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.

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Involvement in the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered at Gateways is encouraged. Sport, drama, music, community outreach, debating and other clubs and societies allow pupils to develop leadership, communication and team-working skills.

For an extensive list of extra-curricular opportunities at Gateways please click here.

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Adventures, Tours and Trips

Educations visits are a regular feature in our High School programme and they give pupils the opportunity to learn in a wider context.

In Upper 3, pupils are invited to an “outward bound” residential weekend, providing a chance for them to learn to work together and enjoy each other’s company. In Lower 4 pupils are offered the chance to go on a cultural trip to Edinburgh. Other opportunities open to High School include an annual ski trip, a biannual cultural and historical trip to Poland, an excursion to London to visit the art galleries and geography field trips. Opportunities further afield include a biannual netball tour to South Africa and an expedition (open to older members of the school community), which is recent years has involved visits to Cambodia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Please see the 2019 Ski letter here. Ski Trip Letter 2019

Choir Trip to Italy letter here. Tuscany Music Tour 2019

Duke of Edinburgh

Gateways has an outstanding record on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Gateways is a Licensed Organisation for the delivery of the scheme. Each year a large number of students participate in the Bronze, Silver and Gold award training. At Gateways pupils are able to start the Duke of Edinburgh Award in U4 (Year 9). The Duke of Edinburgh award allows millions of 14-24 year olds the opportunity to complete the award. Participants learn a sense of teamwork, commitment, endurance, independence and employability whilst on the scheme.

The expeditions take place in the Yorkshire Dales National Park between the end of March through to the end of October with highly qualified staff members on each expedition. In order to complete the award, the pupils must complete a practice expedition and then a final expedition for their age group.

In order to prepare the participants for their practice and final expedition, a Duke of Edinburgh cook out during lunch time will take place on the school grounds. Here pupils learn about camp craft and what is best suited to eat on expedition.

At each level there are three additional components to complete in order to achieve your award. These are skill, physical and volunteering – each section provides the participant to gain new skills and responsibilities depending on their interests. These need to be completed for three or six months. At Bronze the expedition time is two days and silver is three. Once these sections and the final expedition has been completed the pupil will receive her award in assembly.

In 2014 Gateways began a Duke of Edinburgh Open Award scheme, only one of few in the area opening its ‘Gates’ to participants in the local community. This has proved to be very popular with schools in the nearby area. This session is run every Tuesday evening during term time and students aged from 14 years can join.

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


25th June 2020

Sixth Form scholarships for...

Sixth Form Foundation Scholarships for Key Worker children As a thank you to Key Workers, we are offering a limited number of means-tested Foundation Scholarships for daughters of Key Workers (across all...

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7th May 2020

Spring issue of Cherryvine

Catch up with the latest news and developments at Gateways in our termly round up –  Cherryvine. Download the pdf of our Spring Term issue here

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24th January 2020

New Art Studio coming...

Our new open plan Art Studio has been given the go ahead and we are hoping to have this facility ready to use in the summer term this year. Once it’s ready,...

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