CGS Trust News

Connected scoops five awards

A project highlighting homelessness achieved unprecedented success at the Young Enterprise area finals in Bristol.

Team Connected, from CGS, scooped five of the nine awards – including overall winner – and is through to the regional finals in June.

The sixth-form girls built a business selling keyrings and coasters in the shape of jigsaw pieces to symbolise the links that hold society together.

They also made a film called The Missing Piece, in which they spoke to homeless people and highlighted some of the factors that caused this plight.

The team was up against nine other schools at the area finals at Kingsweston House and came away with prizes for best trade stand, best company report, and best Bristol team. Olivia Wright was named best managing director and the girls took the overall best Company Programme title.

Michael Roulston, head of careers and employability at CGS, said the girls had shown tremendous work ethic, dedication and commitment.

“Team Connected performed exceptionally well and delivered the most professional and passionate pitch that I’ve ever seen from a Young Enterprise Team,” he said.

The girls were delighted at their success and thanked Mr Roulston and their business adviser Richard Murphy for supporting them.

If Team Connected is successful in the regional finals, it will go through to the national finals in July.

Art show puts equality in the spotlight

Sixth formers from Colston’s Girls’ School organised a successful art exhibition on Bristol’s harbourside to champion racial equality.

The paintings and drawings on show were created by children from The Dolphin School and younger girls from CGS during workshops with the E-Race team in which they explored ideas about racism and hate crime.

Aneesa Raza, from the team, said it had proved a good way to raise awareness of the issues.

“We worked with Years 2, 3 and 4 and Year 8. It was a great experience to go to the different year groups and hear their opinions. Art is a good way to express your opinions.”

The art show was staged at the Bristol Energy Hub at a weekend and drew a large crowd of visitors of all ages.

The E-Race team is working with the youth action charity Envision on the project throughout the year. The girls began by holding cake sales and selling badges to raise money to fund the exhibition and will present a digital story of their work to a panel of business people in June.

Head of Sixth Form Kerry McCullagh said: “We are exceptionally proud of the social action campaigns that the Sixth Formers at CGS lead. The E-Race project is a creative way of challenging unfairness and promoting community cohesion.”

Colston’s Girls’ School Appoints John Whitehead as Head of School

Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS) in Bristol has announced the appointment of John Whitehead as Head of School. Mr Whitehead, who has been Acting Head of School for CGS since September 2016 will assume his new role from the beginning of the summer term on 24th April 2017.


With thirty years’ experience teaching in schools, Mr Whitehead joined CGS as Vice Principal in 2014, following seven years at Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath, where he was Head of Humanities, rising to the position of Assistant Head Teacher.


Mr Whitehead described his new appointment as a privilege and said that he is delighted to have the opportunity to ensure that the students of CGS continue to achieve the best progress scores of any state school in Bristol.


“Through the fair banding system,” he said, “students are drawn from every ability level. I am extremely proud of the hard work and enthusiasm to learn that is displayed by our students, and the excellent progress achieved as a result, no matter the starting point.”


Mr Whitehead also reflected on the strength of his senior leadership team and the dedication of all CGS staff members who he said “without question, are central to the continued success of the school and its students”.


Since becoming Acting Head of School at the beginning of the school year, Mr Whitehead has pioneered a new House system, each named after inspirational and strong women from history including Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Jane Austen and Amy Johnson. “The House system is designed to give students a sense of identity,” he explained. “Student-to-student support, mentoring and a healthy sense of competition are just a few of the benefits that we have already seen. Just like the revered women who the Houses are named after, the students of CGS embrace every opportunity to reach their full potential”.


Anthony Brown, Chair of Governors for Colston’s Girls’ School, said “John’s appointment is wonderful news for CGS. Since joining the school almost three years ago he has earned the respect of the entire school community. His commitment to see each student achieve their true potential is evident in every aspect of his leadership.”


Colston’s Girls’ School is part of CGS Trust which also includes five primary schools across the City – Bannerman Road Community Academy, Barton Hill Academy, The Dolphin School, Fairlawn Primary School and The Kingfisher School.