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  • Students and staff showcase best of Cheltenham Bournside School at open evening

    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.
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  • 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.”
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  • 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.
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  • Cheltenham Paint Festival collaboration achieves the impossible!

    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.
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  • Sixth Form research project highly commended in the UK Junior Water Prize 2023

    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.
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  • Student Ministries relaunched to aid a strong student voice

    Student Ministries have been established at Cheltenham Bournside School for a number of years, however, remote learning during Covid made it challenging for students to meet, share ideas and take action. This year, six groups of students supported by staff, have worked hard to turn this around and to re-establish the six key Student Ministry groups with great success. Students have worked on a series of successful pilot projects and have delivered school-wide student-led assemblies to their peers to raise the profile and vision of each Ministry. They have met with the Senior Leadership Team and have an end-of-year conference planned with the school's Governing Body to consult, celebrate success to-date and to plan future activity.
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  • 'Jazz it Up' at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    Cheltenham Jazz Festival goers were treated to a performance by the Bournside Jazz Band on the Bank Holiday Weekend as part of the 'Jazz it Up' showcase of Gloucestershire's young musical talent on the Free Stage. Mr Cutress, Head of Music said, "We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to perform at this year's Jazz Festival. The students performed with a great sense of character and really came alive on such a big stage. There were smiles on the faces of everyone, both in the band and in the audience, it was a joy to behold.
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  • Sister Act cast and crew take audiences to heaven with 'best school production' yet!

    What a performance! We were blown away and full of pride following the outstanding performances of Sister Act last weekend. A huge thank you to everyone who joined us and for your support. This year's production was Sister Act , the feel-good musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film.
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  • Students showcase best of Cheltenham Bournside Sixth Form

    The team at Cheltenham Bournside School have been celebrating following a successful Sixth Form open evening, held at the end of January. Prospective students and their families were able to learn more about about the wide range of academic A level and vocational courses on offer, meet with the school's excellent teaching team, explore our extensive resources, facilities and enrichment options, and take a break in the Pitstop, the new sixth form cafe. Headteacher, Mr Jefferies and Head of Sixth Form, Mr Warren, welcomed visitors during two welcome talks where they shared the school's values, ambition and how it sets each student up for success with clear lines of academic and pastoral support and by offering a huge range of opportunity across the sixth form, with the support of two Senior House Captains, Naifa and Ben. Mr Warren said, "I was proud to see so many of our current Sixth Form students involved in the delivery of our recent open evening, representing our school community so well.
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  • A sixth form with a strong sense of community

    For parents and students looking to join an ambitious sixth form with excellent teaching, compassionate pastoral care, extensive grounds and a vast programme of extra-curricular activities, the team at Cheltenham Bournside School are getting ready to welcome you to our upcoming open evening on Thursday 26th January . Choosing the right sixth form is an important step in your school career. By choosing Bournside, students can be confident they will be supported and challenged to excel within a strong school community environment - something highlighted by Ofsted : “leaders put the welfare of pupils, as well as academic achievement, at the heart of everything they do.” Students here are treated as young adults. They are given greater responsibility for their learning, alongside a school structure and a dedicated team that prioritises individualised support.
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