Our school is a place where everyone can achieve. Besides providing a top quality academic education, we pride ourselves on valuing all kinds of achievement and celebrating this with our students. We have very high aspirations for everyone in our school community, meaning that we expect a lot from our staff and our students and provide a wide range of learning opportunities. We believe that participation and encouragement are the keys to success and this is evident from the number of students who progress from Ferndown to excellent jobs and who achieve qualifications in higher education. We are very proud of the achievements of Ferndown Upper students: they have succeeded in all walks of life!
Ferndown students can participate in a wealth of trips, clubs, music and dance activities, community work and sports events. We aim to be, in the words of our Vision Statement:
"A successful school proud to be at the heart of learning and valued by the whole community."
To achieve this aim, we never stand still. We believe in innovation and change to create a safe, secure and happy school environment, whilst setting the highest educational standards. Consequently, we have invested significantly in the learning environment over the last few years; for example through the provision of state of the art ICT systems, so that students can become independent learners.
We have worked hard to create a learning environment in which all students feel safe and secure, and we maintain this ethos through a House system, which provides a framework for our pastoral care and rewards system. As well as all of this, the school is a highly successful Visual Arts College known nationally for its excellence in the field of the Arts. Visual Arts enhances creativity in all subject areas and provides young people with a chance for their imagination to produce top quality work. We invest in our young people; after all they are tomorrow's leaders.
I do hope you will choose Ferndown Upper School for your child's education. Please telephone or write if you would like further information or to arrange a visit. We welcome applications from new students. Please contact the school office for application forms and more information. We will be happy to show you around our school and we know you will be impressed!
Ferndown Upper School is a co-educational comprehensive school for students aged between 13 and 19 years. The school was opened in 1972, but since then we have invested in a number of building projects to enhance our curriculum provision and cater for growing numbers on courses.
- 13 laboratories and a computer suite* making up the Science Faculty
- A well-equipped learning resources centre/library with PCs*
- A Language laboratory*
- 300 networked computers (1 for every 4 students)
- Specialist workshops for Design and Technology which include specialist rooms for electronics and graphics as well as a computer suite*
- Specialist Art rooms that include Ceramics, Textiles and Photography provision. A network of 50 iMAC Machines was purchased in 2005 for use in digital design and computer animation
- Home Economics and Catering suite (refurbished in 2004)
- Music Centre including practice rooms and ICT support*
- Sports Centre
- Large assembly Hall
- Drama Studio
- Careers/Connexions Centre
- Large designated area for SEN support
- Inclusion Centre
Our Sixth Form is accommodated in its own block which includes study rooms, a common room, ICT facilities* and tutor/seminar rooms.
*Each Faculty is linked to the school wireless network with stations available in resource areas. The whole infrastructure and PC stock was replaced by state of the art machines in September 2006.
Top: Students compete in Houses in Sports and a range of other activities
Middle: State of the art iMAC machines used for design and computer animation
Bottom: Dance has become a successful and popular choice at GCSE