Expectations and Achievement

We challenge, inspire and encourage students to commit themselves to exceeding goals.

At Bournside, we are very proud of our students and of the way that they commit themselves to their work.

We challenge, encourage and inspire them to achieve more than their initial expectations.  Students at Bournside respond by achieving well beyond national standards at 14, 16 and 18.

Skills development is a vital aspect of our work.  We foster skills that will not only help our students to learn and achieve academic success, but also to develop into confident individuals who can co-operate happily and productively with others.

Students are polite and respectful, behave well and show good attitudes to their learning.

Ofsted 2016


We are committed to the principle of inclusion, of providing the best education for students of differing needs and abilities.  Over a hundred specialist teachers have experience in preparing and delivering lessons that are stimulating and challenging for all students, from the Year 7 student who is struggling with reading to the Year 13 student being prepared for Oxbridge entrance.  Our grouping of students and the guidance they receive reflect this attention to the individual.

We expect our students to maintain the highest standards of behaviour.  We ask them to treat everyone with courtesy, warmth and consideration, building skills of teamwork and co-operation.

There are very positive working relationships between pupils and teachers.

Ofsted 2016

We encourage our students to show common sense and respect for property, and to understand their responsibility for the creation of an orderly, safe and positive environment.

We tell our students what we expect of them, both individually and in tutor groups and assemblies.  We expect our students to be smartly and correctly dressed for school and ask for the full support of parents in ensuring this.  We reward effort, social contribution and positive attitudes as well as academic achievement.

Students who find our standards difficult to meet can expect individual target setting and monitoring.  We will meet parents and offer extra support, if needed, in school or from external agencies.  Sanctions such as detentions, extra work or community service can help students to re-establish more positive trends of behaviour.

Serious breaches of school discipline or a persistent unwillingness to accept school guidelines may lead to exclusion from school on a temporary or permanent basis.