Bourne Community College is a growing and unique 11-16 mixed comprehensive Trust school, valued and supported by the local community. We have been reaccredited with the Unicef Rights Respecting Schools Award ‘Gold’, which very few secondary schools hold in the country and we are on our journey to become excellent in every way.

We have high expectations for our students and of our staff. We aim to provide the highest quality education in an atmosphere of mutual respect where everyone is valued. We are a fully inclusive school where each individual is supported to develop and nurture the values, skills and attributes that will enable them to become the very best that they can, regardless of their individual needs.

The Bourne Community College will admit students in accordance with West Sussex County Council’s current admissions guidelines.

If the number of applications for Bourne Community College is within the admission limit (180), places can normally be offered to all who apply. Where there are more applications that the admission limit, places are normally allocated in order of priority as follows –

Any child with an Education Health and Care Plan naming the school will automatically be admitted to that school, under Section 43 of the Families Act 2014.

  1. Looked after children (children in public care), children who were previously looked after who ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. This includes children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. Evidence must be provided.
  2. Children who are subject to a special guardianship order who have not previously been in local authority care. Evidence must be provided.
  3. Children who need a place at the school on exceptional and compelling social, psychological or medical grounds. Evidence must be provided.
  4. Children who live in the catchment area with brothers or sisters already attending the school and who will still be there when the child starts.
  5. Other children who live in the catchment area.
  6. Children who live outside the catchment area with brothers or sisters already attending the school and who will still be there when the child starts.
  7. Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time which the admission to the school is made; and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. Evidence must be provided.
  8. Other children who live outside the catchment area.


Admission procedures are operated through West Sussex County Council. Further information is available from School Admissions –

Pupil Admissions Office Tel: 033 301 42903



1 month ago
Bourne Community College has had some brand-new diverse art graphics installed across the school, linking to different curriculum areas. - all of which have been welcomed by staff and students alike.
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We were immensely proud to hold a celebration for our 2020 Cohort of students who left us during the height of the pandemic in March 2020. We were delighted to see them at the Langstone Harbour Hotel. It was a wonderful evening and a delight to catch up with the students.

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