NEXT STEPS High School Ages 11-16

Why Prep School?

It is well known that the benefits of an independent education are cumulative and that they make most difference to outcomes for children the earlier the investment in them is made. The small class sizes in Prep regularly see the the children outperform their peers in other schools, including other independent schools, having started at the same baseline.


Welcome to Prep School

Welcome to Gateways Prep School which caters for children aged five to 11. We are proud to be able to offer your child a personal education due to our small class sizes and individual pupil attention. Our cross curricular approach is coupled with subject specialism allowing pupils to benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of professionals in different areas of the curriculum. Children leave our Prep School at the age of 11 confident in their abilities and well prepared for the challenges of High School. I warmly invite you to come along for a personal visit to Prep to see for yourself.

Mrs Helen Wallis - Head (Prep School)

Head (Prep School)

Mrs Helen Wallis - Head (Prep School)

A Day in the life of ...

Nicholas in Prep School


This morning my mum dropped me off at Earlybirds as she had to be in work early. I usually play with my friend Jamie before we walk to the Prep building together.


My first lesson is science. At the moment we are studying volcanoes and layers of the earth, including fossils. This lesson we learnt that a fossil is made when water and minerals replace the bones of the dead animal but keep the shape of the skeleton.


Break time is one of my favourite times of the day. We usually play games outside. If it's muddy we wear our wellies. My favourite games are tig and blocky. I like playing with my friends from other year groups


I have maths with Mrs Wallis. Today we start the lesson by playing maths bingo - if the answer to the question is one of our numbers then we cross it off. The first one to get all 6 is the winner. Mrs Wallis knows how to make maths fun!


This afternoon I have PE which is one of my favourite subjects. Today we are playing football. Mr Scholfield helps us learn different skills such as how to dribble, shoot and to be a good goalkeeper.


Today I have Karate after school. I go every week and I am currently a red belt. I like the pad work, it's my favourite part. My mum picks me up after Karate - I'm always ready for my tea!

What's happening in Prep School?


12th October 2017

Prep Sports Report 13-10-2017

U10 Netball v Richmond House (Friday 6th October) Result – Won 5-1 The U10s played superbly well in this very friendly fixture as they ran out 5-1 winners. The opposition had spells...

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6th October 2017

Prep Sports Report 06-10-17

U9 Gateways Netball Festival (Tuesday 3rd October 2017) Result – Festival (No scores recorded) Gateways U9s acquitted themselves superbly well on an afternoon that saw 60 netball matches played with 18 matches...

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29th September 2017

Prep Sports Report 29-9-17

U10 Tag Rugby v Moorfield (Friday 22nd September 2017) Result – Friendly (No recorded score) The Gateways lads went into their second match of the season with a renewed optimism after being...

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