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

The Moor the merrier

A group of mums who raised more than £100,000 have opened a brand new play park on their estate – with a wheelchair friendly picnic table funded by DWP Housing Partnership.

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

Businesses back care lifeline

Dorset Chamber has launched a groundbreaking fund to transform the life chances of disadvantaged young people in care. It has founded ‘Dorset Chamber Life Skills’ as one of the crowning initiatives of commemorations to mark its 70th anniversary in 2019. The fund will raise money to provide life and employability skills for the rising number of young people in care … Read More

REIDsteel flies flag for livery hangar

Dorset steel firm John Reid & Sons Ltd (REIDsteel) has won a new contract for a major hangar at a South East airport. The firm is providing the design, fabrication and installation of steelwork and cladding for a replacement aircraft painting and livery facility, which will also be able to accommodate larger aircraft at Southend Airport. It is set to … Read More

Capital fundraiser for sailing trust

A Dorset charity which helps young and disabled people go sailing is set for a major boost from an epic overnight fundraiser. A 15-strong team from blue chip firm Knight Frank Investment Management LLP (KFIM) is tackling a 24 hour sponsored cycle and run for the Chesil Sailing Trust (CST) and national disability charity Sense. They will undertake the gruelling challenge … Read More