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Stantonbury Campus North & South
Stantonbury Campus, Stantonbury, MK14 6BN, UK Milton Keynes
+44 (0)1908 324400

The Campus

Stantonbury Campus is a foundation, comprehensive school situated in north Milton Keynes.  The Campus has specialist arts, maths and computing and vocational status and incorporates provision for some 2800 students aged  eleven to eighteen (c500 Post-16).  The Campus also incorporates an adult and continuing education centre, a leisure centre, gallery and  theatre.

Stantonbury is privileged to serve the community of Milton Keynes and welcomes further enquiries.  

Discover more about one of the community partnerships we are supporting this year! As Yaw says – ‘Lets make HISTORY!’ 


Welcome to Stantonbury Campus! 

We have been open since 1974 and have grown with new city.  Like Milton Keynes, the Campus has matured and gone from strength to strength.  We are delighted that each year our students gain greater success.

What has not changed is our deeply held belief in the equal value of all the young people we work with and our determined optimism about the potential of each one.  We are justly proud of these principles and the productive working relationships they encourage.

We are proud to be a specialist arts college and value the enormous contribution the arts make to the success of students at Stantonbury.  We are also delighted that our work in the arts has been recognised by the government and we have been invited to develop extra specialisms in Maths and Computing and Vocational Education.

Of course, at the heart of successful schooling is a close and effective relationship with the home.  We look forward to working with you in what we confidently believe will be a successful partnership.


A warm welcome to Stantonbury Campus Sixth Form in Cooksey Hall.  As one of the largest Sixth Forms in the area, we offer an extensive range of courses, both academic and vocational, for Post-16 students.  Many of our students join us from Stantonbury's 11-16 Halls but we also welcome students from other schools and colleges as well as adults returning to study.  Whether you are a parent, student or adult learner, we hope this prospectus will give you useful information about our Sixth Form as well as a flavour of life in Cooksey Hall.


At Cooksey, we aim to help students achieve academic success as well as acquire the personal and professional skills that they will need in Higher Education work and for the rest of their lives.  We are very proud of the academic results achieved by our students over recent years and they are evidence of the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers and parents.  The vast majority of our students progress from Cooksey into a range of Higher Education providers, including the most prestigious universities.

As well as academic success, we encourage students to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular experiences, both within the school and the wider community.  Recent residential trips include visits to Washington, Berlin, Barcelona and the Peak District, and many of our students take part in the Arts and sporting activities.  We are proud too of our students' involvement in volunteer and charity work.

Jon Adamson, Head of Cooksey Hall


Cooksey Hall is located at the centre of the Campus, close to three computer suites and the well equipped library.  Sixth Form students have their own common room, serving hot and cold food, a dedicated drama studio and areas for quiet study.  Our students have access to the excellent facilities on the Campus and make widespread use of the Theatre, Art Gallery and Leisure Centre. 


Students join Cooksey Hall for one, two or three years, depending on individual requirements.  Our courses cover a wide variety of academic subjects at A and AS Levels as well as a range of vocational courses.  Personal programmes of study are agreed with each student at interview in order to match individual needs and abilities.  Student choices are supplemented by additional support which includes careers and Higher Education guidance and individual tutorial advice from the personal tutor.


The Sixth form at Stantonbury offers exciting opportunities for students to study in an adult environment.  In the rest of this prospectus, you will find more information about our Sixth Form, and information sheets on all the courses we offer are available at the Open Evening or from the Cooksey Office.  We look forward to welcoming you to Cooksey Hall.


"Stantonbury Campus exists to enable each individual acquire the personal qualities, attitudes, skills, knowledge, understanding and qualifications necessary for personal fulfilment and active social responsibility in a rapidly changing world. 

The aim is based upon our fundamental belief in the equal value of all members of our community, and our determined optimism about the potential of each one."

The Campus' purpose statement distils our commitment to learning and achievement for students of all interests and abilities.

Learning requires hard work and commitment;  it also requires engagement and enjoyment.

We expect students to follow teachers' instructions and to actively participate in their learning.

When students arrive in Year 7, they encounter the full range of subjects you would expect, but wherever possible we also help students understand how their learning fits together.

So, English, History, Geography and Religious Education are taught as Integrated English and Humanities (IHE) and Biology, Chemistry and Physics as combined Science but with the skills and content of each subject still retained.

All Year 7, 8 and 9 also study Art, Design and Technology (ADT), Dance, Drama and Music, French, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mathematics, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).



  IHE 7 x 50 minute periods per week

  Performing Arts/Art 4x50

  (one lesson each of Dance, Drama, Music and Art)

  Maths 3 x 50 )

  MFL 3 X 50 (In year 7 this is French)

  Science 4 x 50

  PE 3 x 50

  Design and Technology 3 x 50

  ICT 2 x 50

  Tutorial 1 x 50


Some students also have the opportunity to being a second language in Year 9.

In PSHE, delivered through the tutorial programme, students learn about the health risks associated with smoking, alcohol and other drugs.  They follow a sex-education programme, which contains factual information about puberty, menstruation, conception, pregnancy, ante-natal care, birth, care of the infant, sexual health issues and family planning.  The course also considers personal relationships and ethics.  Issues are dealt with in a careful and sensitive way, set within a moral framework.

The Campus believes that parents and the school have complementary roles in the matter of sex education.  Parents who wish to withdraw their children from studies involving sex education should contact the Principal.

The PSHE Programme also contains units on careers education and guidance, citizenship, anti-bullying and how to be successful learners and members of the Campus community.

Homework provides opportunities for students to extend their learning through research and independent study.  In Year 7, students should expect to have about four hours of homework a week.  This will gradually extend as they move through the school.


In years 7, 8 and 9 students learn predominantly in their mixed-ability tutor groups.   Lessons are differentiated to allow students with special educational needs to access the curriculum and for more able students to be stretched.  We believe students, as in the world beyond school, benefit from working and learning together with people from different backgrounds and with different abilities and interests.

At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11), the Campus is in the process of developing a new and exciting curriculum that will give students access to a wide range of subjects and opportunities, including a mix of academic and vocational learning.  This will begin for Year 10 in 2007.

Qualifications available will include GCSEs, BTec qualifications, a Young Apprenticeship in Media and Arts and, as they come on stream, some of the new vocational diplomas being developed.

The post-16 curriculum offered at Stantonbury is rich and varied and allows students to build on their previous learning in preparation for higher education and employment.  For details, please see the separate prospectus produced for post-16 students and their parents.


We are proud of the excellent facilities for learning at Stantonbury.  The theatre, leisure centre, Astroturf, athletics stadium and specialist rooms in all curriculum areas greatly enhance learning opportunities for students.

However, we know that students also benefit from being part of a much smaller unit, which they are well known and feel they belong.  To create this, the Campus is divided into five halls; four pre-sixteen students and one for the sixth form.  Each hall contains approximately 500 students and has its won distinct buildings and staffing.

Students are placed into one of the halls; Dansteed, Grafton, Portway or Saxon; and into a tutor group of 30 students.  Tutors stay with their groups and get to know them and their parents very well over the years.  They are the key point of contact and support for students in helping them gain the most from their time with us.  The tutors work in year teams in each hall, assisted by Team Co-ordinators and Pastoral Managers.  The tutor and the Team Co-ordinator provide the key links between school and home.


Halls are led and managed on a day-to-day basis by Heads of Hall.

We try to avoid artificial barriers between students and the adults they work with.  Everyone on Campus is known by their first name.  We do not have special toilets or dining facilities for adults and inferior ones for students.  Students are used to having their opinions listened to and valued. This creates a rich inclusive environment for learning and friendly relationships between adults and students.

We have our own Learning Centre to help those students, who, for whatever reason from time to time, are not coping with some of their classroom learning.


There is no school uniform.  Students are expected to dress sensibly and according to the wishes of their parents.  Offensive slogans on T shirts and items that are too revealing are not allowed.  Extremes of fashion, whatever they may be, are discouraged.  Specific kit is required for Physical Education.

Positive behaviour is necessary for effective teaching and learning to take place.  In order to encourage positive behaviour, we aim to ensure the following:

  • the provision of clear guidelines for student behaviour set out in a written Code of Conduct displayed in all teaching areas and in student planners, and regularly discussed with students;
  • the establishment of warm, persistent and professional working relationships focused on the development of self-esteem, high expectations, achievement and positive behaviour;
  • the provision of opportunities for success for all students in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities;
  • the continuing development of formal and informal ways of recognising and praising individual and group achievements and contributions.
  • the use of sanctions when necessary, which are seen to be fair, appropriate and related to the needs of the individual within a consistent framework.  These sanctions will range from simple disapproval to formal exclusion in the last resort;
  • the involvement of students in guidance concerning future improvement.


We have a formal written anti-bullying policy which makes clear our absolute determination that students should be free to come to us to learn in a secure environment.


We know that positive behaviour is best achieved if we work closely with parents.  We seek to develop this partnership of home and school by:

  • sending all parents detailed information concerning our expectations regarding behaviour;
  • giving regular feedback about individual achievements, progress and contributions;
  • keeping parents informed about any concerns regarding their child's behaviour and consulting with them about the best way to move forward;

We ask parents to support us in helping our students to develop a strong sense of right and wrong and how to behave well.




We believe learning happens in and out of classrooms and that students' involvement in extra-curricular activities greatly enhances their experience at Stantonbury.  We know it also enriches the relationships between teachers and students. 

Stantonbury Campus is fortunate in acting both as a school and as the base for an impressive range of community activities, including the arts and sport.


A combination of specialist teachers of physical education and unrivalled facilities ensure all students enjoy access to a huge variety of sports.  This is reflected in our Sports

mark Award.

All students study PE to the end of Year 11 and large numbers follow physical education courses in the sixth form.  Our links with a variety of local sports club give opportunities for students to progress in their chosen activities beyond school.

PE extra-curricular activities are aimed at developing excellence and maximising participation through competition between tutor groups and Halls.

The Campus has a comprehensive programme of matches against other schools in all major and many minor sports, gaining considerable success at district, county, national and even international level.

The Campus benefit from a highly successful partnership with Milton Keynes Lions which is committed to making the Campus a centre for basketball development and excellence.  The Campus has recently appointed an Athletics Development Officer, providing a strong link with Milton Keynes Athletics Club, which is also based at the Campus.

Many sporting, cultural and social activities take place in the lunch after and after school.  Our leisure Centre is used by students until 5.30 pm each day for this purpose.  The Campus has varied resources including close contacts with residential centres which enable groups of students to take part in residential and cultural activities throughout Britain.

The Milton Keynes Music Service provides a varied programme of peripatetic instrumental tuition.  Many musical groups are thriving.  Students regularly take advantage of our superb performing arts facilities.


On four occasions each year students undertake a whole day of study within their halls.  This arrangement allows teachers and students to work for a longer period on a particular aspect of the curriculum.


Exchange programmes in recent years have operated with France, India and Tanzania.  A wide range of school trips and visits takes place in this country and abroad.

All overnight, foreign and active visits are organised according to rigorous safety and insurance regulations approved by governors.



The number of intended admissions is 420.  For the 2007 entry, the Campus received 484 applications for admission at 11+  by the published date for return.

Up to 10% of places will be allocated for 'arts' applicants who are able to demonstrate aptitude in and commitment to the visual and/or performing arts (art, dance, drama, music) and for whom the Campus is one of their stated preferences.  (NB: Any unsuccessful 'arts' applications will be considered according to the following criteria).

If applications for admissions exceed the number of places available the following order of priority will be applied:

  1. Children in care

  2. Young people living in the listed areas with a brother or sister in attendance at the Campus at the date of admission and attending one of the named partner schools (see below)

  3. Young people living in the listed areas with a brother or sister in attendance at the Campus at the date of admission

  4. Young people living in the listed areas and attending one of the named partner schools

  5. Young people living in the listed areas

  6. Young people living outside the listed areas with a  brother or sister in attendance at the Campus at the date of admission and attending one of the named partner schools

  7. Young people living outside the listed areas with a brother or sister in attendance at the Campus at the date of admission

  8. Young people living outside the listed areas and attending one of the named partner schools.

  9. Other young people living outside the listed areas.

In circumstances where the Campus' admissions number has been exceeded in any of the above categories and there is a need to discriminate within the category, preference will be given to those young people living closest to the school, measured in straight line to the Campus' main reception.

The Campus will not reconsider an application following refusal during the same academic year, unless there has been a material change of circumstances.


In the Autumn Term, prospectuses will be distributed to parents of children living in the listed areas together with the Milton Keynes Council 'Information for Parents' booklet containing a common application form.  The application form should be returned to your child's current school by Friday 23rd November 2007.

Parents considering an 'arts' application should both:

  • Complete the common application form and return it to your child's school as above.

  • Telephone the Campus on (01908) 324429 to request an 'arts' application pack.  This should be completed and returned to the Campus by Friday 23rd November 2007.  Late arts applications will not be considered.

Prospective Parents' Evenings take place on the 5th or 6th November for parents of students transferring to the Campus in the following September.  Details, where applicable, are included with this prospectus and publicised through middle and combined schools.  A carefully organised induction programme in the Summer Term prepares students for entry in September.


For applications throughout the academic year, for years other than the year of intake, we request applications in writing, addressed to the Campus' admissions office.

For further information regarding 11 - 16 admissions please contact the campus on (01908) 324429.


For admission procedures please see the Post-16 prospectus.

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