|Poole Grammar School (Boys)|
|Gravel Hill, BH17 9JU, UK Poole|
+44 (0)1202 692132
The school has six networked PC computer suites, the most recent completed in 2003. All school PC's are connected to the Internet via a broadband connection. A number of PC's are also dispersed around the school notably in Music, Media Studies, Art, Geography, the Library, Careers and class sets of laptops in the Sciences. Years 8 and 9 complete a half GCSE in ICT and then go onto AS ICT or Microsoft Office courses in Years 10 and 11.
The school has been designated a Mathematics and Computing College since September 2003, which has led to significant improvements to the computer network in both capacity and coverage. A new computer suite and CISCO networking laboratory were completed in September 2003 and we look forward to developing these areas over the coming years. In 2007 the school was acknowledged as one of the 5 leading Maths and Computing science schools in the country and continues to build capacity in this area along with developing an outstanding curriculum for the 21st century.
As we personalise the curriculum for pupils so the distinction between Years 8 and 9 as a preparatory time for GCSE in Years 10 and 11 becomes more blurred. Many pupils are in fact accelerated through this period to take examinations earlier and so be challenged further. Hence this curriculum description is continually evolving. What we aim to do is to give a broad grounding during this period whilst encouraging in some subjects those pupils for whom it is appropriate to be accelerated.
Given the relatively narrow ability range of pupils, streaming or banding is not used except in Mathematics in Year 9. On admission to the school in Year 8 (12+), pupils are therefore placed in mixed ability forms in which they take the following subjects:
English Language and Literature, Mathematics, French, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art, Design Technology, Music, Physical Education, Personal and Social Education, Thinking Skills and Information Technology.
All students are entered for a short-course ICT GCSE at the end of Year 9 and we start GCSE science courses at the beginning of Year 9.
Statutory Government SATS tests in English, mathematics and science are taken at appropriate times for the ability of pupils during these two years.
In Year 9, in the same forms, pupils continue with these areas and add German or Spanish as a second foreign language.
The policy of unstreamed and unsetted teaching groups established in the first two years, with the exception of Mathematics, is maintained. All pupils are prepared as GCSE candidates in:
English Language, English Literature, Drama, Design Technology (except where dispensation has been given) and either French, Spanish or German. In the sciences all pupils follow a common modular course in year 10 that prepares them for two possible certification routes in year 11 according to their ability and interests - either double award science of triple award science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
To which are added two selected options from:
The second Modern Language, Art, Drama, Geography, History, Music, ICT (at Advanced Subsidiary Level).
In addition all pupils in these years follow courses in Physical Education, Religious, Moral, Personal and Social Education (including Careers) and an accredited ICT course.
Most boys will take GCSE in Religious Education as an additional examination unless it is considered inappropriate.
Those pupils accelerated in mathematics who take their GCSE in Year 10 or early in Year 11 will then taken the Free Standing Mathematics Qualification FSMQ that is an excellent bridging course to A level.
All sixth formers are candidates for GCE Advanced Levels, most sitting four subjects at AS with a minority sitting five. Pupils then drop down to three or four A levels as appropriate. In addition, to support their mainstream subjects all pupils take General Studies A level. Hence the majority of candidates leave Poole Grammar School with four A levels. Pupils are also prepared for Advanced Extension Awards (AEA), Oxbridge entry exams e.g. BMAT and STEP and a range of skills for life courses e.g. Basic Food Hygiene.
The A level courses normally offered are listed below, though the school reserves the right not to run a course if it were not viable in terms of adequate numbers.
Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design Technology (a variety of options)*, Economics*, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Geology*, German, Government and Politics, History, Information Technology*, Mathematics (Pure with either Mechanics or Statistics), Maths with Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sports Studies and Theatre Studies*
* offered jointly with Parkstone Grammar School.
In addition, all students will be entered for General Studies at both AS and A2 level, some will take AS in Critical Thinking. An increasing number of boys also take a vocational CISCO networking course accredited by CNAA.
Currently there is much debate over vocational courses and the role of new Diplomas. Poole Grammar School is committed to collaboration with other institutions and if it was in the best interest of one of our pupils that they should follow a Diploma course we would signpost the possible partner organisations that may be able to provide this programme of study in association with the A levels studied at Poole Grammar School. Our commitment however is to academic scholarship which currently we see best delivered through traditional A levels, though we are keeping other options such as IB and Pre-U under review.
Students will normally be entered for AS Level examinations in June of Year 12, and for A2 examination in June of Year 13. However in some subjects it is appropriate for a more flexible approach to entry, and the January examination period is used.
Full details of the Sixth Form curriculum, together with detailed information about admission requirements, examination courses, and general life in the Sixth Form, are provided in the Post-16 Prospectus, available from the School Office.
Selection of courses for GCSE, AS and Advanced Level GCE follows full consultation between pupil, school and parents, full details of which are provided to parents at appropriate times.
Many areas of the curriculum are supported by out-of-school activities such as visits and field trips. There are exchange or study visits to France and Germany. In addition, at the end of each Summer Term, the normal timetable gives way to a varied programme of Sixth Form Careers lectures and visits, and Years 8, 9 and 10 Activities Week, which in part embraces National Curriculum areas such as Earth Science, Economic Awareness, Citizenship, Technology and GCSE fieldwork.
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