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!



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 5 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 Cambridge 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.

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“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 ...

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.

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