Friday 11th September 2015
Firstly, my congratulations to all of our students who sat exams during the summer. We were delighted to see that they did so well. Our outcomes in Sixth Form increased again. At GCSE we achieved 73% 5 A* - C (including English and Maths) and 84% of our pupils achieved C grade or higher in Maths with the same percentage exactly hitting the C grade plus threshold in English. Our strapline here is Pride : Achievement : Community and good results in exams supports all three aspects of this ambition.
I am extremely grateful to parents for their support on uniform. Our young people have come to school looking smart and ready to achieve. This makes a real difference to our ethos at work and I not only feel that as I visit classrooms but I can point to the evidence that our focus on ethos is having in results too. Of the thousand families that we serve, the overwhelming majority lend me their total support and that is a priceless benefit to us.
Our building works continue and we are almost finished on the re-roofing and insulating project on the main block south (Learning Support and Sixth Form). The end result will be a warm, dry(!) and much more attractive facility for us to use. Our Academy status is continuing to allow us to access capital funds, even in these austere times, and I hope that we will have further improvements to announce in coming months.
If you are available next week, our Art Show will be taking place on Wednesday 16th September 5.30 – 7.30pm. This is a great event to attend and bring younger children to. The standard of visual arts is witnessed not just in their exceptional exam results but in the great pleasure of being affected by the power of our students’ imaginations. You may also want to hold the date for our Careers Convention on Thursday 1st October 6 – 8pm. We will have dozens of professions, trades and employers represented and it should be inspiring for our young people, especially Year 9 and above.
Lastly, I would like to pay tribute to William Salisbury who has recently died. William had served as a governor at Gordano for 15 years before standing down just a few years ago. He was such a force for improvement and so ambitious for high standards in our school. Our governors play a vitally important role in school life and William was a role model in every way.