Parents of Year 11 and 13 pupils should be aware that the exams have well and truly begun. The vast majority of GCSE exams have moved over to the new 9-1 system, details of which can be found by clicking here for a parent guide if needed.
I am sure you are probably aware that two years ago today (18.05.2016) Gateacre School was inspected by Ofsted which placed the school into Special Measures. The previous Headteacher retired at the end of that academic year and I took over the school from September 2016.
With formal exams coming ever closer pupils can sometimes feel that they do not know how to revise. So in order to support you as parents and carers we have provided a link that gives guidance on best practice.
Advice on revision techniques and strategies can be very important for pupils and parents. It will be very useful for pupils and parents to take look at this article from the Guardian:
This week we were visited by George Lloyd, and Educational Advisor for the DfE. He was given a tour of the building, a chance to observe lessons as well chat to members of staff in regards to the ongoing improvements within the school. The visit was extremely positive which further recognised the continued drive for better pupil outcomes for all of our pupils. More information will follow in due course.
As the end of term approaches I would like to re-affirm that school will finish at 3:05pm on Friday 23rd March and we re-open again on Monday 9th April at the normal time of 08:00. All pupils should be in school by 08:40am, lessons start at 08:45am prompt!
As stated in previous Newsflashes that I hope you have had time to read we had a very positive Section 5 inspection back in October which demonstrates the hard work and effort by both pupils and staff in improving the education provision here at Gateacre. The HMI inspection was closely followed by an inspection by School Improvement Liverpool to look at the provision for our Most Able pupils which highlighted the impressive practice taking place in lessons across all subjects visited in February.
The way that we use our language with young people can have a huge impact on them. We can build up their self-esteem, improve their confidence and make them believe they can achieve anything they want. Equally, our comments as teachers, parents and carers can have the reverse effect.