NEXT STEPS Sixth Form Ages 16-18

Why High School?

One of the key strengths at Gateways, is our promise to deliver average class sizes in the High School of between 14-18 pupils. No other school in the area makes parents this promise, yet the benefits of restricting class size in this way are clear for all to see. The effectiveness of the teacher is dramatically enhanced with fewer students in a class and this is evidenced by our Value Added data which regularly places Gateways in the top ten of all schools nationally! In fact in 2016 Gateways was THE top school nationally for value added in Maths and Science at GCSE level. We are extending our provision to accept Year 7 boys from Sept 2019.

How To Apply


Upper 3, Lower 4 and Upper 4 (Years 7, 8 and 9)


All pupils follow a broad curriculum which currently includes the following subjects; English, Maths, Art, French, German, Latin, Geography, History, Music, Religious Studies, Drama, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Food Technology, Textiles, Computing, Physical Education and PSHE.

Spanish is introduced in Upper 4 (year 9), when pupils must decide whether to also continue with French or German.


Homework is an integral part of the academic day. Each year pupils are given a homework timetable indicating the subjects per evening and guidelines as to how long this should take. A supervised homework club runs every night until 6.00pm in the Cox-Simpson library. This is free of charge and all High School girls can make use of this facility.

School Planner

Each girl is given a school planner in which a member of staff may note house points, commendations, acknowledge effort and progress or note if homework is missing or inadequate. Parents are asked to sign the school planner at the end of the week. In this way parents and teachers are able to work together to give every student the support she may need to make the best possible use of her time.

Academic Assessment and Rewards

Students are monitored throughout the year in all subjects. At the end of each term academic excellence and effort is recognised through subject awards assembly in which certificates are given to those who have achieved outstanding academic success or shown sustained effort to improve. Assessment is continuous through both class and homework. Students work with their Form Tutor to track, monitor and improve their work through the setting of targets.

House Points

House points and commendations are awarded for good pieces of work. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded for each item to pupils achieving high numbers of house points. At the end of each term the house point totals are announced and count towards the House Cup awarded at the end of the Academic Year.

Reporting to Parents

The school planner plays a key role in ensuring regular communication between home and school. More formally, reporting takes place each half term either in the form of a half-term review, a parents’ evening or a formative report. Pupils are invited to attend all parents’ evenings.

GCSE Years Lower 5 and Upper 5 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE Options

Pupils follow the formal two year GCSE or iGCSE course.

Core subjects: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science or Triple Science.

Optional Subjects: 4 subjects (or 3 if taking triple science) must be chosen, at least one of these must be a Modern Foreign Language: Art & Design, Art & Textiles, Computing, Drama, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, History, Latin, Music, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Spanish.

Additional subjects: non-GCSE physical education, PSHE, Religious Studies (Christian Ethics).

Controlled Assessments

Controlled Assessment is an integral part of many GCSE courses. It offers the opportunity to produce work of the highest possible standard, without the time pressures of an examination. Controlled Assessment and coursework are usually assessed internally, within strict guidelines to ensure standardisation.

Academic Reviews

An Academic Review provides a snapshot of progress. A full Formative Report is sent home during the year and this includes developmental targets to help improve standards. A parents’ evening is also held each year to discuss progress.

Tests and Examinations

Girls are assessed throughout the year in all subjects and at the end of each term high achievers appear on the Merit boards. In June all girls in High School have either school or public examinations. In Upper 5 (year 11) there are mock examinations and pupils will be given study leave at this time. Public examinations are held in May and June.

SAM Learning

SAM Learning is an award winning online study service independently proven to raise attainment. Pupils in all areas of the school can use the site to revise and test themselves using practice exam papers and test questions across more than 20 subjects, in a variety of different formats that are fun, engaging and challenging.

The subjects are divided across the Key Stages up to GCSE level. The GCSE courses cater for all examination boards and material is regularly updated. As well as the pre-designed pages, teachers at Gateways write their own tasks which are set for homework or to be used in class. During a seven-year study conducted by the Fischer Family Trust, SAM Learning was independently proven to raise exam grades on average students achieve 2 GCSE grades better than expected with as little as 10 hours’ use.

Pupils are given their own individual login and password. They can create their own avatar and compete against friends by accumulating points for the number of activities completed.

To access SAM Learning please click here. 

A Day in the life of ...

Taliya in High School


This morning was our class assembly. We decided to focus on friendship as this means a lot to us in the class. We spoke about the qualities that we find in a good friend such as someone who is always there for you. We all wrote the assembly together


History is my first lesson of the day. It is one of my favourite subjects because Mr Crosby explains it in a way that is fun and easy to understand. At the moment we are studying the Peasant's Revolt against the king after the Black Death. We watched cartoons to help us understand.


After lessons we rush to the dining room for some snacks - sometimes there are slices of pizza which are my favourite! Today we sit outside and have a chat before the next lesson because the sun is out.


In Spanish today we are in the language lab. We can call each other across the room to practise our conversations. I also like learning by testing myself on the iPad.


Today is fish and chip day which is everyone's favourite day! I need to eat a good lunch because I have rounders club straight after. Mrs Braithwaite teaches it and it's really fun - we get to try lots of different techniques and then practice them in a game. We also get to mix with other year groups.


This afternoon I have PE which is my favourite subject. Recently we have been doing athletics. I have been really enjoying the sprinting. Today we learnt how to improve our sprinting techniques by using sprint starts. After this I get changed for my final lesson before home time at 4pm.

What's happening in...High School


1st December 2017

High School & Sixth...

Monday 27th Nov U12 Friendly V St Aidans A very inexperienced U12 team had a hard match against a fluent and well-rehearsed St Aidans team. It was evident from the beginning that...

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24th November 2017

High School & Sixth...

  U14 Gateways 12 – 20 Roundhay The first half of the game saw Gateways staying firmly in the running for victory, some strong attacking play from Taliya Murray and Alessia Teoli...

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21st November 2017

High School & Sixth...

U17’s Frisbee Tournament The Gateways U17s Ultimate Frisbee squad had another successful nationals tournament on Sunday 12th November. The team started very convincingly, beating the first two teams in their pool by...

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