24th October 2016
It’s the Perfect Size
With under 500 pupils we pride ourselves on being a small school. Investment is prioritised to keeping our class sizes small but our subject offering wide. As one parent commented in our recent parental survey: “Gateways is small enough to encourage individual confidence and to develop a child’s full potential while offering a high standard of academic teaching and excellent pastoral care.”
The Individual Matters
Our small class sizes and high staff to pupil ratio allow us to offer a bespoke and personalised education as tailored to the individual learner. Each child is known and understood and relationships between pupils and staff members are excellent. Pupils are valued and stretched according to their strengths and supported through their weaknesses via subject clinics, extra sessions with teachers and our fantastic Learning Support team.
Our results speak for themselves
Gateways is not an academically selective school yet it achieves results in line with those that are. Earlier this year a report published by the CEM Centre at Durham University ranked Gateways High School top in the UK for achievement in Maths and Science and 7th place in the UK for achievement across all GCSE subjects!
We are a Caring Community
Parents, pupils and staff at Gateways know each other across the school, providing a supportive community environment for all. We have a very strong home-school partnership throughout the school. Within Gateways, vertical grouping is encouraged among pupils, and is facilitated by the house system. We are very proud of our pastoral care. As well as designated staff members including the school nurse (who is available throughout the day) we also have a number of staff members undergoing mental health first aid training due to the increasing issue in this area among young adults.
We celebrate our differences
We are very proud to be a multi-cultural school with a diverse intake and we celebrate this fact in many ways from assemblies to themed lunches celebrating Chinese New Year and Passover for example. We are also very accommodating in respect of cultural and religious observance.