The Primary School consists of fourteen centrally heated and fully equipped classrooms, which open on to a spacious playground. Additional facilities include a large low-impact, safety-surfaced and well-shaded area equipped with climbing apparatus to enable the younger children to develop co-ordination skills through play. In addition, we are able to use the full range of Physical Education facilities. There is a support room in which small group work can take place. The Primary Department has a dedicated well-equipped computer laboratory and access to the School Library. A range of practical equipment assists the teaching of all subjects. The school hall is available for Physical Education, Drama and assemblies. Health, comfort and safety are high on the agenda in the school and a recent inspection concluded that the standards of achievement in the Primary School were “very high”. All classrooms are equipped with the latest interactive whiteboards.
The Secondary School has specialist classrooms or suites for English, Mathematics, Geography, History, Modern Languages, PE, Economics and Business Studies. For Science teaching, the college has four purpose-built laboratories extensively equipped to meet the requirements for teaching Physics, Chemistry and Biology up to University entrance level. There is also specialist hardware based on IBM compatibles enabling the teaching of Computer Studies up to Advanced level. The music studios are fully equipped with the latest Mac computers and keyboards, enabling the students to compose complex pieces digitally as well as producing and recording using live instruments. The school has an Art and Design Studio with facilities for painting and drawing as well as sculpture, and a large multi-purpose theatre/hall for accommodating assemblies, Drama, Dance, Music and Art exhibitions as well as providing extra winter sporting facilities. The hall seats up to 200 for theatre performances and boasts a control centre for sound, lighting and recording.
The College boasts the best sports facilities on the coast which are used by students of all ages and include a 25 metre competition size swimming pool, a learner pool, an Astroturf sports pitch, two basketball courts, a volleyball court with a sprung surface, a long jump bay and a climbing wall. There is a separate changing room and shower block situated adjacent to the playing fields and swimming pool.
There is a college dining room offering a set menu each day, compulsory for Primary children. Refreshments and meals may be bought in the refectory, which is open throughout the day and provides a unique atmosphere in which to meet informally. All catering is health-based and prepared on the premises in newly equipped kitchens. No additive drinks are available.
The school benefits from a purpose-built computer-based Library. The Library serves to contribute to the academic success of our pupils and to encourage the habit of reading for pleasure.
Development currently focuses on three areas:
The new, purpose-built building offers many features. The space is comprised of a class teaching area, a Primary School bay with floor cushions and carpet, a comfortable seating area for individual reading/study, toilets and a stock room. The Library is open throughout the school day. There is a full-time teacher librarian. Under the guidance of the librarian, classes are trained in the use of its facilities and in reference and research techniques. Senior students have access to the library at all times, whilst others have assigned times for private study or to borrow and return books. Students from the Secondary School may apply to become student librarians if they wish. An extensive overhaul and updating of stock is always in progress. An electronic library system is installed which directly connects all classrooms on the campus to the library index for ease of information sharing.