Dinner lady retires after serving three million meals

A dedicated dinner lady has retired after serving at a school for 35 years and dishing up an estimated 3.5 million meals. Diana Light joined The Arnewood School in New Milton, Hants, as a replacement for her mother-in-law Joan Light who had worked there for 27 years.

Brymor Construction unlocks innovation for top school

A cutting-edge teaching facility at a top independent school has thrown open its doors following completion by Brymor Construction Ltd. The Hampshire-based firm designed, built and fitted out the new Innovation Centre with landscaping on the site of a former teaching block at prestigious Marlborough College in Wiltshire, the country’s largest co-educational full boarding school. With more than 1,000 sq … Read More

Hot food for schools back on menu

A school catering provider says free meals are slowly returning to First and Primary schools as teachers adapt to the ‘new normal’. Declan O’Toole of Forerunner Catering, which works across the BCP and Dorset Council areas, says it’s vital that children receive healthy and hot food as winter approaches. All Key Stage 1 children are eligible for free school meals … Read More

Arnewood’s £1m upgrade

The Arnewood School in New Milton is undergoing more than £1m’s worth of improvements in the latest phase of its development. The work will see upgrades to two music rooms, practice rooms and two drama suites.

Tasty tender process is on the school menu

A Dorset catering business is serving up an easy solution for the school meal tender process. Forerunner Catering in Bournemouth has produced a free ‘tender toolkit’ to relieve the pressure on local headteachers and school business managers. Many schools are under the impression that, due to a meal service contract’s value and size, the procurement process is beyond their capabilities. … Read More

Pennyfarthing Homes contributes to new IT suite for Arnewood

A rejuvenated parent’s fundraising group has already raised thousands for its children’s school. In just six months, the newly formed Parent Staff Association (PSA) has raised £6,500 of its £10,000 target to refurbish and equip a new IT suite for The Arnewood School in New Milton. The latest local company to support the parents’ efforts is Pennyfarthing Homes, which has … Read More

Green school meals are on the menu in Dorset

A former marine biologist has used his passion for the environment to help lead the way in creating greener school meals. Declan O’Toole never left his love for the planet behind when he gave up marine biology to run his own Bournemouth-based catering company 15 years ago. Instead he invested that passion into creating a company that serves around 380,000 … Read More

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