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VIPs Support Gossops Green Primary School’s Double Celebration


On Friday 16th June 2017, following an Open Morning attended by over 200 visitors, Gossops Green Primary School was proud and honoured to welcome VIP visitors to help them celebrate both joining The Collegiate Trust and the completion of major building works over the last four years, to accommodate their expanding roll. 

Governors who had been involved in planning and monitoring the project over the years, builders, architects and the Project Manager were joined by current Governors and Directors of The Collegiate Trust, members of  the Senior Leadership Team from Riddlesdown Collegiate (their partner school), The Mayor of Crawley, Mr Brian Quinn, and his wife, the Lady Mayoress and, representing Her Majesty the Queen, the Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Alan Tait.

Following a tour of the school, led by some of the school’s pupil Ambassadors, the VIPs were entertained by the school choir.  The Deputy Lieutenant made a short speech:

‘As you know all too well, education is so very important; not just in terms of the future for each of you, the pupils at this delightful school, but also to the prosperity of your families and the community in Crawley and, indeed, to the whole country.

Mayor and Dep Lt

But the wonderful opportunity you have to take advantage of a good education doesn’t just happen by magic: it takes committed teachers, excellent leadership, eager pupils, substantial investment and a structure to make it all happen.  Your new partnership with The Collegiate Trust and the completion of this significant capital project are shining examples of what I mean.

It gives me the greatest pleasure, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex – Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the County – to open this extension and also to congratulate you on your conversion to academy status.’

Mr Gordon Smith, Chief Executive Officer of The Collegiate Trust, added his welcome:

‘It is a real pleasure to be here at Gossops Green Primary School today, celebrating the great work of our committed and talented staff, as well as acknowledging the achievements of our wonderful pupils and their community.  It was these features of Gossops Green that made me so excited about the school joining The Collegiate Trust in the first instance, and the period in which we have worked together so far has reinforced my view of the power of this partnership to build and sustain an outstanding school.

The Collegiate Trust has a very clear vision – to deliver exceptional education for all.  Our values of Ambition and Collaboration, to deliver the outcomes of Achievement and Enjoyment, align so closely with the approaches of Gossops Green – and it is this shared view of the importance of developing confident, educated and well-rounded young people that underpins all aspects of our partnership.  We know that the way to achieve this is by valuing people, investing time and by ensuring this school remains a great place to work.

My ambition for this school is simple – for Gossops Green to be the best school it can be, providing a great service to its community.  Of course that means reaching an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in time; it goes without saying that it means delivering test outcomes that match, then surpass the best locally at the moment; but it also means the near sixty year proud history and rich tradition of the school, and always responding and adapting to the changing needs of our vibrant and diverse community, always being prepared to go the extra mile for our pupils, and always having the highest ambition for every one of our pupils and staff.  Education is about changing lives and great education is about creating access previously unimaginable for our pupils; from personal experience – coming from a large working class family in the north-east of England with no tradition of succeeding in education – I know the transformative power of success at school. My commitment is to support our great team here to deliver that success for all of our pupils.

So thank you once again for joining us here to celebrate not a new Gossops Green, but an even more ambitious and determined school; ambitious for all of our people – adults and children – and determined to continue making a difference.  Thank you.’

During a finger buffet, the Pupil Ambassadors were available to answer the VIPs questions and to share their pride in their school and their reluctance to leave it in five weeks (although they are also looking forward to moving on to secondary school). 

Dawn Martin, Headteacher, said, ‘With our Summer Fair this afternoon as well, this is an extremely busy day, but it is wonderful to share our considerable achievements with so many people and to look forward, with optimism, to an even brighter future.’

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