Hamble Community Sports College
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Hamble Community Sports College is a Secondary School in Hamble-le-Rice; the school offers education to children between 11-16. Hamble College Skills Centre opened September, 2010, and offered courses including Construction, Engineering, Sports Science and Marine Engineering, until September 2013, when it was starting to be used for Maths classes. However, in 2014, the College removed its Post-16 options and the building became primarily used for Maths.
Ian Knights retired from the position of Principal and was succeeded by Geraldine Halley-Gordon. The Deputy Head is Judith Chambers.
The Community System
The school is now organised into same-year mentor groups, with all students and teachers part of one of four 'communities'. Each mentor group consists of five students from each year, totalling 25 students. Every 'mentor group' must have at least one Senior Leader (Prefect) in it, of which there are approximately 60 in Year 11, spread fairly equally across the communities. There is also a Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl within each community; these are nominated before their Year 10 year comes to a close.
Students can apply to take on many other important roles, after this rearrangement of the pastoral system. Some of these include Sports Young Leaders and Arts Young Leaders, both of which help during events in their department.
The four 'communities' are named after sporting venues, following on from the sporting school theme. These are Wembley, Wimbledon, Lords and Twickenham. Each community has a different tie colour, and every teacher assigned to a community wears a specific badge.
- Wembley - The leader of Wembley is Scott Weston. The colour of their tie is navy blue with light blue stripes.
- Wimbledon - The leader of Wimbledon is Laura Carrigan. The colour of their tie is navy blue with purple stripes.
- Twickenham - The leader of Twickenham is Patricia Evans. Patricia currently is head of student voice[clarification needed]. The colour of their tie is navy blue with green stripes.
- Lords - The leader of Lords is Mike Skinner. The colour of their tie is navy blue with yellow stripes.
The school was visited by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) in November 2001, when the quality of teaching received an overall "good" for both Years 7 - 9 and 10 - 11. Since then, a number of renovations have taken place, increasing the facilities, earning the school its Sports College status. This reached a climax with the opening of the Sports Complex in 2002. Recent site improvements include a Gymnastics Complex (opened in 2006), a dedicated Humanities (History, Religious Education and Geography) block, and renovation of the Technology, Music and Drama buildings. The most recent renovation to the school is the complete refurbishment of each of the Science teaching rooms. In 2007 the school was visited by OFSTED again and received another "good" ranking overall. In 2012, the school received a "satisfactory" ranking, generally needing improvement in teaching and behavior. The school is set to be reviewed again near the end of 2014.
Hamble College has an external link with Ferndale School in South Africa. A yearly festival takes place called Toplink, where students from younger years come up to the school and raise funds for Ferndale. Every year a group of the 'Dreams and Teams' students go out to visit the link school.