Headteacher's Blog

Tuesday 13th October 2015

We are taking the scaffolding down today on our £430,000 refurbishment of the old Sixth Form and Learning Support block. I am really pleased that the building now looks so much better but I am also glad to say that it will be waterproof with a new roof and much warmer thanks to the insulation that we have retrofitted into the exterior walls.  Our buildings have improved immeasurably in the last five years and although we still have some distance to go, academy status has brought real benefits to our environment.

You may have seen a story in the Mercury about Gordano expanding to accommodate more pupils from Portishead.  In essentials this is correct.  Our governors have in principle agreed to raise our admission number from 308 to 336 which over five years of growth would add a further 140 young people to our roll.  The final decision will not be confirmed until we have fully explored how we can develop our site to accommodate this increase.  I believe that it is right for Gordano to make a relatively small expansion to address the real worry of our community about school places.  I also hope that this will trigger funding to allow us to improve our environment, especially our dining facilities.  I shall keep you posted of developments as they occur.

Our Sixth Form students will be running our RAG week next week.  They have a fun and hectic schedule of events to raise funds for their charities which this year are Mend the Gap and Muscular Dystrophy. If you would like to support this event please make sure that your son or daughter has some pocket change for the RAG fair and other fund raisers across the week.

Lastly, I would like to thank the many hundreds of parents who attended our Careers Convention with their children almost a fortnight ago.  It was really well attended and a real symbol of how the school and families work together here to support the futures of our young people.  Let’s hope that the spark of ambition has been lit.

Gary Lewis

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