Sunderland High School,桑德兰高级中学
Sunderland SR2 8HY
Tel: 0191 567 4984 Fax 0191 510 395
· CO-ED, 2–18, Day
· Pupils 600, Upper sixth 25
· Termly fees £1870–£2191
· SHMIS, IAPS, CSCo
· Enquiries/application to the Head
What it’s like
Founded in 1993, from a merger between the existing girls’ school (founded in
1884) with a boys’ school, Tonstall House. It has an agreeable urban campus with
pleasant grounds. The purpose-built junior school is close by. The senior school
comprises four main buildings including Main School, the original building,
which has been extensively modernised over the years and is now well equipped.
There is a sixth-form centre in its own grounds. Pupils from all parts of the
school share the sports facilities which include a sports hall and all-weather
pitch. The school lays stress on the creation of a Christian atmosphere but is
ecumenical in spirit and policy. Pupils of all faiths are welcome. The
curriculum is broad and, from Year 10 is built around pupil choice. Examination
results are good. There is a good range of sports and extra-curricular
activities including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total range 2–18; 600 day pupils (337 boys, 263 girls). Senior
department 11–18; 307 pupils (172 boys, 135 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exams used; for
sixth-form entry, normally 5 GCSEs at least grade C. No special skills or
religious requirements. 40% of senior intake from state schools (plus 10% to
sixth form); 50% from own junior (enquiries to the Junior School Head,
Sunderland High Junior School, Ashbrooke Road, Sunderland SR2 7JA, tel 0191 514
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 5–9 pa scholarships, value 25%–33%
of fees; up to 8 academic (2–4 each at 11 and 16), 1 music. Also CSCo assisted
places. Up to 2% of pupils receive bursaries, based on financial need. Parents
not expected to buy textbooks; music lessons extra.
Head & staff
Head: Dr Angela Slater, in post from 1998. Educated at universities of
Durham (Russian and French) and Liverpool (PhD Russian Literature). Previously
Head of Russian at Eton.
Teaching staff: 46 full time, 7 part time. Annual turnover 4%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 49 pupils in Year 11: 78% obtained at least grade C in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 51 (over 5 years).
A-levels: 15 in Year 13: 53% passed in 4+ subjects; 21% in 3; 21% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 280.
University & college entrance 95+% of sixth-form leavers go on to a
degree course (some after a gap year), 2% to Oxbridge. 3% take courses in
medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 10% in science & engineering, 54% in
humanities & social sciences, 10% in art & design, 21% in vocational subjects.
Occasionally others go on to HND courses or to employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 GCSE and sixth-form subjects,
including Latin and A-level PE.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 40% take science A-levels; 25%
arts/humanities, 35% both.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Some extra tuition for pupils with special needs; some
pupils with dyslexic problems.
Languages: French (from age 11), German (from 4) and Latin (from 13), all
offered to GCSE and A-level; also Spanish in sixth form. Regular exchanges to
France and Germany.
ICT: Taught as a discrete subject. Pupils may take Clait (Year 7),
Independent Schools ICT exam (Year 8), Level 3 Key Skills exam (Year 9). 70
computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), almost all networked and with e-mail
and internet access.
Music: Up to 80% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Musical groups include choirs, instrumental groups.
Drama & dance: Dance offered; drama taught from Year 7 to GCSE; speech
and drama exams may be taken. Pupils involved in school, house and other
Art & design: School annually invited to nominate a student to exhibit in
London by Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, football, athletics, swimming, tennis, rugby, netball,
basketball, cricket compulsory (some mixed, where appropriate). Sixth-form games
include a variety of leisure activities. Several pupils playing sport at county
level. Holiday sports courses.
Activities: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Fund-raising involves whole school
(normally raising £4000 annually); annual party for the elderly. Wide range of
clubs and activities including public speaking, art, drama, computing, music,
Uniform: School uniform worn.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head boy and girl, prefects
(appointed by Head); house prefects (elected by pupils).
Religion: Regular church services in local parish church and Sunderland
Minster; attendance at daily assembly compulsory (non-Christians may be
withdrawn; few are).
Social: Organised trips abroad. Sixth form allowed to bring own car to
school. Meals self-service. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Discipline Built around a rewards and sanctions policy, integrated
into the pastoral system. Pupils failing to produce homework would receive a
verbal warning; a de-merit mark on a second occasion (2 de-merits trigger a
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