Park Community School prides itself on students’ learning and the passionate commitment of staff. Our focus is on increasing young people’s levels of attainment, resilience and autonomy. In September 2014, after over two years of building work, we moved into the first part of our new school buildings. The remaining work is due for completion in the summer of 2015. Our new architect designed school provides stimulating and exciting environments to support a wide variety of learning. The Watering Hole restaurant is the centre of our school and shows the importance of caring for the whole person if they are to do well and succeed at school.
Over the last three years we have been developing our curriculum and supporting the government’s push for schools to deliver a more academic curriculum. An example of this is that we now offer 28 different GCSE courses; this does not include vocational options and alternatives. We have also been working hard to prepare for the new GCSEs which will be sat by students from 2017 (the current year 9) onwards. Although results last year were not as good as we had expected, the headline outcomes reflect changes to qualifications that counted in the league tables more than the children’s performance.
We continue to develop innovative ways to ensure all our young people can get the most from school. We think Park Community is ‘much more than just a school’, for instance our new small-holding ‘farm’ and industrial ‘enterprise’ unit allow some young people to learn outside the normal school environment. Our SCITT trains the teachers of tomorrow and ensures we are able to recruit the best. We also look forward to other exciting developments that will further benefit the school’s students and other members of our community later in the year. Watch this space for more news soon.
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