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

Children cook up a real treat

Children at one Dorset school are cooking up a real treat thanks to a three-part culinary extravaganza. The Year 5 and 6 pupils from Allenbourn Middle School are taking part in a special programme that’s being dished up by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA). In its ‘Adopt a School’ scheme, the Academy arranges visits and courses that teach … Read More

An opportunity too good to Passover

Youngsters at one Dorset school received a fascinating insight into Judaism when they took part in a Passover meal. The Year 3 and 4 children at Colehill First School spent the day participating in Judaism workshops. Led by Lynda Ford-Horne of Living Judaism, the workshops gave the children a first-hand experience of following the Jewish faith. Headteacher, Andrew Turrall, said: … Read More

School is where the art is

At one Dorset school children can enjoy a colourful reminder of their Christian faith. St Michael’s CE Middle School in Wimborne has seen one of its walls transformed into a work of art, depicting Biblical stories. And the creation was made possible thanks to professional illustrator Bridie Cheeseman, who supports the school in her spare time. Headteacher, Ron Jenkinson, said: … Read More

Powerful schools’ partnership is strengthened

Two Verwood schools have joined Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), making it one of the biggest multi-academy trusts in Dorset. In what has been described as a ‘powerful partnership of schools’ the additions of Verwood and Hillside first schools has seen the Trust grow to 11 schools. It also means three of Verwood’s four first and middle schools, including Verwood Nursery, … Read More

Ancient Greece inspires children to learn

An east Dorset school made an Olympian effort when it came to inspiring its children to learn about ancient Greece. For one day only the Year 5 pupils at Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood ditched their school uniform for tunics, sandals and laurel wreaths as they turned back the clock to more than 2,000 years. The day was organised … Read More

Children’s messages of peace take flight at Wimborne Minster

Wimborne school children have created a beautiful mark of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Taking inspiration from Salisbury Cathedral’s famous wave of doves, the pupils of Allenbourn Middle School have created a flight of rainbow-coloured butterflies. This beautiful display now takes centre stage at the west end of Wimborne Minster. Allenbourn’s … Read More

BSO Resound strikes a chord with school children

The world’s first disabled-led ensemble, which forms a core part of a professional symphony orchestra, filled a school hall with the sound of music when it treated pupils to an inspirational performance. Lockyer’s Middle School in Corfe Mullen welcomed the BSO Resound ensemble for a concert and question and answer session. The musicians performed to a packed school hall for … Read More

Removing Barriers – helping disadvantaged children reach their full potential

A Dorset education trust has set out how it will ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential. Wimborne Academy Trust hosted its first ever conference to spread its vision to more than 260 teaching, support staff, academy committee members and Trustees. The ‘Removing Barriers’ conference was held at Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne and welcomed four highly regarded … Read More

Wave of remembrance

Wimborne school children are helping to make a wave of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice. The children from Allenbourn Middle School have taken part in a special arts workshop, which saw them create 112 poppies from recycled materials. Those poppies will be added to others that are being made throughout the community to create one giant poppy … Read More