Gateway College

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Gateway College
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Coordinates52°37′51″N 1°08′30″W / 52.6309°N 1.1418°W / 52.6309; -1.1418Coordinates: 52°37′51″N 1°08′30″W / 52.6309°N 1.1418°W / 52.6309; -1.1418
TypeFE college
Local authorityLeicester
PrincipalSuzanne Overton-Edwards

Gateway Sixth Form College is a sixth form college in Hamilton, Leicester, England.

The college used to be housed in the city centre of Leicester, adjacent to the main campus of De Montfort University. It has since moved to a new, £33 million campus built in the Hamilton suburb of the city.


The school began as Gateway Grammar School for boys. It was founded in 1928 and located in Skeffington House which is now the home of the Newarke Houses Museum. The school was established primarily to feed the Colleges of Art and Technology (later Leicester Polytechnic and now De Montfort University) and the curriculum showed a significant bias towards Craft and other practical subjects.

In 1933 it moved across the road to the site it occupied until 2009, which comprises a three-storey house dating from 1772 with a purpose-built extension and additional buildings for Science and Art & Design.

Its first Head Master (1928–31) was Harold Dent who went on to become Editor of The Times Educational Supplement and Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Dent was succeeded by Mr E C White (1931-1952) and then Dr H Frazer (1952–71). In Dr Frazer's time the Gateway (as it was known by locals) became more like a conventional grammar school but retained its commitment to teaching crafts. It was also progressive in its acceptance of 11+ exam "failures" at 13+ and 15+, some of whom achieved distinction and are among those listed in alumni below. M H Bailey (1971-1990) saw the school through its transformation into a mixed sixth form college in 1976. After Bailey's retirement the College Principals were A Sortwell (1990–97) and N A Goffin (1997-2009). The current Principal is S. Overton-Edwards.


The student body consists of approximately 1,200 students aged 16–18 and 400 adult students. The college is highly diverse with 75% of all learners from minority ethnic backgrounds.


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