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!



Involvement in a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities is offered and encouraged in Sixth Form. Pupils can choose from a wide range of clubs including the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), the school choir, board games club and various sports clubs. Many of these clubs help pupils to develop interests and skills which may be useful to them for their chosen career. Pupils are encouraged to help lead clubs and to start new ones should they wish.

Students are offered the opportunity to attend a Toastmasters evening where following an evening meal, students partake in a variety of speech and word games in a fun and relaxed setting.

Driving lessons can also be taken during non-contact periods. We have an agreement with MJ Driving School for discounted lessons once a student has turned 17.

More information on Community Outreach, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and other ways in which pupils can develop themselves as individuals can be found under the Enrichment Section.

Sport in Sixth Form

As well as the sports clubs on offer, a weekly PE session is offered to students as part of their Sixth Form timetable. This involves various activities such as yoga and high intensity workouts.

In addition girls have the chance to play for the Seniors Netball Team should they wish to continue with competitive sport on behalf of the school.

The Sixth Form has its own well-equipped gym, including Peloton bikes, which students can use between 8am-5pm, once they have completed their induction.

Trips and Visits

Students are able to take part in a number of cultural and historical visits throughout their two years in Sixth Form. Opportunities further afield include a biannual netball tour, a CCF week at an army camp and an expedition which in recent years has involved visits to Cambodia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. In addition to this there is the annual ski trip which runs during February half term.

The choir trip in 2022 was to Paris, one of the performances on this tour included Disneyland Paris!

Field trips form a part of some courses such as biology and geography, covering areas such as Iceland, the East Coast, Malham and Paris.

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


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