Ferndown Upper School
Ferndown Upper School is a purpose-built, mixed comprehensive school for students between the ages of 13 and 19. It opened in new buildings in 1972. These have been added to in stages, and the final phase was completed at Easter 1984. A new 6th form college block was opened in 1999. More recently this has been extended to cater for increased demand. A new suite of Food Technology rooms was created in 2003 and plans are under way to extend Photography and Textiles accommodation as part of the Arts College capital work. The reception area was also remodelled in 2004.
13 science laboratories, including computer suite shared with Mathematics
Learning Resource Centre
Language suite, including computer suite
Business Information Centre, including computer suite
8 workshops for design and technology, including computer suite
Art, ceramic and textile design areas, including open-plan Atrium
Food Technology suite
College Block: used predominantly by Sixth Form
In addition, the school has priority use of Ferndown Sports Centre which is on the same campus and offers a large multi-purpose sports hall, gymnasium, swimming pool, squash courts, and a multi-gym, together with extensive playing fields, all-weather floodlit sports area and tennis/netball courts. The Centre is under new management from January 2005 and there are exciting plans for refurbishment.
The Ferndown Pyramid comprises First Schools (for students aged 5-9), three Middle Schools (for students aged 9-13), and the Upper School. Most students reach the school through the Pyramid, but students are admitted from elsewhere, particularly at Sixth Form level.
The school places great emphasis on liaison within the Pyramid, in order to ensure continuity of educational experience from 5 to 18. All the schools work closely together on curriculum and assessment. Their good practice is acknowledged as exemplary.
The main school is organised in Year groups. The Heads of Years 9, 10 and 11 are responsible for the monitoring of overall progress, guidance and welfare. A permanent Head of Year (also a member of the SLT) and Deputy are responsible for the Sixth Form.
All members of staff are involved in the guidance programme for students as group tutors with an increasing emphasis on tracking academic progress.
Teaching and learning is organised for the subjects of the National Curriculum through the subject teams:
Modern Languages PE
Arts (inc Music, Drama) ICT
The school’s curriculum is designed to reflect the values of a comprehensive school, which seeks to provide the best, in terms of opportunities, and resources, for all students. It builds on the work done in First and Middle Schools, and there is close liaison to ensure both continuity and progression. The school seeks to create an intelligent and flexible curriculum, which ensures both a broad and balanced programme which prepares students for the future and a degree of individual choice which allows students to pursue particular interests and aptitudes.