On Wednesday 6th December we held a Duke of Edinburgh Awards celebration evening for more than 130 students who have achieved the award at Bronze, Silver and Gold over the past 12 months. Joined by guest speakers Rachel Smith, Bournside of DofE Alumni, and Paul Webb from H5 Adventure, the ceremony recognised student a chievement at all levels of the award and the efforts that staff and volunteers have made to ensure the scheme is so successful. "Windswept, wet and wondering which way up the map goes: the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme provides all kinds of challenges. When we think of the D of E, we tend to think of expeditions – of days spent exploring the mountains, valleys and pathways of our countryside.
On Monday 23 October, we held the Sports Awards 2023 to celebrate the outstanding sporting talent at Cheltenham Bournside School. More than 50 awards were handed out in recognition of the sporting achievement of students in Years 7 - 10, in rugby, football, netball, hockey, tennis, rounders, cricket, athletics, and swimming. The accompanying award citations, read out by Head of Physical Education, Mr Winterbottom, highlighted the sporting passion, skill and continued commitment of the winning students. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us.
We are proud to celebrate our recently published Progress 8 score of +0.52, which places Bournside in the top 16% of schools nationally. Progress 8 is a national measure of how much progress pupils make from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4. Our score of +0.52 is considered 'well above average', the highest possible banding. That means that pupils at Bournside achieve over half a grade higher in each qualification, compared to similar pupils across the country.
We are delighted to introduce our 13 Senior House Captains for the 2023/24 Academic Year. Taking on the key student leadership role during their important A-Level year, the S enior House Captains are appointed following an interview process. The successful students were selected for their ambition for the role, their record of achievement in the life of the school, their attitude to learning, as well as excellent records of behaviour, attendance and punctuality. For our younger year groups, the Senior House Captains are prominent role models and an accessible and supportive team.
Bournside Careers Fair, 2023 Thursday 9th November, 4pm - 7pm, Bournside Sports Centre With more than 50 exhibitors already confirmed, this year's Bournside Careers Fair is set to be the most inspiring and informative to-date. For the first time, students in all year groups will have the opportunity to visit the Careers Fair stalls to explore their future education and employment options and to access independent advice and guidance. To manage capacity, year groups are being invited in waves: Years 11, 12 and 13 Invited to arrive between 4.00pm and 5.30pm. Years 9 and 10 Invited to arrive between 5.00pm and 6.30pm.
It was wonderful to open our doors to prospective students and their families at our open evening on Thursday 14th September 2023. More families than ever before joined us to find out more about life at Cheltenham Bournside School. Prospective students and their families were able to explore the school's extensive facilities and enjoy interactive activities in each department, designed to inspire interest and curiosity in the next steps of their school journey. Visitors also enjoyed entertainment at musical 'busking' spots across the school site, food tasters in the Dining Centre and tours of the newly renovated Sixth Form spaces.
Cheltenham Bournside School students celebrate "best ever GCSE results" in line with the top 20% of schools in the country
Today Cheltenham Bournside School is celebrating its best ever set of GCSE results with average grades matching targets set for the top 20% of schools in the country. The number of students gaining a grade 5 or above including English and Maths was also the highest the school has ever achieved. Headteacher, Steve Jefferies, said “Our students and staff have worked tirelessly to achieve these fantastic results. Students continued their studies in school with their teachers right up to the last full exam and teaching staff provided a huge number of revision sessions before and after school.” “Of course, most importantly, the high quality of teaching in classroom lessons, the work of our dedicated support teams, the diligence and determination of students and the support of parents and carers have all contributed to this success.” “Whilst I’m delighted at the school’s overall results, today is all about the individual achievements of our students and it’s great to celebrate with students like Ruby who gained the equivalent of nine GCSEs at grade 9 (with the tenth a grade 8!), Poppy (eight grade 9s and two grade 8s), Eleanor who gained ten GCSEs graded at 8 or above and Kady, Tahmid, and Oliver who gained nine GCSEs at grade 8 or above.”
A Level students celebrate fantastic results and new destinations at Cheltenham Bournside School
Students and staff at Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form are celebrating the outstanding achievements and destinations of their Sixth Form students today. Steve Jefferies, Headteacher said, “These results reflect the hard work, determination and resilience of our students. These are the students, remember, who started sixth form having never sat public exams and having endured the disruption Covid caused to teaching and learning. As can be seen by today’s results these students, their teachers and the school’s support staff have worked tirelessly.
Year 12 Fine Art students were thrilled to be working alongside the Cheltenham Paint Festival during Activities Week to design and create 10 bespoke large-scale murals on the school site, in a project spearheaded by Mr Freeman and Mr Taylor. For the second year, Andy 'Dice' Davis, founder of the Cheltenham Paint Festival, gave his expert advice and experience to help the students create stunning curriculum-themed displays. Two of the students who worked alongside Andy on the pilot Drama studio project in 2022 have been invited to paint at this year's Festival! The 10 murals have transformed the former plain brick walls in the M-Quad outside space.
Congratulations to Khadija in Year 12, Hawking, whose entry into the UK Junior Water Prize 2023 (UKJWP) was highly commended at the Flood and Coast Conference in Telford this month. Khadija’s entry, which focused on researching plant and electricity behaviour, came runner-up in the prestigious competition and she will receive a trophy, certificate of excellence, and a cash prize in recognition of her outstanding research and invention. Khadija will also feature in a published interview with the Environment Agency . The UK Junior Water Prize is a national STEM competition, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in partnership with the Environment Agency, British Water, and Jacobs and is aimed at solving environmental challenges with a link to water quality and security.
- 26th Sporting passion, skill and commitment celebrated at the Bournside Sports Awards 2023
- 24th Celebrating Academic Success with a Progress 8 score of +0.52
- 12th Senior House Captains 2023/24
- 3rd SAVE THE DATE: Careers Fair 2023
- 24th Cheltenham Bournside School students celebrate "best ever GCSE results" in line with the top 20% of schools in the country
- 17th A Level students celebrate fantastic results and new destinations at Cheltenham Bournside School
- 16th Student Ministries relaunched to aid a strong student voice
- 2nd 'Jazz it Up' at Cheltenham Jazz Festival
- 16th Sister Act cast and crew take audiences to heaven with 'best school production' yet!
- 6th Students showcase best of Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form
- 17th Pupil welfare and academic achievement is at the heart of Cheltenham Bournside School community, says Ofsted
- 15th Introducing our Senior House Captains for 2022/23
- 9th Year 7 music evening
- 8th Supporting our Community at Christmas
- 25th Cheltenham Bournside students celebrate GCSE success
- 8th Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form students celebrate record breaking exam success
- 11th Outstanding academic achievement and progress marked with new Honours boards
- 1st Sport Awards 2022
- 30th Chapel Arts lunchtime recital
- 23rd Chelsea's Choice
- 17th Cast and crew 'blow audiences away' with outstanding production of Joseph
- 15th Student success in international maths challenge
- 11th Graphic novel competition winners
- 7th Sixth Form Music Evening
- 4th Exemplary readers afternoon tea
- 17th Diversity celebrated with the appointment of nine new EAL Ambassadors
- 14th 100+ students kickstart their Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training
- 11th Over 400 new trees planted at our school!
- 2nd Bournside girls’ rugby team host and play their first EVER competitive game
- 15th Boost Project
- 14th ‘Take one designer’, Alexander McQueen Fashion Museum workshop
- 8th Finn invited to join GB Elite Training Squad
- 6th Sixth Form students take artistic inspiration from London Galleries
- 29th Chapel Arts Lunchtime Recital
- 24th Supporting our local community this Christmas
- 19th ‘ChangeMakers’ Project Launch
- 15th Anti-Bullying Ambassadors line up at Cheltenham Bournside School to stamp out bullying together
- 15th Our first music performance of the year! Year 7 music evening
- 10th Sixth Form sport relaunched with new kit sponsor and renewed ambition
- 9th Students prepare to take to the stage with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
- 20th Alex Chalk MP officially opens new Pitstop Sixth Form Café
- 13th Golden Anniversary Garden planned for Cheltenham Bournside School’s 50th Anniversary Year
- 4th Cheltenham Bournside School joins in with Dyslexia Awareness Week
- 29th Introducing our Senior House Captains for 2021/22
- 28th Duke of Edinburgh Award applications open
- 21st Practice interviews help students prepare for future success
- 16th Open Evening 2021
- 12th Celebrating GCSE Success
- 10th Sixth Form students achieve top tier university places and higher degree apprenticeships