End of Term 3 Newsletter

Thank You!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents, carers and pupils for all their support since September.  You have made making this school better so much easier by supporting all the things we are trying to do, whether it be improving teaching and learning in lessons or improving standards of uniform or raising expectations with pupils being ready to learn.

Return to year groups

As you will be aware we have spent the last couple of weeks moving back to year groups for form time and lunches, we feel that this will help us get better faster at the things that need to have the biggest impact, namely pupil progress – doing better in lessons and getting good grades in exams and attendance to school.
I have stressed all year how important good attendance at school is, in this final newsletter of the year I want to remind you that I need your son/daughter for 190 days.  The remaining 175 days in the year are yours to do with as you please.

I would love for our school to have an attendance figure of over 95%, but I need your help in achieving that.  You’ve got to send them in every day, even when they say they have a headache, tummy ache or the sniffles.  Good attendance to school is such an important aspect not just for us but sets children up for their lives beyond school when they enter the work place.

A look back over a fantastic year

It is hard to believe we are at the end of the summer term, it does not feel like we have done three terms, had a HMI inspection, a DfE visit, a School Improvement Liverpool inspection and two Pupil Premium Reviews but we have.  All of those have identified the much improved practice that is happening in the building.
I also want to share with you some of the other things that your children have achieved or been part of on our journey to becoming a Good school.

  • The BIG Little Library celebrated 1 year Birthday, over 26,000 books given away for free and over 25,000 customer. Shortlisted for the TES Awards.
  • Raised money for Children in Need, Book Aid, hampers for elderly and vulnerable local community residents and a collection of items for the Whitechapel homeless shelter.
  • Worked with Merseyside Police on the Gateacre Garden, with a £500 donation from Dobbies.
  • D of E Bronze, Silver and Gold students.
  • A visit from Paralympian and former pupil Lora Turnham.
  • Winners of Educate Support Star of the Year and STEM Project of the Year
  • Winners of Echo Schools Communication Award, Support Staff of the Year
  • Finalist for Echo Schools Headteacher of the Year and Class of the Year
  • Real Business Regional Finalists
  • Dot-Art Winners
  • We Are Creative Winners
  • “Gateacre Take Over” at Belle Vale for an entire Day
  • Sports Leaders working with younger students
  • IT Programming classes with Y3’s
  • Spanish lessons with Belle Vale, our students leading
  • BLL Literacy Workshops
  • The Last Resort production with our own theatre company Open The Gate
  • Workshops with West End and local actors
  • Workshops and performances by LIPA Students
  • Our students working with local theatre companies to help create new pieces to be performed at Liverpool schools
  • Students working with Adlib Audio technicians to support the Bands Night with professional Lighting and Sound
  • Internet Safety
  • Anxiety Workshops with Alder Hey
  • Parent GCSE English workshops
  • History visit to Style Mill
  • Visits to Amsterdam for History and Art, Geography Iceland visit
  • Art exhibition
  • Christmas and Summer music concerts

And there is so much more.

Last day and first day back arrangements

As the end of term approaches I would like to re-affirm that school will finish at 12:05 on Friday 21st September and re-opens again for pupils on Wednesday 6th September.

What time do I need to arrive on Wednesday 6th September?

  • I am in Year 7, I arrive at 08:40.
  • I am in Year 8, I arrive at 09:05.
  • I am in Year 9, I arrive at 09:25.
  • I am in Year 10, I arrive at 09:45.
  • I am in Year 11, I arrive at 09:25 (the same time as Year 9).
  • I am in Year 12, my induction is on 5th Sept at 10am.
  • I am in Year 13, I arrive at 09:25 on Wednesday 6th September.


Each year group has their own requirements and will be doing specific things that they require for the year ahead.
Please remember you will need; a black pen, a red pen, pencil, ruler, a bag to carry your books and PE kit.  We will give you your new planner on day 1.

Make sure you are familiar with the uniform requirements that we have discussed in the last two weeks and sent out reminders since Christmas.  This information is also available here, in past Newsflashes and there are pictures of acceptable footwear on Facebook and Twitter to help you when shopping for uniform over the summer.

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