Schools in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

School’s not out

Making the most of the summer, pupils from Bulford St Leonards Primary School, part of Salisbury Plain Academies, were out and about on a walk around their village seeking out examples for the geography topic they are studying. “The objective was to use simple...

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New educational partnership opens

After almost two years of planning and preparation, Magna Learning Partnership opened as a Multi Academy Trust on April 1. Formed by three secondary schools in Salisbury and the surrounding area, the Trust opened with about 1,700 students in the three partner schools,...

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Pupils spaced out at centre

A day at the Winchester Science Centre really spaced out pupils from Class 1 at St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean. The children are learning about space in school, but in the planetarium they explored more than 100 different hands-on science exhibits, ate...

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South Wiltshire UTC students take part in Exam Buster

Exam time approaches for students from South Wiltshire UTC who have been working with specialist provider Positively Mad, getting themselves ready for the challenge ahead. Students took part in the fast-paced, high energy and interactive workshop Exam Busters,...

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Apprentice winner offers advice

Students are helped to ‘Make the Wright Choice’ at an event at Wellington Academy, Tidworth later this month. The presentation is led by Mark Wright, the winner of The Apprentice in 2014. “I’m joining Be Wiser Insurance again in 2017. The company provides a range of...

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Schools speed limit planned

Wiltshire schools are being encouraged to apply for 20mph zones on public roads alongside their property. Any school with an up-to-date travel plan can bid for funding through area boards and the ‘Taking Action on School Journeys’ fund.  It won’t benefit all schools,...

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Orphan Annie retold

Orphan Annie’s story is being brought to life on stage at Avon Valley College, February 8 to 10. The musical tells the story of the little girl who leaves the orphanage behind to live a life of luxury with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, but with twists and turns along...

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Pupils join E-safety campaign

Durrington All Saints Infant School, part of Salisbury Plain Academies is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote safe and responsible use of technology. Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday, February 7, with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better...

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Former students urged to support old school

St Edmund’s Girls’ School in Church Road, Laverstock, Salisbury, wants to recall former students in established careers, and recent leavers in further education, who live nearby and who have moved. The school is one of 400 secondary schools and colleges in Britain...

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New boss for technical college

Joe Mulligan (51), newly-appointed principal of South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) wants it to be the No.1 place for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He is joining Salisbury-based UTC after four years at Bristol...

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Man arrested after school fire

A 34-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage after a fire at a Warminster school. Police and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service were called to Avenue Primary School at 3:20am today, Wednesday, January 4, and the fire was...

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School grieves for lost ‘stars’

The tragedy of losing two star pupils has been felt deeply at Kingdown School, Warminster. The young driver and passenger in a fatal collision on the A36 at Steeple Langford on October 10 have been identified as 17-year-old Jackson Steven Watters and 12-year-old...

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Apprentice: you’re hired at college

By Will Bradley Amanda Burnside, Principal of Wiltshire College was the main guest at an entertaining monthly Wilton & District Chamber meeting on October 11, at Cobbs Cafe in Wilton Shopping Village. “There is a skills gap but we have lots of potential in...

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Mayor calls up children’s skills

Children are being called on to help Mayor of Salisbury, Cllr Derek Brown OBE, design his annual Christmas card. The cards are widely distributed locally and overseas to the sister cities in Maryland, USA, and the twinning cities Xanten and Saintes. Cllr Brown said:...

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MP visits primary school

Members of Longford Primary School council interviewed MP John Glen about his job as an MP when he visited the school on September 23. The pupils heard how Mr Glen works closely with the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, as his Parliamentary Private...

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Government urged to re-think sprinklers in schools

Among growing concerns about school safety if fire broke out, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority agreed at their meeting on September 14, to urge local education and environmental leaders to continue installing school sprinklers, although it would be...

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Private school takes on May

One of the country’s top public school for girls has dismissed a demand from Prime Minister Theresa May to send their teachers to take lessons in state schools. The exclusive 450 pupil Godolphin School in Salisbury, whose former pupils include famous writer Jilly...

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Schools trust calls for support

The new Salisbury Plain Academies Trust has called on the four schools' communities to get more closely involved. The multi-academy trust of Avon Valley College, Bulford St. Lenoard's Primary, St. Michael's Primary and Durrington All Saints Infants Schools was formed...

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Circus at school

Gillingham School is hosting Kermiz Le Cirque du Platzak, from The Netherlands, as part of the Inside Out Dorset festival, on Sunday, September 18, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. No booking is required. Free parking at Gillingham School from School Lane entrance, and...

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Focus on education

Find the dates of local schools' open days, latest news stories and personalised editorials in the September edition of Valley News. Click here to read or download the full five-page education feature Featured: Chafyn Grove School Clayesmore School Godolphin School...

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Grammar schools lose points

Two of the country’s top grammar schools have a noticeable drop in the number of pupils who passed A* to B in their A level results. Figures show the boys Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, recorded nearly 70% A* to B, whereas last year the figure was nearly 75%....

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Graduation ceremony planned at cathedral

Local students gaining a higher or advanced level apprenticeship will have a special graduation ceremony to mark their achievement this autumn. The graduation ceremony is at Salisbury Cathedral from 2pm on October 6. All training providers, colleges and employers...

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Commemoration Day for Leaden Hall

Leaden Hall School marked the end of an era with an afternoon of celebration for more than 400 current and former pupils and their parents, alumnae, governors, community friends and current and former staff. They have all contributed to the life of the school over the...

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New Deputy Head at Cathedral School

Salisbury Cathedral School has appointed a new Deputy Head, Nick Hawker, who joins the school in September. He is currently Deputy Head and Director of Studies at Polwhele House School in Truro.  He oversees the school’s extensive extra-curricular programme as an able...

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