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Bishopshalt School

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Bishopshalt School
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Coordinates51°31′55″N 0°27′36″W / 51.532°N 0.460°W / 51.532; -0.460
Department for Education URN137633 Tables
HeadteacherMr L. McGillicuddy[1]
Age11 to 18

Bishopshalt School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status based in the London Borough of Hillingdon. It has specialisations in music and the performing arts. Between 2013 and 2014, the school was used for scenes in the BBC sitcom Big School.


The current building within which the school is housed was built in 1858.[2] The school dates back to 1907 when it was first established as Uxbridge County School in the Greenway.[3] It was designed by the architect H. G. Crothall for the Middlesex Education Committee.[4] The Middlesex Education Committee purchased the present site for £6900 in 1925 and in 1928 the school moved there.[3] The original buildings in the Greenway became part of Uxbridge High School.[5] On 6 October the school was officially opened by Sir John Reith, the Director-General of the BBC.[6]

War Memorial unveiling's Order of Service cover, 14 December 1922.
War Memorial unveiling's Order of Service cover, 14 December 1922.
Roll of Honour, as printed in 1922.
Roll of Honour, as printed in 1922.

Walter Wilks Sawtell was headmaster of the school from its founding in 1907 until 1929. He remained in the position to oversee the move of the school, before resigning to become rector of Madehurst in Sussex.[7] The school name was changed to Bishopshalt School in 1930 to acknowledge it was no longer in Uxbridge.[8] It is derived from the history of the site as for 500 years the Bishops of Worcester rested at the grounds of the school on their journeys to and from London.[citation needed]

A Cierva C.19 Mk.3 Autogiro landed on the school field in July 1931, piloted by the Cierva Autogiro Company's Flying Manager Reginald A.C. Brie, a former pupil of the school.[9] During the Second World War, the school was used for rallies and inspections of the local Girls' Training Corps.[10] Randalls of Uxbridge, a local family-owned department store, donated three oak chairs to the school in October 1949.[11] In 1969, the school's air raid shelters were removed and replaced by a car park. The shelters had been built in 1939 but remained because of the threat of the Cold War.[12]

The London Borough of Hillingdon held council meetings in the school hall while the Civic Centre in Uxbridge was under construction.[13] In 1977 the school changed from a grammar school to a comprehensive.[14]

An episode of Jeeves and Wooster starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry was filmed in the school grounds.[15] The school has also been used as a filming location, for the film adaptation of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, directed by Gurinder Chadha, and the BBC comedy Big School.

Present day

The current Headmaster is Mr Liam McGillicuddy, who started in September 2019. Prior Headteachers are: Mr David Bocock (2004 to 2011); Mr Vincent Hodkinson (1996 to 2004); Dr Leslie Bather (1970–1996).[16]

Bishopshalt School specialises in music and the performing arts. It has its own large playing fields and an ornamental garden specifically for the 6th form students. Bishopshalt has six 'houses', five named after bishops that rested at the old mansion, on their first day out from London, going to Worcester in the days of horse-drawn coach travel. Cranmer, De Salis, Evesham, Manor, Stanley and Worcester are the houses. The school motto is Fidelis, meaning Faithful.

De Salis house was named after a local family that included Bishop De Salis and his elder brother Cecil Fane De Salis, who was a benefactor and governor of the school and last owner of the nearby Dawley Court at Goulds Green.

Dramatic Society

Bishopshalt School runs a dramatic society named Bishopshalt Operatic and Dramatic Society, known as BODS. The company is open to students at the school from the tenth to the thirteenth academic year. They perform annually during December. The latest BODS show was- 'Beauty and The Beast.' The Junior BODS (for years 7,8 and 9) are performed in June/July every year. The latest Junior BODS show was- Mary Poppins.

Academic performance

It gets the third highest A level results in Hillingdon and above average results at GCSE. Bishopshalt also recently won the Hillingdon Maths challenge for Year 7. They have a successful netball and football team as well.

Notable former pupils

Bishopshalt Grammar School


  1. ^ "School". Bishopshalt School. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Pearce 2007, p.91
  3. ^ a b Pearce 2007, p.89
  4. ^ "Uxbridge High School" (PDF). London Borough of Hillingdon. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  5. ^ Pearce 2007, p.94
  6. ^ Pearce 2007, p.95
  7. ^ Pearce 2007, p.97
  8. ^ Bowlt 2007, p.99
  9. ^ Pearce 2007, p.101
  10. ^ Pearce 2007, p.105
  11. ^ Pearce 2007, p.107
  12. ^ Pearce 2007, p.111
  13. ^ Pearce 2007, p.117
  14. ^ a b Pearce 2007, p.119
  15. ^ Pearce 2007, p.118
  16. ^ Pearce 2007, p.120

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