The Curriculum Calendar 2013-14 will be available shortly.
- Inclusion at Gordano School
- The Centre
- Student Reception
- Attendance and Pastoral Support Manager
- Learning Mentors
- Connexions Advisor
- Careers Coordinator
- Parent Support Advisors (PSA)
- Police Community Support Officer
- Portishead Cluster Achievement Coordinator
- Examination Office
- Post 14 Alternative Flexible Skills Curriculum
- The Learning Support Faculty
- Some examples of support that the Learning Support Faculty offer
- What do students think of Learning Support?
- What do parents think of Learning Support?
- Provision for Able Students
Inclusion at Gordano School - We believe that every child matters and we aspire for Gordano to be a fully inclusive school where every child who attends Gordano receives the support and guidance they need to achieve their potential.
To help every student achieve success we aim to provide effective learning opportunities for all our pupils by providing pupils with relevant and appropriately challenging work at all times, responding to pupils diverse learning needs and helping students overcome potential barriers to their learning to enable them to achieve their potential. The inclusive support that students receive at Gordano School is one of its many strengths and an area that we are particularly proud of.
The Centre - In January 2007, Gordano School opened their student support service – ‘The Centre’.
The Centre is a hub for professionals working with young people and is focussed upon support and early intervention work. All professionals within the centre attend regular internal multi agency liaison meetings to discuss appropriate action/provision for all young people. The Centre forms part of a broader corridor of inclusion which houses Learning Support, the post 14 Alternative Curriculum provision and Boost, a Year 7 reception facility for the most vulnerable students. Since developing this facility, attendance has reached record breaking levels and the exclusion rate from the school has become the lowest in North Somerset. Despite targeted intervention, the Centre remains a universal service and all students are able to access its range of services. The Centre is currently managed by Rod Bell, one of Gordano School’s Assistant Headteachers and Head of Inclusion.
The following children’s' services are represented in The Centre itself:
Student Reception – The Student Reception is open between 8.40am and 3.40pm (3.15pm on Friday). Our Student Services Administrator is the first point of contact and will be able to help students in years 7 – 11 with any problems or queries they may have such as signing in and out of school, handing in forms or reply slips, checking timetables and room changes, holiday requests etc. Student reception is also responsible for lost property. You can contact student reception here.
Attendance and Pastoral Support Manager - The Attendance and Pastoral Support Manager, leads the Student Service team who work in The Centre. She liaises with the Head of Inclusion, House Learning Managers, Centre staff and external agencies to coordinate interventions for students identified as requiring additional support with the aim to raise their attendance, achievement and attainment through the modification and personalisation of their individual learning programmes. Working with the Education Welfare Service she also closely monitors student attendance. As a direct result of this integrated work the school has for the last three years hit the stretched target of 95% attendance and has the best attendance of all the secondary schools in North Somerset. You can contact the Attendance and Pastoral Support Manager here.
Learning Mentors - The learning mentors offer advice, support and guidance to students. They work on a one to one basis with students helping them identify barriers to learning. They help students overcome a variety of issues including organisation, behavioural problems and assist in raising students self esteem. Gordano School employs two learning mentors. Working with students in the Development Stage (Year 7 & 8) and in the Personalised stage ( Year 9, 10 & 11).
You can contact our Development stage mentor here and our Personalised stage mentor here.
Connexions Advisor – There is a full time Connexions Personal Adviser attached to Gordano School and the Portishead community. She works with young people aged 13 - 19 years old offering them information, advice and guidance around their future plans and choices. Students are also welcome to pop in during break and lunchtimes to arrange an appointment to see the connections advisor.
You can contact our Connexions Advisor here.
Guidance Software and Useful Websites
KUDOS - Careers questionnaire, this can be accessed via www.cascaid.co.uk/kudos . This site presents students with a range of questions to highlight their interests and match them to potential career choices.
Careerscape - Careers database. this can be accessed via www.cascaid.co.uk/careerscape . This site provides information about hundreds of careers and has a section "Subject Links" providing information about the links between subjects and careers.
Passwords for the above sites can be accessed on the Gordano Learning Gateway here.
www.connexions.org.uk - Connexions West of England website - This provides information on all issues relevant to 13-19 year olds in the West of England.
Careers Coordinator - The school Careers Coordinator is available Monday – Thursday to offer information, advice and guidance to all students on decisions relating to work experience, future careers and further education choices and options. She also organises and coordinates the annual Gordano School Careers Convention. You can contact our Careers Coordinator here.
Counsellor - The school counsellors are available after break Monday - Friday. The counsellors offer a service to all students who feel it might be helpful to talk in confidence about any difficult issues or concerns. They can be contacted via The Centre who will arrange an appointment or students can pop into the counsellor’s office at break or lunchtime or you can contact them here:
Mrs Van Eker
Parent Support Advisors (PSA) – The Parent Support Advisors provide support and advice for parents, carers and families. Our PSA’s are based in The Centre but they can also work with families in their home. As part of their support they offer a listening ear, strategies for dealing with challenging child/teenage behaviour, opportunities to be part of a parent group to meet other parents facing similar issues, help and advice with attendance issues and advice on how to access external support agencies. To contact the PSA’s please email firstname.lastname@example.org or AnneChinn@gordano.n-somerset.sch.uk
Police Community Support Officer – The school has a Community Support Officer based in The Centre and is part funded by Gordano School in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police. Her main role is to promote public reassurance, reduce fear of crime, help to deter anti-social behaviour, tackle low level crime/disorder, encourage responsible citizenship and provide high visibility patrols in and around the school and the local community. You can contact the school Police Community Support Officer here. To contact our PCSO by phone dial 101 - this is the number for non-emergency police concerns - an operator will put you through to our PCSO.
Portishead Cluster Achievement Coordinator – this is a part time role based within The Centre. The coordinator works across the cluster of 6 primaries and Gordano School to help boost academic achievement within vulnerable groups via extra curricular opportunities through the Join Up Join In Scheme and Extended Services. The coordinators role enables young people to access out of school activities such as: swimming lessons, horse riding, DJ lessons, karate and she helps bring together local community providers to increase the opportunities available for young people and their families. You can contact the Portishead Cluster Achievement Coordinator here.
Examination Office – The Examination Office helps to provide part of the essential guidance package we offer our young people and cater for all enquiries in relation to examinations. You can contact the Examinations Manager here or the exams coordinator here.
Post 14 Alternative Flexible Skills Curriculum – As part of our personalised learning curriculum in years 9-11 we offer a more flexible and specially designed package of alternative courses which are delivered by specialist staff. These courses are an alternative to the more traditional GCSE courses but they still come with GCSE point equivalent accreditation for students who successfully complete them. The courses are targeted at those students with specific learning needs and/or those who might benefit from developing their personal skills on an accredited course as an alternative to following a GCSE course. Some examples of the flexible skills courses on offer are: The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), Adult Literacy and Numeracy and various National College of Further Education (NCFE) courses.
The Learning Support Faculty – This area provides support and additional learning opportunities for pupils with Special Educational Needs and any other pupil whom we think may benefit from extra help to overcome barriers to their learning. Teachers prepare lessons in Learning Support, which focus on improving pupils’ basic skills, and Learning Support Assistants and Teaching Assistants support pupils within subject lessons and also run group support sessions in the Learning Support base (see below). Learning Support is also open every break and lunchtime for pupils to eat their lunch quietly, chat to their friends, play a board game or use the computers to do their homework in the presence of staff that are always available to help pupils at these times. You can contact the Head of Learning Support here.
- ‘BOOST’ for selected year 7 pupils who will work with one primary trained teacher and one Learning Support Assistant within the specialist BOOST learning classroom for 40% of their timetable to help improve literacy, numeracy and personal skills.
- Small group work to help improve literacy in years 7 – 9.
- Study skills group work for selected year 9 pupils.
- A time management course for year 9 pupils who are entitled to examination access arrangements.
- Social and Emotional Activity Club (SEAC) to help the transition from primary to secondary school for selected year 6 and 7 pupils.
- Art circle and social skills group for less confident younger pupils.
- A Managing Emotions course for referred pupils - referrals come from House Learning Managers.
What do students think of Learning Support? Learning Support values students’ opinions of the support it offers. Here is a sample of recent comments from students who have been supported by the Learning Support Faculty:
‘I find it easier to socialise in Learning Support because I don’t like big crowds.’
‘It helps me get good at reading and writing and I can talk about things on my mind.’
‘If I didn’t have Learning Support I would get stuck on more work and homework.’
What do parents think of Learning Support? Learning Support prides itself on its accessibility to parents and will be pleased to discuss with you any concerns you have about your child’s well-being and progress. Below is a sample of some of the recent comments parents have made about the Learning Support Faculty.
‘I have found the Learning Support Faculty very helpful and supportive to my son’s needs.’
‘We are confident that our son’s success and well being are due to the support, guidance and understanding provided by Mr Jones and his excellent team in Learning Support.’
‘I have never had this much support for myself and my son in any other school.
In 2009, Gordano was awarded Gifted and Talented Lead School Status by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, in recognition of the innovative work we have been doing with our more able students. This work involves a number of different projects and programmes, such as Masterclasses, Potential and Year 11 Aspire, which are all part of our Challenge Programme. Alongside much of our Leading Edge work, we use this status to collaborate with and support other schools as well as develop best practice within Gordano.
The Able Students Register (ASR)
The register includes the top ten per cent of pupils based upon their mean CAT score taken in Year 7. This forms the standard register. At Gordano School we recognise that all students have gifts and talents and as a result each faculty nominates students who are consistently performing at a high standard or above what would be expected of them. These students are added to a subject specific register and when relevant opportunities arise throughout the year we would look to include them.