An important change at Gorse Hall.

Dear Parents,

I am writing to inform you about an important change at Gorse Hall.

You may be aware that, as well as being our Headteacher, Mrs Stringer has been part of the North West Regional Ofsted Reference Group for the past 4 years. During this time she has worked closely with the Department for Education Inspectors and many of you were involved in the consultation process for the new Inspection framework. As a result of the work Mrs Stringer has undertaken with HMIs, earlier this term she was approached to see if she would consider joining this team on a full time basis in the capacity as one of Her Majesties Inspectors.  This is not only a reflection of the work she has done with them, but more importantly of the improvements the school has gone through under her leadership over the past 6 years.

I am very pleased to inform you that Mrs Stringer has been successful in her appointment to the role of HMI. This is a significant promotion for her and, whilst it will be a huge loss to the school, the wider education system will benefit greatly. Mrs Stringer will start in this new role in January 2017 and will be leaving the school at the end of the Autumn term at Christmas. I would like to reassure you that the school has an excellent Senior Leadership Team and staff and succession planning is in place. Gorse Hall School has gone from strength to strength and will continue to do so. We are held in high regard within the community and your support of the school has been part of its success.

As the Chair of the Governing Board, my colleagues and I now have the task of recruiting a new Headteacher, who will build on the firm foundations Mrs Stringer has put in place. Interviews will take place in the Autumn term and there will be an internal appointment for the post of Interim Head for the period from January 2017 to Easter 2017. The new Headteacher will take up their permanent post at Easter 2017.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.

I know you will want to join with me in congratulating Mrs Stringer on her new post, and wishing her the very best for her future career.

Yours sincerely

Andrew Harding Chair of Governors

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2016 Governors award

Dear all,

I attended the school assembly on Friday – it was the end of year awards.

The picture below shows all of the Governor 2016 award winners. Other awards included Chess and the Pearson’s sausage design award.

Another great year for Gorse Hall……well done everybody🙂

award 2016

Posted by Andrew Harding – Chair of Governors.

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‘A night at the Musicals’

I was thoroughly entertained last night by the year 6 concert, ‘a night at the Musicals.’ The children enthusiastically performed scenes and songs from Annie, Oliver, Bugsy and Grease. The children’s enjoyment and commitment was obvious throughout and the acting and soloists were well received by an interactive audience. Well done and thank you once again to all year 6 children and staff.
Posted by Pauline Ashton

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A big thank you to our PTA

At the Governing Board meeting on 14 July Sam, the chair of the PTA, did a presentation for us about what the PTA had been doing.  It was amazing to see how much the PTA had contributed to the school – fund raising, providing opportunities for the pupils to experience, financial support for activities, organising events which bring pupils, parents, staff and governors together.  Thank you for everything you have done this year. We are very lucky to have such an enthusiastic group working so hard for our school and the community.

Please support them by attending the garden party on 23 July which promises to be another great event.
Posted by Wendy Hartley
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New Governors

Dear all,

We have recently advertised for the recruitment of new Governors. I am very pleased to confirm that a number of high calibre individuals expressed their interest in the roles available and following interviews with the Head Teacher and myself we have appointed the following four new Governors:

  • Paul Hulme
  • Peter Dodd
  • James Bell
  • Nicola Winterbottom

Paul, Peter, James and Nicola will provide a mixture of buildings, business, finance and community engagement skills, ideas and experience.

The website will be updated shortly and you’ll get the chance to meet the new Governors at one of the forthcoming school events.

The appointments are to be formally ratified at the July Board meeting.

Best wishes, Andrew

Chair of Governors

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Africa Keyhole Garden

Popped into school today, to find members of the Africa Committee, which is a sub-committee of Gorse Hall’s Eco Action Team, as busy as the bees that they hope will also soon be hard at work in The Africa Keyhole Garden!

The principles behind this special garden are:

  • Sustainability
  • Using ‘grey’ water
  • Composting
  • The children were busy maintaining and planting up, all from seeds:
    • Herbs, including mint and chives.
    • Strawberries
    • Potatoes, including Desiree, Charlotte and Anna.

Within the next 2-3 weeks, tomatoes plants will also be put in place. Last year resulted in an amazing harvest. The children made tomato and basil soup, beetroot and potato salad and apple crumble, using apples from the school’s apple tree. They were delicious! We look forward to an ever better summer and better harvest this year.

Posted by Pauline Ashton ( Eco liaison governor)

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Family quiz night – 22nd April

“A big thank you to the PTA  for organising our first  ‘family quiz night’. It was a huge success and everyone had a great time. The whole family could get involved and the quiz master had worked hard to have questions for all ages. Pam’s pies were a huge hit ….especially with the dad’s who kept coming back for seconds  …… and thanks to your kind donations the chocolate prizes went down very well and everyone enjoyed the chocolate bingo. It was lovely to see so many families and all the generations together. Our next big event will be the community garden party in July and I look forward to seeing you all there xx”

Posted by Mrs Stringer – Headteacher

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