Headteacher's Blog

Wednesday 7th July 2017

You may have seen on Twitter (@gordanoschooltr) something of the range of experiences, trips and opportunities that we had available for pupils as part of our Activities Week.  It is a heroic enterprise and from Work Experience through to language opportunities there is challenge for all our pupils.  I am incredibly grateful to the staff who take on this responsibility, which is considerable, and to Katie Watts who masterminds the whole project.

Our travels continue as we bid ‘bon voyage’ to our Sixth Form Kenya Visit and World Challenge Expedition (Java) and to our musicians who are ‘on tour’ with St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Poland.  I hope that all our pupils and staff travel safely and garner some wonderful memories from their visits.  The first Head at Gordano opened the school in 1956 with the hope that learning would be ‘high adventure’.  I hope that we are still delivering his vision.

I trust that you will all have heard the news that our Trustees and Governors have decided to make some changes to our leadership structures in the Academy Trust and at Gordano.  Next year I am being seconded to the Trust as Acting CEO.  This will give me the time that I need to manage the complex business of growth for our group of schools.  Tom Inman will be stepping up to the Acting Headship at Gordano.  These changes are less radical than they sound as Tom has effectively been running the school as ‘Head of School’ for the last year and has done a tremendous job.  Our Governors have been determined that Gordano should not lose leadership capacity in any changes and they have been very lucky to have Tom Inman to call on.  I know that he will be absolutely excellent in the role and I am sure that he can count on your full support. 

This is our last newsletter of the term and I feel that it has been a highly successful one.  We have achieved and enjoyed a lot.  We still have wonderful music concerts and art exhibitions to go this term but I will nevertheless take this opportunity of wishing you a very happy and enjoyable summer holiday.

Gary Lewis

12.7.17

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