Newsflash 24/05/2019

Attendance Matters

As the end of half term approaches we tend to see a dip again across all year groups, which is obviously concerning. 

Only Year 10 managed to be above 94% and this was for two days with the rest of school hovering around the mid 90’s.

I’d like to remind parents and carers again that Liverpool city region via its ‘Liverpool Promise’ programme has an ambition that Liverpool is the best city in the UK to grow up in – where children are healthy, happy, safe from harm, ready to learn, ready for school and ready for work.  Part of this work is centred around ensuring that children attend school on regular basis.  Regular, good school attendance is 97% and above.


Last Call For Your Views

Helping the school continue to develop and improve

I hope you can remember back two weeks (10th May Newsflash) when I asked for your comments to help us develop our plans going forward for the next 2 years.

If you missed the Newsflash where it was mentioned it can be found here.

We would very much like to take your views on the following two questions:

1. What priorities should the school have for 2019-20 and 2020-21 and why?

2. What actions should the Senior Leadership Team put into place to drive this improvement?


Standards and Expectations

Summer Term 2 is generally a time when items of clothing can get a bit old and tatty, both boys and girls can have significant growth spurts across the academic year.  However, that being said, we must insist on parents and carers continuing to instil the high expectations we now come to hold. Here is a  reminder of our uniform standards so that when we return on Monday 3rd June there is absolutely no confusion regarding what is or is not acceptable.

Please click here which will take you to the uniform guidance page on our website where you can also download a PDF version.

We have designed the guide in such a way so that it gives you a very clear idea about what we expect so there should be no arguments between you or your child and, equally, there should be no issues between school and home.


GCSE Maths Revision

Revision materials to prepare students for Paper 2 GCSE Maths exam taking place on 6th June is available for students to download over half term.
This gives students and their parents an opportunity to access them here:


Safeguarding update – online threats and concerns

I hope that you continue to keep yourself aware of what your child is doing online and via apps.  It is up to parents/carers to have an oversight of how their child is using the many different social media apps that spring up nearly daily.

If you want to refresh your self about the online world that many young people take part in these days you can click here which will take you safety advice for parents.  In this section on our website we have tried to gather together in one place key information about threats that your child could face online.

We have been alerted to an app/website called which essentially asks people to perform a series of tasks to release a video and/or open up other parts of the app.  Unfortunately this app is totally unregulated and the content of some videos is extremely graphic.  There is also a concern that other ‘users’ may pose as children, enticing children to take pictures or make videos of themselves in compromising positions and then use threats of publishing these online to make the victim do even more extreme things.

Definitely worrying, hence why we are making you aware so that you can ensure that you monitor your child’s phone for such things. 


Word Of The Week - w/c 3rd June

Week 26 Controversy


Echo Schools Awards 2019

We were proud and delighted to be informed by judges that Gateacre School has been chosen as Finalists in not less that 4 award categories this year in the forthcoming Echo Schools Awards 2019.

  • Healthy Living Award   
  • School in the Community (for Gateacre World Challenge Project)
  • Secondary School of the      
  • Class/Team of the Year  (for Y10 Girls STEM team, National Junior Science Champions)

Huge congratulations to our staff and students for well deserved recognition of their hard work, selfless dedication, community spirit and for receiving acclaim for talent, achievement and collaborative successes both Nationally and Internationally.  Winners will be announced at the Echo Schools Awards event in June presented by Radio City's breakfast show star, Leanne Campbell.

Echo School Awards finalist logo 2019


....and finally

Important news about my position

This afternoon your child will have been given a letter to take home about what I am doing from September.  Please read the letters carefully as there one from myself and a separate letter written from Mr Dave Cadwallader, Chair of the Governing Body. 

Both can be downloaded below:





Mr Roberts - Headteacher



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




 Open Evening Sept 25th 2019 Page 1


Free school meals poster 2019 Page 1

Apply for free school meals online, it's easy. Click here:



Junior Science Winner 2019 trophyEA Winner 2018 BLACK               Echo Schools WINNER logo 2018



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