Senior School Blog - Gosfield School
A co-educational independent through school

24th March 2017

It was a great honour for me this week to be invited to a reception at No 10 Downing Street, along with leaders from schools and universities across the country, to celebrate the partnership work which is being done to help all young people unlock their potential. I met the Secretary of State for Education and spoke to Department of Education representatives and our local MP James Cleverly about our growing community links, including my recent work as governor of Gosfield Primary School. While first and foremost, my staff and I strive to ensure the pupils at Gosfield are provided with the best possible education, it is in the interests of all of us that children throughout our community are given the chance to achieve and succeed.

Justine Greening, Secretary for Education

I often mention our charitable work here and how impressed I am by the contributions made by our pupils and parents to the charities we support. Our Red Nose fundraising activities this week are just one example of this generosity. Education itself is recognised as a charitable activity, and it is important that we make sure as many children as possible have access to our school, as pupils or as members of our local schools who can benefit from sharing facilities and expertise. I am mindful that all our parents help fund maintained schools through their taxes as well as financing their children’s education here at Gosfield, thus making a special and significant contribution to the success of future generations. As we break up at the end of another busy and productive term, I wish all our families a restful and enjoyable holiday and a very happy Easter.

17th March 2017

They say that everything stops for tea. Well, that has certainly been my experience this week when I have on two occasions enjoyed light refreshments in the company of some of our youngest pupils. Children from Reception to Year 2 had been invited to a Principal’s Tea on Tuesday, and I welcomed the opportunity to get to know them better. They brought me lovely pictures, kept up lively conversation about everything from baby brothers to singing, and were polite and charming throughout. They found it quite a treat visiting my study and sharing the wonderful view. The next day, I was invited by Daisy in the Nursery to join her and her friends for afternoon snack. We enjoyed eating melon and croissants together in the sunshine and, again, it gave me the chance to find out a little more about the children, such as what games they like to play.

Year 9 based their assemblies this week on individuality, reminding us that we are all unique, with our own particular interests and talents, and that this is something to recognise and celebrate. Our musicians displayed their particular talents in the Music Showcase this week as instrumentalists, singers and composers. I congratulate them on their accomplished performances

2nd March 2017

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away…’ This line of poetry by Emily Dickinson reminds us of how reading can transport and inspire us, and there is no doubt how inspired—and creative--our pupils were as we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The Prep School was full of storybook characters: Oompa Loompas and Big Bad Wolves and Very Hungry Caterpillars, to name just a few! Prep pupils had made models of scenes from their favourite books and Senior pupils decorated their tutor room doors, so that walking down the corridors was like browsing the shelves in a well-stocked library. It is good to see how books continue to intrigue and stimulate our young people who live in a world dominated by far more sophisticated forms of entertainment and sources of information. There is something about holding a book in one’s hand and turning each page not knowing what the next one has in store that is enduringly special. We hope that our children’s love of books and of reading lasts a lifetime.

23rd February 2017

Prince Harry has been commenting on education at this week’s Global Teacher awards. He stated that the ‘very best teachers go beyond the pages of textbooks to teach young people about determination, aspiration, resilience and, of course, compassion.’ We encourage all of our pupils to be kind and caring towards one another—and in our through school we see daily examples of older children looking after and helping younger ones. Beyond this, our pupils show compassion in their charity fundraising. Plans are underway for World Wildlife Day in March, when we will be raising money for the WWF, one of the global charities our pupils have chosen to support, as well as for ‘Red Nose Day’. Increasingly, pupils approach me with ideas for charity initiatives, from the now legendary GIFA football marathon to more modest sponsored events. They choose causes that are close to their hearts and come up with creative ways to raise not only money but also awareness. It is important that pupils leave our school with academic qualifications but also a generosity of spirit that will help them make a valuable contribution to their communities.

10th February 2017

This week, we have been conducting Sixth Form interviews. Many of our Year 11 pupils plan to stay with us for their A Level studies, and it was interesting to hear what it is that they are looking forward to as they move to the final stage of their careers at Gosfield. I was impressed by how thoughtfully they discussed the importance of being fully supported by teachers they know and trust, the challenges of organising their own time and the opportunities to develop leadership skills. In a through school such as ours, our Sixth Form students are role models for the younger pupils and do a great deal to help and guide them—from running activities and listening to readers in the Prep School to presenting assemblies and mentoring individuals. They also get the chance to organise events, including the Prom, and some are involved in fundraising for the Kenya expedition this summer.

It is not only those at the top of the School who take the initiative and make a positive contribution. Last Friday, two of our Year 8 pupils, Ellena and Libby, did a sponsored silence for cancer charities. They dressed in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer and raised a good deal of money by managing to keep quiet the whole day. I think they have been making up for it since! Well done, girls.

Gosfield School Open

Gosfield School will be OPEN as usual on Monday 5 March.  The snow has thawed quickly making all paths clear and School...

School Open Monday 5 March 2018

Gosfield School intends to OPEN as usual on Monday 5 March.  The snow is thawing fast and with rain...

School Closed Friday 2 March

Following the advice of the emergency services not to travel unless absolutely essential over the next 24 hours, and...

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