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.

2019/20120. UK student fees

Full-time GCSEs/A-Levels from £4,974 per term

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2019/2020. International student fees

GCSEs/A-Levels/Foundation courses from £5,730 per term

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2019/2020. Accommodation fees.

Student Residence: £5,880 - £12,367 per annum. Homestay: £6,415 – £9,981 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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School News

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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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