May I take this opportunity to welcome your child back to Pleckgate after what I hope has been a restful summer holiday. I would also like to say a warm welcome to all our new year 7 pupils, who represent a significant increase in the number of parents and pupils selecting Pleckgate as their school of choice.
We already have a number of successes to celebrate; Pleckgate pupils have once again achieved excellent GCSE results that were significantly above national averages with 74% of pupils making at least expected progress and 48% making better than expected of progress in mathematics, and 76% of pupils making at least expected progress and 38% making better than expected progress in English. Pleckgate has also enjoyed a second successive year in terms of the new accountability measure for schools – Progress 8 with our 2016 score also significantly above the national average.
Our annual Open Evening was well attended and I had many positive conversations with new and existing parents. The evening was an opportunity for parents and pupils to meet with staff and current pupils as well as sampling some exciting learning activities in school. I would also like to remind you that we have another Open Event this Saturday 24th September 9:30am-12pm for any prospective pupils and parents to visit the school and meet with the Senior Leadership Team.
The school has continued on its re-branding journey with the creation of a new prospectus and new signage that can be viewed around the school building and at our new website www.pleckgate.com. I would encourage you to browse the new website as it is packed full of useful information for both pupils and parents.
I am delighted with the positive start for the new academic year and I thank you for your support. Please continue to help us by guiding your children to show respect for our school ethos of Aspire & Believe, Act & Succeed. I would also be grateful if you would ensure that your children arrive to school on time, wearing the correct uniform and school shoes, not trainers. We are also a ‘Healthy Eating School’ and we do not encourage pupils to drink fizzy drinks or eat unhealthy snacks such as crisps or chocolate. The school canteen provides a wide range of meals and snacks and has won numerous awards for their healthy eating menu.
I look forward to meeting you during this academic year.