We are a truly comprehensive school, catering for both boys and girls. We have students across the entire ability range and we offer special provision for the Gifted and Talented students as well as those with learning difficulties or disabilities. We are a specialist centre for the hearing impaired. We are a leading school in the use of Soundfield technology which enables everyone in a learning area to hear clearly. We have invested considerably in Information & Communication Technology so that students and teachers can experience a broad range of teaching and learning activities.
At Key Stage 4, the curriculum is broad and has been reviewed successfully to promote some high quality vocational and applied courses which enable learners who choose these options to make at least the progress expected of them. The school’s specialism has enabled the use of number and ICT to develop across the curriculum and further strengthen learners’ ability to apply and develop their basic skills.
The Artsmark award from The Arts Council recognises the school’s commitment to the areas of music, dance, drama and art.
All students receive regular homework, from Year 7 upwards. Students record their homework in a school planner which we ask parents to sign and check weekly.
Provision in the Upper School
We offer both academic and vocational courses in Year 10 and Year 11. We aim to prepare students for adulthood with the capacity and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. All students study GCSE courses in mathematics, English Language, English Literature and Double Science. GCSE options currently offered include Drama, Art, Religious Education, Information & Communication Technology, Resistant Materials, P.E., Textiles, History, Geography, Music, French, German and Spanish.
Vocational GCSE courses include Catering and Leisure & Tourism (Double Award) NVQ courses run in conjunction with Salisbury College include Construction, Personal Therapies and Motor Vehicle maintenance. All Year 11 students participate in Work Experience. Increasingly in years 10 and 11 students are able to choose 'pathways' to suit their own individual talents and skills.
Preparing for the future
Qualifications are highly important, and our examination results reflect our commitment to this. However school is also about preparing students for their future career and roles in the larger community. Students are offered many opportunities to develop team working and leadership skills. The prefect team in Year 11 is led by the Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies. Students can initiate projects and share decision making through an active School council. Other students work as library monitors and all students are given the opportunity to work as a junior receptionist. Careers guidance is provided in Years 10 and 11, and we have strong links with the Connexions service and with colleges of Further Education. Activities Beyond the Classroom The Artsmark award from The Arts Council recognises the school’s commitment to the areas of music, dance, drama and art. A large number of students enjoy taking part in activities throughout the school year, including drama productions and musical concerts. Individual music tuition is provided to over a hundred children.
We have excellent sporting facilities on site and at Amesbury Sports Centre, as well as exclusive use of the 22 acre playing field on Holders Lane. We run many sports teams and offer a number of extra curricular sporting clubs, including rugby, netball, hockey, football and cricket. Trips and visits are run regularly; Year 9 can visit Pencelli Activity Centre in Wales and older students may take part in the annual ski trip to Europe. There are regular Geography field trips and the Languages department arrange annual visits to France or Germany. History students have the opportunity to visit World War 1 battlefields in Belgium.
The latest Ofsted inspection took place in February 2011 and concluded that.."The Stonehenge School provides its students with a good standard of education. It is popular with parents, and students speak positively of their school experience."
To see the full Ofsted report please visit the Ofsted Web site.