Poole Grammar School
It is my great pleasure to be able to provide you with this introduction to Poole Grammar School in its centenary year. It is a unique environment: the pupils who study here, their teachers, the support staff; the richness of the academic, cultural, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities. It has been providing a first class education for the borough of Poole since 1904 and the close ties it enjoys with the local community are evident in the number of Old Grammarians who play a leading role in the life of the town today.
I hope that as you navigate the site you get a feeling for a vibrant community where each individual is valued and can achieve his full potential whatever his talents. We give boys many opportunities to help them grow into politely self confident able young men who are equipped for the world of the 21st century where critical thinking, an international perspective, ICT skills, teamwork and independence of thought are essential for success. Our academic results place us in the premier division of grammar schools and are achieved by hard work, from both our capable and committed staff and from the boys themselves. We hope to challenge the brightest boys and instil a love of learning and a respect for scholarship. This is based upon a well-organised, supportive pastoral system where an open home-school dialogue enables all pupils to make progress and develop self-discipline and good judgement.
Our watchwords are "personal excellence through commitment and service" and I view it as a great privilege to lead a such a talented team in delivering this vision. Whatever your interest, I hope you will decide to visit us to see for yourself what makes Poole Grammar School special for those of us who come to school here.
<b>Ian Carter BSc, C.Biol, MI.Biol.
The School 100 Years On
Although a grammar school existed in the town for a while some three hundred years ago, the present Poole Grammar School dates from 1904 when it opened as Poole Secondary School in Mount Street. For a time the school was co-educational but separated in the late 1930's when Poole Grammar School catered only for boys and Parkstone Grammar for girls.
The school moved into new buildings on its present site in 1966 on what was then a heathland area on the Poole/Wimborne road. In spite of significant housing development since then, the school enjoys a pleasant position, bordered on one side by a belt of trees and very close to protected woods and heath. Over the last ten years there have been various extensions to the facilities at the school to meet current needs. In addition to internal modifications, a Technology Block was completed in 1993 and an Arts Centre for Art, Drama and Music in 1997 along with two new Physics Laboratories and six classrooms. A new wing for Mathematics and Technology was added in 2002. Sports facilities have also been improved with a full size fitness room, championship standard tennis courts and new large three-bay cricket practice nets part supported by a Lottery Grant.
The school has six networked PC computer suites, the most recent completed in 2003. All school PC's are connected to the Internet via a broadband connection. A number of PC's are also dispersed around the school notably in Music, Business Studies, Media Studies, Art, Geography, Modern Languages, Library, Careers and Science. Years 8 and 9 complete a half GCSE in ICT, the first candidates having qualified in 2002.
The school has been designated a Mathematics and Computing College since September 2003, which has led to significant improvements to the computer network in both capacity and coverage. A new computer suite and CISCO networking laboratory were completed in September 2003 and we look forward to developing these areas over the coming years.