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Headteacher update

Dear Parents/Carers

Further to my letter at the end of July, I am writing to provide you with an update.

As you will be aware, Mrs Stringer will be leaving the school at the end of 2016. The Governing Board are managing the recruitment process and we are expecting to have the next permanent Headteacher in place by Easter 2017.

I am very pleased to confirm that Miss Flood, Deputy Head at Gorse Hall will act up to the role of Headteacher from January 2017 to Easter 2017. Miss Flood has been with Gorse Hall for 16 years and her vast knowledge and experience will ensure that the day to day school functions continue seamlessly.

The Governing Board are meeting on the 29th September to approve the next steps of the recruitment process and I can confirm the following key dates:

  • Role advertised from 10th October to the 3rd November
  • Shortlisting will take place from 7th to the 9th November
  • Interviews will take place on the 17th and 18th November

I will update you in early December (with the name of the next permanent Headteacher). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office.

Best wishes, Andrew

Chair of Governors

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Welcome back!

Dear all,

A belated welcome back to school and the Governors blog. I hope that everybody had a great summer.

The Governing Board will post regular updates here so please take a look when you have a few minutes.

The autumn term is already getting busy. The main focus of the Board for the next few months is to recruit a new Headteacher, we are making good progress and parents will be kept up to date with any developments.

You received a letter about the class blogs last weeks – the blogs showcase the great work of the children so take a look and leave a comment or two. (

I am usually at the school on a Friday for the toast club, come and speak to me – especially if you want some toast!

Best wishes, Andrew


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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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