Headteacher's Newsflash


The past two weeks have been fantastic indicators of the continual improvements being made here at Gateacre School.

A Level & Vocational Results

To start with, our A Level and vocational results were handed out to pupils last week and we were humbly proud of all they had achieved.  Our A Level pupils produced some outstanding results, +0.59 value added, which is on average over half a grade higher than other students nationally.  The vocational courses did even better +0.98 value added, which means that the pupils got on average nearly a full grade better than other students nationally.  Overall 50% of all the grades achieved were either an A*, A or B again this is a fantastic achievement and shows how well pupils do here at Gateacre School.  Every single pupil got their place at University or onto an apprenticeship.

GCSE Results

Our Year 11 cohort picked up their results yesterday and, again, as a school we have done very well.  Congratulations go to the hard working students and staff who put in a lot of effort over the course of the year but also to parents who supported us by sending their children in every day, attending parents evening and doing all the things that good, caring and supportive parents do.

Finally, there are so many successes I could talk about but to give you just a few that we are very proud of; more than doubling the number of A* and A grades, 10% increase in A*-C grades and 1/3 of all grades were either A*, A or B

What has made the difference?

For those parents who are reading this and your child is returning in Year 11 or starting their GCSEs in Year 10 there are a few simple things that will help to have a huge impact on your child doing well;

  • Attendance and punctuality – every single day matters as does arriving on time for the start of school.  No Christmas shopping days, vacations or birthday treat days on school days.
  • Coming to school ready to learn with the right equipment – if you don’t have a pen you cannot write.
  • Taking part in extra-curricular sessions and holiday revision classes – we put these sessions on prior to mock exams and during the Spring term to give a little boost.
  • Taking an interest in what your child is doing.

student return times Sept 2017


Important reminder that commencing September our school day will operate to new times of day and lesson times as follows:-

08:40 All students should arrive and be on site by this time

08:45 – 09:45              Registration Mark & Period 1

09:45 – 10:45              Period 2

10:45 – 11:00              Break

11:00 – 12.00              Period 3

12:00 – 13:00              Period 4

13:00 – 13:35              Lunch Years 7, 9, 11

13:00 – 13:30              Tutor Time Years 8, 10, 12, 13

13:30– 14:05               Lunch Years 8, 10, 12, 13

13:35 – 14:05              Tutor time Years 7, 9, 11

14:05 – 15:05              Period 5

15:05 Finish



Pupils need to have 2 pens, one black and one red.  The reason black is preferred is because all external exams require black ink as they are all now scanned into a computer which recognises black ink best.  The red pen is for when pupils correct and improve their work so their teacher can see the changes clearly.



As per the letter that has gone out several times including the images of acceptable footwear for September.

Shoe guide can also be seen here via short video clip: Shoe-Power-Point-1.mp4



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Boys/Girls. Black school trousers



Not Allowed: denim trousers, trousers with rivets, trousers with a low waist, trousers made of any stretchy material, trousers that are tight below the knee, skinny style trousers, trousers made of any fabric other than standard school trouser fabric, leggings/jeggings, thick tights used as trousers, trousers that are not full length and any trousers that follow a current trend.



Smart, plain black school skirt. Knee Length. If tights are worn they must be at least 40 denier.


NO pencil skirts. Skirts must NOT be above the knee, not tight or clingy. Must NOT be made of Lycra or stretchy material.



White shirt with top button and collar. Top button must be fastened and shirt must be tucked in, all the way round.


No t-shirts, football shirts under the school shirt.



House Tie must be worn with the crest showing and top button of shirt done up.


Ties must be fastened correctly.



 Only bare subtle make-up is allowed.


 Heavy or obvious make-up or coloured lipstick, eyeshadow will have to be removed once seen. No nail varnish, false nails, false eye lashes or lipstick for any year group.






 Other than a watch, no jewellery may be worn, apart from one small pair of plain studs.


 No nose studs, rings or facial piercings. All excess jewellery must be removed. Pupils who repeatedly breach the rules will have it confiscated and parents/carers will have to pick it up.

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 Hairbands and headscarves/clips must be plain black.












 No patterns to be cut into hair. No unnatural vivid colours

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Shoes must be plain all black, leather, professional business-like POLISH-ABLE shoes, either slip-on or lace-up. 

Boys' shoes must be plain, black shoes. No logos. No colours.


Girls' shoes must be plain black, flat shoes.


No trainers. No canvas shoes or sports shoes or pumps. No high heels or boots. No stripes, logos, emblems, colours or coloured soles. No metal or plastic logos.  No metal or plastic bars in or through laces. No tags, no flowers, no bows.

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Student should bring to school a suitable school bag big enough to carry A4 books/folder and PE kit, School Planner, school books and at least one pen, pencil, ruler and rubber.
Students must come to school equipped fully with planner, pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, plastic pencil case.

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Unsuitable bags.

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Sensible, waterproof coats. All coats should be removed as soon as students enter the building.

Coats must not be worn once inside the school building.














Caps, Hoodies and hats are not permitted and must not be worn under any circumstances. They will be confiscated.

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