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Encyclopedia > Parkside Community College
A view of the college from the front entrance

Parkside Community College (known as 'Darkside' by many current and former pupils) is a state secondary school with 600 places for children aged 11 - 16, situated in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. The College is situated in the centre of the city, a road away from Parker's Piece. It is now a member of the Parkside Federation along with Coleridge Community College. Parkside was the first school to be designated a specialist media arts college in 1997, under the UK government's specialist schools programme. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 794 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1232 pixel, file size: 428 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken in 2004, of Parkside Community Colleges front entrance. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 794 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1632 × 1232 pixel, file size: 428 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Taken in 2004, of Parkside Community Colleges front entrance. ... State school is an expression used in the United Kingdom and other countries apart from the United States to distinguish schools provided by the government from public schools which are in fact private institutions. ... The term, secondary school, refers to an institution where the third stage of schooling, known as secondary education, takes place. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the United Kingdom anthem is God Save the Queen. ... Parkers Piece is a small, nearly square green and common located near the centre of Cambridge, UK. Known today chiefly as a spot for picnics and occasional fairs, it was in the nineteenth century one of the principal sports grounds used by students at the University of Cambridge and... Coleridge Community College is a state secondary school with 600 places for children aged 11-16, situated in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. ...


The long history of the school is related in An Epoch-Making School, by former Deputy Principal Rosemary Gardiner (1983), which presents the transformations of the school from its origin as the Higher Grade Schools in Melbourne Place (1913), through its successive incarnations as the Central School for Boys and Girls and the Girls’ Grammar School, to its status as a co-educational comprehensive in 1974. Its work as a specialist media arts college has been documented in a number of research studies by staff at the school. These include studies of an extensive primary school animation project (eg Burn and Parker, 2001), run in conjunction with the Cambridge Film Consortium, a group composed of Anglia Ruskin University, City Screen (an Arts cinema chain), the Cambridge Film Festival, and Parkside itself.


The most recent and comprehensive account of the school’s media work, giving examples of work in digital video, computer games, animation, and television drama, as well as work across the curriculum, is provided in Burn and Durran’s Media Literacy in Schools (2007).


The school is now federated with Coleridge Community College under Principal Andrew Hutchinson, and has developed a second specialism in Modern Foreign Languages.


Despite being a foundation school, Parkside has almost identical admission arrangements to the community schools within Cambridge. Any parent can apply for a place, with priority going to children who are in public care, then to those living in the designated catchment area, then to those with older siblings at the school and finally to those living nearest the school. Full details of the oversubscription criteria and the application process can be obtained from the College or from Cambridgeshire County Council's Admissions Team.



References


Burn A & Parker D (2001), ‘Making your Mark: Digital Inscription, Animation, and a New Visual Semiotic’, Education, Communication & Information, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 155-179 (and online at http://www.open.ac.uk/eci/burn/featset.html)


Burn, A and Durran, J (2007) Media Literacy in Schools: practice, production and progression. London: Paul Chapman


Gardiner, R (1983) An Epoch-Making School, Parkside Community College: Cambridge


External Links

http://www.parksidefederation.org.uk (The Parkside Federation Official Website)


http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions (Cambridgeshire County Council Admissions Website)


http://www.parksidefederation.org.uk/parkside_media/Publications.htm (Publications on Parkside's extensive Media programme)


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Parkside is a highly successful secondary school of about 600 students in the centre of Cambridge.
At Parkside we aim to be both demanding and liberal; we have high expectations of our mature, articulate and self reliant students, and are proud of the distinct and inclusive ethos at the college.
As a Media Arts college and Leading Edge Partnership school we are active in developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and working with a range of partners in Cambridge and beyond.
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