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Gatwick School impresses Leader of Council as it continues to grow

The Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor, Peter Lamb, paid a visit to The Gatwick School in Crawley recently to see first-hand the progress of one of Crawley’s newest schools.

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Operated by Aurora Academies Trust, The Gatwick School caters for students aged 4-16 and it began life as a free school in 2014 with only 44 children on roll.

Just 4 years later there are over 650 students and the school has waiting lists for places. Councillor Lamb was keen to see why the school has become so popular and he was not disappointed!

Visits to classrooms were organised and led by some of the student councillors including the Head Girl and Boy from both the primary and secondary phases.

Councillor Lamb was extremely impressed with the standards of teaching and learning throughout the school and commented on the high quality learning environment and the engagement in lessons, particularly noting one English lesson in which students were actively involved in constructing a reasoned argument, a skill needed by politicians at all levels!

Head of School, Mark Roessler said:

“This was a great opportunity for us to host the visit of the Leader of the Council and it was very definitely a two-way meeting: Councillor Lamb was able to see the high quality of education on offer and our students also got the chance to question him about his job and his vision for the town. He more than held his own in that exchange and replied very professionally to all the questions thrown at him!”.

Aurora’s Director of Education and Executive Head Paul Reilly said:

“In our first inspection we were rated by Ofsted as being Good with some Outstanding features and that has really helped cement our reputation in the community. We were thrilled that Councillor Lamb gave us so much of his time and showed such interest in seeing how the school has developed”.

Councillor Lamb later added:

“This was my first visit to the school since its opening. It’s great to see how things have developed over those last four years and there were a number of pleasant surprises for me in the way subjects are being tackled at the school. I look forward to seeing how The Gatwick School continues to grow and take shape over the years to come.”

Aurora’s CEO Tim McCarthy concluded:

“Aurora Academies Trust is very proud of The Gatwick School and everything that has been achieved here and we believe that we have delivered on the promise we gave to Crawley Borough Council from the outset that we would provide a great education for children and families in this area. We are delighted that Councillor Lamb has been able to see this for himself”.

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Crawley students put a literary spin on their ‘lockdown’ life

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Crawley College students have been putting a literary spin on their lockdown life.

Last month, the Maths & English team dared their students to enter a college-wide ‘LockDown WriteUp’ challenge.

Students studying GCSE English or Functional Skills were invited to write 250 words, either fact or fiction, about the lockdown experience and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Around 50 stories came in, with a selection of them chosen to appear on the college website. Amazon vouchers were  also up for grabs as prizes for stories that impressed staff the most.

David Towsey, Head of Learning for English & Maths, at Crawley College, said:

“We were delighted with the response from our students. Many of the entries came from our GCSE English students, which – for me – makes their accomplishments all the greater as many of them previously had less confidence in their writing ability.

“The aim of the competition was to provide an opportunity for us to share our stories in this unique time, and to make people smile and feel more connected to each other and to their college community.

“The variety of entries was fantastic, and it was inspiring to see how the students really tapped into their imagination and left us wanting more – the aim of all good storytellers!

“We’re proud to share just a small snapshot of these on the website, and hope people enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

You can read a selection of the ‘LockDown Write Up’ Crawley College stories at https://www.crawley.ac.uk/lockdown-writeup

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