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by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jun, 2016 11:06 AM
"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
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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Acclaimed Author Speaks at Conference

Acclaimed Author Speaks at Conference

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

On 4 November 2015, the Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton welcomed internationally acclaimed children’s author and storyteller Bob Hartman, who travelled from the US for the fourth annual Open the Book Conference.

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A Welcoming School Gathering In Wimborne

A Welcoming School Gathering In Wimborne

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

Last month [October 2015] children, staff, parents and governors at Wimborne St Giles First School joined together for their Harvest festival in the church.

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Amesbury’s On The Up

Amesbury’s On The Up

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

Wiltshire CofE Primary School’s rating improves from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in just under five years...

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Westbury Leigh Gets Upgraded

Westbury Leigh Gets Upgraded

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

CofE Primary goes from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in five years. Story includes a report from the school website.

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Wimborne's First Fiji Day

Wimborne's First Fiji Day

by Michael Ford 4 November 2015

A report from St James’ CE VC First School in Gaunts Common, near Wimborne.

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Whitesheet’s Coffee and Cakes vs Cancer

Whitesheet’s Coffee and Cakes vs Cancer

by Michael Ford 28 October 2015

Whitesheet Primary Academy, Zeals, has raised nearly £200 during a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning.

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Excellent Reception in Wiltshire

Excellent Reception in Wiltshire

by Michael Ford 28 October 2015

A brief report from Wilton and Barford Primary School.

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Jobs for the boys - and girls - at Whitesheet

Jobs for the boys - and girls - at Whitesheet

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

It’s never too soon to start preparing young children for the big wide world out there. If recent experience at Whitesheet Primary Academy in Zeals is anything to go by, these children have a head start.

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A Flying Royal Visit- LINK TO GALLERY

A Flying Royal Visit- LINK TO GALLERY

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

HRH the Countess of Wessex visited the newly built Sandford St Martin's CE Primary School, Wareham, Dorset, on 19 September 2015.

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Wilton, Barford and Saxons

Wilton, Barford and Saxons

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

A report on a museum trip by Wilton and Barford CE Primary School

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Whitesheet Sells Out

Whitesheet Sells Out

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

A world-class classical Indian dance-drama in Zeals was "a huge success."

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Outstanding Aims at Tisbury

Outstanding Aims at Tisbury

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

New Headteacher at St John’s Primary School, Tisbury sets her sights on an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating.

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Award-Winning Safety at Bemerton

Award-Winning Safety at Bemerton

by Michael Ford 7 October 2015

Bemerton St John CE Primary has received a 2015 award for e-safety.

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Steadfast at St Ed's, Poole

Steadfast at St Ed's, Poole

by Michael Ford 30 September 2015

St Edwards RC/CE VA School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in their July 2015 SIAMS inspection.

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A Sporting and Educational Legacy

A Sporting and Educational Legacy

by Michael Ford 25 September 2015

September 2015 sees the launch of an Olympic-inspired Programme at Wilton and Barford Primary School.

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Looking Spiritual at Gaunts Common

Looking Spiritual at Gaunts Common

by Michael Ford 28 September 2015

On Tuesday 16 June 2015, Gaunts Common St James’ First School explored their understanding of Spirituality. This report includes pupils' comments.

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Okeford Gets Creative!

Okeford Gets Creative!

by Michael Ford 28 September 2015

A brief school report from Okeford Fitzpaine. Why not try your own Pen Free Environment Day?

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Lessons Well Learned at Milton

Lessons Well Learned at Milton

by Michael Ford 25 September 2015

Milton on Stour has been graded outstanding across the board in their July 2015 SIAMS inspection.

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Yes, Minster!

Yes, Minster!

by Michael Ford 24 September 2015

The Minster CE Primary School, Warminster, has become “one of the most improved schools in the country” in one category, leaping from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ status in June 2015.

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Excellence in the Middle at Puddletown

Excellence in the Middle at Puddletown

by Michael Ford 23 September 2015

The SIAMS inspector was very impressed with St Marys Middle School, Puddletown, in June 2015. In particular, the acting head and RE leader drew praise. 100 pupils attended an optional communion service recently.

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Downton On Their Uppers

Downton On Their Uppers

by Michael Ford 22 September 2015

In May 2015, the SIAMS Inspector rated Downton CE outstanding in all categories.

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Strong Church Support at Longfleet

Strong Church Support at Longfleet

by Michael Ford 16 September 2015

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Longfleet Primary as a Church of England school have been rated outstanding in a SIAMS inspection, May 2015.

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Joy Tubbs Gets Canonised!

Joy Tubbs Gets Canonised!

by Michael Ford 13 May 2015

Director of Education Joy Tubbs joined three other new Canons at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 7 May 2015.

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The Vision Vessel

The Vision Vessel

by Michael Ford 2 July 2015

A collaboration between staff and pupils gives graphic results!

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Hitting the Mark at Sarum St Martin

Hitting the Mark at Sarum St Martin

by Michael Ford 25 March 2015

St Martin's CE VA Primary School, Salisbury, has been rated 'outstanding' in a recent inspection.

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Speaking Highly of Great Cheverell

Speaking Highly of Great Cheverell

by Michael Ford 17 March 2015

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy, Great Cheverell, recently scored 'outstanding' in all categories.

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Dynamite Inspiration for Sarum

Dynamite Inspiration for Sarum

by Michael Ford 24 February 2015

Sixth Form pupils at Sarum Academy were joined recently by Novelist Jason Hewitt, author of 'The Dynamite Room', to explore the working practices of a published author.

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Back to the Stone Age in Wiltshire

Back to the Stone Age in Wiltshire

by Michael Ford 18 February 2015

A report by Henry, a Year 6 pupil from Whitesheet Primary Academy

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Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

by Michael Ford 18 February 2015

Okeford Fitzpaine School are delighted to have achieved GOOD across all areas, following a recent inspection by Ofsted.

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Islam After Charlie Hebdo

Islam After Charlie Hebdo

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

Comment by Derek Holloway, RE Adviser for Dorset, 19 January 2015: with thanks to Dave Francis.

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Trojan Horses and Church School Values

Trojan Horses and Church School Values

by Michael Ford 1 May 2018

Advice from Derek Holloway, Adviser for RE and Collective Worship in Dorset, January 2015

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Hitting the Mark with RE

Hitting the Mark with RE

by Michael Ford 12 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).

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Way Ahead in Weymouth

Way Ahead in Weymouth

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in a recent school inspection.

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Bishop Opens New Swanage School

Bishop Opens New Swanage School

by Michael Ford 21 January 2015

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, recently dedicated St Marks' CE VA Primary School in Swanage, Dorset. Here is a brief report.

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Spirited Arts 2014

Spirited Arts 2014

by Michael Ford 16 December 2014

Entering the international 'Art in Heaven' competition has become a yearly event at Wilton and Barford CE Primary School.

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Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

by Michael Ford 16 December 2014

Nearly 1000 people gathered at Weymouth Football Stadium on 4 December for a special carol service.

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