Welcome to Post-16 studies at Bournemouth School.
The vast majority of our Year 11 students decide to continue their AS/A2 studies with us. We also welcome students from other schools. Any student who meets our current entry requirement (see our Admissions Policy) may join us in Year 12, but places are limited, so an application should be submitted before the end of January in Year 11.
A number of students join us in Year 12 from other schools and quickly become integrated into the school’s academic and social life. All students are placed in a tutor group, and are expected to play a full part in tutor group and House activities. Our Post-16 provision is different to that of other schools and colleges – it is not a “bolt-on”, but a fully integrated and vital component of Bournemouth School. Senior students act as role models to the younger pupils and as ambassadors outside school – students are expected to dress smartly, attend punctually, and behave impeccably. Many senior students are prefects, contributing to the smooth running of the school on a day-to-day basis, and some contribute to the School Council, to help determine the school’s future direction.
We are determined that every Post-16 student should realise their potential. Our school’s ethos is based on hard work, smart appearance, discipline and respect. The school’s atmosphere is calm and purposeful. We have a reputation for being a school with traditional values and the highest academic standards, but we are also a school that embraces emerging technologies and prepares its students for the 21st Century.
Students joining Year 12 are able to choose from a wide range of subjects at AS and A Level and are taught by well-qualified subject teachers. The size of the school allows us to provide not only a very wide range of courses but also many different subject combinations. Typically students embark upon 4 AS courses in Year 12, though students may follow 5 courses (details of the courses offered may be found under each subject heading). Before beginning a programme all students are given appropriate advice and guidance either from their tutor, Head of House, or a member of senior staff. The Post-16 curriculum also contains non-examination elements such as PSHE and Games.
In addition to timetabled activities there are a plethora of extra-curricular opportunities on offer. Students are able to join our Combined Cadet Force or Scouts, participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, partake in trips and visits (many of them abroad) as well as taking advantage of an extensive programme of cultural and sporting activities.
Through the relationship students develop with their tutor and Head of House we offer a structured and supportive environment where students flourish and develop the independent learning skills and responsibility to be successful in their chosen careers, training and Higher Education. Students are fully supported through the UCAS application process and most of our students continue their education by joining Higher Education institutions in many of the top universities.
Please view our 'alternative prospectus' which has been written by students currently studying in our sixth form.