GCSE results increase across the board

Bournemouth’s Oak Academy has seen its GCSE results increase across the board. Overall, 40% achieved the standard grade 4 and above in English and maths – an increase of 5% on last year. And this year more than half of all students (54%) achieved at least the standard pass of grade 4 in maths – an increase of 10% on … Read More

Oak A-levels on the up

Oak Academy has seen increases across the board in this year’s A-level results, with every student who applied securing a university place. The A-level and vocational combined average grade is a C, up from a low D last year. And the average grade for vocational qualifications is now an impressive Distinction*, surpassing last year’s good grade of Distinction. Almost twice … Read More

New school partnership celebrates a year of success

Bournemouth children enjoyed a successful transition day to secondary school armed with the knowledge that they had scored excellent SAT results. The Year 6 youngsters from Elm Academy spent the day at their sister school Oak Academy, with both West Howe schools celebrating a year of success. Elm has just recorded significant increases in this summer’s provisional SATs results, beating … Read More

Students aid trip to Africa

Thirteen students from Oak Academy and LeAF Studio in Bournemouth are leaving for a mercy mission that will see them help a poverty-stricken community in Malawi. The students, aged 16 to 19, will spend 11 days in Nkhata Bay, Malawi, with the CRED Foundation – a charity dedicated to transforming lives in Third World countries. As part of their trip … Read More

Democracy gets students vote of approval

Election fever arrived at one Bournemouth secondary school when its under 18s were given the chance to feel part of the General Election. Although the youngsters of Oak Academy cannot influence for real who the next Prime Minister will be, the school ensured they were engaged in the democratic process through holding its own mock election. Oak’s junior leadership team … Read More

Students’ ‘tor’ de force

Six Bournemouth students became the first team from their school in four years to successfully complete the gruelling Ten Tors challenge. The students from Oak Academy walked the arduous 35 mile route across the hills of Dartmoor in just two days and without any adult assistance. But it was not just two days of hard work and determination that pulled … Read More

Elm wins the spirit of Rock Challenge

Bournemouth school children shone brightly in the junior version of Rock Challenge, winning the Spirit award. Competing against primary schools from across Hampshire, Elm Academy was the only Dorset school to pit its entertainment wits in the regional ‘J Rock’ competition. And with their version of Beauty and the Beast, the talented Elm children were judged by all the participating … Read More

On course to being a master chef

A teenage cook sensation from Bournemouth is on course to be a top chef after scooping a top prize in a culinary competition. Oak Academy’s Kian Johnson has been crowned the Bournemouth and Poole winner of the Young Rotary Chef competition – going one better than his runner-up spot last year. And the 14 year-old so impressed judges that he … Read More

Building block for success

The New Year got off to a fantastic start for one Bournemouth secondary school with the opening of a new maths block. Oak Academy now has a dedicated building in which to nurture the mathematical skills of its students. The two-floor building has eight classrooms, study areas and new equipment, including laptops for its sixth form students. Principal, Richard Burgas, … Read More

Students’ gifts will bring joy to the world

There will be children across the world that will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the generosity of Bournemouth students. The caring students from Oak Academy came together to fill 147 boxes full of festive goodies. Those boxes are now being flown across the world as part of the Samaritans’ Purse campaign to provide hope to children in desperate situations. … Read More