|Sturminster Newton High School|
|Bath Road, DT10 1DT, UK Sturminster Newton|
+44 (0)1258 472642
Sturminster Newton High School, a coeducational
county community comprehensive
school for students aged 11-19, is in partnership
with Shaftesbury School for the provision of A
Level and GNVQ courses to students aged 16-
19. The school has 586 students aged 11-16 and
has 93 Sixth Form students based at Sturminster.
We accept students from the Sturminster
Newton Pyramid of primary schools of William
Barnes, Stalbridge, Child Okeford,
Shillingstone, Okeford Fitzpaine and Hazelbury
Bryan. We also accept students from other
The admissions limit for the school is 120 for
each academic year, and the school operates the
Dorset Admissions Policy.
In this caring school community, students are inspired, motivated and challenged to fulfill their potential, always striving to move from 'good to excellent'. At Sturminster Newton we provide a safe, secure and happy environment where everyone can learn and develop their skills necessary for life in the 21st century.
The school meets the requirements of the National
Curriculum, and public examination results
indicate that we are performing well above
national, county and similar school averages.
ensure that all students study the same core
subjects and are introduced to the same broad
range of skills and knowledge. We match the pace
and depth of work to each student’s needs to
ensure they are challenged to fulfil their potential.
Small class sizes are a priority whenever possible.
The average class size in Year 7 this year (2007-8)
The most important resource of the school is the
teaching staff. We have a very well qualified and
experienced staff who work in specialist teams
throughout the school. They are very ably assisted
by support staff.
Learning takes place in many ways and in many
places. Students are often involved in
experimentation, investigation, research and
enquiry. They may work individually or in groups,
but they will also often be taught as a whole class
by their teachers, meeting the wide range of
preferred learning styles. This will ensure that
lessons are delivered in the way best suited to
improve learning and achievement for each
We recognise that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ so we
try to stretch and challenge students in their
lessons so that the rate of progress matches their
needs. To this end we set students in subjects such
as English, Maths and Science to ensure the right
blend of personal challenge and support.
Sturminster Newton Sixth Form is in partnership with
Shaftesbury School which means we are able to offer
an increased number of subjects and a more extensive
choice of subject combinations. In the OFSTED
inspection (May 2007) the Sixth Form partnership
with Shaftesbury was graded as ‘outstanding’.
The students follow a three/four AS Level
programme or, for some students, a Level 2
programme of study. (Full details can be found in the
separate Sixth Form prospectus).
Students can opt to
study full time at Sturminster or at Shaftesbury or at a
combination of the two schools. Transport between
the two schools is provided.
As well as their chosen subjects, students will follow
an Enrichment course and a Tutorial Programme
which looks at such issues as time management,
examinations, and health issues. Sporting activities
take place on Wednesday afternoons.
Year 13 also
follow a programme preparing them for University
and Higher Education. The Sixth Form has a
successful record in Higher Education, including
To widen the experience of our students and support our pastoral and academic curriculum, we
organise a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Each year foreign visits are undertaken which
introduce students to the life of the country whose language they are learning. There are also many
theatre visits to locations such as Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, The Globe, London West End Theatres,
Poole and Southampton.
The Humanities departments run field study trips to Berlin, Birmingham,
Bournemouth, Winchester, Chesil Beach and Dartmoor.
The Science department organises educational visits to local development chemists, lectures given by
BAYS and Alton Towers. Art students have annual visits to major art galleries including Florence and
London and exhibit in local exhibitions such as Sherborne. They also work with local artists. Dance,
Drama and Music workshops take place in and out of school and also include trips to theatres and
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