Newsflash 28/06/2019

Attendance matters

Really impressive attendance this week Monday to Thursday from Years 8 through to 10, a little slip below 94% for Year 8 yesterday and Year 9 on Monday.  But on the whole a really impressive week and something that certainly within school we are seeing such huge benefits from; better engagement in lessons, better progress being made, more smiles on faces, less gaps in pupils books.

Year 7 has been a shock to be honest, Wednesday especially was very concerning given that it was such a strange pattern of attendance, especially in relation to the other year groups in school performing so well.

I cannot stress enough how important good attendance across the entire year is - at Gateacre we don’t have an end of year ‘wind down’.  Whatever your personal feelings might be on this, we believe that it is important to work hard from day number 1 right through to day number 190.  Every day is as important as the previous, as is the day following.  Continuity and consistency go hand in hand and this is proven year after year by those pupils in Years 11 and 13 who open their results in August.  Those whose attendance is at 95% and above make more progress from similar starting points than their peers.

As ever though, we turn to Friday’s attendance……and yes, last week was wet in parts, Friday’s attendance was in truth poor, this week it has been warm and sunny.  If you are the parent that keeps your child off each Friday because you or they like a long weekend, all you are doing is storing up trouble later.  It is your job as a parent to be fully on board with us, ensuring your child gets to school ON TIME, everyday which includes Friday. 

After today, we have 15 school days left, it would be such a wonderful end to the year being able to say to you all that pupil attendance has been the best it has been for the past 3 years.  It starts with you.


Parent Feedback

Parent submissions for the School Development Plan: thank you to those parents who submitted feedback and submissions following my invitation in previous newsflash editions. Your input is appreciated and parental consultations are valued.

Reminder of forthcoming key dates:

  • Year 10 & 12 Mock results afternoon, 4th July
  • Year 10 Parents Evening, Thursday 4th July 3:45-6:15pm

Echo Schools Awards 2019

As you may have been aware if you follow us on social media, we were at the Liverpool Echo Schools Awards this week.  The awards celebrate all the great work done by Secondary, Primary and Special schools right across the Liverpool City Region from the Wirral up to Sefton and everything in-between.

We are humbly proud to be Winners in the following three categories: Team of the Year; School in the Community; Secondary School of the Year

Class/Team of the Year

Won by our Year 10 STEM girls who are regional and national Junior Science Champions for their eco STEM project ‘Naturally Infused’ creations with wound healing properties.  A great end to the academic year for the girls and wonderful recognition for the staff that supported the girls and running the group in school.

 Team of Year Winners pics

Echo School Awards WINNER logo 2019School in the Community Award 

For our World Challenge team who travelled to Swaziland this summer to help build a new school for the Phosella Project.  You may have seen in early Newsflashes our requests for charitable donations; clothing, learning materials to support the team over in Swaziland who are working miracles in such challenging circumstances.

School in Community winners pic

Echo School Awards WINNER logo 2019Secondary School of Year

An incredibly competitive award which we were all incredibly shocked to have won given that the other schools shortlisted are both truly wonderful.  Both Sandfield Park and St Francis of Assisi are fantastic schools doing amazing things and it was such an honour to have been shortlisted.  Winning the award was very special given the situation the school was in only 2 ½ years ago. I like to think that this award shows what is possible when everyone in the entire school community helps us do our job…teach young people, ensure they know more at the end of the day than they did at the start.

Awards were presented by Radio City's Breakfast Show presenter Leanne Campbell and hosted by LJMU in the John Lennon Art & Design Building.

A special awards supplement will also appear in the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday 2nd July.

A link to a feature about the awards can be found here -

Secondary School of the Year picTeam of Year winners with Leanne on stage health wellbeing girls with Leanne

DofE Trip

Our Year 11s have been having a great time enjoying the sun in Betws-y-Coed, Snowden this week on their DofE Trip.

dofe Y11 

Word of the Week

Next week's WOW is:

Week 30 Inherent


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:

BLL meet the authors


...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



Key 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

4th Sept: Start of Term 

20th Sept: INSET / Y6 Taster Day for primary schools


Jungle Book flyer

Summer CONCERT programme cover



 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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