Impressive start for Mangotsfield School
Published on: 30 Sep 2016
MANGOTSFIELD School has made an impressive start to the new academic year following record exam results in the summer.
Students are now wearing smart new uniforms and they have returned to buildings that have had a £100,000 revamp.
The school has also introduced a house system, bringing back a competitive ethos with a range of contests planned, including football, singing and a tug of war.
Nearly 20 new staff have joined the school, which is now part of the Castle School Education Trust.
The school's GCSE students achieved Mangotsfield's best results, with 59 per cent gaining at least five A*-C passes including English and maths.
Head teacher David Spence said he was especially pleased at the improvement in English results, up 18 percentage points to 76 per cent. He praised students and staff for their hard work.
“This is a school moving forward, ambitious for itself and for the students in this community,” he said. “There is a real sense of pride, excitement and newness. We have had lots of positive feedback about the new uniform and we were delighted to welcome more than 1,000 people to our open evening.”
Meanwhile, students and their parents have donated their old uniforms and sports kit to be taken to Africa by local representatives of the charity Cricket with Boundaries. They will be given to children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.