Newsletter 24/02/2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to the first newsletter of the second half of the Spring Half Term.  I hope you all have enjoyed the break, despite the inclement weather.   

Last half term saw the steady build up in examination preparation for both GCSE and GCE students.  This next half term will be the same.  Monday 24th February 2020 begins with the drama examination and finishes with Sixth Form Open Evening and the Key Stage 5 history trip to Belin. The following week sees the second round of mock examinations for some Year 11. 


There are now only 45 school days remaining until the first written external examination begins, it is now vitally important that Year 11 students have begun preparing for these examinations.  From the recent lessons observations I have carried out it is clear that an increasing number of Year 11 students are nearing the end of the taught part of their course.  This means that many students will be receiving past papers as part of their homework and as part of their revision.  Please ensure that you encourage your Year 11 child to work hard completing these so that they are able to receive the appropriate feedback that will enable them to improve further.

Monday 11th May 2020 GCSE written examinations begin

Y10 Barcelona Trip


Students returned from the Year 10 trip to Barcelona last Monday.  This was a highly successful trip that enabled all students involved a wonderful opportunity to immerse themselves in the city of Barcelona, speak the language and understand the culture of the Catalonian people a little better.  Read more and the full story here


Another highlight of recent week has been attendance.  Last half term saw a general improvement in attendance with the exception of the last day.  Please can you continue to support the School in keeping attendance a priority for all involved. 

Last week’s attendance can be seen in the graph below:

attendance 24

It is essential that all students consistently complete a full week in school, every week.  There is no reason why Friday should be seen as a day out of school and at home.

1 day a week missed schooling equals 2 months a year lost in education.

Be In school. On time. Every day.


attendance ladder

Sixth Form Open Evening 27th February 4-6pm

Sixth Form Open Evening this Thursday provides fantastic opportunity for Y11 students and parents to meet our Sixth Form Team; Mrs Kinder, Miss Thomas and our Head Boy and Head Girl and discuss sixth form provision here in Gateacre with the team during the evening.  The subject offer will also be available in the form of subject specific displays with subject specialists able to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you during the evening.

Mobile Phones & Litter

As this new term begins I would like to remind you of our focus on litter and mobile phones.  At those times of stormy weather recently, the litter in and around the school grounds looked appalling.  After those winds subsided the litter was collected by our site staff and tidied up once more.  We aim to keep it like this.  Equally, with regard to mobile phones, we implemented what our mobile phone policy stated and took phones off students for the day if students where seen using them in and around the school building.  From today, we will focus on litter and mobile phones once again.

Sports Update

Girls footy v Liverpool College

Our Y7 girls' football team got their first win yesterday against Liverpool College. The girls won 3-0 and were fantastic, especially in the first half when they dominated and didn't let the opposition out of their own half. The goals were scored by Ava Hogan Blundell, Sofia Hesketh and Faye Parkinson. Players of the match were given to Olivia Bolt and Faye Parkinson who worked tirelessly throughout and put into practice all the fundamentals learned in recent training sessions. Their coach,Tom Langford said he was very proud and the girls had represented themselves and the school brilliantly.  Well done our girls!


Key Dates For Your Diary 2020:

Sixth Form Open Evening                                  Thursday 27th February 4-6pm

Key Stage 3 Parents Meeting 6pm                    Thursday 27th February 6pm

Year 8 Parent Evening                                       Thursday 26th March 3:30-6pm

Year 7 Parent Evening                                       Thursday 2nd April 3:30pm-6pm

End of Term                                                        Friday 3rd April

Start of Summer Term                                       Monday 20th April                                                     

Bank Holiday VE Day                                          Friday 8th May



6th Form Open Eve 2020


Health Notice

 Department for Education


Coronavirus – Advice for parents/guardians

You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.

There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.

We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.

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