Industrial Action on Wednesday, 26th March, 2014

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) will be taking industrial action in the form of a strike/indeterminate withdrawal of labour on Wednesday, 26th March, 2014.

This action is not against the school itself but is part of national industrial action organised by this trade union about changes to the pension schemes of their members.

The governing body and Headteacher's main concern is the safety of our students and have decided, therefore, that the school will be closed due to a reduction in staffing levels.

The school will be open as usual on Thursday, 27th March, 2014.

Double celebration for Bispham High School

Bispham High School are having a double celebration – with year 10 student Rachael Minnis being crowned the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen 2013. This follows on from another win for Natalie Markham the previous year – making it the first time students from the same school have won the award two years consecutively.

The winner and runners-up were selected by the High Sheriff and a panel of judges from Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), Lancashire Constabulary, BAE Systems and former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick, who initiated the award 14 years ago.

High Sheriff Ann Dean said: “Young people can sometimes get a bad press because, often, the majority are let down by the actions of a few. I am delighted to be able to reverse that trend by celebrating and promoting the achievements of young people instead, as the Young Citizen Award is a fantastic way to highlight the valuable contribution that young people make to the communities in which they live.”

Last year, Natalie Markham, who is now in Year 11 led the way by winning the coveted title for the fundraising and volunteer work she has done for school, as well as the help and care she gives to family members and friends. Natalie is the current Head Girl and is a positive role model for younger students to look up to.

This year, on 4th March 2014 Rachael Minnis was announced as the winner at a prestigious awards ceremony held at Lancashire Police Hutton HQ.

Rachael shaved her head, as well as other fundraising events to raise money for Trinity Hospice.

Supported by her parents, a close group of friends and staff at the school, Rachael spent months planning, preparing and fundraising; She went into classes and assemblies to talk to students about her plans, sold homemade cakes in school, held a non-uniform day at school, persuaded a dozen friends to give up their weekend to join her bag-packing at Sainsbury’s and walked up and down Blackpool Promenade with charity buckets with all the proceeds going to Trinity.

Alongside her own charitable efforts, Rachael has also inspired other students at the school to raise funds. In particular, one boy completed a sponsored silence and gave all of the money raised to ‘Rachael’s charity’.

The big day arrived on Friday 19 July last year when Rachael, along with lots of supporters, went into the hairdresser’s across from the school. The head shave was recorded and put on YouTube, and has since been viewed over 5,000 times.

Having already raised over £2,000, Rachael has no plans to stop fundraising, and is now looking at new ways to raise even more funds for Trinity Hospice, including spending the night in a haunted house or sky diving. Rachael also continues to volunteer her time at Trinity hospice by supporting and promoting events, working in the office and giving up her time to hand out leaflets and stuff envelopes.


Year 11 Btec students at Bispham High School performed their version of two Musicals, ‘Wicked’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’.  After watching Wicked at the Manchester Palace Theatre back in September they saw the cross overs in the two stories and set to work planning a show that would feature the best of the two Musicals. 

In the unit they have been studying for the Btec Level 2 Certificate they, not only had to learn lines and become a character in the show, but also had to plan the whole thing i.e. marketing, selling tickets, backstage, buying props and costume and, front of house.

What started as an idea in September was transformed over 6 months to be a full hour and a half show filled with singing, dancing and acting.  The cast took on the roles of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch of the North, Nessarose the Wicked Witch of the East, the Wizard, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Dorothy, Cowardly Lion and Madame Morrible the real evil character revealed in the story.

Btec Performing Arts Course Leader, Sarah Bagot said,”It has been an absolute pleasure to work with these students who have dedicated themselves completely to the project.  These eight teenagers came together as a newly formed Btec Performing Arts group in September 2012. They had never worked together before and, this time last year, would never have got up on the stage to perform.    Wicked Oz has been the most amazing project to work on since September 2013 and was a total success.”

All proceeds of the event; ticket sales, refreshments and raffle, were donated to Sarah Bagot’s brother’s charities.  Mark Mackay is running the London Marathon on April 13th for Prostate Cancer and the Neuro Muscular Centre, hoping to raise £4000.  The show raised £200 and helped him to reach his final total of £2000 for Prostate Cancer.  It also helped him on the way to start raising the next £2000 for the Neuro Muscular Centre.

The students and course leader have been highly congratulated.  They certainly took flight and Defied Gravity!

Best ever GCSE results!

including English and Maths


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.

Year 8 Reach for the Stars!

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.