We are committed to improving the quality of life of every member of our community through learning and culture, and particularly by raising educational achievement across all ranges.
It is our aim to give every person in Gateshead the educational opportunities which will allow him/her chance to achieve their potential.
The borough is served by one nursery school, 5 infant schools, 5 junior schools, 66 primary schools, two 11 to 16 comprehensive schools and eight 11 to 18 comprehensive schools, six special schools and two pupil referral units.
We enjoy a growing reputation as a good education authority with improving schools while the Council was recently commended by the Audit Commission as one of only fifteen local councils providing excellent services.
Among recent educational developments, all ten comprehensive schools are partners in the Excellence in Cities Initiative, five of which are specialist schools (offering specialised support in arts, sports, languages and technology).
There are also two mini EAZs, five Sure Start programmes and two Early Excellence Centres.
The total school population is approximately 27000 and recent GCSE results have placed Gateshead as the best performing Local Education Authority for the region. During 2002, over half of the borough's young people gained at least five higher graded GCSEs.
We also offer a wide range of continuing learning opportunities, both vocational and non-vocational, through our network of over 70 community education centres. Gateshead College, the borough's largest further education college, also offers a wide range of courses (often through our community education centres) and has extensive links to the region's major employers and three local Universities.