Educate Awards 2018- Winners revealed

Last week saw the winners of the Educate Awards 2018 announced, at a glittering ceremony at the stunning Anglican Cathedral.  

This year Gateacre School were up for an incredible 4 awards! Although though not lucky enough to win all the awards we did manage to win the Leadership Team of the year and were joint runners up for the Most Inspirational School of the Year.

SEND Provision Award- Finalist

Gateacre School’s SEND department support, promote and develop inclusion for their exceptional young students. The school has achieved so much this year, from a therapeutic inclusion room, counselling, mental health first aid kit, running workshops and various after-school clubs.

One parent sums up the work of the department, led by Tara McKibben, saying: “Their continuing care and commitment they have shown to both our daughter and ourselves, long before her transition to Year 7, has been fantastic. The team at Gateacre are exceptional.”

Leadership Team of the Year- Winner

Under headteacher Mr Roberts’ leadership, Gateacre School has made giant leaps forward. He has turned the school around and both the school and the environment is practically unrecognisable.

Described as ‘boss’ by students and ‘calm, focussed and quietly inspirational’ by Ofsted, he is the integral driving force with an innovative approach. Leadership, parental engagement and collaboration are now stronger and more focussed and a culture of high standards of expectation has been introduced.

Most Inspirational 16-18 Provider- Finalist

A few years ago, Gateacre School’s 16-18 provision was deemed inadequate by Ofsted and the outcomes by students were unimpressive. But in the last two years, the sixth form team, led by Mrs Kinder has transformed the provision on offer. Academic and vocational subjects now perform well above national levels and it is currently placed as the top performing school for both A level progress and Applied General progress.

Headteacher Mr Roberts says: “I am very proud what we have achieved and in a short space of time through the talents and hard work of both staff and students.”

Most Inspirational Secondary School- Joint runner-up

Gateacre School is celebrating a significant and rapid rate of improvement – it is now the top performing school in Liverpool; top 10% nationally for A Level and Applied General results and in the top 10% of schools and colleges in the country for Vocational qualifications.

In a short amount of time, the school has achieved an Ofsted Good rating (removing itself from special measures) and had its Academy order revoked due to substantial progress. GCSE attainment and progress has also increased significantly.