PARENTS are celebrating after the council confirmed The Gatehouse School would become an academy.
The Gatehouse, Stantonbury, is a school for 13-19 year old boys (and girls in the future), with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Following protests outside the Civic Offices in January, a full consultation with parents, carers, pupils, staff and other interested parties gained support for the school to close on March 31. 2012 and the academy to open on April 1, 2012.
The Gatehouse will become the first sponsored special academy in the country when it opens.
Pat Collins, whose son Michael goes to Gatehouse School, helped organise the protests with other parents and students and said he was delighted with the news.
He said: “We are just so pleased that the school is staying open, and that it is becoming an academy.
“The place does need a few repairs, but they’re all going to get done when the workmen come in and we are really looking forward to seeing the school move forward in the future.”
Councillor Andy Dransfield, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “I am delighted that The Gatehouse School is set to become a sponsored special academy which will have a significant impact on the quality of provision for all vulnerable learners across the Borough.”