The Bourne Academy

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The Bourne Academy
Established 1 September 2010
(as The Bourne Academy)
Principal Jackie Steel
Location Hadow Road
BH10 5HS
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DfE URN 136125 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 554
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Pink, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

The Bourne Academy, formerly known as Kings High School, is a mixed secondary school in Bournemouth, Dorset in England. The school has a specialist status as an Arts College.


1937-1967: East Howe Senior School

The school was built in 1937 as East Howe Senior School for boys and girls. The original East Howe School was built in 1912 by Dorset County Council when the area was rural. The school was brought under the control of Bournemouth Local Education Authority in 1931 when Bournemouth extended its boundaries to include the area. The school grew rapidly and the seniors moved to their new building along Hadow Road (supposedly named after Henry Hadow of the Hadow Report of 1926). During World War II, the school was utilized as a hospital. The original 1912 school is now used as a youth centre.

1967-1999: Kingsleigh Secondary School

In 1967 the boys' and girls' schools merged to become Kingsleigh Secondary School,[1] along with the local infant school and junior school. A number of buildings were added to the school until it was put in special measures.

2000-2009: Kings High School

In 2000 the school was renamed Kings High School. The school was led by Mr Gareth Jones who, within five years, turned Kings High into Bournemouth's most improved school - with 60% of its pupils achieving five A* to C's, compared with 24% in 2001,[2][3] he was promoted to run several schools in London and awarded an MBE in 2006. Kings High School was led by Alyn Fendley up until 2010, the year the school was renovated and deemed 'The Bourne Academy'.

2010-Present: Change to The Bourne Academy, Sixth Form and BSF

On 1 September 2010, Kings High became The Bourne Academy, which still operates out of the old Kings High site, which was renovated. Amongst the changes made during the change, multiple doors were painted pink, along with new tables and chairs and various other smaller changes. The school is also funded by Canford School. The new principal Jackie Steel took over in September 2010.

The Academy is undergoing a government funded revival of schools all around the country. This is called BSF (Building Schools for the Future). The nominated BSF Team from Kings High are attending conferences in Bournemouth and London along with other schools around Bournemouth. The main east and west wing building is pre World War II, but was refurbished in Quarter 2 and 3 of 2012. The Academy has recently built a new science block, design and technology block and a new canteen and dance studio called "The Hub", the newly refurbished main building and Sports Hall and extension of the Science block. The school is currently undergoing 10 million pound building work project due for completion in August 2013, The Academy will also have a new Maths and English block, additional food room, sixth form building, library and reception. The academy will open a Sixth form in September 2013.

Specialist status

The Bourne Academy specializes in Engineering and Performing Arts.