Ofsted Report

The school was inspected on 27 September 2016. Prior to this the school was last inspected in May 2012.

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The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). The current inspection framework gives very short notice of inspection and the possibility of either a one or a two day visit.

Inspectors took only one day to be convinced the school’s provision is recognised as good and it has maintained the high quality of this since it was last inspected.

The inspectors’ views resulted from extensive conversations with students, meetings with staff and Governors, a high level online response from parents and a comprehensive review of procedures and documentation.

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Allan Foulds, head teacher said:

We are absolutely delighted with the strength of the report. The inspection was rigorous and comprehensive. Through this inspectors were clear about the importance of our vision for ‘every student to become the best they can be’ and recognised that through strong leadership students share this vision.

There is always a buzz and excitement about learning which visitors comment on and which we enjoy every day. It is completely fitting that the report praises our superb student body. Inspectors singled out that our young people wear their uniform with pride and believe Bournside is a great place to learn and students enjoy coming to school.

A vital part of this is for students to feel safe and well looked after. The report confirms that bullying is rare and on the very few occasions it occurs it is dealt with swiftly and effectively. It also notes that the overwhelming majority of parents believe their children are well cared for.

The fact that inspectors felt that students’ behaviour in lessons is exemplary and rarely less than good and that our young people behave in a safe, sensible, calm and orderly manner is no surprise to us. This happens because of the high level of care and enthusiasm shown by our staff. What follows is the overall strength of students’ achievement. High standards have been maintained and further improved in recent years.

Sustaining the excellence of our provision requires continuous effort and a belief in the possible. The fact that inspectors confirmed further improvements in the quality of students’ work in all year groups, the Sixth Form and the way the school comprehensively monitors and plans what it does is an enormous tribute to collective effort.

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Neil Spurrier, Chair of Governors said:

The governors are delighted that the report fully recognises the progress that the school has made since the last inspection; this has been the result of a relentless pursuit of self improvement which is part of the core ethos of the school. This reflects well on the staff’s ability and willingness to embrace change. From this report both current and prospective parents should draw great confidence in Bournside as the school to entrust their children’s future education to.