Friday 1st July 2016
Our Year 7 girls’ football team progressed right through to the final in the English Schools Tournament and very sadly, after a hard fought game, lost 3:2 to St Ivo from Huntingdon. I am incredibly proud of our girls’ team although I know they will be disappointed not to have emerged as national champions I really hope they will be pleased with their achievements throughout the competition. I am grateful, as ever, to colleagues in the PE faculty for the support that they have given our students, and in particular would like to express my thanks to Justin Yau and Emma Rose.
To continue that sporting theme, we enjoyed a terrific and very traditional sports day last Thursday. Once again I survived my 100 metre ordeal in the staff relay and we saw a great many exhilarating and impressive performances from the students across the afternoon. It was good to see them shouting on their teams and wearing their House colours with such enthusiasm.
On more serious matters, we are continuing our consultation with the public about an increase to the school’s Published Admission Number. We have had a significant number of letters of support from parents of primary aged children in Portishead and Portbury and will be presenting our case to the community this evening (Thursday, 30th June) at our public meeting.
One of the things that I will be discussing at that meeting is the backing that we will be receiving from North Somerset Council for this scheme and I am grateful to Sheila Smith, Director of People and Communities, for her letter of support. I am also appreciative of North Somerset’s decision to invest a significant amount of Basic Need funding to address capacity issues here at Gordano. Assuming that we receive permission for our expansion, we will be able to both augment our facilities and address some long standing issues relating to buildings on the site. I will not say more about this just now but hope to provide parents with more detailed information in the coming months assuming that the project continues.
The other strategic issue that I would like to brief parents about is the development of the Multi-Academy Trust. The company which sits behind Gordano School has already been renamed as Lighthouse Schools Partnership and we are in the last stages of putting in place our new structures so that we can work together with the five other schools joining the Trust on 1st September. I will be writing to parents in due course to let you know about the very few changes that there will be here at Gordano but I would wish to reassure you that my own key focus will be the running of Gordano School and attending to the needs of our own pupils. We easily accommodated some changes when we became an academy some 5 years ago and I am absolutely certain that the challenges of joining the Multi-Academy Trust will be just as successfully met.
We are on the eve of Activities Week and I am looking forward to going on the Modern Languages faculty visit to Paris. The enrichment and excitement of Activities Week is a real high point in the school calendar and although students have different experiences each year we always hope that when they finish that week they have tried new things and increased their enthusiasm for school and for learning. If you follow us on Twitter please check that you are subscribed to https://twitter.com/gordanoschooltr as there will be lots of updates and photographs emerging and you will be able to see what your sons and daughters are doing to get a sense of the programme across the whole week.
Gary Lewis, Headteacher