Welcome from the Head of School

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Mrs McLaughlin
Head of School

It is an absolute pleasure to enter my fourth year as Head of the Gateway Academy, to work with the young people of Chadwell-St-Mary and Tilbury every day is an exceptional privilege.

At the Academy, amazing staff, students, Governors, parents/carers and the community work relentlessly together to ensure our students are well-rounded individuals who excel academically, on the sports field and in the arts.

Together, by continuing to have the highest possible expectations of all members of the Gateway Learning Community and with hard work, passion and dedication, our students will have a hunger to succeed.  They will be fully prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges put before them in the 21st Century.

The success of our students is of paramount importance to us and it is quite remarkable how many of our students have continued on their educational journey, attending top Colleges and Universities, such as Cambridge University, Kings College London, Brunel University, Queen Mary’s College and The London School of Contemporary Dance.  Others have completed apprenticeships and gone on to become youth workers, electricians, hairdressers …. the list is endless!

We are proud of all of our students and want to wish our former Year 11 students every success as they endeavor on new paths this academic year.  This was a fantastic year group, who together achieved the highest results in the Academy’s history.  This impressive set of results rounds off a great year for The Gateway Academy, including gaining the much coveted Inclusion Centre of Excellence Award, which amongst other aspects of academy life recognised the highest student attendance figures in the history of the Academy.  In particular, a massive well done to the following students, Inesa Bakanauskaite, Jasleen Devgun, Riley Webb, Joseph Hurr, Seamus O’Brien, David Ojetola, James Lowe, Denise Evi-Parker, Dipen Jimi, Onyeka Udeh, Harshal Thakkar, Kelsy Aldwinckle, Skye Hardy and Bronwyn Wilson.  These students achieved a Grade 7 or above in each of their eight subjects that count towards their ‘Progress 8’ score.  Between them, they achieved 35 Grade 8s and 15 Grade 9s.

I look forward to working with the students, staff, parents, Governors and community in the academic year 2018-19 to ensure we continue to 'Improve Upon Our Best’, achieve excellence in everything we do and ‘offer everyone opportunities to develop as high achieving, resilient, healthy, aspirational, caring and fulfilled members of our society.’