Bishop Vesey's Grammar School 'Inspiration and Excellence' Headteacher: Dominic Robson BA (Hons) NPQH
The Vesey Difference - Leading in Learning There has never been a better time to join Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School. We are an exciting learning community. Our teachers are innovative enthusiasts and warm, intelligent and caring communicators. We want to inspire all the young people in our care, by nurturing a spirit of enquiry and curiosity. We expect students to work hard at school and at home. However, they are well supported. They can find one-to-one help in the lunchtime or after school in every subject. This is not just for boys who are finding the work difficult. Help is equally at hand for students who need to be stretched further academically. Moreover, all students benefit from being part of the wider Vesey network, which provides excellent experiences of top universities and employers. We are the best performing state school for boys with a co-educational Sixth Form in Birmingham and Walsall. We are ranked, with the nation’s very best, at 49th in the Sunday Times 2013 Parent Power League Table of the top 500 state secondary schools. We have an outstanding record of preparing students to apply for the UK’s top Russell Group universities. Our success is founded on our strong focus, right from when the boys join us in Year 7, on building even better learning habits and fostering a spirit of enquiry and curiosity. At the same time, we believe strongly in the importance of extra-curricular activities. Every enrichment opportunity builds those important 'soft skills' which boost future employability: leadership, independence and resilience. There is something for every student. Mandarin? Debating? Coding? Chess? Rowing? Thanks to our amazingly dedicated staff, we offer opportunities seven days a week. The emphasis is on the students taking part and having fun. Creativity matters too. Right from Year 7, we showcase the outstanding developments of our students in art, design, ICT, brass and choral tuition. There are many opportunities for musicians with regular performances throughout the calendar with half termly concerts and busking weeks.
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In sport, we continue to excel in rugby, cricket, hockey, netball and rowing. This has been supported by the wonderful additions to our facilities: the outdoor cricket nets, our new rowing boats, the floodlights on Middle Field. Thanks to our fantastic new courts, we are adding tennis to our provision. We benefit from great coaching, provided by staff like Englandâ€™s hockey player, Dave Beckett. We also offer inspirational outdoor learning through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and exciting adventures through World Challenge expeditions to countries such as Morocco, Croatia and Norway and our annual ski trip to the Alps. We have a vibrant House system with a superb array of competitive events led by students, from the House Spelling Bee to Badminton as well as magnificent charity events like Artsfest. Our students help run the school, assisting with teacher selection processes and acting as Student Learning Partners to support the development of outstanding teaching and learning. They are responsible members of the lunchtime supervision team and are superb role models as students, mental health ambassadors or as community Language or Sport Leaders. In short, Bishop Veseyâ€™s Grammar School is a very special place. If you want to learn more, click on our website, or book an appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely
Dominic Robson Headteacher
John Craggs Chairman of Governors
ADMISSION TO BISHOP VESEY’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL There are 128 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
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 14th May 2014. 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 18th June 2014. The closing date for the return of Test Registration forms to The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Applications, PO BOX 15627, Birmingham, B16 6NL is 11th July 2014 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 6 th September 2014. Grammar Schools Test Results 17th October 2014. Local Authority Preference Form deadline 31st October 2014. Offers of school places will be communicated in writing via your Local Authority 2nd March 2015 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.
We will also be holding opportunities for parents/carers to visit our school on: Tuesday 24th June 2014 6.00pm – 8.00pm Headteacher talks at 6.30pm and 7.15pm Wednesday 25th June 2014 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Thursday 18th September 2014 6.00pm – 8.00pm Head’s address 6.30pm & 7.15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am Thursday 23rd October 2014 9.15am – 10.30am Head’s address 10.00am
OUR COMMUNITY 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.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS Not only does our excellent academic performance place us comfortably in the top 50 state schools in the country for attainment but we also win awards for student progress. 'Bishop Vesey's Grammar School should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students.' Sue Williamson, Chief Executive, SSAT
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
We pride ourselves on being a well ordered and disciplined community which protects the safety and happiness of all our students.
PASTORAL CARE Outstanding pastoral care is central to the success of our school. We believe that happy learners are successful people. Every student has a Form Tutor with whom they have daily contact. During the year there are scheduled tutor/tutee interviews, including a review day, which parents are invited to. Every year group has a Head of Year who fosters a positive team ethos for their students. In addition there are Learning Mentors who are there to support students at each Key Stage. As a school we track student performance very carefully. The Pastoral Team are very alert to any dip in student performance or commitment.
OUR CURRICULUM FOR 2015-2016 YEAR 7 All students follow a broad and balanced programme of:
Art Building Learning Habits Creative curriculum, incorporating modules in Music (singing and brass band), Creative Writing and Drama Computing Design Technology English French
German Geography History Integrated Science Course Mathematics PE/Games PSHE/Citizenship Careers Religious Education
YEAR 8 As Year 7 but with a couple of differences: All students choose two languages from French, German, Spanish. Instead of Integrated Science, students take separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Instead of the Creative curriculum, students study Music.
YEAR 9 As Year 8 but with a couple of differences: Students begin their GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students have the opportunity to do a one year course in Business Studies.
YEAR 10/11 All students follow full GCSE courses in:
English Language English Literature Mathematics Biology
Chemistry Physics A Modern Foreign Language (French or German or Spanish)
In addition, students can choose 3 further GCSEs from the following:
History Geography Music RE PE Students also study Building Learning Habits, Careers, Citizenship, Games/PE, Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education A second Modern Foreign Language Art Business Studies Computing Design Technology
SIXTH FORM 2015-2016 Every Lower Sixth student takes the Extended Project qualification. In addition, every student takes FOUR specialist subjects from the 19 A levels that we offer. (Please note that 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).
Art and Design Biology Chemistry Computing Economics English Literature French Further Mathematics Geography German
Geology History Mathematics Music Physical Education Physics Psychology Religious Studies Spanish
BUILDING LEARNING HABITS The great physicist Albert Einstein once said 'It's not that I am so smart. But I stay with the questions longer'. At Bishop Vesey's Grammar School we agree with Einstein that the key to academic success is your commitment to learning. We believe that right from Year 7 we need to build excellent learning habits in all our students. That means we want our learners to be resilient and independent. We want them to not be scared of getting stuck because there is so much that can be learned from tackling things that are both difficult and complex. We also want students to look carefully at any assessment feedback and thoroughly respond to it. Our Building Learning Habits programme develops better learners and greater academic success.
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 7.30 am 8.00 am 8.00am 8.40 am 3.25 pm 4.00 pm After school
Some activities begin Dining Room opens Library opens School starts School ends Library closes Extra-curricular activities
ADVENTURES Every student has a number of opportunities during their school career to get involved in exciting outdoor learning. Whether it be the Year 7 residential to Whitemoor Lakes, the Year 9 Bushcraft experience in rural Oxfordshire or the Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge expeditions, we want to encourage all our boys to develop their practical skills and enjoy being connected to nature.
MUSICAL MAGICIANS Students have the opportunity to partake in instrumental tuition from our vast array of 19 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. There are plenty of opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents in assemblies, termly Busking Weeks and our six annual concerts.
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. We have an amazing fixture lists featuring some of the top public schools in the country such as Shrewsbury, Warwick and Repton as well as local state schools. Some of these fixtures take place on Games afternoons but the majority take place on Saturdays or Sundays 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.
AN OUTWARD-LOOKING COMMUNITY 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. Students, led by the School Charity Captain and their team, raise up to £15,000 per annum with diverse activities such as 'Vesey's Got Talent', sleep-outs for the homeless, Sport Relief and our Annual Artsfest.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE! At BVGS, there are plenty of opportunities to perform. We hold competitions such as Vesey’s Got Talent, the V Factor and the House Music and Debating competitions. We debate at a local and national level from the Sutton Schools Debating Competition to the Rotary’s Youth Speaks, from the English Speaking Union Mace to the Oxford University Debating Competition. Drama also flourishes here. 2014 saw us put on an excellent production of Grease, as well as excerpts from Bugsy Malone. We look forward to more exciting productions next year. We believe all students have an entitlement to perform. Year 7 hold an annual Performance Evening where they showcase the work they have done in the Creative Curriculum: drama, creative writing and music.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE A LEVEL RESULTS 2013
Subject Biology(1010) Business Studies(3210) Chemistry(1110) Economics(4410) English Literature(5110) Extended Project (9990) Fine Art(3690) French(5650) Geography(3910) German(5670) History(4010) Information Technology(2650) Italian(5690) Latin(6610) Law(4770) Mathematics Further(2330) Mathematics(2210) Physics(1210) Psychology(4850) Religious Studies(4610) Science: Geology(1770) Spanish(5750) Sport/PE Studies(7210)
Entries A* A B C D E U A*-B 76 10 26 26 10 3 1 0 81.58 7 0 4 2 1 0 0 0 85.71 72 3 25 22 20 1 1 0 69.44 17 0 8 8 1 0 0 0 94.12 23 3 9 9 2 0 0 0 91.30 5 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 100.00 4 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 75.00 8 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 75.00 27 4 10 8 4 1 0 0 81.48 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 36 15 17 4 0 0 0 0 100.00 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 50.00 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 100.00 8 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 87.50 7 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 100.00 69 12 33 14 7 3 0 0 85.51 34 5 14 11 3 1 0 0 88.24 27 1 11 6 8 1 0 0 66.67 14 0 7 2 4 1 0 0 64.29 13 2 5 4 2 0 0 0 84.62 5 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 100.00 11 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 81.82 473
% A*- B 2010 77 2011 75 2012 81 2013 82
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, GCSE RESULTS, 2013
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 (Double Award) Italian(5690) Mathematics(2210) Music(7010) Physics(1210) Religious Studies(4610) Spanish(5750) Sport/PE Studies(7210) Urdu(6130)
Entries A* 19 124 63 123 23 124 124 35 64 24 82 50 24 124 17 124 43 47 17 6 1257
0 41 8 45 4 25 12 10 16 6 27
4 53 32 46 10 39 42 11 22 9 26
4 23 20 21 7 49 56 6 21 4 17
11 6 3 10 1 11 14 4 4 4 9
0 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 1 2
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
21.05 75.81 63.49 73.98 60.87 51.61 43.55 60.00 59.38 62.50 64.63
100 99.19 100 99.19 95.65 100 100 88.57 98.44 95.83 96.34
10 26 14 12 10 1 49 53 20 5 8 4 63 41 19 8 22 8 18 19 8 2 4 10 0 1 2 361 478 314
0 1 2 0 0 3 1 1 3 88
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 13
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
72.00 91.67 82.26 76.47 83.87 69.77 78.72 35.29 16.67 66.75
100 100 100 100 99.19 100 97.87 100 100 100
% A*A 2010 2011 2012 2013
62 66 67 67
%5 including English and Maths A*/C 2010 98 2011 99 2012 99 2013 100
University destination data for Bishop Veseyâ€™s Grammar School leavers - 2013 Russell Group University Cambridge Oxford Birmingham
1 4 13
Cardiff Durham Edinburgh Exeter Imperial Coll, London Kingâ€™s Coll, London Leeds
3 4 1 2 1 1 12
Liverpool LSE, London Manchester Nottingham
3 2 3 14
Queen Mary Sheffield
Geography History/Earth Sciences/Geography/Economics & Management Mathematics/Law/Nuclear Engineering/Medicine/Geology/Psychology/ Accounting & Finance/Chemistry with Industrial Experience/Pharmacy/ Sports/History & Philosophy/Theoretical Physics Aerospace Engineering/Psychology/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Accounting & Finance Computer Sciences/Business Management/Geology Theology/Biological Sciences/Philosophy/Politics & Economics Italian & Classics Exercise & Sport Sciences/Biological Sciences Geology Geography Marketing/Law/Geography/Zoology/Chemical Engineering/Accounting/Human Physiology/Biochemistry/Fashion Design/Mathematics Politics/Dental Surgery/Law Law/Geography Life Sciences/Chemical Engineering/Computer Science & Mathematics Spanish/Finance/History/Management Studies/Architecture/Biochemistry & Genetics/Pharmacy/Medicine/Chemical Engineering/Psychology Biochemistry Law/English Literature/Business Management/Chemistry/Material Science & Engineering/Biochemistry/Structural Engineering & Architecture Psychology/Geology Accounting & Finance/Mathematics/Medicinal Chemistry /History/Philosophy/Biomedical Science/Economics/English Literature Chemistry
York 1994 Group University Bath Lancaster Leicester Loughborough Other Universities Aberystwyth Anglia Ruskin Aston Derby Edge Hill Glasgow Huddersfield Keele Leeds Met. LIPA Nottingham Trent Romania Royal Holloway Sheffield Hallam Staffordshire Wolverhampton Worcester
1 2 6
Biochemistry Natural Sciences History/Biological Sciences Chemical Eng/Accounting/Sport/Exercise Science/Aeronautical Eng/Social Psychology
1 1 7 1 1 1 1 3 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1
Zoology Optometry Psychology/Biomedical Science/Business Mngt/Pharmacy/Business & Int Relations Zoology & Psychology Criminology Zoology Accountancy & Finance Business Economics/Biology & Computer Science Sport/Exercise Science Sound Technology Fashion Communication & Promotion/Biomedical Sciences Medicine Mathematics Accounting & Finance Computer Games Design Psychology Sports & Exercise Science
Extra-Curricular Activities at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School 2013/2014 Activity Archery Art Club Athletics Badminton Basketball Band Board Game Club Bushcraft Card Club Charity Activities Chemistry Olympiad Chess Choir Christian Union Community Service Computer Coding Cricket Cross-country Cycling Debating Dodgeball Drama Duke of Edinburgh Award Enrichment Film Club Football Frisbee German Golf Hobbies Hockey Homework House Music Historical society Indoor rowing Introduction to Boxing Mandarin Maths Challenge Medsoc Netball Orchestra Poetry by Heart RAW (Reading and Writing)
Extra-Curricular Activities (Continued) Activity Rowing Rugby Science Spanish Spelling Bee Strings Swimming Swing Band Table Tennis Club Tennis V Factor Vesey’s Got Talent Vesey Voices Voluntary Service Weights Wind Band Work Experience World Challenge Young Enterprise Club
As well as the extra-curricular clubs listed here all departments offer lunchtime or after school support for students who need extra help with their studies.
SUMMARY OF SCHOOL VISITS 2013-14 Trip Name Reward Trip Geography Field Trip Hockey Trip Geography Field Trip Science Lectures Engineering Education Scheme Junior Rugby Tour History Masterclass Maths Masterclass Skills Show visit Holocaust Survivor Talk Maths Lecture Ski Lessons Aspirational trip Engineering Education Scheme Art Trip Study Afternoon Engineering Education Scheme World Challenge Fundraising World Challenge Fundraising Capital One Cup semi-final Poetry by Heart Competition Bett Show London Big Physics Quiz Lord Mayor's Quiz Poetry Live Engineering Education Scheme
Purpose of Trip To reward students with the highest commitment levels in the Year 10 exams A Level Geography Coursework To inspire young hockey players GCSE Geography coursework Academic enrichment. To build connections with our local university. Launch visit To build the skills of Year 7 and 8 rugby players Focus on the EU Academic enrichment Year 11 careers Academic Enrichment Maths Inspiration Lectures Beginners ski lessons for ski trip Tour of campus and university accommodation Research meeting for EES Project A visit to London galleries Heroes and Heroines of the American Civil War EES Scheme Fundraising for trip to Norway Fundraising for trip to Norway Reward trip Regional heat Technology Committee trip to see the latest in educational technology Student Competition Student Quiz AQA Conference with poets from the exam anthology and Chief Examiner Presentation of Report to Engineers & EES Director
Ski Trip Royal Bank of Scotland Target 2.0 Competition French Exchange
A week of skiing abroad Student competition A week abroad for A Level linguists
Department Pastoral Geography PE Geography Science Design PE History Maths Careers History Maths PE Sixth Form Design Art History Design Pastoral Pastoral Pastoral English ICT Physics Pastoral English Design Business Studies PE Business Studies Languages
Year 11 Sixth Form 7-10 Y11 Sixth Form Sixth Form Y7-8 U6 Sixth Form Y11 Y9-10 L6 Y7-9 Sixth Form Sixth Form Sixth Form U6 Sixth Form Y9 Y9 Y11 Sixth Form Y7-13 Y9 Sixth Form Y11 L6 Y9 KS3-5 U6 Sixth Form
Destination Alton Towers Shrewsbury Cannock Carding Mill Valley Birmingham University Cosford for EES Scotland Birmingham University KE Camp Hill NEC Uni of Worcester Birmingham University Tamworth Snowdome Birmingham University EES â€“ Amey London Art Galleries Birmingham University EES M&S Tesco Lichfield Old Trafford Birmingham library Bett, London Birmingham University Birmingham University Symphony Hall Amey Birmingham City FC Wagrain, Austria Edgbaston CC Lyon
Purpose of Trip
Geology day field trips
Geology coursework preparation
Junior Hockey Tour Science Live
Student competition A series of Science lectures
Y7 & Y8 Y10
Head of the river races and Henley Regatta (and many other regattas)
Psychology revision conference Spanish residential Geography Field Trip Oxbridge Conference Year 7 Residential, Whitemoor Lakes Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Netball Trip Year 8 and 9 Rhineland Trip
To support students with preparation for exams To support student language skills in Spanish Preparation for Geography exam To support applications to Oxbridge
Psychology Spanish Geography Pastoral
To give all Year 7 a three day residential experience
Training weekend Netball training with Loughborough University Super League Team To support student language skills in German
DofE Team PE German
French Exchange to Dreux German Exchange to Bayreuth Visit to meet Patrick Ness, Author Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Reward trip
To support student language skills in French To support student language skills in German Patrick Ness is a double Carnegie Medal winning author Expedition weekend To celebrate Year 11 hard work
University of Birmingham Discovery Days
Focussing on Humanities, Medicine and Engineering
French German English DofE Team Pastoral History, Biology, Maths
Bushcraft residential World Challenge Expedition Lecture and Activity Visit Drayton Manor Activities Week Trip Orienteering House of Parliament visit
Bushcraft skills and wild camping with outdoor activities including archery, making fires, cooking, rope tree climbing and orienteering Expedition to Norway To support Psychology studies Reward trip for hard work during the year Visit to Kenilworth Castle to investigate attacking and defending a medieval castle Practical Geography Develop political understanding
Pastoral Pastoral Psychology Pastoral Pastoral Geography Sixth Form
KS5 Sixth Form KS3/4 KS5 Sixth Form Y7 Year 10 Sixth Form KS3 All KS3 KS3/4 KS3-4 Year 10 Y11
Destination Wrens Nest, Dudley; Bradgate Park, Charnwood Forest; Mortimer Forest, Ludlow Junior Hockey Tour, Oxford Symphony Hall Thames Head, Monmouth, Worcester, Evesham, Northwich, Wycliffe, Northampton, Abingdon London Barcelona Snowdonia NEC Birmingham Residential, Staffs Lickey Hills Loughborough Rhineland Number of destinations including KES Birmingham Dreux Bayreuth Birmingham Malvern Hills Paintballing
Y9 Sixth Form Y8/9 Y7 Year 10 Sixth Form
Norway, World Challenge Twycross Zoo Drayton Manor Kenilworth Castle Sutton Coldfield London