Newsflash 21/06/19

Attendance Matters

Big week for Year 10 with mock exams taking place and, quite honestly, what a culture shift there has been in what is relatively only a short period of time. More pupils spending more time openly revising in the atrium, setting a fantastic example for the rest of the school that have been able to see some outstanding pupil leadership, working hard and effort matters.  A really proud moment for us. 

Of course Year 10 have had an excellent week with attendance which the chart below will show.

However, with that being said about the incredible attendance, twenty five Year 10 pupils were late to the morning exams - disrupting the start which isn’t fair.  I will contact these parents/carers individually. We just do not get it. We really need your help and support to sort this out.

Other year groups have been a bit of a roller-coaster. Some days, individually, Years 7, 8 and 9 have been at or above the national average and then, for what seems no reason at all, slipping right back to the low 90’s the next day.  Frustrating to be honest, especially when reflecting on just how far we have come.

Again Friday attendance I can only describe as bizarre.  A four day week for your child is harming their chances of doing well in their education.  A serious question:

“why do you want to harm your own child’s future?”

Just so you know…90% attendance means the equivalent of missing 4 whole weeks in one school year.  Over 5 years this is the equivalent of missing HALF a school year.  Missing just 17 days in one year can mean dropping a full grade at GCSE.  That’s why we talk about attendance all the time and we place it so highly in promoting good outcomes, if your child is not in school they are not learning.

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Y2 Springwood Heath Primary School

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We had a wonderful morning in our BIG Little Library with Year 2 students from Springwood Heath Primary School. 

All students took at least 3 books home with them along with three boxes full of books for their school, and a book specifically chosen for their class. 

The students also created some lovely art displays for our walls and by all accounts had a fantastic time.

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TES Awards 2019  

We are delighted Gateacre School has been shortlisted for the Community and Collaboration Award for its community venture, Big Little Library.

The annual TES Awards recognise the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the UK education sector has to offer.

TES Award Shortlisted 2019 community  

TES editor said:

"It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure.

We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist."

Winners will be revealed tonight at a sparkling gala awards evening in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel, attended by 2,000 guests from schools across the country. Updates will be shared on our social media Twitter and Facebook feeds.


Liverpool Children's Festival of Reading

Next Saturday 29th June we will be holding a free event for children aged 6-13 and their families in our (now famous) Big Little Library situated in Belle Vale Shopping Centre, as part of the Liverpool Children's Festival of Reading. Details below:

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Next week's word of the week will be:

 Week 29 Characteristic


...and finally

jungle book logoJungle Book - 2nd, 3rd & 5th July

We are all looking forward immensely to our annual spectacular show which this year will be Jungle Book Kids - Disney Performance. Tickets are now on sale to see this great production brought to you by our Drama & Music departments, featuring not only our super talented students but some of our local primary school students as well. Please see the show promo below for information and where to buy tickets.



Mr Roberts



Dates For Your Diary:

2nd July: Y6 Parents Info Evening (Sportsbarn) Doors open 5pm, Headteacher's Talk 6pm

3rd July: Y6 Induction Day

2nd, 3rd, 5th July: Jungle Book the show - doors open 6pm (tickets £3.50)

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

9th July: Art Exhibition

16th July: Summer Concert 7pm

19th July: End of Term

15th Aug: 8-11am A level results

22nd Aug: 9-11am GCSE results

2nd & 3rd Sept: INSET DAYS

4th Sept: Start of Term 

20th Sept: INSET Day


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