Mr Skipp says welcome back

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all been able to have some relaxation time over the summer holiday and that your children are now looking forward to returning to John of Gaunt after their break. We are all excited to see them again tomorrow and no doubt hear some stories of things they have been up to over the summer!

It has been a busy time over the last six weeks. You may have already read in the Wiltshire Times and in the Press Release on our website that we are celebrating a strong set of results, including the best progress the school has ever achieved. We had a fantastic year last year with a whole range of improvements and these results are starting to show the significant impact of this work. If you haven’t already seen the articles, I have included a link below:

https://johnofgauntschool.org/2019/08/the-john-of-gaunt-school-is-celebrating-its-best-ever-gcse-progress/

https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/17856863.school-39-s-high-achievers/

https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/17794067.head-s-aim-raise-bar-school-becomes-one-best-country/

You may also be aware that over the summer we have had made a number of improvements to our site. We are particularly pleased, as all of the improvements have been paid for externally by successful grant applications, therefore not coming directly from our school’s budget.

Increased security fencing in the car park now separates students from the car park area and once the gates are locked ensures that there is no direct way into the school, other than through the reception area. The reception area continues to evolve with the latest completion date towards the end of September. In the meantime we will continue to use the Post-16 entrance as our temporary reception area. We are also delighted that the Pod, Post-16 area and Canteen have undergone refurbishment with our new contractors starting to serve food today. Finally I am sure students will be impressed when they walk into our new Library, this is now located in the old staff room and provides a much larger area that includes books, computers and study areas.

I am thoroughly excited to see our students return tomorrow and look forward to seeing them in an assembly during the day. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students who will be our largest year group in the school.  What an exciting time they are going to have with us! During our assembly together we will be reflecting on our past successes but then concentrating and preparing for the year ahead.

I know for many young people and parents the start of term can be an anxious time. Please be reassured that we will do everything we can to enable all students have a smooth and settled start to the new term. As always, if there is anything else that we can do to support you or your child please do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards.

Paul Skipp
Headteacher