Headteacher's Blog

27th May 2011

I can’t believe that we’ve hit another school holiday:  term has absolutely flown past and we’ve been so busy with exams starting, the academy conversion driving ahead and quite a few appointments to make for September.  On the last of those I feel very fortunate indeed as I go into the holiday with a full complement of staff contacted to take up their duties in September.  Although we shall be saying goodbye to some long serving and very popular staff at the end of this year I am delighted to have recruited so strongly and feel confident that their successors will soon be contributing to the great Gordano tradition.

Our thoughts are increasingly going to our new Year 7s and our Heads of Transition, Mr Strick and Ms Kift are already busy making contact with parents and arranging interviews.  I had the great pleasure of attending the current Year 7’s celebration evening last Wednesday and it was good to mark the brilliant success of this year group.  I hope that some of them enjoy their forthcoming appearance on CBBC’s ‘Dick and Dom’.  I’m not sure that that is a TV programme which will necessarily cover us in glory as a school but they’ll have great fun.  Ms Evans and Mr Welch will be transferring out of Year 7 themselves next year and will be the new Heads of Fitzroy and Biscay Houses.

I had supper cooked for me by a group of our students who had been to a masterclass at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol.  Their parents and several staff from the school were treated to a superb meal which included fantastic homemade bread, a Spanish tortilla (whose name I’ve forgotten!) and lovely salads and puddings.  This was all organised by Ms Mandy Davis, our Achievement Co-ordinator for the Cluster, and our Head of Food, Ms Coggins.

What week at Gordano is complete without some fancy dress?  Last week’s efforts were some of our best!  Year 13 Leavers turned their common room into Glastonbury festival field with real turf, tents and a main stage.  Mr Inman and team wisely went with the festival flow and we wish year 13 all the best for their exams.

We’ve now received the Academy Order from Michael Gove at the Department for Education.  The process is moving smoothly forward and as I have always said will make minimal difference to the experience of our students and the community with the exception being that we will take full control of our budget and can now prioritise the resources as this school needs.  I am ready to sign off significant works on the school building and site to take place over the summer holidays and I very much hope that the positive effects of academy status will be in evidence form 1st September.

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