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  • Bournemouth School
    East Way
    BH8 9PY
  • Head: Dr Dorian P Lewis
  • T 01202 512609
  • F 01202 516095
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bournemouth
  • Pupils: 1,017; sixth formers: 279; 252 boys, 27 girls
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Year 7 open day in July, Sixth Form open day in early November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th September 2011
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 1st March 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Only staff and sixth formers can use the echoing front hall and staircase, with walls lined with awards and achievements. Wooden boards commemorate pupils who died in the First and Second World Wars and our sixth-form guide told us he always stops and reflects as he passes them. ‘It’s nice to be in a school that has a real legacy,’ he told us. ‘It’s hard to walk by and not look at the names of those who died. Some of them were our age...’ 

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Dr Dorian Lewis CChem MRSC (early 50s), previously deputy head of Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne. Educated at Jones’ West Monmouth Grammar School for Boys (now West Monmouth School), then read chemistry at the University of Southampton. While he was doing his PhD at Southampton he taught undergraduates practical organic chemistry and found it ‘the most enjoyable part of the week’ so decided on a teaching career. After a PGCE at Nottingham he taught at The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester for four years before moving to Queen Elizabeth’s as head of science.

He knew Bournemouth School was the place for him the moment he walked in, partly because it reminded him of his own grammar school. He says ‘the mantra of hard work, discipline, smart appearance and respect echoes...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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