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It’s official: Year 11 and 13 exams are now done. Answers answered, black Bic biros empty of ink and papers packaged up precisely and posted to the relevant exam boards. I’m sure that Year 11 and 13 students are feeling relieved and thankful that they can now take a moment to relax (not for too long of course - it’ll be A-levels or further studies in no time!) and enjoy the upcoming end of year ball / prom. On the subject of Summer Balls and Proms, I never know which to use, although as the latter reminds me of the Friends episode where Rachel realises Ross has always been in love with her, the former seems correct to me!

BFS continues to be busy; with the music tour and Annie rehearsals (performances are fast
approaching – matinee and evening shows… so book your tickets now!). On Thursday we saw the finals of the Year 8 Science Discovery Prize. In essence, students have been engaging in some serious scientific enquiry over the last week or two. Research projects, Einsteinesque thought experiments and meta-analysis have been completed on a range of subjects such as:

  • “Why time flies when you’re having fun”
  • “What causes the Northern Lights?”
  • “Can teachers still teach the same with different types of coffee? (or none)”
  • "Why do we feel emotion for fictional characters?”
  • “Why is slime so satisfying?”

A write up is in the newsletter for this week, and it will be the turn of Year 7 on 12 July. Next week we’ve Enterprise Day to look forward to. Budding entrepreneurs will be preparing for our own Dragon’s Den in what is now a
traditional annual event. 

Finally, I mentioned Fortnite a few newsletters ago and recently came across an interesting
newspaper article about its addictive properties. An interesting read.


Ben Sillince

Acting Headteacher



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Open Days

Registration for our Open Days is now live. Please click here and follow the instructions carefully. 

2018 Exam Timetable

The timetable for the exams taking place this summer is now available here

Please see this timetable for the final fortnight.


OFQUALs decision on GCSE Computer Science

Please find the link to the decision made by OFQUAL regarding GCSE Computer Science Non-Examined Assessment.

Any queries please contact Mrs Sherman.


Guided Choices Evening

On Thursday 7 December, our Year 9 students will start the process of choosing their GCSE subjects. 

The Guides Choices booklet to help them make their choices is available here

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium is additional funding for every child who is eligible for free school meals throughout their time at school. Information about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium can be found here. Please also refer to the guide for parents.

Free school meals applications for Bristol Free School should be made online here.

Further Pupil Premium information for Bristol Free School can be found here.

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Transition Evening

The PowerPoint and information from the Transition Evening for Year 6 parents on 17 May can be found here.  

DON’T FORGET – 10 July is Induction Day for students, then all parents and students are to come back in the evening to meet tutors and receive other important information. A letter will be sent after half term with further information. 


The GCSE Pod website can be found here.

They have also provided us this guide to share with you - make the most of this excellent resource Year 11!



Our prospectus for 2017/18 is available to read online here.