KS4 Referrals

We work in partnership with schools, colleges, professionals and community organisations to offer the young people they work with an alternative education route into employment.

City Gateway College offers clear and achievable progression options for young people at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11), helping them into either further training, Apprenticeships or employment. Whatever their barriers, our supportive team and flexible training options ensure that learners receive a personalised, nurturing service which puts them at the centre of everything we do.

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Why refer to City Gateway?

We understand that learners do not progress through training at the same rate. Some can progress quickly once they have a clear goal and others need more support and time in classroom to build the skills and confidence to progress into sustainable employment.

Our training model reflects this. It allows learners to develop a tailormade progression route through our service with the advice of our team to be in the position to secure a Traineeship, Apprenticeship, other employment at the end of their journey with us or progress into further educaiton. This could mean progressing through the levels of a particular vocational area, like business admin, or it could mean starying in a Sports course to gain confidence and get used to learning then progress to customer service before prorgessing into an IT course securing employment.

We have many years of experience working with the complex needs of learners and maintain a high ratio of staff-to-learners, to offer wrap around support and encouragement to help learners succeed and progress into employment.

We have dedicated Learner Mentors and Progression Coaches who support all learners throughout their learning, identifying additional support needs for young people and liaising with external support services and families.

We take Safeguarding at City Gateway College very seriously and have a dedicated team on hand to deal with any issues that might arise. The Specialist Safeguarding Intervention Team are informed of any concerns regarding prospective students from the moment they meet the Learner Recruitment team, and continue to liaise with all necessary support services and families throughout their time with us.

Key Stage 4 is an inclusive provision that is committed to supporting the learning needs of each young person. We welcome all students who have the potential to benefit from our provision and will work with them to overcome any barriers to progression. If a young person has an EHCP, we will work closely with the young person, family and local authority SEN Team to assess the suitability of City Gateway's KS4 provision for the young person's specific needs. If a place is approved by the SEN Panel, a tailored pathway will be offered, in line with the SEND Code of Practice.

Guided by the SENCo, KS4 provides the following for all learners:

  • Thorough Initial Assessment of working levels and learning needs
  • Pupil Passport with individualised strategies for learning, reflecting the learners' own attitudes and goals
  • Small classes, with a high ratio of staff to learners
  • 1:1 coaching and individualised pastoral support
  • A range of pathways to meet different learners' needs
  • Referrals for additional services / support where appropriate

We ensure that learners are offered flexible yet clear progression pathways. We also realise that young people differ in their aspirations and 'readiness' for work. That's why, after finishing their training, our Careers and Progression Team support young people into a variety of options to suit their skills or stage on the 'ladder to work'.

These options include: doing a Traineeships, work experience or further training; helping them to apply for jobs or supporting them into Apprenticeships in our Social Enterprises or with our Corporate Partners.

Our provision for 14-19 year olds has been graded Outstanding by Ofsted and an example of best practice.

Our Key Stage 4 programme

School doesn't work for every child. City Gateway's Key Stage 4 programme is specially designed to support young people in Year 10 or 11 who are not thriving in mainstream education.

Curriculum – Core subjects (KS4)

  • English (GCSE and/or Functional Skills)
  • Maths (GCSE and/or Functional Skills)
  • Citizenship (GCSE)
  • Humanities (History, Religious Studies, Geography)
  • Personal and Social Development

Curriculum – Vocational subjects (KS4)

We offer students four vocational pathways to choose from:

  • Creative Industries (Media and Music - Creative Media BTEC Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Sports (BTEC Level 1)
  • Construction (BTEC Level 1)
  • Beauty (BTEC Level 1)

Our Key Stage 4 programme is suited for learners with complex needs and takes a holistic approach to learner progression; focusing equally on social, educational and behavioural development. Every learner is assigned a progression coach who will support them throughout their time here.

Please click here for: Key Stage 4 Results 2015/16

For additional curriculum information please email john.wright@citygatewayap.org.uk


During the summer term we run a transition programme open to all new students from year 9 and year 10. It provides an opportunity to settle in, experience the different qualifications on offer and attend fun and enriching trips. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

How to refer someone to our programme

Admissions Team contact

For information regarding the referral procedure please contact our learner recruitment team:

Key Stage 4 Contact Email: camille.bodecker@citygatewayap.org.uk

Tel: 020 3727 6223