Headteacher's Blog

Friday 20th January 2017

Our U13 Girls’ Football Team are having an amazing season.  You will see elsewhere in the newsletter coverage of their win at the Bristol tournament.  A national final at Wembley is a perfectly feasible prospect for them this year so we’ll have our fingers crossed for their forthcoming tournament in Swindon where they carry the flag for the South West region of England.

You may have heard the coverage on the radio for Anna and Sam Faram who have both been awarded places at the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain.  They were interviewed by Nigel Dando as part of a live broadcast from Gordano School for Radio Bristol's Breakfast Show.  Although still in the lower years at school both are incredible and experienced musicians who have played concerts in many prestigious venues.  It is really great to have them participating so fully in music at Gordano.

I am grateful for the 183 parents who participated in our online survey on our mobile phone policy just prior to the Christmas breaks.  I have posted a summary of the key points from that consultation on the website http://www.gordanoschool.org.uk/mobile-phone-consultation/ and although there are a range of views there was a strong weight of opinion to support change.  I will be discussing changes to our policy at a forthcoming governors meeting and will be in touch with the whole school community once our governors have given me their views and permission to make changes to the policy. My proposal will not go as far as an outright ban on mobiles at school as I have heard parents’ desire to be in touch with children to arrange transportation home from school and for safety reasons.  I will, however, be proposing further restrictions on their use in school.  In this way I hope that we can further improve our focus on learning and quality of social interactions in school.

I would like to raise the issue of traffic and safety around school.  We have had a recent meeting with North Somerset Council and the police to discuss the safety of some local road crossings.  Unfortunately they do not meet the threshold for changes or to do so would lead to congestion.  I remain concerned about this situation and we shall be emphasising road safety to pupils in Assemblies. I hope that if your son or daughter walks home you will have the same conversation.  Portishead is a busy place and we have a major traffic route right beside our school. 

On a similar theme, if you pick up children from Gordano by car can I ask you to consider where you meet your child?  In recent weeks we have had concerns or complaints from residents of St Mary’s Road, from the landlord of The Albion and from St Joseph’s Primary School about cars being parked inconsiderately or inappropriately.  I appreciate that, strictly speaking, this is beyond my jurisdiction but as a rule the closer pick-up points are to the school the more problems seem to arise.  It would be impossible for a large school like Gordano to make no impact on the town at the end of the school day but I hope that we can all work together to minimise those problems and remember the needs of the school’s neighbours.

Gary Lewis

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