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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. Students in the vibrant textile department consistently achieve high grades...

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What the school says...

Our 2014 exam results once again demonstrate the astounding achievements of
our students. The College has maintained its 99% pass rate at A level and 91% at AS level. Sixty-two percent of A level grades achieved were either A*, A or B grades and fifty percent of our students obtained at least one A* or A grade. This year, 1,436 students progressed to university and 565 students accepted places at Russell Group universities. In fact, statistics from the Department for Education show that more students go to Russell Group universities from Peter Symonds than any other school or college in the country.

However, Peter Symonds is not just about academic success and our students make up the Colleges large and vibrant community with a myriad of talents and countless interests. We develop well-rounded, open-minded individuals with ambitious goals and a genuine sense of social responsibility. Great emphasis is placed on encouraging and guiding each student personally and academically, creating a stimulating, friendly and supportive place to study. Students are encouraged to take part in the extensive activities programme and for many, sport is also a key part of college life, regularly achieving wins at local, county and national level.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

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

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Stephen Carville BA (French and German, Southampton), MA MBA, at Peter Symonds since 2002, first as assistant, then vice principal. Previously an Ofsted inspector, and manager and teacher in sixth form and FE colleges.

Parents who know him, like him: ‘He’s great. Very caring, very nice.' ‘Bright and capable.' Another said ‘I’ve never actually met him…’, which is not so surprising in this huge college, where the role of head is perhaps closer to that of vice chancellor of a university.

Academic matters

Often chosen for academic prowess, results here are excellent: in 2017, 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. ‘Staff in schools often...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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