Headteacher’s Welcome

At Poole High School, students flourish. This is due to the quality of care, the expertise of our teachers and the consistency of our practices. Students actively participate in their learning; the pulse of enthusiastic engagement is in every classroom, every lesson, every day. Relationships are consistently affirming and respectful. Anything less is addressed.

Our school is a significantly over-subscribed, non-denominational comprehensive serving the historic town of Poole. With over seventy-five years of service to the education of students from Poole, we are a learning community built around traditional values. As a high performing school, we work closely with other schools to support and develop best practice. We value our staff, as they set the tone for the learning experience for your children. We want our students to leave Poole High School, having:

  • enjoyed the mutual respect and trust which are our hallmarks;
  • developed self-confidence and personal integrity;
  • made outstanding progress academically;
  • felt known and cared for as individuals;
  • experienced superb opportunities, nurtured personal ambition and developed a sense of service to others.

The dynamism of our staff and their huge appetite to further refine their brilliant practice is at the heart of the ‘mini-transformations’ that happen every minute of each day in the minds of our young people. No one at Poole High mistakes ‘edutainment’ for our core business. Tough learning is made accessible because it is pitched to our students in a way that stimulates their curiosity and builds on what they already know. Students feel ready for their next stage of learning because lessons are designed to build upon a confident foundation. Retrieval and ‘thinking hard’ tasks ensure all pupils get a similar ‘cerebral workout’ – regardless of the subject. As students navigate the curriculum, their resilience, problem-solving and creativity are continuously shaped and sharpened.

Governors, support and teaching staff are passionately committed to working with the families of Poole to do the best for the young people you trust in our care each day. We thank you for this privilege and delight in not merely being at the heart of the town, but being so well placed to serve our whole community.

Mr P Gray

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