Case Studies

Mrs. L Hemsley

I joined Bournside in 2012 as an NQT and gained my first TLR position as Head of Most Able and Talented Students in 2013. New to middle leadership, my line manager was supportive in helping me source and secure appropriate training to enable me to carry out this responsibility effectively and in 2015, I was promoted to Head of Higher Education and Most Able Provision.

Bournside has always been proactive in helping me, and other middle leaders, to look ahead and consider potential career paths moving forward. For example, I have attended a number of really useful leadership development sessions that SLT have led, such as application and letter-writing workshops, leadership styles, leading challenging conversations, data analysis and prioritising tasks. Moreover, Bournside are unique compared to any other school I know by offering staff the opportunity to undertake and deliver leadership projects on actual whole-school priorities; offering practical, hands-on leadership development, mentored by a member of SLT. I have really enjoyed leading two projects over the last two years: one centred around electronic setting of homework and the other undertaking action research on student aspirations. Last year, I was extremely fortunate to take part in our Teaching School’s Aspirant Senior Leaders course; this has equipped me with knowledge and understanding of senior leadership in a range of different school contexts.

Reflecting on the last five years, I’ve come such a long way on my leadership journey due to the support offered by the school.

Mr. R Waters

Bournside is a vibrant school in which to work, where you will be offered the support to progress professionally. From the start of my career as an NQT, I was trusted to take on department responsibility whilst being advised and mentored by colleagues.

The internal and external CPD available to all staff meant I was able to seek promotion and after two years appointed to Assistant Head of Year and Assistant Head of Department. Whilst fulfilling these roles I embraced the opportunity to work with one of the school’s senior leaders to lead aspects of the Technology Enhanced Learning project. This was very wide ranging and encompassed leading groups of staff across the school and also delivering CPD, most notably at the Annual National ASCL Conference in Birmingham, in March 2016.

These experiences have enabled me to fulfil my current role of Head of Year in a school where staff are passionate about improving the lives of its young people.

Mr. K Warren

I am currently in my ninth year of working at Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre and as Head of Year, I am one of the teachers responsible for the pastoral care of our sixth form students. At Bournside, we pride ourselves on the individual care and support that we give to our students and our door is always open in terms of the them receiving help and advice. I find it hugely rewarding working with 16-18 year-old students, on a daily basis, at a time in their lives when things are changing so fast, and helping them with whatever issues they may have. To be able to play a small part in this and to help them move forward in their lives is something that is immensely satisfying.

In addition to my pastoral responsibilities, I teach Geography through keys stages 3, 4, and 5 and I have also taught History and Religious Studies at key stage 3. Since joining the staff as a Head of Year in 2009, I have been fortunate enough to develop my leadership responsibilities by having the opportunity to lead the Level 2 programme of study, Education4Life in Year 12 and I established and now oversee, the school’s Alumni project. This project makes contact with our former students and uses them as role models to raise aspirations throughout the school.

As a result of my successful leadership of the above project, the school have supported me in enrolling on the programme for Aspiring Senior Leaders, which is offered where appropriate, by the school’s Teaching School partnership.

In terms of future career aspirations, my ambition is to become an Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form.