English and Mathematics
A significant part of every student’s curriculum lies in both English and Mathematics and we take great pride in boasting some exceptional facilities in these subjects.
Our English block with light, airy, and dynamic classrooms promotes high-quality teaching and learning across all age groups from 11 to 18. Students excel in English at Bournside and many go on to study an English-based higher education qualification.
Our state-of-the-art maths hub is a £2.4m facility comprising 12 classrooms, each designed around a mathematician or a mathematical concept to enable our students to shine in the subject. The department is a beacon of excellent practice for creativity and innovation, providing the necessary platform for our students to develop their mastery of mathematics.
Literacy is one of the most important skills we can develop in our students. It is vital that students can read, write, speak, and listen in a way that lets them communicate effectively and make sense of the world. Students need to be readers and writers to gain proficiency with technology, develop relationships with others, and confront and solve problems collaboratively.
Every teacher at Bournside is a teacher of literacy in their own subject area as students need high-level literacy skills to think, explore, organise, learn, and communicate effectively.
We want all of our students to develop a deep love of reading. Research repeatedly shows that reading for pleasure decreases with age, and that the best predictor of future education achievement and life success is reading ability. Therefore, we promote reading as a form of enjoyment and escapism while the reader is young.
Our Literacy Strategy
At the start of each academic year, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 take the National Group Reading Test to enable us to keep track of their reading progress. We use a range of intervention strategies to support students who may be falling behind. We offer targeted literacy booster sessions for those with a lower reading age, and reading challenges and poetry competitions for our more able readers. Intervention is overseen by our Literacy Leader and SENCO, who support parents/carers with choosing texts appropriate to their child’s reading level.
Reading homework is a core part of daily learning and students can independently browse our Library for books of interest. All students have a Library Induction and our Librarian is available to help students with choosing books. Our students in Years 7, 8, and 9 receive weekly guided reading sessions in tutor time and tutors have a set of books to read with their students. We also produce reading lists to support students with reading at home. We run numerous literacy events throughout the year including workshops, competitions, book fairs, and more to inspire a love of literature amongst our students.
Beyond The Curriculum
At Bournside we encourage all students to try something new. Beyond our classrooms, we offer a rich and varied extra-curricular programme for students to get involved in. You can learn a musical instrument, play a part in one of our many school productions, or show off your talents on the sports field. There are lots of clubs to join and students can also embark on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for which we offer all levels: Bronze (Year 9), Silver (Year 10), and Gold (Years 12 and 13).