The  Gateway Learning Community Story

The Gateway Learning Community [GLC] was the first multi-academy-trust in Thurrock and has grown into a partnership between the Gateway Academy, Herringham Primary Academy, Lansdowne Primary Academy, Tilbury Pioneer Academy and the Gateway Primary Free School.   All of these schools are located within the Tilbury and Chadwell areas, which means that we are ideally situated to work collaboratively to create a seamless learning experience for all young people from Nursery to Year 11.

We want to attract the brightest teaching and leadership talent to join our dynamic, passionate and determined GLC team.

Working at our GLC schools is extremely rewarding and can be lifechanging both for the staff and students within our care.





Our Mission

The GLC’s mission is to develop confident, aspirational, resilient, high-achieving, healthy, caring and fulfilled members of a diverse, truly fair, and equal community.  


The mission will be achieved through:

  • The development of productive relationships to prepare our young people for learning and life;

  • A culture of professional generosity, collaboration, challenge and support throughout the GLC;

  • Outstanding teaching;

  • An inspiring and meaningful curriculum;

  • The development of effective external partnerships for the benefit and wellbeing of our community;

  • A commitment to the wellbeing of our staff.


The Gateway Learning Community Trust comprises the Gateway Academy, Herringham Primary Academy, Lansdowne Primary Academy, the Gateway Primary Free School and Tilbury Pioneer Academy.  















"I’ve been a teacher for over 30 years and have often described the profession as ‘a way of life’: deeply rewarding, always challenging, joyous, emotional, never dull and always worthwhile.

The GLC is a family - we laugh, we cry and sometime we disagree, but we always come together to ‘improve upon our best’!

Kevin Sadler, CEO

“I’ve worked in this area for over 20 years now and I’m so proud to be part of the team at the GLC. We are a fantastic team who care passionately about making a difference for our children.

Our teachers are not only part of a year group team within their academy but part of a wider team across the GLC.

There are great opportunities for collaboration through our Online Excellence Hub [a repository for planning, handbooks, CPD and well-being], joint planning sessions and shared projects.

Leaders [some of whom have been here for 20 years or more and those who are new] support each other and work together to innovate, tweak and change things to ‘improve upon our best.’

They learn from others within and beyond the GLC to share expertise through leadership development sessions, action groups and peer support."

Viki Reid, Deputy CEO

"I joined The Gateway Academy as a maths teacher in 2011 and became the Head of School in 2015. For me, working with the staff and students of The Gateway Academy is a joy and an absolute privilege.

The very best thing about working here is the tremendous heart of our students and staff; they are simply inspiring in so many ways. When our students trust you and respect the work that you do, they will go above and beyond. It is the best feeling in the world to work with the young people of Tilbury and Chadwell on a daily basis and to watch them grow and develop every day into exceptional young people.

Our staff work together to provide a top quality education for our students; we push each other to do and become better. Every single person at The Gateway Academy plays a fundamental role in shaping the lives of our young people. We expect everybody to work hard every day, to lead, and to put our students at the heart of their decision making".

Grainne Kitsiou-McLaughlin, Head of School, The Gateway Academy

“I have worked within The Gateway Learning Community Trust since starting my NQT year at Herringham Primary Academy in 2004. Through numerous leadership and career development opportunities, I am now the Head of School at Lansdowne Pioneer Academy and Execurive Head at Gateway Primary Free School. I am driven every day to provide our pupils with the best possible learning experiences and opportunities which raise aspirations and give them the confidence and knowledge to achieve these. We have a culture of high expectations for all members of our learning community so that pupils make excellent progress from their starting points. I feel extremely privileged to work alongside the diverse community of Tilbury and Chadwell St Mary, ensuring our differences are celebrated and we are all treated equally, as we all ‘Improve upon our best’.”

Dan George, Head of School, Lansdowne Primary Academy and Executive Head, Gateway Primary Free School

"I have worked at Herringham Primary Academy for over 20 years and continue to be totally committed and invested in the success of the school, the GLC and the community. It is truly empowering to work as part of a dynamic team of teachers and leaders who embrace innovation and improvement. There is an ethos of improvement and learning and continuous opportunities for development at all stages of your career.

Being part of a child’s journey from reception to year 6 and then beyond is so rewarding; helping them to see the opportunities and possibilities, building their experiences and aspirations and then celebrating their achievements. They still make me laugh and smile every day and that is what drives you to rise to each new challenge and be part of a community filled with ambition and resilience, improving the life chances for our young people."

Sam Otto, Head of School, Herringham Primary Academy

"I have worked at the Gateway Primary Free School since 2019 when I joined as an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for English. Since joining here, I have been given numerous leadership and career development opportunities, including supporting across the Trust with English and courses to develop my leadership skills. Working in this context is something I have always felt passionate to do: I believe our children deserve the best possible education to try to combat the barriers that mean they are at a disadvantage to those in other areas. As with all of our GLC schools, we have high expectations and we believe this, paired with our drive to ensure we offer the best possible educational experience, will mean our children go on to be very successful in all areas of life. I feel privileged to work with a group of like-minded people who strive to be the best we can be, knowing this is what our children deserve."

Emma Pattison, Head of School, Gateway Primary Free School

"Having taught for almost 20 years, I have stepped into the role of the Head of School at Tilbury Pioneer Academy. I  have worked within The Gateway Learning Community for 10 years. I started my teaching career as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in East London where I spent my first 9 years teaching and developing as a subject and phase leader. I have taught in all year groups across KS1 and KS2 with most of my experience teaching in Years 2, 3 and Year 6. I have held numerous leadership responsibilities across 4 different schools as well as taking a role as on the GLC Central Team, leading maths across the Trust. I am passionate about whole school improvement with a particular interest in providing a broad and balanced curriculum which develops and inspires children to have a love of learning and forensic use of data to ensure pupils make progress from their starting points".

Clare Hall, Head of School, Tilbury Pioneer Academy


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