Headteacher's Blog

Friday 25th September 2015

We have just had our Open Evening and Open Morning and it has been a great pleasure to show our school to hundreds of new families and very excited Year 6 students.  I was able, once again, to extoll the opportunities available to children and young people through our extra-curricular programme Gordano Extra.  If you haven’t yet seen the list of enrichments you will find them easily from the link on the front page of our website.

Our Head of PE, Emma Rose, is a role model in a great many ways and one of them is in pursuit of excellence in extra-curricular sport.  She has just won two Gold medals for England at table tennis in an international tournament and is now the English Number 1 in her category.  I hope some of our pupils are inspired by this example.

Yesterday I dropped in on our Sixth Form Learning Visits meeting.  David Hunt, who is a great friend of the school and former Senior Leader in Learning Partnerships West, organises work shadowing across a number of competitive professions.  It is so uplifting to hear our sixteen and seventeen year olds talking about really ambitious futures with such confidence.  Privileged access to businesses and professions is a great opportunity that we can provide.  I’m grateful to David and all our friends in public and private sectors for welcoming Gordano pupils to their workplaces.  It makes a difference.

Lastly, we had a road traffic accident near the school yesterday.  I am glad to say that the Year 7 pupil involved was not seriously injured but we obviously need to refresh our road safety messages both at home and school.  We shall be reinforcing our advice through House assemblies next week.

Gary Lewis



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