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A Message from the Head of School, Maria Gilmore
At Gordonbrock, we focus on providing a safe and nourishing environment where children feel accepted, included and able to take on new challenges. With this in place, we know that we can instill a love of learning in our children. Our policy and practice is based on what we know about how our brains learn most effectively. Our teaching strategies are ‘brain-friendly’ and provide children with what they need to learn best. We are committed to developing lifelong learners who value and exhibit qualities such as: resilience; aspiration; imagination; confidence and collaboration. We believe in the creation of a culture in which difficulty is seen, not just as normal, but as beneficial - where mistakes are seen as valuable. A mistake is another learning opportunity and children know that their classrooms are safe places to try new things.
We are committed to fair and equal access to the curriculum for all children, regardless of their starting points and taking into account any additional needs they may have. We are highly aspirational for all of our children and we do whatever it takes to enable them to overcome barriers to their learning. In many cases we have to think ‘outside the box’ if we are to ensure that a child maximises his/her potential. We work together to do what it takes, and we do not give up.
All of this is underpinned by our unwavering commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We will act quickly and follow our procedures to ensure children receive early help, effective support, protection and justice in a culture of transparency, openness and, if needed, challenge with regards to maintaining high standards in safeguarding.
European Day of Languages - Tuesday 26th September 2017
On Tuesday 26th September, The European Day of Languages - which involves 800 million people across 47 participating countries - focuses on celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe and promoting language learning.
As a school with such a diverse community, we will be celebrating this day with lots of fun activities and talks from people from all over the world.
We will celebrate it European Day of Languages in school on Tuesday 26th September.
School Photographs - 10th & 11th October 2017
Our School Photographer will be in on Tuesday 10th October 2017 & Wednesday 11th October 2017 to take individual photos of our children.
There will be an opportunity for parents to have pictures taken with siblings who do not attend Gordonbrock on Tuesday at 3.15pm in the library.
PLEASE NOTE: The session after school is only for Gordonbrock children with SIBLINGS not attending Gordonbrock.
These are a valuable opportunity to find out what your child will be learning about this year and how you can support them at home. The meetings will start at 9.15am until approximately 9.45am.
Y1 (Sapphire 1, Sapphire 2, Sapphire 3) - Mon 25th September 2017
Y2 (Sapphire 4, Sapphire 5, Sapphire 6) - Wed 27th September 2017
Y3 (Emerald 1, Emerald 2, Emerald 3) - Thu 28th September 2017
Y4 (Emerald 4, Emerald 5, Emerald 6) - Fri 29th September 2017
Y6 (Aquamarine 4, Aquamarine 5, Aquamarine 6) - Tue 3rd October 2017
Reception (Topaz 3, Topaz 4, Topaz 5) - Mon 2nd October 2017
Y5 (Aquamarine 1, Aquamarine 2, Aquamarine 3) - Wed 4th October 2017
School Direct - Teacher Training
The School Direct (tuition fee) Programme is a school led training route to becoming a qualified teacher and achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
If you are a graduate (2:2 or higher) and have a grade A* - C in GCSE English, Maths and Science (or equivalent) this could be your route to becoming a teacher.
To find out more please click here.