Peter Symonds o­ffers many opportunities for students. There is extra support available for students wishing to go on to read medicine, veterinary science or dentistry. There are many opportunities for students to stretch themselves intellectually, including taking part in Olympiads for Computing, Mathematics or Biology, national competitions such as the Target 2.0 Bank of England Interest Rate Challenge or the Cipher Challenge. There is also the Authentic Biology Research Symposium, which enables students to carry out genuine academic research projects with the support and guidance of researchers from the University of Southampton.

A comprehensive network of support lies behind much of the success of our students. This takes many forms, depending on individual need. For example, regular lunchtime workshops are off­ered in virtually every subject and study skills workshops are operated as part of the study support provision. Unusually for a sixth form college, we have a large on-site Careers Service with qualified advisers who provide help with choices about your future. In addition, our friendly Student Services department aims to help you cope with the pressures you feel or any problems you may have. The Study Support team works with students who have a specific learning difficulty, disability or chronic health condition.