Friday 1st April 2016
It is unusual to have a bank holiday weekend in term time and the end of this term has felt oddly stop-go as a result. We are making the best of these four day weeks nevertheless and have had a very enjoyable Sport Relief day, Parental Support evening on Sixth Form Revision, Consultation Event on the Multi-Academy Trust proposal and we have a Year 8 Parents’ Evening this week to look forward to.
The consultation window on our Multi-Academy Trust proposal closes on Thursday and although final decisions will sit with governors, I think that I can fairly say that the response to date has been warm and supportive. The only significant area of anxiety has been our future admissions to Gordano School as the population of Portishead grows. Our Governors, and perhaps in future the Trustees of the Academy Trust, will be working with me to address this challenge.
As the school expands in numbers we are eager to maintain and improve our facilities. We are currently awaiting finalisation of our Basic Need grant to allow us to expand our Year 7 intake by one class in 2018. Last week we secured a further buildings grant to totally refurbish our 7 oldest laboratories which will greatly improve our facilities in Science. All good news.
Tom Inman will have been in frequent touch with Year 11 parents to offer support and guidance with revision and Jeanne Fairs has been doing the same for Sixth Form families. I need hardly add what a crucial few weeks lie ahead during the Spring break when our exam students will be doing a great amount of their revision. I remember my tutor at university telling me that the battle for my finals would be ‘lost or won in the Easter break’. He spoke the truth and I trust that our students will emerge as winners from their break from school.
We believe that we are being very proactive with revision but please let us know of anything that we can improve.
Gary Lewis, Headteacher