Chandeliers put up for annual presentation night

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Hard work was rewarded at the annual prize giving ceremony at Gateways School at the end of term.

The Harewood-based independent school’s sports hall was transformed for the event with chandeliers adorning the ceiling.

Picnics were enjoyed on the field by parents, pupils and teachers before entering the Hall where artwork from the recent GCSE and A Level exhibition was on show.

Pre-ceremony entertainment included musical and theatrical performances as well as excerpts from the recent Dance Showcase and the Year 5 and 6 play.

The Chairman of Governors Robert Barr addressed the audience first and stated: “The aim of Gateways School is to provide an individual and bespoke educational experience at all stages of its pupils education.”

He also reported that 98 per cent of parents who had filled in the recent parental survey had said they would recommend Gateways for an all-round education.

Dr Tracy Johnson then spoke of her belief that strong relationships and the building of positive partnerships are key to a happy and successful school.

She went on to assure parents that Gateways would be maintaining its broad curriculum, where other schools are cutting theirs, and that this, along with small class sizes were among the main priorities for the school.

Gateways School currently offers 24 A Level and 23 GCSE subjects.

After a performance by Gateways School Choir, Counterpoint, Guest Speaker Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe handed out prizes to the winning pupils before addressing the audience.

In her speech she praised the school for always maintaining its, “aura of contentment, security and good academic results”.

Head Girl Chloe Atkinson was due to make her speech live from a School Expedition in Costa Rica.

Due to technical difficulties guests instead watched a pre-recorded version where Chloe stated: “Gateways has moulded me into the confident 18-year-old I am today.

“It is a place where individuals are welcomed and nurtured to achieve the best that they can whatever their talents and aspirations. This makes me proud to have attended Gateways.”

After the ceremony guests were treated to Prosecco and strawberries in the glorious weather.

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