Why Sixth Form?

Our new Sixth Form Centre is situated in a totally refurbished building adjacent to Gateways School. It has been designed as a working space with different zones created for different ways of working. Additional facilities include a café space and a 6th Form only gym containing cardio equipment such as Peloton bikes as well as strength machines/free weights. Students still benefit from our small class sizes and can experience independence with all the facilities of Gateways School around the corner!


Welcome to Sixth Form

Gateways Sixth Form affords students a wonderful opportunity to develop their academic, as well as personal development over what is two of the most demanding years of their lives. Students are encouraged to work hard academically but also to ensure they immerse themselves fully in the life of the school – and beyond. They will develop their leadership qualities in many ways throughout their time and undertake a variety of duties at break and lunchtimes and lead the House, organising music, sporting, drama, charity and general whole school events. Our Enrichment programme contains everything from Study Skills sessions and English Speaking Board Examinations to more practical elements such as personal finance and cooking for oneself; university and careers modules are embedded within this. Due to our small class sizes, the teaching staff really get to know our students. This means the individual attention each student receives helps them to achieve their very best in academic terms too. We have a fantastic track record of high A Level grades; in 2023, a third of all A Levels were graded at A* - A. We are a vibrant and happy Sixth Form, please take a look through the pages in this section to find out a bit more about us and contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.

Mr Martin Davison - Head of Sixth Form

Head of Sixth Form

Mr Martin Davison - Head of Sixth Form

A Day in the life of ...

Sadie in Sixth Form


As soon as I arrive at the Sixth Form Centre, I sign in, get a hot chocolate then have a quick catch up with friends. This morning I have a free period so I'm discussing my business studies homework with a friend in the social working area.


I am taking sociology A Level and the lesson today is about the education system in the UK and how class status can affect this. My classes are small so there is lots of one-to-one time with the teacher and we have some great class discussions.


During break time, I usually go to the Sixth Form café. I’m catching up with a friend today about our EPQ topics. The EPQ is an additional qualification based on a subject of our choice, my research project is based on the rise of electronic cigarette use amongst 13 –18 years olds.


I usually have lunch in the café area in the Sixth Form Centre. There’s a good choice of fresh food and drinks and snacks. I catch up with friends and sometimes we'll walk over to the main school grounds .


The study booths are great for quiet working – I have an essay to write for psychology about the conformity of social roles and gender stereotyping which I’m working on and adding to the work we’ve covered in the lesson.


We finish at 4pm, sometimes I like to use the gym either in a free period or at the end of the day. I particularly enjoy using the peloton bike. Today I’m doing a Peloton session followed by some rowing, free weights, and a bit of yoga.

A Day In The Life


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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