Why Sixth Form?

Gateways offers at least the same number of A Level subjects as any other local independent school and we will usually run a subject even if only one or two pupils 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!



A Level Exam Headlines 2017

Gateways School achieves 100% overall pass rate for A Levels

There were many happy, smiling faces on A Level results day as students, parents and staff celebrated another fantastic set of results for Gateways School in Harewood. This year saw the first results for reformed A Levels in 13 subjects including the sciences, psychology, history and art disciplines.

The 2016-2017 academic year has seen an outstanding 100% of pupils achieve A*-B grades in subjects including Spanish, media studies, further maths, food technology, English Literature, music and physics. As a non-selective school, Gateways has received a 100% overall pass rate, the national figure having fallen to 98%. Celebrations are also in order for art & design and art & photography as two students were awarded the elusive A* grade, something which is extremely difficult to achieve in these subjects.

Headmistress Dr Tracy Johnson commented: “It is particularly pleasing to consider our results on the understanding that we are a truly non-selective school with an extremely broad student ability base.  With that in mind, to achieve a 100% pass rate at A level is fantastic and shows that the individual attention our students receive in our uniquely small classes really does pay off.  The icing on the cake is that the students also achieved 43% of grades at the coveted ABB benchmark level and the cherry on the top is that 90% of all grades were between A*- C! My sincere congratulations go to all and my deepest thanks also goes to the dedicated and hard-working teaching staff who inspire the students to achieve the very best they can.”

Isabel Laughton, who is going to read Psychology at Newcastle University, commented: ‘I’m really happy with my results but I’m not quite ready to leave the comfort of Gateways!’





A Day in the life of ...

Ellie in Sixth Form


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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