School Community

A caring, disciplined and supportive environment for all our students.

Young people at Bournside are members of a caring, disciplined and supportive community, based on warm relationships and clearly understood values.

Our pastoral system allows youngsters to feel secure and be known. Students stay in their tutor group from Year 7 to Year 11, meeting at the start of every day.

Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is often exemplary, and rarely less than good.

Ofsted 2016

The Heads of Year, Assistant Heads of Year and their teams of tutors monitor and guide the progress of students.


Each student knows that there is a trusted adult who will listen and try to help. The positive atmosphere supports students, but also sets high expectations and challenges them to do their best. Each tutor group belongs to a House, the focus for extra-curricular activities and competitions. Students are proud to represent their House in sporting and musical activities and to be part of charity work and other group events.

We encourage high standards of courtesy and co-operation, fostering teamwork based on mutual respect and tolerance.

Pupils behave in a safe, sensible, calm and orderly manner.

Ofsted 2016

Tutor groups elect representatives each year to sit on the Year Council. Year Councils meet regularly to discuss student issues and proposals. Two representatives from each Year Council sit on the School Council.

Achievement and improvement are recognised and celebrated. Any issues are identified quickly and addressed firmly in partnership with parents.

In the Sixth Form, students join us from many other schools and new tutor groups are created.