COVID-19 Update – School Closure

Following the directive from the Government, Bournside School has been closed to almost all children from Monday 23 March until further notice. We are doing all we can to stay open for the children of critical workers and for our vulnerable students. All other children need to stay at home, and work from home until advised otherwise.

Children of key workers and vulnerable students
The provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children at Bournside school is running out of our Sixth Form Centre to allow us to shut down the rest of our school site. Students who attend will be supervised whilst they work remotely on their ‘study from home’ work that has been set on Student FROG. Parents/carers will need to book their child into our provision by 4pm the day before. Full details can be found in the communication below dated 20 March.

Learning from home
We expect our students to carry on their learning in their home environment for the foreseeable future (other than during normal school holiday periods). However, you are not expected to become teachers and students are not expected to learn as they do in school – simply providing some structure will help them to adapt. Our teaching staff have been fully briefed to support your child during this time, and we have produced the following key information to support you as a parent/carer:

  • Parent Support Guide – this outlines how students can access their work from home
  • Year 7 to 11 Student Day Plan – a timetable for the day for students to engage in
  • Sixth Form Student Day Plan – a timetable for the day for Sixth Form students to engage in
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Booklet
  • Home Learning Support – a parent factsheet
  • Easter Project Guide
  • Guided Reading Resource
  • Drop Everything and Read Resource
  • School Closure FAQs Version 2 – if you have a question, please look here first. If you can’t find the answer, please email or call us
  • The Parents’ Guide to Coping with School Closures
  • Accessing BeReady – Student Guide.

All of these documents are on the Learning From Home page.

Additional support
Our staff from the Safeguarding & Welfare Team, Special Educational Needs Department, and our Head of Houses, work closely with a number of students and families on a daily basis. These key members of staff will be in regular phone contact with these students and their parents/carers to ensure we are able to continue supporting their additional needs to the best of our ability.

We are now working within the parameters of Ofqual’s guidance to award ‘centre-assessed grades’ for students for each examination they were due to sit this summer. The guidance states that ‘the centre-assessed grades submitted to exam boards must reflect a fair, reasonable and carefully considered judgement of the most likely grade a student would have achieved if they had sat their exams this summer and completed any non-examination assessment.’

We have developed robust systems and protocols to ensure that centre-assessed grades are objective and fair, and will do the very best for our students within the guidelines to ensure they have the best chance of success and to reward them for their hard work. Results days are confirmed as planned: A Level on Thursday 13 August and GCSE on Thursday 20 August. Further details on the awarding process can be found below in the Ofqual guidance letter dated 22 April.

Contacting us
We will continue to provide you with regular updates over the coming weeks. If you need to contact the school, please call us on 01242 229546 where a member of staff will be available to take your call between 9am – 3.30pm. You can also email us on

Communications to parents/carers

Term 6 work for Year 9 (22 May)

Return to school for Years 10 and 12 (19 May)

Government announcement (13 May)

Learning from home week 5 (6 May)

BeReady Resource (1 May)

Ofqual guidance (22 April)

Welcome to Term 5 (21 April)

Easter break and exams information (3 April)

Letter to students from Ofqual Chief Regulator (3 April)

Joining Bournside Sixth Form (2 April)

Year 13 information (1 April)

Learning from home week 2 (31 March)

Support whilst learning from home (27 March)

Year 11 Work (24 March)

Department for Education – Exams FAQs

A Level Exams (23 March)

GCSE Exams (23 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (20 March – Letter 2)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (20 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (19 March – Letter 2)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (19 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (18 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (17 March)

Bournside School COVID-19 Update (13 March)