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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
Marsh Memories- WW1

Marsh Memories- WW1

by Michael Ford 21 January 2015

Dilton Marsh CE Primary School continue their tradition of striking, collaborative displays in school.

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Star Singers at St James' School

Star Singers at St James' School

by Michael Ford 12 December 2014

Children in Wimborne are hitting the high notes again with their very own version of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

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Memorable, Outstanding Values in Melksham

Memorable, Outstanding Values in Melksham

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Forest and Sandridge CE Primary School, Melksham, has received a glowing school inspection report.

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A Recipe for Success in Weymouth

A Recipe for Success in Weymouth

by Michael Ford 12 December 2014

All Saints, a CE Secondary School in Weymouth, has been marked as outstanding in every category.

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Bishop's Caundle Takes Off

Bishop's Caundle Takes Off

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Things are going well at All Saints CE VC Primary School, Bishops Caundle.

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Marlborough Moves to 'Outstanding'

Marlborough Moves to 'Outstanding'

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Great progress is being made at St Mary's Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infants School.

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Minister of State Congratulates School on Literacy *Updated

Minister of State Congratulates School on Literacy *Updated

by Michael Ford 16 December 2014

Holy Trinity CE Primary Academy in Great Cheverell, Wiltshire, has received a letter from Nick Gibbs MP after recording 100% results for phonics.

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Praise for Archbishop Wake

Praise for Archbishop Wake

by Michael Ford 26 November 2014

Following a recent SIAMS visit, the inspector praised "High quality first teaching", school leadership, RE provision and effective meeting of learners’ needs.

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Church Schools Board Welcomes Landmark Rural Report

Church Schools Board Welcomes Landmark Rural Report

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

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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Hello from Lindy Cameron

Hello from Lindy Cameron

by Michael Ford 3 October 2014

Dear all: I have been asked to introduce myself, so here goes!

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The Magna Carta Project

The Magna Carta Project

by Michael Ford 21 June 2018

Magna Carta has become an iconic document, a symbol of justice and rights for all.

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A Celebration and a Conundrum

A Celebration and a Conundrum

by Michael Ford 24 September 2014

Making a difference? A review of Religious Education in Church of England schools.

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Outstanding result in Gillingham

Outstanding result in Gillingham

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School, Gillingham, has received an 'outstanding' status in every category in a recent inspection.

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100% Success at Sarum

100% Success at Sarum

by Michael Ford 21 June 2018

Year 13 at Sarum Academy are yet again celebrating a 100% pass rate for their traditional post-16 A level courses.

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Poetry, Movement and Courage

Poetry, Movement and Courage

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Footage from Year 6 Leavers at Salisbury Cathedral, 2014

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Award-Winning Dilton Marsh

Award-Winning Dilton Marsh

by Michael Ford 29 November 2018

Dilton Marsh CE Primary School is celebrating after winning the 2014 Environmental Youth Awards at The Bath and West Show.

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'8 Journeys' Start at Sarum

'8 Journeys' Start at Sarum

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

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.

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Celebrations at Joint RC-CE School

Celebrations at Joint RC-CE School

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

The Revd Heather Waldsax, Assistant Headteacher, reports...

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New Principal for Southbroom

by Michael Ford 7 September 2017

Mr Nigel Andrews is the new substantive Principal of Southbroom St James Academy, Devizes.

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Memorable Times at Durweston

Memorable Times at Durweston

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Art exhibitions, country walks and church visits all enrich this school community's life.

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Southbroom Academy Launched

Southbroom Academy Launched

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Winterslow meets an Archdeacon

Winterslow meets an Archdeacon

by Michael Ford 6 October 2017

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:

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Safety on Film in Weymouth

Safety on Film in Weymouth

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Pupils at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School, Weymouth have created a community safety film.

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Charities react to funding gap for trainee RE teachers

Charities react to funding gap for trainee RE teachers

by Michael Ford 24 July 2018

Tales of hardship prompt trusts to respond to ‘rank discrimination’.

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Dilton Marsh Helps Prisoners’ Children

Dilton Marsh Helps Prisoners’ Children

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Lucy's Days Out at W and B

Lucy's Days Out at W and B

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Lucy’s Days Out at Wilton and Barford School- Headteacher's report

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Sarum Academy's 'Big Write'

Sarum Academy's 'Big Write'

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Sarum Academy has launched “The Big Write”, its annual writing competition open to all pupils and staff.

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New Year, New Award

New Year, New Award

by Michael Ford 2 July 2015

The DEC in Wilton has just won an award courtesy of the Salisbury Civic Society. Manager Annette Middleton-Burke takes up the story:

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Pupils 'Hudl' at Wilton & Barford

Pupils 'Hudl' at Wilton & Barford

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Headteacher Jan Nock explains...

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Bennett Bags Sarum Gold

Bennett Bags Sarum Gold

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

As the cross country season comes to an end, Sarum Academy are celebrating a gold medal and two pupils gaining county trials.

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DSAT site goes live

DSAT site goes live

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

A new website has been set up by the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust, to offer optional support to schools becoming academies.

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Church Schools Fact and Fiction

Church Schools Fact and Fiction

by Michael Ford 22 June 2016

By the CofE's Director of Communications, 14 November 2013

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St George's School Pulls Together

St George's School Pulls Together

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

St George's VA Primary School, Bourton, has had excellent SIAMS inspection results.

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Sarum Academy on the move

Sarum Academy on the move

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Warminster Pupils' Art Goes National

Warminster Pupils' Art Goes National

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Adventures at Osmington Bay

Adventures at Osmington Bay

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

A report by Emily Johnson, Year 4, Wilton and Barford Primary School.

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Whiteparish- strong start for SIAMS

Whiteparish- strong start for SIAMS

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

The first school inspected under the new SIAMS framework has been graded 'outstanding' in all categories.

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Outstanding SIAS for Great Bedwyn

Outstanding SIAS for Great Bedwyn

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

One of the last schools to be inspected under the SIAS framework has passed with flying colours.

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Top Marks for St Marks

Top Marks for St Marks

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

St Marks Talbot Village has confirmed its outstanding status in a recent SIAS evaluation.

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Global Learning Week at Wilton and Barford

Global Learning Week at Wilton and Barford

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Wilton and Barford Primary School have issued a report on their week's activities.

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New Era for Wilts & Dorset Education

New Era for Wilts & Dorset Education

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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'Leadership' Acclaimed at Conference

'Leadership' Acclaimed at Conference

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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).

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St Aldhelms Continues to Build

St Aldhelms Continues to Build

by Michael Ford 11 May 2018

St Aldhelm's Academy, Poole, is undergoing refurbishment ahead of an official opening in September this year.

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Dancing Up a Storm at W&B

Dancing Up a Storm at W&B

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Pupils and staff recently took part in the Wilton & Barford Annual Dance Day.

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School Team Excels Itself

School Team Excels Itself

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Check it Out, Salisbury

Check it Out, Salisbury

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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St Aldhelm's Academy Celebrates Success

St Aldhelm's Academy Celebrates Success

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Academy’s International Links

Academy’s International Links

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Blandford St Mary's Star Rises

Blandford St Mary's Star Rises

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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!"

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Morgan's Vale's Outstanding Finish

Morgan's Vale's Outstanding Finish

by Michael Ford 18 October 2017

Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School gained an outstanding SIAS just in time for the school holidays.

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Church Schools’ Success

Church Schools’ Success

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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St Nicholas Porton- from good to outstanding

St Nicholas Porton- from good to outstanding

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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."

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Salway Ash praised as "welcoming, inclusive, nurturing"

Salway Ash praised as "welcoming, inclusive, nurturing"

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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".

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Dilton Marsh's "strong Christian vision"

Dilton Marsh's "strong Christian vision"

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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".

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Double Outstanding for St Osmund's Middle

Double Outstanding for St Osmund's Middle

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

The Dorchester School, a new academy, recently scored a double outstanding in both Ofsted and SIAS inspections.

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New Bishop Visits Wilton and Barford

New Bishop Visits Wilton and Barford

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Pupils at Wilton and Barford Primary School had a special visitor recently, in the shape of the new Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry.

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Competition Winner Opens New Education Centre

Competition Winner Opens New Education Centre

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Sarum Academy on YouTube

Sarum Academy on YouTube

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

High standards, developing an inclusive community and transforming the aspirations of young people are key to the work of Sarum Academy.

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Wide Public Support for RE in Schools

Wide Public Support for RE in Schools

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Double-Outstanding for Keevil

Double-Outstanding for Keevil

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

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."

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Sarum Academy Sees Impressive Sixth Form Success

Sarum Academy Sees Impressive Sixth Form Success

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Praise for Retiring Chapmanslade Head

Praise for Retiring Chapmanslade Head

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Chair of governors Tessa Kline recently spoke in glowing terms about Joss Jewell, head of Chapmanslade CE VA Primary School for 10 years.

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Double Outstanding for Broad Chalke

Double Outstanding for Broad Chalke

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

Broad Chalke Primary School have gained Outstanding status in recent Ofsted and SIAS inspections.

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Outstanding SIAS for Bishops

Outstanding SIAS for Bishops

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

Bishop Wordsworth Academy, Salisbury, has gained Outstanding status in its recent SIAS report.

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Academy's Standing Ovation

Academy's Standing Ovation

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

A “delighted” audience at Sarum Academy gave a standing ovation following performances by pupils, La Folia and the Community Choir.

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Recorder Magic

Recorder Magic

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

A report from Wilton and Barford Primary School

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A healthy week of fun

A healthy week of fun

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Children from Wilton and Barford Primary School enjoyed fun and healthy activities during their Healthy Schools Week recently.

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Celebrity Gardener Helps Heytesbury School

Celebrity Gardener Helps Heytesbury School

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

ITV's Diarmuid Gavin recently helped set up a new garden at Heytesbury School.

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Academy Cadets “a credit to their Detachment Commander and themselves”

Academy Cadets “a credit to their Detachment Commander and themselves”

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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School Leavers Celebrate the Olympics

School Leavers Celebrate the Olympics

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Big Thank You Winner Announced

Big Thank You Winner Announced

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Schools Compete to Say Thank-You *Updated

Schools Compete to Say Thank-You *Updated

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Two Outstandings for Queen Elizabeth's

Two Outstandings for Queen Elizabeth's

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne, has received a second successive Outstanding in a recent SIAS inspection.

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Double Outstanding for Piddle Valley *Updated

Double Outstanding for Piddle Valley *Updated

by Michael Ford 20 January 2016

Piddle Valley Church of England Voluntary Aided First School, near Dorchester, recently received outstanding status in both Ofsted and SIAS inspections.

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Academy thrilled by BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) success

Academy thrilled by BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) success

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Groundbreaking Times for Sarum Academy

Groundbreaking Times for Sarum Academy

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

Pupils cut the turf at a ground-breaking ceremony at Sarum Academy, Salisbury today (Tuesday 15 May).

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Principal sets the record straight

Principal sets the record straight

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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.

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Bishop opens Seend's new extension *Updated

Bishop opens Seend's new extension *Updated

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, opened Seend CE VA Primary School's new extension on Friday 31 March.

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Baptism practice at St Nicholas School, Porton

Baptism practice at St Nicholas School, Porton

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

On Thursday 22 March, the children of Robins Class, St Nicholas’ Primary School, held a mock Baptism for one of the class dolls.

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New Education Centre in progress

New Education Centre in progress

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Work continues at the Church of England's new Education Centre in Avenue Way, Wilton.

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