Ofsted “Outstanding” grade

Bournemouth School was inspected by Ofsted at the end of February. The resulting report has been sent to all parents/carers today, and will be available through the Ofsted website in the next week or so.

The School was delighted to be graded as “Outstanding” for all aspects of their provision. The report contains comments such as:

  • “Pupils flourish at this exceptional school.”
  • “Pupils conduct themselves in an exemplary manner.”
  • “Pupil debate and discuss issues respectfully…They value and celebrate commonalities and differences in each other. As a result, pupils are very well prepared to be active and responsible members of society.”

Headteacher, Dorian Lewis commented:

“We were particularly pleased that the inspection team recognized the contribution of pupils to the School and wider community. We are very proud of our young people. They made a significant contribution to the inspection process, and the outcome is a testament to their efforts and demonstrable pride in being members of our school community. My colleagues have been working tirelessly to support our students, and I am also delighted that their efforts have been rewarded by such a glowing report.

“The inspection outcome would not have been possible had we not been part of both local and regional school improvement networks. We work closely with the other BCP selective schools, Twynham, The Grange, Poole High and Ferndown Upper schools, and The Bourne Academy, in addition to collaborating with selective schools across the region as a part of the South West Academic Trust. In the current political and economic climate, it is only through the sharing of best practice between schools that we can secure the very best provision for all of our young people.

“Over the years, Bournemouth School’s leaders, staff, and governors have been continuously looking for ways in which our provision can be improved; that will not change as a result of the publication of this report. We believe that no school is perfect, and since the inspection have already identified areas for further improvement. We will certainly not be resting on our laurels!”

The Chair of Governors, Mike Jones commented:

“This report reflects the effort, commitment and hard work of everyone at Bournemouth School. Throughout my time as a governor I have always been stunned at how much the senior and the teaching staff commit to making Bournemouth School a success. They are a massive credit to themselves and to the school, and make the job of governor very straightforward. Sadly, BCP Council and the Department for Education are both doing their best to undermine Bournemouth School, along with the other local grammar schools, through cutting our per pupil funding below the national minimum level. As one of the lowest funded schools in the country this Ofsted result is truly incredible. Politicians at all levels need to stop abusing the goodwill of educators and properly fund all schools.”