June 2017

Headteacher's News

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to the Bulletin.

We have made really strong progress in delivering Ready to Learn. The impact on the climate of the classroom is huge, with a huge gain regarding amount of work covered by teachers, as well as having a very positive effect on social time. Ongoing issues for us now are to embed an approach characterised by total consistency of application; we are pleased with the roll-out but continue to check the way teachers apply it by walking lessons constantly. I cannot emphasise enough what this is doing to improve lessons for every student and every teacher. It has raised expectations.

As a school now we are building towards a new set of priorities. The no.1 issue for us going into September will be attendance. Put simply, our levels of attendance are poor. At the time of writing, our attendance is 93.4%, and the level of persistent absence (below 90%) is 20%. We have to improve this together. There will be a communication before the end of term, explaining particular changes to our approach, which will (and needs to) be tougher.

There have been a number of external appointments over the last term, in Humanities/cover, English, MFL and Science.

To develop colleagues and to add some capacity to the Senior Team, we have created a number of internal roles which will work on particular areas of school life where there is a need to generate some additional impact.

1) A Coaching and Innovation Group, (CiG), led by Miss Bates and under the strategic leadership of Mr Planter, will promote coaching, innovative and digital technology, as well as leading work on High Ability Pupils.

2) We have appointed a Year 11 Raising Standards Leader- Mrs Hanratty- who will support the push towards further improving outcomes in Year 11 next year.

3) We have appointed an Associate Assistant Headteacher – Miss Hawkins- to lead on Parent and Student Engagement.

4) Our Head of Sixth Form - Mrs Porter - becomes Associate Assistant Headteacher.

We have also just finished recruiting for an almost clean sweep of new Heads of House. The new team will be:

Rodway - Mr Gilpin

Siston - Mr Bently

Pomphrey - Miss Vincent/ Ms Davies

Chase - Mr John

Thank you also for supporting us with maintaining high standards of uniform. Please also be mindful about shoes. All school shoes should be leather (and therefore polish-able!).

We were delighted to receive the South West Metro Mayor (Tim Bowles), who met some of our Employability students and learnt about our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Many thanks to Mr Planter for organising.

Our Year 11, 12 and 13 public exams went very well and our Year 10 PPEs started the week of the 26th June. It is going to be crucial to evaluate the current position there, so that we are in a good place for September.

Remember that between 10th- 13th July we host our inaugural House Achievement evenings. These are House-themed prize giving evenings to recognise achievement across the board, with a guest speaker each evening.

I was also delighted by the way in which our students embraced learning about politics in the run up to the election, culminating in the results in the ward of Mangotsfield School, see table below.

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David Spence

Mangotsfield Welcomes the Metro Mayor

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Metro Mayor Tim Bowles has met Mangotsfield students on his first visit to a school in his region. After a meeting with Mr. Spence and Mr. Planter, he then met with some of our Year 9 and Year 10 Employability students, who had come prepared with questions.

Mr. Bowles has wide experience of the world of work and described how he went through a lengthy interview process before the mayoral election in May. He talked about the importance of encouraging young people to be prepared for work, to work hard to turn their ideas into realities, which would be good for them and the local economy. He also said that there were many companies in Bristol and the surrounding areas that were leaders in their particular fields globally who would be in need of the right sort of young people to fill jobs of all sorts.

The Mayor was also keen to promote businesses taking an active part in schools, to show students what was available and expected in the world of work. He was highly impressed with the forward thinking Employment Skills programme which was set up at Mangotsfield School in September 2016.

Year 11 Leavers' Assembly

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Exams are over and it was time for Year 11's last assembly. After nearly an hour's shirt signing and ice cream it was time to go to the hall for the last time. Miss Chard opened the proceedings and the students were treated to powerpoint presentations covering their years at Mangotsfield School. There were lots of laughs and quite a few tears. The photos say it all.

Student Achievement

Chess Success

Oli Stubbs (Siston 7) and Tom Carter ( Pomphrey 1) were among 170 children who competed in the megafinal of the 'Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge', held at Bristol Grammar School recently.

Oli won the under 15 section and wins the title of Bristol Supremo.

Tom came 2nd in the under 15 section, and now they both qualify for the Southern Gigafinal in Twickenham in late July.

It is a fantastic achievement for Mangotsfield School to have number one and two in under 15 chess in Bristol.

Oli has also been awarded The Bristol and District Chess League 'Alan Ashby Shield ' (see attached photo) for the best league performance of any under 18 this season. He plays for Downend and Fishponds Chess Club.

Oli played 27 league games this season, winning 18 games and losing only 3. This is a considerable achievement, especially as he beat several players who have a higher grade than himself.

Well done to both boys.

World Champion

There has been success for one our students on a global scale. Lacey Sheldon (Chase 12) flew to Florida to take part in the Summit Cheerleading World Championships and came home a World Champion.

Sheldon is part of a troup called the Crimson Heat Tigers and are already the UK and European Champions. Their tumbling skills and stunts secured them a well deserved win.

Congratulations Lacey!

Chartered Management Institute

Members of the Chartered Management Institute have been in school lately to deliver training for Level 2 in Leadership to our Year 10 Employability students. This qualification is usually undertaken by adults and people such as the CEO of Manchester Police have been trained by the CMI.

House News


Chase is ahead at the start of term 5 and the momentum is with us. Lots of small victories have led to positive outcomes. Keep going!

Miss Hawkins


Well done to Pomphrey House, another successful term in terms of competition wins and participation. Still work to do to take the lead but it is absolutely achievable. A fantastic number of submissions for the Art competition and some truly beautiful pieces handed in. We now need plenty of Pomphrey names for the Rounders competition.

Work experience for Year 10 is nearly upon us and I want to say thank you to Olivia Cahill, Ellie Todd and James Gregory, our Year 11 ambassadors, who worked with and helped many of the Year 10 students in finding and securing their placements. Their guidance and advice was much appreciated.

Keep up the good work Pomphrey.

Miss Vincent


We are all set for a big finish by keeping the pressure on Pomphrey and Chase!

With Rodway's power and strength in sports this year we have the belief that we can do something big on Sports Day and create some surprises.

Mr Fear


Term 5 was a positive term for Siston, gaining many points towards the house competition. We earned considerable points from the Key Stage 4 competition; winning the title, showing our physical strength in the tug of war competition and strong secret student success – well done to Ruby Cumin, Arthur Davis, Archie Kenway, Luke Stone and Libby Bees.

As we enter the final term, we still have a strong chance of being victorious. However, this can only be achieved through strong participation in competitions, excellent attendance and hard work in earning tokens for the house. Sports day will also be vital in securing the prize at the end of the year.

When in lessons, it is so pleasing as Head of House to see how engaged the students are with their learning. Taking the opportunities that are available to all students will be sure to help them with their future success. This term Year 10 students will be entering the world of work as they take part in work experience and I wish them well with their placements. Continue to be those sharks we are and attack!

Mr. Emery

Destination Southern Africa - the 2019 Expedition

After a good deal of research, plans are now being made for the 2019 Expedition. This will be open to students who are currently in Year 10 and Year 11. The destination will be southern Africa, visiting Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa. The expedition is not just about the travel, but students working together towards a common aim, be it fundraising to get there, or helping communities when they arrive and challenging themselves. Also it provides an opportunity to see a completely different way of life for the people who live there, not to mention the fantastic wildlife and scenery.

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Summer Reading Challenge

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Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Thursday lunchtimes in the LRC sees a selection of students from all years getting together for Book Club. We meet to discuss the books we have been reading recently and what we would recommend to other readers.

This year some of the Book Club are reading the shortlist for the Carnegie Book Award, a prestigious national event. We also recommend books for the local Concorde Book Award and take part in that competition by a student vote for the winner. The students also get the chance to go to the awards ceremony and meet some of the authors.

Our latest venture is into the realm of the unknown. Forty books from the LRC have had their covers shrouded in brown paper and all clues to the titles of the books and their authors have been concealed. This also includes the 'blurb' on the back or inside cover of the books. The idea is to read the first chapter of the book and then decide whether you want to continue reading. If you do (and enjoy the book) you then write a review on the back cover. The review will go onto the LRC 'Reading Cloud'. Finally, you then get to reveal the title of the book you've read by removing the paper cover.

Most students end up reading books they would never have chosen from the cover. It also means that they are reading works from different authors and genre, thus widening their reading experience.

Mrs Wells

Sports Update

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Woodcock Shield Winners

The final of the Woodcock Shield was held at Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City, in what felt like an away game with local school Ashton Park having the majority of fans.

Mangotsfield opened the scoring with an excellent solo run and shot from Ryley Towler. After a missed penalty from Mangotsfield, Ashton Park then levelled the game just before the break. However, Mangotsfield struck back before the half was out through Oli Hulbert. Mangotsfield went further ahead in the second half through Max Williams to make the score 3-1, before the lead was pegged back once again to 3-2 by Ashton Park. Mangotsfield proved the stronger of the two teams in the dying minutes as they scored twice (again Ryley Towler and Max Williams) to win the contest 5-2.

This was a fabulous end to a terrific season for the Year 10 boys.

Athletics News

In the recent Avon Schools' Athletics competition, Katie Robbins won the 300m race.

Mangotsfield School also took part in the South Gloucestershire athletics event at Brimsham Green School where Lily Bailey won the 200m and high jump and

Dani Sinclair won the 1500m.

Mr Hawkins

Sports Day

We are completely changing the layout of sports day and are now doing a full day of sport, where all staff and all students will be off timetable. The new house system should mean that there will be a great deal of competition and we expect there to be a huge amount of rivalry between the houses on the day.

There will be two sessions running before lunch, both for 1 hour 30 minutes. All students are able to choose which sports they do. There is a wide selection to choose from. The list even includes board games for those less athletically inclined!

The athletics competition will be held in the afternoon with the whole school on the field cheering on their respective houses.


Work Experience

Wishing all our Year 10 students the best of luck in their work experience placements during the week of 10th - 14th July. Can parents/carers please check their children's work experience folders to make sure that all information and paperwork is correct and up to date.

Miss Phillips will be in school every day that week. If you have any queries please contact her.

Future Quest

Terms 5 and 6 have seen the launch of 'Future Quest'. Students from Year 9 have been on visits to the University of the West of England and Clifton Suspension Bridge and its vaults. Year 10 students have visited Bristol University and spent a day at Bordeaux Quay learning about personality profiling. The students have been exemplary ambassadors for Mangotsfield School. Future visits include the Houses of Parliament and Speakers Trust.

GCSE Results Day

Miss Phillips and a colleague from T2 Apprenticeships, will be on hand from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm on results day, to assist any students needing advice or guidance.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

Apprentice Open Evening

Thursday 6th July 2017, 18.00pm - 20.00pm

GCSE and A-Level (or equivalent) entry Apprenticeships: Engineering, Operations and Business Programmes

Location: Rolls-Royce Bristol, Horizon Hall (Whittle Conference), Gate 7, Gipsy Patch Lane, Filton, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 7QE (for sat nav please use BS34 6QA). Map

Joining Rolls-Royce on an apprenticeship means developing unrivalled skills, being part of an expert team that develops high-performance and integrated power solutions for air, land and sea. An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to get ahead of your peers - gaining both industry experience and academic qualifications, whilst earning a competitive salary.

We are hosting an invitation only event to provide students, parents/carers and teachers the opportunity to explore all of the apprenticeships we recruit for here at Rolls-Royce Bristol, including an opportunity to talk to current apprentices, representatives from our training providers, and members of our development and recruitment teams.

You’ll learn about the world-renowned Rolls-Royce products designed, supported and manufactured on our Bristol site, including seeing some of our Defence engines up close. We’ll also get you excited about some of the cutting-edge future technologies we are using in Aerospace which you could find yourself working on if you join an apprenticeship.

Our Programmes

GCSE: Practical

A-Level entry: Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, (Degree), Materials Laboratories (Degree), Non-Destructive Testing (Degree), Project Management (Degree), Supply Chain Management (Degree), Manufacturing Management (Master’s Degree).

Find out more

This invitation is aimed at current Year 10, 11 and 12 students, with a view to starting on an apprenticeship in September 2018 onwards.

The minimum grade requirements for each programme vary, but for our GCSE Practical programme you must be on track to achieve Grade 4 of above in Maths, English Language, and Science.

For A-level programmes, requirements vary but generally include Maths or Maths and Sciences for Engineering programmes.

Check our website for more detail.

Students must register to attend this event.


Please complete the required fields. These details will be checked upon entry, so it is important that this is completed in advance.

If you have any questions, or require any special assistance, please email

We look forward to meeting you!

The Apprentice Team

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Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 6th July 2017: Year 6 Transition Day

Thursday 6th July 2017: Year 6 Parents' Evening

Monday 10th July 2017: Year 10 Work Experience week

Tuesday 18th July 2017: Sports Day

Friday 21st July 2017: End of Term 6 (early closure)

Term Dates 2017-18

Term 1

Friday 1st September 2017 to

Friday 20th October 2017

Term 2

Monday 30th October 2017 to

Monday 18th December 2017

Term 3

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to

Friday 9th February 2018

Term 4

Monday 19th February 2018 to

Friday 23rd March 2018

Term 5

Monday 9th April 2018 to

Friday 25th May 2018

Term 6

Monday 4th June 2018 to

Friday 20th July 2018

Inset Days 2017 - 18

Friday 1st September 2017
Friday 20th October 2017

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