Headteacher's Blog 01-03-19


On Monday the school was honoured with an educational visit from a delegation from Gyeongnam Province, South Korea. The delegation is travelling around Europe to learn more about co-operatives and how they work. After a warm and friendly welcome, along with a brief history of the school, the visitors learned about our ethos and values and of how our own co-operative has developed over the past nine years.

The delegation were shown videos and slideshows of the numerous projects that have taken place since the creation of the Golborne Lowton Co-operative Learning Partnership Trust and learned how schools, colleges, businesses and the community work together in a co-operative nature to bring these projects to life. GoaLCo pupils then gave the visitors a guided tour of the school with a visit to the wetland and the nature hide to show how the school now benefits from this amazing outdoor learning environment.

Finally, the visiting group got the opportunity to ask the Eco team questions about their involvement with GoaLCo. The delegation were curious to know about the depth of the involvement of pupil volunteers. For example, how volunteers become involved, manage their time and develop the projects which are undertaken within the community. Pupils were keen to reply, demonstrating their passion for the ongoing co-operative projects. Members of the visiting group were clearly impressed with the way the students conducted and presented themselves and were quick to express this to me personally. This was a great opportunity for ourselves and our Korean visitors and we hope to continue communicating and developing further links with schools in South Korea as part of our prestigious E-twinning award projects.


Over the half term break pupils from Year 8, 9 and 10 flew to Sexton in Italy to enjoy a week of Skiing with Miss Barrett, Miss Higson, Mr Dean, Mr Thorley and Miss Norwood. Over the week many photo opportunities presented themselves and these were shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages, there were plenty of smiling faces, blue skies and white slopes and I’m sure our pupils will remember this exciting adventure in years to come. I would like to thank all the staff involved in the organisation for making this a trip to remember.


This week saw the start of 2 weeks of exciting activities in celebration of the written word and to coincide with World book day On the 7th March.

Staff have already begun to decorate their rooms and prepare their costumes and this week we have launched ‘The Big Booky Bake’. We would like pupils to use their creativity to produce cakes inspired by their favourite book or comic, on March 7th a host of book characters will come together to judge and a winner will be chosen, pupils interested can see their Pastoral Support Leaders for further information.

There is also a Harry Potter family ticket available for the parent and child who reads the most books, together and then shares their reading record log, complete with a review of every book read to enquiries@admin.golbornehigh.wigan.sch.uk for the attention of V. Casey. Pupils can collect a reading log from their English teacher, the library or reception.


This week we posted our latest issue of the Golborne High School Safeguarding Newsletter. This issue concentrates on Internet safety and contains important information for pupils to protect themselves online.

The full newsletter is available on our website or by following this direct link: https://bit.ly/2TinsMO


This week I congratulated our fantastic Achievers of the Month, the fantastic winners for February are identified by their Heads of House for excellent achievements, behaviour or acts of citizenship. The winners for February are:


Fonteyn House – Jenna (Y11), Jenna has embraced a positive approach to learning and this approach has been maintained for the entirety of her time at School. Her ability to achieve shows the determination and conviction she has to her studies and is the reason her progress 8 score is so impressive.

Lennon House – Charlie (Y8), it was a pleasure to have Charlie accompany us on the ski trip this half term. He made great progress perfecting his skiing technique and was a role model to others. He was a great ambassador for the school.

Picasso House- Harvey (Y9), Harvey was chosen after his impeccable behaviour representing school on the Ski Trip this half term.  The teachers on the trip said he always supported his fellow peers when attempting new activities.  He was recognised by the skiing team for his teamwork and encouragement for all.

Shakespeare House – Lucie (Y8), for her outstanding effort and behaviour. Lucie has a really positive attitude and was very helpful and well mannered on the ski trip.

Westwood House -  Gabrielle (Y9) for her contribution on this years Ski trip and her consistent positive approach to learning and mature attitude.

Well done to all our Achievers!


Finally I would like to remind you that Golborne High's facilities are now available to hire to the community. Our facilities are great for sport, drama, martial arts, business meetings, events and much more. We can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties, conferences and events at affordable, low cost prices. Please visit http://golborne.schoolbookings.co.uk for further information on what we have to offer.