Schools in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Rebuild fills “higher-level skill gaps”

As scheduled, Salisbury’s Wiltshire College & University Centre moves into phase two of its £15 million redevelopments, which include the demolition of the existing central building and the construction of a new three-storey building. It will house new science and...

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Summer Fun in the Sun

With fun for the whole family, Kingston Maurward’s Summer Open Day and Food Fair on Sunday June 23 promises to be the biggest and best yet. The fun-filled event attracts thousands of people and centres around the stunning 18th Century Mansion House, and its 750-acre...

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Pupils take great grannies antique medal to roadshow

Lily and Jessica (Pictured with Antiques Roadshow Valuer Adam Schoon) from Salisbury Cathedral School, took a precious 'School Attendance Medal' which belonged to their Great Grandma to the Antiques Road Show, today, May 14. The medal was awarded for 100% school...

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Shoelace skill neglected

Tying shoelaces seems to be a knotty problem for some children and three in 10 can't tie their shoe laces by primary school leaving age, according to a survey by OSGO to coincide with National Feet Week, May 13 to 20. Of 500 parents surveyed, 46% thought being able to...

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Super zoo day

Leehurst Swan pupils from Reception Years 1 and 2 had a super day at Marwell Zoo. They enjoyed visiting the animals and contact with a snake, a cockroach and a pet rat. The group took part in lessons at the education centre, focusing on Rainforests in Y2, and...

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Families win primary school preferences

Most of Wiltshire families - 98.4% -  were offered one of their three primary school preferences for September, 93% had their first preference on offer. According to Wiltshire council, most parents apply for places online - 95% of the 5,144 applications. The right to...

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Correction: Elm trees plan for school

In our April edition we published a story (Elm trees plan for school, p.5) regarding Wylye World Warriors' elm tree-planting at Wylye Valley School. The elm tree is the key habitat for the endangered White-Letter Hairstreak butterfly. The image we published with the...

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Schools sing in Spring

A Musical Extravaganza at The Minster Church in Warminster heralded the start of Spring. Wylye Valley Primary School joined five other schools from the Warminster and Westbury Schools Cluster  and Wylye Valley chose to show off their young musicians.  Six young brass...

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Hattie wins HART prize

Year 9 Leehurst Swan pupil Hattie was placed third in the junior creative category of the HART Prize for Human Rights, a competition for young people interested in global issues. For her Geography homework, Hattie conducted independent research and produced a written...

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College and FC Salisbury United launch Futsal Academy

Wiltshire College & University Centre has teamed up with FC Salisbury United and Pezzaz Street Soccer & Futsal Club to launch a Futsal Academy, starting in September. Futsal, also known as fútsal or footsal, is a variant of association football played on a...

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Skills shortage result of Apprenticeship Levy, says FMB

Efforts to boost the number of apprenticeships, particularly in construction, have been hampered by the government’s Apprenticeship Levy, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Locally, colleges and schools promoted the need for more apprenticeships to...

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Rugby success for school

Three Salisbury Cathedral School boys have been selected for Development Player Programmes. Max, a member of Andover Rugby Club, is representing London Irish, and Henry and Charlie from Salisbury Rugby Club have been selected for Bath. Head Master Clive Marriott said:...

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College wins prestigious national award

For excellence in the practical delivery of technical and professional learning’, Wiltshire College & University Centre has won a coveted Association of Colleges national Beacon Award. At a ceremony in Grosvenor House, London, on March 22, the college received the...

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Leehurst Swan beam in on Laser Run

Something different and great fun for Leehurst Swan athletes won them gold, silver and two fourth places. Athletes from Years 5 to 8 travelled to Dauntsey's to compete in the Laser Run, organised by Wiltshire and Swindon School Games.  Laser run is a precursor to the...

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Leehurst Swan pass inspection with flying colours

Leehurst Swan has again met the requirements of the CReSTeD’s Register of schools providing for pupils with dyslexia. The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD) aims to help parents, and those who advise them, choose an educational...

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School Healing Garden grant-aided

A grant application to Gillingham Town Council by Gillingham School Council Gardening Section requested help to finance a 'healing garden' at Gillingham School to provide a quiet space for pupils away from noise, phones and academic life. The garden will be created by...

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Students win television awards

Former Wiltshire College & University Centre student Will Todd has won Best Comedy at the prestigious Royal Television Awards. He picked up his pick up the award for his comedy short 'Second Coming' at the RTS Student Awards ceremony in Winchester Guildhall in...

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Girls take top prize

The STEM Challenge trophy and individual cash prizes for themselves and their school were awarded to the team ‘Fresher, Faster Water Supplies’ from South Wilts Grammar School this year. Five teams from three schools, totalling 21 girls, entered the competition, now in...

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Confidence booster

Salisbury’s Leehurst Swan School Year 6 pupils’ residential visit to Mill on the Brue proved to be another exciting, engaging and exhilarating experience for pupils. The mill is a fun and challenging outdoor adventure activity centre in 25 acres of Somerset...

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Trees helped figure it out

Salisbury’s Leehurst Swan School Year 3 pupils used  Nature to help them with their maths. With help from JB Tree Services, Miss Tyrrell produced sections of ash and willow trees for pupils to work out the age of trees which had been felled. Pupils were fascinated by...

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Tanks for the inspiration

About 2,000 school pupils from all over Dorset invaded the Tank Museum for a ‘Big Bang’ science and engineering event. Organised by the county council, the youngsters took part in interactive workshops, theatre shows and chatted to businesses represented at the event....

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Students do well in mock trial event

A team of 13 Year 9 students from Avon Valley College, Durrington, competed against three other schools at Southampton Crown Court this morning March 12). For the regional heats of the Young Citizens mock trial, they performed superbly both prosecuting and defending a...

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