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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Gateway Academy

My youngest son is due to start at the Gateway Academy in September. It is a new £32 Million school, replacing two former failing schools in the area (St.Chad's. Tilbury and Torrell's Grays)

Last night we went on an open evening to have a tour of the facilities. £32M buys a lot of school: the building is magnificent, very spacious and modern with sweeping hallways, high ceilings and architectural features. The facilities are top-notch, with more computers at every turn, excellent graphics, engineering, cooking and beauty equipment. Sports facilities consist of a 4 court large hall, a gym, dance studios, astroturf pieces, all weather tennis courts, etc..

The staff say that the students, who previously were housed in the most dilapidated surroundings have responded well to their new environment, with much improved behaviour and work. Hopefully the Academy will be able to sustain this improvement in an area that has suffered from among the poorest school attainment in the country.

Hopefully it won't go the way of Bishops Park School in Clacton: http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/local/display.var.2332588.0.clacton_school_closure_threat.php

Cheers,
marksany

1 comment:

  1. At the school where I am a governor, we will shortly be embarking on a building project as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme. Our current building is not fit for purpose. We are an over subscribed school and have too many pupils crammed in to too small a space.

    In a couple of years I will hopefully be reporting the same good news as you have about your son's school.

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