Case Studies

Find out how transformational attending Durham Gateway has been for our students, and where their hard work has taken them.


Lucian joined Durham Gateway after he found it hard to settle in mainstream school. This bright young man entertained staff and peers at lunch and break times with his incredible piano skills. Throughout his time at Durham Gateway, Lucian demonstrated an enthusiasm to learn and an impressive breadth of knowledge, which he loved to share. He formed good relationships with peers and will be missed by staff.

What’s Lucian doing now?

We are delighted to hear that Lucian has been accepted on to an A-level music course at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington.


Ethan joined Durham Gateway from Whitworth Park Academy, where he struggled to stay focused on academic subjects. During his time with us his attitude and behaviour have improved hugely. Concentrating on maths, English, science and PSHE, he has shown a developing maturity, forming fantastic relationships with staff and peers. Ethan has excelled at sport and was the first student from Durham Gateway to be selected for the college football team, where he continues to be a valued player

What’s Ethan doing now?

Ethan has been accepted on to a Level 1 Sport qualification at Bishop Auckland College.


Davina joined Durham Gateway after a period of absenteeism from mainstream education. She is a very warm and approachable young lady and a vibrant student within our school. Davina struggled with some academic learning but, after help and guidance from staff, she progressed, producing a high standard of work.

What’s Davina doing now

Whilst with us Davina expressed a desire to run her own cleaning business and has just been accepted on to a Level 2 Business qualification at Bishop Auckland College.


Ellie joined us in year 9 after struggling in her secondary setting. We found Ellie a very capable student, but she needed a change in environment from a conventional classroom setting. Ellie has flourished in her time at Durham Gateway and has improved her attitude and academic work. She expressed how much she wanted to do well on her GCSEs and worked exceptionally hard during her time in year 11.

What’s Ellie doing now?

We were delighted to hear that after leaving Durham Gateway Ellie has secured employment in a local care home.