Still Vesey after All These Years; SCHOOL OF THE WEEK BISHOP VESEY'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL SUTTON COLDFIELD

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), March 9, 2004 | Go to article overview

Still Vesey after All These Years; SCHOOL OF THE WEEK BISHOP VESEY'S GRAMMAR SCHOOL SUTTON COLDFIELD


Byline: TONY COLLINS

THE place is steeped in almost 500 years of history.

But pupils at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield are so immersed in modern technology they have been asked to devise a new national website.

The school still proudly bears the name of its founder, Bishop Vesey, who was a tutor to one of Henry VIII's daughters.

The bishop, who is buried in the nearby Holy Trinity Church, was responsible for the school opening on its present site off Lichfield Road in 1527.

Nearly five centuries on, the grammar school has 876 pupils, all of whom are selected by means of an entrance exam.

Bishop Vesey's broke new ground in the 1980s by admitting girls for the first time.

They now help to make up the 260-strong sixth form, which is the only place where female pupils can be found.

The sixth form is now demonstrating just how far school life has come in the last 477 years.

They are helping to design a post 16 version of a website which aims to help reduce traffic congestion by encouraging pupils to walk, cycle or catch the bus to school.

The Young TransNet project has been devised by the National Children's Bureau to help make school journeys safer and more environmentally friendly.

It allows schools to generate their own action plan by asking pupils and teachers to complete a survey about their travel habits.

Bishop Vesey's school administrator Dawn Boyes said they had piloted the scheme last November as part of its Safer Routes to School initiative.

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