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 ...

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?


8th April 2024

Cherryvine – Spring 24

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

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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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