Headteacher's Newsletter 14/11/22

Dear Parents and Carers,

As the dark nights and mornings become even darker, we now enter what is the most challenging time of the year.

To make up for those shortening days, I would wish to share with you how our students honoured those who gave their lives, and are still doing so, in battles around the world. Gateacre’s Remembrance Day commemoration certainly did remember those fallen heroes.

For our Sixth Form students, they fully embraced an introduction to the profession of law held at Goodison. Our students took part in four carousel workshops delivered by judges highlighting different aspects of the law. Our students gained a considerable amount from the experience.

Another highlight of the week saw our Year 7 and 8 students attend the Novotel Hotel in Liverpool to take part in the Boat of Hope, Build a Book trip. The idea behind this venture is to build 6000 boxes which will be filled with books and other resources for the young people of Liverpool, to be distributed across the city before Christmas, in support of good mental health.

With regards to events taking part here in school, our mock examinations season for all Year 11 and 13 students begins on the 18th November and last for two weeks. As with any examination I would hope all of our students continue to prepare as they have been by attending our intervention sessions, revising at home and seeking out the support of teaching colleagues and assistances when in need of support. Without good attendance to school good grades cannot be achieved.

Attendance Matters As you are aware from the text messages being sent home, we have been focusing on attendance since September. During the pandemic attendance to school was a mixed picture, as students and staff were sent home from school when they were infected. Those days have thankfully now passed and attendance in school should be a priority. We are and will continue to send home message for absent students, asking yourselves to account for Friday absences and knocking on doors to determine reasons for absence. These are all measures that were in place before the pandemic and have been reintroduced to ensure that Gateacre’s attendance is in line with National figures.

With the mock examinations in mind:

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For those parents and carers who follow football, the World Cup is about to start. England play Iran on Monday 21st November at 1:00pm. We expect all Gateacre students to be in school on that day. Absence due to watching football is not acceptable. Our attendance last week was 86.7% which is considerably less than our target of 97%. Year 7 is our best attending year group with Year 10 our worst. If we are to achieve our target of 97% then a number of students need to attend school regularly. Please ensure that they do so.

Yours faithfully,


Gareth Jones