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The Bourne Academy Shortlisted in National ‘Music and Drama Education Awards 2023’
Thursday 10 November 2022 - Celebrations of Success Presentation Evening - Class of 2022
Delighted to welcome The BBC into The Bourne Academy today. The ‘BBC100 Share Your Story’ is part of the BBC’s wider centenary celebrations, visiting around 400 secondary schools across the UK in 2022. In each session a carefully selected BBC Ambassador, (for us: Ray Gillies, BBC Researcher), shares their inspirational journey with students, in a bid to inspire them through the power of storytelling and aspiration. Ray Gillies gave an empowering talk to our students demonstrating his perseverance in overcoming personal challenges to achieve his career at The BBC.
Our class of 2022 have managed to rise to all the challenges over the last few years and record the Academy’s highest ever attainment results.
97% A* to E grades achieved and the vast majority of Year 13 students have secured their choice of university or course of study.
The Bourne Academy, an all-ability state-funded secondary Academy sponsored by Canford School, is delighted to announce it has achieved another excellent set of A-Level and BTEC examination results. Standout results have been achieved in Music and Sport. Students are going on to higher education to study a wide variety of courses, some are taking up apprenticeship opportunities and others are entering the world of work.
A team of students from Year 10 attended the National Careers Challenge, Grand Finals 2022, in Birmingham on 7 July. They earned their place by developing a new mobile phone game app called 'Fitfun' and had the opportunity to pitch their product to a judging panel at the event.
The team of four students was proud to represent the Academy and the entire community on the day and deserve to be extremely proud of their achievement.
The Bourne Academy Remembers HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 - 2022
The Bourne Academy joins people around the world in mourning the loss of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Over the coming days and weeks, our school community will pay tribute to her 70 years of dedicated service.
Our pastoral staff are available for any students who may find this news especially difficult due to personal bereavement. Please do contact us if your child requires any additional support.
During the Easter holidays, students at The Bourne Academy attended a three-day Careers Residential hosted by Goldman Sachs and education charity Teach First aimed at improving their careers knowledge and skills needed to take advantage of future opportunities after school.
At their offices in the City of London, Goldman Sachs hosted 100 pupils from ten schools serving disadvantaged communities across the country; all these schools work closely with Teach First – the education charity helping schools facing the biggest challenges to tackle educational inequality. The Residential was organised by Goldman Sachs as part of their ongoing commitment to improving social mobility with young people given careers support they would otherwise struggle to access.
Students spent the week learning about careers in the City, boosting their employability skills, and networking with employees from organisations such as The Economist and Financial Times, as well as Goldman Sachs itself. Research has demonstrated the importance of engaging with businesses for young people – FACT: just four meaningful interactions with an employer reduces a child’s chances of becoming NEET (not in education, employment, or training) after school by 86%.
Isabella Tapping of The Bourne Academy was also recognised during the week by Goldman Sachs employees, winning the Communication Champion Award in the closing ceremony of the Residential.
Students from The Bourne Academy were also recognised during the week for their communication skills, being awarded the winning prize by a panel of judges for the debate exercise, having been commended for their passionate and persuasive arguments.
The Residential is an important part of The Bourne Academy’s careers education programme, ensuring it’s studenst have the same opportunities to succeed after school as wealthier pupils. A survey of pupils in attendance found 88% believed they were better equipped for their future careers and 72% felt their understanding of careers available in the City had increased.
Principal at The Bourne Academy, Mr Mark Avoth:
“We were absolutely thrilled to be selected for this opportunity with Goldman Sachs and Teach First. Many of our students have never had the opportunity to travel to London before, and this was an unforgettable trip for them.
As a school we’re committed to providing a quality careers education for our pupils, and opportunities like this are vital for inspiring our young people about what their future pathway could look like. Our students have come away feeling that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.”
“The future world of work can be daunting for many young people but, for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the barriers to a successful career can feel insurmountable. We’re working with partner businesses and schools serving disadvantaged communities to give more young people the chance to unlock their full potential after school. We’re so grateful to our long-standing partner Goldman Sachs for hosting a varied and inspirational schedule of events at the Residential, giving pupils from ten Teach First partner schools an inside look into the sector – inspiring them about what they could go on to achieve and giving them the skills and knowledge that they need to turn those inspirations into reality. I was honoured to join the closing ceremony and hear directly from the pupils who had clearly gained so much from the experience. We’re proud to work with businesses like Goldman Sachs to have an impact where it’s needed most.”
Janine Glasenberg, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs:
“As a proud and long standing partner of Teach First, Goldman Sachs were delighted to work with Teach First to deliver the Goldman Sachs Careers Residential. As a firm, we are incredibly focused on upskilling, inspiring and informing the next generation of talent. We strongly believe that talent and determination should determine one’s future, not the circumstances we are born into. Unfortunately, we know this is not always the case. We recognise that not all students have equal access to education, development opportunities, networks or resources, and this can often have significant impact on their future. We want to level the playing field here - our focus is developing all individual talent, no matter their background.
“The Teach First Residential was a uniquely designed a three day careers residential with the aim of inspiring and upskilling students from lower socio-economic backgrounds across the UK, who may not typically have access to these opportunities or a broader network. We worked closely with Teach First over 18 months to design and deliver content that showcased the variety of career opportunities in the city, whilst building students confidence and skills.
“The energy from both the students and teachers throughout the Residential was infectious and there was a real buzz in our London office. The students truly gave it their all and we are so incredibly proud of every participant who pushed themselves outside their comfort zones, learnt a new skill and had some fun along the way!”
 Education and Employers Research, 2017, Contemporary Transitions: Young Britons reflect on life after secondary school and college.
We are delighted to introduce you to our Bourne Scholars Programme for Gifted and Talented students at The Bourne Academy. Partnering with Canford School (as part of our exclusive sponsor relationship), Southampton University and Winchester College, the Programme offers all the advantages, and many more, of local Grammar Streams by providing academic and extracurricular opportunities that increase the Scholars’ Cultural Capital and puts them on a path to the world’s best universities.
Students have been selected following a number of assessment points which demonstrate excellent Character and Commitment to our Academy. The aims of the Programme are to provide a highly academic and rigorous curriculum to stretch and challenge the most academically able children whilst following our progressive ASPIRE values to encourage the holistic development of all Scholars.
The Bourne Scholars will engage in weekly enriching extracurricular activities and academic tasks, for example, working with Canford School on joint book/debating clubs, residential stays, Real Tennis, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), horse-riding, rowing, shooting, archery, golf, joint Sailing trip and elite sports coaching. The academic curriculum will provide Scholars with additional opportunities, eg. studying two languages, in-house mentoring, bespoke tutoring, free musical instrument and further stretch and challenge activities.
We are extremely excited to see how our Scholars develop as we strengthen our relationships with renowned educators and provide a truly life-changing opportunities to our students.
Year 10 Bourne Academy student, Zara Sosic was recently elected as the UK BCP Youth Parliament representative for 2022 and will be running in office for two years. Zara was elected with a staggering 6563 votes, setting a local record for Youth Parliament elections and taking 25% of all voting codes issued.
During her journey Zara will be conversing with the other elected students to discuss important issues and make an impact in the local community and attending a weekend residential with members of the UKYP. She will also get the grand opportunity to visit the House of Commons strengthening the relationship with the younger generation.
Bourne Academy staff member Tracy White supporting Zara on her political journey
exclaimed ‘The Academy is so proud of Zara for this massive achievement she is a prime example of the hard work and determination we nurture at the Academy; I look forward to mentoring her throughout these two memorable years.’
Recently, local Bournemouth MP Conor Burns and Becky Mcdade from BCP Council joined us at the Academy to Zara to congratulate her on her success and discuss her important ideas.
The Bourne Academy looks forward to watching Zara flourish in parliament and will continue to support her on her triumphant journey.
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The Bourne Academy’s student Megan Bushnell has been appointed the role of Head Cadet for Dorset’s first Police Cadet group. Through a tough appointment process Megan was selected to create positive change in the community and lead the young cadets into success.
Inspector Alyssa Forrest shares her thoughts on this fantastic opportunity, saying: “This is a great opportunity and achievement for Cadet Megan, she should be very proud”. Since being appointed, Megan has represented the Dorset Police Cadets at a law service in Dorchester organised by the High Sheriff. Also, Megan proudly stood alongside the Police Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable at the Remembrance Day service in Bournemouth, paying their respects for the fallen troops.
We are very proud to have so much incredibly diverse talent at the Academy and we look forward to seeing what is in store for Megan and her fellow cadets as she upholds good citizenship and inflicts positive change into the local community.
Dorset’s first Volunteer Police Cadet Unit was set up at The Bourne Academy by Dorset Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Dorset in the summer of 2019.
The Volunteer Police Cadet Scheme is designed to build bridges between young people, the community and the police. The VPC scheme is about taking a mixture of young people aged 13-18 and helping them make a difference for themselves and their community.
Cadets learn about the law, police procedures and specialist police units, and they develop some of the skills that police officers need such as communication, interpersonal skills and team working. They are also taught about community issues and local policing priorities.
Dorset Police have two Cadet units which are based in Bournemouth and we are very proud of the young people who are committed to serving their community through volunteering their time and who act as fantastic ambassadors for Dorset Police.
At the Bourne Academy we are extremely proud to announce that our Girls Active Leader Squad (GALS) as part of our ACE enrichment club initiative has been awarded as the winners of the Girls Active and Young Change maker Awards 2021 by Youth Sport Trust.
The GALS programme strives to encourage and empathise the importance of physical activity for inspired like-minded girls. The GALS have been so busy after forming just this year participating in a range of team building sports to encourage confidence and teamwork including football, netball and shortly launching the rugby team.
We believe this is very well deserved for the team, the energy from our girls during the ceremony was fantastic to watch as they listened and appreciated some very inspiring stories from the hard work all the nominees have been doing within their schools and communities. There were some great female role models involved in the ceremony which we hope will motivate our girls to continue to develop what they have achieved so far.
Emma Timlett, teacher of P.E and GALS coach shared her thoughtful words: ‘’It was a great evening celebrating women in sport, and we hope our GALS have been motivated to continue to participate and encourage others to join! They thoroughly deserve to be celebrated for their continuous hard work and energy. We are so proud.’’
The Bourne Academy’s Girls Active Leader Squad (GALS) has been shortlisted for a national award, called ‘Girls Active and YST Young Changemaker Awards 2021’, by The Youth Sport Trust.
As a result of the short-listing, a film crew from The Youth Sport Trust visited the Academy to capture the GALS in action, participating in a range of skilful activities encouraging confidence and building teamwork.
As part of the Academy’s ACE enrichment clubs (extra-curricular clubs), the GALS programme strives to encourage and empathise the importance of physical activity for inspired like-minded girls. The students are proving to be excellent role models for school sport and around the Academy as a whole.
Emma Timlett, Teacher of PE and Outdoor Education at The Bourne Academy states ‘We are thrilled every week to see more girls participating in our ACE club, actively engaged in sport, beaming with confidence. The comments we have received further encourage and emphasise the importance of physical activity which our GALS have embraced. We look forward to hearing the results of the award but already feel accomplished in our progress and look forward to welcoming even more girls into our ACE and other opportunities.’
The Academy’s enrichment programme aims to stimulate and encourage independent thinking and creativity. For more information regarding the Ace clubs currently on offer see the Academy website for details: https://www.thebourneacademy.com/
Follow @TBAsport to view what the P.E department has to offer.
The Bourne Academy, an all ability state-funded secondary Academy sponsored by Canford School, is delighted with how our students have adapted to the challenges of this year. Their perseverance and hard work should be commended and we congratulate them on their results and their commitment to their onward destinations: 36% of students going to University have gained a place at a Russell Group Institution.
Particular mention should go to:
Mark Avoth, Principal, said ‘This has been an unbelievably tough year for our Year 13’s – they have had so much to endure during the pandemic and we just want to say how extremely proud we are of them. They have proved themselves to be mature, self-motivated individuals who have worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible future outcomes for themselves. Our teachers also deserve huge credit for the enormous amount of work they have put into implementing another new system. My thanks to them for ensuring that our students have the best and fairest outcomes this year.’
Mr Dean Taafe, Head of Sixth Form, said ‘I don’t think anyone could argue that the experience of the 2021 cohort has been very different from many that have gone before. The pandemic has provided a unique set of educational challenges that I wholeheartedly believe our students have risen to, showing a level of maturity, independence and reliance that will stand them in good stead for the future. They have developed new skills enabling them to adapt to a constantly evolving challenge and I am extremely proud of them all.’
For more information about The Bourne Academy, anyone is welcome to attend the Academy’s annual Open Evening on Wednesday 29 September 2021, 6.00pm-8.00pm. Morning Tours may be available in October – more information to follow. Please enquire at the Academy for further details.
Happy Monday! The 3rd Monday in January is known as 'Blue Monday', let the only blue thing about your day today be... The sky. #thebourneacademy #happymonday #bluemonday #bluesky https://t.co/teVhg30RGl
Exciting news! Our Guitar/Ukulele and Bass Teacher Mr Wines went viral on Tiktok recently and now has over 1.2 million followers on Tiktok and Instagram! He will be interviewed by Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 next Wednesday. https://t.co/ExxvHBrOWm
Merry Christmas from The Bourne Academy, we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2023. #merrychristmas #thebourneacademy https://t.co/HXFoQFrdSe
Friday 9 December is a FULL mufti day in exchange for a donation to your child's House Charity. Students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper on this day however, this is not compulsory. #thebourneacademy #ChristmasJumperDay #muftiday
Please be reminded Friday 9 December is Christmas Jumper Mufti Day. We are asking for a minimum £1 donation and proceeds will be split between our House Charities. #thebourneacademy #muftiday #christmasjumper https://t.co/oTfrZUUSMN
The Bourne Academy's Beauty and The Beast takes to the stage this evening, teachers and students have been working incredibly hard and have created a magical show for their audiences. Click the link below to grab the last few remaining tickets. https://t.co/LqCxnjbfYp https://t.co/kANMkXrGva
Today Oddballs Foundation visited us and gave our students an informative talk on Testicular Cancer. The Foundation endeavors to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer and breakdown the any stigma. #oddballs #testicularcancerawareness #thebourneacademy #menshealth https://t.co/Dc7pRU7jnc
Mr Harlowe, Mr Child and Mr Southwood have been sporting some impressive facial hair this month to raise funds for Movember. If you would like to support them please follow the link below to their sponsorship page. https://t.co/wYsFHWi7tZ #thebourneacademy #Movember https://t.co/EpgWSqIJAF
From 28th Nov to 9th Dec students will earn miles by walking, cycling and scooting to School. We will compete against other local Schools, the winning School will a prize and every student who participates will be entered into a prize draw. #LegittoLapland #thebourneacademy https://t.co/DiIR4JngRn
Year 8 Bourne Scholars visited the Crown and Magistrates Courts. The trip provided them with a real life Court Room experience and a deeper understanding of Law and Justice System. The students were commended on their exemplary behavior. #thebourneacademy #bournescholars https://t.co/fPneVshY5n
Last week a group of our Year 10 History students visited Winchester College where they had the opportunity to Explore Roman and Greek Artifacts, History and The Classics. The attending students were a credit to The Bourne Academy with their behavior and engagement. @WinColl https://t.co/Kc9s05fiGU
Sponge the Teacher, Penalty Shootout, 6 Aside Tournament and a Cake Sale!! We have been busy raising money with lots of fun activities for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. #childreninneed2022 #thebourneacademy https://t.co/q5TEI6BxxH
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The Academy’s House system is named after the lighthouses standing at various points along the south coast, aiding navigation, providing illumination, and safe harbor for mariners and wayfarers. We at The Bourne Academy aspire to do likewise for all our students.