The Kings Difference

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.

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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 individual attention

  • Just 4 – 10 in a class at GCSE and A-level
  • Maximum contact time with subject specialists

3. Outstanding examination results

  • Consistently in the top 10% of schools in England

Kings 2018 A-level results:

  • A* pass rate 75% above the national average
  • A*A pass rate 38% above the national average
  • 39% exceeded predictions by two or more grades

Kings 2018 GCSE results include:

  • 81% A* – B (9 – 6)
  • 86% A* – C (9 – 4)
  • 48% Grades 9 – 7 in Maths

4. Support and personal development

  • Extensive personal tutor and pastoral care team
  • Wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • Engagement in work experience projects and research

5. Leading university destinations

  • Extensive and individually tailored support for university degree selection and application
  • Full UCAS guidance
  • Specialist preparation for additional university assessments: UKCAT, BMAT, TSA, LNAT, Personal Statements and Interviews
  • Making the most of your talents and achievements whatever your ambitions may be: Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, Art and Design, and more

6. Global Perspective 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

7. Experienced academic and pastoral team

Kings Bournemouth is a modern independent college with highly experienced and professional staff and academic and pastoral leadership team.

Between them, they have well over 100 years' experience of providing academic and personal support to young people at the most important time of their lives. 

Principal Andrew ShortDr Andrew Short

PhD Applied Physiology, MSc Medical Radiation Physics, BSc Physics, PGCE

Andrew has 15 years' experience as a senior academic, Head of Science and Head Teacher in prestigious schools in the UK and overseas.


Andy PlainAndy Plain
Director of Studies, Kings Bournemouth

Andy works with the whole academic team to provide each individual student with advice on appropriate individual programmes of study and then to support them with the guidance they need to achieve their potential and progression to university.


UCAS Coordinator Kate PursgloveKate Pursglove 
UCAS Coordinator, Kings Bournemouth

Kate manages students' UCAS applications and supports students to progress on to university. She is also a teacher with over twenty years' experience and ensures that students have the necessary skills to succeed in their Higher Education.


8. Credentials you can trust

"The Principal provides strong leadership."

"Senior leaders ensure that the curriculum provides students with a broad range of experiences that go well beyond the core courses they have enrolled on."

"Teachers are adept at welcoming students from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. They build trust quickly with students. Consequently, students are motivated to work hard from the beginning of their courses."

"Their acceptance of each other’s differences leads to a strong feeling of community."

Extracts from most recent Ofsted Inspection Report for Kings Bournemouth (October 2018)

"The leadership of the academic programmes throughout the school is a significant strength of the school. Good communication between staff and careful tracking of pupils' and students' achievements ensures that most participants on academic courses make good progress. There is effective external moderation with other schools to ensure consistency and to share best practice."
Extract from most recent Ofsted Inspection Report of Kings Bournemouth (December 2016)

University of St Andrews logo"The University of St Andrews has admitted students from Kings Colleges who have added to our international community of scholars. Each has immersed themselves in all aspects of University life and came well prepared for the academic rigours involved. I am happy to say that we have been delighted with the students who have come to us through Kings Colleges."

We are inspected and accredited by Ofsted, Pearson, the British Council and the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH).

9. A history of success

Kings Education: 60 years of global success

Kings has been at the forefront of educational success since 1957, when the first college was opened in Bournemouth.

Today we teach thousands of students across our 10 worldwide campus locations. They come to us each year from over 80 countries.

Kings Bournemouth is one of our four leading independent colleges in the UK, our others being Kings Brighton, Kings London and Kings Oxford.

In the US, we operate successful pre-university colleges in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Wisconsin.

We also run pre-university courses in Asia and have a partnership school in Europe.

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10. Kings Social Responsibility

One of the schools we helped build in Cambodia

Sustainability at Kings   Community at Kings   Education at Kings

Sustainability – Community – Education

We aim to make a difference across these three main areas as part of our social responsibility initiatives and we encourage our students and staff to organise and take part in them.

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We are proud to partner with United World Schools, a charity that builds and sustains new schools in some of the world's most disadvantaged regions.

We have committed to support the work of UWS by funding the building and resourcing of at least one new school each year, which we do through student and staff fundraising.

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Kings Bournemouth
58 Braidley Road
Bournemouth BH2 6LD

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