Welcome Back To PCSA Term 4 2017

We are now over half way through the year and time is flying. Term 3 was a short term and we really packed lots into it culminating in our amazing school production “Into The Woods”. It was a truly wonderful event full of incredible polished performances and lots of impressed and happy students, parents/carers and families. The Creative Team certainly created some stunning memories leaving me full of pride and admiration for staff and students and ex-students! There were 75 students in the show who all gave immaculate performances every evening. I sincerely meant it when I said in my closing comments that the show was of a professional standard.


Year 7s had a unique experience in following the adventures of Ben Peters as he paddled The Nile from Ethiopia to The Sudan. Using the wonders of technology PCSA were able to track his progress and share some of his amazing journey. We were delighted to welcome Ben back to PCSA to meet our Year 7s during their assembly.


This term is again another five-week term and will be the usual action packed one that we have come to expect at PCSA. Supporting the excellent teaching and learning there will be many exciting opportunities for students to enrich their learning. Already in week 1, students have been down to Devon to take part in a Tourism Takeover Day, visited Filton Airbus to take part in a Robotics Challenge and secured ‘Best Presentation’ Award, and attended a NHS Careers Evening!

I was delighted to see 153 Year 11 students attending our bespoke science intervention evening. It was incredibly positive and we plan to hold ones in maths and RE at the students requests over the next two terms. A huge thank you to all the staff who supported this and the students who showed great maturity in attending and engaging. I can confirm that I now have an account set up at a very well-known pizza delivery company and we will be celebrating at the end of these sessions with pizza for all! We will also be holding Easter School for Year 11 and some Year 10 students. So, as long as students ask for this we will be happy to oblige – we are always be happy to go the ‘extra mile’ here at PCSA.

National careers week starts on Monday 5th March with lots of visiting Colleges, employers and previous students booked to meet our students. Additionally, The Big Bang Science Fair will visit the Tropicana in April giving students a taste of STEM opportunities. Year 10 students will be taking part in work experience, college taster days and mock interviews.
For further information please contact James Wilmott at PCSA Careers Faculty.

The Airbus Robotics Challenge


We are always striving to improve outcomes and I look forward to meeting many of you at our Year 8 Parents Evening, and our Curriculum Information Evenings for parents and carers on Thursday 8th March for current Year 8 students, and Thursday 15th March for Years 9 and 10.

As always, thank you for your continued support in the PCSA community. As ever please do feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone if you have any issues you wish to discuss.

Jane McBride