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  • BOURNEMOUTH’S BOURNE ACADEMY WINS PRESTIGIOUS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE 2021 NATIONAL BTEC AWARDS

    Published 14/07/21

    The exceptional achievements of The Bourne Academy were celebrated today as they were awarded the prestigious BTEC Award for School of the Year 2021.

    With specialisms in Engineering & Design, the School of the Year 2021 encourages creativity across all aspects of learning - and the pandemic hasn’t stopped that creativity from flourishing. This dedicated teaching team and learners streamed six lockdown concerts as well as a two-hour Performing Arts Awards evening, a Christmas concert and a live drama performance in 2020 to give students the opportunities to perform in a meaningful way to an audience. The Academy also runs a yearly apprenticeship application day for students interested in a career in Engineering. They can apply for roles, take mock telephone interviews and work with a careers advisor to ensure they get the Engineering work experience outside of the academy to support them in both their qualification and BTEC inspired career. Media and Sporting creativity have also flourished during this time.  Quality of learning and teaching is at the very heart of this school’s success. Their talented and committed staff haven’t waivered from this mission despite the huge challenges of the past 12 months. 

    David Mastrocola – Head of Visual & Performing Arts said: “We are so pleased that the opportunities and work that students have done over the past year have been recognised by Pearson in winning this award. In normal circumstances, The Performing Arts Department would hold over 15 events a year which are very popular and well attended by parents, staff and the local community. In the past year the students and staff have managed to place many of those events online, which have been streamed to the local community to enjoy. The vocational aspect of the BTEC Performing Arts courses mean that the students are well prepared for their futures. The past year has presented a new set of challenges which staff and students have overcome and have led to a whole new skill set being developed. We are extremally proud”.

    The Bourne Academy’s hard work and dedication was celebrated at the 11th anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards hosted online on 7th July 2021. 

    The ceremony was co-hosted by presenter of the United View, YouTube influencer and BTEC alumnus and ambassador, Flex and sports presenter and events host, Gemma Care. 19 category award winners were celebrated from around the UK and internationally in subjects such as Health and Social Care, Performing Arts, Engineering, IT, Business and Sport. 

    BTEC alumni including Academy Award-winning producer and Head of Film and Animation at ScreenSkills Gareth Ellis-Unwin, entrepreneur and founder of SB.TV Jamal Edwards MBE, and award-winning actress Lucy Fallon were among those also presenting awards.

    Cindy Rampersaud Senior Vice President for BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, said: “2021 has been another extraordinary year for our BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, colleges and schools and I am delighted that today we are able to come together and celebrate this year’s winners - and all of the individuals who will be awarded a BTEC qualification this year. The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our award winners, all of whom have achieved great things during a time of unprecedented disruption, is extraordinary and I am proud we are able to celebrate their achievements.”   

    During the ceremony hosted on YouTube, Pearson also announced the winners of the 2021 Showstopper Challenge, a competition that gives BTEC performers the opportunity to showcase their talents. The audience were treated to performances from:   

    • Bishop Challoner Catholic College
    • Jackie Palmer Academy
    • Clevedon School
    • D16 Performing Arts College

    Nearly a million learners across the globe completed BTEC courses over the past year; the career-focused qualifications are a vital route for those pursuing careers in sectors such as IT, business, the creative industries, healthcare, engineering, construction and future industries.  This is especially important in the current context as the UK responds to the global pandemic and looks to kickstart projects to speed economic recovery. 

    Jonathan Ledger, Skills Specialist at The Department for International Trade commented:

    “I must emphasise the importance of BTEC as a career-focused type of qualification and that for me is key.  This is all about delivering the right skills to the right people at the right time in the right way and BTEC qualifications do just that. For me, BTEC qualifications are a game changer. They change lives and they help people improve and contribute to business and society in a big way.

    A huge congratulations once again to all the winners and all of the nominees.”

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  • 10 Year Partnership between Canford School & The Bourne Academy

    Published 07/06/21

    Independent Education have written a wonderful article covering the 10 Year partnership & sponsorship between Canford School & The Bourne Academy, read it here.

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  • Bourne Academy Girls Active Leaders Squad

    Published 14/05/21

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to have launched their first Girls Active group in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust. The Programme aims to increase participation in Sport and Physical Activity across the Academy, but particularly for girls.

    Year 8 students were selected for the group, as this is the age range where physical activity tends to decrease in girls. The group has shown so much enthusiasm for the project and called themselves GALS, standing for Girls Active Leaders Squad.  GALS have created their own brand and logo as well as establishing an after-school sports club – the students are proving to be excellent role models for school sport.

    Mark Avoth, Principal, says ‘We are so proud of the group and the initiative, the GALS are a real inspiration to all our students’.

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  • Talented Students Perform Shakespeare and Music on Outdoor Education Site

    Published 15/07/21

    Drama and music students at The Bourne Academy have put on wonderful open-air performances to celebrate the end of term – these comprised Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and an upbeat music recital.

    A brave cohort of musicians played and sang in the sunny open air, and, as daylight faded and stage lighting shone, a determined group of students from Year 12 performed the play on the Academy’s outdoor education site to a small, covid safe audience who seated amongst the wild grass. The location, usually used for orienteering, bushcraft, ambush and assault course training, provided a beautiful backdrop of trees which were lit up with stage lighting and fairy lights; the performances was magical.

    The exceptional achievements of The Bourne Academy were celebrated nationally recently, as they were awarded the prestigious Pearson BTEC ‘School of the Year’ award for 2021. With specialisms in Engineering & Design, the School of the Year 2021 encourages creativity across all aspects of learning - and the pandemic hasn’t stopped that creativity from flourishing. This dedicated teaching team and learners streamed six lockdown concerts as well as a two-hour Performing Arts Awards evening, a Christmas concert and a live drama performance in 2020 to give students the opportunities to perform in a meaningful way to an audience.

    The Outdoor Education site, along with all The Bourne Academy’s facilities, are available to hire for community lettings, for more information please email lettings@thebourneacademy.com

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  • The Bourne Academy Becomes a ‘Bike It’ School

    Published 13/07/21

    The Bourne Academy is pleased to become a ‘Bike It’ School, working with the BCP Council’s appointed Sustrans Bike It Plus Officer to promote active and sustainable travel. Through this partnership, BCP Council and Sustrans has created a customized schedule to meet the requirements of the Academy and achieve the best outcome for the students.

    The Academy has only been working together with Sustrans ‘Bike It’ Officer, Amanda Shorey, for a short time, but they have already achieved so much. The Bourne Academy has taken part in the Sustrans ‘Big Pedal,’ monitoring the active journeys to and from the Academy. The school has promoted an active-travel virtual assembly which encouraged safe cycling, bike safety checks, how to correctly fit a cycle helmet and demonstrated the range of bike lanes in the vicinity of the Academy, showcasing cycle journeys as aspirational and achievable.

    There has also been an incredibly successful Dr Bike session, where bikes belonging to students and staff were triaged, safety checked were possible fixed on-site by trained mechanics. The positive impact this has on our community is significant and much appreciated, the uptake of the session was so good that the Dr Bike team will be returning to the Academy later in the summer term. The Academy has also received a donation of cycle helmets which has benefited Pupil Premium students and the PE Department.

    Anna Harpham-Gist, TED Teacher says ‘At The Bourne Academy we are keen to promote active travel within our community, and the opportunity to work with a BCP Sustrans Bike It Officer was one we could not turn down. Our relationship with Amanda is blossoming and we are grateful for the opportunities she has been able to offer us to date. We look forward to continuing to work with Sustrans and BCP.  

    The Academy has been promoting sustainable travel, particularly cycling to school over recent years. The uptake of students cycling to school has increased so much that the Academy needed to invest in an additional bike shed in 2019 to house the students’ bikes while they are in school.

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  • The Bourne Academy’s Community Lettings Model is Nationally Applauded by Sport England

    Published 25/05/21

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to be nationally recognised and applauded by Sport England, for its successful model of Community Lettings.  This follows a successful project driven by Active Dorset.

    In Phase 1 of the Opening Schools Facilities project, Active Dorset was one of 19 pilot projects commissioned by Sport England to deliver the Opening Schools Facilities project between October 2019 and December 2020, as outlined in the Government’s School Sport and Activity Action Plan July 2019.

    During that time, Active Dorset co-produced a case study about The Bourne Academy’s successful journey to increase the opening up of school facilities out of hours. Sport England wanted to share good practice and learning from Phase 1, so this February they commissioned the Active Partnership network to create a series of short animated videos of a few case studies.  We’re very proud to say that The Bourne Academy’s case study was selected for this and the film is able to be viewed online, link here. The Bourne Academy is proud of its collaboration with Active Partnership in engaging with the community and transforming lives through sport and physical activity.

    The Bourne Academy has become fully established as a community hub and is held in high regard within the community. The Bourne Academy was selected to be the base of the Dorset’s first Police Cadet Unit in 2019. The Academy has also hosted bespoke events such as weddings, conferences and high-profile events such as a recording of BBC Radio 4s Kitchen Cabinet.

    The Academy has state of the art facilities, including a multi-use games area (MUGA), dance studio, cookery classrooms, media suite and various sporting facilities. These facilities are available to be hired by community clubs, for functions, parties, or corporate events.

    If you are interested in hiring The Bourne Academy’s facilities, you can find morn information on their website, www.thebourneacademy.com/communitylettings

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  • The Bourne Academy completes 6040 Mile Virtual Journey to Partner School in Kenya

    Published 21/05/21

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to have completed a 6040 mile virtual journey to partner, Osiligi Obaya Primary School in  Kenya. Staff and Students have travelled this distance by walking, running, cycling, inline skating, rowing, playing football and Pokémon go, swimming and skateboarding.

    In light of National Lockdown and worldwide travel restrictions, The Bourne Academy launched a virtual challenge to make the journey from Bournemouth to its partner school in Kenya. The aim was for staff and students, to clock up the 6040 mileage from Hadow Road, Bournemouth to the Osiligi Obaya School in Kenya, using any mode of sustainable transport they wish.

    Those taking part have not only completed the virtual journey, taking them through 12 countries in Europe and Africa, but they have also travelled so far over the target mileage that they could have also made it to South Africa…

    ‘Osiligi’ means hope, and the hope for this project is to bring us all a little closer together in a time when the world feels very disconnected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Avoth, Principal, commented: ‘We are so proud of everyone who has taken part in the virtual challenge. This journey has been so inspiring to our community and encouraged our students to get out and exercise during the second lockdown. The project has also kept our partner school, Osiligi Obaya, in the forefront of our minds during the pandemic and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to this massive group effort’.

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  • The Bourne Academy Receives Laptop Donation

    Published 14/05/21

    The Bourne Academy is delighted and extremely grateful to local company, Summit Land & Developments, for the donation of four brand new laptops. The laptops were distributed during the most recent national lockdown, to help the Academies families in need.

    Caroline Gobell, Business Director at The Bourne Academy, said: ‘We were absolutely thrilled and grateful to have received these donated laptops from Summit Land & Developments. The Laptops made a huge difference to some of our students who had limited access to remote learning while working from home. Many families struggled during the national lockdown and these laptops proved to be lifelines, taking the pressure off family life as a whole, as well as preventing the widening of a gap between those children with enough resources at home, and those with nothing.  This sort of difference is lifechanging’.

    Summit Land & Developments can be followed on Instagram: @summit_developments

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  • The Bourne Academy: Opening School Facilities​​​​​​​

    Published 20/04/21

    To read a recent article from Active Dorset about The Bourne Academy: Opening School Facilities, click here.

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  • We’re Halfway! 6040 Mile Virtual Journey to Partner School in Kenya

    Published 17/03/21

    In light of National Lockdown and worldwide travel restrictions, The Bourne Academy has launched a virtual challenge to make the journey from Bournemouth to its partner school in Kenya. The aim is for staff and students, to clock up the 6040 mileage from Hadow Road, Bournemouth to the Osiligi Obaya School in Kenya, using any mode of transport they wish.

    ‘Osiligi’ means hope, and the hope for this project is to bring us all a little closer together in a time when the world feels very disconnected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those taking part have travelled these distances by walking, running, cycling, inline skating, rowing, playing football and Pokémon go, swimming and skateboarding. Staff and students have already clocked up over 3000 miles since Christmas, virtual journeying through France, Spain, Algeria and Niger. The journey is being plotted on a giant map in the Academy’s Reception, with regular updates on social media and via the Academy news bulletin to our whole community.

    The Bourne Academy received a special 10 Year Anniversary congratulations from their Kenyan partner school, as this year The Bourne Academy is celebrating ten years since becoming an Academy. The Bournemouth school has been supporting the Osiligi Obaya Primary School in the Maasai Warrior community in Kenya since 2011, with the key objective of assisting the community to become more economically active, helping them to help themselves, whilst not changing their beautiful culture. 

    There have also been many fundraising drives over the years, including regular MUFTI days and, in 2016-2017 raising £5000 to build a new teachers’ house called ‘The Bourne Academy House’.

    Caroline Gobell, Business Director, commented: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be launching this new year challenge for our whole community to join in with.  The 6040 mile journey is inspiring us all in so many ways: chasing away the winter blues, bringing our community further together during a 2nd national lockdown and raising awareness of our partner school, of whom we are extremely proud.  We are giving out various prizes at the end of this journey and so far there seems to be some very healthy competition between staff v students for the most mileage, or most unusual mode of transport!’.

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  • Drilling Systems Donates Laptops to Support Bourne Academy Students

    Published 03/03/21

    Drilling Systems has donated ten laptops to The Bourne Academy in Bournemouth to help students learn from home.

    Following an IT upgrade, Drilling Systems had a number of spare laptops, all with Windows 10, webcams and microphones to support home learning, and donated them to the Bourne Academy’s students. Drilling Systems is a world-leader in simulation. The company develops and manufactures real time training simulators for the oil and gas markets from its Bournemouth base and exports them all over the world.

    The Academy has now distributed these donated laptops to students most in need. Caroline Gobell, Business Director at The Bourne Academy, said: We are absolutely delighted to be lucky enough to receive these donated laptops from Drilling Systems, who got in touch with us via our sponsors Canford School, and we are extremely grateful to the company for thinking of us. The laptops have made a massive difference to some of our students who have had limited access to remote learning from home during this pandemic. Many families have struggled, and these laptop lifelines have taken the pressure off family life as a whole, as well as prevent the gap widening between those children with enough resources at home, and those with nothing. This sort of difference is lifechanging.

    Clive Battisby, head of simulation at 3t Energy Group, which includes Drilling Systems, said: As a global technology company committed to improving human performance, we wanted to help support local families struggling with remote learning during the current pandemic. Hopefully our donation will make life a little easier for some of The Bourne Academy’s students and help them keep pace with their peers.

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  • Bourne Academy Hosts More Online Rock Concerts

    Published 12/02/21

    Talented musical students at The Bourne Academy are hosting lockdown Rock Concerts online – Rockdown Sessions.

    When the UK Government announced school closures and another national lockdown, The Bourne Academy’s music department decided that this would not stop musical performances for their students. The Academy was due to have held concert performances, but with social distancing measures still in place for the foreseeable future, the events have not been able to take place in the traditional sense, so following the success of The Academies previous online concerts in April & May of last year, they have two more wonderful performances via Facebook Live.

    Students have once again been rehearsing and recording performances at home. The videos are then put together by Academy staff to create a concert; the previous concerts reached almost 1000 views in the first hour and led to many more engagements and positive comments from the Academy community.

    Rockdown Sessions’ give a brilliant opportunity for students to continue developing their performance skills while in lockdown and a chance to share their work with families, staff and peers. The music department has been inundated with so many fantastic performance videos that the concert is taking place over two nights, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February.

    Head of Visual and Performing Arts, David Mastrocola says ‘’We are all incredibly proud of the students for taking part in what has been a very difficult time for all of us. Hopefully these concerts will give the students, staff, and their families, a degree of escapism for a couple of hours where they can enjoy watching themselves and their peers perform.’’

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