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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 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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Literacy Friday, October 17, 2014

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


Girls' PE Results - September 2014 Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Girls' PE Results September 2014
Open Evening 7th October 2014 Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Many thanks to all the parents and students that attended our Open Evening on  the 7th October 2014 it was a great success.

Tours of the school are taking place for the remainder of this week.  However, if this is not convenient for you then please ring the school and we will arrange a separate time.

School Calendar


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
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

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