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The Bishops` C E & R C Primary School
Beardsley Drive, North Springfield, CM1 6ZQ, UK Chelmsford
+44 (0)1245 460107

The School

Welcome to the Bishops School website. Using the menu bar at the top of the page you can access information about our school: View our prospectus, see a copy of our latest, and previous newsletters and see a list of dates for your diary.
We are always updating and adding to our school website. We will soon be launching the KIDS ZONE, a Gallery to show off our pupils excellent work and a photo tour of the school.

If you have any questions or feedback about this website, please complete the form on the Contact Us page. Thank you for visiting us. Please come back soon.

Mrs Angela Sumpton
Head Teacher

Our Mission Statement

The teaching, celebration, worship and example of Jesus Christ are at the centre of our school life.

Each child is made in the image of God and as such we love and value them. We aim in our teaching to foster each child’s unique potential and help them to make the most of their various gifts and abilities.

In our shared school we foster Christian beliefs including the particular traditions of worship and practice appropriate to the individual child. At the same time we aim to lead the children towards an understanding of other faiths.


The school follows the objectives of The Primary Strategy, excellence and enjoyment and The Every Child Matters document, copies of which are available in school.  These publications are used in conjunction with the National Curriculum to ensure that every child enjoys a rich, creative and challenging curriculum which links together various subject areas.  It also ensures that every child fulfils his or her potential to the highest standard.

There is a school curriculum policy in place which parents are welcome to see. Below is a summary of its content.

"Schools are required to teach  all children Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE, Design & Technology, ICT, PSHE and Citizenship. A broad outline of areas of study is contained in the DFEE document "Curriculum 2000". More detailed information of curricula content is found in the QCA and Here I Am (RE) schemes of work, which are used in the school.

From September 2005, children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 receive tuition in French for one hour a week.  In Key Stage 1 a performing artist works once a week on drama, music and dance activities.

A large proportion of the English Curriculum is taught during a daily Literacy Hour as outlined in the Government "Framework for Literacy" document. A similar allocation of time is given to Maths to deliver the "National Numeracy Strategy" programme of study.

It is assumed that parents who have decided to send their children to a joint Roman Catholic and Church of England school would want their children to be involved in assemblies and other acts of religious worship. However, parents do have a right to withdraw children from religious celebrations and need to notify the school in writing if they wish to do so.

All classes worship together daily in the school hall, except for Tuesdays, when the whole school worships in the church. Parents are welcome to join us in church each week.  We have "special" services twice a term taken jointly by the  Roman Catholic Priest and Church of England Vicars.

In the reception class the children follow the programme for the foundation year, which is based on early learning goals and areas of experience. This emphasises the importance of developing academic and basic skills. Reading and maths are structured to meet the individual child’s needs and stage of development. All reception children are assessed to determine their basic skills level in literacy, numeracy and social development.

In Years 1 and 2 the teacher builds upon the skills and knowledge acquired in the previous year/s and the curriculum becomes more structured. At the end of Key Stage 1, Year 2 pupils are assessed in the core subjects.  Maths and English test results are reported to parents.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children, while following the National Curriculum programme of study, are encouraged to become more independent learners. They are required to critically assess and discuss with the class teacher their own progress.  During their final year at the school, Year 6 pupils participate in a residential school trip, which enables them to extend different aspects of the curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 2, Year 6 children complete Standard Assessment Tests in the core subjects. These results are reported to parents and forwarded to the relevant secondary school. Years 3, 4 and 5 children are now also tested and the results form part of their assessment of progress, which is shared with parents.


A school uniform has been introduced, the colours being navy and gold. It is hoped that parents will make every effort to ensure their children are dressed appropriately.


Girls & boys

Blue shirts/blouses
School ties
Navy trousers (girls can wear Navy skirts/pinafores)
Navy Sweatshirts

This can be worn all year round but should be worn from October half term to Easter.

Reception children only can wear summer gold polo shirts for ease of dressing.


Girls & boys

Navy shorts
Gold polo shirts
(girls can wear yellow check/striped dresses)

All children will also need a PE kit of navy shorts, shirt & plimsolls/trainers.

Distinctive items of school clothing may be purchased at a reasonable cost from the school. The rest of the uniform can be purchased from most chain stores. Please make sure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child’s name.


The number of children admitted to the Reception Classes is 60. No Key Stage 1 Class will exceed 30.

All parents requesting a place at The Bishops' School for their children must complete the LEA Common Admission Form and the school's own Admission Form.  Places will be offered by the LEA on 2nd May 2006 and will be allocated on the criteria of the policy.

Parents dissatisfied with the Admission Committee’s decision have the right to appeal to a panel.  Advice on this procedure is available by contacting the school.

From September 2002, rising 5’s have been admitted to the school twice a year in September and January. Children born between 1st September and 28/29th February will be admitted in September and those born between 1st March and 31st August in January.

Initially the children start on a part-time basis for two weeks to assist in the transition from home to school.

Prospective parents wishing to view the school are encouraged to telephone and make an appointment with the school secretary. These visits normally take place on a Monday afternoon.

At present there are 14 classes.

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