Our core belief at Gordano is that learning should be an enjoyable, exciting and worthwhile experience for all students; enabling learners to develop socially and emotionally as well as preparing them for the world of work and further or higher education. Our teaching staff meet together regularly to discuss, share and plan excellent learning experiences for our students, and each year considerable resources are invested in our teaching staff to enable them to enhance their subject knowledge and classroom practice.
We were pleased that our outstanding practice was recognised in our last Ofsted inspection, which praised the “many lessons [that] are characterised by stimulating pace and challenge, and high expectations”.
Learners follow a broad and balanced curriculum and work at a pace and level that suits their abilities, whether this means working with our Student Support Team to improve their literacy and numeracy skills or taking part in extra projects and programmes such as completing Extended Project Qualifications Post 16.. All students follow the Development Stage in Years 7-8 before progressing to the Personalised Stage in Year 9, when they are offered three year GCSE courses and a range of vocational qualifications. 6th Form students have a wide range of A Levels to study in addition to BTEC courses at Level 2 or 3.
Support for students’ learning is also provided through a range of projects that enrich the curriculum offer; ranging from subject specific challenges and competitions for more able students to groups supporting students’ social, emotional and behavioural needs. Our Careers Team and our Gordano Partners provide outstanding opportunities for students to make links with the world of work, and we have long-established links with local universities, providing subject and career enhancement for both teaching staff and students.
We also think it’s important to develop a range of planning, social and academic skills alongside the curriculum. Whether it’s through the Wednesday afternoon MyPM sessions in the Development Stage or MyLife sessions during the Personalised Stage, students are constantly provided with opportunities for developing essential skills and reflecting on how they learn. Developing independent learners is crucial to students’ success and we are committed to developing this independence at all stages, from the innovative programme of Extended Learning in Years 7-8 to the Electives Programme for sixth form students.
The quality of teaching and learning is continually being enhanced, evidenced by our nationally recognised work as a Teaching School working alongside the North Somerset Teaching Alliance. We are very proud of the commitment, innovation and inspiration we see every day in lessons across the school.