Summary of Applemore College
Applemore College is a popular 11 – 16 mixed comprehensive school with just under 700 students on roll. Student numbers have increased dramatically over the past three years and following our ‘best ever’ GCSE results in 2016 and Ofsted judgement as a ‘Good’ School in February 2017, we are well on our way to fulfil our ambition to become an Outstanding School.
Ofsted Inspectors were very impressed by the caring, inclusive and nurturing ethos of the College and in particular the strong moral purpose of staff and Governors to provide the very best education for our students.
Competent, professional subject specialists and effective support teams staff the College. The teaching accommodation comprises a variety of specialist rooms, including five science laboratories, two technology workshops, two food technology rooms, a textiles room, two art studios, a drama studio, music suite equipped with Apple technology, library resource centre and five computer suites.
Applemore is one of only six schools in Hampshire to have a resourced Dyslexia Support Unit which provides support for severely dyslexic students. Admission to the unit is via the Hampshire County Council Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service. Our students achieve above expectations as a result of the dedicated team of staff who implement a highly successful programme of support that is personalised to meet individual needs.
The College also boasts a state-of-the-art, full-size, floodlit all-weather pitch, good-sized playing fields and two outside hard court areas. The majority of PE lessons take place at Applemore Health and Leisure Centre which is part of our campus but is run independently to the College. The centre has a wide variety of sporting and recreational amenities, including a swimming pool. As the College is near to the New Forest, the coast and Calshot Activities Centre, there are easily accessible facilities for outdoor activities and fieldwork.
Inspectors also recognised the strong relationships between staff and pupils, saying that these were the bedrock of a very positive atmosphere in which pupils want to learn and that staff use their extensive knowledge of pupils to provide the best support possible for each of them to develop their learning and understanding. As a result, pupils make good, and sometimes better, progress.
One of the advantages of being a smaller-sized school is that we know our students very well and as a result we can support and encourage them to achieve their personal best. We are ambitious for all our students and staff reflecting the importance we place on working together in an environment based on mutual respect to ensure that Applemore College really is a school where:
Students are proud of their own and others’ achievements
Students are responsible for their own behaviour
A learning culture is respected
Everyone is known and valued
High aspirations are encouraged
Students achieve their personal best
We look forward to your application.