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‘Education is most important here’, said a student, describing, wearily, how in some schools everything is important; ‘here: education’, she said simply. There’s not the coercion you get at school, say students, who like this: ‘Because you choose the subject, failing is only your own fault. So pull yourself up - and people do’. It’s a different vibe to school, one explained...

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What the school says...

Peter Symonds regularly features amongst the top colleges nationally, attracting students keen to benefit from the academic excellence, individual care and superb facilities. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging and guiding each student personally and academically. Our staff are devoted to and passionate about teaching and that is reflected in the enthusiasm and success of students. Additionally there is excellent support available to every student both in and out of classes. In 2018, the College’s impressive 99% pass rate was maintained with over a third of the grades awarded being A* or A and 83% of grades being A* to C, with 682 A* grades achieved overall, a truly stellar performance.

Outside of the classroom the College also offers an exciting programme of over one hundred enrichment activities, with something for everyone. Symonds has a well-deserved sporting reputation and regularly wins local, regional and national competitions, or if you are interested in music, the Music Department offers a number of courses including the Hampshire Specialist Music Course and many solo and chamber performance opportunities.

The campus has a university feel, with state-of-the-art studios, science laboratories, a Learning Resource Centre, media suites, classrooms and IT rooms. With several cafés and social areas, and fantastic sports facilities including a well-equipped gym, there is plenty of space and opportunity to expand one’s learning, explore new opportunities and build long-lasting friendships.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)

School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since September 2018, Sarah Russell BA (history, Reading), previously deputy principal and then principal of Alton College. Lengthy experience in sixth form education and sits on several policy groups.

Academic matters

Often chosen for academic prowess, results here are excellent: in 2018, 62 per cent A*-B, 34 per cent A*-A; ‘head and shoulders’ above other options, said a student. This largely non-selective college achieves impressive value added: up one grade across three A levels. ‘Education is most important here’, said a student, describing, wearily, how in some schools everything is important; ‘here: education’, she said simply.

Students said they would like more information on non-secondary school subjects and methods of teaching before they start - ‘can go in and love or hate’; but they do have a taster day, when they try each...

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Special Education Needs

The college has an experienced and well qualified Learning Support department. Specialisms include dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, English as a second language, support for visual and hearing impairment and Asperger's. There are three co-ordinators: Co-ordinator for Learning Difficulties; Co-ordinator for Physical Disabilities; and an Inclusive Learning Co-ordinator. On our Adult Education Site there is an adult learning support co-ordinator providing support for adults. Experienced Learning Support Assistants support both in, and outside the classroom, ensuring that the needs of the students are met. The services of other professionals are brought in as required. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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