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

Bringing the past to life

A village school transported its pupils back in time when it took them to the 1940s to experience life as an evacuee during the Second World War. The children from Witchampton CE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, spent the day on the farm to live the rural existence of a young evacuee. Wearing vintage clothes, the pupils took … Read More

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