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Welcome to Bishops Down

"Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow"

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.

World Book Day

Another great year for all the children celebrating World Book Day and buying books at our annual Scholastic Book Fair.   Thank you to all involved for making the day so colourful with your amazing outfits - there is a big thank you to parents too! 


Year 3 - Science Museum Trip

"Wow, what an adventure that was!"   This was heard being said to a friend as a child disembarked the coach after our visit to the Science Museum in London on Wednesday, 22nd February. This trip was linked to the children's science module 'particle theory', and they had the opportunity to experience interactive experiments and visited lots of cutting edge exhibits. 

To support our topics of forces and chemistry the children visited the new attraction called  'Wonderlab'.   They got close and personal to all things science and there were many opportunities to play with forces on giant slides (the wooden one was voted to have the least friction!).

Our day started with a short show - 'Under Pressure'. We enjoyed fun demonstrations and explanations, e.g.,  'Would you sit in a chair of nails?'  In the Wonderlab the children forced a hoop of smoke into a ring, watched particles appear, saw and tried to grab holograms, stood and orbited the sun, played with mirrors and marvelled  over scientific phenomena. Our curiosity was ignited and many questions asked.  A great day was had by all the children and our thanks, as usual, must go to our parent volunteers who assisted us.

Indoor Athletics Tournament

Year 3 and 4 represented the school at the annual Indoor Athletics Tournament at Putlands Sports Centre, Paddock Wood, on Tuesday 21st February.  Well done team - we came 3rd overall which is the best result we have ever had.  Congratulations! 

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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