Pupils put their art into helping the environment

More than 900 children put their art and soul into helping the environment when they created an exhibition of recycled sculptures. The youngsters from Heath Academy Trust’s six first and primary schools displayed their magnificent creations – all made from recycled plastic – at a special art exhibition. This display, staged at Horton and Chalbury Village Hall, was the culmination … 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

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