A beacon of education

A Wimborne school has been declared a beacon and pioneer of church education in a glowing inspection report. St John’s CE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, has been judged excellent across the board in a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection. After giving the top possible rating, the inspector Lizzie McWhirter said that St John’s … Read More

Hats off to Children’s University graduates

A special university to enrich young children’s learning has celebrated the achievements of dozens of New Forest school pupils. The Children’s University is a national scheme, run locally by a small charity called The Hive and in partnership with Inspire Learning Partnership. It works to develop a love of learning in children by encouraging participation in extra-curricular activities in and … Read More

Hats off to school performance

Audiences went mad for a fantastic school production of Alice in Wonderland. Hightown Primary in Southampton chose the Lewis Carroll classic for their annual after-school club, Stage School performance. A cast of 23 took to the stage where they wowed audiences over two performances. The talented youngsters were supported by a team of staff volunteers who gave up their time … Read More

Pupils put their art into helping the environment

More than 900 children put their art and soul into helping the environment when they created an exhibition of recycled sculptures. The youngsters from Heath Academy Trust’s six first and primary schools displayed their magnificent creations – all made from recycled plastic – at a special art exhibition. This display, staged at Horton and Chalbury Village Hall, was the culmination … Read More

Pupils take shelter this inclement summer

Youngsters from one east Dorset school learned the art of survival as they battled the elements of an inclement British summer. The Year 2 pupils from Hillside First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, took part in a ‘Survival Day’ as part of their geography lessons. And their survival instincts were needed when they spent their time outdoors on a … Read More

A legacy of employability

  A Bournemouth education trust has helped leave a lasting legacy across Europe by helping students become more employable internationally. For the last two years Avonbourne Trust – along with schools in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands – has been heading a ground-breaking EU Erasmus+ project called LEGACY. Together with business partners Microsoft, Bournemouth University (BU), J.P Morgan and … Read More

School receives excellent praise

  An east Dorset school has been praised as ‘excellent’ following an official inspection. Verwood CE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), has been judged as a vibrant Christian community where pupils flourish academically, socially and emotionally. The praise came from a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspector,  Lorraine Pugh, who visited the school last … Read More

Pooling around the Jurassic Coast

Pupils from one east Dorset school dipped their toes into the world of geology and ecology when they spent the day on the Jurassic Coast. The Year 7 youngsters from Wimborne Academy Trust’s Allenbourn Middle School left their inland classes behind to spend time investigating the coastal habitat of Kimmeridge Bay. For their fact finding mission they looked at Kimmeridge’s … Read More

They’re hired – students pass testing interview challenge

Teenagers from two Bournemouth colleges were given a taste of real life when they were put through a tough job seeking challenge. More than 220 Year 10 students from Avonbourne and Harewood colleges were tasked with applying for their dream job – and then sent off for job interviews conducted by a wide range of local and national employers. In … Read More

Children swing into sporting action

Hundreds of east Dorset school children tried their hand at golf when they took part in a special festival. Hosted by Wimborne Academy Trust’s (WAT) St Michael’s CE Middle School, almost 300 Year 3 and 4 pupils from 10 schools attended the Tri Golf and Multi-skills festival. Schools that took part included WAT’s Colehill First, Witchampton CE First, Merley First, … Read More