About our School

The Gateway School and Technology College serves the town of Northampton and the South and West of the County of Northamptonshire. We are a 63 place school for 11 to 18 year olds with statements of special educational needs describing their behavioural, emotional and social needs.

We boast an extremely effective and high quality staff team who show great dedication and commitment to the achieving the school’s aim of ‘working for the maximum success for each individual’. There is a very strong work ethic and desire to accomplish the very best outcomes for students and staff work unstintingly towards this aim.

We have been a Strategic Partner to Fairfields Teaching School Alliance  since April 2012 and presently have 35 schools in our alliance, a mixture of Primary, Secondary, Mainstream and Special. Collectively we are supporting 20 School Direct Students through their training each year and are working with Northampton University as our Higher Education Institute.

As well as leading on School to School support and SLEs, the Principal also delivers comprehensive behaviour management training to all teaching students as part of our commitment to the Alliance and, more specifically, to producing outstanding teachers. We believe as an Alliance that if we can train teachers with the specific skills and a deep and practical understanding of how to teach pupils with a wide range of special educational needs, we will produce teachers who will succeed and excel in any setting.

The school building and organisation were designed to support students in their learning and the staff in managing behaviour. The evidence of the effectiveness of this is that 84% of our students made good to outstanding progress last academic year and we have achieved increases in Average Points Scores and the range and number of accreditations we provide for over 10 consecutive years.

The most important people in our school are the students and above all else we want every child to achieve to the very limits of their potential, wherever their abilities and challenges may lie.

We want to help our young people become citizens who, by the time they leave us, can succeed in all they do and make a positive contribution to society and their communities.

Headteacher, Independent Specialist School
Our links with the Gateway School allowed our staff and students to experience an alternative setting and to learn from a positive ethos of behaviour management and curriculum diversity.

Our Ethos and Aims

Our ethos is one of ‘catching pupils doing well’ and focusing on the positive: we prefer to celebrate what our students can do and support them in the areas they experience challenge. We have a single school aim of ‘working for the maximum success of each individual’ and having this single aim ensures that it is lived.

We focus very clearly on pupil progress and, to this end, there are excellent monitoring and evaluation systems in the school. All subject leaders analyse pupil progress data three times a year, mapping progress across the whole school population, the different key stages and the progress of vulnerable groups.

This analysis produces action plans to address the learning of individuals and/or groups should they not be making sufficient progress. We have a very high proportion of pupils on free school meals and we are committed to ensuring that this group, as well as all the other vulnerable groups, is supported to ensure their progress is at least as good as the rest of the school.

Our approach to behaviour management is based around Assertive Discipline. All staff receive in-house training in this approach as well as completing a 12 hour Team Teach course.