For many people, choosing which college is right for them is easy: the subjects on offer, the quality of teaching, the facilities available, or even the proximity to home are all important factors.
Recognised by Ofsted time and again as ‘outstanding’, Peter Symonds regularly features amongst the top colleges nationally, attracting day and boarding students from across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and as far afield as the Falkland Islands, all keen to benefit from the academic excellence, individual care and superb facilities.
Its motto is ‘Counting in Ones’ and great emphasis is placed on encouraging and guiding each student personally and academically. Staff are dedicated to and passionate about teaching and that is reflected in the enthusiasm and success of students; additionally there is excellent support available to every student both in and out of classes.
This year, the college’s impressive 99% pass rate was maintained with over a third of the grades awarded being A* or A and 83% of grades being A* to C. The proportion of the very highest grades achieved by Symonds’ students (A*, A, B) has increased from 62% last year to 64%, with over 12% being the very top A* grade – 682 A* grades were achieved overall, a truly stellar performance.
The campus has a university feel, where buildings both old and new house state-of-the-art studios, science laboratories, a Learning Resource Centre, media suites, classrooms and IT rooms. With several cafés and social areas, fantastic sports facilities including a well-equipped gym, there is plenty of space and opportunity to expand your learning, explore new opportunities and build long-lasting friendships.
The college also offers an exciting programme of over one hundred enrichment activities. Whether you wish to pursue a current interest, or you are keen to try something new, there is something for everyone.
If sport is your thing, Symonds has a well-deserved sporting reputation and regularly wins local, regional and national competitions. Or if you are interested in music, on Monday 15 October, the Hampshire Specialist Music Course is holding its presentation evening for students interested in undertaking this course. For full details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and see for yourself. Open Evenings for 2018 entry are on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 October 2018. The college staff look forward to welcoming you.