FOGS will be running a hot chocolate sale for secondary students at morning break on Friday 25th October in Block B.
Don’t forget to bring extra money!Read More
Please share the invitation to our primary open morning with your friends and community. It will be on Thursday 14th November from 9 AM to 11 AM, with a headmasters talk at 10AM. All welcome.Read More
Thank you so much for all your support at the Macmillan Coffee Morning! We raised £518.54 over the morning and afternoon. Children were fantastic, especially year five helpers who sold cakes for us. Thank you to all the parents who helped out and to all of our community for donating and attending the event.Read More
We need parents to get involved to support specific events. So we will have a monthly meeting to discuss upcoming activities. Coming along to these will not commit you to anything, so please do drop into the next one to meet some of the team, have a chat and see if there is anything that you would like to get involved with.
May I take this opportunity to welcome all students back to a new and exciting year at The Gatwick School.
As you will be aware, the reduction in the length of the new school day has brought about a need to provide students with an increased element of homework. A new homework page has been established on the school website which contains clear instructions of tasks which departments have set. You can find it in the Secondary section of the website, or by clicking here. The timetable will refresh each Friday at 17:00 with tasks for the weekend/following week.Read More
On Wednesday the 2nd October we will be holding our annual Secondary Phase Open Evening for prospective new Year 7 students September 2020 and any other children applying mid-year for a place at The Gatwick School. The evening will run from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. This is an important annual event for us and as such we have taken the decision that Secondary Phase students (Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) will depart from school at 1.50pm. The time in the afternoon will enable staff to prepare the Secondary Phase classrooms and learning spaces in both Block A and Block B, in order to showcase the excellent teaching and learning that takes place in our school.Read More
We are writing to give you an update as to the status of our planning application.
As you will be aware, our original application was rejected in 2015 by CBC’s Planning Committee and a second application has been lodged that we feel addresses the six reasons for rejection given by the Councillors to our first application. We were hopeful that this second application would, by now, have been considered by the Planning Committee, however due to the change of timing to the end of the secondary school day (following the consultation process last academic year) there will be a further delay to it reaching the Committee stage because we have to conduct some further surveys to analyse data about how the change might affect the car park operation at the end of the school day.Read More
This is also available on the lunch menu page
A Cashless Catering System is a solution which is purpose designed to meet the ever evolving needs and demands of the catering provision, required by today’s schools and academies. The Cunningham’s cashless catering solution allows schools to be better able to provide their students and staff with a faster, more efficient and more appealing meal service.
Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual person. The Cunningham’s cashless catering solution uses and algorithm based scan, which reads between 50 and 130 points on the finger/thumb. It is not a fingerprint in any way, shape or form and is of use only in the Cashless System.
The information of a student or staff member, who has been biometrically registered, is stored on a secure biometric controller within the school, which has restricted access. Once an account is created, the student or staff member places their finger/thumb on the Cunningham’s Biometric Reader, which looks up their account and allows them to purchase items using only this method of identification.
Registration days will take place during the week commencing 16 September. During these days, registration terminals will be placed in the school. Your child will attend at a requested time and will be required to place their finger/thumb on the Biometric Reader twice to obtain a matching template, which only takes a few seconds.
All free meal entitlements will be entered on to the system prior to the ‘live’ day. The Cashless Catering System will, on a daily basis, automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free school meal amount. Students with FSM entitlement remain anonymous at all times as all account types are accessed in the exact same manner, regardless of whether paid for or not. Please note that any monies not spent from the daily free meal allocation will not be carried over to the next day.
No – due to the extensive security on biometric templates, no-one will be able to access your child’s account. As a secondary precaution, a photo image is allocated to each student, the photograph will be shown at the terminal.
Any amount can be credited to an account logging on to your ParentPay account and selecting the Healthy Roots School Lunch payment item. Once an account has been credited, the monies cannot be withdrawn and must be spent on the school meal/break services.
This can be accessed via ParentPay.
The school has set a daily spend limit of £5. This can be changed by written request to the school.
A ‘lend’ can be processed at the terminal, which will then allow a meal to be taken. This facility will allow for one transaction only. The debt must be cleared by topping up online before the student accesses the system again.
The new cashless catering system will go live on Monday 9 September, with the biometrics recognition system going live on Monday 16 September.
This means that you will need to credit your child’s account with funds to enable them to purchase a break time snack (new offer for Secondary students) or their lunch from Monday 9 September. I have attached a FAQ sheet regarding this new process for your information, and a copy of the new price list.
As your child will receive a free school meal, you do not need to do anything
Please log on to ParentPay and credit the Healthy Roots School Lunch payment item with funds to cover your child’s food
Unfortunately due to a technical issue with ParentPay, you will not receive your activation code for the ParentPay portal until 10.00 on Monday morning. Once received, please log on and credit the Healthy Roots School Lunch payment item with funds to cover your child’s food
Please log on to ParentPay and credit the Healthy Roots School Lunch payment item with funds to cover your child’s food
If your child is in receipt of a free school meal, you do not need to do anything as your child’s account will be credited in the morning with the value of a hot meal and pudding. If you would like to credit your child’s account with additional funds, please credit the Healthy Roots School Lunch payment item on ParentPay
You are required to opt-in to the biometric recognition software in line with GDPR regulations – please select the link below if you have not already done so:
If you would prefer, please email your name and your child’s name to email@example.com to confirm that you opt in to the biometric system.
If you do not want to opt in, your child will be able to use the cashless catering system by entering their individual reprographics code, or via the look up option on the system.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Education Welfare Officer at The Gatwick School I am responsible for overseeing attendance and punctuality for the whole school, and working with students and families where attendance or punctuality may be a concern or absences are unauthorised. We are delighted to report that whole school attendance has improved from last year, although we are still at a point where we can still make improvements.
This term we will be proactively supporting punctuality for all pupils and there are some important changes that all parents/carers and children need to be aware of:
All students must be in school by 8.30am.
Any students arriving after this time will be recorded as late.
Students arriving late to school after the registers have officially closed will receive a code in the register which counts as an unauthorised absence. This means that parents/carers are at risk of fines if their child persistently arrives to school after the registers close.
All children must be in school by 8.45am (they can go into class from 8.30am).
Any children arriving after this time will be recorded as late.
Children arriving late to school after the registers have officially closed will receive a code in the register which counts as an unauthorised absence. This means that parents/carers are at risk of fines if their child persistently arrives to school after the registers close.
We have very high expectations at TGS about regular attendance and punctuality – this is so important as it is proven that children at all ages will achieve more if they have good attendance.
We truly appreciate the support of all parents and carers in ensuring that children attend school every day on time. Please try to book all dental and medical appointments outside school time if at all possible, and remember that we are not able to authorise any absences for family holidays during term time, so please make sure that any trips are booked during the school holidays.
If you have any concerns or questions at all about your child’s punctuality or attendance please do not hesitate to contact me directly, via the school main number or by email on email@example.com.
Education Welfare Officer
In order for The Gatwick School to play its part in reducing traffic pressure on the Manor Royal Business Park, we need all parents to adhere to the following new arrangements. Similar to most schools we have limited car parking on site so it has always been the case that car shares and other modes of transport would be embraced by our students, parents and staff. This is particularly the case as the school grows. As such from September 2019, the following non-negotiable car parking arrangements will take place in order for the school to run smoothly in the morning and in the afternoon.
Parents are reminded that they must use the “drop and go” system. Parking is not permitted except for Reception parents or other parents in exceptional circumstances and is strictly limited to 5 minutes only. If parking you must use a marked parking bay and not park on grass verges. Parents must switch engines off whilst parked.
There is no right turn out of the school on to Gatwick Road under any circumstances.
Collection in the afternoon will also be closely monitored. As in the morning, parking is limited to 5 minutes only and must be in a marked bay. Parents must switch engines off whilst parked. Again, there is no right turn on to Gatwick Road.
Our first day of the Autumn Term is Monday 9th September 2019.
The start times are:
Reception start at 8.45am (on Monday 16th September 2019)
Primary Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 start at 8.45am
Secondary Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 start at 8.30am
The Gatwick School hosted their first School Exchange Trip last week.
Sixteen keen Catalan teenagers who arrived with the help of the UK High School Immersion from Leonardo da Vinci School in Barcelona, attended classes with their new buddies from Years 7-9, taking part in after school activities, on top of helping local children with their Spanish lingo.
Mr Roessler, Head of School, said that he was very pleased with the excellent relationships formed and how superbly the Catalan children had integrated into the student body. Mr Pickett, who organised the exchange said; “our aim was to promote multi-cultural understanding and show our students that Spanish is useful in and out of the classroom. They have proven to be a positive distraction at the school, as most students were very eager to engage with them and practice their Spanish." The exchange students visited the local area, took part in a treasure hunt and visited London at the weekend. The following week our TGS students went on their own Spain Trip and visited Seville.
The Gatwick School is looking forward to continuing the international cooperation in the future.
The Gatwick School is an all through school in Crawley for children aged 4-16. We currently have over 470 students on roll and when full in 2020 will have 1020 students. In June 2017, we were rated Good by Ofsted in all judgement categories. Our specialisms are business, enterprise, science and technology but we also offer a full and varied curriculum which includes arts and modern foreign language.
We are located on Manor Royal which gives us access to some of the largest local employers and technologies which enriches the curriculum and provides exciting opportunities for our children. The School occupies a modern building which is undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment to provide state of the art facilities. Children have access to cutting edge IT equipment including iPads, iMacs, augmented reality equipment and 3D printing.
We operate an extended school day which gives children access to breakfast club from 7.45am in the morning to optional after-school clubs until at least 5.30pm.
Annually, we have 60 places in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 and 120 places in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively. By 2020 we will have 1020 students.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to one of our open days or visit by appointment where you can meet staff, parents and children