Students at Bispham High School Arts College celebrate after 83% of Year 11 students gain 5 or more precious GCSE grade A* to grade C in the 2013 summer examinations.
47% of students also passed the important measure of a GCSE A* to grade C in English and Maths including BTEC exams. This is the best result in the school's history.
Mrs Deborah Hanlon-Catlow, the Acting Headteacher of the school said,
"We are incredibly proud of the work of all our students and the effort and of the support of the staff and parents and carers.
The school has made tremendous progress over the past two years and all our hard work is yeilding the results our students deserve."
Pictured above are Year 11 students who between them gained a total of over 50 GCSE Grade A* and Grade A grades. See the Celebrating Success heading under Information for Students for more images.
Congratulations to a dedicated team of year 8 students that represented our school in the Faraday Challenge at Palatine School on Monday. Vanya Ball, Chiana Dickson, Shannan Byrne, Claire Nicholls, Toby Gough and Robert McCowan explored what can be achieved when Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills are drawn upon to design a prototype Mars rocket and transporter for a possible future mission to the red planet.
Organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, students were given the opportunity to enrich their Science, Maths and Technology curriculum with a STEM day (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) where they competed against other schools from the local area. Their mission- to design and build a prototype rocket and transporter, which would allow the rocket to travel to the launch site, for a possible mission to Mars.
The participants worked in groups to achieve their goal. Each student was given a specific role within their group which utilised skills they have developed in school. For example, one student was responsible for designing the electric motor that required science knowledge. The team was given a budget to purchase equipment and materials, which they could not exceed, and therefore needed an accountant with exemplary skills in mathematics. Other students were in charge of the build that used their Technology abilities and they also had elected an outstanding project manager.
To make the task of winning even more difficult, they were up against not just groups of students from other Blackpool schools, but a group of teachers too which included our very own science teacher Mr Buchanan.
The students persevered throughout the day and were one of the few groups that produced a working transporter and rocket. The rocket was so effective, when launched it smashed against the high ceiling! They represented our school credibly and should be praised for the way they conducted themselves during the activity.
The day also allowed us to join up with colleagues from Collegiate High School, and although they were competitors at this event, we will soon be able to work together on the same team in the future. Below is a picture showing the two groups of students and staff together on the day. The team from Collegiate were eventual winners and you may just be able to see the trophy on the left.