Education trust makes top new appointment

A successful and expanding education academy trust has made a top appointment to ensure its schools are the best in Dorset. Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), home to 11 first and middle schools across the east of the county, has appointed former headteacher Brian Boyes as its new Director of Improvement. This is a newly created role for the Trust and … Read More

Students peer into the life of the House of Lords

Bournemouth students were given a first-hand account of life as a Lord when Labour peer John Whitty paid them a special visit. Lord Whitty visited Avonbourne Trust to encourage students to become more engaged with politics. The former General Secretary of the Labour Party met with Avonborne sixth formers and student council representatives from Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonwood … Read More

Emmanuel’s Got Talent!

Talented Dorset school children took to the stage and showed they have really got talent. The pupils of Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood wowed audiences when they showed off an array of many different performance skills in their own ‘Got Talent’ show. Inspired by the popular ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent, the youngsters put on such a good show … Read More

Race in memory of a special life

A Dorset headteacher and a school governor are joining forces to run in the Paris Marathon in memory of a much-loved former pupil. Clare Hewitt, headteacher of Sixpenny Handley First School, and governor Sharon Carter, are taking on the 26 mile race in memory of Emily Brown who lost her brave two-year battle with cancer last year aged just seven. … Read More

What an ice way to learn about science

Youngsters at one Dorset school spent a whole week unearthing new discoveries in a fun-packed Science Week. Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, staged daily fun scientific activities for its pupils to try out, including taking part in a dry ice extravaganza. With a special theme of ‘journeys’ a different activity was held every lunchtime … Read More

Art project set to make environmental waves

Children across Dorset schools are making a real splash to highlight the damage plastic is causing the oceans. Youngsters from Heath Academy Trust’s six first and primary schools are embarking on an ambitious art project to turn plastic washed up on local beaches into sculpture for a special art exhibition. They are being supported by local artist Peter Marjoram, who … Read More

Nest helps children to fly high

Fawley Infant School, part of Inspire Learning Partnership, has a dedicated room called the Nest to help nurture children’s social and emotional development as well as providing an additional teaching space. The area has been transformed from a dark L-shaped room into a light and airy space with its new large window, new floors and brightly painted walls. Principal, Hayley … Read More

Children cook up a real treat

Children at one Dorset school are cooking up a real treat thanks to a three-part culinary extravaganza. The Year 5 and 6 pupils from Allenbourn Middle School are taking part in a special programme that’s being dished up by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA). In its ‘Adopt a School’ scheme, the Academy arranges visits and courses that teach … Read More

A helping hand

For six weeks youngsters from one Dorset first school have been learning about all the professionals that help people. The reception class at Hayeswood First School in Wimborne have received visits from police officers, firefighters, a lollypop lady and even a vicar. And their topic culminated in a dressing-up day when they got to come to school dressed as their … Read More