Headteacher's Blog

Monday 20th June 2016

In the days running up to Sports Day we have a lot of sporting achievement to celebrate.  I am extremely proud to tell you that our U12 Girls team has qualified for the National Final of the English Schools FA Competition.  They squeaked through a gripping semi-final in Kent with a goal in injury time!  They now go off to play their big match at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall on Tuesday 28 June 2016.  We’ll be sending a coach load of supporters and our very best wishes.

You may recall that our Head of PE, Mrs Emma Rose, was crowned as National Champion at Women’s Table Tennis (Vets Division).  She made it through to the last 16 in the world at the World Championships held in Spain last month.  She is now facing some competition as highest achieving PE teacher as Mr Justin Yau has just received his call up for County Cricket by his native county of Devon.  It is great to see our staff achieving in this way and serving as such excellent role models for our young people.

You may have seen my letter regarding our consultation about an increase to our Planned Admission Number.  Our Governors have decided that the best way to address the rising demand for places in Portishead is through a limited expansion of the school.  As I said in my letter, we believe that the underlying structures of the school will ably cope with another class in each year group.  Our consultation and the eventual decision about expansion require two things to happen: we need permission from the government and funding to allow me to expand facilities on the site.  I hope that both will be finalised by the end of term.  I’ll keep you informed.

The weather has been typically variable for early summer but we have moved over to summer uniform regulations.  Pupils are allowed to dispense with blazers so long as they do not replace them with an alternative garment.  Can I also draw your attention to our requirements on non-logoed uniform items?  There are visual guides to what is acceptable in shoes, skirts and trousers on the uniform page of the website (under the Parents tab).  Please check carefully before being guided into any purchases by the ‘expert’ in your own house!

You may have seen our students in the Portishead Carnival at the weekend.  They were reprising their production of Romeo and Juliet, albeit on the back of a flatbed lorry this time!  Auditions have been taking place in school for next year’s production, which will be Hairspray.  If you have a budding actor in your family do give them the encouragement to try out for one of the roles.

We will be celebrating the end of exams with both Year 11 and Sixth Form in coming days.  Can I thank parents in those year groups for their support for their sons, daughters and the school in what is always a highly demanding period.  My own daughter has been doing AS Levels this year, so I know what an intense time it is to have a teenager in full revision mode in the home.  In all cases I trust that everything that could be done was done and we now await the results.  Our students will be turning their minds to the other all-consuming issue of the Proms.  I hope that they really enjoy themselves.

The last few weeks of term might seem to be upon us but we still have a lot to do and indeed to look forward to. The final House Celebration Events take place in these weeks and we have Activities Week ahead of us.  Unfortunately I also need to limber up for the staff relay at Sports Day this Thursday.  I’ll not be setting the sort of example that Mr Yau and Mrs Rose do but can console myself that taking part is at least something.  There’ll be an update on all the stories (except the staff relay!) in the next newsletter.

Gary Lewis, Headteacher








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