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Mr Roger Ashcroft appointed to lead Gateway Community High as it opens its doors in 2021


Gateway Community High has announced that Roger Ashcroft has been appointed as its inaugural Head of School.


Mr Ashcroft has previously held a number of educational leadership roles, including 5 years as principal of Yirara College, Alice Springs, from 2014 to 2018. Mr Ashcroft’s focus on student engagement and welfare during those five years resulted in very positive outcomes for the 220 indigenous students in a boarding school setting at Yirara. Academic results and skills increases, increased rates of attendance and retention were some of the achievements. One of the innovations driven by Mr Ashcroft was the creation of a broad range of elective programs that engaged the students, created pathways to employment and further learning, and connected the School more strongly to the local community.


“I have a genuine passion to give every young person the best opportunity to create a better future. I believe this is done by ensuring that a student’s wellbeing, sense of belonging and personal growth is as important as their educational goals” Mr Ashcroft said.


Mr Ashcroft also brings a wealth of experience outside the classroom, having previously worked in trades and as a small business owner. During his time at Shepparton Christian College in Victoria, Mr Ashcroft oversaw the growth and development of the school from a primary-only school to a K – Year 12 school, which included an expansion in facilities. During his time at Yirara College, Mr Ashcroft was responsible for embedding ongoing financial and operating sustainability.


“We are thrilled to have an educator of Roger’s calibre as the key leader of Gateway Community High. We set out to find a unique person that could create, lead and inspire and believe we have found that in Roger Ashcroft. Roger’s depth of experience and track record will ensure that we create a quality learning environment for young people in our community who need some additional support to reconnect with their love of learning" says Theresa Collignon, CEO of Gateway Community High & Macquarie Community College.


In January 2021, Gateway Community High will open its doors to Year 9 and 10 students so they can thrive outside the conventional schooling system.


Gateway Community High focuses on Year 9 and 10 students who have disengaged with learning or who would benefit from an alternative to the traditional school system.


Gateway Community High will enable students to complete the Year 10 NSW Record of School Achievement (ROSA), and provide a Gateway to ongoing education or training, whether that be Year 11 and 12 or vocational training.


“Education is the pathway to empowerment,” says Ms Collignon. “If a student misses a chunk of learning, for whatever reason, this can have significant consequences for their future and the future of their community.”

Gateway Community High is not a special needs or behavioural school – It’s an alternative high school with tailored support and special assistance dedicated to students who are unique in their own way and who:

  1. Will thrive outside a mainstream educational environment

  2. Are looking for a place of belonging and safety

  3. Are interested in learning and willing to put in the effort to succeed

  4. Would benefit from extra support and attention to re-engage in their education

  5. May have missed some language, literacy or numeracy fundamentals

  6. Are looking to build their pathway to future Vocational Education Training (VET) or Year 11 and 12 studies.

Funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments as a Special Assistance School Gateway’s $50 per term fees are all inclusive of curriculum resources and extracurricular activities.


Find out more about Gateway Community High


For more information please visit our website www.gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au, call (02) 8845 8835 or email info@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au.


Press Enquiries


Theresa Collignon

CEO, Gateway Community High

E: theresa.collignon@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au

M: 0466 336 962

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