Gateway School is nestled in the heart of the picturesque town of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, just a 45-minute train ride from London. Our prime location, just a few minutes’ walk from the town and train station, is perfectly catered for busy parents seeking convenience without compromising on quality education.

Our school prides itself on its facilities and opportunities designed to nurture every aspect of a child’s development. From encouraging creativity to promoting physical activity and ensuring academic excellence, Gateway School offers an environment where every child can thrive.


  • Science Room: equipped with bunsen burners and equipment for practical scientific experiments .
  • Design and Technology Room: equipped with a 3D printer, woodwork tools and more, encouraging innovation and problem-solving skills.
  • Music Room: equipped with instruments and keyboards to offer a fully immersive experience across all areas of study.
  • Art Studio: providing a host of media and tools to inspire and promote creative talent.
  • Library: brimming with books nestled into the eaves, encouraging immersion in a book.
  • Performing Arts: utilising both the school’s drama space, Great Missenden hall, and the renowned Elgiva Theatre in Chesham for Year 6 productions.
  • Wellbeing Hub: providing a space for mindfulness and emotional support.
  • Digital & IT: access to chromebook devices enhance digital literacy skills. Gateway School is proud to be the first UK preparatory school recognised by Google for its outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning.


  • 2.5 Acres of Outdoor Space
  • Two Astroturf Courts: netball, tennis, basketball, hockey
  • Outdoor Play Equipment: promoting physical activity and social interaction.
  • Athletics Facilities: include a small running track and long jump sand pit on site. Our Upper Prep sports day is hosted at the impressive Jarman Park, featuring a full 400m running track, throwing cages, jumping pits and spectator areas.
  • Multi-use Hall: serving as a gymnasium for sports activities and school events.
  • Swimming Facilities: located just a 15-minute drive away in the neighbouring town of Princes Risborough, offering weekly swimming lessons with qualified instructors in a 25m pool.
  • Cricket Facilities: access to prestigious Ballinger Cricket grounds for our cricket training and matches.
  • Squash Facilities: located in nearby Chesham, children have the opportunity to participate in squash sessions.
  • Sailing Club: located a short distance away at Aylesbury Sailing Club on the Weston Turville Reservoir, children who have RYA stage 1 or 2 have the opportunity to participate in the after school club.

Our philosophy is to provide as many opportunities for children to engage with sport and activity across a number of disciplines, in order that they find their talents, interests and a love of being active. We work with local clubs to offer sessions in different sports and activities played within our community.

Outdoor Adventure & Special Programmes

  • Outdoor Learning Area: nestled in the corner of our field in a small wooded clearing complete with fire pit and woodland seating, encouraging and developing a connection with nature.
  • Outdoor Classroom: a wooden gazebo located at the top of our field that is utilised for our outdoor learning.
  • Weekly Farm School: our children engage in hands-on learning with our resident teacher farmer’s nearby farm. These sessions connect aspects from the children’s learning in school with life on the farm or in nature. Activities include milking cows, caring for chickens, constructing dams, understanding the origins of our food and learning about environmental stewardship.
  • The Gateway Outdoors programme (GO): provides three different programmes – Woodland Adventure for the Early Years, Outdoor Discovery for Lower Prep and Outdoor Pioneers for Upper Prep. The programme is progressive and ensures the children build both their knowledge and skills through cross-curricular outdoor activities.


  • Purpose-built Preschool: catering to 2-4 year-olds with its own outdoor space, qualified teachers and access to school facilities, enables a seamless transition through to our Prep School.

Hire Our Facilities

We offer the following facilities in our school to hire;

  • Hall: for classes, workshops, talks, birthday parties or exercise/dance groups.
  • Outdoor Astroturf Courts: perfect for tennis, netball, hockey, mini football, exercise and dance classes
  • Classrooms: ideal for lectures, tutoring, workshops
  • Forest School Classroom/ Outdoors Adventure Area

Our facilities are available to hire: Monday-Friday evenings from 18;30 all day on the weekends; and during the school holidays

Please contact us on finance@gatewaysch.co.uk or 01494 862 407 if you require further information regarding our facilities hire.

Open Morning-Wednesday 25 September 9.30-11

To register your interest for our next open morning or to arrange a private tour of the school with our Headteacher, please fill out the form below to book your place and we will be in touch shortly. Alternatively, call Helen on 01494 862407.