Bullybusters’ Top Ten Tips

It’s September and it’s back to school! Here’s Bullybusters’ top tips for returning to school – whether you’re starting a new school or going into a new year. It’s great advice too for parents who are looking for the best way to support their children.

Get to know the staff at your school

It’s important to know who your learning mentor, pastoral support and head of year are when returning to school. Getting to know the staff will make things much easier if you ever need to speak to them for any help or guidance throughout the school year.

Remember your “Safe hands”

Bullybusters are very passionate about talking about the idea of “Safe Hands”. These are the 5 people you can count off on one hand that you can trust and speak to when you’re in need of help. Ideally at least 3 of them should be adults over 18. For example you could have 3 teachers at school to choose from so there is always someone you could speak to. The other 2 could be a friend, a sibling or even a pet. You can also use your “Safe Hands” at home when considering who to go to for help.

Don’t be a Bystander

The Bullybusters team often hear how no one wants to be a “snitch”. However, there’s a difference between being a ‘snitch’ and telling an adult what you have seen so that person can be helped. If you’re snitching on someone it’s to get them in trouble. Even if you feel as though you can’t tell the teacher, go and ask that person if they are okay and see if there is anything you can do. Encourage them to ask for some help.

Use the 4 W’s

If you witness bullying in the classroom or the playground, use the 4 W’s to tell an adult about it:

Who was it? What happened? Where did it happen? When did it happen?

Don’t blame yourself, it’s never your fault – Always look to seek help and support if you are being bullied or having a hard time for whatever reason. Talking to someone about what is happening is the best way to resolve the issue.

Use Bullybusters’ Website and Helpline

The Bullybusters’ Website tells you all about the support available from Bullybusters as well as helpful and practical tips.

The Bullybuster’s helpline is open from 3 – 6pm Monday to Friday for children and young people, parents and teachers – 08001696928.

Bullybusters is an anti-bullying initiative funded by Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Council to deliver lessons, assemblies and an anti-bullying

Read more here: http://mysefton.co.uk/2018/09/03/bullybusters-top-tips-for-returning-to-school/ helpline. It is operated by the charity, Local Solutions.

School Gateway

The school gateway is now functional.  Please note that whilst the data is uploaded from the previous week some of the other services may take time to synchronise and show on your app.

All payments are now working and are being received correctly by the school.

Open Evening

Dear Parents,

Open Evening

On Thursday 27th September we are holding an Open Evening for prospective students and parents. As this involves both the preparation of teaching areas and the involvement of a number of students later in the day, the school will close early on the day.

All students will leave at 2:00pm following lunch and a statutory registration period with their Form Tutor.

We have contacted the School Bus companies to request that they reschedule the services, but as they can give no firm guarantee of this, pupils may need to use public transport to get home. If your child has any problem over transport please inform the appropriate Progress Leader or Student Support Manager.

Please sign the appropriate page in your son/daughter’s planner to acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Yours sincerely


Mr S Penney


Cashless Catering – Pay Online

Our cashless catering system offers online payments at www.schoolgateway.com It is fully integrated so you can make payments quickly and you will be able to see a list of purchases that have been made.

We do not accept cash payments at the tills and all students must pay in their money at the cashloader located in the Mini Mall. There is only one cashloader and to save delays we would recommend paying online to ensure that the money is loaded correctly.

The updated cashloader accepts all new versions of currency.

New Year 7 students will be enrolled on the service during the first week of term. New parents will not be able to register for the online service until the pupils have been fully enrolled in the school at the end of the day on 5th September

If you have not already registered online to make payments please visit www.schoolgateway.com and sign up for your account. If your details are not registered on the system please contact the school from 7th September.

Returning to school – September 2018

Autumn term begins on Wednesday 5th September. Students should report at the times indicated below.

(New) Year 7 should report at 8.30am to the Sports Hall

Year 8 should report at 8.30am to their Form Rooms

Year 9 should report at 8.30am to their Form Rooms

Year 10 should report at 11.10am to the Arts Theatre

Year 11 should report at 11.10am to Form Rooms

Year 12 should report at 8.30am to the Arts Theatre

Year 13 should report to the Sixth Form Centre at 8.30am



Excellent GCSE results

We are delighted with the performance of our students who have again achieved excellent results in their GCSE examinations this year.

Congratulations to our students whose GCSE results in both English and Mathematics are well above the national average for grades 9-4, 9-5 and 9-7 in English at 81%, 65% and 25% and in Mathematics at 75%, 54% and 22% of entries.

As a school community, we would like to extend a further congratulations to those who achieved a grade 9 in their GCSEs, especially to two of our students who achieved grade 9 in at least eight of their GCSE subjects.

Well done to our Year 11 students who have produced some fantastic results. We are immensely proud of them and their success.  We look forward to welcoming them back to our Sixth Form.  Thank you to staff, parents and governors for the support and encouragement that they have given to these young people.

Simon Penney – Headteacher: