Poole Grammar School A GSG School
- Poole Grammar School
- Head: Mr Andy Baker
- T 01202 692132
- F 01202 606500
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.poolegrammar.com
- A mainstream state school for boys aged from 11 to 18
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Poole
- Pupils: 1197
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Open days: July and September
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Current Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 2nd December 2015
- Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 26th June 2014
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
School has a remarkably calm feel for what is essentially a hothouse for nearly 1,200 teenage boys. Humanities and enterprise flourish, lessons evidently absorb attention and boys are enthusiastic about all aspects of school. Adding ‘cognition’ to the potentially ‘nerdy’...
What the school says...
Poole Grammar School is a selective boys' grammar school serving the Borough of Poole and its environs. It is a specialist mathematics, computing and cognition school with an international reputation for developing boys' literacy skills.
Boys take a set of entrance tests consisting of English, maths, verbal & non verbal - reasoning. There are 168 places available and the admissions policy is available on the school web site. At sixth form level 30 places are available for those from outside the school and the minimum entrance requirement is 344 points based on the candidate's best 8 GCSEs with an A*, A or B in the subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The DfE GCSE points are used 58-A*,52-A, 46-B 40-C, 34-D,28-E. An increasing number of courses are taught jointly with Parkstone Grammar School (Girls). Progression onto the second year of the course (A2) is dependent on successful completion and passing of two or more AS levels excluding General Studies.
The school is part of the South West Academic Trust (SWAT) with Bournemouth School for Girls, Torquay Girls' Grammar School, Torquay Boys' Grammar School, South Wilts Girls' Grammar School, Colyton Grammar School, Churston Grammar School and Exeter University which is an exciting developmental group aiming to raise standards across the South West with a focus on teaching gifted and talented individuals who will enrich our society. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide saysSchool has a remarkably calm feel for what is essentially a hothouse for nearly 1,200 teenage boys. Humanities and enterprise flourish, lessons evidently absorb attention and boys are enthusiastic about all aspects of school. Adding ‘cognition’ to the potentially ‘nerdy’ specialisms of maths and computing allows the staff to boost their care of individual boys, whatever their needs...
Since January 2014, Andy Baker, previously deputy head. BA from Lancaster (politics and economic history), PGCE from Keele and MA from Middlesex (social and industrial history). Taught at schools in Essex before joining Poole as deputy head in 1993. Likes pottery, skiing, period property restoration, music (listener and performer). Married with two grown up children.
Specialises in maths, computing and cognition, so it’s no surprise that maths is top of the pops at A level, closely followed by...
Special Education Needs
The school, though a selective Grammar school, is accutely aware that many very able pupils can hide conditions such as dyslexia through strategies that as time goes on become more difficult to sustain. Hence we are looking to take a more proactive role in early screening of pupils to then give appropriate support for their learning as early as possible. Dyslexia screening now being undertaken on entry and an 'in house' literacy advisor has been appointed to focus on needs in this area. The school has adopted a second specialism in SEN (Cognition and Learning) with a focus on supporting able boys with a wide spectrum of needs. Pupils who come to the school with a statement or who are on the feeder school special needs register are immediately put on our own register and the head of the induction year spends time with the feeder school ascertaining the needs that we will have to cater for when the pupil arrives. We have a Learning support coordinator in place on a 0.6 teaching timetable; a specialist teacher for SEN on the staff for two days per week and 6 LSAs available for indiviudal classroom support or outreach work depending on individual cases. 09-09
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|