Headteacher's Blog

3rd May 2013

Year 11 Revision
I am going to start with the really important focus in the school at present which is the preparation of Year 11 for their forthcoming exams this summer. Parents of Year 11 will know that this week’s Celebration Ball is not an end to lessons for Year 11 students. This year our Year 11s will not be having study leave prior to the summer term and I will require all Year 11 students to be in school every day until Friday 24th May. In the period after the summer half term there will be calendared revision sessions for Year 11 students to attend and once again it is my expectation that Year 11 students come into school to work with their teachers on those dates. We shall be releasing the calendar to students in the next few days.
We have worked very hard with our Year 11 students and I am conscious that the next few weeks are absolutely critical. The school is extremely eager to support any Year 11 parent who has concerns or queries about helping their son or daughter in revision and my colleague, Adam Snow, will be delighted to put parents in touch with members of staff who can support them at this very busy time.

Warwick Davis
It was a great pleasure to welcome Warwick Davis, the very well-known actor and comedian, to the school last Tuesday. One of our students in Year 9, Danielle Webb, has been active with Warwick’s charity, Little People UK, and it was our contact through Danielle which led to Warwick’s offer to come and talk to a group of our students about his career and the challenges he has faced from being a person of restricted growth. Warwick’s talk was just as humorous as you would expect and 300 of our Year 9 students thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and hearing about his experiences. It was a great validation of the work that Danielle is undertaking with Little People UK that Warwick wanted to come and lend his support to her promotion of that charity. I know that Danielle’s mum was very proud, as was I.

Language Exchange Visits
Once again I am delighted to report on last month’s highly successful exchange visits with our partners in Majorca and Southern France. Our students had an enjoyable and memorable experience of life in other European countries. It is especially pleasing to see the principle of an exchange between schools and families being welcomed and enjoyed by the young people at Gordano School.

Both our U14 and U16 Girls Football teams were victorious in the Somerset County Cup finals in Street on Wednesday of this week. What a brilliant achievement! The U14 team had a decisive 4:0 victory and the U16 team won a thrilling penalty shoot-out. We also had the great news last week that our boys U16 football team were successful in the North Somerset Football Tournament where they took the Cup. I have also just heard that Louie Leverett from Year 8 won Gold in a karate tournament between clubs in the North Somerset last weekend. Louie has been practising karate since he was 5 years old and will be going for his black belt next month. The purple patch in Gordano’s sporting success is continuing and we are extremely proud of our young sports people in their commitment and achievements.

Buildings News
In my last blog I reported to you that we had received funding to undertake a series of building projects in the school including a second sports hall and fitness gym. This week is seeing us reach the end of a campaign of refurbishments to our main block south and I am very much looking forward to reopening the Student Centre, Learning Support and the upper Sixth Form areas to students after what has been a quite radical refurbishment. Month by month we are improving the building environment at Gordano School and I hope that in due course the quality of our facilities can rise to keep pace with the excellence of education that we aim to provide in the school.

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