Understanding each individual

At Bournside we recognise the uniqueness of every student. All are set highly individual and challenging targets using the detail of what we know about them. This helps us match teaching to every student and support every individual in meeting high expectations.

We want all our students to feel safe and happy. Every child has a tutor, a daily contact who is also the parent’s or carer’s first point of contact. Tutors support and challenge students about  attendance, academic progress, behaviour, uniform and beingwell organised for learning. Every student knows their tutor is there to listen, support and encourage.

Each tutor group belongs to a school House; students are proud of their House identity and keen to represent their House in sporting, musical and other activities. Tutor groups elect representatives every year to join the Year Council, which meets regularly to give students a real voice in the direction and development of the school. Students have recently influenced the structure of social time, the development of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and changes to the sixth form dress code.

All parents can access the school’s virtual learning platform, Frog, and other linked social media. Parents receive a weekly electronic bulletin as well as letters and good news postcards and are welcomed to regular meetings with teaching staff. We offer a range of information evenings for parents to help us plan and support students over important decisions such as course and career choices.

Bournside is an inclusive school. We do our best to value, respect and treat students equally, whatever their ability and additional needs. We recognise that students with specific special educational needs or disabilities may require additional support and intervention. Our ‘Local Offer’ summarises our approach and we encourage parents to engage with us so that we can work together in the interests of their children. Bournside also focuses additional funding for disadvantaged students to make a real difference where this may be needed.