School building named after long-serving governor

A New Forest school has made a touching tribute to its Chair of Governors who has served it for more than 40 years. The Arnewood School in New Milton has renamed its newly refurbished school block the Elizabeth Cook building. Elizabeth has served the school as a governor since 1974 and been its Chair of Governors since 1978. At the … Read More

West meets East

Eight school leaders from Southampton and the New Forest have returned from a fact finding mission to China. The party from Milford-on-Sea CE Primary School, The Arnewood School, Wildern School and Fairoaks Primary School attended two education conferences in Shenzhen. The conferences were attended by more than 600 delegates, including education bureau officials and headteachers, who were keen to gain … Read More

Trust provides all-through education for local children

A multi-academy trust in Wimborne now provides an all-through education for children in the community after welcoming an upper school to its family of academies. Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) School is the latest to join the growing and successful Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) that now teaches children from aged two to 18. Since it was formed in 2015 WAT has rapidly … Read More

Arnewood celebrates excellent GCSE results across the board

The Arnewood School in New Milton is celebrating after seeing its students come away with excellent GCSE results. Overall the school saw 65% of its students achieve at least five 9-4 grades that include English and Maths. And among them were a number of high flying students who have achieved a raft of grade 9s – the new top GCSE … Read More

Excellent A-level results puts Arnewood above the national average

Students at The Arnewood School Sixth Form have turned in another year of excellent A-level results, substantially above the national average. More than 40% of students achieved A*- B grades with all students able to attend the university course or employment route of their choice. Notable results include Victoria Primmer who achieved a Distinction * in Creative Digital Media which, … Read More

Small school wins big praise

One of Dorset’s smallest schools has received gigantic praise following an official inspection. Witchampton CE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, has received the top ‘excellent’ rating from a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspector. The inspector, Susan Bowen, said the school lives by its ethos of having a big heart, with a culture of love … Read More

Plastic rappers strike a chord

Five school girls from Dorset have transformed into rapping stars to urge people to recycle their plastic. The Year 6 girls from Allenbourn Middle School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, so impressed people with their powerful lyrics and catchy tune that they were invited to record a demo at Queen Elizabeth School’s music studio. Now the song has been taken … Read More

Excellent praise for Wimborne school

An east Dorset school has been praised for combining high academic achievement with a creative and nurturing environment. St Michael’s CE Middle School in Wimborne has received the highest possible rating of ‘excellent’ in a recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection. The Wimborne Academy Trust school, the inspector noted, has excellent senior leadership, strong team work, … Read More

Children’s campaign took a lot of bottle

Youngsters at one east Dorset school showed a lot of bottle when they persuaded a milk supplier to switch to more environmentally friendly goods. The children at Oakhurst Community First School and Nursery in West Moors have successfully lobbied for their usual milk cartons and plastic straws to be switched to the greener glass bottles and re-usable drinking cups. Their … Read More

Planting the seeds of success to bloom

Students at one New Forest school are set to dig deep for victory as they enter a floral competition. Seven green-fingered enthusiasts from The Arnewood School in New Milton have designed and planted a new garden area that will be entered in the Britain in Bloom competition. Their new garden for the school will be battling it out in the … Read More