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Overview

Queen Elizabeth’s School is a 13-18 mixed comprehensive, Academy school with an excellent local reputation for high quality teaching and learning and an innovative and forward looking approach to education. This reputation was reinforced by OFSTED in September 2017 and it continues to grow as we succeed in raising achievement still further; results have risen consistently over time and we expect to see further improvement over the next few years.  

AboutUs

Queen Elizabeth's School is a 13-18 mixed comprehensive, Academy school with an excellent local reputation for high quality teaching and learning and an innovative and forward looking approach to education. This reputation was reinforced by OFSTED in September 2017 and it continues to grow as we succeed in raising achievement still further; results have risen consistently over time and we expect to see further improvement over the next few years. There is a strong commitment to comprehensive education and a focus on creating an environment that supports continual school improvement and the attainment of all students. Although the Specialist Schools Programme has more or less ceased under the Government, we are very proud of the positive ethos we developed as a Specialist Sports College and have sought to retain this drive. The complete rebuilding of the school into one of the best educational facilities in the entire country was completed in 2011 and we genuinely believe it is highly unlikely you will find better anywhere.

About our students  
We currently have about 1560 students on roll, with a large sixth form of over 400 students. The school is regularly over-subscribed. Our catchment area is very large and covers a mixture of rural and urban areas.  Our intake is relatively favoured, with approximately 3% of students having an entitlement to free school meals, but it has a genuinely comprehensive range of students. Most of our students come from four main feeder middle schools (Allenbourn in Wimborne, Cranborne, Emmanuel in Verwood and St Michaels in Colehill).  QE, the four middle schools and fifteen first schools constitute the Queen Elizabeth’s pyramid. Increasingly though, our popularity also means that students join us from further afield.  

Student leadership and student voice is one of the key components of our school’s success. We have a superb Student Leadership Team, led by our Head Boy and Head Girl, and an excellent School Council, highly successful leadership programmes and ‘Change Teams’, which  are becoming a significant feature in subject area improvement.

Working for Us

The key to our success is the quality of the people who work at the school.  We have 101 teachers and 74 support staff.  Although teacher recruitment has been a major national issue, we have been very fortunate in being able to recruit very high quality staff to the school and we are fully staffed with subject specialists.  We place a very strong focus on Continuing Professional Development and have a strong track record of colleagues achieving promotion internally and externally.

We work very hard to create a positive, open environment that means that people want to work here.  All new staff are allocated a mentor and are able to benefit from an extensive induction programme.

The school is committed to training new teachers and has a long history of successful involvement in ITT, working principally with Exeter University and the College of St Mark and St John, as well as training colleagues on the Graduate Teacher Programme. 

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