Trust scoops top teacher and student awards

A Bournemouth education trust is celebrating a double triumph after winning both teacher and student of the year awards in a competition inspired by Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones. Avonbourne Trust’s director of sixth form, Kathryn Loughnan, and Year 12 student Lydia Hardy, were given the special accolades in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy awards. Kathryn won after being nominated … Read More

A legacy of employability

  A Bournemouth education trust has helped leave a lasting legacy across Europe by helping students become more employable internationally. For the last two years Avonbourne Trust – along with schools in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands – has been heading a ground-breaking EU Erasmus+ project called LEGACY. Together with business partners Microsoft, Bournemouth University (BU), J.P Morgan and … Read More

They’re hired – students pass testing interview challenge

Teenagers from two Bournemouth colleges were given a taste of real life when they were put through a tough job seeking challenge. More than 220 Year 10 students from Avonbourne and Harewood colleges were tasked with applying for their dream job – and then sent off for job interviews conducted by a wide range of local and national employers. In … Read More

Students peer into the life of the House of Lords

Bournemouth students were given a first-hand account of life as a Lord when Labour peer John Whitty paid them a special visit. Lord Whitty visited Avonbourne Trust to encourage students to become more engaged with politics. The former General Secretary of the Labour Party met with Avonborne sixth formers and student council representatives from Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonwood … Read More

Heartfelt business idea wins national award

Bournemouth students following in the path of Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones have shown their heartfelt business plan is no flash in the pan. The four young entrepreneurs from the Avonbourne Peter Jones Enterprise Academy have won a national ‘Flash’ Challenge as part of their Peter Jones Foundation Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course. Students across the country were challenged to come … Read More

Entrepreneurial students show off their business skills

Youngsters aged four to 18 have been learning how education is key to unlocking success in business. The four academies of Bournemouth’s Avonbourne Trust – Avonwood Primary, Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonbourne Sixth Form – dedicated a whole week linking core academic subjects to the business world. As part of this the students were challenged to either make things … Read More

School is where the art is

A Bournemouth education trust held a celebration event to recognise the achievement of students in creative subjects. As many schools up and down the country are downsizing the arts in their curriculum, at Avonbourne Trust art and creative subjects are given high prominence. And its celebration event was an opportunity to not only showcase the arts but also embrace creative … Read More

Avonbourne Trust remembers

A Bournemouth school worker paid a special mark of remembrance at the First World War cemeteries in France. Harewood College’s Annabel Major accompanied her husband, Nigel who works in the Fire Service, on a special Armistice visit to France. While she was there she laid five wreaths on behalf of Harewood College at Thiepval Cemetery, Ulster Memorial Tower, Welsh Division … Read More

Students on path for an inspirational future

A group of Bournemouth students have been inspired to aim high after completing a year-long higher education and careers programme. The 31 Year 10 students participated in Avonbourne Trust‘s bespoke Inspirational Futures programme, which saw them take part in a series of workshops funded by the Southern University Network and supported by business partners. In recognition of their efforts, the … Read More

Avonbourne Trust celebrates great GCSE results

Avonbourne Trust is celebrating an excellent set of GCSE results. At Avonbourne College there was a rise in the number of students achieving top grades, with a high proportion passing both English and maths. In English 83% passed and in maths it was 62% – with altogether 60% passing both key subjects. Avonbourne also saw 55% achieve at least two … Read More