Bournemouth School / Our School

Year 7
Year 7

Year 7

I have to say that I was a little worried about leaving my small primary school and joining Bournemouth School (it seemed so big!), but I soon found my way around and made some new friends. I have enjoyed the House Competitions, especially rugby and basketball. At the beginning of the year, I did find balancing homework against my out-of-school interests a bit of a challenge, but I've still been able to continue training and competing at a national level in trampolining. I really like the food and the range of opportunities available to everyone. All the students seem to get on with each other really well. I'm really looking forward to next year.

Headteacher's Welcome
Headteacher's Welcome

Headteacher's Welcome

From the moment I first walked into Bournemouth School, well before applying for the position of headmaster, I knew that this was the school for me! It reminded me so much of my own grammar school - from the house system to the parquet floor in the main hall, from the thriving extra-curricular programme to the purposeful atmosphere. The mantra of "hard work, discipline, smart appearance and respect", echoes the traditional values that had been instilled in me as a boy and continues to provide a focus for our school improvement. We have not sought to be trendy, have resisted the temptation to jump on educational bandwagons, and have not manipulated examination statistics to rise up the league tables; we have simply focussed upon the basics and the needs of our students. I have come to realise that Bournemouth School is a very special school, with not only its examination results, but also its ethos and traditional values setting it apart from other schools. It is a privilege to serve as headmaster, and a joy to work with the young people entrusted to us.

Members of Staff
Members of Staff - Miss J Palmer

Members of Staff - Miss J Palmer

Teaching Chemistry at Bournemouth School is a real privilege. The members of the science department work closely and there is a real team spirit. I enjoy extending students' knowledge beyond the requirements of the examination boards, and always try to offer opportunities for students to develop their experimental skills. The large number of students studying my subject at A level has given me the opportunity to teach across the age range from my first term onwards. It is really satisfying to see so many students wanting to study Chemistry at A level and beyond.

Sixth Form
Sixth Former

Sixth Former

Joining Bournemouth School from an all-girl environment was a little daunting. I soon found out, however, that once I successfully got my bearings around the school corridors and met all of my teachers, that there was nothing to fear. Being a girl in a male dominated school has its benefits and drawbacks. The boys can be perceived as determined and competitive, but they have also been very welcoming (even holding doors open for me!). I have really enjoyed my time at the school so far. I feel just as a part of Bournemouth School as anyone else and have formed the same amazing relationships across the whole school. There are some fantastic opportunities for all students, and I feel proud to be able to serve the School Community as a Deputy School Captain.

Parents
Parents

Parents

Our boys have flourished at Bournemouth School. As parents, we really appreciate the relationship they have had with teachers who challenge and support them to achieve their best. In the sixth form especially, the teachers really help the boys to develop ideas and discuss and debate. Being part of the Bournemouth School community doesn't just mean getting good grades and the boys get plenty of opportunities to take part in events for their house. We love the way that they can take on responsibilities and their ideas and suggestions are put into practice, especially as they move into the sixth form. It really helps to prepare them for university and adult life as people who will make a real difference to society.

School Captain
School Captain

School Captain

Throughout my time at Bournemouth School I have tried to be as involved as possible in the school and so I have got involved in many clubs and activities. I have taken opportunities to go on school trips to Italy, Belgium and Colorado and I have been on two army camps to Cumbria with the school cadet force. For me music is a major interest, and so I play in the school Big Band and Choir as well as other student led bands. Elgar House has been a great home for me in my time at this school, my favourite house competition certainly being House Music, where students in all houses form bands which compete against each other. I have also enjoyed participating in House Rugby and House Quiz. I would encourage anyone who comes to Bournemouth School to get involved with the school and their house as much as possible to get the best out of their time; the more you put in, the more you get out! In the future I want to study Chemistry at university with the aim of becoming a research chemist or a lecturer. I feel that my time at Bournemouth School has prepared me well for this, both academically and by providing careers advisors and UCAS talks.

Sixth Form
Sixth Form

Sixth Form

It seems so long ago since I was the only one to join Year 7 from my primary school in Kinson. I soon overcame my initial anxieties and threw myself into all aspects of school life. Sport has featured significantly throughout my time at Bournemouth School and has helped extend my circle of friends. I can still hardly believe that I became a senior prefect and the Newton House captain. Over time, I've developed really good relationships with many staff, especially my Head of House and A level teachers. I am just about to leave the school to take up a commission in the Royal Navy. I’ll always look back at my time in here with fondness. I hope to keep in touch and look forward to returning one day to talk to future students about my travels and adventures.

Chair of Governors
Chair of Governors - Mrs S Burrows

Chair of Governors - Mrs S Burrows

Having already served on the Governing Body for some time, I took over the chair in 2010. During my tenure there have been a number of significant changes both to the school and to the government's expectations of school governors, and there has been an ever increasing pressure on our budget. The governing body has worked tirelessly in supporting the school's leaders to ensure that the school continues to thrive and is well placed to meet any future challenges that arise. We share a passion for education and a determination that all students entering through our doors has every opportunity to realise their potential. This can only be achieved with the support and involvement of parents, and the willingness of individuals to volunteer to serve on the governing body and secure the future of the school that we all hold so dear.