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Kings High School
Hadow Road, BH10 5HS Bournemouth
01202 528554
www:http://www.kingshigh.bournemouth.sch.uk/e-mail:kingshigh@bournemouth.gov.uk

Kings High School

A specialist visual and performing arts college

The curriculum at Kings High School is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge relevant to the twenty-first century.

Great store is put on the development of independent learning where students take responsibility for their progress.

At Key Stage 3 students follow a common curriculum differentiated for ability.

At Key Stage 4 a degree of choice exists allowing students to focus on a curriculum area while retaining a balance of subjects to ensure that future career paths are not closed too early. Great care is taken to guide students to appropriate routes with parental consultation.

All students study core subjects of mathematics, english, science (double or single), ICT, PE, PSE and a double award vocational GCSE.

An option matrix then allows students to select from a combination of technology, languages, humanities and expressive arts.

For some students a work related curriculum is more appropriate and this is often combined with a college placement for part of the week.

Admissions

The admissions policy is determined by the Education Authority and is published annually. Parents are requested to submit their preference by October prior to transfer. The Educational Authority Officers then consider applications between October and February. However, if the school receives more applicants than their standard number of 130, then the following criteria will be applied in this order:

 1.     Special Educational Needs (essential placement according to Statement only.)

 2.     Children living in the designated catchment area of the school who will have an older sibling attending the school at the time of admission.

 3.     Children living in the designated catchment area of the school.

 4.     Children living outside the designated catchment area of the school who will have an older sibling attending the school at the time of admission.

 5.     Children living outside the designated catchment area of the school who live closest to the school as measured by the most direct safe available walking route from their home address to the school using recognised roads and footpaths.

 An opportunity is provided early in the autumn term for parents with children in their last year at primary school to visit Kings High School and inspect a cross section of work undertaken in the various subject areas. At the end of the summer term there is an evening meeting for parents whose children are due to start at Kings High School .  A whole day visit for the children, with their primary school teachers, is arranged in school time. During this Induction Day, the first Wednesday in July, children experience sample lessons from different departments. For those parents who are unable to attend the New Intake Evening alternative dates can be offered.

These tours take approximately three quarters of an hour and will not generally include visits to classrooms in order to avoid interrupting lessons. Parents who move to the area or wish their children to transfer to Kings High School during the course of the year will be offered individual tours but these, again, will follow the same principles as above minimising the interruption to our current students’ education. This policy, we believe, is in the best interests of the students already at Kings High School and utilises staff time effectively.

Parents wishing their children to enter Kings High School should contact:

Mrs Marie Traynor, school reception.

 Expectations

You will have expectations of the school, and rightly so. Your sons and daughters should:

 be safe and secure during the school day

be well taught to their appropriate level

have their work regularly and appropriately marked

be properly treated by staff and other students

have homework set regularly

 In turn we expect students to:

attend regularly, on time, and dressed in accordance with the school’s requirements

bring with them all necessary equipment for lessons

  work to the best of their ability whilst here

complete homework as set and on time — again to the best of their ability

behave courteously and in accordance with the school’s rules both in school and on the way to or from school.

For your sons and daughters to succeed to the best of their abilities we must be able to rely on your support in these matters, and we trust that you will wish to sign the Home-School Agreement which is issued to all new students each year.

chool Rules

School rules are kept to a minimum. Life within the school is based upon mutual tolerance and respect for others and their property. No action which is harmful to another member of the school will be deemed acceptable. Teachers’ expectations in and out of the classroom are traditional and we are proud of our discipline record. We expect all students to behave in an appropriate manner on the way to and from the school when they are out in the community.

School rules are brought to students’ attention through assemblies, tutor periods, tutor notices, this prospectus and through newsletters (if appropriate). We do consider it necessary to draw attention to the following special issues.

Alcohol

No alcoholic drink is to be brought on to the school premises or playing fields or to be taken on school journeys - nor should it be consumed before or during the school day.

Chewing Gum

The chewing of gum is not allowed in school.

Drugs/Illegal Substances

Drugs are a growing problem within society generally. Any student who is found to be in possession of an illegal substance on school premises is likely to be immediately excluded from school. Readmission cannot be guaranteed, and would depend upon the specific circumstances of the case, and a willingness to accept counselling.

Eating

The school at large is not to be used as a canteen area. Food is not to be eaten in classrooms, toilets and corridors. At lunchtime, all sandwiches are to be eaten in the designated places.

Valuables

Items of value such as mp3 players or mobile telephones are brought into school at the owner’s risk. The school cannot accept responsibility for them. If they are used inappropriately, they will be confiscated.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted either in school or on the way to or from school.  Cigarettes, lighters and/or matches must not be brought to school or taken on school journeys.

Temporary Absence

Students leaving the premises during the day, having received approval from their Learning Coordinator, must sign out and sign in again. Students are not permitted to leave the site at lunchtime without the express permission of their Learning Coordinator.

Tidiness

It is the duty of all students to care for the tidiness of the school by putting litter in bins and helping with this immediately if it is drawn to their attention. Rooms used for recreational purposes must be lefty tidy and ready for use afterwards.



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