News from Schools
By the CofE's Director of Communications, 14 November 2013
The end of term has ended quite differently for staff at Sarum Academy as pupils have gone to their holiday early and the serious business of moving out of the old building ready for the move in to the new has begun.
Pupils from St John’s CE Primary School in Warminster will have their art featured in a display at the National Gallery as part of the national ‘Take One Picture’ initiative.
A report by Emily Johnson, Year 4, Wilton and Barford Primary School.
The first school inspected under the new SIAMS framework has been graded 'outstanding' in all categories.
One of the last schools to be inspected under the SIAS framework has passed with flying colours.
St Marks Talbot Village has confirmed its outstanding status in a recent SIAS evaluation.
Wilton and Barford Primary School have issued a report on their week's activities.
The Department for Education has approved the Diocese of Salisbury as the main sponsor for school support across most of Wiltshire and Dorset, the two main counties within its boundaries.
Leaders must have discontent with the status quo, a vision for how it could be better and the courage to say so, according to Canon Keith Lamdin who delivered an acclaimed talk at a recent Diocesan Conference for Headteachers (Wednesday 6 March).
St Aldhelm's Academy, Poole, is undergoing refurbishment ahead of an official opening in September this year.
The inaugural Check-it-Out at Sarum Academy, a week of activities and events led in partnership with local Christian charity The Bridge, took place recently.
Wool CE VA Primary School sports teams are going to cut quite a dash in forthcoming inter-school fixtures thanks to their new sponsored kit.
St Aldhelm’s Academy are delighted to have achieved an 800-percentage-point increase from 2011 on their 2012 headline GCSE results, achieving 28% 5 A* to C including English and mathematics.
Sarum Academy has released two new YouTube clips with staff and pupils talking of visits made, establishing links with schools abroad as part of their cultural exchange programme.
Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School gained an outstanding SIAS just in time for the school holidays.
Blandford St Mary have recently gained outstanding status for their SIAS report. Schools RE Adviser Derek Holloway commented: "The school has a very strong head and an excellent RE coordinator- in fact, we are using her work as part of our assessment in RE CPD!"
Church Schools in Wiltshire and Dorset have scored success in this year’s Primary school league tables, with Milldown CE Primary and Durweston CE VA Primary School coming joint top in the Key Stage 2 tables for Dorset.
St Nicholas’ Church of England VA Primary School impressed the SIAS inspector, who noted, "Christian values have a significant impact on the whole curriculum and the school is particularly inclusive."
Salway Ash CE VA Primary has been praised in a recent SIAS inspection, which also commented on its "strong Christian role models", "well established links between school, church and wider community" and "creative curriculum".
A recent SIAS inspection praised Dilton Marsh CE VC Primary for their "strong Christian vision", "outstanding, innovative and vibrant curriculum" and "real sense of community".
The Dorchester School, a new academy, recently scored a double outstanding in both Ofsted and SIAS inspections.
Pupils at Wilton and Barford Primary School had a special visitor recently, in the shape of the new Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry.
Amelia French, a Year 8 pupil from South Wilts Grammar School, opened the new Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton today (16 October), together with the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, and the Earl of Pembroke.
High standards, developing an inclusive community and transforming the aspirations of young people are key to the work of Sarum Academy.
Research on attitudes to RE was conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) and published ahead of the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on RE.
Both Ofsted and the National Society have praised the school’s overall effectiveness, noting that "exceptionally strong leadership has ensured very high standards of teaching across the school."
Year 13 pupils at Sarum Academy have dramatically exceeded all previous A level results highlighting the continual improvement taking place in the church sponsored academy.
Chair of governors Tessa Kline recently spoke in glowing terms about Joss Jewell, head of Chapmanslade CE VA Primary School for 10 years.
Broad Chalke Primary School have gained Outstanding status in recent Ofsted and SIAS inspections.
Bishop Wordsworth Academy, Salisbury, has gained Outstanding status in its recent SIAS report.
A “delighted” audience at Sarum Academy gave a standing ovation following performances by pupils, La Folia and the Community Choir.
A report from Wilton and Barford Primary School
Children from Wilton and Barford Primary School enjoyed fun and healthy activities during their Healthy Schools Week recently.
ITV's Diarmuid Gavin recently helped set up a new garden at Heytesbury School.
Sarum Academy are “so proud” that the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force of the same name have passed their first inspection, and been graded as “up to standard”, having been open barely a year.
Hundreds of Year Six pupils from across Dorset and Wiltshire gathered for four days at Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate the move to secondary school and to participate in Olympics-themed activities and services.
School pupils across Wiltshire and Dorset submitted two types of design for a thank-you card to HM the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. The competition winner was Amelia French, a Year 7 pupil from South Wilts Grammar School.
School pupils across Wiltshire and Dorset are being given a chance to submit two types of design for a thank-you card to HM the Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne, has received a second successive Outstanding in a recent SIAS inspection.
Piddle Valley Church of England Voluntary Aided First School, near Dorchester, recently received outstanding status in both Ofsted and SIAS inspections.
Vocational learning is a key part of the Sarum Academy curriculum and has gone from strength to strength in the last 12 months. A strong collaboration with the Edexcel exam board and regular monitoring visits have ensured that the learning experience for the pupils is high quality.
Pupils cut the turf at a ground-breaking ceremony at Sarum Academy, Salisbury today (Tuesday 15 May).
The Principal of Sarum Academy, Ruth Johnson, said today that she was disappointed by an “inaccurate and misleading local media report “ relating to the number of pupils on roll at her school.
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, opened Seend CE VA Primary School's new extension on Friday 31 March.
On Thursday 22 March, the children of Robins Class, St Nicholas’ Primary School, held a mock Baptism for one of the class dolls.
Work continues at the Church of England's new Education Centre in Avenue Way, Wilton.
Pupils and staff recently took part in the Wilton & Barford Annual Dance Day.
St George's VA Primary School, Bourton, has had excellent SIAMS inspection results.