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

Hair today – gone tomorrow

When Emma Denton was just five years-old she took the selfless decision to cut off her long auburn hair so another little girl in need could have a real wig. It’s taken nearly two years for her hair to grow back to its original length but rather than enjoy her long locks the generous Merley First School pupil has decided … Read More

Building block for success

The New Year got off to a fantastic start for one Bournemouth secondary school with the opening of a new maths block. Oak Academy now has a dedicated building in which to nurture the mathematical skills of its students. The two-floor building has eight classrooms, study areas and new equipment, including laptops for its sixth form students. Principal, Richard Burgas, … Read More

Skills focus for Young Chamber students

A trailblazing project is set to cast fresh light on the business world for sixth form students at Gillingham School. The school has linked up with the Dextra Group – one of the largest employers in Dorset – for the pioneering Young Chamber Programme. Lighting and luminaire specialist Dextra has sponsored Gillingham School’s membership of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce … Read More

Five-star academy celebrates jobs accolade

It’s already been dubbed the most enterprising academy in the country and now Bournemouth’s Avonbourne Trust has been awarded five stars for preparing young people for work. Avonbourne has become the first  in Dorset to be awarded the Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (BDP) Employment and Education Charter to add to its many other entrepreneurial accolades. The Trust – which is … Read More