Gladesmore Community School A High Performing Community School
Presented the Queens AwardJudged as Outstanding by Ofsted (2013/2014)
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IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS
Monday 7 to Monday 21 April (Inclusive)
First Day of Summer Term
Tuesday 22 April
Year 10 Parents' Evening
Thursday 24 April from 4:30pm
Monday 28 April from 6:30pm
May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 5 May
If You Think You Can, You Can!
Gladesmore students were overcome with excitement in their Assembly this morning because the inspirational entrepreneur Jack Petchey CBE was our special guest. The generous philanthropist whose motto is: ‘If you think you can, you can!’ received a prestigious REACH Community award from the school for his support to our students and the school for over a decade through the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards. Nico and Dwayne, our October and February Jack Petchey Award winners along with Mr Porter our first Jack Petchey Awards scheme co-ordinator presented the glass trophy.
Gladesmore are members of the Gold scheme and have recognised over 100 students during that time. Students have spent their rewards on hundreds of projects including bonding trips, Graduation and Prom and the demo recording of our single Everybody Dreams which was funded by a Jack Petchey Award.
Award-winning recording artist Davido visits Gladesmore
Celebrated Nigerian American recording artist, performer and record producer Davido paid a visit to Gladesmore on Thursday 27 February.
Davido performed his smash hit 'Skelewu' during the Year 9 Awards Assembly yesterday morning and participated in a Q&A session with selected students. He was a huge hit with our students. Check out the YouTube video below to see what happened.
On Wednesday 5th February 2014, Gladesmore students participated in a consultation session about Tottenham’s future. The meeting was hosted at the recently opened 639 Enterprise Centre. This is a visionary new space developed to help local people get started in business and gain employment skills. In July 2012 as part of our annual ‘Value Life’ campaign, we unveiled a plaque on 639 High Road. A gift from Gladesmore to the community, the plaque proclaims our desire to bring about meaningful change in Tottenham.
Our students, looking very smart in their uniforms, were told that they would be participating in a meeting of influential people with a key interest in Tottenham and its regeneration; little did they know that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales would be in attendance!
This is the fourth time His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has visited Tottenham since the riots in 2011. On this visit he met with a small group of young people and heard their views.
Christine in 11CCN and Taj in 11CRN spoke to His Royal Highness about what it meant for them to be from Tottenham, concerns about safety on local streets and street lighting. They suggested what could be done to support its young people and make our community better for everyone.
Year 7 School Council Elections
In January the Citizenship Department held the Year 7 School Council Elections. The School Council is a group of students who represent the views of their peers and liaise with the staff to improve the school. In the past, ideas from our School Councillors have contributed to the improvement of school lunches, lessons and facilities. A very important role of the School Council is to interview candidates for jobs at Gladesmore. They also represent the school at events and get involved in fund raising.
Each Year 7 tutor group nominated two candidates. The candidates presented their campaign speeches during a Year 7 assembly.
The voting took place on Monday 27th January 2014. We had a great turn out, with nearly 70% of Year 7 students casting a vote.
It was a closely contested election, the winners were:
· Rares 7ALE
· Ruby 7DRD
· James 7MMY
· Morgan 7SCR
Well done to all those that participated. We look forward to working with our new Year 7 Councillors in the coming months!
Super Achievers Win the Prestigious Petchey Prize
Congratulations to Abdul, Chloe and Nico who scooped last term’s Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for being ‘Super Achievers’ in various areas of the school.
Abdulrazak, has made fantastic efforts. He regularly attends a wide variety of school clubs and has made an outstanding contribution within the school, in particular in the Design and Technology department. Abdul personifies all that is great about our REACH values, he is Respectful to staff and his peers. He shows Enthusiasm within lessons and attends clubs. He has a positive Attitude to his studies, is very Cooperative and very, very Hardworking.
Chloe’s all round commitment to her studies and her outstanding achievement in Dance has been truly remarkable! She began her journey as an unconfident dancer and in two years we have seen her transform into a talented butterfly. She has been a fantastic ambassador for the school by taking part in school performances and at numerous external events. This has helped her to grow in confidence and she has encouraged, motivated and inspired younger students and boys to participate in the Performing Arts.
Nico's contribution to music has been amazing! He was instrumental in setting up the Music Technology department by helping to configure machines. He liaised with staff and students to find out their needs. Nico researched how best to meet these needs, costing and summarising his findings for the Head of Music. Nico is a talented music artist and an excellent role model for younger students. He supports school events and projects and represents the school within the wider community. Nico was a key writer and performer in the ‘EVERYBODY DREAMS’ project and gave up his summer to promote Tottenham, the place he lives, learns and loves.
All three win a £200 grant which they have decided to spend in the following ways:
· Abdulrazak will be taking members of his tutor group on a bonding trip.
· Chloe would like to donate half of her grant towards purchasing essential guides for students who are working in their own time to achieve a GCSE in Dance. The other half is being donated towards the cost of getting a special guest for Prom 2014.
· Nico is passionate about music and so wishes buy the Music Department a pair of Hi Technology headphones and boom speakers that can be used by students who use the mini recording studio to record tracks they have written themselves.
YouTube Street Poet Launches Year 11 GCSE Poetry Scheme
In January, James Messiah, a twenty three year old YouTube Poetry sensation came into Gladesmore Community School to perform his work to selected group of Year 11 students and to launch the GCSE Poetry scheme.
James, who was invited to the school by English teacher Ms Baig, spoke to the students about his personal experiences of growing up in London and his earliest influences. He also gave advice on both enjoying and creating poetry. The students enthusiastically participated in his workshop, impressing James with their insightful questioning and understanding of the genre.
James described them as ‘amazing’. “I was absolutely gobsmacked and inspired by how articulate the students were.” Having performed at prestigious events and locations in the last year, ranging from the South Bank Young Poet Laureate for London programme, the BBC and a performance at the House of Commons alongside Agard and Carol Ann Duffy, James said that his visit to Gladesmore was “… the most exciting thing he had done in a long time.”
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils
Re: Ofsted inspection
Please click HERE
to view the Report on our School following the recent Inspection.
Under the new inspection framework and the much tougher measures that were implemented in September 2013, only a very small number of schools nationally will be judged as Outstanding in all categories. I am really delighted therefore, that Gladesmore has gained top grades in every area and within these we been judged to be exceptional.
I am absolutely thrilled that the pupils have been commented on in such glowing terms. I firmly believe that the children at Gladesmore are wonderful and this report will do much to readdress the negative stereotypes all too many people have about young people from our community. I am convinced that the Outstanding rating will help open doors for our pupils when they ultimately move on from the school. Dream it, REACH for it Achieve it.
The staff are incredibly dedicated and have worked really hard to build a school that is exceptional. I am most grateful to them for their dedication and the impressive way in which they guide, support and interact with the children. They are sublime.
I am tremendously proud of the children, tremendous proud of the staff and most thankful for the support of parents, carers and governors who have all played a significant part in this achievement. This report rounds off another highly successful year.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you season’s greetings and look forward to even more improvements and success in 2014.
Tony Hartney CBE
Shine Saturdays on the move!
Wow! What an amazing half term Shine@Gladesmore has had. On the 30th November GCS had the pleasure of hosting a visit from the Senior Executive Officer, Paul Carbury and a Greater London Assembly representative, Katie Mayhill, who wanted to see our Saturday programme in action. They were impressed by the high numbers of students that regularly attend each Saturday and students commitment to their learning. They were also impressed by their behaviour and the high praise students had for Shine Saturdays. Many said that they enjoyed coming in on a Saturday and that they always had fun whilst they were learning!
A group of children pitched a few questions to our guests who gave us a great photo opportunity before they left. We are glad they enjoyed their time with us!
The final session of Shine Saturday this year was spent at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, and what an amazing day we had. After making our way through the crowds we arrived at the circus tent where we watched a very entertaining show involving clowns, a juggler, aerial artists and Hercules pulling a car with his teeth!!!