Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School is a vibrant and thriving school, where children aged 3 to 11 years can enjoy a fulfilling educational experience. The curriculum is broad and varied and provides a wealth of opportunities for children to fully develop their individual strengths, talents and personalities.
Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School has a total of 250 pupils.
Green Flag Award for Bournemouth Collegiate School
Congratulations should go to the Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School Eco Group! Go Green!
Congratulations should go to the Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School Eco Group who were visited last week by the Green Flag team to see if they had done enough to become an "Eco School" with a Green Flag award.
The Eco Group at BCS Prep have been leading whole-school initiatives in three main areas - "marine", "biodiversity" and "waste"; which has increasing recycling, compost collecting and reducing consumption of single use plastic. In order to implement these changes, members of the BCS Prep Eco Group talked in their form groups about the impact of pollution and wastefulness on our marine life. Rebecca Wyatt, Head of the BCS Eco Group added "Our assessor said she was most impressed by all the work we had done and thought we were very lucky to have such lovely school grounds which lent themselves so well to all our work on biodiversity – the bug hotel, planters, wildflower meadow, bird feeders and hedgehog houses."
For the final part of the accreditation process the School's Eco Group gave a tour of the school and answered some very tricky questions on ‘nurdles’ (a type of marine debris) and battery recycling to name but a few! Luckily, the students passed with flying colours and BCS Prep School is now officially an Eco Green Flag awarded School.
Kay Smith, Head at BCS Prep said "The BCS Prep Eco Group have done some fantastic work educating their peers, and staff, as to the positive impact that that small changes (such as bringing your own water bottle to fill up) can have on the world around us. At BCS Prep we encourage pupils to engage with a wide variety of issues from homeless to the environment - it is wonderful to see the students be so passionate and to such great effect!"
Going forward the School will be collecting plastic lids to donate to Lush, a spectacles recycling collection and a plastic free week just before Half Term - no rest for the eco-minded!
Prep school pupils from Bournemouth Collegiate School have swum from Poole to Cherbourg (and a bit more!) in order to raise vital funs for the YMCA, to help combat homelessness in their local community.
Prep school pupils from Bournemouth Collegiate School have swum from Poole to Cherbourg (and a bit more!) in order to raise vital funds for the YMCA, to help combat homelessness in their local community.
Students undertook the event to support World Homelessness Day, helping the YMCA to get homeless people into temporary accommodation, and to support them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to move forward in an independent and meaningful way.
Pupils were sponsored to swim 33.8km (or 1690 lengths of the school pool!) but managed to exceed their target as between staff and students they swam a massive 134.5km (4,751 lengths)! For an entire week, every pupil in their swimming lesson swam in a continuous relay with their peers to clock up the distance. Staff also helped keep the tally up with a couple of early morning swimming sessions!
This tremendous effort by the School community raised a staggering almost £1,400 but the hope that the pupils' incredible feat will inspire generosity of all kinds in the wider community!
Kay Smith, Head of BCS Prep explained "This was a fantastic effort by the BCS pupils to support homelessness. As the winter days become increasingly bitter we are all more acutely aware of the difficulties facing the homeless and we aim to encourage the children to think about the impact of being homeless and consider what it would be like not to have a safe place to live. Raising their awareness in this way, and showing them just how they can make a difference, will hopefully instil a longstanding consideration and empathy for those in difficult circumstances."
BCS Prep School pupils Tom and Will continue to go from success to success with their tennis.
BCS Prep School pupils Tom and Will continue to go from success to success with their tennis.
Tom and Will, seen here with their coach Debbie from West Hants Club who are the School's official tennis partner, have recently returned from the Nationals in Sunderland where they played some brilliant tennis.
Tom won three matches, Will won one, and both bowed out after tough matches against the eventual winner and runner-up. ⠀
Coach Debbie said "Their experience grows each time and we are so proud to be part of this learning process. Fantastic effort both, well done!"
It is a phenomenal achievement for the boys to attend the Nationals - this event was for the top 32 tennis players. Both Tom and Will are hopeful that they will qualify for the next Nationals competition in Bolton next month, and we wish them every success!
Kay Smith, Head of Prep at BCS added "We are absolutely delighted for Tom and Will who have shown such dedication and promise regarding their tennis. We look forward to watching them develop in their tennis careers".
Eight pupils from from Bournemouth Collegiate have taken to the stage to spread some Christmas cheer in Dorset!
Eight pupils from Bournemouth Collegiate have taken to the stage to spread some Christmas cheer in Dorset! Hot on the heels of their performance in "A Mouse in Santa's House" the pupils from the Poole-based School took to The Pavilion's stage for their Centre Stage Christmas Showcase. In front of not one, but two, sell-out audiences the performing arts students gave their all, and in the process helped raise over £1,600 for the School's two chosen charities.
Accepting students from age 4 – 18, Centre Stage offers singing, dancing and acting on Saturday mornings at Bournemouth Collegiate Prep School.
Kay Smith, Head of Prep at Bournemouth Collegiate School said "BCS Prep is proud of the diversity of talents our pupils demonstrate - we have fantastic musicians, dedicated sportsmen and women, brilliants academics and wonderful performers. It is lovely to see our pupils demonstrate their talents to the wider community, and in this case, whilst raising money for charity. What a way to get into the festive spirit!"
Two Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School Pupils, Tom Lloyd and Will Green are causing a bit of a racquet on the tennis scene having travelled to Norwich to compete in a tournament of the top 32 U10 boys in GB.
Two Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School Pupils, Tom Lloyd and Will Green are causing a bit of a racquet on the tennis scene having travelled to Norwich to compete in a tournament of the top 32 U10 boys in GB. The boys did really well, finishing 14th (Will) and 15th (Tom). It was a great first experience for the pair, with lots of learnings to take home. Both Tom and Will are club players at the West Hants club; an official partner of Bournemouth Collegiate School, and their coach, Debbie, from West Hants also came along to support them.
This success follows on the back of their recent coaching by former GB Number 1 Chris Wilkinson; Tom and Will were invited to visit Bath University to attend a regional tennis training camp there where not only were they coached by Chris Wilkinson, but they also had the fortune to be coached by Tom Corrie who heads up Junior Tennis in the South West. The training was such a success that both boys have been invited to another training squad at Bath University before Christmas.
Frazer Wilford, Director of Sport at BCS Prep said "We are thrilled that Tom and Will have been invited to train with the squad at Bath University. We are proud of our tennis programme at BCS; we have a longstanding connection with West Hants which opens many doors for our budding tennis players. I wish both boys every success at their upcoming competition, and congratulate them on making the final 32."
This fantastic achievement by both boys compounds a run of excellent news for the Bournemouth Collegiate School Sports Department, as they have recently been shortlisted for a prestigious TES Award.
Milly Goes to the Second Star on the Right and Straight on Till Morning
Milly Harvey, Year 5 pupil at Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School will be
Milly Harvey, Year 5 pupil at Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School will be lost in Neverland next year when she joins The Pavilion's production of Peter Pan in February. Milly exclaimed "I’m most excited to perform at The Pavilion in the amazing costumes, and give it my best shot!”
Milly will be joining the Lost Boys Gang in the famous J M Barrie play which tells the story of a boy and his friends who enjoy a never ending childhood in the fantastical land of Neverland; this will run at the Bournemouth-based Theatre from 20th - 23rd February 2020. It promises to be a delightful medley of singing, acting and dancing - a real treat with something for everyone!
Kay Smith, Head of Prep at Bournemouth Collegiate School added "Wow - what an achievement for Milly to win a place in this fantastic production. I am absolutely thrilled that Milly's talent has been recognised and she will be able to showcase this to the wider community. Milly is incredibly hardworking, polite and gracious and an absolute credit to BCS Prep - we are delighted that such a wonderful young person has been so successful in her dramatic pursuits."
Cross Country Success for Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory
On the 7th of November on a very wet and windy afternoon eight BCS pupils went to Baiter Park and competed in the PEDDSA cross-country event.
Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School pupils battled against the elements at Baiter Park when they took part in the PEDDSA cross-country event earlier in the month. Despite the wind coming at them sideways, and ending the race covered in more mud than they left behind, all the pupils who took part in the race finished with massive smiles on their faces - testament to their good humour and love of sport.
One student in particular excelled - Seni Purnell - who became the first pupil from BCS Prep to claim first place at the race; beating nearly 150 other girls in the process.
Frazer Wilford, Director of Sport at BCS Prep explained "We are truly proud of all the pupils who took part in the PEDDSA cross-country race; they raced in some truly challenging conditions and showed grit and determination throughout. There were points during the event where it would have been easy (and understandable) for them to give up, but they carried on with great success."
Head of Prep at Bournemouth Collegiate School, Kay Smith added "I am thrilled to hear of the success of our pupils at the PEDDSA event, especially Seni who truly excelled. I am delighted to see that our pupils are demonstrating the tenacity and resilience which we value at BCS Prep."
The PEDDSA results come after a week of sporting achievements for BCS - they have recently been shortlisted for the prestigious TES Sport Award, with the winner to be announced in February.
Muti-talented BCS Pupil, Grace, had more than enough reason to celebrate this Half Term.
Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil, Grace Upshall had not one, not two, but three reasons to really kick back and enjoy her Half Term break!
Never willing to do things by halves Grace won a Young Writers poetry competition about Heroes; passed her 11+ (with 100 points to spare!) and placed third in the Girls U12 Cyclocross race in Fareham. Fittingly, the hero that Grace chose to dedicate her Young Writers poem to, was Katie Archibald Track Cyclist who is one of Grace’s all-time heroes, hopefully she will be able to see it when the Young Writers book is published later this year.
Kay Smith, Head of Prep at Bournemouth Collegiate School said “Wow – what an end to the first half of term for Grace; clearly good things come in threes too! Grace is an absolute asset to BCS and we are thrilled that she continues to go from strength to strength both in, and out, of the classroom. Grace clearly has a very bright future in front of her, and we look forward to hearing of her future successes!”
Grace’s proud mum, Sam added “Grace absolutely thrives on the sporting opportunities which BCS has to offer, whilst maintaining her already high academic standards; the support from all the teachers has been fantastic. Grace is a very keen cyclist across a variety of disciplines - track (we are very lucky to have the outdoor velodrome at Slades Farm), road, cyclocross and mountain bike. She has started competing in track, road and cyclocross races and is doing very well - a great representative for Poole Wheelers Cycling Club.”
Forthcoming Open Days
Bournemouth Collegiate Preparatory School Open Morning
You are welcome to come along to our first Open Morning of 2020, and gain a sense of the opportunities on offer, our pastoral care and our rich curriculum. You will be able to enjoy a tour of the school and drop into lessons of your choice as well as meet our dedicated teaching staff best displaying the nurturing, happy environment in which our students learn. To reserve your place please email email@example.com