Curriculum

Curriculum

Education has begun to transform rapidly in the recent years, but we believe we are still seeing only the beginnings of change. As an International School in Sri Lanka that is responsible and accountable to our own destiny, we also have to be alert to the changes that are taking place in the education systems around us.

From the very inception, Gateway took a decision to model our curriculum according to the English system of education. Being subjected to this well researched and time-tested curriculum, our students continue to excel both is school and thereafter.

The education systems world over are undergoing rapid change. There are many changes taking place in the United Kingdom too. Closer to home, especially in the Far East, we see the emergence of highly competitive systems. As a responsible educational organization, we cannot simply ignore what is happening around and be complacent, especially when we see that the economic dominance is shifting from the west to the east.
Our curriculum, therefore, should be considered as one that is not fixed as we make alterations whenever necessary. Gateway, however, has and always will, strive to offer a balanced curriculum that is aimed at the holistic development of every pupil.

The School Structure& Facilities

Having strengthened the position in the Primary and Secondary sectors, Gateway Collegehasalso gone into the tertiary sector, ushering in a new dimension to the institution where we provide education from Play Group (2 ½ years+) to Degree Level, with a new focus and theme – “Foundation to Graduation”. Opportunities for tertiary education as well as guidance and counseling for higher education overseas are provided by the Gateway Graduate School.

The structure of Gateway College is as follows:

  Stage School Year Recommended Age
Primary Foundation Stage Play Group 2 ½ + to 3+
Nursery 3+ to 4+
Kindergarten 4+ to 5+
Key Stage 1 Year 1 5+ to 6+
Year 2 6+ to 7+
Key Stage 2 Year 3 7+ to 8+
Year 4 8+ to 9+
Year 5 9+ to 10+
Year 6 10+ to 11+
Secondary Key Stage 3 Year 7 11+ to 12+
Year 8 12+ to 13+
Year 9 13+ to 14+
Key Stage 4 Years 10 & 11 14+ to 16+
( IGCSE)
Advanced Level Years 12 & 13 16+ to 18+
(AS and A2)

With state-of-the-art facilities and a guarantee of not more than 25 students to a class, Gateway assures the best for every student. Gateway enjoys accredited teaching centre status from Edexcel - UK, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and NCC Education – UK, enabling the school to conduct all examinations in-house.

Our Foundation Schools consists of many colourful classrooms with separate reading corners, a spacious music room, a multipurpose room with a mini library, an IT suite and an indoor play room. The outdoor play area is equipped with the most modern equipment to provide meaningful physical development for kids.

Primary and Secondary schoolsare equipped with modern student friendly libraries, Science laboratories, Design and Technology laboratories, rooms for Art and Crafts, Dance, Drama, Music, an Auditoriumand several ICT suites. Beautifully landscaped play areas are a special feature of the school.

Interactive Whiteboards are considered to be an excellent resource for not only visual learners but for Auditory and Kinesthetic learners as well. Gateway therefore has made necessary investments to encourage all teachers from Kindergarten level to Advanced Level to use this new tool. With the provisionof Internet access to all classrooms in the Secondary School, the teaching and learning at Gateway has reached greater heights.

All our schools are powered with ‘School-On-Line (SOL)’, our own fully web based school management system that has been developed and managed by Gateway Consultancy Services. Through SOL, most of our processes are fully automated.

Academics

The outstanding academic performances of our students bring to light that the systems and processes we have built over the years are now paying dividends. Even though we have modelled our curriculum according to the English system of education, we have always had an open mind to embrace good practices from any part of the world, including Sri Lanka. We constantly revise and review our systems to suit our students and our country.

ICT and Computing has become an integral component of the teaching and learning process at all levels. In this regard, we are fortunate that the ‘Computer Poineers’ (CP) curriculum that has been designed and developed by the Gateway Kids School of Computing and fully endorsed by Edexcel UK, is incorporated into our school curriculum. Through CP, our students receive the most up-to-date training that in areas such as Robotics, Animation, Data Logging, Control etc. that supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning. Through this well-structured programme that has an international reach, students are able to receive certification from Edexcel UK, at the end of every academic year.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the English National Curriculum, we have encompassed other aspects of learning to provide our children the necessary exposure to values and traditions of Sri Lanka. The History curriculum in all three Key Stages has a Sri Lankan component introduced such that the students learn about their own country in addition to Europe and the rest of the world.

Gateway believes that Parents should play an important role in the child’s academic progress and strongly considers them as their Partners in Progress. In this respect, the school expects the parents to participate in the regular Parent-Teacher interactions and monitor the child’s performance at home.

Primary School

The contribution made by our Primary School that consists of Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 sections is more evident today than ever before. As a young school, it is only now that we have students who have had their complete Primary Education at Gateway College, sitting the IGCSE and Advanced Level examinations.  Their performanceat these examinations can be considered exemplary.

Foundation Stageis a distinct stage, and is important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. Gateway’s curriculum is carefully structured with provision at the Play Group for the different starting points, and, thereafter, to continuously build at Nursery and Kindergarten. The curriculum at Foundation stage is essentially a mixed one bringing in the best practices from Montessori, Pre-School methods etc. Various themes incorporated throughout the year make learning fun and exciting.

Early years learning at Foundation Stage concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

At Play Group, we practisethe concept of ‘Learn through Play’. Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. During the two years at Nursery and Kindergarten, children are provided with the necessary support to reach the early learning goals. ICT (Computing), swimming and athletics are introduced at Kindergarten level.

The curriculum at Key Stage 1, is carefully planned out to ensure that the child not only gets the right start, but also a bright one. Just as in the Foundation Stage, we provide a caring environment, with two members of experienced and trained staff in each class, to ensure every child gets the correct guidance required at this tender age. With modern techniques, up-to-date facilities, best of care and loving staff, we ensure that childrenreceive personalized attention.

Subject areas covered at Key Stage 1 include:
Core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
Foundation subjects: Computing, Design and Technology (D&T), History, Geography, Art & Design, Music and Physical Education
Others: Sinhala, Tamil, Drama, Oriental Dance, Religion (Buddhism/Christianity/Roman Catholicism/ Islam/Hinduism) and Swimming.

The Key Stage 2 curriculum continues to build, stimulate and promote pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills in a variety of subjects in order to prepare them for a wider school curriculum in later years. In order to meet this objective, the school introduces subject teachers at this level.

Subject areas covered at Key Stage 2 include:
Core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science
Foundation subjects: Computing, Design and Technology (D&T), History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, French and Physical Education
Others: Sinhala, Tamil, Drama, Oriental Dance and Religion (Buddhism/Christianity/Roman Catholicism/ Islam/Hinduism).

There is much emphasis on the three core subjects during this stage. At Year 6, at the end of this Key Stage, the school prepares all learners to take either the Edexcel Achievement tests or the Cambridge Primary Checkpoints in English, Mathematics and Science. These non-competitive tests that are in line with the Key Stage tests or the 11+ examinations in the UK,are held for benchmarking and diagnostic purposes.It is encouraging to see our students reaching high levels of achievement at these end of Key Stage assessments. It is pleasing to note that our results of these tests are comparable only to the best of independent schools in the United Kingdom.

Secondary School

At Secondary Level, we continue to have both breadth and the depth in our provisions. The students are provided with many choices, enabling them to experience a wide variety of disciplines.

The adolescent age group that forms Key Stage 3 can be challenging in many aspects. Much planning and effort has gone into Key Stage 3, to improve student engagement in academics and co-curricular activities. We are pleased to see that many initiatives that have been put in place over the years have a positive impact in the academic performances of our students and is reflected in their examination results.

Subject areas covered at Key Stage 3 include:
English Language & Literature, Mathematics, Science, Commerce, Computing, History, Geography, Art & Design, Music, Sinhala, French, Global Perspectives, Civic Education and Physical Education

Having realized our strengths in Science, a few years ago, we took a decision to reduce a year from the Programme of Study in Science. As a result, students of Gateway take the end of Key Stage test in Science a year ahead of their counterparts in the UK. This is one instance where we have re-structured the curriculum to suit our purpose but within the English National Curriculum framework.

The performance of our students thus far, at Edexcel Achievement tests and the Cambridge Secondary Checkpoints in English, Mathematics and Science have been very encouraging. From 2018, a Checkpoint in Global Perspectives has been added to Year 9.

Students are able to take two modules of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) at Year 8 and begin developing their ICDL Profile qualifications that are internationally recognised.

Considering their interest in the use of ICT, the school has made substantial investments to encourage the students of Key Stage 3 to use e-Learning. It is our belief that engaging them in learning will make them focus more on using ICT in a purposeful manner.

The school is also making investments in STEM education and there is now an Innovation Studio in Secondary School to support exploration, creativity and invention in the field of Science.

As the first school that introduced Edexcel International GCSE in Sri Lanka, we look back with satisfaction on how we have been able to offer a broad curriculum to our students at Key Stage 4 and how they have benefitted from it. In line with the thinking of the Independent Schools in the UK, we discourage early specialisation and at this stage encourage our students to take a variety of subjects from different disciplines.

A few subjects offered at Key Stage 4 are actually taught from Year 9. They are ICT, Commerce and Science. This enables students to take IGCSEs in these three subjects at the end of Year 10. Such practice helps students to reduce the burden at Year 11 and take the remaining subjects with more confidence.

Table below shows the subjects offered at Key Stage 4. All combinations may not be available in all our schools.

     Subjects
     English Language
     Mathematics
     ICT
     Commerce
     Science
     Physics      Accounting
     Chemistry      Business Studies
     Biology      Economics
     Human Biology      Computer Science      Further Pure Math
     Sinhala      French      Drama
     History      Art      Psychology
     Geography      English Lit      Btec Sport

At Advanced Level, Gateway College offers a comprehensive selection of educational choices, enabling parents and students to choose the best education program for academic growth and success. They have been arranged in a way where even uncommon combinations of subjects can be taken to suit students’ future careers. Students also have the option of taking 3 Advanced Level subjects along with a Diploma and thereby fast tracking their degree studies.  An additional International Foundation Programme is available for students who wish to take an accelerated learning pathway from O levels to university degree entry.

Table below shows the subjects offered at Advanced Level where students are required to choose a subject/course from each of the four columns. All combinations may not be available in all our schools.

A B C D

Mathematics*
(P1,P2,M1) + (P3,P4,M2)

Further Mathematics*
(FP1,FP2,FP3) + (M3,S1,S2)

Mathematics
(P1,P2,S1) + (P3,P4,M1)

Mathematics
(P1,P2,S1) + (P3,P4,M1)

Biology

Mathematics
(P1,P2,S1) + (P3,P4,M1)

Chemistry

Chemistry

Physics

Physics

Physics

Business Studies

Business Studies

Biology

Accounting

Economics

Economics

Accounting

Law*
Economics

English Literature

Geography

Psychology

Psychology

Computer Science

 French

Level 4 -
Diploma in Business (DIB)

Psychology

 
Level 4 -
Diploma in Computing (DIC)
     
Embry- Riddle
Dual Enrolment Programme
Embry- Riddle
Dual Enrolment Programme
Embry- Riddle
Dual Enrolment Programme
Embry- Riddle
Dual Enrolment Programme

It is very interesting to see that the students are taking full advantage of the choices given to them and are taking up very innovative and novel subject combinations in keeping with trends worldwide. The College encourages the students who wish to pursue demanding careers such as Medicine, Engineering and Law to take 4 AL subjects.

Students taking only 3 subjects are able to take a Diploma that forms the first year of a British Degree in Computing or Business Management. They are the Diploma in Computing (DIC) and the Diploma in Business (DIB), awarded by NCC Education, UK. Following the completion of Advanced Level and the Diploma, the students can join the second year of a degree course at a university in the UK, Malaysia, New Zealand or Australia 1 or continue for just two years at the Gateway Graduate School and completing the full degree programme in Sri Lanka. Students are also able to take the Dual Enrolment Programme with 3 A Level subjects and those who complete this with the required A levels will become eligible to transfer directly onto the second year of Bachelor’s degree studies offered at US or Singaporean Campuses of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or at other renowned universities in North America.

It is encouraging to see that the school’s academic achievements at Key Stage 4 and Advanced Level are on an upward trend. All students achieve a near 100% pass all their subjects. Over the years, we have had many high flyers who have obtained outstanding results whose performances have got them to the best of Universities in the world.

Sports

Gateway continues to excel in the field of sports. It is fair to say that, in many sports, we have moved beyond the International School arena and are competing with the best of state and private schools. We also see the emergence of a few boys and girls representing Sri Lanka at international events.

Our approach has always been two fold. On one hand, we want every Gateway child to be involved in sport. It is with this objective that swimming has been made a part of our curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 2. Kids Athletic, the annual event where all kids from Years 1 to 6 take part is also carried out with the same purpose. On the other hand, we want our skilled sports men and women to be competitive and achieve the best for themselves, the school and the country.

The strengthening of the Inter House competitions has raised both the interest and skill levels of students in various games. The school offers 12 games and it is heartening to see that Gateway College has been within the top 4 in almost all sports. The Colors Award ceremony is held every year, where excellence in sports of all Gateway schools is rewarded. The highest award for sports at Gateway is the ‘Dove’.

The following sports are offered at Gateway. All sports listed may not be available in all our schools.


Athletics
Gateway has a fair amount of dominance in Athletics. We have always been among the top two schools at the International Schools Athletic Championship (ISAC). Many of our students go on to compete at Zonal, Provincial and National level. ShehanAmbepitiya, the Junior Commonwealth Triple Gold Winner is a proud product of Gateway.

Basketball
Gateway has gained national level recognition in Basketball. We have been within the top four schools in the country both at All Island and JathikaPasal competitions. All our schools are fortunate to have their own courts.

Badminton
Having our own courts to international standards, Badminton at Gateway is making steady progress and we have had students who have represented the country.

Chess
Chess has had a remarkable improvement in the last few years for Gateway to be within the first two schools in the International School circuit. It is pleasing to see some of our youngsters reaching the stars to play at national level.

Cricket
As always, cricket remains to be one of the most popular sports at Gateway. At inter international school level, we have a tradition of being one of the most competitive schools.

Football
Participation and enthusiasm for football has grown immensely over the last few years resulting in Gateway being very successful at Inter International Schools Championships.

Karate
As a sport that was introduced recently, Karate is seen to be an emerging sport even though a few individual students have performed exceptionally well at District, Province and National Championships.

Netball
Gateway continues to be dominant at Netball in the International Schools arena. There has never been a tournament where Gateway has not made its presence felt.

Rowing
Gateway College has its own fleet of Boats at the Colombo Rowing Club to promote the sport of Rowing. The Boats are named Victory, Invincible, Challenger, Endeavour, Yamato and Mayflower taken from the famous Battleships of the past. The fleet of boats and equipment include: two Fours that can be converted to Quadruple Sculls, two pairs that can be converted to Double Sculls, two Single Sculls, two Concept 2 Ergo meters, 14 Sweep Oars and 12 Sculls from ‘CROKER’ Australia.

Triumvirate, the Triangular Regatta among three leading schools; Gateway College, Asian International School and Bishop’s College is an annual event. We have also started to compete at the All Island Inter School Rowing competition.

Swimming
We are very proud of our continuous improvements in swimming. All schools are making plans to have their own pools in the near future and we have little doubt that we will be in top gear by then. The commitment of our swimmers have taken us to the very top in the international school arena.

Table Tennis
There is much interest in the sport but the lack of competitions hinders the progress of the sport.

Tennis
Tennis is beginning to see an improvement, especially among the young ones.

Squash
Squash is one of the most recent sports added to the list of sports at Gateway College, Colombo. Within a very short period, both boys and girls, have showed good progress enabling us to enter several tournaments.

Co-curricular Activities

Our ambitious co-curricular programme includes many Clubs and Societies. There is much variety between our schools in the offering of these activities as each school has their own domains. Students acquire a lot of soft skills by being involved in these programmes. Co-curricular activities are particularly good at providing opportunities for students to work in teams, to exercise leadership, and to take the initiative themselves. They naturally make students more attractive to universities and to potential employers.

Just as sports are recognised at the annual Colors Awards ceremony, co-curricular activities are recognized at the College Awards day. Gateway also encourages students to take part in both national and international events in this sphere of activity. The recent success of our team at the Colombo based Model United Nations (COMUN) where Gateway emerged as the ‘Best School’ and the participation of our MUN teams at Harvard MUN and MUN at the Hague are examples of the schools’ focus on developing this sector. The traditional curricula are not without gaps and the strengthening of co-curricular activities to a large extent helps us to fill such voids

Clubs and Societies offered at Gateway include:

Gateway College Clubs & Societies
  Rajagiriya Kandy Negombo Dehiwala
Key
Stage 1
English Literary Oriental Dance Club Dancing & Ballet Club English Literary
  Art & Craft Art & Crafts Club Art Club Ballet
  Oriental Dance Choir Club Choir Club Choir
  Ballet Bharatha Natyam Club Poetry Club  
    Scrabble Club    
    Chess Club    
         
Key
Stage 2
English Literary Choir Junior Choir Club English Literary
  Junior Choir Oriental Dance Club Dancing & Ballet Club Drama
  Western Dance Art & Crafts Club Junior English Club Ballet
  Junior Band Chess Club Art & Pottery Club Choir
  Oriental Dance Orchestra   Poetry Club
  Cubs Scouts Scrabble Club    
  Art & Craft LMD Club    
  Little Friends    
  Sculpture    
         
Secondary Buddhist Society Choir Senior Choir Club English Literary
  Christian Society Community Service  Club Young Entrepreneurs Club Interact Club
  Islamic Society Geo Bees Club Sea Scouting Drama
  Hindu Society Band Drama Club Choir
  Sinhala Society Interact Club School Social
Responsibilities – SSR Club
Band
  French Society Scrabble Club   Media
  History Society (inc. MUN) Buddhist Society  

History (inc. MUN)

  Geography Society Christian Society   Community Services
 

Science Society

Islamic Society    
  Environmental Society Hindu Society    
  Mathematics Society Environmental Society    
  Computer Society Computer Society    
  English Literary & Drama Society Science Society    
  Broadcasting Unit Media Club    
  Art Society      
  The Business Club      
  Debating Society      
  Astronomical Society      
  Aviation Club      
  Community Service Society      
  Journalists' Club      
  Interact Club      
  General Knowledge      
  Quiz Club      

 

Afternoon Activities
In today's highly competitive world, children have to bear a lot of mental stress. Afternoon activities can also be helpful in consolidating student learning in a more relaxed atmosphere. Students are provided with the opportunity of being creative and expressive, be civic minded, and enhance their talents and recognize and value talents of others.

It is pleasing to see our school alive even after school hours. The after school activities of Gateway make the school vibrant with a range of programs such as Ballet, Oriental Dance, Western Dance, Little Friends, Scouting,Guiding, Sculpture, Art & Crafts, Electronics, Junior and Senior Bands, and Junior and Senior Choirs. We are encouraged to see that our dear children engage themselves in all these activities with no interruption to their academic work at all.

Religious and Cultural Activities
Being multi-cultural and multi-religious is a part of our identity. We believe that it is through this identity that we should inculcate Sri Lankan values where they grow up respecting beliefs and practices of one another.

All four religions – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic, are allocated a minute each for the reciting religious scripts or hymns immediately after the interval. The implementation of this new initiative has contributed towards creating a calm and peaceful mind among our children.

The vesak lantern competition, Bhakthi Gee, the Sil Campaign of the Secondary and the Dhamma discussion of the Primary organized by the Buddhist Society, the enlightening Islamic day held by the Islamic Society, the Carols that generates the Christmas cheer and spirit and the ‘Christian Splendor’,  that celebrates praise and worship organized by the Christian Society and the glamorous Saraswathi Pooja and the colorful ‘Holi’ festival that is conducted by the Hindu Society are annual events at Gateway. Avurudu celebration in April is one of those events that the entire school – both Primary and the Secondary look forward to.

Mindfulness Programme & Religious Observances

Gateway College sees the need, now more than ever, to produce citizens who are globally conscious, yet socially aware and firmly rooted to the soil. With this in mind, the school strives to provide an all-round education to its pupils, so that they grow up to be confident, happy and well-balanced citizens. Thus, the management of Gateway continues to focus on safeguarding the ethos cultivated by the Founder creating a calm, disciplined, respectful, caring and ethical environment for children.

Every student of Gateway, from Primary to Secondary, engages in religious observances and mindfulness daily. The constant encouragement given to practice and celebrate one’s faith has resulted in a school culture where students grow up strong in their own faith while respecting and empathizing with the beliefs of others. As a step forward, the school has restructured the teaching of religion to include a section on the learning of other religions too.

The Mindfulness programme that has been in place for the last 2 years in the Secondary school with 5 min of mindfulness practice in the morning that has helped our students to hone their attention and focus. We introduced 3 minutes of mindfulness to our Primary students from Year 3 upwards just a year ago. Students engage in mindfulness activities such as mindful listening, mindful breathing, mindful seeing, mindful body scanning and mindful gratitude.

We believe that the practice of Mindfulness in the morning and 5 minutes of Religious observances after the interval helps our students with more effective emotion regulation, better behaviour in school, greater empathy, better social skills and reduced test anxiety.

Social Responsibility and Being Compassionate

It is heartening to see the entire Gateway Group focusing on Community Service as one of their priorities.With the formation of the Community Service Society of the school, we are beginning to see a much greater emphasis of service to the community from our own students. ‘Each One Reach One’, a concept that originated from our own students has made us all realize that Gateway students are shaping their lives according to the ethos of the school.

The key CSR projects that the Gateway Group has been involved with so far have been the re-building of the tsunami devastated C.W.W.KannangaraVidyalaya and the management of ‘Gateway Achievers’, a school for children with learning disabilities.

We recently launched two new awards at the College Awards Day for Community Service and for Peer Learning. The Award for Peer Learning is to recognize selfless support by students to their colleagues.

Preparing for University

Through the direct links of the Gateway Graduate Schoolas well as through the Fulbright Commission, the British Council and Austrade, we invite Universities of repute to visit us and educate our students about what they could offer. We are pleased to see more and more of our students getting into the Ivy League universities in the US, the Russell Group in the UK and the G8 universities in Australia.

We are also aware that many destinations such as Australia and UK are getting increasingly difficult for our students due to increased costs and visa restrictions. Today, we witness a trend where students seek newer options. Looking to the future, we at Gateway,through our Graduate School, have taken a strategic decision to establish close relationships with a few selected Universities that are of high quality but are also affordable. Examples of such Universities are The Nottingham University in Malaysia, The University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the Hong Kong University.

We are fortunate to have the services of the Gateway Graduate School that carry out regular sessions for students, both group-wise as well as one-to-one, to assist them in career guidance, university selection and preparing university applications.

University camps are useful for students to get a feel of what University life is, long before they start applying to them. These camps are also helpful for them to see the choices of courses that are available and to start focusing on them while they are still in school. Another important aspect of preparing for University is ‘work experience’. Gateway Graduate School looks into these aspects regularly to provide our students with the best of opportunities.\

Teachers as Activators

Gateway is blessed to have a great team of teachers who are devoted to the wellbeing of every single child. We believe that the teacher’s role will be even more significant in the future. The school identifies ‘quality improvement of teachers’ as a priority area. We want our teachers to be activators more than being mere facilitators. As activators of learning, we will have to offer constant feedback, set challenging goals, and constantly monitor learning. With all the adverse effects of technology, our role in ‘pastoral care’ too is raised to a higher level. 

As a part of our constant desire to adapt and improve, every year, the staff attends a 1 ½ day session in one of the popular resorts in the country where they discuss the academic plans for the upcoming year and present the research done by them. The outing has a good blend of learning and fun. This annual gathering is an event that all teachers look forward to, for them to get to know each other and build bridges five schools. Every year, the teachers also attend the one day International Forum for Teachers organized by the Gateway Graduate School. Further, in-house Staff Development Programmes are carried out on a continued basis aimed at improving the Teaching and Learning Process. 

A true teacher considers learning equivalent to teaching. Gateway believes that true professionalism does not stop with initial educational qualifications and years of experience. With this in mind, Gateway teachers commit to Continuous Professional Development throughout their careers.

Education itself continuously evolves, and has been transformed over the course of the past three decades by the digital revolution. Gateway stays abreast of these developments by encouraging and giving prominence to the Continuous Professional Development of staff. Research on education discovers new trends, better methodologies, and innovative approaches. Teachers are expected to log their training hours through a CPD monitoring system at Gateway, thus ensuring that our teachers maintain their professionalism through a commitment to CPD.

Our teachers can avail themselves of development workshops and training sessions throughout the year that cover subject-specific and generic topics, and can attend summer training programmes overseas. Gateway also offers untrained teachers the opportunity to obtain their Diploma in Teaching at the Gateway Graduate School at a concessionary fee. As an organization that has made a name for ICT both locally and Internationally, Gateway has also provided continuous support to their teachers to develop their ICT skills. Being a Microsoft Showcase School our teachers are expected to be certified Microsoft Innovative Educators. It is encouraging to see Gateway teachers increasingly incorporating ICT into their day to day teaching. 

Gateway has always had an important focus on Research and Development. Within the school, the teachers have published course books at Primary level in Science, History, Geography, Design and technology etc. In addition, Practical Guides have been prepared for International GCSE Science, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

The research presented at the annual outing is a result of the work teachers do throughout the year looking for ways to improve the teaching-learning experience by incorporating best practices based on reliable methods of research and verification. The culmination of this is the biennial award - the Kamini Mendis Research Award for the best Teacher Led Research which is presented to the teacher/s who present the best research in each school.

In the field of ICT, Gateway is proud to be partnering Edexcel UK in the delivery of Computer Pioneers, an entire Computer training program for schools that is delivered locally as well as globally.

School History and Ethos

Gateway College was established in 1997 in a converted house with 33 students and 8 members in the tutorial staff. In January 2005, the school decided to change from Gateway International School to Gateway College signaling a new era in the history of the school and in the International School System of Education in Sri Lanka. 

In 2013, a decision was made to change the school motto from ‘Gateway to Knowledge’ to ‘Gateway to Learning’. The decision that was taken after much thought, signifies our vision in educating our children as we believe that the one skill that will be required for the future, is the skill of being able to learn.

Provision of learning of the highest global standards while retaining the culture of the land was the raison d’etre for the establishment of Gateway College. Gateway proudly proclaims that it is an international school in a Sri Lankan environment. The school has taken meaningful initiatives to inculcate in the minds of children, be they Sri Lankan or of other Nationalities, a sense of belonging and love for their Motherland and respect for its customs, norms and values.

Students engage themselves in daily religious observances and a variety of religious, charitable and social service activities throughout the year. All Gateway students are exhorted to pay obeisance to their parents daily according to the customs of the community they belong to. The student teacher relationship in the school is essentially friendly and the management style is firm, friendly and fair.

School Policies

  • Pastoral Care and Discipline Policy

    This Policy is in the context of pastoral care and the approach is positive, encouraging, constructive and inclusive. It is our view that effective learning and teaching can only take place in an atmosphere where standards of good behaviour are set as pre-requisites. Good behaviour is conduct which assists the school to fulfil its function, namely to allow each child to reach their fullest potential. Poor behaviour is conduct which prevents a student’s own development or disrupts the development process of other members of the school community. Aims of good behaviour are best achieved in the framework of a relaxed atmosphere where enthusiasm and industry dominate; and in which pupils are able to give their best in the classroom and are encouraged and stimulated to fulfil their potential. This in turn, demands a positive policy of encouraging good attitudes, reward and praise as well as setting a good example.

    This policy is applicable within the school premises and outside of school on those occasions that students are under the authority and guidance of teachers such as educational excursions and sports events. It aims to create a calm, stimulating and caring learning environment through which children learn, through the effective maintenance of discipline and encouragement of positive behavior which will raise pupil’s self-esteem and promote the development of empathy and respect for themselves and others.

    The policy includes the types of behaviours the school wishes to encourage and discourage, classroom discipline, rewards and sanction. Such sanctions will not include corporal punishment. Protocol towards incidences of bullying and taking care of school property are included. Rights and responsibilities of students, parents and teachers are also discussed, while attendance procedures and details on school searches and confiscations are laid down in order to ensure the maintenance of safety and security for all students.

  • SEN and Access Arrangements Procedure

    This procedure is applicable in all instances where there is an identifiable need of a student. This applies to certain reasonable adjustments that can be made in teaching and the classroom environment and particularly to examination procedures and is applicable to both the Primary and the Secondary teachers and students. The policy includes the procedure for teachers if they feel that a student needs support due to noticeable differences/ issues in academic performance or behaviour. It also applies to such instances where the concern is raised by the parent. This ensures that all students are supported in the academic and examination process.

  • Prefect Selection and Applicants Shortlisting Process

    This policy is in effect to state the process by which prefects are selected and the criteria by which a shortlisting of applicants to be interviewed can be done in order to facilitate the prefect selection process. The aim of this policy is to ensure that there is a transparent procedure for selecting the candidates to be interviewed.

    It is divided into two sections; section A discussing the selection procedure and section B, the shortlisting procedure for applicants. The policy applies to the selection of Prefects and Cabinet and if the school deems that the number of applicants is too high for all applicants to be interviewed respectively.

  • Assessment Policy

    Assessment at Gateway College is the process of obtaining, analysing and interpreting evidence for use by students, teachers and parents to enable the review, planning and improvement of teaching and learning. Assessment is central to the process of maximising the academic and developmental potential of every student and is fully integrated with the delivery of the curriculum. As such, it is an essential component of effective classroom practice.

    The College’s Assessment Policy is based on a balance between formative and summative assessment and is implemented within a safe, supportive environment with maximum collaboration and cooperation between school management, academic staff, students and parents. In practice, the Assessment Policy informs and enriches key areas of College life and is applicable to all assessments of students’ academic work conducted by the members of staff.

    Students are assessed in order to build up a clear picture of the student and his or her interests and assess the effectiveness of the environment on student learning. This in turn extends the student’s learning experience. The process of assessment also monitors the progress of individual learning and achievement in order to determine the effectiveness of teaching and to inform curriculum review.

    This policy includes how lesson content should be taught in order to achieve specific learning outcomes, the process of marking, indicators of effective assessment and continuous assessment to be reviewed with students collectively and individually. Furthermore, unit tests and termly/ annual examinations are discussed alongside record keeping and the use of assessment data to review and identify strengths and areas for development to inform curriculum, timetable and teachers’ professional development planning.

  • Health and Safety Policy

    The purpose of this policy is to remove or reduce the risks to the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff. The policy aims to ensure all work activities are done safely and to maintain safe and healthy working conditions at the School for all staff, students and visitors. The Policy will be kept under constant review and reviewed at least annually.

    The policy includes responsibilities of the management, principal and the staff to co-operate to achieve a healthy and safe workplace and to take reasonable care of themselves and others. The document discusses safety procedures for instances such as fire, emergencies, accidents, electrical safety and methods in which to report such occurrences. Health and hygiene, outdoor visits, internet safety protocol and evacuation plans in case of emergency are included to ensure the safety of all members of staff and students at Gateway College.

  • Child Safeguarding Policy

    The school recognises that all staff is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children at all times and that keeping children safe from harm is the paramount concern of each and every member of the school community. This policy is in effect to create an environment that is safe for every child and to ensure the wellbeing of all children. As such, it is applicable to all members of staff within the school premises and outside of school on those occasions that students are under the authority and guidance of teachers, such as educational excursions and sports events.

    The policy is founded on the principles of supporting the child’s development in ways that will foster security and confidence and providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, value, respected and confident and where they will know how to approach adults if they are facing difficulties. The College aims to raise the awareness of all teaching and non-teaching staff of the need to safeguard children as well as their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse. This provides a systematic means of monitoring children known or thought to be at risk of harm, and ensures that we, the school, contribute to assessments of need and support plans for those children by developing a structured procedure within the school in cases of suspected abuse.

    The policy discusses and defines the different types of abuse and provides procedures and protocols for the support of children and the school community. The document includes information sharing regulations and staff training to inform staff members of all the policies pertaining to the safety of children and the importance of protecting them in order to create a safe environment for learning and growth.

  • Communication Policy

    Good communication is much more than the exchange of information. It is through effective and interactive communication that information is transmitted, understanding is developed and shared, trust is built, confidentiality respected, and action coordinated. Communication includes not only the message but also how that message is communicated. This in turn promotes partnerships. Gateway College ensures that communications between all members of the school community are clear, professional, timely and appropriate. This policy sets out the framework within which the whole school manages to effectively communicate with all its partners.

    The policy applies to all those having interest in or dealings with the college, i.e. students, past students, intending students, teachers, and all other staff, including the principal and deputy principals, assistant principals, HODs/HOSs, parents, Board of Management members, Exam departments, inspectors and staff, and the local community and all stakeholders. Certain parts of the policy apply during school time, but others may apply at any time.

    The policy includes the different means of communication used and the responsibilities of the management team and staff in ensuring that there will be regular communication through appropriate channels in order to keep the management and colleagues informed. Written communication guidelines, general email and messaging etiquette for teachers/ staff and protocols relating to the school website and social media are also discussed. Furthermore, guidelines for emergency communications, the confidentiality of information and issue resolution and complaints are also included in order to ensure the functioning of a successful school and good partnerships between all educational stakeholders.

  • Career Guidance and Higher Education Policy

    The school aims to provide students with guidance in higher education and career pathways in order to help students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures and to manage the transitions from one stage of their education, training and work to the next.

    The policy aims to increase students’ awareness of the different options available to them, and to help them make decisions as they transition from one stage of education to another; to enable students to experience the world of work and develop transferable skills; to maintain a culture of high aspirations; and to promote equality of opportunity and ensure all students receive guidance to reach their potential.

  • School Excursions and Educational Visits Policy

    At Gateway College, School Excursions and Educational Visits either local or overseas, are an integral part of the school’s curriculum. They enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and social skills development, in a non-academic setting and provide them with opportunities to relate their learning to real life experiences, enhancing their life skills. The policy is developed with the aims of providing unique educational experiences and creating opportunities for fellowship and enjoyment for all students. It is applicable to all local and outbound excursions and educational visits where students are under the authority and guidance of teachers and applies to all members of staff.

    The policy discusses procedures for all local and foreign overseas excursions including processes of receiving approval, responsibilities before the excursions take place and financial procedures. Furthermore, security protocol is included to ensure the safety of all students under the authority of Gateway College staff.