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by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2019 01:16 PM
"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank
Holding Hands Across the Earth

Holding Hands Across the Earth

by Michael Ford 14 May 2019

Trent Young's CE School in Dorset has sent a unique interfaith message of support to a school on the other side of the world.

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The Christingle Orange gets an apple makeover in Portland

The Christingle Orange gets an apple makeover in Portland

by Michael Ford 9 May 2019

Children in one Portland church school have been learning all about "the Holy Apple" this week as the Christingle Orange got a fruit makeover for the Summer Term.

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You can recycle THAT?

You can recycle THAT?

by Michael Ford 7 May 2019

National Waste-Free finalists in Blandford are showing us the way to go in recycling, upcycling, repurposing, and the circular economy.

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Lights, Camera, St George's!

Lights, Camera, St George's!

by Michael Ford 2 May 2019

ITV has visited Semington St George’s CE VC Primary School in Wiltshire, which has made significant progress in the last two years. Local girl turned Head Teacher Jackie Chalk tells us more:

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Lilliput's big vision of love, respect and service

Lilliput's big vision of love, respect and service

by Michael Ford 16 April 2019

Lilliput Church of England Infant School has gained Excellent plaudits in a recent inspection.

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Making a Dent with an Egg

Making a Dent with an Egg

by Michael Ford 9 April 2019

Special Easter eggs and handmade cards are one Dorset school's way of making a ‘Dent in Loneliness’ this Easter.

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"There really is a donkey!"

"There really is a donkey!"

by Michael Ford 2 April 2019

Imagine you're a Primary School child. You're playing Jesus and you're told to go and find a donkey outside. And lo and behold...!

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Shining a light and opening doors

Shining a light and opening doors

by Michael Ford 26 March 2019

Swanage St Mark’s Primary has been graded Excellent in a recent school inspection.

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Poem inspired by Trout

Poem inspired by Trout

by Michael Ford 26 March 2019

A poem about not wasting water written by a pupil at Baydon St Nicholas Primary School was inspired by looking after a trout.

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Lunching in Lent

Lunching in Lent

by Michael Ford 28 March 2019

A revolving catering team of year groups from one Dorset school has raised over £500 with their Lent Lunches for Christian Aid's Sudan Appeal.

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'Learning Alongside' in British Science Week

'Learning Alongside' in British Science Week

by Michael Ford 19 March 2019

A number of our schools recently ran conferences, taster sessions and workshops, some involving parents, to encourage science and engineering skills.

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Towards Christian life, learning, and love

Towards Christian life, learning, and love

by Michael Ford 13 March 2019

Woodford Valley VA Academy has been graded Excellent in a recent school inspection.

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Followers open "wonderful" Community Café in school

Followers open "wonderful" Community Café in school

by Michael Ford 12 March 2019

"Whose great idea was this? It is just wonderful!" was the response of one young mum to the launch of a new Community Café in Salisbury's newest Church School as part of a joint venture between the school and local churches.

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Can't wait to Open the Book

Can't wait to Open the Book

by Michael Ford 5 March 2019

A Year 6 class in Wiltshire has written a special thank you letter to their Open the Book team as the national Bible story telling programme celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Here we come a'shroving

Here we come a'shroving

by Michael Ford 5 March 2019

A Headteacher in Dorset says hers is the last church school in the country to take part in the ancient tradition of 'Shroving'.

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At the heart of Rethinking Resilience

At the heart of Rethinking Resilience

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

“The day put children and young people firmly at the heart of the day’s thinking” was the verdict of the team from the SDBE who attended the Church of England’s Foundation of Educational Leadership conference.

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Climate change - "young people get it"

Climate change - "young people get it"

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

The Church of England’s General Synod has voted overwhelmingly to ‘step up its environmental programme in response to the escalating threat of climate change’.

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300,000 children to get Prayer Map

300,000 children to get Prayer Map

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

Hundreds of thousands of school children will receive a free ‘prayer map’ as part of a new national commitment to children and young people’s ministry within the Church of England, which will focus on building confidence for families to pray at home.

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Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

School Leaders new to role in the last 18 months were commissioned into the Diocese in a ‘first of its kind’ service at the Diocesan Education Centre.

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School Church

School Church

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

‘Should it be Church School or School Church?’ was the question asked at a Workshop at Diocesan Synod on Saturday [16 February 2019].

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Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

To mark ten years since the Trussell Trust founded the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FCSI) in Bulgaria and started their Shoe Box appeal, they are holding a charity concert at St Paul’s Salisbury.

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Talking Positively About Mental Health

Talking Positively About Mental Health

by Michael Ford 12 February 2019

Manor Park CE First School, Dorchester, held its first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 4 to Friday 8 February.

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MATs are our future

MATs are our future

by Michael Ford 5 February 2019

Our Diocesan Director of Education has welcomed the Education Secretary’s suggestion that faith leaders should convert more of their schools into academies.

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Open the Book is 20!

Open the Book is 20!

by Michael Ford 29 January 2019

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the national Bible story telling programme ‘Open the Book’. To help celebrate this, our schools have been telling why they love this way of telling Bible stories.

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Small but Mighty

Small but Mighty

by Michael Ford 23 January 2019

Five Lanes Primary School girls’ football team beat all comers to win the County title.

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Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

by Michael Ford 22 January 2019

The work of a pioneering Sports Ministry Coach, who has been inspiring pupils in the Diocese is being featured on BBC Songs of Praise.

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Celebrating the Difference

Celebrating the Difference

by Michael Ford 16 January 2019

Year 5 pupils at St Martin’s Primary School, Salisbury learnt first-hand what it was like to be part of the young traveller community when they spent the day with the Diocese’s Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers.

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Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

by Michael Ford 14 January 2019

Money might not grow on trees, but a school project called “Grow Your Fiver” is hoping to help raise the funds needed to build a new Community Club House at Chilton Foliat Primary School.

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A Showstopping Charity Event

A Showstopping Charity Event

by Michael Ford 10 December 2018

Staff and pupils at Shaftesbury School have created their very own Advent Bake off Competition as part of learning more about community charity work.

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Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

by Michael Ford 4 December 2018

Pupils at seventeen schools in the Diocese of Salisbury have received £3000 worth of new Christian books.

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Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

by Michael Ford 19 November 2018

Sixth-formers from across the Diocese explored war, faith and reconciliation during a recent Education Day at Salisbury Cathedral.

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Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

by Michael Ford 14 November 2018

More people than ever before are coming to Christmas church services, while record numbers of school children are using their local church here in the Diocese of Salisbury.

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St Peter’s Officially Opens

St Peter’s Officially Opens

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

St Peter's CE Primary Academy, Salisbury, was officially dedicated by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, on Thursday 18 October.

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#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

by Michael Ford 7 November 2018

Students at Salisbury St Martin’s Primary School prepared for World Mental Health Day by taking part in the national #HelloYellow campaign and making a short film.

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Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

by Michael Ford 24 September 2018

Visits to places of worship of other faiths provide us with a mirror as well as better understanding of others.

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A New Era in Education

A New Era in Education

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

The first new school in the Diocese of Salisbury in 14 years has opened its doors.

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Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

by Michael Ford 11 July 2018

A new spiritual garden at Shillingstone CE VA Primary School has been blessed by the Bishop of Sherborne.

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On the Up and Up

On the Up and Up

by Michael Ford 12 June 2018

Great Bedwyn CE Primary School has scored an ‘Outstanding’ result in a recent inspection.

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Golden Values, Great Results

Golden Values, Great Results

by Michael Ford 16 May 2018

Whiteparish All Saints CE VA Primary School maintains its ‘Outstanding’ status in a recent inspection.

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Top Marks in Talbot Village

Top Marks in Talbot Village

by Michael Ford 9 May 2018

St Mark’s CE Primary School, Talbot Village, has been graded Outstanding across the board in a recent inspection.

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Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

by Michael Ford 25 April 2018

Trinity Church of England Primary Academy in Devizes has improved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in a recent inspection.

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When the Men Marched Away

When the Men Marched Away

by Michael Ford 11 April 2018

Students at St Osmund’s in Dorchester stage spectacular World War One Drama

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A Deeply Dippy Visit

A Deeply Dippy Visit

by Michael Ford 21 March 2018

Okeford Fitzpaine pupils visited Dorset County Museum to see Dippy the Dinosaur, the major attraction on the Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy on Tour’.

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Excellence Never Stops

Excellence Never Stops

by Michael Ford 7 March 2018

Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Church of England Primary School has retained its Outstanding status in a recent inspection.

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Vision, Impact and Clarity

Vision, Impact and Clarity

by Michael Ford 21 February 2018

Salway Ash CE School is highly commended by a distinguished visitor.

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St Peter's Gets a Head

St Peter's Gets a Head

by Michael Ford 5 February 2018

Oliver Martindale is the Headteacher Designate of a brand new church school near Wilton.

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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

by Michael Ford 25 January 2018

Dorset schoolchildren come face-to-face with bikers!

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Winning Student Heads for Westminster

Winning Student Heads for Westminster

by Michael Ford 24 January 2018

Olivia Masding, a Sixth Form student at St Edward’s School, competes for Dorset in ‘The Great Debate’ at the Houses of Parliament in March 2018.

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Ofsted Praises Longford's Leadership

Ofsted Praises Longford's Leadership

by Michael Ford 19 January 2018

Staff, pupils and supporters at Longford Primary School, Britford, have been celebrating a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

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Advent Journeying in Verwood

by Michael Ford 19 January 2018

Here are some lovely seasonal pictures from a church school in Dorset.

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Bringing the Past Back To Life

Bringing the Past Back To Life

by Michael Ford 4 December 2017

A 4,000-year-old burial mound has been unveiled at Colehill St Michael’s Middle School near Wimborne Minster, Dorset.

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Getting Back to Their Roots

Getting Back to Their Roots

by Michael Ford 4 December 2017

Pupils at Wilton and Barford CE Primary have been busy planting trees. Class Teacher Chris Neave reports.

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Outstanding Acceptance and Inclusion

Outstanding Acceptance and Inclusion

by Michael Ford 22 November 2017

A recent inspection confirms St Osmund’s Middle School, Dorchester, as an outstanding church school.

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Due Diligence at Dilton Marsh

Due Diligence at Dilton Marsh

by Michael Ford 22 November 2017

Wiltshire CE Primary School retains its ‘Outstanding’ status in a recent inspection.

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Wilton, Barford and Bishop

Wilton, Barford and Bishop

by Michael Ford 6 October 2017

On Wednesday 20 September, Bishop Nicholas visited Wilton and Barford Primary School to bless their new extension.

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SDBE Year 6 Leavers' Celebration

SDBE Year 6 Leavers' Celebration

by Michael Ford 25 September 2017

Highlights film of the Year 6 Leavers' Celebration held at Salisbury Cathedral in Summer 2017.

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Facing fears and finding courage

Facing fears and finding courage

by Michael Ford 18 September 2017

“I was so scared of snakes but now I want one!” A report from Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School

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From Strength to Strength at Stoborough * Updated

From Strength to Strength at Stoborough * Updated

by Michael Ford 4 September 2017

Stoborough CE VA Primary School, near Wareham, recently received another ‘Outstanding’ result in a recent school inspection.

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Trekking, Building and Learning

Trekking, Building and Learning

by Michael Ford 8 August 2017

A travel report from Nicaragua by the Revd Deb Smith, Rector of Wyke Regis All Saints with St Edmund and a Governor at All Saints, Weymouth.

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Outstanding Results From A Golden Thread

Outstanding Results From A Golden Thread

by Michael Ford 26 July 2017

Thornford CE Primary School has retained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

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A Decade of Dedication

A Decade of Dedication

by Michael Ford 24 July 2017

Governors pay tribute as Sharon Buckland, Headteacher at Lulworth and Winfrith Primary School, bows out after ten eventful years.

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Sutton Shines On

Sutton Shines On

by Michael Ford 24 July 2017

Sutton Veny Primary School, near Warminster, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

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Bishop’s Maintains Benchmark

Bishop’s Maintains Benchmark

by Michael Ford 20 July 2017

Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

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Broad Chalke, Outstanding Result

Broad Chalke, Outstanding Result

by Michael Ford 19 July 2017

Broad Chalke Primary School, near Salisbury, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

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Maintaining 'Outstandingness' At Abbas Academy

Maintaining 'Outstandingness' At Abbas Academy

by Michael Ford 19 July 2017

St Mary’s Primary School, Bradford Abbas, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

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Three Weymouth Schools to Join Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust

Three Weymouth Schools to Join Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust

by Michael Ford 30 June 2017

1 July represents a major landmark in the life of two Church of England primary schools in the Weymouth Bay area as they join the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT). A third will join in a month’s time, on 1 August.

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Weymouth School Makes Strides in Ofsted Report

Weymouth School Makes Strides in Ofsted Report

by Michael Ford 28 June 2017

A Weymouth school, praised in a report of an Ofsted monitoring visit earlier this month, is promising further improvements.

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Ground-breaking Ceremony at Larkhill

Ground-breaking Ceremony at Larkhill

by Michael Ford 28 June 2017

Children from St Michael’s CE Primary School Figheldean have participated in a turf cutting ceremony with the Bishop of Ramsbury. The occasion marks the start of work on an eagerly awaited new school at Larkhill.

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'Tis Good at St John's

'Tis Good at St John's

by Michael Ford 22 February 2017

Tisbury St John’s CE VC Primary School have maintained their ‘Good’ status in a SIAMS inspection.

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Strictly Great Ideas for a Nativity

Strictly Great Ideas for a Nativity

by Michael Ford 18 January 2017

Looking for ideas for your school nativity? Buckland Newton’s Headteacher Nicki Ralph may be able to help...

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'Good' News from Whitesheet

'Good' News from Whitesheet

by Michael Ford 4 January 2017

Officially ‘Good’ across the board - that’s the great news from the Zeals and Kilmington-based Whitesheet CE Primary Academy, following a recent Ofsted Inspection.

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Posada Comes to St  James’

Posada Comes to St James’

by Gerry Lynch 15 December 2016

Wimborne pupils enjoy Mexican Christmas tradition

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Music to Their Ears

Music to Their Ears

by Gerry Lynch 15 December 2016

Rotarians donate to help pupils enjoy the viola

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Euro Food for Thought

Euro Food for Thought

by Michael Ford 23 November 2016

Children at Whitesheet Primary Academy in Zeals recently spent a whole study day together looking at European eating habits.

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Tackling A Burning Issue

Tackling A Burning Issue

by Michael Ford 18 November 2016

Following a small fire, pupils at Wilton and Barford Primary School have recently been learning about fire safety. Headteacher Jan Nock explains.

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Good Neighbours Week Sets A New Gold Standard

Good Neighbours Week Sets A New Gold Standard

by Michael Ford 17 November 2016

Bemerton St John has become the first primary school in our diocese to gain the Gold RE Quality Mark.

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TWO Vicars for Harvest

TWO Vicars for Harvest

by Michael Ford 14 October 2016

RE Subject Leader Fiona Payne reports from St Andrew’s Primary School, Yetminster.

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Kilmington's Charity Den Day

Kilmington's Charity Den Day

by Michael Ford 5 October 2016

For their first theme day of the new school year, children at Whitesheet Primary Academy spent an exciting 'Den Day' in the grounds of the Infant Centre at Kilmington.

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Ringing the Changes

Ringing the Changes

by Michael Ford 5 October 2016

Children from St James’ First School in Gaunts Common, near Wimborne, have been touring the countryside and wowing crowds with their bell ringing prowess.

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Year 6 Leavers 2016

Year 6 Leavers 2016

by Michael Ford 14 July 2016

Over 1,000 children from schools across Wiltshire and Dorset have attended five days of activities at Salisbury Cathedral.

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World-Class BMX Display at Wiltshire Academy

World-Class BMX Display at Wiltshire Academy

by Michael Ford 22 June 2016

Professional flatland BMX rider and Guinness World Record holder Matti Hemmings recently visited pupils at Whitesheet Primary Academy in Zeals.

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Pentecost comes to Warminster school

Pentecost comes to Warminster school

by Michael Ford 22 June 2016

Pupils at St John’s School in Warminster recently spent a whole day exploring the Pentecost story through drama, dance, poetry, art, cookery and quiet reflection.

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Bishop Dedicates Garden in Sherborne School

Bishop Dedicates Garden in Sherborne School

by Michael Ford 8 June 2016

The Bishop of Sherborne, Karen Gorham, dedicated the new Spiritual Garden at Sherborne Abbey CE VC Primary School recently.

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A Coaching First in Wilton

A Coaching First in Wilton

by Michael Ford 1 June 2016

On Monday 23 May, Wilton and Barford Primary School became the first school in the South West of England to receive the prestigious Coach Mark Award.

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SafeDATE at Sarum Academy

SafeDATE at Sarum Academy

by Michael Ford 1 June 2016

Pupils at Sarum Academy recently took part in an interactive workshop designed to help them spot the early warning signs of domestic violence.

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Wiltshire Primary School Wins TWO National Awards

Wiltshire Primary School Wins TWO National Awards

by Michael Ford 27 May 2016

Sutton Veny CE VC Primary School has received two National Awards for standards in Children’s Attainment and Progress.

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Smoothie Operators in Zeals!

Smoothie Operators in Zeals!

by Michael Ford 22 April 2016

How do you make cycling exciting? Find a bicycle that turns out smoothies! This school report contains a spoiler for Quentin Blake’s ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’.

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Wilton and Barford Gets Upgraded!

Wilton and Barford Gets Upgraded!

by Michael Ford 22 April 2016

A school IT report from class teacher Christopher Neave.

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Sarum Charities and Challenges

Sarum Charities and Challenges

by Michael Ford 20 April 2016

Sarum Academy pupils have recently undergone gruelling physical tests and hosted a charity concert.

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St Edwards Win Rotary Technology Tournament

St Edwards Win Rotary Technology Tournament

by Michael Ford 20 April 2016

Poole Rotary Club ran a Technology Tournament at Corfe Hills School on Friday 18 March, which was won by Sixth-Formers from St Edward's RC CE VA School.

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Cleaning Up Salisbury 2016

Cleaning Up Salisbury 2016

by Michael Ford 11 March 2016

Councillors and schoolchildren joined forces for litter-picking in Salisbury on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March, as part of the national ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign.

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Geography Comes Alive

Geography Comes Alive

by Michael Ford 9 March 2016

Pupils from Sarum Academy headed off to the Netherlands for a Geography trip during the recent school holidays.

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Pop In, Stay Safe, Stop Bullying

Pop In, Stay Safe, Stop Bullying

by Michael Ford 2 March 2016

‘Don’t be mean behind the screen’ was the message that popular singer and songwriter Rich Cottell brought when he visited Sarum Academy recently.

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The Appliance of Science at Whitesheet

The Appliance of Science at Whitesheet

by Michael Ford 2 March 2016

Whoosh, Bang, Fizz and Pop were the names given to the four groups of children taking part in Whitesheet Primary Academy's recent Science Day. School report below.

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Enjoying the Bible and Returning the Favour

Enjoying the Bible and Returning the Favour

by Michael Ford 12 February 2016

Children at Bourton St George’s CE VA School enjoyed Bible storytelling so much, they started their own team!

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Maintaining An Outstanding Forest

Maintaining An Outstanding Forest

by Michael Ford 17 December 2015

The New Forest CE VA Primary School at Landford, Nomansland & Hamptworth has maintained its outstanding status in a recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection.

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International Athlete Inspires In Zeals

International Athlete Inspires In Zeals

by Michael Ford 9 December 2015

A British and Commonwealth Games medallist met with an enthusiastic welcome when he visited Whitesheet Primary Academy, Zeals, as part of the national ‘Sports For Champions’ programme.

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Busy Times at Sarum Academy

Busy Times at Sarum Academy

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

Science, competitive sport and charity fundraising have all made headlines at Sarum Academy recently.

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MP Opens Okeford’s Outdoor Area

MP Opens Okeford’s Outdoor Area

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

Local MP Simon Hoare has officially opened Okeford Fitzpaine CE VA Primary School’s new outdoor learning area.

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Onwards and Upwards at Gaunts Common

Onwards and Upwards at Gaunts Common

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

St James CE VC First School Gaunts Common has improved from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ across the board, thanks to a recent SIAMS [Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools] inspection.

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