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Extended Learning Opportunities Student Action Peer Mentors Peer Mediators Year Group Committees

College Council Prom Committee Sixth Form Committee

College Ambassadors College Magazine Reporters

Combined Cadet Force

Arts Groups African Drumming Junior Choir Senior Choir

Photography Bands Life Drawing Musicals Circus Skills

String Ensemble

Navigation Flying




Sports Clubs Badminton


Table Tennis







Field Craft Shooting Sailing First Aid

Command Tasks Survival Military Courses

Sports Teams Hockey



Rugby Basketball


Adventure Trips


Freshers Camp

Cross Country



South Wales


Summer Camps Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Ten Tors Teams Skiing Watersports

Subject Clubs Computing






Oxbridge Entry





Overseas Opportunities

D & T Clubs Cartoon


Model Making





Young Engineers








United States


Adventurous Activities Pony Trekking Camping Canoeing

Mountain Biking Rock Climbing Caving

Mountaineering Archery Sailing

‘This college has that ‘wow factor’! It has energy, optimism, enthusiasm, humour and vision, and everyone there should have a huge sense of pride.’ TRISH TAYLOR Executive Director, Learning & Skills Council, South West

‘The Senior Team lead by example. They are hard working, dedicated, inspirational, solutions focussed and committed to the staff and students that make up the college… The Staff Team is no less strong. They are conscientious and committed to providing the very best opportunities for all of the students no matter what their individual needs may be.’ INVESTORS IN PEOPLE

‘Budmouth is an outstanding college with a real spirit of innovation, enterprise and challenge. It is a valuable asset to our area.’ JIM KNIGHT MP Minister for Schools

Welcome “The college with the wow Factor” is an accurate description of Budmouth. We are an innovative Technology College at the forefront of educational development. Our insistence on high standards and emphasis on achievement has been recognised both locally and nationally. Our excellent resources and accommodation supports learning across all curriculum areas. This will soon be enhanced with the construction of our brand new college, built to deliver an exciting curriculum for the Twenty First Century. We have developed a supportive and challenging ethos, which is driven by our team of dedicated staff. There is a friendly and positive atmosphere in which good behaviour is of paramount importance and in which all of our students thrive. We believe that the opportunities offered at Budmouth ensure all students have the very best possibility of achieving, extending their learning and leaving the college prepared for university or their chosen career. Choosing the school that best suits your child and which offers him/her the best opportunities of development and achievement is a vital decision and we believe that here, at Budmouth Technology College, we offer those opportunities. We look forward to meeting you as part of this very important decision making process.

David Akers Principal B.Ed, M.A.

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‘Teaching in all areas is characterised by high levels of individual support and guidance. Teaching displays excellent subject knowledge. Relationships are very good in lessons and in extra-curricular activities.’

• OFSTED • • Admission enquiries: •

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most crucial decisions you will ever have to make. The right decision will be profoundly rewarding for your child’s future. Budmouth seeks to provide parents with as much information as possible. All receive a brochure and are encouraged to visit our website. There are two Open Evenings in early October when parents and children are welcome to meet staff and students and see what makes Budmouth so special.

Children join the college from all over Weymouth and Portland and to ensure that they feel secure and happy in making the move we provide: • The college’s Primary Liaison Teacher who meets with students and their teachers in the primary schools • College Open Days for new students in July when they visit us, tour the site, sample some lessons and meet their new Tutors • An introductory meeting for all parents and children with a senior member of staff where questions can be answered

Parents recognise that Budmouth provides a secure and happy learning environment. Inspectors have noted that the college has successfully created a supportive and caring atmosphere in which students grow and flourish. We are firmly committed to traditional values and high standards.

• Budm@il, a parental email service answering your questions and providing essential information throughout your child’s secondary career

• A dedicated team of Peer Mentors who work with the children helping them to settle in • Fresher’s Camp which provides a residential adventure in their first days at college allowing students to make new friends and meet many of their teachers • An Induction Week of activities specifically designed to help children feel comfortable in their new college • A Parents’ Evening in the autumn term and another in July. • A special ‘First Day’ when new students have the college to themselves

Joining Budmouth

‘Students’ personal development and well-being, including their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness, are outstanding. Students thoroughly enjoy their education at the college they are extremely proud and pleased to be at Budmouth.’

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How a child settles into college, feels happy and secure and is encouraged will determine their success. With this in mind, the college has established the faculty of ‘Cared For’ to provide a holistic approach to pastoral care which supports every student right through their secondary career. The faculty seeks to empower students to be able to make a life for themselves that is fulfilling, enjoyable and responsible. Every youngster will meet with their tutor before they join the college, and that tutor and their Year Leader will stay with them right through their secondary career. This relationship is vital as it allows the tutor to get to know the student and establishes continuity of care.

In particular, we will equip our students to: • Enjoy learning and achieve the highest standards in college and in life • Live a safe, healthy life by developing mental and emotional wellbeing and fostering effective and fulfilling relationships • Make decisions based on the values that underpin our society

• To be active and informed citizens who make a positive As well as their personal tutor, every student contribution has an academic tutor with whom they • To be enterprising and achieve financial security meet on a regular basis throughout the year to monitor progress and achievement. Any problem can be discussed and targets set and these are then highlighted to the staff and parents.

The college also has teams of trained Peer Mentors and Peer Mediators who work with students to make them feel secure and to resolve any issues they may have. The college aims to develop confident individuals and successful learners who are able to lead fulfilling lives and make a positive contribution to society. We look to extend horizons and raise aspirations by helping our students to discover their talents and interests.

Care For Students

‘There is excellent vision, drive, and energy and an infectious commitment to serving pupils’ needs by constant improvement. Standards are rising at a much faster rate than nationally. Behaviour in and around the College is excellent, it would be difficult to find another school where students are so well behaved.’

• OFSTED • • New campus questions: •

For children to feel happy and be confident in their learning, it is vital that they are provided with a comfortable and supportive environment. To this end, we are now in the process of rebuilding our entire campus. This project marks an exciting milestone in the continued development of Budmouth Technology College and one from which all our students will gain enormous benefit. Our campus which covers some twelve acres, overlooks the Fleet, is on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is undoubtedly one of the most attractive locations in the country. The new architectural plan provides many additional features including specialist areas for all subjects with integrated ICT throughout. Our plan also includes user-friendly play and relaxation areas for students. The architectural brief required that the rebuilding project created a campus ambiance through landscape spaces and remodelled recreation areas.

Our new campus will include: • Lecture Theatre • Specialist suites for all subject areas • Art accommodation to include 3D areas • Dining and recreation halls • A new 6th Form Centre • A central Resources Centre for all faculty areas • Air conditioned ICT suites integrated right across the college • Landscaping and wildlife habitat areas

Construction of the new building, which will not interfere with current facilities, will commence in 2008 and the major work will be completed by 2010. We will gain a state of the art hi-tech campus designed to meet the needs of a Technology College and ideally suited for delivering a high quality education so essential for the success of our students in the 21st Century.

The New Budmouth

‘The breadth and quality of curriculum is exemplary. As a technology College, Budmouth offers an outstanding range of both academic and vocational courses.’

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At Budmouth Technology College we strive to ensure that every student fulfils their potential and we believe that all children are entitled to an education that will enable them to develop themselves intellectually, socially, creatively and emotionally. We also believe that children should be able to live and develop as happy and valued human beings. Academic achievement is one of our major successes; we want each individual student to achieve the best possible results.

Academically accelerated students are offered: • A Gifted and Talented programme • High academic targets for SATs and GCSEs

As well as providing the subjects required by the • A faster pace and greater depth of learning National Curriculum, the college has innovative • Opportunities to study two modern languages for GCSE Key Stage 3 and 14-19 programmes ensuring a • Early entry for GCSE relevant curriculum for all students. We offer • Opportunities to undertake A/S level studies in Year 11 a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in Years 9, 10, 11 and the Sixth Form. Our courses, which include GCSE, BTEC, Diplomas, A/S and A level, are designed to match the needs of individual students. Literacy and Numeracy drive everything we teach and our students leave well-equipped for the world of work, with skills they can easily transfer. Students are not placed in mixed ability groups, but in the academic set which best suits their ability in different subjects All students have academic targets and their subject teacher and Year Leader monitor progress continually. Parents, students and staff are able to monitor academic progress against individual targets. At the end of each year, the college celebrates the achievements of its students with a Prize Giving Ceremony. Budmouth selects some of its students and all students are tested on arrival to identify those with special gifts or talents. These students are taught from the beginning of Year 7 in several academically accelerated groups

Curriculum & Academic Achievement

‘Outstanding Design & Technology provision confirms the success of the school as a Technology College. The breadth of curricular opportunities and innovation provide pupils with a varied and very worthwhile technological experience. GCSE results are well above average.’

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Budmouth promotes Physics, Chemistry and Biology as separate GCSE courses, which are the very best foundation for A level sciences, as well as offering students the choice of an applied science course. Additionally, for students who prefer a more vocational course, we offer GCSE Applied Science. This leads onto an AS and A2 in Applied Science. The science faculty is keen to create independent learners and has introduced the CASE programme for Years 7 and 8 as well as a skills based course for Year 9. These initiatives will prepare students more fully for GCSE and A level studies. The Science Faculty has access to a wide range of Information & Communications Technology teaching resources, including data loggers and advanced simulation software packages. A purpose-built £2million Design & Technology Centre includes an extensive range of Information & Communications Technology hardware and software as well as an extensive range of ICT hardware and software including two laser CNC cutting machines. Our Design & Technology staff have a strong belief in the teaching and learning of both modern and traditional skills and techniques as part of life long learning and opportunities for future careers. D & T is hugely popular with our Sixth Form and regularly attracts plaudits from visiting inspectors and industrialists.

We offer: • Professional training to teachers from across the South West and Master Classes to primary school students in Mathematics, Science, Design & Technology and Information & Communications Technology • Budmouth has been selected by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to pilot their CAD/CAM initiative • Twelve fully equipped laboratories and specialised Sixth Form laboratories, all containing networked computer stations

• Eleven workshops and design studios covering Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Electronic Systems and Graphics • There is an extensive range of Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Computer Numerical Control equipment providing students with industry standard software • An annual D & T Celebration Day when our students’ work is showcased to business and industry as well as a Fashion Display. • Numerous industrial visits including CERN in Switzerland

Science & Technology

‘Relationships between teachers and pupils are excellent, pupils respond to teachers’ evident care with respect and by consistently giving of their best.’

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ICT is a dynamic and ever changing skill and our staff strive to ensure that lessons reflect the changing needs of students, society and employers. Students are encouraged to use ICT within all subject areas to effectively support their whole learning experience. ICT is at the very heart of our teaching and learning and the college has a culture that embraces technology. All students study ICT and the fact that we have one computer for every three students enhances learning across all subject areas. Students will complete their KS3 work by the end of Year 8 and at KS4/5 students can take a variety of courses including BTEC, A level, European Computer Driving Licence and a Diploma in Digital Applications. The facilities around the college are impressive, with computers in all faculty areas as well as ten dedicated computer rooms.

We offer: • A wireless network spanning the campus • Over 550 computers linked throughout the college • All students have their own email address and the ability to move work around college and between college and home • Video conferencing facilities and a virtual learning environment allow access from home • Budm@il, a dedicated email messaging service for parents • Controlled internet access for all students • High speed broadband access to online research material and distance learning opportunities • Electronic registration for all students across all lessons • Virtual reality, control systems and data logging

ICT is delivered in a whole series of imaginative • Online learning courses are available for both BTEC and ways including use of the Intranet, Internet and A/AS level CD-ROM based materials. The beauty of this approach is that it allows students to work at their own pace and to study whenever and wherever they have access to a computer. This may be in or out of lesson time, in specialist areas of the college or at home. Development of ICT skills is encouraged through opportunities to participate in real life ICT projects. Students have been involved in a wide range of business opportunities from developing an advertising campaign for a local manufacturing company to planning and designing a web site and producing interactive computer games.

Information & Communications Technology

‘The importance of pupils’ personal development is central to the work of the school, which has successfully created a supportive and caring atmosphere in which pupils grow and flourish. Through its well-established ethos and climate of honesty, trust and respect, the school has a strong sense of community in which all pupils play an equal and important role. Pupils are valued for their contribution to school life and there is a feeling of harmony throughout.’

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Budmouth is unique in having a Faculty of Physical and Adventure Development within which we seek to ensure that all our students enjoy their activities, feel secure in accepting new challenges, achieve personal success and develop positive attitudes towards their health and lifestyle. We know that all our students are individuals and far more important than the activities in which they are engaged. We seek to challenge our students, promoting effort, trust and confidence. Our curriculum is designed for the benefit of all students and increases selfesteem, compassion and a sense of service. We seek to meet a wide range of expectations and cater for all levels of ability. We encourage participation at every level, always promoting physical skills and personal fitness. Not surprisingly our students and teams have an outstanding record of success at local, county and national levels in crosscountry, swimming, football, tennis, athletics, volleyball, netball and golf.

We offer: • A sports centre, fitness suite, two gymnasia, a badminton hall, six floodlit netball courts, six tennis courts, a climbing wall and extensive playing fields • There is a College Cricket Academy and South Dorset Netball which are based at the college • In addition to GCSE and A level we offer BTEC First and National Diploma, Level 1,2 & 3, as well as awards in sports leadership • The college holds Sportsmark Gold and a Healthy Schools Award

Physical & Adventure Development

‘Regular involvement by all pupils in outdoor adventure lessons and a vast number of residential trips greatly enhance leadership qualities, teamwork and self-esteem.’

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Budmouth has one of the most advanced outdoor education programmes of any school in the United Kingdom. We are committed to the full development of all our students and we know that Budmouth is a model of excellence in this field. Annually the college fields over forty residential adventurous trips within the United Kingdom involving some one thousand students. These will see a new student involved in a Fresher’s Camp on Dartmoor and build-up to place senior students on major projects across the developing world. Each May our students undertake the Ten Tors Challenge which involves them crossing up to fifty five miles of Dartmoor within thirty five hours. To date, Budmouth has trained over fifty successful Ten Tors Teams. The college also runs the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at all levels and some one hundred students participate annually, some progressing to receive their award at Buckingham Palace. The benefits of the award to young people include developing self-confidence and self-reliance; gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility; discovering new skills, interests and talents and developing leadership skills and abilities. Budmouth is one of only fifty state schools in the UK with a Combined Cadet Force. The CCF encourages our students to develop powers of leadership and to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. In addition to weekly activity sessions, cadets participate in an annual summer camp and have the opportunity to attend over one hundred courses annually, which cover everything from power boating to parachuting. Senior cadets can join annual exchanges to Canada and Greenland and undertake a BTEC in Public Services. Every year our young people join major expeditions to the developing world. Over a period of a month they will mountaineer, trek, white water raft, mountain bike and jungle train as well as undertaking a community project. Past venues have included India, Ecuador, China and Kenya; where our students have built and now support a health centre.

Unrivalled Opportunities

‘All lessons take place in a purposeful, well focused atmosphere. Skills are taught very effectively and it is the good quality of teaching which is the single most important factor in the high standards attained.’

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Art and Design offers opportunities to explore a variety of expressive and designcentred studies including painting, drawing, printmaking, fashion, textiles, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics and photography. All students work in a positive and creative environment and achieve success on a variety of levels. Students work with a wide range of computer programmes as a fully integrated part of their Art and Design experience. From the beginning of Year 7, students are introduced to ways of manipulating images and ideas, using software programmes such as Fractal Design Painter and Adobe Photoshop. ICT is noted as a main strength of this Faculty and a central resources and information technology area services the Faculty for slide and video presentation, resource materials and a comprehensive library of books for reference and critical study.

We offer: • An extensive range of facilities, including six design studios, an ICT suite and a fully equipped dark room • A full range of academic and vocational courses that allow students to specialise in graphic design, photography and fine art • A full programme of industrial and community links allows students to work on commercial briefs set by local businesses • Links with Bournemouth Institute, which allow our students to access additional resources and tuition • Numerous clubs in photography, ceramics, painting and life drawing • A varied programme of visits to galleries in London, Bath and St Ives

Art & Design

‘Standards are well above average and students make very good progress. This reflects very effective teaching and learning and excellent leadership and management.’

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The Performing Arts are at the centre of our community, providing outstanding opportunities to students and enriching the cultural life of Budmouth. The faculty is located in a suite of studios, which encourages students to develop their ideas across performance mediums. We provide a varied curriculum which offers students the opportunity to create, research, perform, record and evaluate work in Music, Dance, Drama, Music Technology, and Performance Studies and within the new CAM diplomas. Visiting artists give students the opportunity to experience a wide variety of performance styles. Students put on regular public performances which annually include a Dance Display, Musical, Christmas Concert, Performance Showcase, community events and open evenings. In July 2008 the Performing Arts at Budmouth received the Artsmark Gold Award. Many of our past students, having graduated in Performing Arts, are now working in the world of television and entertainment.

We offer: • Excellent facilities include spacious, well-equipped studios for Music, Dance, Drama, Music Technology and Recording • A prolific range of extracurricular activities including dance clubs, instrumental groups, drama workshops, rock-bands, choirs, a jazz band and a Djembe drumming group • The theory of music, singing, and other practical musicianship tuition is available through the Royal School of Music • An established and extending programme for gifted and talented students

• There is a wide variety of instruments available for tuition leading to Royal School of Music Examinations: flute, oboe, cello, brass, violin, viola, clarinet, drums, saxophone and guitar. Singing tuition is also available • We provide Master Classes and advanced workshops with national associations leading to Summer Schools • There are opportunities to work with professionals and perform in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, The Lighthouse in Poole and the Tivoli Theatre

Performing Arts

‘The college has an effective sixth form that promotes good achievement along with excellent personal development. The care and guidance that the students receive in support of their academic and personal development are outstanding.’

• OFSTED • • Sixth Form enquiries: •

Budmouth is the only school in Weymouth and Portland that has a Sixth Form, providing students with essential continuity in their education. We attract students from right across South Dorset as well as a number from Europe, our retention rates and results are excellent. Students joining can choose from over fifty courses, knowing that they will gain the qualifications and key transferable skills needed for both higher education and the world of work in the 21st century.

Our post-16 provision is based on excellent relationships between students and staff to ensure that teaching and learning supports all students’ achievements. We offer:

Alongside such courses runs an enrichment programme that offers numerous opportunities for students to sample new activities and follow new interests. The D of E, CCF and overseas opportunities compliment our campus based programme.

• A range of Level 3 courses including AS and A levels, BTEC and OCR National Certificate and Diploma, and the new 14-19 Diplomas

• Level 2 and Level 3 courses

• Daily access to tutors provides continuous support and guidance • One-to-one academic tutoring to discuss progress and set targets • Residential university courses and a chance to develop leadership skills through enrichment activities

• Special Oxbridge and medical school entry coaching • A programme of individualised careers information, advice and guidance, including vocational placements and extensive business and community links, which support progression to both higher education and workrelated training • Our Sixth Form students have their own centre, which includes a café and ICT facilities

The Budmouth Sixth Form

‘It is heartening to see the vibrancy and enthusiasm which are now so evident in this popular, successful and over-subscribed school.’

• RT HON OLIVER LETWIN MP • • Area questions: •

It is vital that all our students gain successful entry to university or the world of work and to this end the college has a dedicated Careers and Business Centre which offers guidance and research facilities to all students. It also acts as an informal meeting place for small groups of students to meet with professionals from business and industry. Our comprehensive careers and business education programme is a key element of Budmouth as a Specialist College. Understanding the world of work is crucial to the future success of our students and our courses enjoy a county wide reputation for excellence.

We offer: • A dedicated Careers and Business Centre with specialist staff • A specialist team for Oxbridge entrance, university guidance and UCAS applications • Specific information, advice and guidance programmes via our tutor programme, Connexions and careers software • Specialist Mentors from Business and Industry

Our business liaison specialists develop • Focus days for Maths, Science and Technology programmes to enrich the curriculum • Chuckles our community day nursery and highlight our students to future employers. Students regularly work alongside professionals from local and national businesses, government agencies and community groups, allowing them to put their learning in context and to explore possible career paths. Students take part in a wide range of exciting ‘hands-on’ workshops, helping them to improve the vital skills of enterprise, teamwork, problem solving and communication. In addition to work experience placements, students are given the opportunity to undertake projects with such companies as DEK, Tecan, QinetiQ, New Look, Luhrs Marine and FGP.

Careers Business & Enterprise

Mentoring & Befriending

L e a d in g The Way

Budmouth Technology College Weymouth, Dorset DT4 9SY Tel: 01305 830500 Fax: 01305 830555 Email: Web Page:

Budmouth Technology College Prospectus  

Budmouth Technology College Prospectus.