Gordano is a very successful school with high academic standards, a strong and caring pastoral system & an excellent range of extra-curricular opportunities.

We achieve a lot together. Ofsted recognised this when they judged us to be outstanding in every category in our inspection in April 2012. The Inspectors said, “Lessons are frequently exciting, challenging and enjoyable, characterised by rapid progress …”.

Gordano is here to serve our community and that is not just about being Portishead’s secondary school. Our students are actively involved in all sorts of volunteering, not least of all through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.


Gordano School has a reputation for success that is based on hard work and high standards. We are proud to be a comprehensive school and value the success and achievement of all our pupils whatever their ability, background or interests.  

The school became an Academy in July 2011 and in 2016 became a member of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, a multi-academy trust.. We are a proud member of the North Somerset Teaching Alliance and were designated as a National Teaching School in September 2013.  

In April 2012 Gordano was judged to be Outstanding in all categories in an Ofsted inspection. We believe that our success is based on the quality, commitment and integrity of our staff.    

Working for Us

Situated at the head of the beautiful Gordano Valley but only 7 miles from Bristol, Gordano School enjoys an outstanding local reputation for academic achievement and extra-curricular activity. We are committed to the comprehensive ethos of opportunity for all and focus on excellence in everything that we do. This is a happy school – come and visit us to see what we do and how you could add value.

Our belief is that every single child is gifted and unique. Our aim is to work with individuals to allow them to realise their potential and to help them find avenues to personal success and self-esteem.
We expect a great deal of our students and our staff – mainly that we are all enthusiastic, honest, tolerant and industrious. In return, we offer a tremendous range of opportunities for both, within the classroom and beyond, from age 11 and through into our flourishing sixth form, for teaching and support staff alike.

About Portishead

Portishead is a thriving area, with a current population of approximately 22,000, the new house-building programme in the area will increase this by a further 8,000 people.  With this new influx of residents and a growth rate of 40%, Portishead will shortly be the second largest town in North Somerset.

It is a vibrant and social place to live - there is a sports and leisure complex which was partly funded by the National Lottery as well as funds from the Town Council and North Somerset Council.  It houses a large swimming pool, leisure and play pools, indoor bowls, six badminton courts, a gymnasium, a fun room for toddlers, a cafeteria and a licensed bar. Other sporting facilities in the town include open air tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming-pool, a boating lake, cricket grounds, football and hockey pitches as well as many cycle lanes for those who enjoy getting out and about.

Rewards and Benefits

Gordano seeks to be an employer of choice and as a high performing School and a learning organisation, this is a concept driven by its staff. Our core employee rewards and benefits include:

  • competitive salary
  • pension scheme
  • child care vouchers
  • competitive annual leave
  • employee assistance programme
  • family friendly leave, pay and working arrangements
  • relevant learning and development opportunities, with the possibility for financial and/or other assistance

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership

We are part of the The Lighthouse Schools Partnership.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across the age range from Nursery to Sixth Form. Our Trust includes both community and Church of England schools and we also have three Teaching Schools amongst our number so that we can make the professional development of our staff a top priority.