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Headteacher's Blog - 12 February 2016

Increase in Pupil Admission Number to 150 for September, 2017

At a meeting of the Full Governing Body on 31st January 2016, the governors reviewed all the queries and objections that were forwarded to the school.  After their deliberations the majority of the governors voted on increasing the PAN to 150 from September 2017.


Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

On Monday and Tuesday this week our Year 13 students gave their presentations on the EPQ.  The EPQ enables students to choose a project, do the research and then either write a 5,000 word essay or produce an artefact and a written report of 1,000 words as their final piece.  Part of the assessment is an eight minute presentation.  The topics this year ranged from bilingualism to medicine to history and geography.  The presentations by the students were excellent and all the staff and Year 12 students who attended the presentations were impressed.

EPQ is an excellent qualification for our students to do and carries UCAS points.  Universities often give lower offers to students who have an EPQ.


Year 12 and Year 13 Consultation Evenings

Over the last two weeks we had both consultation evenings.  I hope that parents/carers and students found these useful and found out what students need to do in order to achieve their target grades.


Parental Survey

Thank you to all the parents who completed the survey.  We were very pleased by the number of responses and the comments that were made.  We will now review the survey and the comments.

I will let parents/carers know the headline figures and what actions will be taken as a result of the comments.  The survey is such a valuable source of information for us.


Site Security

I am very aware of the openness of our site and just want to reassure parents/carers that all the staff are very vigilant.  We are also aware of the “bomb threats” that have been made to schools in the Midlands.  We have taken advice from the National Crime Agency and from Gloucestershire Constabulary to ensure that the measures put in place in case of a security breach are correct.  Furthermore, the governors and the school have put in a bid to the Education Funding Agency under the umbrella of “Safeguarding” to obtain funds for a lock down of the site.  We will know if we have been successful in March/April.



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I wish everyone a fabulous half term.  I hope the weather is kind to us.

Mrs E Sawicka, Headteacher