Kings Bournemouth


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 115 (Boys) 115 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 14-19 years
  • Founded: 1957

Open Days

We have regular Open Days in the Autumn and Spring Terms. As personalized, independent schools we understand that our students and their families are concerned to ensure they have the most appropriate environment and study plan to meet their individual circumstances. We offer all students the opportunity to come for an individual consultation to discuss their specific circumstances, meet the Principal and other key staff and have a tour of the college. Please contact us to arrange your individual appointment.


We provide a range of GCSE, A-level, Year 12 Transfer Programmes, International Foundation and Language Courses for day and boarding students. September and January start dates.

2020/2021. UK student fees

2 year A-Level course and Medical Foundation course: each £27,180 per annum.

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2020/2021. International student fees

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2020/2021. Accommodation fees.

Student Residence: £5,972 - £12,727 per annum. Homestay: £6,615 – £10,284 per annum.

School Contact Details

Kings Bournemouth
58 Braidley Road

[t]: +44 (0) 1202 293 535

Location Description

Bournemouth has the relaxed and friendly feel of a beach resort, but as a thriving university city it has plenty for its large student population. It enjoys a great location, with miles of sandy beaches and easy access to the beautiful New Forest national park. The College is within easy walking distance of the town centre and beach.

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Our new ‘Fast Track to Work’ programme offers a fresh approach to studying and working in the UK, giving

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students aged 17+ the opportunity to gain paid work in Bournemouth’s booming hotel and hospitality sector. Paid positions are available as chefs, receptionists, sommeliers, housekeeping, bar staff and kitchen staff with one of our selected superior hotel partners in the town such as the Hilton, the Marriot, the Oceana Group and the Marsham Court.

Hotel managers are on the look-out for bright, hard-working staff with a strong work ethic and a good level of English to fill paid positions. There is currently a particular shortage of chefs in the local area.

The programme comprises an integrated 4-week training course with specific language training in English for the Hospitality Industry. During the course, students are equipped with the functional language required to work in the sector. We look at body language, how to stand, how to talk to customers, how to serve drinks and food, how to take an order, how to answer the phone and how to present yourself to employers. We offer a CV clinic. We provide interview practice. We ensure that students are well-coached and ‘match ready’ when they arrive for interview.

Students are then matched up with a suitable vacancy in one of our partner hotels in the town. The first week of work acts as a ‘trial’ or unpaid placement. On successful completion of the one-week trial, students progress on to paid work in the hotel and undertake their functions alongside colleagues in the hotel. Participants receive at least the minimum wage (from April 2020 this is £6.45 for those aged 18-20; £8.20 for those aged 21-24 and £8.72 for those aged 25+) and can earn very well by working overtime on evenings, weekends and at special events such as wedding receptions. Most positions are permanent and open-ended. Hotels prefer candidates who can commit to at least a 6-month stay.

The course is led by well-known hospitality training ‘guru’, Simon Scarborough, who has 25+ years’ experience in hotel management and is particularly skilled at matching participants to suitable positions.

The programme has three start dates per year: 16 March 2020; 15 Jun 2020; 2 November 2020 designed to coincide with particularly busy periods in the town.

Bournemouth is one of the fastest-growing towns on the south coast and one of the UK’s premium holiday destinations attracting over 4 million visitors a year. The town is known for its quality of its hotel provision, conference facilities and vibrant events and music scene. The town is home to over 250 hotels and guest houses to cater for the influx of visitors. There is no shortage of work!

The ideal candidate profile is 17 – 35 years. The programme is available to EEA and Swiss nationals, or Youth Mobility Scheme Visa holders (Tier 5). Minimum entry level is Intermediate (B1) for all positions except Receptionist (Upper-Intermediate, B2).

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more! We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students to Bournemouth soon.

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Long-term student Kotaro Nishimura, from Japan, recently studied the Diploma of Intensive English course for 40 weeks at Kings Bournemouth. We spoke to

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him about Bournemouth, his lessons and social activities.

Hi Kotaro, where are you from?

I am from Japan. My home city is Fukuoka in the south part of Japan.

Why are you improving your English?

Especially for finding a job, because there are Japanese companies that recruit people who can speak English.

What jobs in particular will you be looking for?

I’m not sure but maybe I would like to work for a trading company.

What made you decide to come to Kings Bournemouth?

I asked my agent to look at schools with a nice place, with different activities to do, which is why I chose it.

What course are you taking?

I am doing general English, as well as some SIG (Special Interest Groups) such as listening and speaking, and reading and writing. Also a business class which I find very interesting. We have discussions about real problems within a company and my teacher gave us a lot of knowledge about specific things in a business.

In your English classes, what do you enjoy the most, and what do you find challenging?

I think the most enjoyable and most challenging is the same thing, exchanging my opinion with other students is the most challenging but most enjoyable as well. And I find it very helpful to see the improvement with my English.

Have you made any friends during your time at Kings?

Yes some other Japanese students and some other Asian students from Taiwan and Korea. Also some European students and South American too.

Where are you staying?

I am living in a private flat next to the gardens, which is nice and peaceful. Sometimes noisy at the weekend, but I like it.

Have you taken part in any of the extracurricular activities at Kings Bournemouth?

Yes I have been playing football at Littledown on Fridays and Saturdays. I think playing sports is a good opportunity to meet and talk to new friends. I also have been on some different trips to Bath and Old Harry Rocks.

What do you think of the school’s location?

I think in SPQ (St Peter’s Quarter) where I have my classes it’s perfect because it is close to the town centre. And in the summer I like it because very close to the beach to go and relax after classes.

What are your plans after your time at Kings?

I am first going to take a short holiday to Barcelona to have a break from studying. Then I am going to move back to Japan to study at university, after I would like to find a job at a trading company in Japan.

Please tell me about your best memory during your time at Kings?

I think especially meeting my new friends and spending time with them socialising and having fun together. I am sad that I will be leaving but I want to stay talking to them and see them after I leave also.

What would you say to anybody that is considering coming to study at Kings?

I think that choosing Kings Bournemouth is a very good choice because it has a great location and the people at the school are nice and helpful. You will also make lots of new friends.

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Oscar Bushell, a student at Kings Bournemouth, has been successful in securing his place at the University of Surrey to read BSc Business

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Management (Entrepreneurship), his first choice. His father said:

“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 at Kings Bournemouth and can look forward to commencing his undergraduate studies at a top university later this year.” Mr Bushell.

Oscar’s story:

Hi, my name is Oscar Bushell.  I’m preparing for university entrance at Kings Bournemouth. I take Art, Government and Politics and Business. It’s very enjoyable and I really like Politics. We talk about different ideologies, different ways of thinking and why people think a certain way. For Business it’s the same thing, why people make the decisions they make. I’ve always enjoyed Art, I’ve done it for a few years and I just wanted to take it again for a subject. Here we have a really nice teacher. He’s really friendly, always encourages us, keeps us doing our work and everything like that.

The teachers

Teachers seem to spend more time looking at how we revise and are we going in the right direction of the course; if we understand everything, because there’s a lot of material. A big benefit of that is its definitely more focussed revision time and more study time. I didn’t have that in my old school as much..

The course

This whole course and support prepares us for university and a lot of kids go straight to university from school and they don’t know how to plan their time, plan their hours; when should I revise, when should I have a break? Kings definitely helps here, I learn much more about how to manage my time. So that’s definitely a huge benefit for me going into the next thing, which is university of course.

“ Hearing from my other friends: here, most of them got their first choice university too so I think that also goes to show that Kings does support you extensively in getting to the next stage in your life. ”

University offers

My first-choice university is Surrey doing a BSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship), I think it’s a really nice course. Your first year you’re in the UK learning new things at the university and learning by going to work in different businesses as well. Then in your second year you get to go abroad as part of the course, you go do another year in another university. So hopefully I’m going to America for my second year. It seems like a very good course and I’ve had a few friends who’ve done this or a similar course at Surrey and they were really happy what they learned, know and what they did.

I applied to Surrey, Bournemouth, Reading, Winchester and Royal Holloway. I got offers from all of them, thankfully, but at the end of the day I thought Surrey was the better choice for what I wanted to do.

Personal tutor support

Sean (Personal Tutor) helped me a lot, I have to say he did a lot. You know I came in on some days and he just gave several hours to discuss where I wanted to go. I applied quite late compared to everyone else. Everyone applied much faster because I didn’t make the decision and then I decided to go and to get these choices at the last minute stage, it just goes to show how much dedication Sean put in to trying to get me to get my choices and I got all of them! So I’m very thankful for him for helping me there.

Previously I didn’t even think about going to university, I was doing work experience and other things. And now I’m here and having come that far and actually seeing the next stage of my life at university and then what I’ll do after that. Kings definitely helped me in that area a lot. I think everyone is different. We all know of some people who just want to go to university ‘because they want to go’. But I spent time to really think about it. Kings has given me more confidence and ensured that the decision I’m making is the right decision for me.

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At Kings, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, or ‘enrichment’ activities as they are also often known, alongside their

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main academic studies.

These activities range from participating in student councils and committees and nationally-accredited award schemes (such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award), to joining clubs and societies. Kings Bournemouth offers a host of different options including sports clubs such as Badminton, Basketball, Football, Tennis and Volleyball; creative activities such as Arts and Crafts, Cookery and Origami; and clubs with a more academic focus such as Business Enterprise, Chemistry and Computer clubs.

The Enrichment Programme at Kings also enables students to take part in both local and international volunteering and fundraising schemes, and to complete work experience placements if they wish.

There are many benefits that come from involvement in these activities and schemes, some of which are highlighted below.

Developing new skills

Whilst many enrichment options give students the chance to further skills within a specific subject or hobby, such as Maths or Photography, for example, extracurricular activities are also great for developing softer, more transferable skills. These can include skills such as public speaking, working in a team and time management skills.

Developing new interests

One of the great things about the Kings enrichment programme is that it can allow students to explore completely new interests that they wouldn’t otherwise have been exposed to. They can also provide a great chance for students to broaden their horizons and their understanding of the world, particularly within the context of school which welcomes international students from a wide range of countries.

Helping students stand out within university and job applications

Extracurricular activities can help ensure students have plenty of evidence to include in both university and job applications that demonstrates they are well-rounded and have plenty of transferrable skills. For example, participation in Student Councils or on the Kings Business Enterprise scheme can show an ability to work as part of a team — or as a successful leader if a leadership position was held — and the determination to achieve goals.

Negin is currently completing a Medical Sciences degree at the University of Leeds. Speaking to us about her experience at Kings, she referenced how useful the enrichment programme had been when it came to applying to university.

“I did Biology club and UKCAT. UKCAT classes really helped me prepare for my UKCAT exam for entering the university. Biology club was more of a fun class that we could do exciting experiments that were not usually part of our study. I was also part of the Student Council. In my first year, I was the head of Charity Committee and the second year I was the secretary. Writing about my responsibilities during this time in my personal statement helped me to show the universities that I have some experience in leadership, which was an essential skill for my course.” 

Complementing academic studies with a way to relax

Enrichment activities can often provide a very welcome alternative to the rigours and intensity of academic study. Undertaking activities that complement class-based learning with a more relaxed pace, or which help keep the body fit as well as the mind, can be of huge benefit to our students.

Providing opportunities for socialising

Being a member of a club or committee is a great way to spend more time with peers and make new friends. Given that extracurricular activities may be undertaken with people that students don’t usually interact with, it also offers the potential to meet new people with similar interests and to build friendships outside of the usual circles. This ensures that social networks are widened, and that communication and interpersonal skills are honed.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

The extensive range of opportunities available add to all aspects of students’ personal development and well-being.


“Students take part in a range of extra-curricular activities, including sports and cultural events. For example, students are preparing a production of ‘The Tempest’ for the end of term. Students’ confidence and emotional health and well-being are promoted well by these activities.” Kings Bournemouth Ofsted Report, 2018.

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2019 is shaping up to be yet another exciting year of success for students at Kings Bournemouth.

All students benefit from a structured and personally tailored

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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. They are assisted to identify the most appropriate degrees and specialist institutions to meet their individual ambitions in their chosen subject and professional areas.

University Offers continue to be confirmed and it is interesting to see the wide range of subjects, prestigious universities and leaders in their fields for which our student have already received Offers. These include:


Actuarial Science; Biomedical Science; Business and Management; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science; Digital Culture; Economics; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Film and Television and Digital Production; Financial Economics; Forensic and Medical Sciences; History; International Relations with Spanish; Languages, Cultures and International Relations; Law; Mathematics and Statistics; Management with Entrepreneurship; Mechanical Engineering; Peace Studies and International Relations; Podiatry; Pharmacy; Product Design; Product Design and Technology; Politics and International Relations; Psychology; Social Psychology; Sociology; Sports Management and Coaching; Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television and many more!

Leading and Specialist Universities:

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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Luis Vidal Larios, from Mexico, studied the Diploma of Intensive English course for 6 months at Kings Bournemouth. We asked him what he thinks about

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Bournemouth, and the activities he has been taking part in.

Why are you improving your English?

Learning English is very important to me as it’s a popular language. In Mexico I study and I work for my father’s company, which I hope to expand in the future. All the tourists, when they come to Mexico, speak English and I want to be able to talk to them.

What made you decide to come to come to Kings and choose the course you are doing?

Kings was recommended to me by others back home and it has a lot of pre-arrival information. I thought the UK and Bournemouth wouldn’t have many Spanish speakers so I would have the best opportunity to learn English.

How is the course going?

Really well! The teachers are very good and everything is very helpful. I now study exam skills with a really good teacher who is helping me improve my English.

Where are you staying?

I am staying in the Kings Beach residence and I love it. The people who work there are so nice and are always willing to go out their way and help me. I really feel like I am cared for there.

Have you taken part in any of the extracurricular activities at Kings?

Yes. I take part in lots of the activities. Extracurricular activities are a great way to meet new people from different classes and buildings, that you normally would not spend time with.

I like to go and play sports, especially soccer with other people. I also really like the weekly guided self-study group because it helps me with my writing, speaking and listening. My favourite activity is the cooking activities as I can meet lots of people from different countries and we try food from each other’s cultures.

I don’t go on many of the excursions because I prefer to book things myself. I am travelling to Budapest, Prague and Vienna soon with a group of Mexican students I met at Kings.

Have you made many friends?

Yes, I have made a lot of new friends and I am very close to some of my classmates.

What do you think of the school’s location?

I really like Bournemouth. It is filled with lots of very nice and helpful people. I also like visiting the nearby Jurassic Coast and Southampton is a fun place to visit.

Have you experienced other English language schools?

I studied for a month in another school in San Francisco, in the USA. My siblings also studied there but it wasn’t as good as Kings. The problem with studying in America is that there are so many Spanish speakers and most of the students are Spanish speakers. Kings is much better for learning English as there is a bigger variety of nationalities in the class.

What would you say to anyone considering coming to Kings to study?

It’s a great opportunity and I would recommend coming here. The teachers are very good and the staff are very helpful. You will learn a lot studying at Kings Bournemouth.

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January 21st saw the beginning of an action-packed week for a group of 37 Italian ASL students, who came to Kings Bournemouth for an intensive

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week of English with Business. Anne Powell reports back on their work-related programme.

The students soon settled into their lessons, designed with a focus on brands, marketing and international business, and were eager to be able to practice their language skills in this.

Of course to prepare for the business world, knowing the skills that are needed is an important factor — so Tuesday afternoon saw all students taking part in an Employability Skills workshop. They worked on exercises that helped them to identify their own personal skills and strengths and learnt to put these into a Curriculum Vitae to present to future employers.

One of the main points was discussion on how business skills can be developed through work experience, volunteering and company visits, and this is just what the students had a taster of over the next couple of days.

A visit to Barclays Digital Eagle Lab enabled students to see the space developed by Barclays to support entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses in developing their ideas. Barclays Digital Eagle Lab offers spaces for co-working, private offices and event space, plus advice and mentoring for start-up businesses. Students were able to see the available machines like 3D printers and laser cutters used to develop prototypes of all sorts and were able to chat to some entrepreneurs using the facilities before completing a trail with clues to find and assess businesses and marketing in the area.

Students also got the chance to visit Kingfisher Barn Ecological Centre where they learned how the centre helps to take part of important local sites of natural interest and braved the cold temperatures to take part in some volunteering cleaning up the paths and areas.

On their last day, students demonstrated all the skills they had learned over the week with group presentations of their advertising campaigns to promote new product ideas they had developed. Along with evening activities of a quiz night and bowling, the students had a lot of fun and finished off their week with a trip to Corfe Castle and the Jurassic Coast, where they were all stunned by the beauty of Durdle Door and enjoyed the fresh sea air.

All teachers, staff and activity leaders involved agree that it was a great pleasure to have such a lovely group of students and leaders and we were sad to see them go.

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