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.FACILITIES13 science laboratories, including computer suite shared with MathematicsLearning Resource CentreLanguage suite, including computer suiteBusiness Information Centre, including computer suiteComputer Centre8 workshops for design and technology, including computer suiteArt, ceramic and textile design areas, including open-plan AtriumMusic suiteFood Technology suiteAssembly HallDrama studioCollege Block: used predominantly by Sixth FormIn 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: English History Mathematics Geography Science RE/PSHE Modern Languages PE Technology Business Arts (inc Music, Drama) ICT Vocational EducationalThe 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.
Ferndown Upper School
Phase: Secondary Schools
No. of Pupils: 1045
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