The school's first cohort of advanced GNVQ students found it very difficult to do the research needed for their courses, which demand independent study skills and making contact with different companies. "They wrote hundreds of ltters which were unanswered. When you use e-mail, firms do respond," says Ms Rogers.
The school has now received 15 Internet computers, a server, ISDN lines and video-conferencing through a joint ILT project pioneered by Bournemouth and Poole College. Students are able to tap into GNVQ courseware which has been jointly created by the school and the college.
"We have felt very supported by the college. The whole learning resources team has been so helpful," says Ms Rogers.
Although the school has recently been placed under special measures, Ofsted inspectors praised the sixth form, describing it as a "strength of the school". Twelve students have places for university this year.