Bourne Grammar School
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
About Bourne Grammar School
Bourne Grammar School
We are an outstanding and oversubscribed mixed selective school serving Bourne, Stamford and Peterborough. There are currently 1,579 students on roll including 374 in our Sixth Form. Our students are well-behaved and motivated and are taught in modern and well-resourced facilities. Jonathan Maddox, the Headteacher, has been in post for over 13 years and under his leadership the school has expanded to become one of the largest grammar schools in the country. The school offers 240 places in Year 7. The vast majority of Year 11 students transfer into our Sixth Form where students are offered a choice of 27 A-Level subjects, including Music.
The best atmosphere, the best support, the best results
This is our purpose statement - we have no long or complicated mission statement. The order of the purpose statement is deliberate; we believe that if we get the atmosphere and support right then, given our able students and committed staff, good results will follow. The atmosphere is special and cherished by us all and something that interview candidates often remark upon.
We are a large and busy school and our students are well-behaved, motivated and want to be here and their parents/carers want them to be here. Most of the students, most of the time, want to learn and enjoy lessons which are well-planned, well-taught and engaging.
However, ours is not a ‘hothouse’ atmosphere; we place great importance on pastoral care and on our special atmosphere of mutual respect, good relationships and of helping each other.
Education beyond the curriculum is highly valued at Bourne Grammar. The School’s sporting life is extensive and inclusive, as the regular summary of fixtures and results, which are published on the website, show. There is a long-established tradition of excellence in the performing arts, for which the School is particularly well-equipped. There is an exceptionally active Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. The Headteacher’s weekly Bulletin – also published on the website – gives an impression of the busy extra-curricular life here.
Working at Bourne Grammar School
The teaching staff body numbers around 90 teachers supported by 40 non-teaching colleagues. All teaching staff are subject specialists and are only required to teach their own subject. Staff absence is very low as is staff turnover. Staff who do leave often do so for promoted posts. The atmosphere is seen as being extremely supportive to colleagues new to the School. There is an excellent and much-appreciated programme of induction for NQTs.
All teaching staff at Bourne Grammar School are issued with a high-quality laptop and other benefits include a Childcare Voucher scheme and free on site parking.
Bourne is a pleasant, semi-rural and expanding town in South Lincolnshire. It is surrounding by beautiful villages and countryside and yet has easy access to Peterborough, Cambridge, London and the motorway network. London Kings Cross is a 52 minute train journey from Peterborough. Lincolnshire and its neighbouring counties offer a wide range of housing considerably below the national average house price cost. Primary school provision and facilities for families are excellent.
I get thanked every day at Bourne Grammar School. I get support and offers of support daily too. I am part of a highly motivated, extremely hard-working staff, with a student body that recognises and appreciates our efforts. Opportunities - trips, clubs, events, professional development - are always on the go. When all is said and done, the students genuinely want to be here and as a result, I do too.- Tom Brooker
‘Bourne Grammar School presents a great teaching and learning experience. The children are hardworking, conscientious and love to excel at all subjects. There is an excellent atmosphere in the school unmatched by any school I have worked at previously and the incredible amount of extracurricular clubs and sports fixtures creates a strong team spirit throughout the school. For Mathematics particularly there is a real effort to inspire pupils and to give them a strong understanding of the curriculum. The department works hard not just to encourage excellent grades but to develop our students into discerning young mathematicians. This is an enjoyable place for students and staff alike.’- Steven Sheppard
The atmosphere here at Bourne Grammar School is different to other schools I’ve worked in; staff and students have high aspirations and are strongly motivated to succeed and achieve. Such efforts are always recognised and deeply appreciated. After my first day in September my mum gave me a ring to see how it had gone. ‘You’ll never guess what’, I said, ‘can you believe the pupils said thank you to me on the way out of my lessons?!’ I can actually focus on improving and experimenting with my teaching here without worrying whether an exciting activity will cause a riot in the classroom!- Anna Creedon