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.


Wraparound Care

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is a thread that runs throughout all aspects of life at Gateways and is directed towards the happiness, success, safety and welfare of each individual pupil and the integrity of the whole school community. The wellbeing of pupils is paramount at Gateways and any difficulties are dealt with promptly in the appropriate manner.

Healthy Lunches

Pupils are provided with a variety of healthy lunch options each day, cooked by our wonderful Holroyd Howe catering team. Our produce is is sourced from local Yorkshire suppliers where possible including produce grown by our Horticultural Society in the school grounds. The Gateways kitchen caters for the needs of children with food intolerances and allergies. For more information on Food at Gateways please click here.

Personal, Social and Health Education

At Gateways our PSHE programme aims to ensure that each pupil is able to:

  • Move from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood with support and guidance
  • Develop the confidence and skills to approach adulthood
  • Develop responsible independence
  • Recognise the needs of others
  • Develop individual talents

Student Voice

The School Council ensures that all students have a voice – each form elects a representative to the Council which meets once every half term to discuss any suggestions.

Celebrate Achievements

There are weekly assemblies which celebrate individual and group achievements.

School Nurse and Confidential Listener

A fully-qualified registered nurse is available during school hours in the event of illness or injury. The nurse cares for children with minor ailments, manages medication and contacts parents if necessary. The nurse is also involved in the health education of the children. There are also a number of qualified first aiders covering all areas of the school. A confidential listener is available for consultation and to offer confidential advice on a range of subjects.

Before and After School Care

Children in Pre-Reception are eligible to attend Earlybirds & Sundowners before and after school care. No pre-booking is required. They can undertake a variety of activities such as reading, various games, arts and crafts and dressing up.


Daily 7.30am – 8.30am
Supervised breakfast available.


Daily 3.00pm – 6.00pm
A light tea is provided in the dining room at 4.00pm

Pupils will be signed in when they arrive, and parents or nominated carers are asked to sign them out when they leave. This is essential in case of fire or accident.

Please click here for more information including costs.

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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