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April 2018

  • Indiecisive win SoundStorm Battle of the Bands

    Published 24/04/18
    The Bourne Academy is delighted to announce that student band ‘Indiecisive’ won the Sound Storm Battle of the bands last week. The final of the ‘Bandstorm’ competition took place at Canvas Bournemouth on 18th April and was sol
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    Published 16/04/18

    The Bourne Academy’s ‘Bourne to Paddle’ project gets DofE’s Diamond funding.

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to announce that it has received a grant from The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s (DofE) Diamond fund. The fund will enable the The Bourne Academy to support students from all backgrounds, who would like to participate in the DofE awards scheme. The grant will support The Bourne Academy’s ‘Bourne to Paddle’ project. 

    Through The Bourne Academy’s Bourne to Paddle project, students will develop life-changing skills such as communication, resilience and teamwork; create new friendships, and gain the confidence to reach their potential. Mr. James Short from The Bourne Academy says ‘Since we started the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award at The Bourne Academy, we have witnessed participants change character for the better. Students that were lost and really did not know themselves have turned into confident, hardworking students with a love for their community, sports, learning new things and the great outdoors. This was achieved through completing the 4 sections of their DofE Awards, Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition. The grant money donated by the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award will help more of our students gain access to the Award by allowing us to run all 4 sections in house with our own kit and qualified staff’.

    Through its Diamond fund, the DofE will be investing a total of £3 million over the next four years to increase the number of disadvantaged young people starting their DofE from 50,000 per year to 70,000 by 2021. The £3 million is made up of £1.5 million raised by over 15,000 supporters in the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary year (2016), £1 million from the #iwill fund for England, a joint initiative from The National Lottery and Department of Culture, Media & Sport, and additional DofE donations to double Diamond Anniversary fundraising in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign, which aims to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020.

    The DofE is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people. DofE programmes enable any young person, age 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work such as confidence, commitment and team working. Those who achieve a Bronze and Silver DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit and undertake an expedition in wild country. Those who achieve a Gold Award also take part in a week long residential.

    There are currently around 420,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.


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  • New News Story

    Published 16/04/18
    Wave 105’s Cash for The Bourne Academy The Bourne Academy is delighted to receive funds from the Wave 105’s Cash for Kids Scheme, supported by the FJB hotel group. The award was made this month at the Hadow Road site following a demons
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    Published 16/04/18

    EMI Music Sound Foundation Fund New Equipment at The Bourne Academy

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to have received a generous donation of £780 from the EMI Music Sound Foundation. The money has gone towards funding new musical instruments and equipment.

    The Bourne Academy has some very talented student musicians. The performing and visual arts team, including Daily Echo ‘Secondary School Teacher of the Year’ in 2016 David Mastrocola, promotes and supports creativity and The Academy aims to be a centre for excellence for Music.


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  • Ofsted Inspection February 2018 - Academy Graded 'GOOD'

    Published 11/04/18


    Ofsted Inspection February 2018 - Academy Graded 'Good'

    The Bourne Academy is delighted to announce that it has been graded as ‘GOOD’ in the latest Ofsted Inspection at the end of February.

    During a recent Short Inspection by two Ofsted Inspectors The Bourne Academy welcomed the chance to showcase the hard work and dedication of its staff, students, parents and local community.  The Academy is extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection and all associated feedback both on the day and in the final report.  Snippets from the report follows:

    Ofsted commented on leadership that ‘Senior leaders lead the school with integrity and purpose. Staff at the school work hard to promote tolerance and respect. Furthermore, leaders and staff take seriously their responsibility to develop qualities such as ambition and resilience in pupils. Staff rightly, and proudly, champion ‘ASPIRE’, which sets out the school’s vision for pupils and threads through different aspects of its work. ‘ASPIRE’ stands for Ambitious, Self-confident, Physically literate, Independent, Resilient and Emotionally literate.  The senior team has fostered the development of leadership in others – the Academy’s personable and positive approach has helped to unite staff behind a common purpose’. 

    Continuing with leadership, the inspectors remarked that Governors play an active role in supporting school leaders saying that ‘they bring a wide range of extensive skills and experience to bear on their work’. It was also noted that the Academy ‘engages well with parents and the local community, understanding the importance of reaching out to secure support for different aspects of the school’s work. As a result, and with good reason, the school is held in high regard by parents and local employers’.

    Moving on to the main curriculum overview, attainment and progress - the English department were complimented for their ‘effective practice’ and ‘strong achievement over time’.   The Academy appreciates, however, that there is no room for complacency and recognizes the need for further focus on raising achievement across the curriculum; inspectors suggested that this can be achieved by ‘teachers having higher expectations of what pupils can achieve and teachers setting work that meets the needs of pupils of different abilities, including those who are disadvantaged.  Academy leaders will be ensuring this focus is a key priority going forwards over the rest of this academic year and beyond.

    As well as the sections of the report commenting on curriculum, progress and attainment, the inspectors also commented on the Academy’s extremely important work on Safeguarding and Attendance, saying: ‘Staff are well trained and understand their responsibilities thoroughly. Staff exercise their responsibilities with confidence because they work well as a team, communicate often and trust each other’s judgement. Consequently, they deliver clear messages to the wider staff about child protection. Staff are successfully persistent in their attempts to secure support from external agencies to meet pupils’ needs.  Students do not feel intimidated by other pupils and feel that everywhere in school is a safe place.’ Of Attendance, the inspectors said that ‘staff work tirelessly to ensure that pupils and parents understand the importance of good attendance’.

    Turning to behaviour, the inspectors remarked on the new behaviour system which has been in place since January 2018; they complimented the Academy on its effectiveness so far and urged staff to continue to apply the new policy consistently.

    Moving on to the Academy’s relatively new Sixth Form, the report noted that ‘Students in the sixth form are progressing well. They value the academic and pastoral support they receive from staff and are loyal towards the school. They benefit from positive relationships with staff. More students are now also staying on to complete their courses and all students go on to further education, training and employment. Students receive high-quality information, advice and guidance in order to make informed, appropriate decisions about their next steps. Staff are rightly proud of the increasing number of students who have achieved places at ‘Oxbridge’ and Russell Group universities. This is, in part, because of the helpful partnership with the school’s sponsor, Canford School. It is also because of the work staff are doing to raise students’ aspirations.’  Kelly Franklin, Head of 6th Form, said ‘I am delighted with the feedback; we will continue to work tirelessly, together with our Head of Careers, Vicky Woodings, to launch our 6th formers into the wider world in the best way possible.’

    Staff and students at The Bourne Academy are extremely pleased with the results of the short inspection.  Mark Avoth, Principal, commented ‘We were looking forward to welcoming inspectors on site, and we were confident that the hard work of the Academy staff and students would be recognised.  We felt it was a very fair inspection, carried out with great insight and professionalism.  We were delighted with the content of the report which contained many tremendous compliments and some excellent feedback to help us progress even further’.  

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April 2018