Our People

Both students and staff often describe City Gateway College as a family. We are fortunate in having a diverse range of people who contribute to the work of the college and the success of the students.

Senior Leadership Team

Paul Rose, Operations Director

Martin Nirsimloo, Principal

Martin has extensive educational sector experience having been a Deputy Headteacher in two large ‘All-Through’ academies and a prestigious independent school. Prior to entering senior leadership Martin was a Director of Learning and Head of Sixth Form. An award winning enterprise education expert he has spoken at the SSAT, PFEG and the Department of BIS national education conferences and written multiple IAA and QCDA articles on employability and citizenship education. A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and board member on several educational networks Martin is passionate about developing the next generation of ‘enterprising citizens’ at City Gateway College across our Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney campuses.

Martin Downs, Deputy Principal


City Gateway College is governed by a committed body of governors who bring a variety of skills and expertise relevant to the school's needs, including finance, education, law and public policy. The Governers meet at least once a quarter to ensure that the overall direction of the school is in line with City Gateway College's vision and objectives.

Governance Structure 2016/17


We also work with many partners who provide specialist services or unique learning experiences for our students and appreciate their valuable contribution to the learning and personal growth of our students.


As an enterprise specialist college our students are offered many opportunities to engage with the real world, including industry visits and speakers. Three entrepreneurs with inspiring life stories who share our passion for young people have been chosen to represent our three college houses: