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Term 5, 2017

Chestnut Class visit The Science Observatory, Herstmonceux

On Thursday 25th May our Reception children in Chestnut Class visited The Science Observatory in Herstmonceux as part of their learning on space.  They enjoyed a lovely sunny day exploring the discovery park and water area and also took part in a workshop to discover what Tim Peake's space outfit was made of.  Thank you to all our parent volunteers a great day was had by all.


Year 6 Football

The football team had a very early start on Saturday, 6th May. They came top of their group after winning all 5 matches. They went on to win the semi and then the final. 18 goals were scored over the 7 matches. A great result! The children all received a medal and we have a lovely cup for our cabinet.  Well done  to Harry, Olly, Luca, Louis , Brody, Ben, Archie, Sam and Joshua.

Pine Class - Charity Shop Visit

Year 5 Pine had a fantastic trip to Tunbridge Wells town on Tuesday 9th May, visiting three charity shops that they had been learning about with Mrs Paget: Hospices of Hope, Oxfam and Hospice in the Weald. The children (and adults!) had a wonderful morning learning about how the charity shops work and who they raise money for and were able to help sort through donations, price books and discover many charity shop secrets! The children ended their morning by purchasing items for the charity shop they visited - it was certainly their highlight! Many thanks to Mrs Paget for organising and Mrs Gamage, Mrs Burke and Mrs Huckett, three wonderful parents for supporting.

Pepenbury - Amazing Year 5 Pine Class!

Sarah Stookes, CEO of Pepenbury and Camilla Slattery, Fundraising and Communications Manager, visited Year 5 Pine on Monday 8th May 2017, to find out all about their amazing fundraising efforts for Pepenbury, our local charity which we are supporting this year.  The total amount of money was revealed and we can officially announce that Year 5 Pine raised an incredible £1798.03. We are looking forward to finding out how this money will be used, to support those with additional needs.
No event was too big or too challenging for the members of Pine!  Events ranged from: climbing the O2, taking part in the Spartan Race, cake sales, sweet stalls, swimming, park-run, garden fete and much more!
We are so proud of each and everyone of them. You are all extremely inspiring, especially to the Year 5 Pine Team!

Ski Team

On Saturday the 6th of May, Bishops Down Ski Team went to the Kent Schools' Ski 2017 Championships at Brentwood.

Alex, Isobel, Lila, Jack, Nate, Georgina and Teddy have been training since January for the race and all skied fantastically in their slalom runs. 

Lila came 3rd in the primary school girls race and Bishops Down A came 2nd in the primary mixed team race.  Alex and Nate improved their 2nd runs by 1.5 seconds !! 


Tennis Tournament

On Tuesday 2nd May 2017 some children from year 4 took part in a tennis tournament at St John’s Sports Centre. The teams that took part were: Bishops Down, St Peter’s, St James’s, St Paul’s Rusthall and Claremont.

Double Teams were:- Thomas and Markus; Sam and Julia; Edward and Arzeo and William and Freddie

The ‘A’ team were:  Edward, Arzeo, William and Freddie

The ‘B’ team were:  Thomas, Markus, Sam and Julia

Both teams failed to get in to the semi-finals, but luckily they all got to play 4 matches.  Every match was 8 minutes long and some of the games were really close.  The closest score was 11- 10.

Well done to the A team and the B team - you played brilliantly!!

Thank you to Mrs Tizzard and all the parents

Toy Sale

What a great idea to hold a second hand toy sale for our chosen charities this year!  A whopping £130 was raised on 2nd May which will be split between Pepenbury, Great Ormond Street Hospital and WaterAid.  A big thank you to Mrs Magee for organising this event and to everyone who donated and helped on the day.

Book Sale

The school put on a second hand book sale on Wednesday, 19th April - a big thank you to Mrs Kyte for organising.   A fantastic £71.00 was raised which will go towards our big 50th birthday party on 14th July.  Thank you for all your donations.



A team of year 4 footballers played a friendly against southborough. We won 5-1, the whole team were amazing Including some good saves by Freddy, a penalty by Phoenix and some extremely skilful footwork by Stefan. We are looking forward to the school league next year, it looks like we are going to have an amazing school team!



Term 4 2017

Ofsted Visit

Ofsted made a short inspection on 21st February and we are delighted to report the school remains "Good".   Please click here to view this report.   

We would like to thank all parents for taking the time to participate in the Parent View questionnaire. The inspection report stated:

‘Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. Every parent who completed Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, said they would recommend Bishops Down. Many commented enthusiastically about the caring ethos and interesting learning environment you provide. One parent described the fantastic opportunities offered to all pupils, who are supported and challenged ‘to be the very best they can be’.

To view the full report which took place in March 2012 please click on the following link:

Bishops Down Inspection Report April 2012

WAC and Play Scheme

Bishops Down's Wrap Around Care and Play Scheme Admissions and Fees Policy changes from April 2017.  Please click here to redirect to view these new arrangements, including pricing structure.

Assessment Data

Bishops Down Assessment Data Compared to Kent and National Data 2016 can be viewed by clicking here.   Please also look at School Results under the Information tab above for more data outcomes for our pupils.



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