Welcome from the Head of School

 

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Mrs McLaughlin
Head of School

It is an absolute pleasure to enter my fifth 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.  It is imperative that 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.  Their impressive GCSE 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.  We also celebrated our Good Ofsted outcome in March 2019 with leadership and students being prepared for the next stage of education or employment highly praised.

The Gateway Grammar Stream, has provided the necessary support and stimulus to ensure that more-able students achieve in-line with their potential.  Last year’s top performing student Abiaz Afzal achieved Grade 9 in each of the nine GCSE subjects on his curriculum.  He is now studying at the London Academy of Excellence in Stratford before studying medicine at University.  In particular a massive well done to the top fourteen students who between them achieved forty Grade 9 qualifications along with forty-three Grade 8s in their GCSE examinations, Abiaz Afzal, Emilia Skiba, Chloe Locke, Sam Blake, Andrea Neville, Ilinca Irimia, Farrez Ali, Rares Bulucz, Drishyahang Khapung, Aimee Staines, Semal Limbu, Chibzz Udeh, Taylor Newton and Habib Mraish.

I look forward to working with the students, staff, parents, Governors and community in the academic year 2019-2020 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.’