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  • Parkstone Grammar School
    Sopers Lane
    Poole
    Dorset
    BH17 7EP
  • Head: Mrs Tracy Harris
  • T 01202 605605
  • F 01202 605606
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.parkstone.poole.sch.uk
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Poole
  • Pupils: 1,291; sixth formers: 371 (including 45 boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Late September/early October but parents welcome at any time when they can meet the Deputy Headteacher who manages Admissions and have tours of the school with Sixth Form prefects
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 12th October 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 18th December 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Subject prefects are good at providing help schemes and revision clubs with lots of encouragement from staff. Exceptionally good staff-pupil relationships with girls declaring, ‘at risk of sounding cheesy, our staff are amazing, inspiring, working really hard to give us good lessons and ready to do anything to help.’ Well-known in Poole for their lavish joint musical productions with Poole Grammar, but these are led by Parkstone. Lots of smaller drama things going on, often with Poole via theatre studies..

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What the school says...

Parkstone Grammar School is an 11-18 selective girls grammar school providing excellent educational opportunities to girls from Poole and the surrounding area. We are a converter academy and have a collaborative Sixth Form with Poole Grammar School.

Please contact the school for further information about us or look on our website. ...Read more

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2013, Mrs Tracy Harris. Was previously deputy headteacher at South Wilts Grammar School for Girls and has a strong track record in selective single sex education. Educated in the south west and studied history at Exeter University. Her husband Ian is also a teacher and she plays in a brass band in her spare time.

Academic matters

Results at GCSE and A level generally live up to its local reputation for excellence. Almost all do three sciences at GCSE, with pretty spectacular results; in 2017, 66 per cent A*-A/9-7 grades across all subjects. At A level, maths, English, biology and chemistry have a high take up rate and pretty impressive results. In 2017, 75 per cent A*/B grades and 43 per cent A*/A overall.

This is a maths, science and modern...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Girls identified as requiring SEN provision are supported through the work of the Learning Support Team. The School has a very active Learning Support Department, with roughly 10% of the school population identified as requiring additional support. The School firmly believes that each student should be given equality of opportunity to achieve her full potential – spiritually, academically and socially – by recognising the uniqueness of each individual and providing a rich and varied learning experience for all. Where required, girls receive individual learning support for a range of needs, including specific learning difficulties; emotional difficulties and physical and sensory impairment. The School has a history of excellent provision in supporting the varied special educational needs of academically high achieving students. Detailed records are kept of provision made and targets set where classroom intervention is necessary. The progress of all SEN students is monitored by the Learning Support Coordinator and provision regularly reviewed and amended as necessary. Parkstone actively encourages students to recognise and accept each other’s strengths and weaknesses and support one another to reach their goals. Although the majority of girls identified as SEN by the school are categorised as School Action and School Action Plus, when supporting an individual statement of Special Educational Needs, the School ensures that all prescribed support is fully provided and that a constant dialogue is maintained between students, parents, specialist teachers and external agencies. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
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

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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