News from Schools
Comment by Derek Holloway, RE Adviser for Dorset, 19 January 2015: with thanks to Dave Francis.
Advice from Derek Holloway, Adviser for RE and Collective Worship in Dorset, January 2015
Bemerton St John Primary School has become the first school in the Diocese of Salisbury, and in Wiltshire, to be awarded the silver RE Quality Mark (REQM).
Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in a recent school inspection.
The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, recently dedicated St Marks' CE VA Primary School in Swanage, Dorset. Here is a brief report.
Entering the international 'Art in Heaven' competition has become a yearly event at Wilton and Barford CE Primary School.
Nearly 1000 people gathered at Weymouth Football Stadium on 4 December for a special carol service.
Dilton Marsh CE Primary School continue their tradition of striking, collaborative displays in school.
Children in Wimborne are hitting the high notes again with their very own version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
Forest and Sandridge CE Primary School, Melksham, has received a glowing school inspection report.
All Saints, a CE Secondary School in Weymouth, has been marked as outstanding in every category.
Things are going well at All Saints CE VC Primary School, Bishops Caundle.
Great progress is being made at St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infants School.
Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy in Great Cheverell, Wiltshire, has received a letter from Nick Gibbs MP after recording 100% results for phonics.
Following a recent SIAMS visit, the inspector praised "High quality first teaching", school leadership, RE provision and effective meeting of learners’ needs.
The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, which supports Church of England schools in most of Dorset, Wiltshire, and Poole, as well as one school in Devon and one in Hampshire, has warmly welcomed a landmark new report into small rural schools.
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Magna Carta has become an iconic document, a symbol of justice and rights for all.
Making a difference? A review of Religious Education in Church of England schools.
St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School, Gillingham, has received an 'outstanding' status in every category in a recent inspection.
Year 13 at Sarum Academy are yet again celebrating a 100% pass rate for their traditional post-16 A level courses.
Footage from Year 6 Leavers at Salisbury Cathedral, 2014
Dilton Marsh CE Primary School is celebrating after winning the 2014 Environmental Youth Awards at The Bath and West Show.
After years of work, a new RE resource for teachers and children's workers was launched by authors Barbara Meardon and Verity Holloway at Sarum College recently.
The Revd Heather Waldsax, Assistant Headteacher, reports...
Mr Nigel Andrews is the new substantive Principal of Southbroom St James Academy, Devizes.
Art exhibitions, country walks and church visits all enrich this school community's life.
On Friday 25 April 2014, the staff and children at Southbroom St James invited a host of parents and guests from the locality to join them in celebrating the life of the school community.
If you've seen the 'Rev' sitcom, you may wonder if Archdeacons ride in taxis and wear gloves. Poppy, Hannah, India and Aimee in Year 3 at Winterslow Primary School met one, and said:
Pupils at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School, Weymouth have created a community safety film.
Tales of hardship prompt trusts to respond to ‘rank discrimination’.
Dilton Marsh Church of England Primary School has embarked on a new initiative to provide a Prison Champion in every school and help prevent inmates’ children from following in their footsteps.
Lucy’s Days Out at Wilton and Barford School- Headteacher's report
Sarum Academy has launched “The Big Write”, its annual writing competition open to all pupils and staff.
The DEC in Wilton has just won an award courtesy of the Salisbury Civic Society. Manager Annette Middleton-Burke takes up the story:
Headteacher Jan Nock explains...
As the cross country season comes to an end, Sarum Academy are celebrating a gold medal and two pupils gaining county trials.
A new website has been set up by the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust, to offer optional support to schools becoming academies.
By the CofE's Director of Communications, 14 November 2013
St George's VA Primary School, Bourton, has had excellent SIAMS inspection results.
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.
Pupils and staff recently took part in the Wilton & Barford Annual Dance Day.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School gained an outstanding SIAS just in time for the school holidays.
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.