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Key Stage 3 – 'Release the genius'

Students join Bishop Heber High School from schools in Cheshire and the surrounding areas. We work very hard to ensure a smooth transition from all the primary schools to high school.

We are committed to the highest standards of academic achievement through a supportive, safe and happy school environment. Bishop Heber High School sets out to unlock every student’s potential, whatever that might be. We are always looking to improve, and work in partnership with parents and students through our programme of Parents Evenings and Target Setting Days.

This means that throughout the academic year parents, students and their Form Tutor meet to review progress, build on strengths and target areas for improvement across all areas of school life. We are committed to high-quality transition into Bishop Heber High School. Students will be visited in their primary school by the year seven Pastoral Leader prior to joining us. Students, placed in carefully selected, mixed ability tutor groups which take account of friendships, will stay with their Form Tutor throughout their first five years at the school. This provides a stable foundation for all our work, with one teacher building a strong relationship through twice daily contact.

There is a clear framework of expectation for behaviour, which is developed by students within the Year and Students Councils. We have a highly developed tracking mechanism for rewarding and celebrating good behaviour, as well as identifying and intervening when behaviour impacts on the learning of others.

Towards the end of year nine students are required to take SATs and we offer a very supportive options programme to provide information, advice and guidance for students and their families.

Students’ views are important and they are represented at both Year Councils and a full School Council.


KS3 to 4 Transition

Moving from Key Stage 3 to 4 involves changes to working patterns and the nature of the challenges faced which are equal to those of moving from Key Stage 2 to 3.  We work with students and parents to ensure they are supported in meeting this challenge.  A Parents’ Information Evening is held each year in the Summer Term which involves presentations from the Head Teacher and Heads of Science, English and Maths.  The presentations and materials used for this evening are available below;

English Subject Information PowerPoint

Maths Subject Information PowerPoint

Science Subject Information PowerPoint

Core Subject Information Booklet

Key Stage 4 – 'No ceiling on achievement'

Bishop Heber High School has high expectations of all its students. We strive to provide every opportunity to allow students to meet their full potential. Our academic record is excellent, with very good GCSE results, placing us in the top quartile of all schools in England.

Most students follow a balanced programme of nine GCSEs, with a core of Mathematics, English, Science and a Modern Foreign Language. In addition, students have PE, RE and ICT entitlements.

Students can then choose the remaining subjects/courses from a wide variety of options and we are able to tailor their choices to individual needs and interests.

There is an extensive range of traditional as well as new applied GCSEs. We have a strong relationship with work based and Higher Education providers. There are vocational options, including ‘off-site’ courses, based within the workplace.

All students experience the ‘world of work’ through work experience and other opportunities provided by local employers.

Combined with our career guidance programmes, we prepare students for the choices available to the after GCSEs.

As part of the timetable, an in-depth Citizenship course provides further advice and support for all students as they grow to meet the challenges of twenty first century society. We tackle social issues such as drugs, alcohol and sex education, as well as the educational aspects of health, study skills and independent learning.

Sixth Form 'Freedom to grow not to fail'

Bishop Heber High School offers all our students in the Sixth Form a supportive academic and pastoral environment in which students are given the freedom and responsibility they need to prepare for their adult lives whilst being nurtured and supported to achieve their full potential.  As a result our students are in the top 3% of all schools and colleges in the country in terms of their achievement and are also exceptionally successful in Higher Education and employment.


Most Sixth Form students pursue a course of four AS levels in the Lower Sixth followed by 3 A2 subjects in the Upper Sixth together with A level General Studies.  Our curriculum offer is reviewed annually and is carefully designed to allow as many students as possible to follow all their chosen courses.

Students are supported in their application to University by an extensive programme of information, advice and guidance which is delivered through the pastoral system.  Students receive support on writing personal statements, interview techniques, choosing careers and universities, personal finance and on student loans.  As a result very high percentages of our students are successful in gaining a place at the university of their choice in the subject of their choice.

We offer 26 subjects at A level in a programme designed in response to student feedback together with courses in GCSE English and Maths and a wide range of enrichment activities such as the DoE award scheme, Youth Parliament and the Community Sports Leaders Award.

The Sixth Form are our ‘Lead Learners’ and as such play a central role in the life of the school acting as School Ambassadors, Mentors and supporting good behaviour and study habits through their example.  They lead the school council and elect a Sixth Form Committee which is responsible for the running of the Sixth Form Common Room.  Every year they raise significant amounts of money for charity both through formal and informal fund raising and play a significant role in their communities through their voluntary activities.

Sixth Form