STUDENTS, parents and staff at the Gateway Academy in Tilbury are celebrating significantly improved GCSE results this year. Many students opened their results envelope to find that they had achieved the government’s gold standard of a minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE passes including English and Maths. This is particularly impressive as over that last few years there has been a significant increase in the pass mark for key subjects such as English and Mathematics.
Gateway’s Head of School, Miss Grainne McLaughlin, said “It has been fantastic to speak to our students and their parents as they collect their GCSE results. Our top six students [pictured] between them achieved 55 A/A* grades. We are extremely proud of all of our students and their teachers for the hard work and dedication they have shown over the last year in preparation for the GCSE examinations. Over 75% of students regularly attended after school, weekend and holiday classes over the last year which is reflected in the fantastic results that we see here today. We wish our students every success in the next stage of their education, training or employment.”
The Gateway Learning Community Trust’s CEO, Mr Kevin Sadler, added “Grainne and her team have created something really special at Gateway: not only are results improving significantly, but the ethos is just wonderful. It’s a great place to work and to learn.” He went on to say that “Gateway’s improved results and a very positive outcome for Lansdowne Primary Academy in its recent Ofsted inspection demonstrate what can be achieved through a partnership of local schools.”
Gateway’s top six students, pictured with Head of School Miss Grainne McLaughlin, are; Banky Abutoh, Tahmid Ahmed, Ashleigh Doyle, Emily Lowe, Georgia McLean and Thomas Reynolds.
Banky will be going to Harris Academy to study Chemistry, Physics and Maths would like to become a Chemical Engineer; Tahmid is to study Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Maths or Law; Ashleigh is going to Palmer’s to study English Literature, History and Psychology; Emily to Palmer’s College to study Double Maths, Spanish and Psychology; Georgia is going to Ravensbourne to study Art and Thomas is going to Palmer’s to study Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.