Summer Newsletter 2016 - page 2

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Head Teacher's Message
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
I’m sure you will all join with me in saying a very fond farewell to those
staff leaving us this year having gained promotions, moved on to new
challenges or retiring. Thank you all for the time and dedication you
have invested into our school.
From English we say farewell to Paul Royl and welcome Yvonne
Coatham and Tanya Tillier.
From Science we say farewell to Katy Quick and welcome to David
Nicholls.
From ICT we say farewell to Greg Whiteman and welcome Davina
Gunn-Hawking
From PE we say farewell to Jenny Craig
From Humanities we say farewell to Ed Marston and Michelle
Bloomberg and welcome Sarah Anstee
Miss Nathalie Wicks is also leaving her role as learning assistant, we
wish her luck as she starts her teacher training next year.
We welcome Jess Lomax to the maths team and Fay Fisher to the
Design team
Amanda Gratton and Margaret Hopkins are both retiring at the end of
the summer. We wish you both a very long and happy retirement.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer.
Tracey Amos
GTS one of first
schools in the UK
to be awarded
Platinum Science
Mark
GTS has been awarded the Science
Mark Award at Platinum level: the
highest possible grade. This is a highly
prestigious award from the National
STEM Centre in York, designed to
recognise and celebrate outstanding
practice in secondary science
departments across the UK. The
rigorous process involved examining
three key areas of the Science
department:
• Curriculum
• Teaching and Learning
• Leadership and Management
A visit to verify our application was
conducted at the end of May, our
assessor was impressed by the, “strong
and dynamic ethos in the team which is
strongly focused on improving
provision.” In particular he praised the
schemes of learning stating, “Schemes
of learning are driven by a broader set of
values than simply a need to ‘cover
content and get good grades’. The team
has a comprehensive and aspirational
view for the form and function of
learning, as a result of which the
curriculum offer to pupils is rich and
dynamic.”
We are extremely thrilled to be awarded
the highest accolade possible, this
recognises the outstanding curriculum,
learning and opportunities the Science
team at GTS provide for our young
people.
GCSE Art Group at Rosemoor Gardens
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