The team at Cheltenham Bournside School were delighted to launch a new Inspire Lecture Series last week, which kick starts a programme of 10 inspirational lectures already planned for this academic year. Our first guest in the series, Nathan Lake , a professional squash player currently representing England on the PSA World Tour, delivered his lecture online from his current base in Chicago, Illinois. A former East Glos Club member and winner of the European Junior Championships when he was just 18, Nathan is proud Bournside and University of Gloucestershire alumni, and is now ranked #35 in the world. Mr Taylor said, "The Inspire Lecture series builds upon our already successful external speaker programme at Cheltenham Bournside School, bringing it together under one umbrella to help our students identify the speakers they'd most like to see.
Annual awards evening for year 11 and year 13 students, joined by our gold house heroes On Thursday evening, nearly 300 students and their families came together in the magnificent surroundings of the Pittville Pump Rooms to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Cheltenham Bournside School Awards . Senior and graduate students were recognised across all subject areas for outstanding academic achievement and progress, as well as their wider contribution to the life of school. More than 30 students from Year 8 to 11 were also invited to the ceremony to receive their Gold House Hero certificates, in recognition of their continued positive contribution to the life of the school. Headteacher, Mr Jefferies , said; "This is the proudest moment of a Headteacher's year: an evening in which the school celebrates the very best of what it means to be a Bournsider.
There were happy scenes at Cheltenham Bournside school as this year’s 260 GCSE students' results were revealed and students celebrated their excellent successes. Headteacher Steve Jefferies said: “After our fantastic, record breaking A’ level results last week, we are delighted that Cheltenham Bournside School has achieved the best set of GCSE results based on exams taken by students since the revised qualifications were introduced in 2017. “Our 2022 results even compare favourably with the results from 2020 and 2021 when grades were set through teachers’ assessments. The average grade gained overall was over a grade 5.
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, "Today we are delighted to celebrate the outstanding success of our Sixth Form students. Following the disruption of the pandemic, comparisons with previous years can be difficult. However, I’m very pleased that our results are not only an improvement on 2019 (the last time exams took place), but even an improvement on the 2021 and 2020 grades.
In readiness for the new academic year, we are proud to unveil our new Honours Boards. As part of Bournside's aspirational culture, we wanted to bring honours boards back into the school to acknowledge both the outstanding academic achievement and the outstanding academic progress of our Year 11 and Year 13 pupils, as well as to recognise the excellent leadership qualities of our 12 senior house captains. Mr Jefferies, Headteacher said, "Being proud of our accomplishments is one of our key values at Bournside. These honours boards are a celebration of one of the things we are most proud of: the outstanding academic progress and achievement of our students." Mr Taylor, Associate Assistant Headteacher said, "It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the unveiling of our new honours boards and to present awards to our inaugural Year 11 award winners, Laura and Suzanne, who are both in their first year of A level studies at the Cheltenham Bournside School; and to welcome back Samah and Connor from their first year of university study at the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton.
More than 100 students were recognised in the much-anticipated return of our annual Student Sport s Awa rds, where the sport ing effort, talent and achievement of our students was celebrated in front of a packed and proud audience. Mr Winterbottom, Head of Physical Education said, "Our Sports Awards shine a light on our finest sportspeople, and the dedication of everyone involved in sport at our school. A real highlight of the academic year, the whole team are incredibly proud of tonight's winners. Congratulations to you all, and to everyone who has supported you.
Today marks the first day of our World of Work (WoW) Fortnight. During the first week, departments across the school will be delivering career-focused sessions in order to shine a light on the wide range of career opportunities available to our students. Year 8 students in Geography are exploring the United Nations, whilst students across the science department are reflecting on their fantastic experiences at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. Week 2 is Work Experience Week with over 100 students in Year 10 and 12 out on live work experience placements.
Year 9 and Year 10 students enjoyed visiting the Cheltenham Science Festival this term and were given the chance to explore the impressive displays and interactive opportunities, which featured everything from robots, assistance technology, renewable and nuclear energy to arcade games, botanicals, health care and more. Mr Saundry, Head of Science, said: "We're so lucky to have the fantastic Cheltenham Science Festival on our doorstep - t he Festival is renowned internationally and it is superb to be able to take our students down to experience such an inspiring event . We were able to hear first-hand from professionals, many of them young graduates themselves, about the huge range of opportunities and possible future careers available to them after studying STEM subjects. The students were brilliant and great ambassadors for the school.
Over 250,000 students across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge on Wednesday 27th April. The 60-minute multiple-choice challenge is designed to stimulate mathematical problem solving, encouraging students to use mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency. To recognise the highest performers the top 50% of participants receive Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1. Over 50 Year 7 and 8 students from Cheltenham Bournside School took part in the challenge, achieving Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates.
Students (L-R): Rhys, Josh, Amy, Hope (Managing Director), Alfie and Matiss, pictured with the star of their award winning book, our school dog, Lottie. Cheltenham Bournside School’s Sixth Form Young Enterprise Team, B-WELL – the creators of the inspirational children's book ‘ Molly and Lottie’s Forest Adventures ’ – are celebrating after winning ‘ Best Company ’ in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire in the Young Enterprise County Competition. Bringing home the trophy for the first time, the entrepreneurial student team beat off competition from a wide range of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire state and independent schools and will now go on to compete in the Regional Southwest Final on Thursday 19th May. Their product, a book aimed at children aged 2-8, was written, illustrated and published by the students and is a story about Cheltenham Bournside School’s two black Labrador retrievers; Molly a qualified therapy dog, and her little sister Lottie, a puppy in training.
- 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