End of Year Reports
Thank you for all your support and reassuring comments that have been received following Mr Pheysey’s departure. I know they have been greatly appreciated by staff and in particular by Mrs Sunderland as she assumes her new role.
I must apologise for the fact that the end of year report covers only the minimum requirements on this occasion.
A series of mainly technical circumstances has meant our usual fuller report has not been produced to the high standards we expect.
Staff have worked tirelessly to correct the problems we have encountered but they remain unresolved.
Thank you in advance for your patience.
I wish you all a restful summer period and look forward to seeing all our returning pupils in September and welcoming year 8 pupils to Stratton.
Changes to Leadership Arrangements
There have been recent changes to the leadership arrangements at Gamlingay Village College. Mr Colin Pheysey has decided to step down from his position as Head of College. He as decided it is time for a fresh pair of eyes to take the College forward and build upon the firm foundations he has constructed as we plan to secure pupil achievement in line with the highest levels found nationally.
I know you will want to join me, the Governors, staff and pupils of Gamlingay Village College and the wider Stratton Education Trust in thanking Mr Pheysey for the significant contribution he has made to the development of the school in recent years.
I have asked Mrs Sunderland to become GVC’s Senior Teacher. She will undertake the day-to-day running of the school under my direction. The GVC team will be formally supported by two members of the Senior Leadership Team at Stratton, Mr James Birkett and Miss Jane Harper.
Year 6 (and 7) Residential Experience
Year Six and Seven pupils returned from their residential experience at the Outdoor Education Centre in Bromham, on Thursday afternoon, having enjoyed a wonderful week of activities and adventures. I know from the day that I spent with the group that they had a fantastic time. They all took part with eagerness and enthusiasm; even they were put in situations that they found quite challenging. They pushed themselves to overcome their fears and supported each other in both team and individual activities. We are extremely proud of each and every one of them and hope they enjoyed taking part in the challenges as much as the camp organisers enjoyed working with them. I am greatly indebted to Mrs Phillips for once again organising such an incredible experience for our pupils and to Mrs Rider and Ms Cooper who spent the week with the pupils. I am also very grateful to my other colleagues who visited the camp in the evenings and in their free time to support this wonderful event.
GVC Choral Group
Congratulations to the Choral group who performed superbly at the Stotfold Salvation Army Hall last Saturday. At the invitation of the London Salvation Army Brass Band, they performed a range of songs conducted by teachers Miss Allen and Miss Bailey. Their performance was greatly appreciated by a large audience who packed out the Hall and were very generous with their applause and in their praise of our pupils. The pupils sang a collection of Hymns, including; ‘Here I Am Lord,’ ‘Storm Is Passing Over’, and ‘What A friend I Have In Jesus.’ Two songs from the musical ‘Wicked,’ were performed, including: ’What Is this Feeling?’ and ‘For Good.’ They also sang Labi Siffre’s song, ‘Something Inside So Strong,’ and ‘Adiemus,’ by Carl Jennings. Finally, the group performed a song for deaf people, written and produced by the ‘Sign to Sing’ group, called ‘As One,’ The pupils performed this by singing and signing the words.
We hope our students have felt empowered by the values we have highlighted this year and that they continue to demonstrate this throughout the summer.