Extra Curricular - Gateways School

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.


Extra Curricular

Involvement in the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities offered at Gateways is encouraged.

A number of available options are detailed below, however the full range can be viewed by clicking here.


A wide range of sporting options are available to take part during lunch break and after school. These include hockey, rugby, football, netball and dodgeball – a very popular lunch time club! Tennis and Karate lessons can also be taken at Gateways, both run by external providers.

Pupils are encouraged to represent the school by playing fixtures from L1 (year 2). “Friendly” matches are arranged for younger pupils to develop their skills and introduce them to a team play setting.


Individual instrumental and singing lessons are available to pupils from Upper 1. These are run by Peripatetic teachers. In Lower 2, all pupils have a weekly half hour instrument lesson free of charge throughout the course of the year, focusing on flute, clarinet and violin. This is part of the Prep curriculum and gives pupils a chance to experience playing an instrument.

All pupils from Lower 2, Upper 2 and Lower 3 are members of the Prep Choir, with at least one weekly practice. There are a number of concerts throughout the year which pupils take part in, including a Christmas Carol Concert.


Pupils throughout Prep School take part in school productions. Upper 1 to Lower 3 pupils perform in a Prep production in the summer term.

Pupils from Upper 1 upwards have the chance to take Speech and Drama lessons.


Dance lessons are available to pupils from Pre-Reception upwards, run by our external dance teacher. A number of dance genres are available including Ballet and Street Jazz.


Adventures, Tours and Trips

Educational visits are a feature of the Prep programme and give pupils the opportunity to learn in a wider context. Visits include field trips, theatre and gallery visits and residential trips to outdoor pursuit centres to develop team building and leadership skills. Pupils have their first residential in Upper 1 (year 3).

Community Outreach

At Gateways we value our connection with the wider community and our Community Outreach Programme  involves pupils across the school supporting both local and international charities throughout the year. Involvement in these projects promotes community awareness and compassion, creating individuals who are well-rounded and responsible global citizens.

Each year, pupils and staff vote for their charity for the next school year and the majority of fundraising throughout the year goes towards this charity. In addition Prep pupils support a chosen charity for their Harvest donations which in recent years have included St George’s Crypt and The Dog’s Trust.

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?


7th April 2022

Cherryvine – Spring 22...

Below is a link to our latest issue of Cherryvine, our termly publication.  In this issue, we look at the trips and events from the Spring term, with a round up of...

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17th December 2021

Cherryvine – Autumn 21...

Below is a link to our latest issue of Cherryvine, our termly publication.  In this issue, we look at the trips and events from the Autumn term, with a round up of...

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15th July 2021

High School fundraise for...

On the last day of term, our High School pupils and staff took part in a walking challenge around the Harewood estate completing a 5-mile walking challenge to raise money for local...

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