Schools march back in time

Children from across east Dorset are marching back in time as their schools bring history to life. The Heath Academy Trust has teamed up with Bournemouth-based Treehouse Theatre Company to hold a History Month throughout March so pupils from its six schools can experience life from yesterday. From prehistoric times to the 16th century shenanigans of the Tudor Kings and … Read More

Students and apprentices bridge the gap

Apprentices inspired the next generation when Dorset’s pioneering Young Chamber Programme was launched at the Avonbourne Trust in Bournemouth. They gave more than 50 students from the trust’s Avonbourne Sixth Form, Avonbourne College and Harewood College an insight into the world of work. Former student Lauren Moss, 19, now working at investment banking giant JP Morgan, was among the apprentices … Read More

Ambitions and LeAF academies welcome new partnership

Poole-based Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) is welcoming three schools to its family. Elm Academy, Oak Academy and the LeAF Studio, which formed the LeAF Federation in West Howe, will become the newest members of AAT. And the Trust, which has an impressive track record in improving schools, is already making a major impact on the former LeAF academies. AAT was … Read More

Singapore Maths comes to the south-west

A Dorset teaching school is helping to introduce the world’s most successful maths method to the UK. Wimborne Teaching School – part of Wimborne Academy Trust – has joined forces with the Maths — No Problem! organisation to help UK teachers learn the Singapore maths method. For years, Singapore has topped the international league tables when it comes to students’ … Read More

Grammar schools could end one of the biggest social injustices

An education expert has said new grammar schools could end unfair social selection and decades of under performance by white working class children. Teacher, author and former government advisor, Dr Stephen Curran, said the comprehensive system has failed generations of white working class children and now is the time to end one of the biggest social injustices of all. And … Read More

Avonbourne gets a peace of the action

Students from Bournemouth are set for an inspirational experience thanks to the support of local Rotarians. Fourteen students from Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonbourne Sixth Form will be attending the PeaceJam Youth Conference where they will get to meet Nobel Peace Laureate and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee. Their attendance has been made possible thanks to Bournemouth East … Read More

Oarsome record breakers

A group of Bournemouth students have rowed themselves into the record books. Twenty-eight boys from Harewood College and Avonbourne Sixth Form have smashed the British Junior Under 20s ‘large team’ 100km indoor rowing record. They demolished the previous record of 6 hours 37 minutes and three seconds, set in 2008, by a whopping one hour and eight minutes. The boys … 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

Hitting the high notes

Talented students from a New Forest school wowed packed audiences with their sell-out production of High School Musical. More than 70 students from The Arnewood School in New Milton performed in the mammoth production, which was held across three nights and has been in the planning since June last year. Starring Year 11’s James Hilton-Foster and year 12’s Daisy Sheppard, … Read More