Headteacher's Blog

Monday 8th February 2016

This is the week of our school production and our cast were in school on Sunday for their final rehearsals of Romeo and Juliet.  You may have seen the poster which translates Renaissance Verona to 1960s Brighton where the Montagues and Capulets will be doing battle as Mods and Rockers.  I am certain that it will all be highly entertaining and that the many hours of preparations will have been worth it.

Our business partnership is continuing to grow.  We have signed up a great number of companies from the region and were delighted to welcome Hargreaves Lansdown and the Port of Bristol to the partnership in recent weeks.  The scheme is now known as Gordano Partners and if you work for a company which might be interested in helping our young people prepare for their bright futures do drop Tim Monelle an email at tmonelle@gordanoschool.org.uk .

Our sports teams are continuing to bring home lots of silverware. In badminton teams our KS3 boys and KS4 girls are now the Avon champions with the KS3 girls and KS4 boys taking the silver medals.  Our Year 10 girls won the North Somerset indoor cricket competition and our Year 9s came second in the Winter Games netball tournament.  The PE Faculty have a terrific twitter account and will keep you up to date on results as they come in.

My thanks to Year 11 parents who have been engaging with Tom Inman’s Parent Support sessions around revision and GCSE preparations. We spent some time working with Year 11s last week on how to begin their revision programmes and if you have a son or daughter in Year 11 (or indeed the Sixth Form) please do offer some encouragement and support in getting the revision machine running at half-term.

Lastly, you may have seen some very positive coverage of our GCSE results in the press as League Tables were published last month.  This is the last time that the government will be focussing on the percentage of students who achieved 5A*-C including English and Maths.  Next year’s measure will be something called Progress 8 and is much too complicated to attempt to explain here but however they measure it we will be doing our best to support our students to achieve the very best that they can.

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