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Welcome to Park View Community School

We are a forward thinking, exciting and, most important of all, happy school where children of all abilities, aptitudes and social backgrounds achieve. This has given us a reputation for excellence within the locality of which we are exceptionally proud.

We have been at the heart of Chester-le-Street since 1911, first as the town’s grammar school and latterly as its largest Academy. Our roots in the community are long-established and inform all that we do: thus, although we are innovative and offer children a 21st Century education of real worth, we cherish and foster traditional values.

We passionately believe that all young people can achieve if challenged to do so, that each has in them special qualities, talents and strengths which it is the duty of true educators to develop. It is this moral imperative which drives us, providing an unflinching focus upon the continued improvement necessary for us to realise our ambition: to be an outstanding school which provides the very best educational experience for all in our care.

To succeed in our ambition, we work closely in partnership with parents and carers. We rely upon support from home and are delighted that the vast majority of our families make an unconditional commitment to trust their children to our care, reinforcing our standards by supporting school actions. It is this mutual trust which sits at the heart of the school and is one of our greatest strengths.

About us

Park View Sixth Form has a long standing reputation for academic success at Advanced level. This has been built upon our belief that post-16 education should embrace cutting edge practice but also be rooted in traditional values: this blend of forward thinking and solid moral foundations is at the heart of all that we do.

The vast majority of Park View students elect to continue their studies at university. UCAS (University and College Admissions Service) preparation begins in the spring term of year 12 in earnest. We have links with several leading universities and visits are arranged in subject specific areas.

Park View has a truly international Sixth Form which works in partnership with universities, the local and international community and external agencies to provide a great choice, different working environments and new friendships.

An exciting induction programme is undertaken by all year 12 students during the first week of term in order to help them with the transition to post-16 studies. This is a great way to get to know new friends and to develop team building and decision making skills whilst undertaking activities that stretch thinking and challenge beliefs in new subject fields.

Facilities available

Park View Sixth Form is housed in its own purpose built centre away from the main school, allowing students to flourish in their own environment whist also benefitting from the specialist facilities in the main building when necessary.

In the sixth form centre students have a large, comfortable common room and a dedicated Study Support room. The latter allows them all day access to 30 networked computers and to the Sixth Form Guidance Manager who is located in this room. During lesson time, they can also use the Learning Resources Centre, where they can access ICT, Multimedia resources and specialist books, periodicals and journals.

Additional support

The Sixth Form is housed in a separate centre to the rest of the school and there is very much a college flavour to its atmosphere. However, we are conscious that young adults live in a very challenging world: whilst they appear to have money, personal freedom, cars and independence, they also have anxiety and stress of a highly competitive environment that tells them that they must be clever, beautiful, wealthy and talented if they are to be valued. This can result in a very real fear of personal and academic failure. For that reason, the level of pastoral care in the Sixth Form is both detailed and personal.
Each student is part of a tutor group and thus has a named mentor with whom they have contact every day. In addition, they will have regular progress meetings on an individual basis at which current academic progress or career plans can be discussed.
The tutor system is led by a Learning Coordinator for each year group and a Director of Sixth Form, Mr Cooper. Additional support is offered by a non-teaching Guidance Manager, who is available to students throughout the day.
Park View believe it is important to keep parents informed of and involved in student progress. Two parents’ evenings in Sixth Form, five key assessments recording development towards targets and a full written annual report are useful sources of information. Parental access to real time reporting will also aid them to track attainment, attitudes to learning and attendance. Should any issues arise that need immediate attention, the pastoral staff can be contacted at any time in the school day by telephone or letter and appointments arranged.
Financial assistance is available to Post 16 students through the 16-18 bursary scheme, dependent on household income. Students will be provided with full details of this and other local bursaries when enrolling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Park View Community School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017

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