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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.

Featured News

BBC News Report Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pittville Pittville School joined nearly a thousand other schools across the country on Thursday 19th, to take part in the BBC News' annual School Report day. 15 students worked tirelessly to produce a full news bulletin including sport and weather by the strict 2 o'clock deadline.  Students were lucky enough to meet local hero Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards who popped in for a chat and to share his infectious enthusiasm. Other stories included the very unsettling future crisis in chocolate supply and the potential new sports facilities at the school.  The students were hugely engaged by the activities and preparatory lessons provided by the BBC. The day was aimed at promoting journalism with young people and certainly uncovered some budding journalists in the school. The finished bulletin is available to view via the Pittville School website or on YouTube.

Wear it Red Day Thursday, March 12, 2015

Abbott House wears it red for the British Heart Foundation.

Abbott House students really got involved in the 'wear you house colour' charity day. Students wore a range of red outfits to show support for the British Heart foundation and raised over £100 in the process!

Art Students Visit Wilson Gallery Thursday, March 12, 2015

At the beginning of March Miss Addison took a group of Year 10 GCSE Art students to the Wilson Gallery to take part in a painting workshop. The workshop was lead by Angus Pryor who is a lecturer and painter. He curated the current exhibition at the gallery as well as having his own painting hung in the gallery. Angus took Pittville students around the gallery and explained the symbolism and ideas behind a number of the paintings, before leading the students in an experimental painting workshop. Students also took part in a group crit at the end of the day - learning a bit about what it would be like to be a University student!


School Calendar


Easter 2015 Thursday, March 26, 2015

Please see newsletter below.

Easter 2015

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

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