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Welcome to Pittville School's website.  I hope you will enjoy finding out more about our wonderful school.   I am very proud of the achievements of all our students both in and out of the classroom. 

The overall results of all exam qualifications taken in 2014 has resulted in  our students achieving 71% A*-C.  We saw improvements in many GCSE subjects such as English Literature, history, geography, statistics, ICT and drama.  In further maths 77% of students achieved A*-C.   We are delighted that for a second year running we have seen an improvement in the number of students achieving 3 A and A* grades at GCSE.  Many congratulations to all our students.

These continue to be exciting times at Pittville. Teaching and learning continues to be at the heart of the school; we want to continue to develop our curriculum so that it is relevant to students’ needs and aspirations. Data is being used effectively to track progress and engage parents in helping all to succeed. The school environment continues to improve and students feel safe and happy. They are proud of their school and they want to learn. As Ofsted commented in December 2011, “students are proud of the changes they are helping to bring about”. We want to continue to improve so that all our students continue to aspire to achieve their full potential.

Richard Gilpin - Headteacher.

Featured News

Art Department Y11 Summer Exhibition and Auction Friday, June 20, 2014

On Thursday 26th June Pittville Art Department are holding a Y11 summer exhibition at 3.30 pm. 

There is also an art auction to raise money for Abbott House charity. 

Drinks and nibbles available. 

Road Safety Campaign Monday, June 09, 2014

On Wednesday 4th June 2014, Pittville students were involved in a road safety campaign organised by Gloucestershire Constabulary. 

The students used a speed gun to check motorists speed on Albert Road and spoke with motorists about their speed.


Artist in Residence Friday, May 09, 2014
The art department have been delighted to welcome the artist James O'Hanlon for a week's residency. James is taking part in the Open West art exhibition at the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham and produces incredible paintings based on cityscapes. Miss Addison and Miss Stewart selected a group of students from years 9 and 10 who show outstanding passion and creativity in their art lessons to take part. This has been an incredible opportunity for students to gain experience of meeting, working with and learning from a contemporary artist. The students have had a wonderful week and they have certainly learnt a lot from James. Miss Addison would like to thank James and Open West and hope it has inspired Pittville art students to move forward into a career in the creative industries.

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Newsletter July 2014 Monday, July 21, 2014

July 2014
Dear Parents/Carers
As we approach the end of another successful year at Pittville I thought I would take the opportunity to thank you for all your support and to wish you a wonderful summer break (let’s hope the weather is kind to us all!). I would like to update you on all the exciting events that have taken place over the last term. We have many reasons to be ‘Proud of Pittville’.

Year 11 Prom
This was held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday 27th June 2014. It was well attended by students and staff and everyone had a great time. The staff at the racecourse were full of praise for the way our students conducted themselves. They were a real credit to the school. My thanks go to Mrs Cooper for all the effort she put in to organising what is always a terrific event.

Year 10 Work Experience
Year 10 students have just returned from their work experience visits. The feedback from their placements has been very positive. Well done to all the students.

Year 11 Appointments
Congratulations to Ben Pegler, Head Boy and Scarlett Elliott, Head Girl. We have a very talented student leadership team in the school. Well done to each of them and to all the students who applied for the posts. Quite an achievement.

Pittville PTFA would like to thank everyone - students, staff, parents and friends - for all the hard work that went into supporting all the fund-raising efforts this year. I think we can all agree that a lot of fun was had whilst helping to raise much-needed funds to help support the school in the amazing work that goes on here. Particular thanks must go to Carol Hawling for running the Quiz Night and putting together all the questions - she does assure us that the next one will be a bit easier! Less taxing on the brain was our very successful inaugural running of a Bingo Night. Remember to look out for us at all future Parents’ Evenings where tea, coffee and a little something to nibble on will be provided. If you would like to take a more active role in the PTFA all our meetings are calendared on the web-site - we would love to see you! Feel free to come along - kids welcome too.

Art Exhibition
On Thursday, 26th June 2014 the art department were proud to present a summer exhibition of Year 11 Art and Photography work. Guests were able to enjoy canapés and beverages whilst admiring some of the inspiring work on display. The art department would like to thank everyone that came along and helped to make the event a success.

Literacy Owl
The Literacy Owl has been named ‘Gandowlf!’ Congratulations to 10LI2. This mascot will be used as a logo for literacy initiatives and will be something to capture the students’ imaginations – reminding them that their literacy skills are vital to success in every lesson.

Sports Day
Sports Day was again held at the Prince of Wales Stadium this year and was another success! The students showed great team spirit and conducted themselves extremely well throughout the course of the day. Over 150 students participated in the 18 events that took place on the day. Not only did the athletes compete well, the spectators were extremely encouraging of their houses, cheering them along the way. PE and PA prefects were fantastic with the support they gave to the staff to enable all events to run smoothly and encouraged and supported the participants throughout their events. The staff race was probably the highlight of the day with a tense last leg of the relay. The overall winner on the day was Livingstone House! Well done to all involved!

Summer School
A number of Year 6 and 7 students will be attending a literacy ’Summer School’ here at Pittville. The week will consist of lessons based around reading and writing skills – an intensive literacy programme which will aim to address the specific needs of each child. This will allow teachers to work with individuals; to diagnose their particular literacy needs and plan a succession of interventions designed to make them both more confident and more effective in the classroom. For the Year 6 students this will help support their transition process.

Performance by Nicholas McCarthy
Nicholas McCarthy began to play the piano at the age of 14. Born without his right hand, he is one of a few left-handed pianists worldwide and at present is the youngest sole left-handed concert pianist in the world. Nicholas studied at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. His graduation in July 2012 made history and drew press headlines worldwide, being the only left-hand alone pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music in its 130 year history. One of Nicholas's proudest moments was performing with the British Paraorchestra at the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games where they played alongside Coldplay and gave a rendition of the Paralympic anthem in front of an audience of 86,000 people and half a billion worldwide viewers. We were very lucky to have him in school to take 2 year 8 music groups.

What is your Favourite Book?
Staff were asked to bring in their favourite book. Two photographs were then taken. One with the book covering their face and the other holding the book with their face revealed! Students were asked to guess who everyone was and the students with the most right won a prize!

Over 100 pupils from Pittville School and Swindon Village and Holy Trinity primaries were involved in the performances of Oliver, not to mention 2 members of Pittville staff - Mr Edwards and Miss Dring. Both performances were a great success, with near sell out audiences. Pupils have been working hard since January to put together the show, as actors, musicians and crew. The young but talented cast were brilliant and so supportive of each other backstage. Notable performances include Ashley Stanton as Oliver, Tristan Chesters as The Artful Dodger, Jacob Nairn-Clifford as Fagin and Brittany Sutton-Page as Nancy. All the cast deserve credit for their performances however and Miss Underhill is a very happy director. Thank you to everyone who has been involved - it really was a team effort.

Poetry Games
This term a group of talented writers in Year 8 succeeded in becoming published poets as they were able to see their own poems in print as a result of participating in the Poetry Games competition. They used their imagination as well as the skills they had studied in the classroom to create poems about key issues that had an effect on them. 14 poems were chosen to be included in a National Poetry Anthology. A great effort.

Visit from Judo Olympic Medallist
PE Department’s “Get Set to Make a Change” group won a competition based on their involvement within the community and their prize was a visit from Karina Bryant, Judo Olympic Bronze Medallist. Karina spent the day in school with a film crew and worked with the group of students.

Pittville ‘Bake Off!’
On the week starting the 30th June, Pittville School held their first official house bake off. It was an exciting event where Abbott, Aston and Livingstone staff and students competed against each other to make the greatest cupcakes the school has ever seen. Pupils had to ask a member of staff to be their partner and together they planned their recipes, baked and displayed their masterpieces. Over sixty-eight teachers and pupils took part in the three day event where the Headteacher Mr Gilpin tasted ALL the cakes and decided the winning teams. Abbott House was in third place with Miss Duffas, Naomi Barton and Victoria Locke, Aston House was in second place with Mr Watkins and Jack Taylor and winning the Competition was Livingstone House with Miss Vedmore and Holly Penman. Well done to all who took part, it was a fantastic and exciting few days. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and team work.

House News
Aston House
Another successful year draws to a close for Aston House. It has been a great year that has flown by. A very busy term so I will try and give you a brief flavour of what has happened. Firstly, we waved goodbye to our old year 11's, our Head Girl, Jade Mason, our House Captains Natasha Chinyowa and Kerry-Ann Johnson and all our prefects who have worked so hard completing their duties around the school. Recently we have appointed new prefects and House Captains for Aston House who are Jasmine Windsor and Blayne Cullen. We are also privileged to have Ben Pegler appointed as Head Boy. Well done to you all. Two weeks ago we saw another successful sports day at the Prince of Wales stadium, with lots of pupils competing in events and staff dressed in various forms of green. Aston House finished a very close second, with the final result all being decided on the relay. Other notable successes saw Aston House finish second in the Pittville School Bake-Off, with Mr Watkins cooking with Jack Taylor, and Keanan Sayce singing very confidently and wowing the crowds at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. As the year draws to a close, Aston House says goodbye to Miss Mitchell who is off to pastures new, we all wish her good luck. Finally I would like to thank all the Aston House staff who have worked tirelessly and wish all pupils a happy, safe and fun summer. See you all in September. Mr Watkins.

Livingstone House
I would like to thank everyone, children and staff, for all their hard work this term. It has been hugely successful. Sports day went to the wire!! We came out winners just pipping Aston House to be the newly crowned champions!! Well done to everyone who took part and to our house for their support on the day!! The ‘Great Pittville Bake Off’ was a huge success. Thank you to Miss Guinan (AHOH Abbott) and Mrs Brookes for organising the three day event. Again we came out victorious with Hollie Penman 9Li1 and Miss Vedmore creating the winning cupcake! On behalf of everyone in Livingstone House I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Miss Bury and Mr Beer. We will miss them and they leave with all our best wishes for the future in their new schools. I would also like to thank our house captains, Charis Pardoe and Sophie Brewer, who did a sterling job over the course of the year, they were great ambassadors and role models throughout. Well done girls! On reflection I feel that this year has been incredible. Next year we will try and build on the successes we have had. Livingstone is a happy house and I am very proud of all who are in it! Mr Kavanagh.

Abbott House
It has been another fantastic year for Abbott House. The Abbott House team would like to thank all of those students and staff who got involved in sports day and although the result didn't go exactly to plan, the atmosphere was wonderful! Abbott were well represented at the House Bake off. The level of competition was fierce - with students and staff taking their cakes very seriously! A huge thank you to Miss Guinan for organising the competition. It has been a fantastic last term in school and I have been delighted to see so many Abbott students representing the school in different ways. Students attending the Barcelona, Lille and Croft Farm trips were all superb. As the year draws to an end, Abbott House would like to say a huge thank you all of our tutors, and our Pastoral Manager, Mrs Davies. We would like to say good luck and goodbye to Miss Duffas, a huge thank you to Mr Apperley-Tibbotts and finally to Miss Guinan who has done an incredible job as Assistant Head of House this year. We hope that all of the Abbott students have a wonderful summer holiday. Miss Addison.

Barcelona Art & Geography Trip 2014
Barcelona, Spain was the destination for 16 Pittville students. The aim was for the students to immerse themselves in Catalan life and culture, and come back with life long memories and the desire to carry on experiencing new places. We succeeded. We spent 5 days exploring the streets of the different districts in
Barcelona, each with its unique geography and identity. From Park Guell to the Sagrada Familia, the beachfront to the hilly Olympic site of Montjuic. Food was an important part of this trip, and the students ate and tried new foods in various styles of restaurants from Argentinian steak houses to an authentic
Italian pizzeria. The Boqueria food market was a perfect opportunity for students to capture some eye-catching images. This is a school trip that I am sure will run again, to allow other Pittville students this fantastic experience.

Staff Farewells and Appointments
We say farewell to the following staff:
• Severine Duffas (MFL)
• Rose Mitchell (RE)
• Tom Beer (DT)
• Corinne Bury (PE)
• Tina Patel (HLTA)

I would like to say thank you for all that these staff have done for Pittville and on behalf of all the staff, students and governors we wish them all the very best for the future.

We welcome:
• Adam Marsh (DT)
• Hannah Taylor (Humanities)
• Hannah Barrett (PE)
• Roisin Harte (MFL)
• Nicola Hume (Finance)

We return to school after the summer on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 for Years 7 and 11 and Wednesday the 3rd September 2014 for years 8, 9 and 10. Please note that winter uniform should be worn from September – no polo shirts. We would like to give you early notification that school will close earlier than normal at 12.00pm on Friday 5th September 2014 for staff training.

I wish you all a great summer.

R Gilpin

May 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014
MAY 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you for all your support this term. It has been very busy. Y11 are working hard as the exam season is upon us again. Good luck to them all. We look forward to meeting our new Y7 students later next term during our induction evening. We are delighted to announce that we have received £153,000 to update our catering rooms in the Technology block. Very exciting times! Have a lovely half term and I do hope the sun continues to shine.

Year 11 Study Support
Y11 students have been given information about extra study support sessions that staff are offering during the half-term break. Please encourage students to attend these sessions and to keep revising over half term.

Proposed Changes to school day
We are currently reviewing our school day and would like to consult with parents over some possible changes. The main change will affect the end of the school day which we are looking to extend by 15 minutes, therefore finishing at 3.15pm. The start time will not change. The main reason for extending the school day is to enable us to have a longer lunch break. This will enable students to attend clubs during their lunch time and will allow us to offer a number of enrichment activities. These proposed changes would not come into effect until September 2014. However, we will trial the changes to lunch arrangements during the second half of this term. The other change that we are considering is to allow students to have an extra 5 minutes at break time. A larger selection of snacks will be available during that time.

Parent View
We encourage parents and carers to give their views of our school at any time of the year using the online questionnaire called Parent View. You can register to do this simply by visiting our school website and clicking on the parent view link. We have enclosed a letter with further information about Parent View.

Report on Annecy - A Trés Bon time!
As Easter approached, 16 students and their French teachers visited the picturesque town of Annecy for 5 days, as part of the Twin Association. Annecy is a beautiful town, bordering Geneva in Switzerland. It was an amazing experience to travel to Annecy and learn about French culture. One of the main activities was to visit the school, where students spent the day with their pen pals. There were significant differences between life at Pittville in the UK and the French school. For example, the school day is longer (until 5.30pm) and there is no uniform – plus the students get Wednesdays off! Everyone at the school was so kind and welcoming and seemed really curious about England and our culture. So as well as us learning about their culture, we were also teaching them about ours. The most common question was: is England cold?!

Laura Mvula
Students were surprised by a visit from singer/songwriter Laura Mvula who dropped in for an impromptu performance ahead of her appearance in the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The Soul Band perform in the Jazz Festival every year and this year were lucky enough to meet Jamie Cullum in the VIP lounge and Laura Mvula. Laura performed 'Father, Father' from her album 'Sing to the Moon.' and answered students’ questions in front of local radio, press and the BBC Midlands Today crew. What an inspiration to our young musicians! Students really enjoyed Laura's friendly and engaging manner. She gave us a real insight into the music industry and reminded us that even successful artists get star struck. We wish her every success with her forthcoming Ivor Novello nomination.

Playing Safe
On 9th May years 7 and 8 watched a piece of Theatre in Education which aimed to raise the awareness of the importance of sexual health for young people in secondary education. Its fun approach and contemporary performance techniques allowed the audience to think about this issue in a safe and confident way.

Jazz Festival
Pittville School Soul Band performed in ‘Jazz it Up’ which is the youth weekend of the internationally renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Saturday 3rd May 2014. ‘Jazz it Up’ is a fantastic event in the Jazz Festival’s calendar. We performed alongside the jazz bands of other local schools. It was a free outdoor event with various food and drink stalls which really help to give the event a genuine festival atmosphere. The event was extremely well supported with lots of staff and students watching.

Geography Field Visit to Jazz Festival
All students currently following the Geography GCSE Course are required to submit a piece of fieldwork, which accounts for 15% of their total mark. The fieldwork is an investigation using primary (first hand) data collected by the student. With this in mind, students collected data at the Jazz Festival. Students were given guidance, mini-deadlines to complete sections and time in lessons to work on this coursework.

Oliver – 9th and 10th July 2014
This year’s musical takes place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th July 2014 at 7pm. The cast includes members of staff and primary school pupils from Holy Trinity and Swindon Village. Weekly rehearsals started back in January and Miss Underhill visits the primary schools every other week to rehearse their parts. We hope you are able to come along and support the production which promises to showcase some stars of the future. Tickets are priced at £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for concessions and will go on sale after half term. If any nimble-fingered parents are willing and able to help with costumes, please get in touch!

Artist in Residence
The art department have been delighted to welcome the artist James O'Hanlon for a week's residency. James is taking part in the Open West art exhibition at the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham and produces incredible paintings based on cityscapes. Miss Addison and Miss Stewart selected a group of students from years 9 and 10 who show outstanding passion and creativity in their art lessons to take part. This has been an incredible opportunity for students to gain experience of meeting, working with and learning from a contemporary artist. The students have had a wonderful week and they have certainly learnt a lot from James. Miss Addison would like to thank James and Open West and hope it has inspired Pittville art students to move forward into a career in the creative industries.

Pittville Press Visit Echo offices
Pittville Press were invited to the offices of the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper for a morning of journalism-related activities on Wednesday 21st May 2014. 4 students attended the daily editorial meeting and shadowed journalists as they worked. This was a valuable trip which rewarded the students’ commitment to Pittville Press but also gave them a valuable insight into the world of journalism.

Pittville Parliament
Pittville Parliament met on Thursday 15th May 2014 and were delighted to welcome in Georgia Taylor from Vivo. She was here to discuss the ‘vivo’ system which is used in school. The MP's had already asked their fellow tutees for their views on ‘vivo’. They fed back ideas and suggestions to Georgia, who came away with lots of notes! The next meeting will take place after the holidays.

Trip to @Bristol
On Monday 12th May 2014, 12 students from 7SC1 went to “@Bristol” with their teacher on a gifted and talented educational trip to broaden their knowledge of particular topics within science. They attended two workshops “How Your Body Works” and “The Planetarium”. The students said it was the best trip ever!

PE News
On 15th May 2014 Pittville entered 3 teams into an indoor rowing competition at All Saints Academy. The Y7-8 team won 3 out of 4 of their races and came second in the other. This was a really tough event where students had to exert themselves fully. Y7 and Y9 girls’ football teams played a match against Cotswold School on the 30th April. The Y9 game was close. However, the girls took their eyes off the ball for a few seconds allowing Cotswold to score. The Y7 team played really well winning their match 2-0. Well done to Paige Nelder for scoring both goals.

On Tuesday 6th May 2014 the PE fundraising group ran a car wash for staff after school. They raised just over £40 and are hoping to hold another before the end of term.

British Heart Foundation
On Sunday 18th May 2014 Mr Gilpin completed the 40 mile Cotswold Bike Ride. He has raised over £200 for the British Heart Foundation.

As You Like It Workshop and Performance
The Everyman Theatre invited pupils from Pittville to take part in a workshop with The Tobacco Factory Theatre Company exploring the Shakespeare play, “As You Like It”. 15 pupils from year 9 took part in a range of drama games and activities to explore the themes of the play and Shakespearean language, led by Sophie and Peter from The Tobacco Factory. Pupils then had the opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of acting, from how to learn lines to coping with nerves. Following the workshop, pupils then attended the matinee performance of As You Like It where they got to see Sophie and Peter in action. The pupils were really enthusiastic throughout the day and staff at The Everyman commented on their fantastic attitude and behaviour.

School Uniform
10% off school uniform from "Schooltogs" between 7th July – 19th July 2014.

We are sad to be saying goodbye to Linda Bowles our Senior Finance Officer. Mrs Bowles is taking up a new post as Business manager at the Aspire school in Worcester. We know she will be a great success in her new role and would like to thank her for all she has contributed to the school. We wish her all the very best.

Have a great half term

R Gilpin

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