Bournemouth School

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Bournemouth School
Bournemouth Coat Of Arms
Motto Pulchritudo et Salubritas (Latin)
Beautiful and Healthy (English)
Established 1901
School Type Boys Grammar
Headmaster John Granger
Deputy Headmasters John Hatch, William Pyke, Christopher Taylor
School Captain Timothy Peters
Location Bournemouth, England
Pupils 1,050
Ages 11-18
Colours Blue, Grey, White
Homepage Homepage

Bournemouth School (also known as Bournemouth Grammar School or Bournemouth School for Boys and commonly abbreviated to 'BS' or 'BSB'), is a boys grammar school and sixth form college occupying a site located in Charminster, Bournemouth, Dorset, England and teaching children from years 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18).

It shares common playing fields with Bournemouth School for Girls and co-operates in running some sixth-form courses, which in many cases have mixed-gender classes.

The current headmaster is John Granger, who has been there since 1996.[citation needed] The deputy headmasters are Mr John Hatch, Mr. William Pyke (Pastoral), and Dr Christopher Taylor (Curriculum).[1].

It also has close links with the neighboring St Francis of Assisi Church.


[edit] Education

The school teaches a range of subjects with many teachers always willing to give as much help possible to the related students. The year 7 to 9 curriculum stretches from Latin all the way to contemporary ideas such as modern foreign languages (which are coupled with language days) and the school is always evaluating the importance of implementing new subjects; for example, the school is currently considering whether or not it would be useful for the students to study either drama (as a separate subject to English) or food technology.

[edit] Houses

Bournemouth School has five 'Houses', named after famous English men: Darwin, Elgar, Newton, Scott and Turner. Until the early 1990s there were six: Avon, Forest, Hambledon, Portchester, Romsey and Twynham. All forms are delineated by House affiliation and as such pupils from Year 7 to Year 13 (Upper Sixth Form) remain in the same form, although their 'form tutor' and 'form room' usually change every year, however in some cases, the form tutors remain the same for the entirety of the school.

[edit] Language College

Since the late 1990s, Bournemouth School has been designated a specialist Language College. Languages offered to both pupils, and communities at large, include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.

A wide range of opportunities are available for pupils to extend their language skills, including a broad and long-established student exchange programme. Due to extra funding the language college has two computer suites, interactive whiteboards and extra staff. The school also provides services for primary schools in the area teaching languages to their pupils.

[edit] School Council

Bournemouth School also embraces a freely democratic structure of student government, where students can voice their own opinion on how their school is run through the medium of a school council. All students are free to stand for school council elections and, once the particular person has been chosen, he will then attend various meetings, discussions and conferences where he will represent his particular group of the pupils at the school.

[edit] CCF

The school also has an active Combined Cadet Force, a rarity for a state-funded school. The CCF currently has over 150 members from both Bournemouth School for Girls and Bournemouth School. The CCF is run by maths teacher and ex-pupil Mr BJ Sanders along with senior cadets from the 6th form. The CCF is open to pupils in year 9 (age 13) upwards with an annual recruitment usually in February. The CCF is split into three sectons; Army, Navy and RAF, all with their own uniform. The structure follows a military system, with three senior cadets, three section ICs and other ranks.

Activities that cadets are able to take part in include gliding, flying, shooting, Ten Tors, national exchanges and camps including Penhale central camp in the summer term.

[edit] History

The school was founded in 1901 [2] and moved to its current site in 1939.[3]

The school has been extensively expanded in recent years, including but not limited to: a new Technology & Art block featuring CAD and CNC machinery and the Sir David English Sports Centre, the legacy of former headmaster Alan Petrie. A new maths block was officially opened on Friday 16th February 2007. The block is now being used for Maths and Religious Studies, although the timetables and full operation are not yet completely organized.

[edit] Alumni

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Coordinates: 50°44′54.04″N, 1°51′31.81″W