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Bourne Academy is situated on Edinburgh Crescent, to the north of the town next to the Leisure Centre. The school badge represents the "Wake knot", a heraldic device referring to the Wake family, previous Lords of the Manor of Bourne, and similar to the carrick bend.
The college was originally part of the Star Lane Board School, which is now the Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, a primary school. Following the Education Act 1944 the secondary school was divided out and moved to temporary premises at a separate site in 1946. In July 1958 the first permanent buildings were opened at Edinburgh Crescent, and the school adopted the name Bourne County Secondary School. In 1987 the name was changed to the Robert Manning School in honour of Robert Mannyng of Bourne (c. 1275 – c. 1338). The sixth form started in 1988, and in 1989 extension premises were opened by Kenneth Baker, Secretary of State for Education. In 1999 the school attained Technology College status and the name changed again, to Robert Manning Technology College.
In January 2007 it was announced that, in recognition of its excellence, the school had been invited by the government to apply to take on a second speciality in Vocational Education, and that its application was successful. Due to the school's new speciality, the Governors decided to change the name once more, to the Robert Manning College.
Due to a successful application, as of the 2011-2012 academic year, Robert Manning is an academy and in recognition of this, they changed their name to Bourne Academy.
- List of schools in the East Midlands
- Bourne Grammar School
- St. George's College of Technology, a similar school in Sleaford
- "School’s name changes to Bourne Academy". The Bourne Local. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- College website
- Rex Needle Bourne website article on the College
- Specialist Schools and Academies Trust website