16th November 2012
At the time of writing (Thursday 15th November), I am looking forward to our Sixth Form Open Evening tonight. It will be good to talk about the exciting prospect of Post-16 study at Gordano in the lovely environment of our gleaming new building. The Learning Curve has been a brilliant success in its first few months and it has revolutionised the experience of being a Sixth Former at Gordano. One interesting ‘spin off’ from the new study facilities has been the request from Sixth Formers to have an increase in the School’s investment in good old fashioned books. That is a cause that I shall be very glad to support and we shall be reviewing and renewing our stock of Advanced Level library resources in the coming weeks.
Today is the non-uniform day to support Children in Need and it is really good that funds are being raised here to support that good cause. You will see elsewhere in the newsletter that our Sixth Form Rag Week raised more than £3000. We sponsor and support our young people for a full range of activities, but there are some limits to that. I have had to take a firm line with several students who had dyed their hair for a cause, but they were in breach of the School’s uniform and appearance expectations. Situations like this are foreseeable and undermine the standards that the School and almost all our families uphold. It is in the interests of minimising disagreements about uniform that we take a clear and consistent line on appearance and that is set out in our published expectations. My sincere thanks for the overwhelming support that we receive on this issue.
Our Governors are a key element in our success as a school. This week Governors have been working with me to submit bids for building maintenance and development projects (of which more later in the year, with luck!). They also have a role in scrutinising standards and our Education committee will be looking in detail at exam outcomes next week. The Governors also have a periodic surgery to discuss matters of concern and if you have any issues for the next one you will see details in these pages of how to make an appointment.
Our Year 7 Tutor Evening had a very positive response and brings to an end the transition process for that year group. It seems to have been a great success and I am very pleased with the start that Year 7 have made in the School. We have a lot to look forward to in coming years. My thanks to Mr Strick, Ms Moore and Mrs Skipp for leading this process and to all the tutors and parents for the work that they have done in supporting the young people in settling into their new school.