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Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

We believe in 'Inspiring Lives Through Learning'. The education we provide is guided by our school values of Ambition, Curiosity, Pride, Purpose, Respect and Support.

Cheltenham Bournside School is a large non-selective comprehensive school in Cheltenham with 1800 pupils. We have pupils from 11-18.

Bournside's school crest contains the historic motto: 'Usque ad finem'. It means 'Until the end'. It means we will be with our students and trainees every step of the way. It means to go to the utmost extreme in pursuit of excellence: to give your all, to travel as far as can be travelled, to do as much as can be done.

Our inclusive school community offers excellent teaching, compassionate pastoral care and we aim to provide the biggest and brightest co-curricular and employability offer in the county to ensure our students leave us prepared for their next steps.

We focus on understanding every individual's strengths and challenges so you can quickly and happily feel part of our school community. Both teaching and support staff are committed and hardworking, all believing firmly that we should help students to be and do their best. We welcome trainees and value their contribution to our school.

About our school experience


We are proud to host trainee teachers at Bournside. While gaining experience here, you will:

-Observe lessons in a variety of subjects and age ranges
-See a range of different teaching styles and approaches
-Learn more about what teaching looks like today
-Experience daily life, systems, routines and structures in our school
-Shadow a teaching assistant for the morning
-Understand the different pathways into teaching
-Be supported by our Initial Teaching Training Lead member of staff

Start and finish times
8:45am to 12:10pm - Flexible

Exact timings will be as agreed with each individual applicant. Please let us know your requirements.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

We work closely with three ITT providers:
-GITEP SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training provider) - a unique collaboration between all the secondary schools in Gloucestershire
-University of Gloucestershire
-University of Worcester

At Bournside we also offer Teacher Taster Days during the autumn term. During a Teacher Taster Day you will have the chance to:

-Observe lessons in a variety of subjects and age ranges
-Learn about the latest research-based approaches in teaching
-Collaboratively plan a short lesson and deliver it to our students
-Hear from one of our providers about the different pathways into teaching and the application process

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Photo identification: Passport or Driving Licence
    • Must have a degree
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement dates

Date School phase Experience type
8 November 2024


All subjects

In school Start request


Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3EF
Map showing Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

Yes - on site parking provided

We have on site school car park and/or nearby on-street parking

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3EF
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health and social care
  • History
  • Languages (other)
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish