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Often chosen for its academic reputation, results here are excellent. ‘Head and shoulders’ above other options, said a student. All the more impressive when you consider that the college is non-selective – magic ingredient is value added, up one grade across three A levels. ‘Education is most important here’, a student told us as she described wearily how in some schools everything is important - ‘here: education’, she said simply. Sport is not always a forte of sixth form colleges, but this could not be further from the truth here as Peter Symonds is the national leading sixth form for games. If you excel at…

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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 2019, the College’s pass rate was an impressive 98% with over a third of the grades awarded being A* or A and 63% of grades being A* to B, a truly stellar performance.

Outside of the classroom the College also offers an exciting programme of over 150 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 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.


Base entry for 'level 3' - ie A levels and equivalent - is five 4s at GCSE, including English and maths, but most have considerably more than this. Some subjects - including sciences, maths, languages, music, psychology, economics and computer science - have additional entry requirements. College also offers one year 'level 2' courses for those who have just missed the academic bar for level 3 or who do not have GCSEs; the requirement here is two GCSEs at grade 4 or above, where applicable. No defined catchment area; instead, the college works closely with 19 partner schools in the area whose students get first dibs, provided...

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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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