8th July 2016

Headteacher's News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you reflecting on the progress I feel Mangotsfield has made, and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone! There is so much to be positive about going into the summer.

An essential next phase is a really exciting and extensive programme of building work over the summer. While the site is structurally sound, there is much to do to make it visually more inviting and a proper environment for learning.

You may know that we refurbished the Hall, Headteacher’s office, Sixth Form Block and re-modelled an existing classroom into a Leadership Hub this year. We have been successful in our bids from the CSET conditions fund. That work is now scheduled for the summer. A weekly planning group is overseeing the work and helping to plan the process.

The building works are as follows:

  • A new visitor reception and meeting room spaces along the main corridor and the admin corridor near the Headteacher’s office. This will create a fresh and much-needed new space, and allows us to improve collaborative working practices. The existing reception will be for student access only.

  • Refurbishment of the classroom spaces within the two towers in the main black which will transform the learning environment in the oldest part of the school.

Parents are ordering the new uniform, in phases, by year group. We have supported our Pupil Premium students by giving families a voucher which covers the blazer and a tie. All parents have received a uniform brochure and bespoke letter explaining the fitting process and acceptable/unacceptable garments.

We are really excited about the introduction of a new House system, which will be the vehicle to engage students in competitions throughout the year, create strong communities in school, as well as numerous leadership opportunities for our students within House and subject ambassador roles. Students chose the house names in May:

  • Chase (yellow)
  • Pomphrey (blue)
  • Rodway (red)
  • Siston (green)

To that end, we are adopting a Vertical Tutoring tutorial programme, linked to whole school vision and values. This has been an extensive piece of work, with training for staff from nationally-recognised experts. The rationale is simple: to break down barriers between year groups, create more peer-directed activities, including mentoring, and to encourage older students to ‘step up’ as leaders as part of a new ethos. We are moving the time of what we are calling ‘Mentoring’ to 10.25 am, after Period 2, to signal the importance of this change of focus for the school.

We are welcoming our new cohort of Year 6 students, our future Year 7s, on their Transition Day, and will be using the day to introduce the changes, as well as giving them an unforgettable experience!

September will see lots of new additions to the teaching staff, so we are, naturally, planning for their induction so they can hit the ground running.

I’m indebted to our wonderful staff and students, who have embraced all the changes so positively. It is going to be a busy summer holiday getting everything ready but we can’t wait!

Have a lovely summer break.

Mr Spence

What's in a Name?

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Year 10 Important Message!

Year 10 Science controlled assessments are continuing until the week ending 15th July. It is therefore essential that students attend all their Science lessons during this time, as it is worth 25% of their GCSE Science grade.

Miss Phillips

A Plea from D&T

The Design & Technology Department are asking for clean plastic 'take-away' containers (with lids). They would also like the white polystyrene discs that come with supermarket pizzas.

If you can help, please send to the D&T department. Many thanks.

Mrs Saunders

Mangotsfield awards new Catering Contract

Following a rigorous tender process, we are pleased to inform you that Aspens Services ( are the successful bidder for Mangotsfield's (CSET's) catering contract. They were the unanimous preference of the tender panel, in terms of both the business case and the quality of food. We are confident that we will have a hugely improved food offering at a considerable overall saving over the life of the 5 year contract.

Students and staff from CSET schools were consulted over the changes and were instrumental in the final choice.


Year 10 Work Experience 2016

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The second week of June saw over 200 of our Year 10 students venture into the workplace, taking part in work experience in a whole array of placements in the Bristol/Bath area and beyond. Key Bristol businesses including Rolls Royce, MOD, GKN, Southmead Hospital, UWE, Stride Treglown, Audi, Hydrock and Gloucester Cricket Club hosted our students, as well as a large number of organisations covering most employment sectors - creative, legal, IT, theatrical, veterinary, care, childcare, education, healthcare, charity, construction, engineering, hair and beauty, mechanics ... the list goes on.

Some of our students travelled further distances to their placements - to a media agency and barristers’ chambers in London, as well as placements in Devon and Manchester.

The feedback from students and employers is flowing in and is incredibly positive .... students have been approached about summer work, apprenticeships and there has been much praise for the way the students engaged with the work and represented their school.

WELL DONE to the Year 10s and reminder please for students to return their green work experience log books to school so that we can read their employer reports and keep for future references.

Here are some of the comments from the businesses who hosted our students:

Ellie Collins – Emerson’s Green Primary School

‘A real star – we would have her here on the team. Her employability skills are FANTASTIC!

Georgia Hawkins – Chambers of Celia Record, London

‘An absolute credit to the school. We liked her - and we don’t like everyone …’

Mia Williams and Daisy Bignell – Yeatheridge Camping Site, Devon

‘We are so impressed; they showed initiative, were proactive and cracked on with the job!’

Chloe Gingell – Barcan Kirby Solicitors

‘Chloe wrote a very thorough synopsis of why she felt there was not a case, taking the important parts of both experts' reports to explain her answers. It was a methodical and very well thought-out piece of work and I was really impressed with the quality of the document she prepared.’

Phoebe Lawton – Barnardos

‘I cannot sing her praises highly enough. I will be really sorry to see her go and have already asked if she would like to come back and volunteer with us in the future.’

Olivia Cahill – NHS North Bristol Trust

'Olivia is a real credit to your school. She has fitted in really well with all the crews that she has worked with and also with transport schedulers. Feedback from all crews she has worked with has been really positive, particularly today when she was very good with a patient who needed a lot of reassurance.’

Ashley Whiting – Noah’s Arc Farm Zoo

‘Ashley was interested, motivated and tackled every job with enthusiasm.’

Ben Rogers – Body Repairs, Bristol

‘Ben has enjoyed his week here with us and he learns very quickly. We are impressed.’

Liam Barrett – Kingswood Autocare

'Liam has been a pleasure to work with. All the mechanics have commented on his enthusiasm and willingness to learn.'

Ben Milton – AG Bracey

'A pleasure to have him here – we cannot fault him, really enthusiastic and willing to try everything.'

Tom Carter – Fernlea Vets

'Tom has been a great help to our practice and we will be sad to see him go!’

Olivia Brown – The Donkey Sanctuary

'Liv has shown great interest, worked well and is a credit to her school.’

Luke Bevan – Emerson’s Green Primary School

'Great attitude and has a lovely gentle manner with the children and helped them produce a lot of great work.'

Lewis Bane – The Halcyon Hotel and Kitchens, Bath

‘In the future if Lewis was interested in an apprenticeship, I would be happy to take him on.’

Lily Lewis – Yate Magistrates Court

‘Lily is good at mixing with all sorts of people and could easily do a job dealing with the public.’

James Gregory – Cameron Sports Cars

‘James showed a keen interest in everything we attempted and worked safely and positively in all areas.’

Miss Phillips

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What Next? Year 11 Destinations

Most of our Year 11 students have confirmed offers for next year in Sixth Form, colleges or apprenticeships. If you have yet to make arrangements for September, or need some help with current arrangements or apprenticeship support, please contact Miss Phillips at any time throughout the exam season and into the summer.

Premium Partners Initiative

Don't forget to check out the new site for CSET students and parents; 'Premium Partners' gives access to local apprenticeships. In addition, there will shortly be a 'Saturday jobs' slot advertised by firms who work closely with CSET schools.


Miss Phillips

Sport Update

Sports Lessons - Please Note!

For PE lessons, fixtures and leadership events, please note the weather forecast for the day. Plain black or red light-weight rain jackets are allowed if wet or windy, as are plain sun hats and sun-screen if hot.

Thank you.

PE Department

Year 9 Football Tour

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Over the Bank Holiday weekend the Year 9 football team went on tour to the Brixham Devon Challenge tournament.

We were the only school to attend at any age group; we played 7 group games, won 6, lost only 1 and conceded only 1 goal. We qualified for the final but lost on sudden death penalties to Plymouth Marines Juniors, the same team that beat us in the group stage.

It was a great weekend; the boys were well behaved and a credit to the school.

Mr Hawkins

Gloucestershire Champions (Again!)

Both Year 8 and Year 9 are champions of Gloucestershire!

Year 8 beat Chipping Campden in a closely fought 3-2 contest and Year 9 beat Bourneside 9-1. This is the third consecutive win for the Year 9 team in this competition. Congratulations to both teams and sincere thanks to the P.E. department for their excellent coaching.

Mad Olympiad 2016

On Thursday 23rd June we ran our annual MaD Olympiad at Pomphrey Hill. This fantastic day of primary sport is organised every year by our SSCo, Miss O’ Donnell, in conjunction with Blackhorse Primary Headteacher, Mr Botten, for all of the primary schools in the Mangotsfield and Downend area.

Eleven primary schools attended the morning Olympiad, with some schools bringing 2 or 3 classes. 63 of our Year 7/8 leaders ran multi-skills activities for 20 Year 2 classes – over 600 children. After the class activities, the children ran in the egg and spoon race, 60m sprint and class relay events. The morning was a huge success with Mr Forrester, Headteacher of Pucklechurch Primary, on the microphone ensuring all the Year2 children were enjoying themselves and having fun. Winners of the morning event were Bromley Heath Infant School – well done!

In the afternoon each of the 12 primary schools brought a Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 athletics team for a huge inter-school MaD Olympiad Athletics Competition. 26 of our Year 9 leaders officiated in the track and field events, ensuring the smooth running of the activities.

Our leaders on the day were complete stars, we had amazing comments from teachers and teaching assistants throughout the event, one of whom Mrs Knight from Emersons Green Primary wrote:

“We took our children to the yearly Olympiad at Pomphrey Hill where your young leaders ran events for the children. I was so overwhelmed with their attitude towards staff and children that I felt you should know. They were great role models for our children and a credit to your school."

The primary schools really love this annual event and this year each P.E. Co-ordinator helped support the leaders throughout the day. Special thanks to Mr Fry and Mrs Beazer who were in charge of the results for the whole event.

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Year 9 student Finlay Cochrane has recently returned from Russia where he spent a week competing with his gymnastics club in an international competition against a club in Siberia.

He competes as an acrobatic gymnast in a duo where he is the base (the one that does a lot of holding up the other one!).

He'll be competing in Spain in a few weeks and hopes to make it to more competitions in Europe next year.

The Big Friendly Read

Are you aged 13+? Please see the flyer below to find out how you can help younger children with their reading this summer.

Aside from making a difference to a younger child's confidence with books, this is a good opportunity to gain some really useful skills that will appeal to prospective employers, colleges or universities when you come to create your CV.

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Concorde Book Award 2017

Thanks to those students who have nominated books for the Concorde Book Award.

We are still looking for sponsors for this book award - if you can help please contact the librarian, Mrs Wells. Thank you.

Wanted! Old School Uniform and PE kit

Mangotsfield School has teamed up with the health education and sports development charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) to donate obsolete and unwanted school uniform and PE kit to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. CWB deliver sexual health education through cricket development to children in Rwanda, Cameroon, Uganda, Botswana and Kenya.

CWB is particularly keen to receive school polo shirts, sweatshirts, sports tops and shorts but they must be in a usable condition and washed please. The school will accept donations brought into the school reception and all items will be collected by the charity on 16th September before their Autumn Project to Rwanda.

If you have any questions about donations please contact Mrs Bates or Mrs Hodge at the school.

If you are interested in finding out more about the charity, or are perhaps curious about what it takes to volunteer in Africa please go to or email

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Contact e-mail addresses

To ensure your emails get quickly to the right member of staff, and to respond to parental feedback, we have created the following dedicated e-mail addresses:

E-mails to any of these accounts will be directed immediately to the department concerned who will reply via that e-mail address. If you know the name of the teacher you wish to contact, please add it to the subject line to ensure a prompt reply.

Thank you.

Lunchbreak Supervisors

If you would like to join our team of Lunchbreak Supervisors, please contact the HR office on 01454-862740 for further details.

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 7th July: Primary Transition Day and Evening

Wednesday 13th July: Summer Concert

Thursday 21st July: Sports Day

Friday 22nd July: End of Term 6 (early closure)


As usual the school will close early on the last day of Term 6, Friday 22nd July 2016.

There will be a combined break/lunch from 10.45 am to 11.15 am. Afternoon registration will then take place during Period 4, followed by dismissal at 12.45 pm.

Arrangements have been made with South Gloucestershire Council for transport to Parkfield, Hinton, Dyrham and Pucklechurch to leave school at 1.00 pm.

If you cannot make arrangements for your son or daughter and wish for them to remain supervised in school until 3.10 pm, please let me know by telephoning the reception office.


Students in Years 7-11 return to school on Monday 5th September (Week A) at the following times:-

  • Years 7 and 11 at 8.45 am
  • Year 8 at 10.45 am
  • Year 9 at 11.30 am
  • Year 10 at 12.15 pm

All students will be in normal lessons during Periods 5 and 6.

There will be an induction day for Year 12 students on Friday 2nd September. Year 13 students return to school on Monday 5th September at the usual time of 8.45 am (Week A).

Term Dates 2016-17

Term 1

Thursday 1 September 2016

Friday 21 October 2016

Term 2

Monday 31 October 2016

Friday 16 December 2016

Term 3

Tuesday 3 January 2017

Friday 10 February 2017

Term 4

Monday 20 February 2017

Friday 7 April 2017

Term 5

Monday 24 April 2017

Friday 26 May 2017

Term 6

Monday 5 June 2017

Friday 21 July 2017

Inset Days 2016 - 17

Thursday 1st September 2016
Friday 21st October 2016

Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Friday 10th February 2017
Monday 24th April 2017