman
Headteacher - (2003 - 2017)

   
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Bishop Wood is a Voluntary Aided Church School

 

The Church of England makes a major contribution to the education system of the country through a significant number of schools. VA church schools are very much a part of the state system and Bishop Wood is funded by Herts County Council.

Church schools such as ours meet the same criteria as other schools. They must:

  • comply with the statutory Admissions Code
  • follow the National Curriculum
  • participate in National Curriculum tests and assessments
  • be inspected by Ofsted
  • have fully qualified teaching staff
  • be run by a governing body composed according to the stakeholder model
  • promote community cohesion

In VA Church schools the governors employ the staff, are responsible for the admissions to the school and determine the content of the religious education curriculum. Daily worship follows the Anglican tradition of school worship and is one of the key activities contributing to the sense of community and strong Christian ethos that is a feature of this school. The governing body includes governors nominated by our church and the LEA, and others elected by the parents and staff. The governors nominated by the church are always in the majority. The land on which the buildings and the hard play area is situated belongs to St Alban's Diocese. The ground are owned by Hertfordshire County Council although the school still has to budget for their upkeep. The governors have to find the money for payment of additional insurance such as Public Liability but they can use the delegated school budget for this purpose. However, the major financial implication of Bishop Wood being a Voluntary Aided school is that governors have to find 10% of the cost of all major building work. The local church, St Peter and St Paul's, which is part of the Tring Team Parish, gives the school an annual grant of £1000 to help, however the governing body still need additional funds for improvement works.

   
   
   
 

Aims, Values and Ethos

 

As a Church of England School we seek to promote the Christian values of collective and individual care and responsibility. The school aims to serve its community within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils. A holistic approach is taken towards the education of each child in order to develop academic, physical, social, aesthetic, spiritual and moral understanding through experiences offered in the curriculum.

Bishop Wood C of E School aims to:

  • provide a happy and secure learning environment where effective teaching and learning can take place.
  • provide equal opportunities for all children.
  • encourage children to respect the rights of others irrespective of gender, race, ability, religion or social background.
  • encourage high standards of work and behaviour in all aspects of school life.
  • provide a broad, well balanced, relevant curriculum for children of all abilities.
  • help children to acquire valuable skills, knowledge and practical abilities and the will to use them.
  • assist children to develop a secure and open questioning attitude of mind, a healthy body, sense of the spiritual, sensitivity to feeling and creative imagination.
  • encourage children to appreciate human achievements in art, music, technology, literature and movement.
  • help children to gain an understanding of the social and economic benefits of democracy and order, and to develop a reasoned set of attitudes, values and beliefs.
 

 

   

 

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Bishop Wood C of E Junior School
Frogmore Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5AU
Tel: 01442 822024 Fax: 01442 382950 Email: admin@bishopwood.herts.sch.uk
Acting Headteacher: Mr J P Hall