School Building Update


Phase 3 (Block A - School Building facing Gatwick Road)

Wilmott Dixon our building contractors are on schedule to hand over the new ground floor of Block A to the school on Monday 4th September. A number of suppliers and contractors will be onsite installing furniture and equipment during the rest of that week. A few contractors will also be on site in Block B working on the new Primary Library, Primary toilets and Exams Office.

Tempting as it is, there will be no access to staff, students or parents to Block A during the week 4-8th September to allow the contractors to work unimpeded, so that we are ready to teach in the lower part of Block A from Monday 11th September. This does mean that we will have another 2 year groups in Block B for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the first week back to school. Mr Hall has been working hard to plan two Secondary Timetables, one for the first three days back and then one for when the Secondary Phase move into Block A from Monday 11th September.

Block A first floor is ahead of schedule and is now targeted for handover in October.

Phase 4

Wilmott Dixon have been instructed to undertake Phase 4 of the school's development. The scope of Phase 4 includes: Sports Hall; MUGA (Multi Use Games Area); Block C (Reception, Canteen, Library and additional small group rooms); Reception Playground; conversion of temporary rooms in Block B and a new façade.

Subject to planning permission, Wilmott Dixon will be on site in Spring 2018. The build programme will be around 12 months.


The extension of our temporary planning permission is being considered by Crawley Borough Council and will go before the development committee, probably in October.

The new planning application for phase 4 works will be submitted later this month.

Whole School Welcome - Mr Roessler, Head of School


A really warm welcome to the new Academic year. I hope all our families have enjoyed the summer break and have been able to spend some quality time together. I write this with a few days to go before we start the new term.  I am really looking forward to seeing how much our returning children have grown, and warmly welcoming our new Reception and Year 7 children to the school. Our oldest children now begin Year 10 and with only 5 terms to go until GCSE exams, every day in school becomes even more important. This year we will also reach a school population of 500 students, which is a great testament to fantastic teaching and learning that takes place on daily basis and our growing reputation in the community. I look forward to meeting parents and carers over the year. Thank you for your continued support for The Gatwick School as we continue on this exciting journey together.

Year 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 return to school on Wednesday 6th September.  Our new Reception children start on Wednesday 13th September and will have a home visit from their Class Teacher before they start.

TGS welcomes a new and locally based uniform supplier

The Gatwick School is delighted to announce that Sussex Uniforms will now be supplying our School Uniform with immediate effect.  The website offers a One Stop Shop and will fulfill all the TGS uniform requirements, including trousers and skirts.  It is compulsory for all secondary students to wear the styles as per the the School Uniforms page.

Uniform can be purchased all year round either online or instore, whatever is more convenient.
Please note that any uniform needed for September start should be ordered before 31st July


Simply visit their website

Courier delivery is free over £50 to any UK mainland address of your choice (£3.95 under £50).
Alternatively you can click and collect from either of their shops.

All online purchases can be returned free of charge.

Instore:   The uniform will be stocked from mid July 2017 at the Haywards Heath shop:

Sussex Uniforms

Units 1&2 Bridge Road Business Park,
Bridge Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex,
RH16 1TX

Train: 7 mins walk from Haywards Heath train station

Car: Customer parking available right outside the outlet

Telephone: 01444 227066  (calls charged at local rate)


Opening times:
Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm (extended to 9.00am to 5.00pm in the peak months July and August)

*Please note the shops are closed between 1.30pm and 2pm during the off-peak months to allow staff a lunch-break.

The Gatwick School ‘Takes Off’ following its first Ofsted Inspection

The Gatwick School in Crawley, an all-through school for children aged 4-16 and operated by Aurora, one of the country’s highest performing Multi Academy Trusts, is celebrating today after receiving a judgement of Good in all areas in its first Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors praised school leaders for establishing “a unique sense of family across this all-through school”. They also said that “pupils, parents and staff are proud to be members of the school community” and that “older and younger pupils exist harmoniously alongside each other”.

Tim McCarthy, CEO of Aurora Academies Trust, said “We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has validated the high standard of education being provided at The Gatwick School. We have been on an incredible journey since we opened in 2014 and I would like to thank all of the parents who have put their faith in us by sending their wonderful children to our school”.

Executive Headteacher, Paul Reilly and the new Head of School, Mark Roessler were both singled out for praise for “working effectively” together which has led to “increased rigour and accountability at all levels that is helping standards to rise”. Mr Reilly said “I am extremely proud to be the Executive Head here. This report clearly shows how an all-through school can lead to happy children, who feel safe, valued and protected and who are achieving well”. Mr Roessler added “This very positive report is a result of a huge team effort on behalf of all of my staff team. It is an honest reflection of the partnership between myself as Head of School, my staff team, our pupils and their parents. My staff work exceptionally and consistently hard on a daily basis to offer quality all round provision. This ensures all children at The Gatwick School have the best life chances possible. It is exciting to be part of a school that continues to expand rapidly and I look forward to leading the school to outstanding”. Mr Roessler has clearly made substantial impact at the school since his appointment in Sept 2016 and he and Mr Reilly have embedded “well-structured systems that ensure that the school continues to improve…the school curriculum is appropriately broad and is evolving to meet the changing needs of the school’. Inspectors also noted that this work has “built upon the legacy” of The Gatwick School’s founding Head of School, Simon Ruscoe-Price, who left last year to take up a prestigious post in Shanghai.

In terms of outcomes, Ofsted reported that “Pupils make increasingly rapid progress across their range of subjects in both the primary and secondary phases of the school”. Much of this is due to the high standard of teaching and learning that inspectors observed “Teachers use their sound subject knowledge to plan carefully-structured learning activities”. They also judged that children who join the school mid-year, those with English as an additional language and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities make “accelerated progress”.

Inspectors have now asked teachers to continue to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and for those with high prior attainment and to “challenge pupils of all abilities so that they make equally rapid progress over time”.

The Personal Development and Welfare of the school’s pupils were both judged to be Outstanding by the inspection team and Behaviour was judged to be Good. Ofsted particularly liked the student leadership group, made up of younger and older pupils, who “act as ambassadors in the local community”. Inspectors stated that “these opportunities help pupils of all ages to develop the skills that will help them to become future leaders”.

Early Years provision is another strength because it is well led and “as a result children flourish and are well prepared for their key stage 1 learning’. They also reported that children in this stage are “happy and confident”.

Sara Boyle, Chair of the Local Academy Board (the school’s governing body) was praised for bringing “useful professional expertise which is supporting the local academy board in developing its rigour and effectiveness”. Ms Boyle said “I feel honoured to play my part in the leadership of this great school. My job now is to ensure that we continually support and challenge the school’s leaders to take us next time to a judgement of outstanding in all areas”.

The Ofsted team said that Aurora Academies Trust’s “frequent and detailed reviews help leaders to maintain their focus on continual improvement” and that Aurora “provides helpful access to high quality support and training for staff across the school”. Tony Blaker, Chair of the Aurora Trust Board said “I am proud that The Gatwick School has benefited from being part of the wider network of Aurora’s schools. Ofsted has clearly recognised that fact and this report demonstrates that Aurora is able to provide effective leadership of schools at both primary and secondary levels.”

CEO Tim McCarthy concluded “These are exciting times for The Gatwick School. The education provided is now officially good, parents and pupils are very happy with the school, our numbers are rising sharply and we will soon have the next phase of state of the art classroom spaces completed. For us it is always onwards and upwards!”

Chessington World of Adventures

As part of the new Achievement System at TGS. The secondary phase leadership team discussed and came up with two achievement points reward trips for the remainder of the academic year. The first trip was to Chessington and the second trip next 1/2 term will be to Thorpe Park for students reaching the target amount of achievement points. Photographs show some of the 60 students who attended the Chessington trip last week.


Humanutopia spent time working with secondary students with the aim of developing self esteem, self belief and personal aspiration. The Humanutopia team, Jordan, Mohamed and Robina worked with students over 3 drop down days for each respective Year Group and one shared extension day. Photographs show students sharing experiences and growing in confidence and in the ability to plan for their own futures

Year 2 Sleepover

On Friday 31st March we had a sleepover in school for Year 2. They were so good at working with each other to find answers to the clues of the treasure hunt, handled and learnt about snakes, ate pizza and watched a film all before bed! In the morning they had breakfast and were awarded prizes for their behaviour, helpfulness and bravery before playing some games and then going home. A huge thank you to all the children for being fantastic for the night, we didn't have to make any phone calls home and we all got some sleep! We raised a fantastic amount of money for the 5-0 Project and hope to see this become an annual event! I would also like to thank all the staff for helping out, Miss McGuffog, Miss Amphlett, Mr James, Miss Goswell, Miss Webber and Mr Keightley all kept up the brave faces through the snakes information evening, served food and played games as well as checking on the children throughout the night. Finally one of our parents, Mr Bradbury provided an interesting and exciting talk for the children where they learnt about snakes and were able to touch them. He really helped them to face some fears and shared lots of information on how to care for animals—Thank you!

Penguins Pizza Express Trip

On Wednesday 29th March 2017 Penguins went to Horsham Pizza Express to learn about how pizza is made and where the ingredients comes from. The children were fantastically well behaved and they learnt how to make a shape with their dough, what passata is made from and about different types of cheese. They each made a pizza which was cooked in a very hot oven and brought back to school with us for an exciting lunch!

Its been a busy week

Mark Roessler, Head of School

Mark Roessler, Head of School

We have certainly been very busy over the last few weeks. This weeks 8 page Newsletter shows a variety of activities which the students and staff have engaged in. Every day is a learning experience which we endeavour to capture and share with you. It is your children that teach me something new every day…… thank you.

To give you a flavour of what our students have experienced over the past few days, we have had:

In Primary:

  • A visit to Pizza Express
  • A dance company visit 
  • A pyjama day
  • A year 2 sleepover
  • Yoga training

In Secondary:

  • A visit to learn about Appreniceships
  • Humanotopia events
  • A reward trip to Chessington World of Adventures

I heartily recommend that you check out the pictures for these events as they capture the vision for our school in terms of the enrichment activities that we provide our students.