This week, I spent some time looking at the Alumni page on our school website. If you have not visited this part of our site, it is well worth browsing. Here is the link. It is impressive to see the diversity of the paths that our former pupils have chosen - ranging from policy writers at the Foreign Office and veterinarians, to mechanical engineers and pupils studying physics at university.
What stood out the most for me was that the values and the opportunities highlighted by our former pupils are still very much the values we promote at Gateway today through our ASPIRE values. Many of the pupils talk fondly about the opportunities they were given in music and the arts, especially the choir and the end of year drama productions. There are references to how well prepared they felt for secondary school, including the use of a planner, movement between classes in the seniors and the tutor group set-up. As always, the French trip was mentioned regularly and has become a rite of passage for our Year 6 pupils.
Gateway continues to evolve and offers its pupils a wealth of opportunity to explore and develop as they move through the school. There are more off-site trips. We now have three choirs, with the junior choir having over 40 pupils in it! We have introduced mentoring and mindfulness to help equip our children for the future and we have also increased the amount of opportunities for our children to take on responsibility and lead others. Whether it be listening to children read in the juniors, becoming a member of the School Council, leading playground activities or helping younger children in the hall at lunch times, our pupils leave as young adults with the skills to pursue the interests and talents that have been nurtured at Gateway.