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Peter Symons College - Thoughts/opinions/"reviews"

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WorriedAboutTooth Tue 14-Jul-15 19:34:17

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TeenAndTween Tue 14-Jul-15 19:46:13

My DD has just done her GCSEs so not actually in 6th form yet.
We looked at PS, BP and Brock for A levels.

We decided for BP.
It seemed to be a bit more school like, and a bit less university like. A step up, rather than a leap up that PS appeared to be.
It seemed friendlier, and we got a good vibe about the pastoral care.
PS was at pains to stress that they do take 'all levels' not just straight A students, but we weren't convinced on how supportive they would be if DD struggled.
Neither PS or BP really gave straight answers on how many people drop out after the first year.
For languages for both you need a B, but at PS the B grades have to do 'catch up' lessons also.

During y11 we have in fact decided A levels are not suitable for DD and she is off to Brock which is further away but does the course she wants, and we are very happy about that too.

I expect Talkin will be along in a little while. She has a DD at PS.

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ISingSoprano Tue 14-Jul-15 20:04:44

I went to PSC, ds went there and dd is a current student. From what we saw when looking at alternatives is that we are immensely lucky in Hampshire to have such a good choice of sixth form colleges. PSC get the best results and in my experience the pastoral support has been great. All subjects offer lunchtime workshops for extra assistance. Having said that both my dc chose PSC because they offered a particular subject or syllabus that appealed more than those offered by other colleges.

Dancingqueen17 Tue 14-Jul-15 20:36:09

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ISingSoprano Wed 15-Jul-15 08:31:08

It's size also worries me, it was big when I was there but it's massive now. I guess it sometimes is easy to feel just another student in such an environment.

Actually that hasn't been the experience of either of my dc. Both have felt that they were known by their tutors and by their subject teachers and had good support. Finding a quiet place to study has been dd's biggest problem but a new building is almost completed which will provide more and dd has also discovered there is a list of unoccupied classrooms available for every timetabled session during each day.

TalkinPeace Wed 15-Jul-15 12:12:49

DD is there.
We went to visit on Monday night as DS is in year 10

DD did not even apply to anywhere else.
DS is willing to consider Tauntons at a push but basically he loves the look of PSC

DD always laughs because PSC never publicly mention that they have a whole BTEC campus elsewhere in the city smile

Its huge, but all the kids I know there love it.

WorriedAboutTooth Wed 15-Jul-15 17:46:21

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TalkinPeace Wed 15-Jul-15 17:59:03

For Maths and Science, its the best college in the whole area - he'll be fine.

BrendaBlackhead Wed 15-Jul-15 18:43:33

Ds does Maths at PS. He is impressed by the teaching. Much better than at school. And catch-up sessions and individual help for anyone not grasping something. Ds's super-clever-geek friend loves his Science courses.

Whatevertheweather Wed 15-Jul-15 19:05:26

I did sciences at PSC (though I'm 34 now so my experience may be way out of date!) I loved every second of my two years there, from the teaching, the setting, the social and sports scene and the pastoral care it was brilliant. I didn't have straight A GCSE's - a mix of A's and B's and left with 3 B's in Biology, Chemistry, English Lang and a A in sport science. I very much hope my children will choose to go there

WorriedAboutTooth Wed 15-Jul-15 21:25:10

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TalkinPeace Wed 15-Jul-15 21:32:55

lots More boys in further maths
a few more boys in maths
more girls in biology
equal in chemistry
more boys in physics

BUT
they all socialise together and it seems to pan out just fine

spinoa Thu 16-Jul-15 10:10:04

Nationally only around 25% of those taking further maths are female and only 15-20% of those taking physics are female. I don't think PS's gender balance differs particularly from these averages.

TalkinPeace Thu 16-Jul-15 17:04:40

spinoa
That would make sense as they have nearly 2000 in each cohort, from a catchment area 50 miles across - a far more representative sample that most institutions smile

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