New school partnership celebrates a year of success

Bournemouth children enjoyed a successful transition day to secondary school armed with the knowledge that they had scored excellent SAT results. The Year 6 youngsters from Elm Academy spent the day at their sister school Oak Academy, with both West Howe schools celebrating a year of success. Elm has just recorded significant increases in this summer’s provisional SATs results, beating … Read More

School aims for 100%

A Bournemouth school has seen its attendance records boosted after introducing a raft of incentive measures. Elm Academy has launched various schemes to encourage all its children to aim for 100% attendance. Each half term the class with the best attendance receives a trophy, which takes pride and place in the classroom. And at the end of every term all … Read More

Elm wins the spirit of Rock Challenge

Bournemouth school children shone brightly in the junior version of Rock Challenge, winning the Spirit award. Competing against primary schools from across Hampshire, Elm Academy was the only Dorset school to pit its entertainment wits in the regional ‘J Rock’ competition. And with their version of Beauty and the Beast, the talented Elm children were judged by all the participating … Read More

Swimming siblings are making a real splash

A brother and sister duo from Bournemouth is making a real splash in the sport of swimming and surf lifesaving. Spencer and Beatrice Ben-Scully, who attend schools in the LeAF Academy are winning competitions in both the pool and out on the open waters. And now the pair is set to face their biggest challenge – competing next month in … Read More

Tea for two generations

Bournemouth students put in an Olympian effort to bring joy to dozens of older people in their community. The LeAF Academy joined forces with the charity Faithworks Wessex to host a summer Olympics party, which saw their special guests treated to entertainment, afternoon tea and games. Students from the Elm Academy, Oak Academy and the LeAF Studio performed favourite songs … Read More

Sixty years old but school still rocks

A Bournemouth school turned back the clock to jive and rock its 60th birthday celebrations. Current and former staff and students came together for a 1950s themed party to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the Elm Academy. Elm began life in 1956 as West Howe County Primary School. Since then its name has changed a few times but there are … Read More

Schools celebrate Queen’s 90th

Bournemouth school children put out the bunting to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style. Youngsters at the Elm Academy wore red, white and blue, took part in regal activities and celebrated the day with a street party. Meanwhile their older peers from sister schools LeAF Studio and Oak Academy also came dressed in the patriotic hues of red, white … Read More

Juniors are up for the challenge

When it comes to taking part in their first ever Rock Challenge, one Bournemouth primary school did not have to look too far for inspiration. The youngsters from Elm Academy have had the full support of their sister senior Academies, Oak Academy and LeAF Studio – perennial winners in both the Bournemouth and Southern Premier Rock Challenge finals. After years … Read More