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Clarendon House Grammar School for Girls
Clarendon Gardens, CT11 9BB, UK Ramsgate
+44 (0)1843 591074
www:http://www.clarendonhouse.kent.sch.uke-mail:admin@clarendonhouse.kent.sch.uk

At Clarendon House We:

Aim to provide a stimulating learning environment to bring out the best in each pupil academically and socially;

Believe in a modern approach to teaching coupled with traditional core educational values;
 
Help our pupils become responsible citizens who respect themselves, fellow students and staff, the environment, and the community;
 
Provide a happy, caring and safe school community;
 
Encourage good relationships and mutual support for learning;
 
Take pride in our achievements and have high expectations;
 
Understand what motivates our students to help them develop their true potential;
 
Value each pupil as an individual, nurture and encourage them through a stable and invigorating balance of study, leisure and extra-curricular activities;
 
Provide a sound basis for a successful and thriving career and a happy and fulfilling life;

UNIFORM

Clarendon House pupils are proud of their distinctive bottle green and white uniform and are expected to wear it correctly at all times.  Examples of prices and suppliers are in the prospectus or can be obtained from the school. 

In the Sixth Form students may wear clothes of their own choice, provided they are smart.

CURRICULUM

Children learn in a variety of ways and at different rates.  Our teaching is designed to reflect the individual needs of all our pupils.  Pupils will take part in group and individual activities as well as whole class work.  In many subjects there are practical activities, educational visits, fieldwork, and use of drama and discussion as part of the learning process.  Using computers is an integral part of learning in all subjects.
 
All pupils are expected to study Religious Education.  The teaching is non-denominational and follows the Kent Agreed Syllabus.
 
We teach sex-education in Science and in Personal Health and Social Education.  Factual information is given in the context of moral and social values.  It is taught in all years of school, related to the needs of pupils at their particular stage of maturity.
 
YEARS 7-9 (Ages 11-14 years)
 
Each pupil follows a broad, balanced curriculum in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum.  Classes are taught in form groups but smaller groups are organised for Technology.  During Year 9 we send parents details of the option scheme for GCSE and give pupils and parents opportunities to discuss choices with subject staff.  The programme of Careers Education covers decision-making, option choices for GCSE and future career possibilities.
 
The following subjects are currently taught in Years 7-9
        Mathematics
        English
        Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
        Technology (including Information Technology, Food, Design,
                              Resistant Materials, Textiles)          
        Modern Languages (French and German from Year 7. Spanish is started in Year 8)     
        History
        Geography
        Art and Design
        Music
        Drama
        Physical Education
        Religious Studies
        Personal, Social, Health and Careers Education including Citizenship
 
YEARS 10 & 11 (Ages 14-16 years)
 
In Year 10 pupils study at least ten GCSE subjects.  They study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Science (dual certificate - incorporating Biology, Chemistry, Physics or all three separate sciences) and French, German or Spanish.  They choose three subjects from the following:- History, Geography, Religious Studies, Art and Design, Technology: Food, Information Technology, Music,  Sports Studies and Technology: Graphics. Citizenship short course followed by AS in Year 11, a second or third modern language.
 
All pupils in Year 10 are able to obtain their “European Computer Driving Licence”: a qualification in software use.
 
Also, pupils who speak another language at home may have the opportunity to sit a GCSE in their first language.
 
In addition, all pupils follow courses in Careers Education, Personal, Health and Social Education, Physical Education and Religious Education.
 
At the end of Year 11 all pupils are expected to sit GCSE in at least ten subjects.
 
Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Some pupils may have needs that require extra help or individual learning programmes.  For example:
 
·        the exceptionally able
·        those with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia
·        those with physical disabilities
·        those with emotional or behaviourial problems.
 
We identify such pupils through information and records received on entry to the school, and/or through our regular monitoring of individual progress in each subject area.  In accordance with the DfES "Code of Practice", we keep a register of such pupils, and endeavour to offer learning programmes that will develop their potential to the full.  Resources are allocated for this purpose.
We call on the expertise offered by the local education authority, and we consult and inform parents at every stage.

DEPARTMENTS

POST 16

At Clarendon House we can offer you the opportunity to study at Advanced Level in a happy and supportive environment where everyone is valued as an individual.  We want all our students to realise their potential so that they are able to progress to the career of their choice.  The great thing about increasing your qualifications is the very wide range of careers you will have opened to you.

Our pass rate is always above the national average. This is due to highly experienced tutors, sensitive and supportive pastoral care and students’ own high levels of motivation.

In order to enter our Sixth Form you need to have at least five GCSEs at grade A* - C, though in some subjects we have more specific requirements, and we may ask you to gain A* -C in certain named subjects or a minimum of grade B in others.  You must, in all cases, have gained at least a Grade C at GCSE English. If you are applying with a Vocational GCSE result you cannot count more than the equivalent of 2 GCSEs in any one subject to meet the entry requirement of 5 A*-C grades.

There are always opportunities for your parents or guardians to have informal discussions with you and your Head of Year about any problems you may be having.  There are also more formal occasions when they can find out how the Sixth Form is organised; how to get into Higher Education; how to progress on to a career and to discuss your progress formally with your subject tutors.

It sounds like hard work, and so it can be - you will need to be determined to do well - but you will also find it interesting, challenging and exciting. 

In recent years hundreds of students have chosen to join our Sixth Form after completing their GCSEs elsewhere. These are just some of the reasons they have given :

  • A Personal Tutor to help you with Target Setting and your applications for Further or Higher Education, or the first step in your chosen career

  • Small Tutor Groups with Year 12 & Year 13 students mixed

  • Our varied curriculum with a wide choice of courses

  • Our open and friendly atmosphere

  • No school uniform – just a sensible Dress Code

  • Small teaching groups with work geared to helping you achieve your full potential

  • Our programme of trips and visits

  • The opportunity to take responsibility and develop your Leadership skills as an elected school official and by helping younger students

The Timetable

  • 5 one-hour lessons each day on a 2-week timetable

  • Each course has 10 hours of tuition a fortnight

  • Registration periods – a.m. 15 minutes; p.m. 10 minutes

  • 4 A Level choices plus one choice from the Additional Studies option

  • Regular Sports opportunities each week

  • Private Study sessions in IT-equipped rooms or designated Sixth Form area



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