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

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

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

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

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

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