Schools in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

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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MP hails new free schools promise

The government’s decision yesterday to fund 37 special free schools, including six in the south west, has been welcomed by South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison. He has written to Wiltshire Council to ask how this will affect its current consultation on provision...

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Books brought to life

Reading and a love of stories is certainly alive and well. Salisbury Cathedral School celebrated World Book Day on March 7 with a morning of fun events and activities.  Children dressed as their favourite book characters, and teachers were keen not to be outdone....

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UTC student beat hundreds to prestigious apprenticeship

By Viktor Berg At only 16, South Wilts University Technical College student Katie Hopper has beaten off hundreds of applicants to secure an apprenticeship at the UK’s leading ports operator - and before her GCSEs. Katie was the only female who applied to Associated...

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New workshops tackle anxiety in children

Workshops are being run in schools to teach confidence and self-esteem, while resolving anxiety, using a blend of neurolinguistic coaching and play based therapy. Recognising a record increase in anxiety in children (42% in the past five years, source NHS) prompted...

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Girls take the STEM challenge

The final judging and award ceremony of the Salisbury Soroptimist STEM Challenge is on Monday, March 18, at South Wilts University Technical College, Wilton Road, Salisbury. Salisbury Soroptimists have run the STEM Challenge for the second year to raise local girls’...

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MP challenges council’s schools closure plan

Special needs in Wiltshire is under the spotlight tomorrow, March 6, when South West Wiltshire MP Andrew Murrison will lead a debate in the House of Commons. Dr Murrison is alarmed by  Wiltshire Council’s plans to close Larkrise School, Trowbridge, and St Nicholas,...

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Lights, camera, action………

Pupils at Wylye Valley School, Codford, enjoyed a week filled with acting and dance during which they put on a stage performance of ‘The Snow Queen’.  More than 30 children from the school Drama Club, run by Mrs Thornton, took part.  They were confident, spoke clearly...

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STUDENTS IN SOUTH WEST can EARN WHILE THEY LEARN

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, March 4 to 8, NICEIC, a regulatory body for registered electricians, is advising school-leavers that a career in the electrical industry is full of opportunities and benefits. It wants more young entrants to consider an...

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Apprenticeships viable alternative to university

Next week is National Apprenticeship Week from March 4 to 8.  What to tell parents about the value of an apprenticeship - pro uni and anti apprenticeship. Valley News asked Ruth Sparkes, editor of Teen Magazine Future Mag. Many parents don’t think an apprenticeship is...

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Students face the future

Skilled technical and trades specialists of the future will be found among the students of Wiltshire College, which is being given a thoroughly modernising makeover. Now celebrating  five years as Principal...

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Students first with new game

A computer game has been invented by two Salisbury students – a first for students still studying at Wiltshire College & University Centre. Jack Coleman and William Batty-Smith, both HNC Computer Games Animation students, are hugely proud their game Hectic...

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Students offered industry insights

Salisbury Sixth Form College is holding its first-ever Geoservices Fair on Wednesday, February 13, for students to meet representatives from universities and businesses face-to-face. The fair, sponsored by local organisations, including Wessex Archaeology,  is for...

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Headteacher welcomes special needs proposals

Exeter House headteacher Matt Sambrook welcomed Wiltshire Council's proposals to invest £20 million to ensure every pupil has access to a first class education in Wiltshire. He said the proposals to have two centres of excellence in Wiltshire catering for special...

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Elite Football programme to attract young players

Milton Abbey School is working with the Champion Sports Group to offer an Elite Football Programme to talented young footballers from Dorset, the UK and throughout the world. The scheme is believed to be the first of its kind. Milton Abbey is an independent school in...

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New special needs school opens

A new school for primary and lower secondary age groups pupils with special needs in South Wiltshire opened on February 4. Wiltshire council said the satellite is part of the wider review of special education that Wiltshire Council has been taking forward over the...

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Video: UTC Students join the Army for a day

Salisbury’s UTC invited the British Army’s professional communicators to engage students in various STEM-related activities to develop ‘employability skills’. On Wednesday, January 16, the Royal Signals worked with students on team-building, critical thinking, code...

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Video: Fresh air education centre opens

A newly-opened private nursery in Crockerton, near Warminster, has taken outdoor learning to another level by letting the children interact with animals. The Learning Meadow for children aged two to five years old, is promoting a ‘learning by doing’ approach for them...

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College garden at RHS Chelsea

Kingston Maurward has been chosen to show its signature garden at RHS Chelsea in May. With its key sponsor, stonework supplier Miles Stone from Southampton, Kingston Maurward will build a garden designed by its talented garden designer, Michelle Brown, to celebrate 70...

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New St. Michael’s ready for army rebasing challenges

The new St Michael’s CE Primary School has wrestled with adversities since it welcomed pupils to Larkhill in September, but it is now ready for new challenges. The move to the historic location proved to be well worth it as the new facilities are top-notch and allowed...

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Top tech gift guide for Christmas 2018 from the UTC

If you don’t know your RAM from your megapixels, students from the South Wiltshire UTC are on hand with their top Christmas present picks. Salisbury's University Technical College specialises in STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering and maths, so the...

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