Thursday 13th November 2014
Our new fitness suite and sports hall development is now complete and you may have seen the pictures tweeted out last week by the PE Faculty and Community Trust. We just need our Fire Certificate and we can then get in there and allow our students all the opportunities that the facilities bring. I’m really pleased that we have continued to improve our school estate all through this austere period of public spending cuts. You may also be interested to know that two laboratories have been fully refurbished this term and we have applications pending for a number of other grant opportunities. I will keep you posted of any good news.
I’m looking forward to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday. We have a huge amount to offer our students and have seen higher numbers staying on to Sixth Form in recent years and also significant numbers of new students joining Gordano at 16 from other schools. I think that we have a good balance in our Sixth Form between academic challenge and vibrant student culture. Both have been very evident in recent weeks as our Sixth Formers raised more than £4,000 for their chosen charities in a very enjoyable Rag Week, just before half-term, and we look forward to Professor John Shepherd visiting our Politics Society this week to deliver a talk on Harold Wilson and the Winter of Discontent. With more than 400 Sixth Form students we are able to offer a diverse and exciting experience to young people choosing Gordano for the next phase of their education.
Many thanks to the very large number of parents of Year 11 students who have been in school over the last two Thursdays for the Year 11 GCSE workshop and the Year 11 Parents Evening (and who will be here again on Thursday for the Sixth Form Open Evening!). We had just under 100 responses to our feedback survey and it was good to see a very high degree of satisfaction with the support that the school is offering you. Please let us know of any issues as they arise so that we can continue to work closely together in this very important year.
Lastly, we will be supporting Children in Need this Friday with activities in school and a non-uniform day. I appreciate that families support a great many causes and are likely to have sent donations to school for Rag Week and the Poppy Appeal. I have asked our House Learning Managers to gently step aside from the concept of a ‘minimum donation’ of £2. A donation of any size will be welcomed by the House teams and I am sure that everyone will enjoy themselves in supporting the charity on Friday.