About our Sixth Form

We aim for every student to develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to become the best they can be.

This underpins all we do and is achieved through a superb standard of education, resulting in the school being a vibrant, exciting and memorable place to learn. We offer outstanding resources, which ensure that education at the school is brought alive and by understanding each individual our students are supported and challenged appropriately.

The highly inclusive ethos of the school continues into the sixth form.
Ofsted 2016


Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form Centre is well established, having opened over 25 years ago. Successful, vibrant, diverse and energetic, our Sixth Form Centre attracts many students from around the county.

A dynamic mix of newcomers and retained Bournside students gives our sixth form a character all of its own. High quality teaching and learning coupled with motivated students have helped ensure our sixth form results have improved and our students go on to achieve their desired destination beyond their 16-19 study programmes. However, academic success is just one of a vast array of opportunities on offer at Bournside. Our ‘Education for Life’, sixth form study centre and enrichment programme are of the highest quality. Whether you want to participate in sport, Duke of Edinburgh, drama, music, charity work, amnesty international, trips abroad or volunteer in the local community, opportunities at Bournside Sixth Form Centre are vast and there is certainly something for everyone.

I’m new to the Sixth Form, but all the help and reassurance I needed was there for me
(Sixth form student)

The teachers and student are all very friendly. I have really appreciated the opportunities on offer for our Wednesday afternoon activity.
(Sixth form student)

We believe that the role of our staff is to enable students to be the best that they can be, both as learners and for citizens beyond our gates, whatever their destination may be. Pastoral care and independent guidance is a strength at our centre. The pastoral, student service and higher education team are dedicated to ensure that each learner can make informed choices about their future and have the experience and knowledge to respect themselves, each other and other cultures.

At Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre you are certainly given every opportunity to be the very best you can be.

Mike Stratford
Assistant Headteacher – Head of Sixth Form