Our Academy

Our Ethos and Values

Bournville is an academy with a proud history and distinct tradition. Before Bournville became a comprehensive school in the 1970s it was previously two sibling grammar schools: Bournville Girls Grammar School and Bournville Grammar-Technical School For Boys, previously known as Bournville Boys Technical School. The technical school for boys, the city’s first technical school, opened in October 1955. The pioneering technical school later combined with the girls’ grammar school on the same site. The boys’ school was organised along ‘Public School’ lines with four houses—Belmont, Griffin, Manor and Woodlands.

We stay true to our traditions and roots at Bournville –our students wear their blazers and ties with pride. We have a proud musical and sporting history and we are unashamedly ambitious for all our students. Every child that passes through the Bournville gates is a ‘Griffinian’, following in the footsteps of thousands of ‘Old Griffinians’ who have walked our schools corridors and succeeded in our classrooms. The Griffin is the symbol of our school and a unifying force in binding us all along our shared mission and values.

Recently we have re-connected with many ‘Griffinians’, past students and staff.  We were really pleased to hold a coffee morning and hear their stories as they shared precious memories with our prefects. 


If you are ‘Griffinian’ yourself, please do contact us as we’d love to hear about your time at Bournville School using the e-mail address    post@bournville.fmat.co.uk


The Bournville School Way

Our culture is what you see and feel as you walk around our school.

The vision, values, mission and expectations guide our behaviour and beliefs, influencing the norms and habits of all members of our school community it’s just ‘The Bournville School Way’.


Our Vision:

Bournville School aims to develop articulate, resilient and ambitious students, regardless of background, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to excel in modern Britain.


Our Values:

  • Excellence – We strive for the highest quality to ensure excellent outcomes
  • Dedication – We believe there is dignity in hard work and effort
  • Ambition – We want the very best for our students
  • Integrity – We believe in openness and transparency
  • Tradition – We believe in old fashioned manners, courtesy and respect

Our Mission:

To STRIVE for success

  • Self-Discipline
  • Tolerance
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Virtue
  • Empathy

Our Expectations:

  • Ready
  • Respectful
  • Safe