Grade R and Profoundly Intellectually Disabled learners

The Gateway School’s has three Grade R Classes and a Profoundly Intellectually Disabled section located in the same area, however they operate as independent entities.

Grade 1

The ages of the learners in Grade 1 vary from 8 years old to 9 years old.

Grade 2 and 3

The curriculum followed includes mathematics, language and life skills

Grade 4

The age group of grade 4 learners vary between 14 – 15 years. The core subjects are Language, Mathematics and Life Skills.
The Gateway School strives to empower all the senior learners to become more independent and to improve their current and future quality of life and to become well adjusted citizens that can contribute to the country’s economic well being

Core curriculum subjects

Creative arts - Visual art

Arts true function is to inspire us to express our emotions and to tell our stories. When words are not enough, we turn to image and symbol to speak for us”. – Michelangelo

Life Skills

The aim of The Gateway Schools Life Skills programme is to equip the learners so that they can function in the community as independently as possible and therefore be meaningful members of society.

Natural Sciences

Establishing an awareness of recycling within each learners’ daily routine, is our goal.

Skills subjects

Office administration

Office Administration covers a basic knowledge of administrative and client services, communication skills and competency in computer typing, crucial to the successful functioning of any office or business environment.

Consumer Studies food production, Consumer Studies needlework

The content in the Consumer Studies and Hospitality Studies curriculum is instructed with the focus on practical skills more so than on rote learning of theoretical content.

Creative Arts - Performing arts - music and dance

The Performing Arts program at The Gateway School serves to holistically stimulate the learner by means of movement, singing, active listening, instrumental play, creativity and dance incorporating his/her mind, body and soul.

Natural Sciences

Establishing an awareness of recycling within each learners’ daily routine, is our goal.

Agricultural Studies

A number of grade 4 and 5 learners are instructed in Agricultural Studies, as one of four skills subjects.

Woodworking and timber

Woodworking and timber is a skills subject offered to male learners at the Gateway School


Welding Learners are trained in planning, measuring, cutting, joining and finishing the article that is manufactured from steel. Welding is instructed in the grade 4 and 5 classes.

Beauty and Nail Technology

The subject, Beauty and Nail Technology, was introduced at The Gateway School at the beginning of 2016. Several girls that are 14 years and older receive instruction in this subject to develop self-directed skills and knowledge as assistants to nail technologists, beauticians or make-up artists.

Art and crafts

The Art and Crafts learning programme explores knowledge and understanding of a variety of materials, techniques and work processes


The athletics season has started at The Gateway School. Practice sessions commenced on 10 January 2013 and will continue for the next three weeks. The sporting codes include sprints, long distance running, “get fit”, long jump, high jump, shot-put, javelin, discus and various activities in which wheelchair learners can participate.

The Inter-House Athletics Meeting will take place at school on 31 January and 1 February 2013. The top achievers at this athletics meeting will progress to the Metro Athletics Meeting, to be held on 13 February 2013 at Roodepark School. The best achievers at the Metro Athletes Meeting will participate at the Prestige Athletics Meeting on 5 and 6 March 2013.

During the first term several of our u/16 –u/19 learners will participate in swimming, table tennis and cricket at metro level. These events will take place on a weekly basis at various sports grounds in and around Soweto. We wish all our athletes the very best and we know the That Gateway School’s name will be one to be proud of.


The therapy department at The Gateway School consists of occupational therapists as well as a physiotherapist