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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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Year 11 Mock English Literature Exam 27th March Thursday, February 12, 2015

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English Literature Mock Exam 27th March 2015

House Colour Charity Day Tuesday, February 03, 2015
On Friday 6th February 2015 Pittville School will be holding a ‘house charity day’. Students will be able to wear the colour of their house in order to support their nominated house charity.

• Livingstone House students will wear purple to support Macmillan Cancer Research.
• Abbott House students will wear red to support the British Heart Foundation.
• Aston House will wear green to support the Aston Project.

In order to take part in the day students will pay a £1.00 to wear as much of their house colour as they would like. If students only wish to wear a small amount of colour (jewellery etc) then they should still wear their uniform. Students not taking part should also wear their normal uniform.

All the funds raised will go to the respective charities. Money will be collected during week beginning 2nd February 2015. This money should be handed into tutors.
Year 11 Parents' Evening 11th Feb Friday, January 30, 2015
Year 11 Parents' Evening 11th Feb

School Calendar


February 2015 Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach February half term I would like to update you on what has been happening and to inform you of some future events.

Please follow us on ‘Twitter’ @PittvilleSchool. We are using this method of communication more and more to get important messages out to the community.

Year 11 Attendance
For the attention of all year 11 parents/carers
When we return after half term, year 11 students have less than 50 teaching days before their summer exams begin. Excellent attendance is vital if they are to succeed in these exams. Please support us to support the students.

Year 11 Interviews
Year 11 students are in the middle of their interviews for 6th form places. We wish them the best of luck for their interviews.

Poetry Slam
The Poetry Slam on 16th January 2015 was a successful event for the year 8 cohort. 'Spoz' spent the morning building the confidence of a very quiet group of students, taking them through rhyming words and rhythm. As their confidence grew, the year 8s began to perform little snippets of their work to each other and built up a selection of poetry techniques they could use for the final performance - the buzz as they worked was very exciting indeed! In the afternoon, students created their own poem around the topic, 'It's good to be me.' All the students got involved and performed their final poems to a panel of staff judges. The winners of this will go on to compete in a Poetry Slam event at Cheltenham Town Hall in mid-April. The students loved the day, engaging in poetry and getting involved in working together.

A Family Bingo Night will be held on 17th April 2015 7pm start. There will be a raffle with the first prize being a family ticket to the Wychwood Festival for 2 adults and 2 children.

So far the PTFA have contributed to the following:
• £1,000 towards the September 2014 rewards trip
• £1,000 towards the revision prom tickets reward initiative
• £500 towards a new trampoline
• £600 for drama department to buy Apple Mac Book Pro
• £132 for English Department’s iGCSE activity packs with an additional £1,000 pledged pending a detailed proposal from English Department.

If you would like to comment on the work of the PTFA or have ideas for fundraising please go along to any meeting (next one on 3rd March) or email them on

Summer Uniform
Students are able to wear their Pittville polo shirt from Easter 2015. Only polo shirts with the Pittville School logo are allowed, not plain white polo shirts. Students are still expected to wear their blazer with the polo shirt. Polo shirts are available from ‘School Togs’.

Photographing/filming Students
Occasionally, we may need to take photographs of your son/daughter. This may be necessary in view of the course your child has chosen to take or because they have been involved in an event in school. These photographs may be used on our website or shared with the Gloucestershire Echo. If you do not wish these photographs to be taken please inform the school.

Design Award
David Myerson from Cheltenham Design Academy came to Pittville School on Wednesday 4th February 2015. David is the Head of the Design Academy. He also runs a very successful design practice called Hurricane Design based in Cheltenham. The Design Academy invited schools to send suitable students to attend design workshops that are tutored by leading designers. Leo Guidetti won a competition to design a bottle for a soft drink (Dr Pepper). The design has been produced as a 3d print and as an illustration.

Abbott House Report
Abbott House welcomed Rachel Davis from the British Heart Foundation this term. Rachel came to speak to the Abbott students about the work the British Heart Foundation does, how they raise money and how they use money to fund research and equipment. Abbott House students voted to select the British Heart Foundation as their house charity at the beginning of this academic year, and all of the Abbott students participated in the 'Wear it Red Day' on February 6th.

Aston House Report
This term saw some fantastic performances in the house rugby and netball. Well done to all who took part. Friday 6th February saw the first ‘House Colours Day’ and there were some fantastic green outfits and some crazy green wigs! Many Aston students took part in the annual PTFA quiz. Thank you to those who represented Aston House. When we return after the break our year 11's will be increasingly focused on their exams. In view of this a selection of year 10 students will begin their trials as new prefects. It is a fantastic accolade to be chosen to represent the school and I send a ‘well done’ to the students chosen to represent Aston House. Hope you all have a restful and enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you all back safe and healthy in the new term.

Livingstone House Report
We all need things to cheer us up at this time of year. January seems to go on forever!! But we’ve finally got into February and the sun is shining!! Gloom lifted! It’s been great to see so many of our year 11’s in Livingstone staying late to make the most of their opportunities and time left here. Free tea and treats obviously help!! I have been so impressed with my year 10’s too. I have many prefect applications to go through!! For our house charity this term we are looking to sell Livingstone staff ‘soup recipes’ and also create a guess the father of the staff competition (Who’s the Daddy?) with a prize for the winners. Finally, what lifted the ‘January blues’ was the great number of students who got involved in our ‘Wear your House Colour’ on Friday 6th, with all Livingstone monies going to Macmillan Cancer Support. I hope you all have a good half term catching up with family and friends.

PE report
Unfortunately, we have had a few fixtures cancelled this term due to poor weather conditions, which has been a shame. However, we have still taken part in some great netball and football matches. A highlight was the fantastic win by the year 10 netball team against St Edwards School. The team consisted of three year 9 players challenging themselves in this more experienced game and I’m pleased to say that Abi Brown-Stark, Tiara Cowley and Miki Trbojevich, did themselves and Pittville proud. There were no house matches this term, but we are looking forward to holding house football for both the girls and the boys at the end of next term.

Diary Dates
• 3rd March – Pittville plays host to a class of Japanese students
• 5th March – World Book Day
• 18th March – SEN workshop 4-6.30pm
• 19th March – Y7 PSCHE World Health Day
• 23rd – 26th March – Trip to Paris
• 27th March – Inservice day. School closed for students

I hope you have a very enjoyable break.

R Gilpin
December 2014 Friday, December 19, 2014

December 2014

Dear Parents/Carers

Follow the school on Twitter and receive regular updates on what is happening in and around school. @PittvilleSchool.

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

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