September 8 2017

Headteacher's News

The holidays are already a distant memory, and school has begun again at a hectic pace.

It has been another positive year for the school. The 2017 results build on the strong progress the school made in 2016. English and Maths results were in line with last year despite the lower prior attainment of the year group, with 53% of students achieving Grade 4 or above in both subjects.

We are proud of our outgoing year 11, our teachers and their hard work. Amongst South Gloucestershire schools the results are strong, and show significant improvement.

Our new Year 7 has settled in quickly with very few teething problems. They are happy and excited to be in big school, even if it does seem bigger than perhaps they imagined.

This year we have set ourselves the aim of exceeding everything we have achieved so far; to attain even better results, to develop an even stronger ethos which promotes community, achievement and the growth of students, and to develop the reputation of the school further within the local community.

Thank you very much for supporting our drive to maintain uniform standards. It has been a strong start and our students look very smart. I know there have been some issues with our supplier which we are rectifying.

We have also made some adjustments to our behaviour system. We are now operating a 20 minute “Red Card” detention for poor behaviours outside lessons. Numbers are low- long may this continue!

The message around attendance is really stark for everyone connected to the school - you cannot learn if you are not in school. 97% has to be our target and we appreciate your support in not booking appointments, unless absolutely necessary, during the school day. This is a key focus for us this year.

David Spence

Health & Safety - Car Parks

Please do not drive into the school car parking areas to drop off students. The gateways are narrow and there is little space for turning safely. Things are particularly difficult at the start of the day when there are staff trying to get to work and students are crossing the car parks to get in to school.

Thank you.

28 September Year 11 GCSE Support Evening

A Year 11 GCSE Support Evening will be held in the Assembly Hall on 28th September from 6.30 - 7.30 pm. This is an opportunity for parents and carers of current Year 11 students to come and get advice and guidance on ways to best support their children over this important academic year. The Year 11 Raising Achievement Team will share information, advice and support for parents on issues such as revision techniques, resources, important dates and most importantly student well being.

21 September Year 7 Meet the Mentor and Curriculum Evening

This evening is designed to give all year 7 parents and carers the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress since joining us in September. Parents and carers will meet with their child’s mentor and will be able to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have. During the evening a short presentation will provide an overview of the school curriculum and key resources such as ‘Show my Homework’. Time to be confirmed.

Year 7 Lunch Break

We are aware that the new lunchtime has impacted the most on year 7. As a consequence, we will be running lunch for year 7 at 12.50- 10 mins extra- for the foreseeable future. We are adding additional staff to assist in a speedy queue!

Student Achievements

Irish Dance World Championships

Maddie, Nicole and Hollie Maynard are part of the Stuart Irish dance School. All three girls competed back in April in Killarney in the Celi Team World Championship. Hollie will again be competing in October (in Scotland), as a solo dancer to try and qualify for the World’s which will be held in Holland next March.

Rugby Success

Jack Gapper was selected for a 50 man training squad (as a Bristol player) for a few weeks of intense training and assessment at an RFU festival, part of the England RFU's pathway initiative, which showcases all the best rugby players in the Country.

Other academies which took part were Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs, Northampton Saints, Wasps, London Irish, Gloucester and Worcester Warriors.

British Gymnastics Team Selection

Finn Cochrane of Year 11 has been selected by British Gymnastics to represent Great Britain in the European Acro Championships to be held in Riesa, Germany in October. We wish him every success.

Extra Curricular Activities

There is a wide range of clubs and societies at Mangotsfield. These include: Chess Club, Creative Writing (Poetry), Community Engagement, EAL Games, Girls Football, Netball, Rugby, Magic and Juggling (tbc), Reading Group, Science Olympiad and Warhammer (tbc). Further details and confirmation of days and times will follow shortly.

Starting W/c 11 September:

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Dates for Your Diary

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Term Dates 2017-18

Term 1

Friday 1 September 2017 to

Friday 20 October 2017

Term 2

Monday 30 October 2017 to

Monday 18 December 2017

Term 3

Tuesday 2 January 2018 to

Friday 9 February 2018

Term 4

Monday 19 February 2018 to

Friday 23 March 2018

Term 5

Monday 9th April 2018 to

Friday 25th May 2018

Term 6

Monday 4 June 2018 to

Friday 20 July 2018

Inset Days 2017 - 18

Friday 1 September 2017
Friday 20 October 2017

Monday 18 December 2017
Tuesday 2 January 2018
Monday 9 April 2018

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