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The Bishop Bell School (full title: The Bishop Bell Church of England Mathematics & Computing Specialist School) is a voluntary aided coeducational secondary, Church of England 11-16 school situated on the south coast of England in Eastbournemarker. The school has Specialist Mathematics and Computing College status.

The school offers a post-16 (6th form) college and has an on-site nursery (3-5 years old).


Mission statement

This school aims, within the Christian ethos of our foundation, recognising each person's supreme value and working in active partnership with parents, church and community: to provide high quality education based on Christian care; to promote innovative excellence in Mathematics and Computing; to develop everyone's potential academically, socially and spiritually; and to equip all for citizenship in our technological society.


Formerly Bedewell School on Whitley Road, Eastbourne, (the town's Fire Station now stands on the old site) it was reopened in its current location in Priory Road in 1958 by the eponymous Bishop Bell, of whom there is an honorary painting within the school. The old site was commemorated with the addition of a Science and Technology building across the road from the main site, which is named Bedewell. The two sites are joined by a skywalk which cost £800,000 in 2004, replacing an outdoor metal bridge which had been deemed impractical.

There have been several ecclesiastical visits from Bishops and members of the Christian faith. The school has had visits from the Quicken Trust, a Christian organisation which works with people in Kabubu, Africa. Bishop Bell has also had much cooperation with Schlenker Secondary school from Freetownmarker, Sierra Leonemarker, within which it helped to implement an IT center in March 2008. It was visited by Heather Mills McCartney in 2005 concerning global education targets. The Global Awareness Group has been visited by Nigel Waterson MP.


Bishop Bell plans to build a Sports Hall on the school field, and is in the process of raising the required £4 million.


The school is relatively famous both within the county and regionally for having undergone a great improvement from when it was taken over by headmaster Mr. Terry Boatwright in 1995. This is evident in the vast increase in pupils achieving 5 A*-C grade GCSEs, which had risen for eleven consecutive years. The current level is well above the national average for comprehensive schools. This has been attributed to the Headmaster, Mr. Terry Boatwright..


The uniform consists of a black blazer bearing the Bishop Bell mitre, a tie also bearing the mitre, to be worn with a white shirt and black trousers or skirt. The school is strict that the pupils wear black shoes with no high heels or trainers, except, of course, during physically active subjects, in which trainers are permitted. Instead of the blazer, shirt and tie combination, Year 11 is allowed to wear a specified colour of polo shirt, with a matching sweatshirt available. Small studs are permitted, and discreet make-up is allowed for Year 10 and 11. The staff has no strict uniform code, though the male staff are expected to wear a shirt and tie.


The school educates students from Year 7 through to Year 11, after which they have the opportunity to continue their education within limited Post-16 positions in ICT and the school nursery. The school offers pupils a range of both voluntary and compulsory GCSE subjects which are taken from Year 9 to Year 11. This is a change from the previous academic year (2007-2008) in which the school started GCSEs at Year 10, with pupils deciding their subject choices the year before.

The school educates all of its pupils in Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education. English, Mathematics and Science, the core subjects, are taught to all students throughout the entirety of the pupils' education at the school. The arts and foreign languages are optional as GCSEs in the upper school.

School day

The regular day comprises five one-hour periods, with breaks at 11.15 and 1.40. Mondays are shorter than the rest by twenty minutes to allow for pupil mentoring meetings at the end of the day.Once every term (of which there are 6 in an academic year) there is an 'Academic Development Day' in which the school is divided up to partake in single subjects for the entire day. This time may be used to plan school trips, or sports days, or to complete coursework in the upper school.


The school offers the following GCSEs:

English Language and English Literature (Compulsory);Mathematics (Compulsory);Statistics;Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple science, optional);Double science (Two GCSEs);Art (Optional);Music (Optional);Drama (Optional);History (Optional);Geography (Optional);Information Communication Technology (Short course compulsory);Physical Education (Short course compulsory);Religious Studies (Short course compulsory);French;Spanish.

Extracurricular: Societies and Clubs

There have been many clubs and societies within Bishop Bell school, the details of which follow:

School council

The staple of the British classroom, proving no exception, Bishop Bell has a school council composed of members representing each year, who collaborate with members of each tutor group. The council has helped to secure vending machines, water dispensers, improve staff-pupil relations and generally provide the staff and the senior management with information regarding the pupils' viewpoints.

Global Awareness Group

This group has been active in many areas of modern ethical concern, including fairtrade goods and global education, for example the 'Send my friend to school' campaign and the subsequent 'My friend needs a teacher' campaign. The group is trying to make the school a 'fairtrade school' by enforcing self-governed criteria intended to encourage fairtrade use within the school as well as encouraging the community by example.

The group has visited London with Nigel Waterson MP.

The group was active in the 'Send my friend to school' and 'Send my friend a teacher' campaigns. With the school they wrote to Dr. Angela Merkel, German chancellor and chair of the G8 2007.

Music Department

The music department has been a part of a wide variety of clubs. The choir has performed in the Royal Albert Hallmarker, churches and cathedrals in both Strasbourgmarker and Parismarker in France, and has submitted performances for various events in the Congress Theatremarker. The music department annually holds a Summer Concert, held at the school, wherein partake many performers from the department. The band plays, and many solo singers and instrumentalists have performed at this concert.

The music department has a handbell team, which accompanied the choir's trip one year to Paris. They have also performed at St. Andrew's Church, Eastbourne. The school has a steel drum group.

With East Sussex Music Service, the school offers tutoring in various musical instruments, to teach pupils during school time. As this service is outside the school, it is charged for.

Sports Clubs and Teams

Fencing, football, girls' football, basketball, table tennis and rugby. The school has been active in all of these sports.Teams from Bishop Bell have reached the National Finals in basketball several times over the last few years.

Drama Productions

The drama department, since 2006 and the employment of a particularly enthusiastic drama teacher, Mrs. K.Farrier. Has annually produced either a play or a musical. These have been Bugsy Malone (2006), The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew (2007), and Grease (2008), Christmas Carol (2008). The productions have commonly taken place around Easter, with two performances each from two casts. The productions have included help from the music, drama and dance departments, with the art department helping to design the set and pupils enlisted to organise and run props, sound and lighting.

Other Clubs

Other clubs include a Philosophy club, revision classes to cater for most of the GCSE subjects, Science club, and a chess club.


A gymnasium, a library with Learning Support Center, dance room, sound-proofed music rooms, Internet Café, 30 classrooms, hall with stage and wings, science laboratories with equipment, several computer rooms. Each classroom is equipped with Interactive whiteboards. The registration system is all computer-based. The Bishop Bell Café promotes healthy eating and has vending machines.

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