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!

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Careers & University

University and Further Education Preparation

At the start of Lower Sixth, 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 Director 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 ...

Ellie in Sixth Form

9:00am

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.

10:00am

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.

11:00am

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.

11:15am

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!

1:10pm

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.

2:00pm

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

LATEST NEWS

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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