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

Students’ ‘tor’ de force

Six Bournemouth students became the first team from their school in four years to successfully complete the gruelling Ten Tors challenge. The students from Oak Academy walked the arduous 35 mile route across the hills of Dartmoor in just two days and without any adult assistance. But it was not just two days of hard work and determination that pulled … Read More

Ambitions and LeAF academies welcome new partnership

Poole-based Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT) is welcoming three schools to its family. Elm Academy, Oak Academy and the LeAF Studio, which formed the LeAF Federation in West Howe, will become the newest members of AAT. And the Trust, which has an impressive track record in improving schools, is already making a major impact on the former LeAF academies. AAT was … Read More

On course to being a master chef

A teenage cook sensation from Bournemouth is on course to be a top chef after scooping a top prize in a culinary competition. Oak Academy’s Kian Johnson has been crowned the Bournemouth and Poole winner of the Young Rotary Chef competition – going one better than his runner-up spot last year. And the 14 year-old so impressed judges that he … Read More

Rainbow run produces a pot of gold

It was colourful, messy but most of all a fun way for students to raise more than £1k for two causes close to their hearts. The students of Oak Academy in Bournemouth took part in a mile-long ‘Rainbow Run’ to raise money for the school’s adopted charity, Ashley’s Birthday Bank, and for the Jack Gudge memorial, a fund set up … Read More

LeAF Academy nets great A-level results

Students from Bournemouth’s LeAF Studio and Oak Academy have shone in this year’s A-level results. As the nation celebrates a record breaking medal haul in the Olympics, potential future Olympian Harry Jones has netted three great A-levels whilst also representing England in Volleyball. The talented LeAF Studio student scored an A in English Literature and two Bs in Biology and … 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