Newsflash 03/05/2019

Attendance Matters

This week has seen some simply stunning attendance rates across the school demonstrating, what I hope will be, the start of a shift in both culture and attitude towards attending school on a regular basis.

To put this into some context, when I joined Gateacre back in September 2016 the school had an average attendance rate of 89%. Over the two and half years since then, we have yo-yod between 91.5% and 92.4%.  In short it has been quite a struggle to get it to what we are starting to see on a more regular basis in the table below.

From nowhere, this week has seen a huge shift across Yr7-10 which has shocked us all in a really positive way simply because we are all so pleased that your child is spending more time with us.

Whilst the published ‘official’ figure for Yr 11 looks so low there are some very specific reasons within this year group that have to be understood without creating an excuse culture.  There are 15 pupils that have struggled significantly with attending school on a regular basis for the past five years, the final two GCSE years have exacerbated this poor attendance pattern with them choosing to not attend at all in some cases despite a great deal of support being given.  When these 15 pupils are removed from the Yr 11 cohort the attendance figure rises from the mid to high 80s up to 95-97%. 

So to all the Year 11 pupils and their parents who, for the past 5 years, have supported them with doing the right thing; coming to school, learning and making progress.  Well done!

But again we continue with our struggle to maintain consistency on a Friday and, as we move forward, addressing this issue will be a key priority over the coming months to really understand why parents/carers are keeping their children off.  Ultimately if you, as a parent/carer that regularly endorses your child's absence on a Friday, you are damaging their future.

Y7 Science Visit to University of Liverpool

On Thursday, 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! Activities aimed to encourage pupils to gain a better understanding of what university life is like and to give them the opportunity to experience life on campus.

Our students said it was "awesome". Y7 at Uni of Liverpool outside pic

Y7 Science visit to Liv Unni

 Year 11 GCSE countdown and A Level early opening

5 school days away from the first big GCSE exam, how quickly that time has gone!

On Tuesday 14th May Biology paper 1 for all Year 11 pupils begins at 1:30pm, last year myself and Mr Coulthard opened up the school at 06:45am for those who wanted to be in school early if it helped them prepare and feel less stressed or anxious.  This year we are offering the same opportunity to both Year 11 and Year 13 sitting their GCSEs and A Levels throughout the exam period starting on Wednesday 15th May when the first AM exams begin. 

We will also have the free breakfast available to all students who come in early before school starts, from 07:00am and, so that both Year 11 and Year 13 can get priority service at the canteen server, we have allocated Till 1 to be a fast-serve for these two year groups only.  Every little helps. 

Primary School to Secondary School Transition

Rudston Student Council

Rudston Primary School Student Council visited us today to meet our Student Ambassadors and Neuro Champions. Together, they are working collaboratively on a school to school project aimed at easing the transition from primary to secondary, making it a smoother process. 

The transition from primary to secondary school can be difficult for many students and can be a source of stress or anxiety for some. Gateacre School students, with the help of input and feedback from their younger primary peers, will be producing a helpful pamphlet, an infomercial and an animated information video to help answer any typical questions and alleviate any worries and concerns about Secondary School or Your First Day In Year 7.  We hope to share these with parents, students and schools online, on YouTube and in hard copy format .....coming soon in July. 

Espana flagMFL Spanish Students Visit 

Our Modern Foreign Languages department invite international students and Spanish Schools to come and experience secondary school life in Liverpool several times a year. This week our students have been shadowed by 27 Spanish students from La Rioja. The Spanish students enjoyed watching lessons and experiencing life in an English school. Some good friendships were made and they hope to return soon. Thank you to Tracy Kenny for co-ordinating and to Mrs Tobin in MFL department.


Drama News - Sweeney Todd

GCSE and A Level Drama students enjoyed a recent trip to the Everyman Theatre to see a stunning production of Sweeney Todd as part of the ‘response to live theatre’ aspect of their course. As always, the students were a credit to the school. It was an incredible performance, with students commenting not only on the amazing acting and singing ability of the cast but also the wonderful use of lighting, props and staging. It was made even more enjoyable when one of our staff, the lovely Lisa Mitchell, was suddenly involved in the show, impromptu without any prior warning! 

Word Of The Week

Each week, our English department chooses a new Word Of The Week (WOW) which students should try to use as much as possible in their vocabulary. We ask families to join in and support  this by trying to use that week's word in conversation at home for fun and see who can use it the most, correctly. Next week's WOW is:

Week 23 Fundamental



Dates For Your Diary:

27th - 31st May: Half Term

2nd July: Jungle Book the show

4th July: Y10 Parents Evening 3:45pm - 6pm

9th July: Art Exhibition

16th July: Summer Concert 7pm

19th July: End of Term




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