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Spacious, light, bright classrooms with colourful displays and at least one glass wall. We were particularly taken by the enchanting mini red sofa and armchairs in the library, sited in the atrium. Parents very happy with academic aspects – 'The teachers know the children well and bring them on very well', 'They encourage them and develop their confidence so they achieve more', 'brilliant maths teaching'.  'There's a strong bond between the teachers and students,' according to a remarkably self-possessed girl who had joined year 6 from a state school and settled in quickly and happily...


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Head of the preparatory school

Helen Wallis BA (QTS) in primary education, has been at Gateways since joining as an NQT in 2002. She was appointed curriculum leader of maths and science in 2008 and introduced a number of new initiatives to the school including the annual National Primary Maths Challenge. She continues to teach maths in the prep school alongside her leadership duties. Outside of Gateways, Mrs Wallis enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.


Years 1 to 6: children spend time at the school with their age group and are observed in the classroom. Non-selective, but age-appropriate tests used to identify strengths and weaknesses and check the school is the right fit in a broad sense. Several now arrive for year 6, mainly for scholarship preparation.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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