Welcome to Poole Grammar School
Students will join members of Year 13 in their tutor groups (there are currently fourteen tutor groups, each with just over twenty students). In this way new sixth formers can benefit from the experience of the older students, for example in learning about the requirements of A Level study, or hearing first-hand about the processes of Higher Education applications. Their tutor will normally be one of their teachers; there is also a Deputy Head (Sixth Form), a Head of Year 12 and a Head of Year 13. All these members of staff can provide guidance on academic and personal/social issues affecting Sixth Formers. Careers staff can also provide specialist help.
Students benefit from a greater degree of independence (for example, there is a dress-code rather than a prescribed uniform, mid-day exits are granted, and there is a Sixth Form Centre for student use), whilst being able to take advantage of being part of a school, with its supportive structures and personal knowledge of individuals. As its most senior students, Sixth Formers are able to contribute tremendously to the life and ethos of the school community.
Towards the end of Year 12 thirty four students are chosen as school prefects. Students can also become Subject Ambassadors, which involves supporting younger students and helping popularise the subject. Such contributions can be reflected in school references when students move on to careers or Higher Education, as well as being rewarding in themselves and in contributing to personal development.
With independence, however, comes the need for responsibility and self-discipline: for the first time students will have what they initially call 'free periods' but which staff constantly remind them are more properly known as 'study' periods. The school Learning Resource Centre is available for private study, as are some classrooms (including computer rooms).
All A Level subjects require students to show initiative and enterprise, by conducting their own wider reading or research. Work outside of lessons is also extremely important: in general, students must be prepared to put in at least five hours per subject per week in additional study-related time, either at school or at home. This means that students should establish from the outset their priorities and good routines. In particular, students and parents should realise that too much time spent in paid part-time employment can have a detrimental effect on academic progress: ten hours per week should be regarded as the absolute maximum; less is advisable.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Poole Grammar School directly.