Ambitious plans for future success at Mangotsfield School
Published on: 03 Feb 2016
STAFF, students, leaders and parents at Mangotsfield School have started 2016 determined to take the school forward into a bright future.
They have worked together to decide on a new logo and uniform and are preparing to launch an improved curriculum as well as a house system.
Head teacher David Spence said there was great enthusiasm for the changes, which will support the school’s more positive and aspirational ethos.
Prospective parents and students are keen too: the number of applications for Year 7 in September is up sharply and Mr Spence expects that all 240 places will be filled.
“It is very exciting,” he said. “It is all about high standards and high expectations and fits with our values of community, achievement and growth.”
He and his leadership team have been careful to listen to all points of view before deciding on changes. Parents, staff and the student council were all consulted over the uniform, for example, and there was strong support for a smarter look, with a blazer and tie.
The blazer badge will bear the new logo, an updated and streamlined version of the current tree.
Students had the chance to vote on options for logo and uniform, the latter after a catwalk fashion show displayed various looks.
“We had polling booths and voting papers just like in local and national elections, helping students to learn about democracy and British values,” Mr Spence said.
The switch to vertical tutoring and a house system is likely to take place in June. It will mean students in mixed-age tutor groups, rather than with their peers.
“It is a different way of working. We think it will be more welcoming, friendly and supportive. Siblings will be in the same house, meaning families have a single point of contact.
At the same time it will afford opportunities for a competitive ethos, with house sport, art, drama and debating events. We plan to expand the range of enrichment activities for our students.”
The curriculum overhaul will include a three-year Key Stage 4, giving students longer to pursue their GCSE courses. The aim is for the five years from Years 7 to 11 to offer a seamless progression towards the exams, with separate pathways for those who may be going into work earlier and for those with special educational needs.
Mr Spence and his team have spent time looking at links with the primary curriculum, good practice in other schools and fine-tuning the subjects on offer for students.