What Our Students Say

Naifa Juma, Barnwood Park alumni

"After my GCSEs, I wasn't sure about which sixth form I wanted to start my A Level journey at. I knew leaving my friends behind at Barnwood was going to be hard, but I wanted to choose somewhere unique that allowed me to start afresh.

"When I first came to Bournside, I was a bit hesitant on the distance and not knowing anyone who was applying, however, I decided to go beyond my comfort zone and with that, everything fell into place! The staff here welcomed me with open arms and I have been offered me so many opportunities and support way beyond what I had imagined. I enjoy every second!"

Elizabeth Shingler Pittville School alumni

"When I attended Bournside's open evening, there was a sense of inclusivity that I had not felt at any other school. The taster day helped to settle my nerves because everyone was so welcoming. I felt the sixth form has a good layout, offering a distinct separation from the lower school. The retro diner also stood out as a place to meet new people and hang out with friends, which was really important to me as an external student."


Erik Suksmith, Bournside school alumni

"The wide range of subjects available at Bournside Sixth Form enabled me to choose the subjects I was really interested in. I really enjoy the lessons delivered by my science teachers - they are excellent preparation for the scientific degree I would like to study - and I like the degree of independence and self-responsibility that being in the sixth form gives me."

Grace Elliott, Winchcombe school alumni

"Originally I was in two minds about whether to join the Cotswold School or Bournside, but I much preferred Bournside after attending the open evening. The school gave off such a positive vibe that I knew I would love it. The teachers are so welcoming. They have provided me with fantastic support that has helped me to settle in."


Toby Williams, Bournside school alumni

"My brother had a very positive experience at Bournside sixth form and I already knew many of the teachers and enjoyed their lessons. That, along with the extensive choice of subjects, persuaded me to stay here for sixth form.

"Initially, I wasn't able to confidently narrow down my subject choices, but one easy conversation with the Head of Sixth Form helped me. I sat in Geography lessons for a week to help me decide, and I chose Core Maths as an additional weekly enrichment option. I aspire to study Environmental Science at university and one day reduce humanity's carbon emissions."


Emma Fenton, Bournside school alumni

"Since year 7 I have established a trust and a bond with my teachers and I thought I would achieve my aspirations in a place I felt comfortable. I'm not 100% sure what I'd like to do in the future, but I am interested in teaching, journalism and environmental conservation. I hope to go to university and having supportive teachers who push me and help me every step of the way will definitely help me to reach my goals."


Jack Jones, Year 12, Henley Bank alumni

"I applied for Bournside's Sixth Form because it had the exact subjects and courses I wanted to study at A Level. It was also the closest school to me, making it easy to get here. There is a really safe, friendly and warm environment here; everyone is willing to offer you help if you ask."

Seetaf Mohammed, Year 12, Barnwood Park alumni

"I applied to Bournside to experience making new friends, having to adapt to a new environment and to build up good relationships with new teachers. Bournside also stood out to me because they offered my preferred A Level combination to help me achieve and to get to the next step in my education. Teachers and students at Bournside are really welcoming and are all really invested as to why I chose Bournside, which made me excited to talk about the school. My favourite feature definitely has to be the gym where we can exercise without any judgement from anyone."

Lisa Sebata, Year 12, Henley Bank alumni

"I applied to Bournside because of the amazing support they offer to students. My first impression of the Sixth Form is that the staff respect us and allow us to have a large amount of independence. We have 20 hours of private study a week, which helps me consolidate my knowledge. The school acknowledges the fact that we are maturing into adults and the staff treat us with respect. I am not too sure about what my future holds after Sixth Form, but I know I will be supported in whatever my next steps are. The career team often put on events and trips that allow us to explore future opportunities."

Jack Maunder, Year 12, Winchcombe school alumni

"I chose Bournside Sixth Form because Winchcombe School doesn’t have a Sixth Form, so I had to find a different post-16 setting. Initially, I was interested in the school as I wanted to complete work experience in the two specialist schools opposite which Bournside have good connections with. After being here for a few months now, I can confidentially say that there is a really good community here; it feels like a family."

Abigail Cooke, Year 13, Barnwood Park alumni

"One of the reasons I chose Bournside Sixth Form was because I was interested in studying History at A Level and they offered the modules I was looking for. But, since being here, I have been offered much more, from working towards an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to becoming a Senior Prefect. Bournside has enriched my Sixth Form experience immensely."

Jake Musto, Year 12, Pittville School alumni

"When looking for a Sixth Form I found it hard to find somewhere with all of the options I wanted to study, but then I came across Bournside Sixth Form. Bournside was able to offer all of the courses I wanted to study. It is also the closest post-16 provider to me, which was a bonus. When researching the Sixth Form, I saw the A Level grades were high from the previous year, which filled me with confidence I would also be able to succeed. Throughout my experience, the teachers have been really engaging and helpful."

Umar Ali, Year 12, Pittville School alumni

"I applied to Bournside as I wanted to study A Levels and experience more of the courses that I loved doing at GCSE. I had heard that Bournside was a good school and had a good reputation, with many students leaving with amazing A Level results. I also applied to experience a new challenge and help me in my journey of self-progression. Bournside Sixth Form provides a welcoming, warm atmosphere, if I am struggling I know I can always ask for the teacher's support."

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