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Bishop Vesey's Grammar School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School provides outstanding challenge, support and enjoyment for able boys. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is a very special place, providing an outstanding, academically challenging and well-rounded education for able boys from Birmingham and across the Midlands since the 16th Century. Our academic profile is comfortably in the top sixty schools nationally: 81% A*-B (A level, 2012), 67% A*-A (GCSE, 2012). Just under two thirds of our students leave at 18 to study at the prestigious Russell Group universities. At the same time, our extra-curricular provision is first-rate, wide-ranging and of national renown. The welcoming atmosphere within the school, which reaches out to all those who visit or join the school, emanates from a sense of purpose and togetherness. Staff and students cherish our history. We know that future success depends on hard work, resilience and a reflective outlook. Bishop Vesey’s is a thinking school. Like Sir Chris Hoy, our most successful Olympian, “We point the mirror at ourselves and continuously ask how can we get better?” Judged “Outstanding” once again by OFSTED in June 2011, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School represents the rich and diverse cultural, linguistic and faith heritages of Birmingham and beyond, with community cohesion at the heart of the life of the school. Our safe, secure and happy environment enables students to engage in school life with energy and enthusiasm, adopting leadership roles from Year 7 to the Upper 6th which directly influence teaching and learning and wider school development. Students feel encouraged, empowered and trusted to bring about change. Those who are privileged to be associated with school become deeply affiliated to it and look back on their time at the school with fond affection. Importantly, we equip students with the skills to thrive in the 21st Century. Our students have the benefit of having one of the most attractive and green school sites in the Midlands. However, we strongly resist any temptation to be inward-looking. Students are encouraged to see that true happiness and fulfilment in life come from service to others. We are an international school which takes care for our neighbour very seriously. Charitable giving is central to the life of our community.

We know that our students have the capacity to be the future leaders, who will improve and re-define the world in which we live. Dominic Robson BA (Hons) NPQH, Headteacher, July 2013

Dominic Robson Headteacher July 2013


ADMISSION TO BISHOP VESEY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL There are 124 places available in Year 7 and admission is by selective tests. The tests are held for places at one of the grammar schools within The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys & Girls King Edward VI Five Ways (Boys & Girls) King Edward VI Handsworth School (Girls) King Edward VI Aston School Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls Handsworth Grammar School The admissions timetable for Year 7 entry at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School   

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The Admission Packs and Test Registration forms are available from The Grammar Schools in Birmingham. Applications can be made on line via the website, www.birminghamgrammarschools.org from 13 May 2013. If your child has a disability and/or requires special resources to sit the test you should contact www.birminghamgrammarschools.org for a disability form and return no later than 19 June 2013. The closing date for the return of Test Registration forms to The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Applications, PO BOX 15627, Birmingham, B16 6NL is 12 July 2013 at 4pm. (Please note that all registration forms will be acknowledged in writing within 14 working days of receipt. If forms are sent within 14 days of the closing date it is advisable to hand deliver or post them by recorded delivery). Please also note that applications received after the closing date cannot be accepted and children will not be able to take the test. The Grammar Schools Entrance Test will take place on Saturday 7th September 2013. Grammar Schools Test Results 18 October 2013. Local Authority Preference Form deadline 31 October 2013. Offers of school places will be communicated in writing via your Local Authority 1st March 2014 or the next working day.

Test forms and an explanatory brochure are available on request from The Grammar Schools in Birmingham on telephone number 0121 415 6004. You can apply online via a link on our website. The Grammar school test consists of two exams, each of 45 minutes in duration. Papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections which tests Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension/Literacy skills and Mathematics. Some of the questions will take a multiple choice format. A sample of questions will be included in the brochure which will be sent with the application form.

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We will also be holding opportunities for parents/carers to visit our school on: Tuesday 2nd July 2013 4.30pm – 7.00pm Head’s address 5.00pm 5.30pm, 6.00pm & 6.30pm Tuesday 9th July 2013 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Thursday 19th September 2013 4.30pm – 7.30pm Head’s address 5.00pm 5.30pm, 6.00pm & 6.30pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Thursday 24th October 2013 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am

ADMISSION TO THE SIXTH FORM A special Sixth Form Open Evening is being held on Thursday 7 November 2013 4.30 – 7.30 pm and an Open Morning on Friday 8 November 2013 9.15-10.30 am to enable prospective Sixth Form Students to discuss course options, activities and opportunities in the Sixth Form. Students contemplating joining our Sixth Form can access our prospectus via the school website. Students who are interested in joining Bishop Vesey’s are requested to complete an application form. Academic success and potential will then be assessed. Candidates expected to meet our entrance requirements will be invited to meet teaching staff and tour of the school.

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ORGANISATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCHOOL: BVGS ANNUAL FUND In times of difficult funding for state schools we are grateful that our parent body is supportive of the BVGS ANNUAL FUND, which is used to enrich all our students through:    

Our outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom Our high calibre and wide-ranging staffing levels Our curriculum developments and improvements Our programme of refurbishment

BVGS Annual Fund donations are processed through ‘The Vesey Foundation’.

THE VESEY FOUNDATION Registered charity number 1121803 The Vesey Foundation was established, as a separate charitable trust, in 2008 to:

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Bring together all who are associated with BVGS Preserve the distinctive ethos and excellent resources at the school through fund-raising efforts amongst all the members of the Vesey Community.

THE PARENTS' ASSOCIATION COUNCIL The aims of the Parents' Association Council are:    

To foster and support the community of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School To bring parents/carers together in social activities To provide input for careers advice and assistance to students To be a forum for discussion and action on issues that concern the school

The PAC members meet monthly to co-ordinate and facilitate the activities of the association. All new parents/carers receive automatic membership. We encourage and invite new members of the PAC to join the council.

THE OLD VESEYAN ASSOCIATION The school enjoys the support of an active and committed former students' association whose motto is 'The renewal of Old Friendships and the Welfare of the School'. The association supports the school in a variety of activities and provides a network of contacts all over the world. Members of the association have given significant financial support to the school particularly in large capital building projects such as the Randon Design Centre, the Sports Hall, the Clive Richards Centre the all-weather pitch on Middle Field and many other cultural and sporting developments over the years.

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STUDENT SUPPORT, CARE AND GUIDANCE PASTORAL CARE Our student community is representative of the rich and diverse cultural heritages of Birmingham and beyond. All students are able to take full advantage of the opportunities available at BVGS:  We seek to promote interest and success in the academic, social, cultural and sporting activities of the school  We give support for and offer advice on any challenges encountered  We actively encourage community spirit and social responsibility All members of the school community have a role to play in being awake to the comments and concerns of members of the public, parents, teaching staff and students.

A POSITIVE AND DISCIPLINED LEARNING COMMUNITY The school aims to establish a purposeful and efficient learning environment by:  Promoting outstanding behaviour and discipline  A school ethos of encouragement and rewards of academic and non-academic achievements including positive feedback, merits, certificates and colours.  Promoting self-discipline  Ensuring fairness in the treatment of all  Encouraging consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour  Providing a safe environment  Encouraging a positive relationship with parents and carers  A zero tolerance approach to bullying (including cyber and homophobic bullying), prejudice (including racism), drugs and weapons The school exercises its influence through reasoned persuasion but it is not afraid to insist on respect and obedience for authority when they are needed to protect the safety and happiness of students.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP Involving students in the running of the school and its activities is central to our aim to empower and share responsibility. Increased opportunities exist from Year 7 all the way to Sixth Form with a variety of roles, such as Form Captain, House Captain, School Council member and Charity Officer.

THE SCHOOL DAY 8.00 8.25 8.40 8.45 8.55 9.33 10.10 10.48 11.25

Dining Room Open Library Open School Open Registration Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Break

11.45 12.23 1.00 1.50 2.10 2.48 3.25 3.40 4.00 4

Period 5 Period 6 Lunch Registration / Assembly Period 7 Period 8 End of School Day Extended Games session ends Library closes


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES The school recognises the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities can make towards our students’ personal and social education, and so aims to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum for the students of the school and as additional optional extras. This may include:  Residential Trips  Lectures

 Coaching Courses  Sporting Tours

ASSESSMENT POLICY Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and as such comprises marks for all formal classes and homework as well as tests. Students’ progress and achievement are assessed in a variety of ways to build up confidence and enthusiasm for future learning, and to check that depth of knowledge, level of understanding and the mastery of a skill have progressed within a period of time. The results of an assessment will be communicated to the students and they will be given advice on how to make further progress in the light of the assessment. Our tutor/students interview programme highlights strengths, helps students to practise self-assessment and to set targets for improvement.

ASSESSMENT AND PROGRESS REPORTS The school continuously assesses a student’s progress and at regular intervals parents receive a report. Full school ‘Reports’ with written comments from subject teachers and form tutors are issued at least once per year. They are supplemented by two interim statements of progress known as report marks in years 7-11. Every year group has one formal Parent evening per annum. In addition, every student in the school has a designated interview with his/her tutor on at least two occasions during the year. Parents are invited to one of these interviews as part of our annual Review Days.

CURRICULUM The school operates a fortnightly timetable, with 40 teaching periods per week. Boys in Year 7 have a session of Physical Education per week. Years 8-11 have a session of Physical Education every fortnight. All students have an afternoon of Games and those in Years 7-11 have a Tutorial period as well as sessions of Citizenship incorporating Guidance education. Use is made of our extensive playing fields, a large all weather surface known as Middle Field, our Sports Hall, and the local Wyndley Leisure Centre. In the Sixth Form the students are able to pursue designated leisure interests throughout the city and there is an active community service and enrichment programme as well.

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YEAR 7 The majority of lessons are taught in their house groups, or in subdivisions of them. There is a Form Tutor period every week. All students follow a broad and balanced programme of:       

 Religious Education  Creative curriculum incorporating modules in singing (Music), brass band (Music), Creative writing and Drama.  Art/ Design & Information Technology

English Mathematics Integrated Science Course French German Geography History

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 PE / Games English, Geography, History and RE are taught in house groups. The separate sciences are taught in smaller mixed ability groups. Five ability groups are created in Mathematics. Students choose two languages, at least one from French/German plus Spanish. Students study Art, Music plus D&T and each of these subjects is studied for two terms.

YEAR 9 In addition to English and Mathematics all the boys study a Business Studies course incorporating Enterprise Education and Work Related Studies. Geography, History and RE continue to be taught in House Groups. There is a choice of two subjects from Art/Music/D&T. Two languages are studied. In Year 9 students begin their GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. Ability groups are created.

YEAR 10 Most boys will study a minimum of ten full GCSE courses plus P.E. and Games (nonexamination). There is a Citizenship / Guidance course which includes modules devoted to Sex and Relationships Education, Religious Education and Careers Guidance All students follow full GCSE courses in:  English  English Literature  Mathematics

 A Modern Foreign Language  Biology, Chemistry and Physics

In addition, students can choose to study full GCSEs in any three of the following subjects:  Art  Design and Technology (Graphic Products)  Business Studies  Geography  History

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Music Religious Studies Physical Education Modern Foreign languages (French, German, Spanish)


YEAR 11 Students continue with their Year 10 curriculum working towards the GCSE examinations.

LOWER SIXTH FORM We offer 20 A levels. Every Lower Sixth takes the Extended Project qualification. In addition, each student takes FOUR specialist subjects. There are inevitably some timetabling constraints, so not all combinations of subjects are possible, but we do our best to satisfy the vast majority of individual needs. include:          

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Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature French Further Mathematics Geography Geology

German Law Mathematics Music Physical Education Physics Psychology Religious Studies Spanish Spanish

UPPER SIXTH FORM Students select which subjects to take through to A2 level. Most will choose three though we encourage our most able scientists and mathematicians to take four.

CAREERS The students will choose their GCSE subjects during the Spring term of Year 9 but before this choice is made, guidance is given on the career implications of the various alternatives through our Year 9 Option evening. Some of the weekly tutor periods are devoted to careers education with advice given by external speakers and members of staff. Each student will also participate in two weeks' work experience. During Year 11, vital decisions have to be made and students must make a positive step towards joining our Sixth Form, or continuing their education elsewhere. The school provides as much support as possible and tries to ensure everyone is appropriately and positively placed. Sixth Formers receive personal and detailed guidance about relevant opportunities beyond A-Levels, including a Higher Education evening.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LESSONS Students have the opportunity to partake in instrumental tuition from our vast array of visiting specialist teachers in woodwind, brass, percussion, strings, voice and keyboard. The Music Department also runs a number of ensembles for students who perform at school concerts. The principal aim of these groups is to consolidate the work of our visiting staff and prepare students for public performances.

INTER-SCHOOL SPORT FIXTURES There are a large number of fixtures organised at all age levels in the major sports of rugby, hockey, rowing, cross-country, athletics and cricket. Some of these fixtures take place on Games afternoons but the majority take place on Saturdays or at other times outside school hours. Chess, basketball, badminton, golf and tennis matches and competitions are also available to students on a regular basis.

INTER-HOUSE COMPETITIONS A variety of activities are provided to enable the students of all ages to take part in friendly and enthusiastic competition. Inter-house activities include Music, Rugby, Hockey, Crosscountry, Cricket, Football, Dodgeball, Basketball, Chess, Badminton, Table Tennis, Swimming, Athletics, Debating, Spelling Bee, Junior Hobbies Competition and Merit Awards. The house that accumulates the most points across the levels is rewarded with the Roberts Cup at the end of the academic year.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES All students are strongly encouraged to participate in activities. These are seen as a further platform for personal development. Some of which include:         

Basketball Band Chess Choir Christian Union Debating Drama Indoor Boardgames

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Orchestra Poetry by Heart RAW (Reading and Writing) Science Swing Band Voluntary Service Wind Band Vesey Voices

Every lunchtime there are additionally a number of activities taking place on Middle Field and in the Sports Hall including: Badminton, Cricket, Football, Frisbee, Hockey, Indoor  rowing, Introduction to boxing, Rugby, Table Tennis, Weights.  Strings The school has a long established tradition of supporting both local and national charities. This is done on a regular basis through form or year group charity efforts.

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BVGS AND THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY: Our travel abroad We believe strongly in the importance of visits abroad, allowing learners to experience firsthand the countries whose language they are learning. As a flavour of our international travel diary:  Our Summer 2013 World Challenge expedition is to Croatia (Morocco, 2012).  2012-13 has seen successful exchanges to France (Lyon and Dreux) joint with King Edward’s Handsworth Girls and two German trips (Cologne Christmas markets and the Rhineland).  Summer 2013 sees the Rugby squad embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. In 2011, the Rugby squad toured Barbados and Canada and in 2009 a trinations tour took them to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.  This season we have had two hockey tours, including one to Ireland.  Over the last few years there have been History trips to New York, Krakow, Berlin and Prague.  Geography students visited our partner school in New Delhi in 2010 and Iceland in 2011 and 2013. They met the President of Iceland on their latest trip.  Science students have visited Switzerland (including CERN) and the USA in recent years.  Other worldwide tours include trips to the Gambia, Cuba, South Africa and Tanzania, Argentina and Chile.

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University destination data for Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School leavers, 2012 Russell Group University Cambridge Oxford Birmingham Bristol Cardiff Durham Edinburgh Exeter Imperial College, London King’s College, London Leeds Liverpool LSE, London Manchester Newcastle Nottingham Sheffield Southampton Warwick York 1994 Group University Bath Coventry East Anglia Essex Goldsmiths, London Lancaster Leicester Other Universities Aberystwyth Aston Bangor Birmingham City Bradford Brunel Buckingham Chester De Montfort Derby Glamorgan Keele Liverpool John Moores Nottingham Trent Sheffield Hallam Staffordshire Swansea BUWE Worcester

Number of students (97 students) 4 6 17 6 7 6 2 2 1 1 13 3 1 8 1 11 3 2 2 1 Number of students (21 students) 4 2 1 2 1 2 9 Number of students (31 students) 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 3 1 1 2 1

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BISHOP VESEY'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL Results Subject/Grade Analysis: SUMMER 2012 Qualification: GCSE Subject Art & Design(3510) Biology(1010) Business Studies(3210) Chemistry(1110) D&T Graphic Products(9030) English Language(5030) English Literature(5110) French(5650) Geography(3910) German(5670) History(4010) Information Technology(2650) Italian(5690) Latin(6610) Law(4770) Mathematics(2210) Music(7010) Physics(1210) Psychology(4850) Religious Studies(4610) Science Single Award(1310) Science: Additional(1320) Science: Astronomy(1690) Spanish(5750) Sport/PE Studies(7210) Urdu(6130) Candidates = 122

Entries

Level: GCSE/(All) A*

A B C D E F & G A*-A 4 6 10 3 0 0 43% 45 51 17 2 1 0 83% 6 20 17 5 2 0 52% 49 44 18 4 0 0 81% 0 15 5 0 1 0 71% 15 53 47 6 0 0 1 56% 6 36 54 24 2 0 34% 5 9 5 2 2 0 61% 6 29 18 6 1 1 57% 9 8 4 0 0 0 81% 31 20 15 4 1 0 72% 19 35 22 2 0 0 69% 15 3 2 1 0 0 86% 3 6 3 0 1 0 69% 0 0 1 0 0 0 0% 41 57 15 9 0 0 80% 4 5 3 0 0 0 75% 42 50 17 5 1 0 80% 0 1 0 0 0 0 100% 13 11 2 0 0 0 92% 0 0 3 2 1 0 0% 0 0 1 4 1 0 0% 0 2 0 0 0 0 100% 15 21 19 6 0 0 59% 4 8 6 0 0 0 67% 0 1 1 2 1 0 20% 332 491 305 87 15 1 1 % age 26.95% 39.85% 24.76% 7.06% 1.22% 0.08% 0.08% Cumm % age 26.95% 66.80% 91.56% 98.62% 99.84% 99.92% 100.00% 23 116 50 115 21 122 122 23 61 21 71 78 21 13 1 122 12 115 1 26 6 6 2 61 18 5 1232

% A*- A 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

% 5 A*/C 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

29 33 35 32 41 40 50 58 62 62 66 67

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95 98 98 95 97 98 100 100 98 98 99 99


BISHOP VESEY'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL Results Subject/Grade Analysis: SUMMER 2012 Qualification: GCE Export Date : 15/08/2012 Subject Biology Business Studies Chemistry Classics D&T Product Design Economics English Language & Literature English Literature Fine Art French General Studies Geography German History Information Technology Latin Law Mathematics Further Mathematics Music Physics Psychology Religious Studies Science: Geology Spanish Sport/PE Studies Total Ex General Studies % A* Including General Studies % A* Excluding General Studies % A*/B Ex. General Studies

Entries A* 75 8 48 1 4 9 9 34 3 8 160 31 5 42 4 1 8 11 61 3 32 42 27 6 4 8 644 484

Level: GCE/GCE Advanced

A 11 0 4 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 14 3 0 16 0 1 0 3 13 0 7 3 6 1 0 0 88 74

B

C

28 4 17 0 2 3 3 17 1 2 19 12 1 17 0 0 2 3 29 0 6 17 8 2 1 3 197 178

13 4 16 1 2 4 4 12 1 4 32 9 1 8 2 0 4 4 8 0 11 14 9 3 2 2 170 138

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

20 31 44 46 52 50 67 68 79 77 75 81

D 11 0 7 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 38 4 2 1 2 0 1 1 8 3 7 7 3 0 1 2 103 65

E 10 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 25 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 46 21

U 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 25 7

A*-B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1

69% 100% 77% 100% 100% 78% 100% 97% 67% 75% 41% 77% 40% 98% 50% 100% 75% 91% 82% 0% 75% 81% 85% 100% 75% 63% 71% 81%

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

39 41 40 41 47 44 63 62 71 70 66 71

13.66% 15.29%

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