Sporting success boosts exam performance, claims school

Bournemouth Collegiate School has seen its performance improve in both the sports department and exam hall

Bournemouth Collegiate School (BCS) is claiming that a strong set of summer exam results was due in part to its “thriving” sports programme.

While the institution’s sports department rose nine places in the independent school ranking, 2019 saw GCSE students achieve a 94% pass rate and the school placed in the top five per cent for A-level results.

This, says BCS, is no coincidence, citing such Public Health England reports as the 2014 study which found that: “Promoting the health and wellbeing of pupils and students within schools and colleges has the potential to improve their educational outcomes and their health and wellbeing outcomes.”

Champion dancer, Glenn-Richard Boyce

Among the school’s sporting success stories are motor racer, James Hedley, currently testing in Formula 4 following a title win in the UK’s longest running junior series, and Glenn-Richard Boyce, who won the Ten World Dance Championship in Italy.

“We understand that students who regularly take part in physical activity are not only following their passions,” said BCS head, Russell Slatford.

“[They are also] developing essential cognitive control skills, deepening memory retention, and forming habits in motivation, teamwork and decision-making that transfers into academia and beyond”.


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