Gateway Academy Sixth Form to close

Thurrock Gazette: Kevin Sadler at the Gateway Academy Kevin Sadler at the Gateway Academy

THE Sixth Form form at the Gateway Academy is set to close less than five years after it opened - and despite seeing an increase in the number of students attending.

School chiefs at the Gateway Learning Community (GLC) said the centre is struggling to entice pupils away Palmer’s and South Essex College.

But the move has left parents angry.

One mother, who did not wish to be named, has a daughter at Gateway Academy who was due to start in the Sixth Form this September after completing her GCSEs. She said: “It’s stupid. We’ve now got to find somewhere else at such short notice and while the kids are doing their exams.”

The pupils were told on Thursday that the centre would not be taking on anymore pupils in September.

The current cohort of Year 12s will, however, be able to complete their qualifications at the centre next year, with most on two-year programmes.

This year, the sixth form had 68 16 to 18-year-olds on its books. Last year, it had 44.

But the GLC’s governing body, which also looks after four primary schools and the 1000-student secondary academy, claims the numbers of students at the centre are “unsustainable in the long term” - and that changes to Government funding for smaller, post-16 sixth forms, mean the centre is not financially viable.

In a statement, the GLC added that “Post-16 provision locally is of a very high quality”.

The Gateway Learning Community chief exceutive, Kevin Sadler said: “The Local Governing Body took the view that both the breadth and quality of provision offered by both Palmer’s and South Essex College was in the best interests of the students.

“Both Palmer’s and South Essex College will be supporting students with a tailored recruitment event on Tuesday 13 May 2014 between 5pm and 7pm at the Gateway Academy, with a range of support opportunities including curriculum, finance, wellbeing, etc., to help students make post-16 choices.”

The move is likely to come as a blow to schools like Hathaway Academy, who harbour ambitions of setting up small sixth form centres of their own.

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6:44pm Wed 30 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

So the cracks are starting to appear at The Gateway…and I’m not just talking about the masonry, as the Academy begins to sink into the mud on the marshland!

I doubt whether Ms Bull (ex-Principle) who left at short notice recently, will be the only one to jump ship! Watch this space!
So the cracks are starting to appear at The Gateway…and I’m not just talking about the masonry, as the Academy begins to sink into the mud on the marshland! I doubt whether Ms Bull (ex-Principle) who left at short notice recently, will be the only one to jump ship! Watch this space! E.C.M.
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1:15am Thu 1 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

ecm it specifically caters for a levels with limited amount of students going to the already proven further education places in thurrock its not finicially viable to continue in that role what a silly comment that is
ecm it specifically caters for a levels with limited amount of students going to the already proven further education places in thurrock its not finicially viable to continue in that role what a silly comment that is d_2da_ougle
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7:02am Thu 1 May 14

Dave_ says...

They should have said it would close to new entrants in 2015, it does seem a bit sudden.
Being older I've never understood the desire for all comprehensives to have a 6th Form. I went to Palmer's after finishing secondary and found being in a new environment better; as the teachers had no pre-concieved ideas, the set up was more specialised in some ways and you were around new people so had to forge new friendships, which has to be better than sitting in effectively the same school and not be able to grow and develop as an individual. I'm pretty sure this was the same for those that went to the "tech".
It is confusing that The Gateway had a 6th Form, given its proximity to Palmer's and ease to get to the new place in Grays.
They should have said it would close to new entrants in 2015, it does seem a bit sudden. Being older I've never understood the desire for all comprehensives to have a 6th Form. I went to Palmer's after finishing secondary and found being in a new environment better; as the teachers had no pre-concieved ideas, the set up was more specialised in some ways and you were around new people so had to forge new friendships, which has to be better than sitting in effectively the same school and not be able to grow and develop as an individual. I'm pretty sure this was the same for those that went to the "tech". It is confusing that The Gateway had a 6th Form, given its proximity to Palmer's and ease to get to the new place in Grays. Dave_
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8:08am Thu 1 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
ecm it specifically caters for a levels with limited amount of students going to the already proven further education places in thurrock its not finicially viable to continue in that role what a silly comment that is
"Silly comment"? How very dare you! I thought it was rather witty...and true!

Be proactive rather than reactive! The People's Republic of Sadler obviously lacked vision!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: ecm it specifically caters for a levels with limited amount of students going to the already proven further education places in thurrock its not finicially viable to continue in that role what a silly comment that is[/p][/quote]"Silly comment"? How very dare you! I thought it was rather witty...and true! Be proactive rather than reactive! The People's Republic of Sadler obviously lacked vision! E.C.M.
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8:30pm Thu 1 May 14

ThurrockResident says...

"Anymore" or "any more?" Tsk, tsk!
"Anymore" or "any more?" Tsk, tsk! ThurrockResident
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6:52pm Sat 3 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

how vary dare i if your eaisly offended not my issue whilst wit can be a good thing if used correctly im afraid i have issue grown a tiny bit tired to see you comment using it all the time on educational matters on this website, you do seem to have some grudge against ofstead which can really take away from story any talk about the scholl or collage itself that would be more proactive then kepp banging on about ofstead
how vary dare i if your eaisly offended not my issue whilst wit can be a good thing if used correctly im afraid i have issue grown a tiny bit tired to see you comment using it all the time on educational matters on this website, you do seem to have some grudge against ofstead which can really take away from story any talk about the scholl or collage itself that would be more proactive then kepp banging on about ofstead d_2da_ougle
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9:16pm Tue 6 May 14

E.C.M. says...

d_2da_ougle wrote:
how vary dare i if your eaisly offended not my issue whilst wit can be a good thing if used correctly im afraid i have issue grown a tiny bit tired to see you comment using it all the time on educational matters on this website, you do seem to have some grudge against ofstead which can really take away from story any talk about the scholl or collage itself that would be more proactive then kepp banging on about ofstead
First rule of comedy...be funny! You are joking, right? No one can spell that badly, fail to use capital letters and punctuate incorrectly! Not even a Hathaway Academy student!
[quote][p][bold]d_2da_ougle[/bold] wrote: how vary dare i if your eaisly offended not my issue whilst wit can be a good thing if used correctly im afraid i have issue grown a tiny bit tired to see you comment using it all the time on educational matters on this website, you do seem to have some grudge against ofstead which can really take away from story any talk about the scholl or collage itself that would be more proactive then kepp banging on about ofstead[/p][/quote]First rule of comedy...be funny! You are joking, right? No one can spell that badly, fail to use capital letters and punctuate incorrectly! Not even a Hathaway Academy student! E.C.M.
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11:29pm Tue 6 May 14

d_2da_ougle says...

no im stating fact in my post no one is attemting comedy apart from you so quote all your rules all you wish and i usually find people use the spelling argument when they have kind of nothing more left to add to a post good day
no im stating fact in my post no one is attemting comedy apart from you so quote all your rules all you wish and i usually find people use the spelling argument when they have kind of nothing more left to add to a post good day d_2da_ougle
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