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Emmanuel College
MottoDeus Nobiscum
Type City Technology College
PrincipalMatthew Waterfield MA [1]
ChairmanDr Simon Goon [2]
Nigel Robson (of ESF ) [3]
FounderSir Peter Vardy [4]
John Burn OBE [4]
Baron Bates [4]
LocationConsett Road, Lobley Hill
Tyne and Wear
NE11 0AN
54°56′17″N 1°38′31″W / 54.938°N 1.642°W / 54.938; -1.642 Coordinates : 54°56′17″N 1°38′31″W / 54.938°N 1.642°W / 54.938; -1.642
Local authority Gateshead
DfE URN 108420 Tables
Ofsted Reports
HousesGalatians, Romans and Corinthians
Former pupilsEmmanuel Alumni
Website www.emmanuelcollege.org.uk

Emmanuel College is a secondary school based in Gateshead , England. It was founded in 1990 as a City Technology College , i.e. a secondary school which is partly funded by donations from business donors who remain involved in management of the college. Emmanuel is currently one of the three remaining City Technology Colleges in England as the remainder have converted to academies. Emmanuel has up to 1,350 students aged between 11 and 19, and over 160 staff. It is part of Emmanuel Schools Foundation and in each of its four Ofsted inspections it has achieved a status of “Outstanding School”.

Students come from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds but predominantly from the urban areas within Gateshead and Central and West Newcastle upon Tyne .


  • 1 Intake policy
  • 2 Controversies
    • 2.1 Creationism
    • 2.2 Sexual Misconduct
    • 2.3 Authoritarian Ethos
  • 3 Notable alumni
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Intake policy[ edit ]

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The college was described by The Guardian in 2002 as achieving “consistently outstanding academic results”, having received a “glowing” Ofsted report. [5]

By law, the school must admit pupils of mixed ability, according to a normal distribution representative of the whole population. In common with other City Technology Colleges, Emmanuel College uses non-verbal reasoning tests set and marked by the National Foundation for Educational Research , a leading independent research organisation, to assess general intelligence, as opposed to prowess in literacy or mathematics. After marking, the NFER places test results into nine separate categories, and informs the school how many are to be taken from each category.

Another condition is that two-thirds of places are given to students considered to be from the most socio-economically deprived wards within its catchment area , with the other third coming from other areas of the catchment area, ensuring a mix not only academically but socially too.

In terms of Sixth Form admission, a reduced number of places available (130) are offered, with preference to the school’s own Year 11 students.

Controversies[ edit ]

Creationism[ edit ]

The school was at the centre of protests from scientists and educationalists when it was revealed that some members of the management team, including both the principal and the head of science, [6] were sympathetic to Young Earth creationism and had allowed its hall to be rented by Answers in Genesis , an organisation which promotes such views. The school includes evolutionary science in its curriculum, but presents evolution as a theory complemented by the theory of creationism (taught in RE lessons). This led to allegations by Richard Dawkins , John Polkinghorne , and others in 2002 that the school taught creationism in science lessons. [5] [6] [7] In 2002, the Liberal Democrat MP Jenny Tonge asked Prime Minister Tony Blair if he was “happy to allow the teaching of creationism alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution in state schools”. The Prime Minister replied that he supported a “diverse school system”, and praised the teachers at Emmanuel College for their commitments to “deliver[ing] better results for our children”. [8]

However, after re-inspecting the material used to teach science at Emmanuel College, Ofsted decided that the matter did not need to be pursued further. [9]
The next Ofsted inspection in 2006 described the school as ‘Outstanding’ and found no problem with its science provision. [10]

Some allegations centred on the school’s former Head of Science Steven Layfield who had in 2000, prior to his taking up the post, publicly advocated the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools. [11]

Sexual Misconduct[ edit ]

In the academic year 2013–2014 former teacher of history Mr Daniel McQuoid (son of former principal Nigel McQuoid) engaged in gross sexual misconduct with a student and as a direct result he resigned in 2014. [12]

Authoritarian Ethos[ edit ]

In 2003 former teacher of music Cormack O’Duffy painted a negative picture of the college during a discussion with TES journalist Michael Shaw. O’Duffy was discharged of his position for disobeying an order from the then principal Nigel McQuoid for vocally voicing his concerns about the school; however O’Duffy’s union provided legal support and the case against him was dropped. During the interview O’Duffy described the school as a place of ‘eerie silence’ [13] and an institution of immense regulation: “With its quiet atmosphere, you might easily think you had entered the set of a James Bond movie where all the workers at the plant are focused on a task and have no time for frivolity.” Furthermore O’Duffy placed concerns about the nature of the Christian ethos claiming an over-emphasis on hell.

Notable alumni[ edit ]

  • Michelle Heaton , pop singer, former member of Liberty X [14]
  • Sean Tomes , former Rugby Union player for Newcastle Falcons

References[ edit ]

  1. ^ Waterfield, Matthew. “Principal’s welcome” . Emmanuel College. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.emmanuelcollege.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Changes-to-The-Emmanuel-College-Local-Governing-Body..pdf
  3. ^ http://esf-web.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/
  4. ^ a b c http://esf-web.org.uk/about-us/history/
  5. ^ a b Tania Branigan (9 March 2002). “Top school’s creationists preach value of biblical story over evolution” . The Guardian . Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Numbers, Ronald (30 November 2006). The Creationists : From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design, Expanded Edition. Harvard University Press. pp. 407–408. ISBN   0-674-02339-0 . 
  7. ^ “School attacked over evolution teaching” . BBC News. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  8. ^ Francis Wheen (6 July 2005). How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions . PublicAffairs. p. 110. ISBN   978-0-7867-2352-2 . 
  9. ^ “The Academies Programme” . NAO . 23 February 2007. p. 35. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  10. ^ “Emmanuel College inspection report” . Ofsted . 28 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  11. ^ “The Teaching of Science A Biblical Perspective” . Christian Institute (content mirrored). 29 July 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  12. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10941759/Teacher-at-Christian-school-forced-to-resign-over-affair-with-pupil.html
  13. ^ https://www.tes.com/news/where-frivolity-has-no-place
  14. ^ Nichol, Sara (20 January 2009). “Michelle Heaton’s dad reveals pride at star” . Chronicle Live. Gateshead. Retrieved 29 April 2016. 

External links[ edit ]

  • Emmanuel College , official website
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families – EduBase2 – Emmanuel College
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