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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

Mrs Helen Wallis, BA (QTS) in primary education, has been at Gateways for 15 years 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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