BCS Senior is located in Southbourne only a 2 minute walk from the beautiful sandy beaches.

The School is 3 miles from both Bournemouth and Christchurch centres and is well served by an extensive public transport system. The nearest train station is less than a mile from the school.

There are extensive facilities set in an attractive 5 acre campus with a surprising amount of open space for an urban location, which includes a woodland area.

The main building and centre piece of the school dates back to 1872 and was the former summer residence of Lord Wentworth. The site balances history and tradition with a modern and progressive feel. The site also includes an indoor swimming pool, astro turf and state of the art gym.

Our pupils learn in bright, attractive and spacious classrooms, there is a large sports hall, drama hall and specialist classrooms.​​

Specialist Teaching Rooms

Specialist teaching rooms are well resourced to support teaching and learning.

  • There are two main computer suites, plus laptops and tablets to support ICT across the curriculum, as well as media, photography and specialist art studios.
  • The library is a quiet learning space in keeping with the traditional style of the building. It stocks a range of books to inspire reading for pleasure, enquiry and research.There are also touchscreen computers to use for research and a number of reading tablets which pupils can use.
  • There are a number of sound proofed music practice and performance rooms and all pupils are encouraged to play and take private lessons.
  • The school has a multi-functional drama facility used extensively for music, drama and public speaking performances.
  • We have a large designated design technology workshop both well stocked with the materials and specialist tools needed to enable pupils to design and create their masterpieces.
  • Our science laboratories are in keeping with the traditional feel to the school and are well resourced with a range of equipment that enables pupils to experiment and engage in exciting and interesting science investigations from Year 7 through to more complex experiments at A Level.
Sports Facilities

BCS has excellent sporting facilities, and the golden sandy beach, 2 minutes’ walk away, is used extensively by our coaches, this adds a unique and exciting dimension to our sports facilities.

The senior school has a large indoor pool used by our national level swimming academy. The school has excellent tennis and netball courts, an astro turf and we use the West Hants Tennis Club facility for our tennis academy.

We have a large sports hall with four badminton courts, the Senior School sports hall also includes an Olympic sized basketball court, volleyball courts, indoor hockey, netball and football courts and cricket nets.

Our High Performance Centre supports the BCS Sports Programme, the gym is available for pupils to use.

Sixth Form Facilities

There is a purpose-built Sixth Form area designed around one of the gardens on site.

Students benefit from private study areas, a Sixth Form social area, library and Sixth Form garden. They have access to the dining hall throughout the day and freedom to study in a variety of rooms independently across the school.


There are two boarding houses; one for girls and one for boys with private rooms (some with en-suite facilities) social areas, kitchens and extensive use of the facilities and grounds. Pupils at the school can board full time or there is also the opportunity for flexi boarding.


Bournemouth Collegiate School is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.

Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.