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!


Careers & University

University and Further Education Preparation

At the start of Lower 6, students are provided with guidance through the university application process. Mock interviews are arranged with a variety of professionals to help students prepare. Personal and academic tutors offer support to students on completing their personal statement and university application form. Visits to Higher Education fairs are arranged, allowing pupils to explore the options available to them.

Specialist advice is also available for potential Oxbridge candidates.

Preparation for the more practical elements of university are also covered in the enrichment programme such as personal finance and cooking for oneself.

For UCAS applicants additional information can be found below.

Careers Guidance

Throughout the Sixth Form there is a carefully constructed and comprehensive careers programme involving internal and external careers advisors, careers fairs and a series of group and individual interviews.

We are lucky to have a Level 6 qualified Careers Advisor, Mrs Marlene Sharrock, in a full time role at Gateways. As well as managing the provision of and promotion of careers information and providing the pupils with one-to-one guidance, Mrs Sharrock also implements events and links with employers, HE and FE providers and representatives from across career sectors. The Head of Sixth Form, along with form tutors and subject teachers further enhance careers provision bringing experience, subject-relevance and awareness of each individual pupil to the provision.

For more information about Careers Guidance at Gateways please click here.

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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