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Gateway Christian School
Moor Lane, Ilkeston,DE7 4PP Dale Abbey

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The Gateway Christian School

The Gateway Christian School is located in the heart of Derbyshire.


Welcome to the Gateway Christian School. We are a small school set in the idyllic surroundings of Dale Abbey. The school was founded in 1989 by the Parochial Church Council of Stanton-by-Dale with Dale Abbey. The school is closely linked to the church. There is a strong and overt Christian ethos but all are welcome and no-one has been refused a place. The school is funded by payments from parents according to their ability to pay. As the school has small classes, we aim at a maximum class size of 15, then much individual attention can be given and children are encouraged to develop their full potential and grow into the people God intended them to be.

As well as occupying the original school building in Dale Abbey, the school has a playing field a few yards down the road, the use of the Gateway Christian Centre, where lunch is enjoyed and free access to the Church’s own 5 acre wood, which is a wonderful place for nature study etc.

We also have a Nursery School for 3 to 5 year olds. Children here receive State funding. The Nursery is housed in what would seem to be purpose built premises but which are actually the previous offices of Stanton Ironworks in Stanton-by-Dale. The same care and Christian ethos applies as much in the Nursery as in the Primary Department. If you have children of Nursery or Primary age we would love to see you.

Canon Ian Gooding

Canon Ian Gooding, Chair of Governors is; Rector of the Parishes of Stanton-by-Dale with Dale Abbey and Risley; Rural Dean of Erewash; A Honourary Canon of Derby Cathedral and A Proctor in Convocation (Clerical member of the General Synod of the Church of England)

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The Primary Department currently has two classes, one for Infants and one for Juniors (Y3 to Y6). Each class will ideally cater for about 15 children.

The School is fully registered by the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) and is OFSTED inspected. Children who attend our Nursery have priority with regard to Primary places. "Rising five's” in the Reception year are eligible for Government funding.


The School is open to all children of the appropriate age. While priority is given to children who live in the villages of Dale Abbey and Stanton-by-Dale or whose parents are on the Electoral Roll of the Parish of Stanton-by-Dale with Dale Abbey, any parent who wants a Christian education for their child may apply.

When parents first contact the school an Introductory Booklet and an application form is sent out and a provisional date for a visit to the Nursery or the Primary Department is set.

Children are normally accepted into the Nursery Department at the beginning of the term or half term closest to their third birthday. The Primary Department takes children at the beginning of the term in which they turn five. Ideally, children who turn five in the summer term start in Reception after Christmas.


Our staff are well qualified, committed Christians who are dedicated to work towards the aims of the school and to fulfil our vision. All members of staff are carefully vetted prior to their appointment according to DfEE regulations.

Mrs Carol Pearson - Headteacher

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