Monday to Thursday has just been exceptional whole school, above national average near enough every day, years 7 and 8 have been fantastic. After 3 years of hard work we are all really pleased with how school attendance is now showing an incredible turnaround (when I started we were in real trouble as the previous year average was 89%). Thanks to your support, we have made some huge improvements but let’s keep going, keep getting better and keep improving even more.
Regular readers will know that last week we saw some exceptionally well attended days across Years 7 to 10. However, Friday rolled around and unfortunately we were unable to sustain the momentum that I thought we were starting to develop.
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.
Welcome back to the Summer Term, I sincerely hope you had a great Easter. A shorter week upon our return with Monday being a Bank Holiday attendance has been slightly down with Year 7 and Year 11 being especially low.
However, Years 8, 9 and 10 have had some very well attended days which will stand them in good stead over time as the more time spent in school learning will ultimately pay off with better outcomes when they sit their GCSEs and A Levels in the future.
As the spring term draws to an end and we look towards the final term I want to draw parents and carers attention to a few messages and reminders so that we start the Summer Term on Tuesday 23rd April with a bang.
If you have not yet seen our Parent Online Safety information or just want a reminder about the myriad of apps out there that you might need to check to make sure your child is safe click on this link and it will take you directly to the page you need.
Year 10 continue to perform strongly as a collective which given that they are 13 months away from sitting their GCSEs Summer 2020 is putting them in an ideal position to achieve their personal best. Well done Year 10! You are leading the way and demonstrating fantastic character and leadership. Mrs Darrar and Ms Melling were only commenting the other day what a wonderful start to your GCSEs you have all made and they, along with your form tutors are incredibly proud of how well you are all doing.
Quite simply a stunning week from Year 7 with Thursday in particular incredibly well attended. Year 8 and Year 9 equally had some good days, however unusually for Year 10 they saw a drop this week compared to previous weeks’ solid attendance.