2017.03.17: Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parents & Carers

GVC Play Scheme Wins County Award
Congratulations to Carol Wright and Chris Robins who were the winners of the Outstanding Youth Initiative Award 2017 at the Cambridgeshire Annual Community Awards on 9th March 2017, nominated by Gamlingay Parish Council.
The GVC Play Scheme has been running since 1982 and is a much loved and well supported community venture.  Mrs Wright and Mrs Robins well deserve this recognition and are planning for an extra special 2017 Summer Play Scheme to celebrate! A photograph of the trophy and the proud winners can be found on our website.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission Inspection of Special Education Needs in Cambridgeshire

We have been notified that Cambridgeshire County Council are being inspected in regard to the effectiveness of their DSEN provision.  This will focus on how well the area meets the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs or disabilities.  The inspection team will be in Cambridgeshire for one week, starting on Monday 20th March.  We are attaching a letter from the inspectorate which gives you more information about this and which invites those of you who care for children and young people with SEND to take part in the inspection.

Staffing News
Miss Green has been with us since Christmas, working in PE and in a range of other lessons throughout the curriculum.  She has now completed her placement with us and has achieved great success during her time at GVC.  I would like to record my thanks to Miss Green and all of the school send our best wishes for her future career.

Many parents will also be aware that Mr Hearn will be leaving us after Easter to take up a promoted role, teaching Key Stage 2 in Central Bedfordshire.  We will of course continue to enjoy Mr Hearn’s expertise in the final few weeks of term, and I will celebrate his many achievements at GVC in my final letter before Easter.  In the meantime, I want to assure parents and pupils that whilst this will involve some changes to the timetable, we will be able to move many classes together to ensure that we have continuity and coherence in the final term of this academic year.  One of the great things about being a small school community is that we are able to combine classes and mobilise teachers to cope with staff departures.
If your child requires a new timetable, we will of course publish these before the end of term.

Safer Cycling
Years 5 and 6 will be working towards their Safer Cycling certification during the course of next week.  We have an impressive 44 pupils registered to take part and please can the pupils concerned be reminded to bring bikes and helmets to school on Monday 20th March.
We would also appreciate parents and visitors being extra vigilant as they

Thank you as always for your support for Gamlingay Village College.  If there is anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact me via Nicola Richardson on the main school number or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Yours sincerely

James Birkett


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