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Primary School Football Festival

It was a Yr 4 Football festival with our four cluster schools they were Oakwood, Dunnalley, St Johns and Holy trinity. Each primary school brought up the whole year group and we had three teams from each school in three different leagues. I organized the event but on the day it was run by our BTEC students. They referred the games and each team had there own manager/coach. It was a very successful festival, all of the primary students had a great time and our BTEC students were brill. The Primary school teachers praised our students and were really impressed with there attitudes and how they interacted with the students.

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Pittville Hosts Anti-Bullying Event Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Anti-bullying ambassadors training day

Pittville School was delighted to host a regional training day led by the Diana Award on Thursday 10th September. Over 90 students and accompanying staff attended the day which was aimed at training young people to be anti-bullying ambassadors in their own schools. Children travelled from secondary and primary schools across the county. Students took part in team building games, and got to know other students of varying ages. They worked in their school teams to devise plans for how to positively tackle bullying in their own schools, and even the staff received training. Miss Addison who leads on anti-bullying at Pittville was incredibly proud of the students from school who were involved. The Pittville Ambassadors really helped the day run smoothly as well as coming up with some great ideas, and making the other schools very welcome.

A big thank you to the Diana award for coming in for the day.

Y10 GCSE Evening Thursday, September 10, 2015

Please see the PowerPoint that was shown at the GCSE evening

Y10 GCSE Information Evening

Art Gifted and Talented Trip to Racecourse Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Art department were lucky enough to have the opportunity to get involved in a trip to Cheltenham racecourse this year, courtesy of the BHEST charity. The Year 10 students visited the stables at Kim Bailey Racing in the morning. Students watched the horses being trained and got access to the stables in order to draw the horses from observation. Students met and worked with an equine artist. Students then travelled to Cheltenham racecourse, where they were shown around the site and even got to watch a race! A fantastic day out for our students.

Abbott House Charity Walk Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Abbott House Three peaks charity walk

On Saturday 20th June, the staff in Abbott House travelled between Cleeve, Bredon and the Malverns to complete a mini ‘three peaks’challenge to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The walk marked the end of a successful year of fundraising in Abbott House. The staff had a fantastic day and raised over £100 thanks to the generous donations and support from staff and students. A big thank you to Mr Nicholls for organising the day. 

Science Trip to Cheltenham Festival of Science Thursday, June 11, 2015

Please see attached report.

Trip to Science Festival

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!


Readathon Thursday, March 12, 2015
Readathon 2015
Tomorrow's Engineers Friday, March 06, 2015
Tomorrow's Engineers
PE Newsletter - September 2015 Friday, October 09, 2015
Please see below for the first PE newsletter.

September 2015 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Newsletter - September 2015
July 2015 Thursday, July 23, 2015
Newsletter July 2015
May 2015 Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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May 2015 Newsletter

Easter 2015 Thursday, March 26, 2015

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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
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

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

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
Pittville Parliament meet Martin Horwood MP Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On Friday 17th January 2014 all the MP's in Pittville Parliament were lucky enough to meet their own MP Martin Horwood. Mr Horwood came in to tell the Pittville MP's all about his role as an MP and what it entails. He then offered to answer any questions that the students may have. Miss Addison and Miss Davis were incredibly impressed with the fantastic questions that the Pittville MP's asked and Mr Horwood commented on how impressed he was with the students he met. Pittville Parliament would like to thank Mr Horwood for coming in to visit them!



Parliament Meeting - 5th December Monday, December 09, 2013
This term the Parliament has been working on the theme 'changes to our school'. The MP's worked in year group teams to develop presentations on the five most popular changes that Pittville students would like to see made. Governors and SLT were invited to the meeting and the Parliament presented to SLT on Thursday 5th December, with a hope that they will see some of their proposals considered.

Mr Gilpin, Mrs Phillips and Mr Lintern-Mole all attended the meeting and listened carefully to students presentations as well as asking lots of questions. They were given a copy of the presentations that students put together. SLT will now considered the proposals that the students have put forward and MP's were also asked to conduct some further research into some ideas.

Miss Addison and Miss Davis would like to thank all of the MP's for all of their hard work and their excellent presentations.

Pittville Parliament November Update Monday, November 11, 2013
Pittville MP's met on 7th November 2013 to begin conducting research into the different 'changes to our school' that their fellow tutees had voted for. Students are working in year group teams and will produce a power point presentation as well as a document with relevant research in. These will be presented to Senior Leadership Team at the beginning of December. Miss Davis and Miss Addison were delighted with the start that the MP's made to their research presentations and are really looking forward to the outcomes.
Pittville Parliament Meeting - 18th October 2013 Friday, October 25, 2013
During the latest parliament meeting Pittville MP’s brought with them the opinions and ideas of their fellow students on changes they would like to see in our school. MP’s had held their own sessions with their tutor groups, prior to the parliament meeting asking for feedback and ideas. MP’s discussed the broad range of ideas and then worked together to narrow these down and to a select few based on popularity. Over the coming weeks the MP’s will be working in year group teams to devise presentations based on one of the ‘changes’ that Pittville students would like to see. Miss Addison and Miss Davis are really looking forward to working with the students on their presentations and seeing what they come up with!
Pittville Parliament Visit to Houses of Parliament Thursday, October 03, 2013
On Wednesday 2nd October 2013, members of Pittville Parliament travelled down to London to take part in a trip to the Houses of Parliament. Students worked hard last year to raise the money required to fund the trip, through cake sales, running a stall at the summer fair and the very successful Art Auction.

Students left Pittville first thing in the morning to travel down to Parliament Square in London. Once Miss Addison had gone through security, much to the amusement of the students, we entered the Parliament buildings and were given our official visitor badges. We began the day with a fantastic tour of Parliament which included going into both the Houses of Commons and the Houses of Lords. We were told that under no circumstances were we allowed to sit down on the benches! The students asked lots of fantastic questions and really got a sense of what day to day life in Parliament is really like.

The students then took part in a workshop on elections and voting. The workshop was very hands on and the Pittville MP's learnt about different voting systems as well as taking part in their very own vote. Miss Addison was very proud of the superb questions that the students asked and impressed by their knowledge of politics.
First Parliament Meeting - September 2013 Friday, September 27, 2013
Pittville Parliament's first meeting of the year.

Thursday 26th September saw the first meeting this term of Pittville Parliament. All of the newly or re-elected MP's attended and were welcomed to the new year by Miss Addison and Miss Davis. MP's were told about the changes in structure to Pittville Parliament. Students will be looking at a range of whole school issues across the coming months.

Mr Poole attended the first parliament meeting to discuss the school's lunchtime arrangements with students. The MP's were very vocal and had some very constructive discussions, generating a range of good ideas. MP's will be returning to their tutor groups to seek the opinions of their fellow tutees before returning to Parliament on the 3rd October.
Art Auction June 2013 Thursday, July 04, 2013

On Thursday 27th June, Pittville Parliament held an Art auction to raise money to help the students travel to London in October to visit the Houses of Parliament. There was artwork from Miss Addison, Mr Beer, Miss Storey, Miss Duffas and Mr Simkiss, and a secret bidding process took place to decide who would walk away with the artwork. There was a fantastic turn out of staff and students to the event  and an incredible £189 was raised all together. Miss Addison and the Parliament MP’s were truly overwhelmed by the amount they managed to raise and would like to say a big thank you to everyone that came along and supported the event!


Pittville Parliament Meeting - Wednesday 15th May 2013 Wednesday, May 15, 2013

At today's Parliament Meeting the School Parliament were discussing fundraising opportunities and will be working with Miss Storey, Miss Addison and Mr Downing over the coming months in order to fund their transport down to the Houses of Parliament next October. So look out for a range of events throughout June and July!

Student Parliament meet Martin Horwood Thursday, February 07, 2013

On 1st February we held another meeting of the Pittville Parliament.  Earlier this year, every tutor group took part in a democratic process to vote for an MP to represent their views, opinions and ideas about Pittville School.  MP's wear badges to represent the important role that they play in giving all of the students of Pittville a 'voice'.

The meeting was particularly special as Pittville's MP's were visited by their own MP for Cheltenham, Martin Horwood.  Mr Horwood was invited into school to tell students about what his job as an MP entails.  Students had worked together in their last parliament meeting to think about some interesting and challenging questions to pose to Mr Horwood and students had the opportunity to learn about the breadth of different responsibilities that comes with being an MP.  Mr Horwood was very interested in how the roles and duties of a Pittville MP compared to those of his own.

The visit from Mr Horwood represents a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain an insight into government and current day politics as well as understanding the many varied responsibilities that MP's have.  the students learnt an incredible amount from Mr Horwood and we were very impressed with their thoughtful and inquisitive questions.  Pittville Parliament is very grateful to Mr Horwood for giving up his time to come and visit us.

Penny Addison - Pittville Parliament