|The Sir John Colfox School|
|Ridgeway Estate, DT6 3DT, UK Bridport|
+44 (0)1308 422291
The aims of the Sir John Colfox School are:
To provide for students...
To enable students...
- the opportunity and expectation which encourage them to achieve the highest quality and excellence in everything they do and to invest in their own learning.
- a welcoming and caring environment in which they all find happiness and enjoyment and which encourages confidence and self esteem, independence of thought and self-discipline.
- opportunities to develop positive and stable relationships together with tolerance and respect for others.
- to develop lively, enquiring minds and through their learning to equip themselves with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for life in a rapidly changing world.
- to develop moral, spiritual, ethical and social values and to appreciate human achievement.
- to face the future with confidence as they continue in further education, enter the world of work and take on the responsibility of citizenship.
The Sir John Colfox School Sixth Form is linked with that of Beaminster School. The joint Sixth Form preserves the advantages of caring for students on their home base while expanding the opportunities open to them at 16+. A full range of ‘A’ and ‘AS’ level courses and vocational courses is offered which is in line with national developments.
The teaching staff from both schools meets regularly and the Head of Sixth Form and form tutors oversee the development of key study skills. Each student receives individual academic and personal guidance and a large percentage of students each year go on to Further and Higher Education Institutions including Oxford and Cambridge.
Sixth Form students have their own common room and although there are no prescribed dress regulations all students are expected to dress smartly and to take pride in their appearance.
Our aim is to equip students of all ages in our community to communicate in a variety of languages and to provide a broad and balanced curriculum set in an internationalist context which will prepare students for a life in a technological world.
Many people associate languages with travel. The year 7 child entering our school for the first time has already embarked on a journey in the primary school through a world in which she understands languages other than her mother tongue. Throughout her time at our school, she continues to cross frontiers. Her journey through the Language College also is merely a staging post. Language competence which is not maintained soon dies away. When she leaves school and embarks on an adult career, she maintains the umbilical support of the school intranet, video conferencing facilities, twilight and evening classes.
Her brother in Year 9 starts his journey through the school day. He enters the college site passing flags of the many nations in which the Language College has partner schools and through the main entrance with its multilingual message of welcome. A glance at the electronic notice board suspended above the entrance hall, and he is reminded in French German and English that there is a training session for the school running team of which he is a member. His first lesson is Maths. His teacher, Mr Hanson, is conducting his lesson in French. His next lesson is History. The displays around the wall about aspects of European history are labelled in the language of the country.
At lunchtime it is raining. He decides to brush up his German, goes to the language centre and selects an ILS program and spends twenty minutes practising. On his way out he sees his elder sister with her friends watching neighbours in German downloaded from the satellite. He is going to Japan with the Bridport Youth Centre which has a long standing link and he checks his email to see if there is a message from his partner whom he met on the video link last week. He has Geography this afternoon and he knows there is a videoconference booked with the school in Solingen discussing acid rain which is a big issue there. It has been an interesting day. His mother tells him when he gets home that she would not have believed it possible from her schooldays and she wishes she had had his opportunities; her life might have been very different. However she has got an evening Spanish class later in the week...
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