Phoenix School is the 11 - 16 comprehensive school serving the communities of Dawley and surrounding South Telford.
The last four years have seen the school make significant progress and pupils are taking a pride in their work and school activities. There is a growing positive feeling towards the school and our target 4 years ago to be the first choice school for our community has been achieved. Our Year 7 has risen from 90 to 180 pupils and has been full for the last 2 years and a phase 1 building programme will be completed by September 2003 to include science and humanities accommodation.
The school is seeking to raise the expectations of its pupils through a full range of academic, sporting, artisitic and vocational experiences. All pupils are encouraged to achieve the highest academic level they can and will be focussing on their life beyond school with a strong careers programme. All pupils take the opportunity in the upper school to spend 10 days in work experience, this is extended to a day each week for a number of pupils in their final year.
Academic progress is always at the heart of school life. Parents can expect regular contact with teachers through a logbook and half termly reports on progress. Homework is an important part of school life and encourages pupils to become independent learners. The support structure for pupils is very strong with a system of form tutors and year heads.
Additional opportunities for learning are made available through Summer Literacy and Numeracy Schools, homework club, revision classes for GCSE pupils and after school computer classes. The Library is open before and after school each day for private study.
The curriculum has been extended to cater for the full range of abilities. Additional time has been allocated to English, Maths and Science in the lower school and in the upper school there are opportunities to develop vocational skills alongside GCSE courses and GNVQ in Business Studies and ICT.
We believe that opportunities for team work and performing at high standards beyond the subject based curriculum are essential for our pupils. A number of our pupils perform at National and County level in sport and a full range of sporting activities are available through both the school and the Sports Centre which is open every evening and at weekends. Sporting success is strongly encouraged and supported throughout the school.
An increasing number of students are becoming involved in music and drama. There are a number of dramatic productions and visits to the theatre each year and there are opportunities for tuition in keyboard, drums, guitar, woodwind and brass instruments. There is a school choir and Steel Pan Band.
Addtional challenging activities are also provided through a range of outdoor pursuits. Senior students are able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Younger students are encouraged to visit the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre in Wales and there are a number of visits to European countries.
We value our partnership with parents and we will encourage and expect the community to play an active part in children's learning. Parents are always welcome to discuss their child's progress and visit the school.
Pupils are encouraged to support and respect each other at all times and to be polite and courteous to visitors. They are expected to play hard, work hard and take a pride in their school community.