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    Reading, RG30 3EP

Lost Property

BHF Plus

An outreach to primary-age pupils, teachers and parents, helping to prepare for a smooth transition into Secondary School.

Session What you will be doing - here is a flavour! Suitable for
Geography "What is Geography"? - paired and group activities on physical, human and environmental topics Yrs 5/6
Food Baking and cake decoration Yrs 5/6
Science Growing crystals
Making Putty
Fire Writing
Yrs 5/6
PE Introduction to trampolining
Introduction to contact rugby
Yrs 5/6
History Archaeological activity - including original artefacts eg, coins, parts of pottery from the Middle Ages Yrs 5/6
RE Monastic prayer for children Yrs 5/6
Modern Foreign Languages Gifted and Talented French Yrs 5/6 (from September 2017)
Preparing for Seconday School - a guide for parents E-safety: getting the facts and keeping children safe online
Supporting your child in secondary school – a supportive presentation and discussion for parents
Parents of Yrs 5/6 pupils


The ideas above give a taste of what we can offer. Every event is a bespoke event - our objective is to give your children a great experience!

Email the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Jackie Wiltshire - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you are interested in booking a session or require more information.


Exam Timetable

Date Start Time Qualification Code Title Duration Candidates Room
01.11.2017 8:40 GCSE 8700/1 English Language Paper 1 105 2 LRC
02.11.2017 8:40 GCSE 1MA1 1F Non Calculator (F) 90 6 LRC, Base
03.11.2017 8:40 GCSE 8700/2 English Language Paper 2 105 2 LRC
06.11.2017 8:40 GCSE 1MA1 2F Calculator (F) 90 6 LRC, Base
08.11.2017 8:40 GCSE 1MA1 3F Calculator (F) 90 6 LRC, Base



Students and Parents

Message from the Headteacher - Mr John Casey BA (Hons), PGCE, MA

Welcome to our Catholic school of some 860 children, that has proudly served the Catholic community in Reading since 1958. We were inspected by OFSTED in November 2012 and our overall grade was "Good", a considerable achievement under the new OFSTED Framework and achieved a "Good with outstanding features " grade in the Portsmouth Diocesan inspection of June 2013. In November 2013 we were number 472 on the Sunday Times list of top 500 state schools, putting the school in the top 10% of schools in England. We are Reading's highest performing state school that has made rapid and sustained academic progress in the last three years and our results of 2013 show that our levels of achievement are much much higher than the national average - all of this now evident within our supportive Catholic community and making a real difference to the lives of the children in our school. We are a strongly Catholic school and we aim to help children know and understand the Faith in readiness for their adult lives supported by an emphasis on acquiring the basic skills in English and Mathematics that are essential for life.

One of BHF’s greatest assets is its size. We know our children and we know them well. Parents and visitors often comment on the friendly ethos in the school and all students and staff quickly get to know each other on a personal level, creating a very real sense of family and community in which each individual is accepted as unique in the eyes of God and known and valued. BHF is firmly rooted in its gospel values and these are passed onto the children in readiness for their lives ahead.

BHF grew from within the Catholic community. Fundraising to open a Catholic secondary school in Reading started in the late 1940’s and it took over ten years for the dream to become a reality. Blessed Hugh Faringdon was founded in the 1950’s by, and for, the Catholic Community in Reading and the school has served this community loyally over the last 50 years.

£200,000 was eventually raised by the Catholic Community to purchase the land and build the school. The efforts were led by Archbishop John Henry King who cajoled the parishes of Reading to raise money through subscriptions, garden fetes, bazaars and bank loans. The school opened its doors in 1958 to 60 pupils and the first Governing Body consisted of 9 people including Canon Murphy, and Fathers Kirk, Collins, O’Malley and Donnelly. The first of the schools Headteacher was appointed, Mr MP Healy, and he stayed for 18 years and set the school on its way. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998 and has expanded with a thriving 6th form of 140 students.

Blessed Hugh Faringdon himself has connections to the Reading area. He was Abbott of the Reading Benedictine Abbey in 1520. He frequently entertained Henry VIII at the Abbey but fell out with the King when he supported the church. He was martyred in 1539 opposite the present day site of St James Church.

Today, in the 21st Century, we believe that the partnership between the pupil, parents, the parish and the school is central to our success. Blessed Hugh Faringdon values its partnership links and strong achievement to community cohesion: these are reinforced and developed through:

  • ​Parents consultation evenings
  • Academic tutoring days
  • Academic monitoring with results shared with pupils and parents
  • Public events e.g. Art exhibitions, carol service, sports days etc.
  • Group call texting
  • Our eportal access to student information, including grades
  • Year 9 options evening
  • 6th Form options evening
  • UCAS preparation for 6th formers
  • School newsletter
  • Opportunities for shared worship
  • School website

Our Diocesan Sec 48 Report of 2009 stated
“Parents are strongly supportive of the values and Catholic ethos of the school, citing these reasons for their choice. The school provides good moral guidance and this view was substantiated in students comments”.

OFSTED (2012)
“The headteachers effective leadership is supported strongly by staff and Governors. The impressive trend in students results indicates that the school knows what to do to improve teaching and accelerate achievement for all students". 

School Day

Period Time
Tutor Time 8:40 - 8:55
Period 1 8:55 - 9:45
Period 2 9:45 - 10:35
Break 10:35 - 10:55
Period 3 10:55 - 11:45
Period 4 11:45 - 12:35
Lunch 12:35 - 1:10
Period 5 13:10 - 14:00
Period 6 14:00 - 14:50
Period 7 (Sixth Form only) 14:50 - 15:40


Presentation Protocol


  • To ensure consistency throughout all key stages
  • To clarify how students' written work should be presented and to ensure a common standard is maintained across the curriculum
  • To ensure all students take pride in the visual appearance of their work and understand that well-presented work evokes a positive response in the reader
  • To aid students' literacy and ensure that they understand the importance of being able to write fluently

Written Presentation of Students’ Work

All pupils are to write with a blue or black pen. Drawings/diagrams/illustrations are to be done in pencil initially.

The date must be written at top of page or at the start of the new task on the right-hand side and underlined using a ruler. Students should write the date in full e.g. ‘12th June’. Students studying a modern foreign language are required to write the day and date in full in the target language.

Each new piece of work should be given an appropriate title and the title must be underlined with a ruler.

Learning objectives and outcomes, which teachers require students to enter in exercise books, must be clearly defined and written either before or after the title as instructed.

Finishing Work
Completed work must be ruled off at the end of each piece using a ruler.

Space Wasting
There must be economical use of books and paper with no wasted space in exercise books. When using loose paper, both sides of paper are to be used and if the paper is hole-punched, the task must start on the side with the holes to the LEFT. All lines must be used. Students must not write in the space beneath the bottom line and must always use the top line.

Classwork and Homework
Class work and homework tasks must be clearly defined with a subheading ‘CW’ or ‘HW’ either in the margin or at the start of respective task(s). This should be underlined with a ruler. Students studying a modern foreign language should write these in the target language as instructed.

Where answers are numbered, all numbers must be included and should be written in the margin.

This must be legible with letters clearly formed. New paragraphs must be indented and begin on the line below the previous paragraph. Students should not miss a line to indicate a new paragraph.

These must be crossed out with a single straight line - no scribbling out or excessive use of crossing out. No "Tippex" style products should be used. Corrections should be inserted as close to the crossing out as possible. An asterisk * and a note at the bottom of the page may be used if the correction will not fit in the space available. Erasers are permitted for pencil work.

These must be completed in pencil. Straight lines must be drawn with a ruler. Annotation and labeling may be done in pen or pencil as per the demands of the subject and as advised by the teacher.

These should be completed, in pencil, and may be coloured as advised by the teacher.

Graffiti and doodling are not allowed on ANY written work or elsewhere in exercise books.

Exercise Books

The pupil’s name, tutor group, subject and name of the subject teacher must be written on the front cover of exercise books. Books are not to be defaced in any way.

Work Sheets
All additional sheets of paper should be trimmed and glued neatly into exercise books beneath the appropriate title and date or as instructed. There should be NO loose sheets in exercise books (except where in current use).   

Marking of Pupil Work

  • Staff should mark in red pen. Students must respond to marking as required (green pen desirable).
  • The advice of the Literacy Policy, regarding the highlighting of spelling and grammatical errors, must be followed.

Written Responses

  • Written answers to questions must, generally, be written in full sentences. There is an exception in cases where the skill of summarising is being developed and students will be instructed to bullet point and guided on how to do this effectively.


  • Pupils MUST bring the following items to ALL lessons
  • 2 pens (blue or black), pencil, ruler, eraser, planner, subject-specific equipment (e.g. a calculator and compass in Maths etc.)
  • Appropriate text book(s), exercise book(s), booklet(s) or folder(s).
  • Planner

General points

  • Subjects such as Art and Design and Technology will follow the conventions shared with students on how to present practical work, sketchbook work and planning and evaluation documents. These subjects will follow the Presentation Protocol with regard to formal written pieces.
  • Planners must be used to inform parents if a pupil does not bring in items of equipment and/or there is a lack of care regarding presentation. Parents should be contacted if the concern continues.