Heads Welcome Back - September 2018

For me this summer has been one of the best I remember having. Not only have we had superb weather, I have also been able to enjoy a feast of sport to watch including the football World Cup and the European Multi Sport Championships and had quality time with my twins and my wife. I do hope that that the summer has provided an opportunity to both enjoy the weather, to refresh and to recover from the regular day to day school runs, club runs and what ever other activities that may keep you busy. I trust that you have been able to spend some quality time with family and with friends. 

I write this post with about a week to go until our children return to school. Teachers are all busy planning for their return and we are looking forward to welcoming our new Reception and Year 7 children into our school. As you may already know we were oversubscribed in our Reception year group and we offered the full allocation of 120 places in Year 7. This is very positve for the The Gatwick School and it is testament not only to the hard work and dedication shown on a daily basis by our children and their staff, but also highlights the support given from parents and our growing popularity and reputation within the community. For some parents this has been a 4 year journey, for other parents less time, but what strikes me is the commitment and enthusiasm by all to see this initial journey through and support the school in every step we take forward in order to benefit the children. 

The Gatwick School is certainly an exciting place to work. As in all schools I have worked in, no two days are the same, but every day at The Gatwick School we are building on our journey with continuous strategic planning in every way imaginable. I have recently been saying to new parents and some of our talented new staff, that as a school we are approximately 2/3rds of the way through the schools initial start up journey in relation to buildings, students and staff. This year we will have 10 years groups; R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 with over 650 children across both phases with 70 staff. We are on track to be full with 1020 students in 2020. We still await permissions for the next phase of building works which include; sports hall, multi use games area, library, canteen, windows, re-cladding and landscaping. The planning application that we submitted in February is still being considered by the Council and we hope that it will be decided within the next couple of months.

Below is some key information about the start of the term:

New Autumn Term 2018:

  • Monday 3.9 and Tues 4.9 are school staff INSET Days / no school for children
  • Wednesday 5.9 is the first day back for all children except Reception
  • Wednesday 5.9 - Yr 1, 2, 3, 4  8.45am start / Yr 1 + 2 will be a 3.00pm finish / Yr 3 + 4 will be a 3.15pm finish
  • Wednesday 5.9 - Yr 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 8.30am start / Yr 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 will be a 3.50pm finish (reminder that every Wednesday will be a Secondary Phase 3.50pm finish this year)
  • Primary Phase Breakfast Club, Oasis Club and Wraparound will commence from Wednesday 5.9

School Uniform and School Equipment

  • TGS school uniform and school shoes are a requirement for all children. please see the school uniform link on the school website here.

  • All children are to have a school bag and a equipment filled pencil case

  • A school PE kit is to be brought to school from Thursday 6.9 following timetable distribution on Wednesday

Please may I remind you that school shoes must be plain black leather / leather-like shoes ('polishable'). This means that trainers, canvas shoes or those with logos are not acceptable. In addition, for Secondary Phase students a school blazer must be worn and skirt length is to knee. We have the highest of aspirations for all students in school. This not only includes academic excellence and personal growth but also presenting themselves in the best possible way which will set them up for life. Hence uniform expectations are important. I thank parents for their support in this matter.

I wish all the children a fantastic start to the new Academic Year and I thank all parents for your continued support for The Gatwick School.

Mark Roessler,  Head of School