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We work closely with a referral network of professionals who work with teenagers.

We welcome contact from High School leadership staff, School Counsellors, Student Support Officers, Careers Advisers, Youth Workers, Allied Health Workers and professionals who work with teenagers.  

If you know of any teenagers who you believe would benefit from the Gateway Community High experience and would like to know more about our school, please contact us by phone or email and we can put you in touch with our Principal or wellbeing staff. Otherwise you can come along to one of our virtual information sessions held over Zoom.


Our next Information Session is on the following date:

 Wednesday 14 August 12:00pm-1:00pm


If you are a parent/carer/guardian of a student currently in Year 9 or 10 looking to enrol at Gateway Community High in 2024, or a Year 8 student looking to enrol at Gateway Community High in 2025, please send us a contact form, download a brochure or visit our Open Day page.


In January 2021, Gateway Community High opened its doors to a small cohort of Year 9 and 10 students to enable them to thrive outside the conventional schooling system.


This unique independent school focuses on Year 9 and 10 students who have disengaged with learning or who would benefit from an alternative to the traditional school system. Gateway Community High enables students to complete the Year 10 NSW Record of School Achievement (ROSA), and provides a gateway to ongoing education or training, whether that be Year 11 and 12 or vocational training.

Who would benefit the most from attending Gateway Community High?


There are limited places available at our small and inclusive school. We are targeting young people who:

  • Want to be here – motivated to make the most of a fresh start outside a mainstream environment

  • Could benefit from extra support and individualised attention to re-engage with their education

  • May have missed some language, literacy or numeracy fundamentals including being from CALD background

  • Are looking for a place of safety and belonging

  • Looking to build their pathway to future Stage 6 studies or Vocational Education Training (VET)


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Alexis found her world falling apart piece by piece in her early teens. Her parents divorce, the suicide of a close family member, a move of cities and schools, and a victim of abuse all led to being alienated and self-harming.

She says she needed just one adult outside of the family – someone who saw her every day and knew her well – just one teacher at her school to take an interest in her. Someone who understood what poor mental health looked like in early adolescents.


She was bullied and friendless and considered a bit weird. She did not have a sense of belonging anywhere, nor did she “fit” and she found herself out of school and out of touch with family at age 16. She eventually got the help she needed and determinedly got on her current pathway to be an early childhood teacher.

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