ALL WELCOME !
We look forward to seeing you.
ALL WELCOME !
We look forward to seeing you.
Parkstone Grammar School has been awarded a five-star charter for how well it prepares its students for employment!
Just before Easter, Parkstone Grammar School were visited by the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Employer and Education Partnership, who rigorously assessed our careers provision for our students. The assessors were particularly impressed with independent advice and careers guidance at the school and highlighted the following as some of the areas of strength:
The assessors were particularly impressed with the extensive use of external organisations and employers to support and stimulate careers work and the parents evening featuring higher level apprenticeships.
A high-flyer inspired the next generation of legal eagles at the latest school to join the Young Chamber programme. Matt Lewis, from Coles Miller Solicitors, urged students to gain work and life experience but also enjoy themselves when he spoke at Parkstone Grammar School. The 28-year-old also revealed to students that he was just about to be made a Partner at the firm – the youngest in its history just five years after joining as a trainee solicitor.
Matt’s presentation came as the Sopers Lane school signed up to Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (DCCI) Young Chamber Programme with sponsorship from Coles Miller Solicitors. Matt, who is head of Residential Leasehold Property, said: “The most important factors for you at this stage are hard work and the desire to succeed.” He also urged pupils to ‘go with it and enjoy’ their journey through education and work in building a career.
Matt, who studied in Southampton and Bournemouth at undergraduate and postgraduate level, will lead the Young Chamber Programme for Coles Miller Solicitors. He was accompanied by the firm’s Managing Partner Adrian Cormack and Marketing Manager Sarah Ryan. DCCI chief executive Ian Girling and Young Chamber co-ordinator Will Montgomery also attended along with head teacher Tracy Harris and careers co-ordinator Julia Wilkinson.
Parkstone has become the first school in Poole and the first Grammar to join DCCI’s groundbreaking Young Chamber Programme, which now has 14 members. Tracy said: “We know how hard it can be for local businesses and schools to interact so the Young Chamber Programme offers many great opportunities. It means our students can hear real world stories and about routes into professions. We are very grateful to Coles Miller Solicitors for their sponsorship and are looking forward to developing a very strong relationship.”
Adrian said: “We place great value on our links with the community and wanted to support a school close to our Poole office. “Parkstone Grammar was the perfect choice and the launch event was a great success with intelligent, enthusiastic and engaged students.”
Adrian, who is responsible for training at Coles Miller Solicitors, added: “The Young Chamber launch was the perfect platform to announce Matt’s richly deserved promotion from Associate Solicitor to youngest ever Partner at Coles Miller Solicitors. “I interviewed him six years ago and have seen him qualify, become head of his own department and now be promoted to full Partner. It demonstrates our commitment to staff development and the potential for career progression with the right drive and enthusiasm. Our congratulations to Matt on reaching this milestone.”
Coles Miller Solicitors is a leading law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Broadstone, Christchurch and Wimborne.
Parkstone Grammar School is a selective girls’ school for 11 to 18 year olds in Poole and the surrounding area.
DCCI, the voice of business in Dorset, has 800 members representing 37,000 employees.
Will said: “Parkstone has become the first Grammar and the first school in Poole to join the Young Chamber Programme. The initiative has already exceeded expectations and is proving inspirational for businesses and schools alike.”
Contact Will to join the programme on 01202 714817 and Will.Montgomery@dcci.co.uk. Follow the Young Chamber Programme on social media under #bridgingthegap.
We are delighted to share a letter received this week from the Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP. He congratulates students and staff at Parkstone for the outstanding level of student progress placing Parkstone in the top 5% of schools nationally. A wonderful acknowledgement of the fantastic work that takes place every day. Well done everyone!
We are very proud to have received a letter from Rebecca Clark, the DfE’s Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West.
Mrs Clark has written to congratulate the school as one of the region’s highest performing schools, following the publication of provisional 2016 Progress 8 scores. The new Progress 8 measure reflects the progress of young people from their starting places across 8 subjects including English and Mathematics. With a score of 0.55 this means that students at Parkstone achieve at least half a grade better than their peers in other schools nationally with the same starting points.
Mrs Clark wrote “I never underestimate the sheer hard work which sits behind results like these, please pass on my thanks and congratulations to your whole staff team”.
Parkstone Grammar School is delighted to advise that following the publication of the provisional GCSE progress scores this week Parkstone is in the top 2% of all secondary schools nationally. It shows that Parkstone is the highest performing school in Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset, as well as much of the rest of the country.
The new Progress 8 measure reflects the progress of young people from their starting places across 8 subjects including English and Maths. With a score of 0.55 this means that students at Parkstone achieve at least half a grade better than their peers in other schools nationally with the same starting points.
This is a wonderful reflection of the ethos of commitment, courage and compassion that permeates the school and the hard work of students, staff and parents.
Year 10 Business Studies students had a fantastic day out at the end of September when they visited London as part of their prize having won the Tower Park business competition.
As part of the day, the girls presented their ideas in Land Securities Head Quarters and then got to visit Sky Gardens where they enjoyed a scrumptious Afternoon Tea.
Business Studies teacher, Mrs Kelly, said, “The girls presented with confidence to a group of 10 professionals who were very impressed with them. They answered challenging questions which really did show how much time and effort they’d put into the project. They presented in a board room followed by lunch. We were then taken to Sky Gardens for a smoothie and cake. They had a fabulous day and many of them felt inspired to work in that kind of environment. Comments from those involved in the day include :
“Many thanks to you and the students for all the hard work on this project, our team really enjoyed the presentation and were impressed by the level of thinking and quality of ideas as well as the excellent presentation skills and maturity of the girls.”
“What a lovely bunch of girls and what a fantastic job they did today. It was a pleasure to watch them and very interesting hearing what they had to say.” ”
In September Parkstone was very honoured to welcome to the school former bodyguard to Nelson Mandela, Chris Lubbe.
An award winning Inspirational speaker & Coach and UNICEF Children’s Champion, Mr Lubbe came to the school to talk to sixth form students as part of their Enrichment lessons. The school’s Enrichment programme is aimed at opening windows for its students, allowing them to be aware of the outside world and Mr Lubbe’s sharing of his life experiences will certainly support this.
Mr Lubbe’s incredible story of resistance against ‘apartheid’ was inspirational and humbling. His charisma and delivery of his life story kept the students spellbound, shocked and inspired.
For further information, visit Mr Lubbe’s website : http://www.chrislubbe.co.uk/
Congratulations to our Year 11 students on their fantastic GCSE results.
99% students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths and 62% of all grades with either grade A or A*. Well done to you all for your hard work and we look forward to welcoming you into the Sixth Form!