We have had an incredible morning celebrating with our students and parents on a very emotional GCSE results day. Lots of happy tears from everyone for very good reason. These headline figures say it all-
Grade 5 and above in English is up by 5% since 2018.
Grade 5 and above in Maths are up by an amazing 20% since 2018 (some hilarious comment about pizza wed maybe included).
Grade 5 and above in Geog and History are up by 10% since 2018.
Grade 4 and above in Science are up by 16% since 2018.
Grade 4 and above in Product Design and PE are by 15% since 2018.
Grade 4 and above in Sociology is up by 18% since 2018.
Grade 4 and above in Media is up by 18% since 2018.
Our students obviously put the work in, attending extra revision sessions, Pizza Wednesdays, exam warm up's each morning and afternoon and have really done themselves proud.
Tuesday 16th July saw Gateacre musicians old and new gather for the Music Department's Summer Concert.
The event, bookended by performances from the Gateacre Orchestra, saw the usual eclectic musical mix, taking in everything from Chopin to Panic at the Disco, performed by students across all year groups.
A massive well done to all our year 8 & 9 sports leaders last week organising a rounders tournament for Woolton Primary School.
Once again they were a credit to the school and as you will see from some of the photographs on this page, the leaders enjoyed it just as much as the pupils from Woolton Primary School did. Their concentration, enthusiasm and focus on their roles was brilliant and we are very proud of each and every one of them.
What a fantastic afternoon we had at the Travel Training Awards. Our students were an absolute credit to not just themselves but to our school.
They listened intently to all the interns from special schools around Liverpool and cheered on all their achievements. It was so enlightening to see how kind hearted our students are. We can often get caught up in work and feel like we have it tough but just one afternoon spent listening to how so many of the SEND students around Liverpool overcome so many barriers and often preconceived barriers by professionals in the workplace/education/society was inspiring.
This week our Y8s entered the annual Dragon Boat competition, down at the Liverpool Water Centre.
To get to the final we had to race against a number of different schools. The 3 fastest schools went into the final and we made it in 3rd place. Throughout the day the Gateacre team got faster and faster setting their fastest time of the day in the final. This was enough to get them the bronze medal. It was a terrific day and the students were a real credit to themselves, their families and the school.
Recently 35 Year 7 pupils attended the University of Liverpool to participate in a Science Workshop and other activities throughout the day, including a campus tour and an overview of opportunities when studying at university. The visit gave pupils the opportunity to work with undergraduate students from the university and complete experiments linked to the issue of our changing oceans!
Last week the Drama Department announced a trip to The Liverpool Maritime Museum to see the Titanic Exhibition. This was a very popular trip and we had the whole of year 8 rushing to get their permission slips in - due to the demand we were able to run a second trip, as we didn't want to disappoint the many students who wanted to attend.
Year 8 have been exploring The Titanic, the events surrounding its demise, the passengers aboard and the difference in treatment in classes aboard the ship. Liverpool Maritime Museum on The Royal Albert Dock have an immersive free exhibition all about the Titanic, passengers aboard and real testimonies about the sinking. Its an interactive exhibition which was a brilliant end to the Scheme.
Our Year 11 students had a very special guest speaker today, former Apprentice finalist Adam Corbally. Former Market trader Adam made it to the final of The Apprentice in 2013 after eleven weeks of challenges.
Adam started speaking professionally back in 2012 after he reached the final in season 8 of the hit T.V. show “The Apprentice” and very soon after became a member of the professional speakers association. Adam’s key note presentation focuses on his story when he left home and School at 16 years old with no qualifications and no hope managing to turn his life around to become a financial success although more importantly accomplish happiness and fulfilment in his own life.