Beyond the curriculum

Being at the heart of our community is key for all associated with Bournside and is one of our defining characteristics. By embracing our core values, students and staff have pride in our collective achievements, and there are many ways students have had a positive impact in the local community.

We place great importance on forging sustainable links with our local primary schools. Our students regularly undertake extensive fundraising in support of charitable causes. Local volunteers and businesses support our school and its students –we are grateful for their time, energy and effort.

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

Ofsted, September 2016

At Bournside, beyond the classroom, there is a rich and varied extra-curricular programme for students to get involved in. They can learn a musical instrument, and play in or lead a group. Students can play a part in one of many school and group theatre productions or show off their talents on the sports field, in individual and team sports.

There are clubs for students to join – environment, chess, art, French academy, Mandarin, robotics and cybersecurity to name a few. In the academic year 2017–18, the school took part in over 90 trips and visits to a range of local, national and overseas places of interest. These included a year 7 Racing to School Maths Day at Cheltenham Racecourse and a year 8 Brilliant Club visit to Cardiff University (pictured below).

Students can also embark on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme from year 9. We offer all levels of the scheme: Bronze (in year 9), Silver (in year 10) and Gold Award (in years 12/13).

At Bournside we encourage all students to get involved and try something new.