End Of Year Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

This will be my last formal communication with parents and carers this academic year.  

In the remainder of this letter there is much important information about arrangements for next week and our return in September, so please read it all carefully.

End of the Academic Year

Our summer term ends Friday 19 July at 12.30pm.

Our final week promises to be extremely busy with many activities taking place across key stages.  These include Sports Day, rewards trips, rewards assemblies and of course Year 10 and 12 work experience.  I’m thrilled that so many Year 10 students have taken the opportunity to go on a 5-day work experience placement as it will be so beneficial to help them learn about life after education.

Below is an outline for Year 7, 8, 9 and Y10 students not on work experience.

Monday 15 July

Y7, 8 & 9 Sports Day
26 x Y10 not on work experience in PE Kit to assist with Sports day

30 x Y10 to Jaguar Landrover in full school uniform

Tuesday 16 July

Year 7 students not attending the rewards trip attend college as normal in full school uniform.

*A separate communication has been sent for those students attending the rewards trip– sensible and appropriate non-uniform*

Y10 not on work experience – Team Building Day PE kit

Wednesday 17 July

Year 8 students not attending the rewards trip attend college as normal in full school uniform.

*A separate communication has been sent for those students attending the rewards trip– sensible and appropriate non-uniform*

22 x Y10 to Jaguar Landrover in full school uniform

Thursday 18 July

Year 9 students not attending the rewards trip attend college as normal in full school uniform.

*A separate communication has been sent for those students attending the rewards trip– sensible and appropriate non-uniform*

Y10 not on work experience – Democracy Day full school Uniform

Friday 19 July

Last Day of term – Year 7, 8, 9 and any Y10 & 12 students not on work experience will be dismissed for the summer break at 12.30pm. This will be a non-uniform day: Clothing (no fancy dress), hairstyles (no hair colouring) and footwear must meet the College expectations and must be fit for the purpose for lessons throughout the day. 

Highlights of the Summer Term

The exam season was extremely busy and all of our students who sat BTEC, GCSE and A Level exams were well supported in their preparation, thanks to staff giving of their time both during and beyond the college day.
  We wish all of our students who sat external exams the success they so richly deserve. 

The all-important results are available as follows:

Ø  A2 Levels BTEC Nationals on Thursday 15 August 2019 from 8.30 am – 10.00am in the Sixth Form Centre, entrance from the Burton Road entrance only.

Ø  GCSE / BTEC on Thursday 22 August 2019 from 9.00am – 10.30am, entrance from the Burton Road (front gate) entrance only.

The opportunity to mark the end of their studies for both our GCSE and sixth form students, was made all the richer thanks to Father Paul leading a Celebration Mass for Year 11 on the Feast of the Ascension and a leaver’s service for our Year 13.

The excellent Year 11 Prom was held at The Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill and our Y13 Prom was held at The Grand Station, Wolverhampton.

Other successful events during this term have included:

Ø  Mass to celebrate the feast day of St Peter and St Paul

Ø  Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Expeditions

Ø  University of Oxford Graduation Visit

Ø  Wembley Stadium UCFB School Visit

Ø  Drayton Manor Rotary Club fun day

Ø  WWFC a Day in the life of a professional footballer

Ø  Birmingham NEC Higher Education Conference 2019

Ø  Fr Hudsons Good Shepherd Mass at St Michael’s Penn

Ø  Loughborough University Sports Visit

Ø  Geography fieldwork in Dudley Town Centre

Ø  Year 5 Taster Day

Ø  Year 6 Transition Days

Ø  Sixth Form Induction

Whilst all of these and many other activities took place during this term, most importantly teaching and learning continued to provide academic rigour so that our students continue to develop the skills to face the challenge of the examination system and the needs of future employers. In addition, the lifelong spiritual development, social awareness and academic achievement of our young people continues to be of real quality.

September return dates

The new academic year starts for staff on Monday 2 September when college is closed to students. As can be seen below there is phased return for all Year Groups. 

Tuesday 3 September              Y7 & Y12 return/start
Wednesday 4 September             All Students in college

Heads of House 2019/20

Head of Year 7                           Mr Cutler    

Head of Year 8                           Mr Bromell                 

Head of Year 9                           Mrs Johnson                             

Head of Year 10                         Mrs Guest (nee Miss Mulqueen)        

Head of Year 11                         Mr Biddle                   

Head of Year 12 & 13                Miss Berrington                       

Staff Leavers and Starters

Colleagues who are also leaving at the end of this academic year: Mr Dimmock, Mrs Maver, Miss Cope.

Their combined service and commitment has touched the lives of so many students at Bishop Milner and as a consequence, they are all the richer for having spent time in their care both in and out of the classroom and I trust you will join me in wishing them all the very best for the future.

New staff wef 1 September 2019

Miss L Maitland (Head of DT)
Mr J Garrity (Teacher of Drama)
Ms L Lowe (School Nurse)

Important changes for all students September 2019

Ø  Equipment :All students in KS3 are expected to have a Spanish and French dictionary as part of their equipment.

Ø  Uniform: Girls skirts MUST be worn to the knee with black opaque tights September-April, black opaque tights or natural opaque tights from May-July.  Tights must be of plain design.  Socks must only be worn with trousers and these must be plain black or grey ankle socks. 

House Ties
: must be replaced if damaged or lost and are available from our uniform suppliers.

Appeal to all parents

As we continue to promote the college and celebrate the achievements of students, can we please appeal to all parents that when you receive your update packs in September you consent to the use of images of your child.


Last but not least, on behalf of everyone at Bishop Milner I wish you and your children a happy, healthy and safe summer break and I look forward to seeing your sons and daughters in September.

Yours sincerely

Mr R May
Principal