Friday 23 February 2018
Firstly can I say how delighted I am to have been appointed as Gordano’s next permanent Headteacher for our wonderful school after a very thorough three-day interview process. It has been an incredible (gruelling!) experience to see the school from the perspective of a candidate and I cannot praise enough the passion and commitment shown to the school by students and staff alike. It speaks volumes about the community that we have here. I know the other candidates have gone away knowing what a very special place Gordano is. It makes me all the more proud to have been appointed, and all the more determined to work with our brilliant team to continue to improve the school experience for all of our young people.
We had three very successful foreign trips over half term. The Business Studies department explored New York, the Politics Department visited the heart of the US government in Washington DC and the annual ski trip visited the Spanish Pyrenees. As ever, the students conducted themselves impeccably and they deserve huge credit, but I am particularly indebted to the commitment of the staff for planning and leading the three visits and delivering everyone home safely. It is a huge responsibility and we are incredibly lucky to have staff who are willing to take this on to provide these opportunities for our young people.
With the half term behind us we have tipped properly into the season of exam preparation. If you have sons or daughters in Year 11 or Sixth Form, you should now be seeing lots of evidence of revision and committed work ethic. We have lots of support for pupils and their families, much of which you may already have accessed, but do let us know of any help that you need or concerns that you have. We’ve talked a lot to pupils in recent weeks about resilience and hard work and the next few months will provide many opportunities for our Year 11 and Sixth Form to showcase those qualities.
Talking of hard work, we are all looking forward immensely to the School of Rock production next week. This will be the culmination of months of dedication from cast, crew and staff, and it promises to be fantastic entertainment involving a huge number of students. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please do so using the online shop:
And, as if that wasn’t enough, this weekend will see the first proper weekend walk for over a hundred Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students on the Mendips on Saturday. My own involvement in Outdoor Education at Gordano stems from the love of seeing students learn so much about themselves when they place themselves a little out of their comfort zone. One consolation if the weather is poor is that they’ll probably learn more from it! All great character-building stuff!