Peter Symonds College
|Motto||Counting in Ones|
|Type||Sixth form college|
|Local authority||Hampshire County Council|
|DfE URN||130708 Tables|
- 1 Curriculum
- 2 Admissions
- 3 College Life
- 4 Boarding
- 5 Academic achievement
- 6 Headmasters and principals
- 7 Life after College
- 8 History
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Most students at Peter Symonds take four AS levels in their first year and then three A levels in their second year. General Studies was taken as a compulsory AS and A level on top of this until 2014, where the school dropped the subject. However some students take five or more AS levels in their first year and continue with either four or five A levels in their second year. Both the Extended Project and Critical Thinking are offered at the college and widely participated in.
Amongst the subjects on offer at the college are Fine Art, Photography, Textiles, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computing, Dance, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, French, German, Geography, Politics, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Law, Italian, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, PE, Physics, Product Design, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology and Spanish. The college is also somewhat unusual amongst state sixth form colleges in offering Latin at both AS and A level.
Courses are available at AS Level, A2 Level, Level 2 National Certificate, GCSE, AS (Double Award) and A2 (Double Award) at the college.
It has some 4000 students aged 16–18 mainly from central Hampshire, but also British Forces teenagers from Germany and Cyprus, and residents of the Falkland Islands, who live on campus in one of the two boarding houses (Falkland's Lodge). The College also has a separate site in Winchester where it provides courses for some 2000 adult students.
At one time the college produced an online magazine named "The BUZZ", written and edited by students, which replaced "Converse" in 2008 but has since ceased to circulate. There is also a student produced college radio station, 7Radio.
The UK Rock Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, First Aid, Practical Wildlife Conservation, Choir, Harry Potter Appreciation Society, Libra Foundation, Fencing, Debating and Fantasy Football are all activities on offer at Peter Symonds College.
|Format||Online (accessible in the college only)|
|Owner||Peter Symonds College|
There is a student produced college radio station, 7Radio, founded in 2007. The '7' or 'Seven' of 7Radio, as well as relating to broadcasting 7 days a week when first set up, refers to Symonds Events and Entertainment Network radio. The station can currently only be heard around the college via their network.
The college has teams in the following sports: Athletics, American Flag Football, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, equestrian, football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby, squash, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The college also enters individual players and teams into competitions for the following sports: Golf, table tennis and trampolining.
The Student Union works in conjunction with Student Services to promote student interests alongside organising events for the student body, such as diversity festivals, guest speakers, charity events, concerts and until recently end of year balls. The SU consists of the executive committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and other officers (Environment, Charity, Communications, Equality and Diversity, LGBT). The SU also has a history of organising and coordinating protests and demonstrations on behalf of the student body.
The President of the SU also serves on the board of governors as a student governor, along with one other student governor who is not a member of the SU but is nonetheless democratically elected by the student body. Amongst the roles of the President is to chair the executive committee, and to organise and chair the Student Parliament.
The SU officers are elected at the start of the academic year with the executive committee elected at the year's end. Participation in the elections has been boosted in recent years through the use of an online system accessible through the student intranet, this system was introduced for the first time in the executive committee election of April 2012. The electoral system works on a single transferable vote system, with a re-open nominations option available.
The school previously operated a number of boarding houses. The houses (School House, Wyke Lodge, Varley and Kelso) brought in a welcome variety of boys from far-flung corners of the world (outposts of Empire and Armed Forces bases) to spice up the – largely insular – intake of 11+ pupils from Winchester.
Wyke Lodge is now the Environmental Studies block and Kelso is now the Music department. School House is still used for boarding (30 students), along with the newly built Falkland Lodge (47 students). Both male and female students are accommodated. The construction of Falkland Lodge was funded by the government of the Falkland Islands as a boarding house so that students from the islands can study at the college.
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In 2009 Peter Symonds was placed sixth in The Times top 50 state sixth forms. In the same year the college was ranked 85th in the country (only including institutions with at least 30 exam entrants) based on Average Points Score. And in 2011 the college was placed 4th top 50 state sixth forms in the country. 
- A2 Results 2012
- AS Results 2012
2012 results confirmed Peter Symonds College as one of England's top colleges, with a pass rate of 99% and top grades at over 84%.
There were 550 individual A* grades at A Level. A remarkable 33 students scored 700 or more UCAS points (equal to five or more full A Levels at grade A*) and 129 students scored over 600 UCAS points (equal to five or more full A Levels at grade A).
49 students held conditional offers from Oxford or Cambridge Universities in this year.
Headmasters and principals
- Revd Telford Varley III, 1897 to 1926
- Dr Percy Tom Freeman, 1926 to 1956
- Charles Simpson (acting), 1956 to 1957
- John Shields, 1957 to 1963
- John Ashurst, 1963 to 1972
- John Cooksey, 1972 to 1973
- Stuart Nicholls, 1973 to 1993
- Neil Hopkins, 1993 to (July) 2013
- Stephen Carville (September) 2013 onwards
Life after College
Peter Symonds College sends a significant number of students to both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge each year. In 2013, 53 Peter Symonds students were placed at Oxford or Cambridge.
Russell Group admissions record
The Sutton Trust published a report looking at entry statistics across the thirty most competitive universities in the United Kingdom. Peter Symonds College students have significantly higher entry rate into this group than students coming from any other Hampshire sixth form college. 41% of students gained places at Russell group universities in 2011. By comparison, nationally only 18.5% of sixth form college students achieved that in this year.
The college was founded as a boys' grammar school in 1897 and became a coeducational 16-19 college in 1974, although its roots go back to charities established in the 16th century at the bequest of Peter Symonds, a wealthy merchant. From 1944 it was a voluntary controlled grammar school.
Sixth form college
The school, along with the Winchester County Girls' High School, also a grammar school, became a comprehensive in 1974, taking until 1978.
In the late 1990s or early 2000s, for reasons unknown (but possibly because of the difficulty students and correspondents had in spelling the College's name correctly), the College dropped the possessive apostrophe from its founder's name in its official title, and is now known as Peter Symonds College.
In 2004, the John Shields Building was unveiled, providing classrooms for the computing, psychology and environmental science departments. Also in that year the Varley Sports Café was rebuilt.
The £4.2M Ashurst Learning Resources Centre was completed in the spring of 2007. Ashurst contains five computer suites, housing over 170 computers (three suites double as classrooms, but remain open access when not in use), a vast library and large silent study areas.
- Ben Ainslie—British sailor and four-time (00',04',08',12') Olympic gold medalist, five-time Olympic medalist (4G,1S) - most decorated sailor of all-time. Britain's flag-bearer for London 2012 Closing ceremony
- Mike Brown, Harlequins and England rugby player. 2014 Six Nations Player of the Tournament.
- James Buckley Thorp, Founder of Rupert and Buckley lifestyle clothing company.
- Gina Beck—actress, singer, currently starring as Glinda in the London production of Wicked
- Andy Burrows—former drummer in the band Razorlight.
- Will Champion—drummer in the band Coldplay.
- Alexa Chung—TV presenter, model and fashionista.
- Jack Dee—Stand up comedian and actor.
- Philippa Forrester—British television presenter.
- Jing Lusi—British actress
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Patrick "Paddy" Bardon Hine GCB, GBE—Senior Royal Air Force commander. Commander of all British forces during the first Gulf War.
- Phil Hughes (born 1991), cricketer
- Alice Kettle—Textile artist
- Caroline Nokes—Conservative MP since 2010 for Romsey and Southampton North
- Iain Percy—British sailor and double Olympic champion.
- Lucy Pinder—Glamour Model and Celebrity Big Brother housemate.
- Christian O'Connell—Radio presenter on The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio
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