The Rissington School has had a busy and successful start to the new Spring term.

On the sports front, a tremendous achievement with the athletics team (having already won the North Cotswold and Cotswold events to get through to the county finals held at Cheltenham College), won the gold indoor athletics medal to become the best small school in the whole of Gloucestershire. That is top of around 150 small schools in the county! We all celebrated the win with chocolate brownies the following Monday. Additionally our Gymnastics team achieved a silver medal; the Girls Football team came in 3rd place; and just before Christmas the Boys Football A team achieved 1st place and the B team joint 3rd. Great results.

Other trips and activities have included 30 pupils attending the Young Voices NEC Arena where they performed with a wealth of other schools; Bristol Science Museum; Oxford Natural History Museum; and a Debating event at Cheltenham College (followed up by a trip to a local riding yard which was the topic of their debate).

The Friends of The Rissington School have also been hard at work and raised over £1900 with a sponsored bounce – our thanks to the Friends team and Caroline Ardron for their support with this event. There are many more events planned all of which are detailed on our website.

Admission numbers at the school are rising with plenty of enquiries coming in from new families. We currently have 173 pupils – however this never stays static for long! We have been very lucky to find Mr Hadgkiss – or Mr ‘H’ as he is now known – who is driving the minibus back and forth in the mornings and afternoons between sites, replacing the service previously provided by Pulhams.

Our pre-school provision is also proving very popular with numbers continually growing. Currently Little Rascals occupies a classroom on the site, which, due to growing numbers of families buying homes on the new building development, we anticipate needing in the not too distant future. The governors, who have had huge support from Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, Cotswold District Councillor to The Rissingtons, have been in close conversation with Bovis and Linden Homes, who have the desire to meet the cost of a permanent modular building, modern in style and quick to erect, in the grounds of the Upper Rissy school site. The build will look similar to the wooden structure that forms the tower above the hall and is designed to last for 80-100 years. Bovis and Linden are awaiting the result of revised planning consent from Cotswold District Council, which will enable them to release funds to us (or rather Gloucestershire County Council under the section 106 agreement) and then we can start the planning permission process with CDC. Our aim is September 2016, but we are in the hands of CDC.