1st July 2011
The journey to Academy status has been a complicated one but I am glad to announce that today we have arrived. The Secretary of State’s letter appeared in my in box at 6.18pm yesterday so you might say that it was ‘just in time delivery’. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work or our wonderful Business Manager, Clare Sanders, and her team of administrators who have steered us through the process. As I have always said, the issue of Academy status is one of governance and business management and parents can rest assured that the values and ethos of the school will be maintained.
I know that many parents will have been seriously inconvenienced by yesterday’s strike. Gordano has a high number of NUT and ATL members and I had no choice but to close the school to Years 7 to 10. I hope that taking that decision at the earliest opportunity was helpful in allowing families to make arrangements for childcare during the day. Let us hope that progress is made in the negotiations and that we are spared a disrupted Autumn.
Despite having more than 50 teachers taking action we were able to offer a reasonably normal day to Sixth Formers and I am very glad to say that the Sixth Form Ball last night was a glittering occasion in the renaissance grandeur of Ashton Court. We have a large and successful Sixth Form and I am confident that the students who ‘partied’ last night will have even more to celebrate in August.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the Celebration Events for each year group and have been very struck by just how positive our students are about their experience of school. The DT Celebration included the annual Fashion Show and it was bold, stylish and cheeky. I trust that we will get a news report onto the website soon to offer some images of a glamorous and enjoyable evening. The standard of clothes and other products such as furniture and electronic devices on show was exceedingly high. As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on!”
We’re on the threshold of Activities Week and I hope that every one of our students enjoys the residentials, visits, school enrichments and work experience planned. If your son or daughter is away from home may you have a quiet and ‘worry-free’ few days.