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Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT 01202 885233 office@qe.dorset.sch.uk www.qe.dorset.sch.uk

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QueenElizabeth’s

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welcome Welcome to Queen Elizabeth’s School I hope that you enjoy reading our prospectus. If there is anything further you would like to know, please contact us; open communication is at the heart of all we do.

Queen Elizabeth’s School has a lot to offer We promote the highest academic standards reflecting our belief that comprehensive education offers the best educational experience for young people. Above all, our school success is based on our students. We expect them to work hard and participate in the many activities offered outside the classroom, but we also believe that they work best when they are happy and cared for. At Queen Elizabeth’s there is a strong system of care and support, based on the abiding principal of mutual respect between all members of the community.

We never take lightly the absolute privilege we have to educate your children. I hope you will like what you see and want to find out more. I look forward to meeting you any time you wish to visit the school, whether at an open evening, on open days, or at any other time by appointment. Martin McLeman Headteacher “Students are very supportive and proud of their school. They enjoy being members of this harmonious and friendly school and behave well” OFSTED 2012 “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Queen Elizabeth’s as a Church of England school are outstanding; the strong and well-articulated Christian values of respect and care permeate the whole school community” STATUTORY INSPECTION OF ANGLICAN SCHOOLS 2012


Mission Statement For over five hundred years, Queen Elizabeth’s School has provided education and opportunity to young people. Supported by our Minster Foundation, we continue to develop the potential of every member of the school community by encouraging, nurturing and stimulating them and by celebrating their achievements. We do this, sustained by our commitment to a shared set of values based on the Christian faith.

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education and opportunity Queen Elizabeth’s School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England school first established in 1497. We are committed to the highest standards in all areas of school life, and we seek to support these standards through excellent teaching and learning opportunities, a strong ethos of values and mutual respect, and a genuine sense of family throughout the school community. Whilst QE celebrates a tradition extending over 500 years, we are focused on equipping our students for tomorrow’s world. Our move, in 2011, into a multi-million pound state-ofthe-art brand new school of the future has been an awe-inspiring next stage in this process of improvement. We have always worked hard to provide the best quality learning environment for our students and we now have facilities for teaching and learning that are genuinely second to none. In partnership with East Dorset District Council, we also have a superb Sports Centre, with a heated swimming pool, astroturf pitch and other pitches, sports hall, climbing wall, tennis courts and a number of exceptionally well-equipped fitness suites.

As a comprehensive school, we work hard to develop a curriculum that fosters and supports the achievements of all our students. We believe students learn best when taught with others of similar ability, and it has long been our policy to ‘set’ in most subjects. We give support to enable every student to progress as their capabilities allow. We provide full National Curriculum entitlement, plus a huge range of academic and vocational subject options at Key Stage 4 and Post-16. All students moving from Year 11 to Post-16 will find a suitable and rewarding path to follow after GCSEs. We are proud of our academic success. Every year a very large proportion of our students achieves high grades at GCSE and Advanced Level, and a great number go on to University, including the top academic institutions. The school prides itself on the range of opportunities offered outside the classroom. We provide a wealth of sporting opportunities for all abilities, from teams in all major sports and élite performance support, to activities open to all. There is a long standing reputation for excellence in the Performing and

Creative Arts (recognised through the Artsmark Gold Award), with major concerts, productions and exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, we offer a vast programme of excursions and expeditions, in the UK and abroad, to support the curriculum, inter-form competitions, adventure holidays and a thriving Duke of Edinburgh scheme. During the school week there are many clubs and regular activities, which combine support for students’ learning with helping them develop a broad range of skills and interests. “The school is determined that all students will achieve their full potential and this drive, together with a past record of continuous improvement, maintains the school’s strong and secure capacity for further improvement.” OFSTED 2012

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QE asks a great deal of its students – hard work, the desire to learn, determination to succeed, and a full contribution to the life of the school. We always seek to praise and value hard work and achievement, through our rewards system, Awards Evenings, special assemblies, commendation letters, and contact with parents. We have a well-defined code of conduct, behaviour and rewards and sanctions policies which stress good behaviour, courtesy and self-discipline. We will not tolerate behaviour that stops others safely enjoying their experience as members of our school. By applying for a place at the school, all parents agree to support these expectations. We place equal value on the education of all students, giving individual and targeted support as necessary to help them achieve their potential, either through our support systems or in partnership with other agencies, such as Health, through our excellent and innovative Teenage Life Centre which is based on site. This level of support is highly valued by our students.

Independent learning outside the classroom is a key ingredient of success, encouraging self-discipline and personal organisation. At Queen Elizabeth’s this is a natural extension of class learning, be that through more traditional homework , coursework, or using the school’s Virtual Learning Environment. We believe the three-way partnership between student, parent and school is a crucial element in a student’s education. We hold regular formal and informal parents’ evenings and encourage frequent communication with the Form Tutor, Head of Year or subject teachers. The Headteacher and other senior staff always welcome direct contact with parents. The School Council has a strong democratic decision-making voice on a whole range of issues, and we are very proud of the fact that the student voice was at the very heart of designing the new school.

Pyramid Links QE welcomes applications from students from any school and we are committed to making the transition to Upper School a smooth and seamless process for all. We do, however, work particularly closely with colleagues from schools in the ‘Wimborne Pyramid’ to ensure continuity and progression in our teaching and learning. This involves not only staff liaison but also students across the age range working together. Details of admission arrangements are available in our Additional Information booklet.


welcome Welcome to Queen Elizabeth’s School I hope that you enjoy reading our prospectus. If there is anything further you would like to know, please contact us; open communication is at the heart of all we do.

Queen Elizabeth’s School has a lot to offer We promote the highest academic standards reflecting our belief that comprehensive education offers the best educational experience for young people. Above all, our school’s success is based on our students. We expect them to work hard and participate in the many activities offered outside the classroom, but we also believe that they work best when they are happy and cared for. At Queen Elizabeth’s there is a strong system of care and support, based on the abiding principle of mutual respect between all members of the community.

We never take lightly the absolute privilege we have to educate your children. I hope you will like what you see and want to find out more. I look forward to meeting you any time you wish to visit the school, whether at an open evening, on open days, or at any other time by appointment. Andy Puttock Headteacher “Students are very supportive and proud of their school. They enjoy being members of this harmonious and friendly school and behave well” OFSTED 2012 “The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Queen Elizabeth’s as a Church of England school are outstanding; the strong and well-articulated Christian values of respect and care permeate the whole school community” STATUTORY INSPECTION OF ANGLICAN SCHOOLS 2012


Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT 01202 885233 office@qe.dorset.sch.uk www.qe.dorset.sch.uk

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