Why Sixth Form?

Gateways offers more A Level subjects than any other local independent school and we will usually run a subject even if only one or two girls choose it - now that's a bespoke education! With small classes, there is simply no better preparation for the small group tutorial work expected at University than getting two years experience of it before you go! It also explains why our results outperform academically selective schools time and time again.

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Welcome to Sixth Form

Gateways Sixth Form affords students a wonderful opportunity to develop their academic, as well as personal development over what is two of the most demanding years of their lives. Students are encouraged to work hard academically but also to ensure they immerse themselves fully in the life of the school – and beyond. Students develop their leadership qualities in many ways throughout their time. They undertake a variety of duties at break and lunchtimes and lead the House, organising music, sporting, drama, charity and general whole school events. Our enrichment programme contains everything from Study Skills sessions and English Speaking Board Examinations to more practical elements such as personal finance and cooking for oneself. University and careers modules are embedded within this. We are an exciting, vibrant and happy Sixth Form and one only needs to ask those who have recently graduated from Cambridge, Durham and the LSE, amongst others, as to how well Gateways prepares one for adult life.

Mr Martin Davison - Head of Sixth Form

Head of Sixth Form

Mr Martin Davison - Head of Sixth Form

A Day in the life of ...

Ellie in Sixth Form

9:00am

My first lesson today is biology. We are currently preparing for our core practical. I have to design my own methods and research the area, plan my results table and prepare a risk assessment and equipment list.

10:00am

After biology I have a free period. Today I am catching up on homework in the library. There is also a computer room which is only for sixth formers.

11:00am

At break time I head to the sixth form cellars to chill out with my friends. The cellars are a private area for sixth formers. We have lockers, TVs and a kitchen so that we can make tea and coffee.

11:15am

After break I have psychology. It's always an intense and fast paced lesson but very productive! Psychology is difficult but Mrs Hayward makes it fun. She creates games to help us learn complicated concepts. It is interesting how what we learn can be applied to our everyday behaviours!

1:10pm

After lunch I have Counterpoint choir practice. Counterpoint is a focused choir group and you have to be a dedicated member of the School Choir to join. We perform termly at school and at other events. Recently we sang at a wedding and we have also performed at Highfield Care Home and Rudding Park.

2:00pm

My final lesson is art which also happens to be my favourite. At the moment I am exploring textures and painting using a palette knife. Mrs Crawshaw gives us complete artistic freedom which is easier as there are just five of us in the class.

A Day In The Life

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