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Pittville School

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 maths, English Literature, history, geography, statistics, ICT and drama.  In further maths 77% of students achieved A*-C.   We have seen a further increase in the number of students achieving 2 x A* - C in GCSE science. 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.

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PTFA Quiz Night 6th February 2015 Thursday, January 22, 2015
PTFA Quiz Night - 6th February 2015
Literacy Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Literacy is an important part of pupils' learning at Pittville. Literacy at home also has a vital role to play. We have put together some resources to help your child with vital literacy skills.

Firstly, have a look at the subject specific reading lists for some fantastic ideas of books for your child to read. Maybe your child prefers to listen to audiobooks, there are some fantastic links to places where you can listen to books online - for free.

Have a look with your child at the punctuation booklet - work with them to do some writing practise. Or you could have a look at the external websites list if you want to direct your child to some great websites where you will find games and activities - or find out information about literacy for yourself.

If you have any other questions about Literacy at Pittville then please call or email the school and ask for Mrs Green.

Audio Book Links

Links to External Websites

Literacy - punctuation

Reading Tips

School Reading Lists


Spoz visits Pittville School Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spoz is not his real name. It’s actually Giovanni Esposito. ‘Spoz’ being the bit between the ‘E’ and the ‘ito’ (kind of).

Spoz is … a sort of poet. The sort, in fact, that has been published, recorded, been on the radio, won awards, was a member of the renowned ‘New October Poets’, is a director of youth engagement consultancy, Beatfreeks, and mentor of the Beatfreeks spin-off poetry collective, Beatroot. He has taken part in so many festivals, he’s lost count and even had a commission from the BBC. Spoz spent a day with Year 8 on Friday 16th January.  The students thoroughly enjoyed working with him and the winners of the poetry slam will perform at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival due to take place later in the year at Cheltenham Town Hall.

School Calendar


December 2014 Friday, December 19, 2014

December 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

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Reporting Absence
Parents of students in all year groups should report an absence by leaving a message on the Attendance Office phone, 01242 548717. Parents should contact the attendance office on the first day of absence. Any students arriving at school after registration must sign in with reception indicating the reason why they are signing in late. Thank you.

Student Voice
On 24th October 2014 our year 10 and 11 MPs visited Gloucester Crown Court to watch the court in session. It was so interesting to see how a Court works. Afterwards they had a question and answer session with the judge and were able to ask questions about what they had witnessed.

Houses of Parliament Trip
On 6th November 2014 last year’s MPs were rewarded for their hard work and effort with an exciting visit to the Houses of Parliament. They travelled to London by coach and had a memorable tour, where they got to see both the House of Commons and the House of Lords in action. In the afternoon they also took part in a seminar all about law making. They were able to make up their own law and debate whether the bill should be passed.

Abbott House – Miss Addison
It has been another busy half term for Abbott House. Miss Addison was delighted with the Abbott students’ response to ‘Wear It Pink’ day. There were some incredible outfits, not least of all from the Abbott House staff! Abbott House also ran a festive gathering (with cakes and gifts to buy) to raise money for our house charity – the British Heart Foundation. Lots of Abbott students participated in the art department Christmas card competition and the standard of entries was very high – another closely fought house competition! Abbott House students also supported the school PTFA with their disco and at the Christmas Fair. Miss Addison and the Abbott House team would like to take this opportunity to wish all their students and parents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Aston House – Mr Watkins
Another term and another successful year has come to a close. This week has seen many of our pupils taking part in house matches, competing and gaining house points for Aston House. So well done and thank you to all pupils. Last week’s Christmas Concert saw many Aston pupils participating, most notably Keenan Sayce's solo and Gosia Antosiewicz’ duet with Vicky Locke. This term has also seen Blayne Cullen and Jasmine Windsor, in their roles as Aston House Captains, present their review of the year at Achievement Evening. They may have been nervous, but they came across clearly and confidently, so well done both. All that leaves me to say is, enjoy your time off, enjoy the time with your friends and family and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Livingstone House – Mr Kavanagh
There has been a lot going on in Livingstone House this term. Last week we held a Christmas fundraiser. We had mince pies, played games and sang carols, all to raise money for our house charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Mr Kavanagh and Mr Litherland would like to thank all of the staff and students who attended. Mr Litherland also completed a half marathon, raising even more money through sponsorship. Livingstone students have been involved in house matches over the past two weeks. It is too early to announce all the results but Mr Kavanagh has a smile on his face at the moment! The Livingstone House team would like to wish all our students and parents, a very Merry Christmas!

PE Report
This term girls’ PE have competed in many fixtures and tournaments with successes along the way. These successes include our Y9/10 hockey team beating Cheltenham Bournside 3-0 and our Y7 netball team played Pates winning 9-4. The boys have also had a busy term, with the Y9 rugby team losing only one game to Pates. Y7 have four fixtures booked after Christmas and have been training hard for them. After Christmas the PE department are looking to hold a non-school uniform day to help raise money for a new trampoline. Details of this to follow.

Gaza Fundraising for Christian Aid
Year 11 RE students put together a concert in aid of the civilians of the Gaza Strip. Gaza has been devastated by war and civilians, including many children, have lost their lives. The Christian Aid Appeal is raising funds to re-build houses, schools and hospitals as well as providing desperately needed resources, including food and medicine. Students met weekly to organise the concert. They put together the promotional materials and organised and ran assemblies to put on the show. Others were involved in backstage and technical roles, such as lighting and sound, as well as creating a promotional video for the assemblies. This event raised £72.90.

WW1 Remembrance
On Friday 12th December 2014 all KS3 students were treated to an array of activities and tasks linked to the Christmas Truce of 1914. Students learnt about the importance of this historic event and even re-enacted the famous football match on the school field in costume. A photo of the teams was then tweeted to the Football Remembers website in honour of those who died and fought in battle. Students were captivated and intrigued by what they had learnt and produced some superb work linked to this historic occasion.

Pittville School Parents, Teachers and Friends Association have had a busy time this term. We held our 3rd Annual Christmas Craft Fair, which was very successful. Students, staff and parents came together to enjoy a festive fair: full of wonderful gifts to buy, food and drink to consume and fantastic entertainment from the Pittville Cappellas and Pittville Soul Band. The evening raised over £850, which will be used to enhance the school life of all pupils. The P.T.F.A. now serve refreshments at Parents’ Evenings, and are pleased to have a chance to raise their profile and talk to parents about the role of the PTFA. We also served refreshments and ran a Christmas Raffle at the recent Christmas Concert, organised by the Music Dept. Our next main event is our Family Quiz Night, on Friday 6th February 2015, in the school dining hall, at 7.00pm. Following that, we have a Family Bingo Night on 17th April, 2015. Please feel free to join us at our next meeting which will be at Café MooChoo (in the Strand, Cheltenham) at 7.00pm, on 6th January 2015. Our following meeting will be in the School Library, at 4.30pm on 2nd February 2015.
Merry Christmas!

Wear it Pink Day
This year’s “Wear it Pink” Day raised over £665 for Cancer Research. Thank you to all those who took part.

Mock Interviews – Year 11
On Wednesday 26th November 2014 Year 11 students each had a 15 minute mock interview with Enterprise Business Partnership. They received feedback on their application and interview form.

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.

This term we say goodbye to Vickie Phillips, Assistant Headteacher. Vickie joined Pittville in 1997 as Head of English, later becoming Assistant Headteacher with responsibility of the Performing Arts specialism (Vickie was responsible for writing the bid for the application for arts status). More recently Vickie has taken responsibility for teaching and learning, the Gitep scheme and the mentoring of NQTs. Vickie has continued to teach English and her results have always been superb. Vickie’s departure will be a tremendous loss for the school. We wish her well for her retirement.

We also said goodbye to Liz Ellis from the Support Department, Fiona McLeod the Clerk to the Governors and Carly Newman from English.

New Staff
We welcome Lily Doyle to English Department, Nicola Sharkey-Esswood to Humanities, Helen Roach to Support and Maria Taylor to Technology. In addition we have a new Clerk to the Governors, Mike Warner.

On Thursday 11th December 2014 we held a very successful Christmas Concert and our Year 7’s also held their carol service on Friday 5th December 2014.

May I take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support this term. Have a lovely safe Christmas break. School re-opens on Monday 5th January 2015.

R Gilpin

Newsletter September 2014 Thursday, September 11, 2014
September 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to you all after the summer holidays and a warm welcome to all our new Year 7 parents. I hope that you had an enjoyable summer. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest developments here at Pittville.

Year 7
Our new Year 7 intake have settled in well to life at Pittville. Staff are delighted with how they are working in lessons and report that are they are a tremendously enthusiastic year group.

Year 7 Tutor Evening – 4-6 pm
This will take place on 15th October 2014. Year 7 parents will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s tutor and discuss how well they are settling in at Pittville.

Exam results
We are pleased to report continued improvement with our exam results. This year 71% of students achieved 5A*-C and this included improved results in the following GCSE subjects maths, English Literature, geography, history, statistics, ICT, catering, drama and science. We took our first further maths cohort through with 78% of students achieving A*-C. Students gained more high grades at GCSE than ever before. We were delighted with these results as they show that more of our students are achieving the grades necessary to progress on to sixth forms and other post-16 institutions.

New staff
We welcome Mr Marsh as the new Head of Design Technology, Miss Taylor into Humanities, Ms Harte into Modern Foreign Languages and Miss Barrett into PE.

Open Week and Open Evening
Our Open Week begins on Monday 6th October 2014. Open Evening is between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday 7th October 2014. We will finish school at 1.00 pm on Tuesday 7th October 2014 so as to give staff time to prepare for Open Evening.

School website
Please continue to check our school website for up to date information and advice.

We are no longer able to authorise any holiday taken during term unless the circumstances are exceptional. Please inform us promptly if your child is going to be absent. We ask that you telephone the school before 9am and inform us of the reason. A copy of our attendance policy is available on the school website.

Yours sincerely

R Gilpin

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