Gateway School
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1 High Street
Great Missenden
HP16 9AA
+44 (0)1494 862407
2 - 11
Other independent school
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School Description

Situated in the heart of the Chiltern hills in the beautiful village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, Gateway School is a co-educational, independent day school for children aged two to eleven. Its core belief is that education is not just about academic success; it is about building a foundation that gives each child the confidence and skills they need to be the best they can be now and in the future. For one this might be academic studies, for another sport, whilst another might find their forte in music. At Gateway School, all pupils have the opportunity to challenge themselves and to strive to be the best they can be.

Gateway School Reviews

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“Amazing to see how our son has developed”
Really good place for a child to start learning and be prepared for the "big" school! The pre-school is really well structured with great management and staff, with varied and quality activities where children constantly learn through play! It is amazing to see how our son has developed since he has joined the pre-school. We definitely recommend!
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News & events from Gateway School

Last update: 07 July 2021


To gain a true insight into life at Gateway School, families are invited to visit us, to take a guided tour of the school.

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Early Years at Gateway consists of Preschool and Reception and focuses on instilling a love of learning and building confidence in a caring, secure environment so that young children experience a real sense of wonder as they discover and explore the world.

Each afternoon in Gateway’s Early Years Unit, the children enjoy taking part in a variety of activities.

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, focussed Montessori sessions allow the children to spend time exploring practical life activities at their own pace, helping to encourage independent learning.

Different activity sessions happen each afternoon in EYU:

Monday: Muddy Monday
Tuesday: Montessori Afternoon
Wednesday: Wonderful Wednesdays (cooking, visits, celebration)
Thursday: Montessori Afternoon
Friday: Forest Fridays

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The Junior Years at Gateway forcuses on giving children the confidence to challenge themselves and take risks, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop important organisational skills.

Class teachers deliver all core academic subjects so they are able to track each child’s development closely, and give support when necessary. The introduction of specialist lessons extends children’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm. In these years, we aim to help children develop a strong work ethic by helping them to recognise that achievement requires effort as well as ability.

Throughout Juniors, children increase their involvement in the school community by participating in charity fundraising and School Council initiatives. These activities, and an extended range of clubs, offer children opportunities to gain new interests, and to build social awareness.




Our Year 6 pupils have had an extremely enterprising week! They have been developing their own modern business ideas, originating from issues or problems they identified themselves, in an attempt to help people around the world. Small groups of our Year 6’s worked collaboratively, sharing out tasks and responsibilities, to research, design, market and promote their ideas. Culminating in a Dragons’ Den style pitch on the final day, the project and competition aimed to: drive an entrepreneurial spirit across the school; build confidence in speaking, listening and teamwork skills; and, of course, provide an excellent and fun educational opportunity.

All of the business ideas were creative and imaginative, and all were well-considered. The groups chosen as the top three in the competition all had an eco-friendly theme. Team ‘NRG’ designed an electric car that uses wind turbines and solar panels to self-charge. Another group designed and promoted a machine to convert food waste into compost, then gas, then electricity. Team ‘REFLUSH’ were eventually picked out as winners by the judges; designing a toilet and sink combo, as an ingenious way to recycle and save water.

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At Gateway School, we ensure pupils and staff ASPIRE to:
  • Achieve - offering appropriate opportunities which enable everyone to thrive and succeed
  • Strive - encouraging resilience in all areas of the curriculum
  • Participate - providing an extensive range of opportunities to involve every single child
  • Investigate - equipping our pupils with the skills to problem solve and to question the world around them
  • Respect - ensuring everyone and everything in our school community is treated with care and courtesy
  • Enjoy - instilling a genuine and lifelong love of learning
Meet the Head: Mrs Cath Bufton-Green

Cath began her teaching career in September 1996 in state maintained schools in Somerset, before moving to London in 2001, where she moved into the Independent sector at Bute House Preparatory School for Girls. There, Cath moved into middle and leadership positions before securing her first Headship at Surbiton High Junior Girls’ School in September 2006. During her nine years, she also took over the leadership of the Boys’ Preparatory School and held the dual headship until August 2015. Cath and her family then moved to Oxfordshire where she commenced her Headship at Chandlings School. In September 2017, Cath started and ran her own Educational Consultancy before deciding to return to Headship in January 2021.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I thoroughly enjoyed my schooling, but mainly for the social, sporting and musical experiences rather than the broader learning opportunities. I was that child that had the potential, but didn’t necessarily apply themselves fully. As a teacher now I can see how frustrating that must have been for my teachers and parents. However, at the time I did not feel inspired in a number of subjects to really motivate me to be my very best and because I could, I would ‘do enough to get by’. 

It was my trumpet teacher who was able to tap into my motivations through his encouraging and enthusiastic teaching approach. I was made to feel successful even as a fairly poor beginner. I was given opportunities to perform and feel proud of my achievements and soon found myself willing to practise in order to progress and feel further successes. 

There was no limit put on my learning and I believed I could continue to progress and perfect my playing. It was this approach that saw me complete my Grade 8 in just four years and perform as a soloist with our school chamber orchestra on our tour of the Far East at the age of 15. 

These experiences are what have driven me as a teacher. I have always committed to finding out what makes every child tick, to uncover what motivates them and to find ways to enthuse and inspire them to have a love for learning and to want to always try their hardest.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

I am particularly proud of the years I spent as the Head of Surbiton Surbiton High Junior GIrls’ and Boys’ Preparatory Schools. I was initially appointed as the Head of the girls’ school, but was asked to take on the leadership of the boys’ school in my fourth year too. 

The schools had operated independently of one another and my desire was to bring them closer together. It was important to protect the individuality of each school and the fact that parents had chosen a single-sex environment, but to also provide coeducational opportunities to enhance the learning experiences for all pupils. 

I enjoyed working with the staff and pupils to celebrate and share the best practices that both environments had to offer one another and was proud of the journey that the two communities embarked upon. The experiences that the pupils received, as a result of this partnership and the professional development opportunities that the staff enjoyed were fantastic.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A successful school is one that has happy children who enjoy learning through risk-taking, creativity and experimentation. It is an environment that celebrates curiosity, promotes empathy and encourages resilience. A successful school values the importance of developing skills, behaviours and attitudes, alongside realising academic potential, in an atmosphere that nurtures interests and talents beyond the curriculum. 

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

I would wish for every child who leaves Gateway School to have a sense of self-assurance. This would mean they would be confident in who they are and what they are capable of, thus having the confidence to face challenges and believe in their capacity to make the right choices in life. 


Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Friendly, encouraging, safe, inclusive and fun.

Gateway School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.

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