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 our Prep school mean that each and every child is well known by their teachers. We regularly see 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 5 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. Due to our vertically integrated house system, Prep children get the opportunity to mix with High School, Sixth Form and Early Years pupils for house and fundraising events within the school. 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 ...

Pavan in Prep School


After form time I start the day in Maths. Maths is one of my favourite subjects and today we are learning how to multiply using the grid method, breaking down the numbers with partitioning to make complicated things easier. I love the satisfaction from finding the answers.


Break time! At morning break I love having my snack and playing outside with my friends. If it’s muddy and wet we can just put our wellies on and still go outside. There’s loads to do in the playground. I play on the equipment and chat with my friends in other classes and year groups.


We end our morning with PE and today we are playing cricket with Mr Arnold. We are all practicing our bowling and batting as we play a very fast version of the game that means we all move around having a go at everything.


After lunch today I am going to a Prep lunchtime club - the Prep Orchestra! I am learning to play the cello and have lessons at school. The orchestra practices are one of my favourite parts of the week. We have all just performed for the whole of Prep School and our parents which was fun.


Our project in DT this term is to design and make our own cushion. Miss Avison has helped guide us through the design process and today I am practicing sewing the design before I make the final cushion.


Our last lesson today is science. This term we have been studying plants and today we are cutting up a flower and looking inside to see if we can spot the different parts we can see and identify what their functions are.


Afterschool club today is karate. I have been doing it for over a year now and really enjoy testing my balance while doing the high kicks!

What's happening in Prep School?


15th December 2023

Cherryvine – Autumn 2023

Below is a link to our Autumn term issue of Cherryvine.  In this issue, we focus on ‘growth’ as well as a round up of this term’s trips and events which included...

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10th July 2023

Cherryvine – Summer 23

Below is a link to our Summer term issue of Cherryvine.  In this issue, we focus on wellbeing as well as a round up of this term’s trips and events which included...

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18th April 2023

Cherryvine – Spring 23

In our Spring 2023 issue, we focus on PSHE as well as the usual round up of trip and events. Click here or the image below to download the pdf.

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