Clubs at Park School run daily and range from chess to art and include a wide spectrum of clubs for sports and music. Some activities, for example Karate and Dance, are taught by qualified visiting instructors. Most of the clubs are run by our own enthusiastic staff.
We have a strong musical tradition at Park with teaching led by a qualified team of specialist music teachers.
As well as the pupils’ weekly class music lessons, the children may go on to join our School Orchestra or Jazz Band. There is also a flourishing Training Orchestra.
All children are encouraged to play a musical instrument. Specialist individual lessons are available in woodwind, brass, strings, piano, recorder, guitar, percussion and singing.
Children from Year 2 upwards can join one of our popular School Choirs. Our choirs perform in concerts at local venues and provide musical input at all kinds of school events. We have a specialist peripatetic singing teacher who offers coaching for those children who like to sing simply for pleasure and for those who wish to obtain their singing grades.
The Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band perform at outside venues across the year. The children also form their own ensembles and small groups to perform to parents at School events.
Dean Park, a beautiful 6.5 acre sports ground situated in the middle of Bournemouth, is Park School’s dedicated Sports facility. A few minutes’ drive from the main site, our pupils are transported there for Games lessons and competitive fixtures in the school’s fleet of minibuses. In the past academic year alone, over 800 children have competed at Dean Park in sports ranging from Tri Golf to Athletics and rounders, netball, football and rugby. We have also installed a series of all-weather training pitches to enable Games and fixtures to be held all year round, regardless of weather conditions.
Sports and team games are an important and integral element of our school’s curriculum. In addition to competing against other preparatory schools, we take part in many local maintained school leagues and competitions. We actively encourage the children to participate in team and individual events. Park School children achieve success at town, county and national levels.
We believe that sport for all children develops skills, self-esteem and social interaction. It also helps them learn to cope with disappointments.
Park School offers a broad and balanced programme of physical education and sport. From Reception to Year 6 all children have one PE lesson per week, during which they focus on gymnastics, dance, table tennis, core strength and balance. Children in Years 1 to 6 enjoy an additional two games sessions per week.
During the winter, boys and girls play football, tag rugby and hockey and the girls also play netball. In summer, boys and girls play cricket, rounders and athletics.
We make occasional use of the nearby high class venues at the Littledown Centre, Sir David English Centre and Kings Park Athletics stadium which provide large astro pitches, netball courts and specialist athletics facilities.
Drama is a flourishing aspect of life at Park School. Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate their talents at class assemblies and performances.
Each year the Year 6 pupils perform a Summer play for the entertainment of both parents and pupils. Reception classes perform in nativity shows while Years 1 and 2 take part in annual Christmas Stories and Year 5 take the starring roles in the Christmas Show put on at the Salvation Army Hall. Years 3 and 4 alternate a show in the Lent term each year.
Many pupils enter for LAMDA and Drama examinations with great success.
The children also take part in the Bournemouth Speech and Drama Festival. Many of our children perform with local theatre, ballet and dance groups.
At Park School we aim to provide opportunities for the development of the whole child inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the full range of academic subjects in accordance with the National Curriculum, we offer every child the opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching and challenging environments in many extra-curricular areas. We operate a varied curriculum which ties together elements of many different subjects under a theme, encouraging children to develop a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. This varied curriculum, with teaching input from music, art, drama and sports specialists, allows all the children the opportunity to shine. Positivity in these areas creates a balanced scope of learning and supports progression in the rest of the curriculum.
At the beginning of each academic year there is a Curriculum Meeting for parents during which our teachers explain what children will be learning and how parents can support from home.
Numerous visits are undertaken each term to support work done in the classroom. We enjoy exploring the many excellent facilities available in Dorset and Hampshire as well as further afield. The visits are appropriate to the age of the children and very carefully planned by the teaching staff.
Curriculum Forecast information, available online at the beginning of each term, inform parents of what their children will be taught throughout the term.
These forecasts are reviewed termly and updated in line with ongoing pupil assessment and changes to the National Curriculum.
Please click the link to download a copy of the relevant Curriculum Forecast:
How we teach Maths
We know that the teaching of Mathematics has undergone significant developments over the years and parents sometimes tell us that they are unsure of the methods currently being used to teach their children.
Below, parents can access documents outlining the path that pupils take in learning the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as they move up through each year group.
RSE and PSHEE New Curriculum
Due to the new statutory requirement to teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in the School curriculum we as a school have reviewed and adapted our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) topics to include this. Please see below documents for further information:
Cooked lunches are freshly prepared by our School chef and his team each day, with the menus rotated weekly. The meals are especially designed for children and their busy days, nutritionally balanced with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch is two courses with a choice of main course and a pudding or fresh fruit. At morning break we offer a snack and a drink.
Please see below a link to our new menu.
Parental involvement in the teaching and learning process is a crucial element to pupil success. Our philosophy is simple…we succeed together.
Parents are regularly invited to assemblies and productions and are encouraged to accompany the children on educational trips and visits.
Excellent communication is an essential part of an outstanding school. When parents, pupils and the school are pulling in the same direction, the progress pupils achieve will often surpass all expectation.
A written report on each individual’s progress is sent to parents five times a year. Each report contains attainments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Formal parent/teacher meetings take place every term.
Class teachers are available in the mornings and release their pupils directly to parents at the end of each day, providing the opportunity to talk.
Reading Records and Homework Diaries provide additional methods of communication and parents are encouraged to discuss matters concerning their children with the teachers and the Headteacher at any mutually convenient time.
At the start of each school day the Headteacher, Bursar or Principal Administrator may often be seen standing at the school gate to welcome children and parents.
Friends of Park School (FOPS)
Friends of Park School (FOPS) is an organisation that invites parents to make an active contribution to the life of the school. Each year FOPS puts on a programme of events in tandem with the School. These have included Race Nights, Quiz Evenings and the Summer Party for parents and Children in Need Day and School Discos for the children. FOPS is also instrumental in running the annual Summer Fete.
Each year, FOPS raises funds, which are divided between supporting our pupils and a nominated local charity. FOPS is led by a Chair and Deputy Chair. Each class has a parent or two who act as FOPS Representatives. They are involved in attending FOPS meetings (usually each term) led by the FOPS Chair and Deputy Chair and assisting the FOPS Chair and Deputy Chair with school-wide events.