Why choose Buckholme Towers for your child?
Firstly the stats and facts...
Small classes - currently averaging around 14 pupils.
Happy children - pupils told inspectors there was absolutely no bullying in school.
Outstanding achievements -
- over the last 5 years, an average of 80% of all Buckholme pupils were offered places at the grammar schools - that's a greater percentage than any other school in Poole.
- a greater percentage of Buckholme pupils achieved the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 SATs in 2017, than those at any other school in Poole.
The teachers "make lessons interesting, it's fun to learn at Buckholme. I feel like someone, not just a number. I know everyone and everyone knows me." Pupil review March 2017.
A report by the educational research centre, NFER, suggested that finding a school which ‘suited’ their child was the number one priority for parents. Other key factors were the location of the school, and the culture of discipline and behaviour. The quality and friendliness of the staff and examination results were also rated as important.
First, do the legwork.
“pupils develop into extremely confident
and self-assured young people who work
and play happily together” OFSTED May 2017
Choosing a school that ‘suits’ your child is an extremely personal process. It will almost certainly be influenced by your own experiences of school, but also ultimately by your intimate knowledge of your child. At Buckholme Towers we actively encourage parents to visit as many schools as possible so that they can make a really informed decision; a decision that if they get it right, will only be made once. Of course, if parent and grandparent are ‘old Buckholmians’, then the decision is easy.
A small school with a big heart.
Pupils “show positive attitudes to their learning
and demonstrate high levels of motivation
and concentration with their school work” OFSTED May 2017.
Although it is no longer a legal requirement for teaching staff to be qualified, all of our teachers are professionally qualified, and, because class numbers are half the size of many local schools*, they know their pupils extremely well. They identify strengths and weaknesses and ensure individuals are motivated and inspired. Teachers are supported by a high number of qualified Teaching Assistants, who also know the children very well and who support the teachers in ensuring the children achieve their potential. In short, qualified adults are there for the pupils every step of the way, and the relationship between pupil and teacher is trusting and meaningful.
* Read our article about the advantages of smaller classes here.
What else are parents looking for?
Pupils “told inspectors that they were ‘adamant’
there was no bullying in the school” OFSTED May 2017
Many parents look for a good track record in dealing with bullying and bad behaviour. At Buckholme Towers unsociable behaviour is spotted easily and can be nipped in the bud quickly, ensuring that it is not able to escalate. The spotlight shines brightly on individuals and for pupils moving from other schools this can be a little intimidating at first. However, they soon realise that with the attention comes the building of an effective and rewarding rapport with teachers and other professional adults. Pupils are very happy in school, they work hard and they enjoy the rewards that come with success.
How do we compare?
"Pupils develop strong skills in their reading,writing and mathematics" OFSTED May 2017
Finally, for those parents who equate success with exam results, ours speak for themselves; for example, as a non-selective school, to achieve an average over the last 5 years of 85% of pupils gaining places at the local grammar schools, is certainly something worth shouting about.
Furthermore, according to data recently published (December 2017) by the Department for Education, a greater percentage of Buckholme pupils achieved the expected standard in the Key Stage 2 SATs, than in any other school in Poole.
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For further information or to arrange an appointment and tour of the school with our Headteacher, Mrs Ruth Darvill, please contact the school office administrator, Ms Nicky Lloyd, on 01202 742871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org