Why Sixth Form?

Gateways offers at least the same number of A Level subjects as any other local independent school and we will usually run a subject even if only a few pupils choose it - now that's a bespoke education! With small classes, there is simply no better preparation for the small group tutorial work expected at University than getting two years experience of it before you go!



The Gateways Sixth Form experience offers a breadth of subject choice, taught by highly qualified, experienced and specialist teachers in a challenging yet supportive environment. Students are developed as individuals and provided with the educational foundation to go forward and achieve to the best of their ability in either higher education or the workplace.

Teaching takes place in specialist rooms and groups are small, with an average of just 8 per class. This allows students to receive attention and support which is tailored to their individual needs and capabilities. Form and subject tutors assist students to set academic goals and develop potential. Attainment and progress is monitored closely. Sixth Formers are encouraged to think independently and are prepared for the self-directed learning that is expected of students in higher education.

We encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning through our Academic monitoring system where they, along with their Tutor, analyse Durham University’s ALIS (A Level Information System) predictions and their own performance to devise their own realistic student target grade which is then monitored over the course of their time in Sixth Form.

Have a look here at the subjects offered at A Level:

Subjects offered at A Level

Click here to download the full Sixth Form Prospectus (pdf)


“Gateways helped me to develop so many skills and supported me a way that I could never had imagined. I am grateful for the lifelong friendships I made whilst at Sixth Form and can’t express how amazing the teachers were on both an educational and pastoral level. I will be leaving school as a better version of myself and I have Gateways to thank for this.”

A Day in the life of ...

Ellie in Sixth Form


My first lesson today is biology. We are currently preparing for our core practical. I have to design my own methods and research the area, plan my results table and prepare a risk assessment and equipment list.


After biology I have a free period. Today I am catching up on homework in the library. There is also a computer room which is only for sixth formers.


At break time I head to the sixth form cellars to chill out with my friends. The cellars are a private area for sixth formers. We have lockers, TVs and a kitchen so that we can make tea and coffee.


After break I have psychology. It's always an intense and fast paced lesson but very productive! Psychology is difficult but Mrs Hayward makes it fun. She creates games to help us learn complicated concepts. It is interesting how what we learn can be applied to our everyday behaviours!


After lunch I have Counterpoint choir practice. Counterpoint is a focused choir group and you have to be a dedicated member of the School Choir to join. We perform termly at school and at other events. Recently we sang at a wedding and we have also performed at Highfield Care Home and Rudding Park.


My final lesson is art which also happens to be my favourite. At the moment I am exploring textures and painting using a palette knife. Mrs Crawshaw gives us complete artistic freedom which is easier as there are just five of us in the class.

A Day In The Life


23rd March 2021

Gateways launches scholarships for...

To say thank you to Key Workers, we are offering a limited number of Foundation Scholarships to children of Key Workers. Following our successful Sixth Form Scholarship offer in 2020, we are...

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16th December 2020

Autumn term Cherryvine

Catch up with the latest news and developments at Gateways in our termly round up –  Cherryvine. Download the pdf of our Autumn Term 2020 issue here  

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25th June 2020

Sixth Form scholarships for...

Sixth Form Foundation Scholarships for Key Worker children As a thank you to Key Workers, we are offering a limited number of means-tested Foundation Scholarships for daughters of Key Workers (across all...

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