Bourne Grammar mentioned in Tatler magazine.
The School has been included in Tatler’s first guide to the nation’s best state schools.
The magazine has published an annual guide to the top public schools for a decade, but this is the first time it has produced a guide on state schools, explaining that private education is becoming too expensive for its readers and perhaps does not fully prepare children for the real world, ‘where not everything is handed to them on a sterling-silver platter’. The article has hit a chord, sparking interest across not only the national media but also several local radio stations, to whom the Headteacher has given interviews, and the local press (see article in Spalding Guardian here.)
Tatler’s list contains 10 primary schools and 20 secondary schools which they describe as the crème de la crème of the British State system. Bourne Grammar School is the only Lincolnshire school to be included in the list which, according to a report in The Times (4 January), was compiled using the views of parents, students, teachers and heads instead of from league tables. The Tatler write-up cites ‘new buildings, strong discipline, sporting rigour and academic ambition’ as being key attributes of the selected schools. The review for our own School mentions its popularity and expansion, citing the fact that, for the September 2014 intake, 460 children sat the 11+ tests for the 224 places available. Students are now attracted from a widening catchment area that includes Peterborough, Stamford, the Deepings and Spalding. A happy and harmonious environment combined with academic competitiveness has proved to be a winning formula, it says. A parent’s quote which featured read ‘it seems very happy and everyone seems to live in harmony, with no snobbery and very little bullying.’ The Headteacher was particularly pleased to see that saying; 'it rings true and captures the essence of the special atmosphere at our School'.