Unit Number: T/601/3325
Unit Title: Schools as Organisations
1.2 Describe the characteristics of the different types of schools in relation to educational stage(s) and school governance.
The two schools I shall be discussing are Parkstone Grammar School, and Canford Heath Infant School. I have chosen these schools, as they are very different, not only in their age ranges but also in the processes in which they admit their students. Parkstone Grammar School is a selective all girls academy school in Poole, Dorset. (Academy meaning “a school directly funded by the governments Department of Education, but independent of local government control.” “An academy may receive additional support from personal or corporate sponsors, but must meet the same National Curriculum core subject requirements as other state schools and be subject to inspection by Ofsted.” Source Wikipedia) The school provides for girls aged between 11 and 18, teaching key stages 3, 4 and 5. The selection process to determine which girls will be eligible to be considered for an admission place is formatted by means of three exams, one verbal reasoning and two non-verbal reasoning. The girls who meet the appropriate level of ability in these tests can then apply for a place at the school via the local borough. The places are then considered and decided by the schools Governors’ Admissions panel following the criteria shown below. a)
Eligible girls who are classed as “looked after” or have previously been “looked after”. b)
Eligible girls who live within the Borough of Poole.
Eligible girls who live outside the Borough of Poole, in rank order of the entrance test scores, with those girls obtaining highest scores given higher priority. Parkstone Grammar School has a substantial governing body who describe their role as “A critical friend” to the school. The governing body, or school governors are responsible for the admissions to the school, as previously mentioned and the recruitment of...
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