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Bourne Scholars Programme





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We are delighted to introduce you to our Bourne Scholars Programme for Gifted and Talented students at The Bourne Academy. Students have been selected following a number of assessment points and other opportunities to demonstrate excellent Character and Commitment to our Academy. The programme offers all the advantages, and many more, of local Grammar Streams.

Our Bourne Scholars work with Canford School (as part of our exclusive sponsor relationship), and other key partners, including Southampton University and Winchester College, on a programme of academic and extracurricular opportunities that increases their Cultural Capital and puts the Scholars on a path to the world’s best universities. They are also able to access a bespoke tutoring offer.

The Bourne Scholars Programme brochure can be viewed online HERE


Aims of the Bourne Scholars Programme are to:
  • Provide a highly academic and rigorous curriculum to stretch and challenge the most academically able children
  • Encourage the holistic development of Scholars empowering them to succeed in whatever future path they choose.
Anticipated outcomes of the Bourne Scholars Programme are that students gain: 
  • Enhanced ambitions, confidence, oracy and global thinking
  • Entry to Russell Group Universities including Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge)
  • Increased career aspirations
  • Social mobility and global citizenship.


Bourne Scholars are also offered a wider range of Community, Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Opportunities. Most of these are held at The Bourne Academy but Bourne Scholars are expected to attend Canford School every Wednesday between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

At The Bourne Academy:        

  • Specialist Tutor activities centred around extending academic and character opportunities
  • All Bourne Scholars will receive a free musical instrument and tuition
  • All students may have the opportunity to study two languages. 
  • ACE club activities extending scholarly opportunities, including specialist speakers, masterclasses and symposiums
  • University visits every year
  • Opportunities to access Law Courts and visits to Parliament
  • Individual Bourne Ambassador (Industry Mentor)
  • Graduation dinners
  • Benefit from Canford School expertise in different highly academic subject areas like Latin and Classics
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Oxbridge preparation
  • Canford Sixth Form bursary opportunity.

At Canford School:     

  • Access to all Canford facilities and activities, including: Rowing, CCF, shooting, use of the Layard Theatre, sailing, classics, Real Tennis.
  • Residential Trip
  • Tour of History of the school 
  • Book Club
  • Attending performances
  • Talks and activities
  • Twinning Days
  • Debate workshop.

Winchester College:

  • Access to all Winchester College facilities 
  • Invitations to specialist talks and lectures; fieldwork in The College nature reserve and River Itchen
  • Invitation to workshops and curriculum-led projects
  • Hands-on sessions with ancient artefacts in the Treasury, archives and library
  • Mentoring and support with university applications
  • Extension classes to stretch and challenge.

Southampton University:

  • University visits and subject talks
  • Introduction to higher education talk
  • GCSE guidance 
  • Career skills and future mapping workshop.
Sixth Form Opportunities:

Scholar opportunities in The Bourne Academy Sixth Form are varied and exciting, aiming to create every golden opportunity for Scholars to maximise their long-term potential once they leave the Academy. Scholars enjoy:

  • Subsidised university visits and residentials (eg. Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, Winchester)  
  • Varied programme of careers talks eg. RNLI women in engineering 
  • Early careers interviews and work experience
  • Interview and apprenticeship masterclasses
  • Oxbridge residential visits and application preparation mentoring  and mock interviews
  • Chance to become one of two Scholars per year who wins a fully funded bursary place in Canford’s Sixth Form for A-levels
  • Canford School Careers Symposium
  • Regular access to a dedicated EPQ coordinator
  • One to one careers guidance
  • UCAS Fair visit (April)
  • Personal industry mentor for two years: a Bourne Ambassador
  • Ambitious Duke of Edinburgh Gold opportunities
  • Access to Canford School's Friday visiting speaker talks 
  • Fast track links with Pavilion Dance/Arts University Bournemouth
  • Internship programme opportunities at Goldman Sachs, London.
  • Bourne Ambassadors programme
  • Higher apprenticeship industry links.