Boarding at BCS
‘The pastoral care is of a high standard ensuring all boarders are able to flourish both academically and socially.’ Ofsted June 2011
Boarding at Bournemouth Collegiate School
BCS has entered an exciting phase of its development with the recent investment of £2m in order to improve the accommodation at BCS. This includes the girls’ boarding house- The Lodge House. Both my husband and I are very happy to continue the ‘outstanding’ Boarding care provided by the dedicated Boarding Staff we have here.
As a boarder at BCS, we offer your child structured independence coupled with the opportunity to grow and mature within a safe environment. Living with others will help your child to develop a sense of community. They will grow to understand that caring for others is as important as looking after themselves. Boarding at BCS enables your child to develop friendships which will, and do, last long into their future lives. They will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and may be chosen to be a House prefect or indeed Head of Girls’ Boarders or Head of Boys’ Boarders. In these positions they will be expected to, for example, organise themselves and others into arranging an Evening Entertainment Programme for the other boarders; carry out boarding duties; chair the Boarding Council meetings; speak at public events held at the school and it is also expected that they give up some of their spare time to support others within the boarding community.
With the continued support and care provided by the Boarding Staff, your child will be able to enrich their own life and that of others while developing into a confident, mature and responsible young adult. We help students to become creative, critical, strategic decision-makers, who are ready to respond creatively to the changing world around them. We give them the opportunity to get involved! Whether it is with go-karting, cooking, fashion shows, chess competitions, maths challenges or karaoke they are encouraged to have a go! They may find a skill they never knew they had.
The school has a strong pastoral care structure and it is our priority in Boarding that students always feel happy, valued, listened to and supported. Emphasis is placed on concern for the welfare of others within the school community and when your child arrives as a boarder they are immediately given a ‘boarding buddy’ and placed into a boarding family (girls) or tribe (boys). This gives the boarder support and guidance they require.
We are proud of our caring pupils within boarding here at BCS and often lose our own two children (Barnaby 6 years, and Nancy 4 years) to them. We will undoubtedly find them in one of the boarders’ rooms, on one of the boarder’s scooters or with some of the boarders who have taken time to stop and play with them.
You are never alone as a boarder at BCS; there is always somebody who cares and there is always fun to be had!
Mr & Mrs Revill
Heads of Boarding