Building futures at Gateway Academy

STUDENTS from ‘Building Futures’, an alternative education provider based at the Gateway Academy, recently took pride in receiving their end of year examination results with 100% success.

Building Futures has seen the students engage in Life Skills and Construction alongside their English (Entry Level 1) and Maths (Entry Level 1 and 2). The programme helps those students who are at risk of being permanently excluded from mainstream education and assists them in gaining skills to take forward into life after the age of 16.

Andrea McCann, course facilitator, said “I am so proud of the students who have gained their qualifications. It just proves that this type of education is often needed to enable them to acquire some much needed life skills that they can utilize in later life, but it also ensured that they gained their English and Maths qualifications as well.”

The students were delighted to present to the Head of School, Miss Grainne McLaughlin, a montage of their own work, fully framed, as a token of their thanks for never giving up on them (see pictured with Andrea McCann & Yasmin Sandford from the Building Futures team).

The Building Futures team have recently entered into the Aviva Community Awards scheme, an improvement project that relies totally on votes from the public. They have placed a bid to win funds to renovate and revitalise the surrounding area around their workshop which is is dire need of development.

They are hoping to design and create a decking area with seating to be used during their breaks and lunchtimes alongside a paved area for shrubs and plants to grow. This, along with a water feature, will enable the students to reflect and regenerate their positivity.

This is where you can help! Click on the link below which will take you to the Aviva Community Funds page. All you need to do is register and then search ‘Building Futures’. You will be allocated 10 VOTES EACH.

This funding will make a huge difference to the students – please enter your votes now! Deadline is 18 November 2016:
PLEASE, help support the team by casting your votes then share with friends and family. Thanking you in advance!

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