Wings of remembrance

A ‘stunning’ sculpture of an angel has been installed in a Dorset school as a memorial to one of its former pupils. The sculpture was commissioned by St Michael’s CE Middle School in Wimborne to celebrate its core Christian values. Also, as part of a legacy to student Sophie Carpenter, who passed away 10 years ago, aged 12, the school … Read More

Two wheels are better than four

Dorset school children made a big push for wheel power with a concerted drive to leave their parents’ cars at home. Youngsters from Emmanuel CE Middle School in Verwood swapped driving and walking to school for wheeling in on bike or scooter. The school, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, was taking part in the sustainable charity Sustrans’ Big Pedal challenge. … Read More

Witchampton children go on safari

As the temperature heated up so did the adventures for children at one Dorset school. As part of their topic on Africa, the youngsters from Witchampton CE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, went on safari. And thanks to the April heatwave the little ones were also able to enjoy African-like weather for their endeavours. The year one and … Read More

Hats off to school performance

Audiences went mad for a fantastic school production of Alice in Wonderland. St Michael’s CE Middle School in Wimborne chose the Lewis Carroll classic for the bi-annual performance staged by its Year 7 and 8 pupils. A cast of 63 took to the stage at the Layard Theatre in Canford School where they wowed audiences over three nights. And they … Read More

Science put under the microscope

  Youngsters at one Wimborne school spent a whole week unearthing new discoveries in a fun-packed Science Week. Allenbourn Middle School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, staged daily fun scientific activities for its pupils to try out. With a special theme of ‘explore and discover’ a different activity was held every lunchtime for the children to pop in and try. … Read More

School celebrates Good Ofsted

Students and staff at St Michael’s CE Middle School in Wimborne are celebrating a Good Ofsted report. And there was further reason to cheer as this was the first Ofsted inspection carried out within Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) since it was formed three years ago. St Michael’s was judged ‘Good’ across the board and Ofsted praised its headteacher, Ron Jenkinson, … Read More

Learning in the great outdoors boosts classroom performance

A Poole school has seen a “huge” difference since introducing its children to learning in the great outdoors. For more than a term now, Merley First School has been holding Outdoor Adventures sessions for pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3. And the school, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, says these weekly sessions are having a significant beneficial impact on … Read More

New year, new beginnings for Dorset school

Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) has welcomed a new school to join its family of academies. Emmanuel CoE Middle School in Verwood is the newest member of the Trust and joins seven other first and middle schools in the east Dorset area. A top priority for the Trust will be moving Emmanuel out of special measures and bringing it in-line with … Read More

Christmas came early to Colehill First School

Christmas arrived early at one east Dorset school when the whole day had a festive theme. Youngsters at Colehill First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, enjoyed a special yuletide timetable. School uniforms were swapped for Christmas jumpers and Santa hats, reindeer antlers and sparkly tinsel were the obligatory headwear. Heateacher, Andrew Turrall, said: “The last week of term before … Read More