Kings Bournemouth
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
14 - 19
Other independent school

How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted report
Full Report - All Reports
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths
Small Data Set
3 A levels at AAB or higher inc. two facilitating subjects

Secondary Data
Explained for parents
Day Fees Per Term

Leaver Destinations

58 Braidley Road
01202 293535

School Description

Kings Bournemouth provides a contemporary alternative for ambitious students who are looking for a mature yet supportive learning environment. We provide a community in which students can express their own identity and explore their interests and we support them in becoming independent learners and responsible young adults. Teachers and students work together in partnership, on a first name basis without uniforms and assemblies, exploring the subject areas to gain an in-depth understanding of the course content, and to develop and apply transferable skills. Examination structure and techniques are assessed in detail, and personal strategies developed to maximise the results achieved. Learning is contextualised to facilitate understanding and provide inspiration for students in their choices for further studies and potential careers. This is augmented by a range of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to add to our students' experience and university applications. Our team of personal tutors, welfare support team and UCAS advisors monitor every aspect of our students' personal and academic development. Students are guided through their exploration of the opportunities available to them at university; identifying the most relevant options for their individual interests, learning styles and ambitions, and ensuring they are fully prepared for the application process. This includes guidance and coaching for any additional assessment or interview requirements. We provide a range of GCSE and A-level programmes to enable ambitious students to achieve their full potential and aspirations.

Kings Bournemouth Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Excellent all round”

I cannot speak more highly of my son’s experience on his academic studies at Kings Bournemouth. The transformation of his academic prospects over the last year has been remarkable. The teaching and wider support he has received from both the academic and administrative staff have both been excellent. More than anything he has enjoyed his time in Bournemouth and can look forward to commencing his undergraduate studies at a top university later this year.
“Kings has had a very positive influence on my sons’ progress and outlook”

I checked out many schools when looking for the best option for my sons but found that only Kings provided the environment that we were looking for. When they joined the college, I was certain that I had made the best choice. Kings has had a very positive influence on my sons’ characters and they are now more studious than before and I'm really satisfied with the service and support Kings provide. Kings follow the students' academic progress closely, and whenever the boys need more time or support with their studies, the school has a plan and continues to closely monitor their progress. This includes monitored study within the school’s boarding residence. My sons have regular counselling about their degree and university options and full support through the UCAS process. They also participate in and enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular and social activities. There is a great relationship between staff and pupils at the school and they love the Principal, Dr Andrew Short. As a mother, I am very pleased with Kings, all the support provided and their quick replies to my requests and questions. Mrs K
“A grown up 6th form option with great student support”

We looked at a lot of options for my son for A level before choosing Kings. It felt like a lot of schools give students "freedom" in Year 12 and 13 but, in reality, this can mean a lot of free study time and less support. Kings feels like a bit like mini university so it has a grown up feel but the staff are very on it. I think my son still needed a lot of guidance but Kings have a different way of delivering it - and they seem to get the results. I'd call the level of help we've been given in relation to the UCAS application exceptional.
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News, Photos and Open Days from Kings Bournemouth

Last update: 13 September 2021


Learn more about the opportunities at Kings, meet the Principal and get to know the college.


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1. Student-centred ethos

- Highly personalised approach to learning and pastoral development

- Friendly and empowering college community — on a human scale


2. Exceptionally small classes and personalised attention

- Just 4 – 10 in a class at GCSE and A-level

- Maximum contact time with subject specialists


3. Outstanding exam results

- Outstanding ‘value-added’

- 39% exceeding predictions by 2 or more grades

- 2019 45% A*A at A-level

- A* 75% above national average

- 2019 GCSEs 82% Grades 9 – 4 (A* – C)


4. Personalised study plans

- Two-year and one-year intensive programmes

- Flexibility to combine courses e.g. A-levels with GCSE resits

- Resit and Retakes

- EPQ and Trinity Arts Award


5. Support and personal development

- Extensive personal tutor and pastoral care team

- Wide range of extra-curricular activities

- Engagement in work experience projects and research


6. Leading university destinations

- 86% A-level students with offers from Top 20 universities

- Extensive and individually tailored support for university degree selection and application

- Full UCAS guidance

- Specialist preparation for additional university assessments including: UCAT, BMAT, TSA, LNAT, Personal Statements and Interviews

- Work experience and research opportunities

- Make the most of your talents and achievements whatever your ambitions including: Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, Art and Design; the choice is entirely yours and we will support and guide you every step of the way.


7. Global reach and opportunities

- Develop a global outlook for your future

- Assess opportunities for further study in the UK or overseas

- Share ideas and concepts with students from across the globe

Why Kings is the perfect bridge to university


Kings has an extensive enrichment programme through which students can learn new skills, develop existing hobbies and interests and add to their UCAS applications.

We know that getting into a good univeristy is more than about just good grades.

Activities vary throughout the year, making the most of relevant opportunities, and are detailed in a monthly enrichment calendar. These include:

·       Sport and fitness clubs

·       Creative clubs

·       Academic Clubs

·       Duke of Edinburgh's Award

·       Student Council

·       Model UN

·       Kings Business Enterprise

·       The Kings Community Award

·       National Citizen Service

·       Work Experience and Volunteering

·       Trinity Arts Award

·       Academic visits and weekend excursions

·       Lecture programme and guest speakers

Click the link below to view our termly events. 

Our Enrichment Calendar




All students benefit from a structured and personally tailored University Application Programme. They are supported throughout the whole process by our team of experienced expert academics and counsellors. Students’ choice of university may be influenced by a range of factors and are encouraged to explore their opportunities in detail. 

University Offers continue to be confirmed. Current offers are from:

Arts University Bournemouth, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Brunel, Bournemouth, City, Dundee, Durham, East Anglia (UEA), Goldsmiths, Imperial College London, Kent, Kings College London (KCL), Kingston, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary, Reading, Roehampton, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, SOAS, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex, University of the Arts London (UAL), University for the Creative Arts (UCA), University College London (UCL), Warwick and more.

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Meet the Head: Dr Andrew Short

Dr Andrew Short was appointed Principal in September 2017. He has been in education all his working life, beginning his career as a physics teacher, through to Headships. He has extensive teaching and management experience in the private and state sector in the UK and in international schools overseas. He also advised UK independent schools on strategic, operational, development and compliance as Operations Director for a private sector organisation. Andrew holds a PhD (Physiology), MSC (Medical Radiation Physics), BSc (Physics) and PGCE.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I consider it important to be a lifelong learner. Until recently I had a research career parallel to my career in education and I think that it was this educational curiosity that almost accidentally took me in to education. I initially thought that I would try teaching for a short while, without any specific desire for it to develop as my career. A quarter of a century later I still enjoy thoroughly enjoy teaching physics and mathematics. So, my inspiration came from exploring something that I knew little about at the time and finding that I actually really enjoyed the whole process and interaction of teaching and learning.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

This is an almost impossible question to answer because there are so many achievements which can all be judged against such differing criteria. What I can say with some certainty is that they nearly all involve students and how they achieve. In modern education we quite correctly are far more focused on the value that we add to students’ lives rather than the vagaries of raw exam performance and from this point of view, students achieving, and often exceeding, challenging predictions that are personal to them, always makes me proud.

What does a successful school look like to you?

A safe and secure environment which prepares young people for the stresses of modern life by ensuring that they understand the benefit of lifelong learning, and are able to make informed decisions based on calculated risk.

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

There are many ways in which modern schools should equip students to cope with modern life but I think that foremost amongst these is the ability to question. If young people have the ability and confidence to ask the question “why?” then real societal change can follow.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Inclusive, Cohesive, Respectful, Tolerant, Forward-thinking. 

Kings Bournemouth Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.