Headteachers Blog Friday 24 April 2015
It was terrific to see almost 30 of our local businesses represented at the Gordano Partners breakfast this morning. As we become increasingly focussed on employability in our region having the expertise of local employers on our side to support our students and help us with events is invaluable. If you would have interest in becoming a Gordano partner please contact Tim Monelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) here at the school.
We have appointed a new Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputies. Lewis Cheetham and Amy Francis will be taking on the two lead roles with Oliver Wood and Holly Piggott as their deputies. Lewis and Amy will be fulfilling their first public duties today in hosting our Year 6 Intake Evening so I wish them very best of luck.
We have been thinking about some of the issues raised to us by families in connection with the electronic Parents Evening booking system that we use. In particular we appreciate that in the few cases where a teacher has more than one class in a year group it is not possible for them to see every child within the three and a half hour duration of a Progress Evening. To address this we will be looking ahead to identify where this problem exists. For pupils where there appear to be absolutely no progress concerns we may ask families to forgo an appointment in that subject. This will allow us to target the Progress Evening on progress concerns. Your goodwill is appreciated in resolving this issue.
I often include some comment on school uniform and I will be predictable and raise the subject once again. Our uniform guidelines are very clear indeed and are available on the website. Price and Buckland and The Sports Shop both carry all approved lines, including skirts and trousers. Can I ask that before purchases of non-branded items are made that you check the guidelines. We have had to contact a few parents about girls’ trousers and skirts again recently and it is frustrating for both school and home when this occurs.
Lastly, I must congratulate Lucy Brett who has obtained a full scholarship to study at the University of Pittsburgh. Lucy is a talented gymnast with Portishead Academy and she will be able to pursue her sport with the excellent facilities and coaching of an American university. What an exciting opportunity this is!