Academics

 

 

Penryn College does not have an exclusive academic admissions policy, and scholars are admitted to Grade 8 and by extension to Grade 10, if in our opinion they will be able to pass their Grade 12 assessments. This allows us to follow the dictates of our Mission where we encourage scholars to achieve individual academic excellence. This we believe enables each and every one to be globally effective. In concentrating on perseverance and hard work, and expecting scholars to give of their best we believe we allow scholars to leave us and achieve according to their wishes when they leave us to further their studies in tertiary education structures.

Senior Phase scholars are taught in an innovative yet rigorous academic environment that demands of each individual that they do their best in order to leave school with the best possible marks. We are also committed to continually develop and refine the education we offer to our scholars, and use a variety of teaching and learning approaches and techniques, including group work, individual teaching and research. An ongoing evaluation of our educational theories and systems is something Penryn College undertakes in order to ensure that we remain at the forefront of this development. This is undertaken by scholars who evaluate their teachers on a continual basis and by College management. The College is wholly committed to providing its scholars with a dynamic, individualised education that will equip them to meet the challenges that lie ahead in the 21st century.

The assessment of scholars is both formative (consisting of a portfolio of work that comprises the year’s work) and summative (consisting of a middle of the year and end of the year examination). Scholars are required to do homework in all areas. Subject assessments and programmes available on the intranet

Penryn offers the following subjects:

Accounting

Advance Applied English

Advance Applied Mathematics

Afrikaans   (First Additional Language)

Business Studies

Computer Applications Technology (CAT)

Dramatic Arts

English (Home Language)

French (First Additional Language)

Geography

History

Information Technology (IT)

Life Orientation

Life Science (Biology)

Mathematics

Maths Literacy

Music

Physical Science

Portuguese (First Additional Language)

Siswati (First Additional Language)

Sport Science

Visual Arts (Art)

Learning Support

When scholars learn something new, a complex process with multiple factors is involved. Some scholars experience difficulties when it comes to learning – these difficulties could include reading, writing or other language problems. The Academic Support Department helps scholars and parents to diagnose these difficulties and then implement strategies to limit the impact of these difficulties on the individual scholar’s academic progress. Staff offer support lessons in the afternoon and a dynamic group of peer tutors are trained to assist scholars who are battling. Some scholars are part of an on-line reading programme and others receive individual attention in terms of study skills, organisational skills and time-management. The Academic Support Department also liases with the school’s resident therapists – language and speech therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist etc.