A legacy of employability

  A Bournemouth education trust has helped leave a lasting legacy across Europe by helping students become more employable internationally. For the last two years Avonbourne Trust – along with schools in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands – has been heading a ground-breaking EU Erasmus+ project called LEGACY. Together with business partners Microsoft, Bournemouth University (BU), J.P Morgan and … 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

They’re hired – students pass testing interview challenge

Teenagers from two Bournemouth colleges were given a taste of real life when they were put through a tough job seeking challenge. More than 220 Year 10 students from Avonbourne and Harewood colleges were tasked with applying for their dream job – and then sent off for job interviews conducted by a wide range of local and national employers. In … 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

Education trust makes top new appointment

A successful and expanding education academy trust has made a top appointment to ensure its schools are the best in Dorset. Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), home to 11 first and middle schools across the east of the county, has appointed former headteacher Brian Boyes as its new Director of Improvement. This is a newly created role for the Trust and … Read More

Students peer into the life of the House of Lords

Bournemouth students were given a first-hand account of life as a Lord when Labour peer John Whitty paid them a special visit. Lord Whitty visited Avonbourne Trust to encourage students to become more engaged with politics. The former General Secretary of the Labour Party met with Avonborne sixth formers and student council representatives from Avonbourne College, Harewood College and Avonwood … Read More

Emmanuel’s Got Talent!

Talented Dorset school children took to the stage and showed they have really got talent. The pupils of Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood wowed audiences when they showed off an array of many different performance skills in their own ‘Got Talent’ show. Inspired by the popular ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent, the youngsters put on such a good show … Read More

Race in memory of a special life

A Dorset headteacher and a school governor are joining forces to run in the Paris Marathon in memory of a much-loved former pupil. Clare Hewitt, headteacher of Sixpenny Handley First School, and governor Sharon Carter, are taking on the 26 mile race in memory of Emily Brown who lost her brave two-year battle with cancer last year aged just seven. … Read More

What an ice way to learn about science

Youngsters at one Dorset school spent a whole week unearthing new discoveries in a fun-packed Science Week. Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, staged daily fun scientific activities for its pupils to try out, including taking part in a dry ice extravaganza. With a special theme of ‘journeys’ a different activity was held every lunchtime … Read More