Trust provides all-through education for local children

A multi-academy trust in Wimborne now provides an all-through education for children in the community after welcoming an upper school to its family of academies. Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) School is the latest to join the growing and successful Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) that now teaches children from aged two to 18. Since it was formed in 2015 WAT has rapidly … 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

A grand day out as grandparents go back to school

  A Dorset school welcomed more than 100 grandparents for a special afternoon of thanks and celebration. St John’s CE First School in Wimborne held its annual ‘grandparents’ day’ as a show of appreciation to the very important role these men and women play in their pupils’ lives. For their visit, the nans and grandpas were given a guided tour … Read More

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

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

Gift of giving

Patients at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital are to benefit from a sporting fundraiser by a water industry contractor. BTU, which employs 260 people and provides mechanical and electrical work for Southern Water’s water and wastewater supply assets, donated £500 to the Rocky Appeal. The money was raised by a memorial golf day that BTU, headquartered near Portsmouth, runs annually for the late Dave … Read More

Me and my shadow

Parents in one east Dorset community went back to school for the day.  Their return to the classroom was organised by their children’s school, Allenbourn Middle in Wimborne.  They were invited to drop into the school, which is part of Wimborne Academy Trust, and see first-hand how their children are taught in a special Year 5 shadowing week.  Headteacher, Cindy … Read More

School turns back the clock

A Wimborne school celebrated its 140th birthday by turning the clock back to Victorian times. St John’s CofE First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, transported back to 1877 when pupils and staff wore Victorian costume. They were also joined by former members of staff and ex pupils for the day-long celebrations. Head of School, Katharine Anstey, said: “We had … Read More

QE School celebrates Good Ofsted

Staff and students at Wimborne’s Queen Elizabeth’s School are celebrating after Ofsted judged that the school continues to be ‘Good.’ Ofsted inspectors visited the school last month to see if Queen Elizabeth’s School (QE) previous rating of ‘Good’ could be upheld. The verdict was that the quality of education, the school’s clear determination to improve and its strong sense of … Read More