Schools in South Wiltshire & North Dorset

Another bumper year

Another bumper year

Hazlegrove Prep School’s departing Year 8 pupils go on to a wide range of senior schools with an impressive array of scholarships. During the past three years, the school’s pupils consistently achieved 30-plus scholarships and awards on an annual basis to leading...

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St Mary’s Shaftesbury celebrates excellent results

St Mary’s Shaftesbury celebrates excellent results

‘Outstanding’ GCSE results were achieved by St Mary’s Shaftesbury pupils who improve on last year’s outstanding GCSE grades. They were some of the best results the school has seen in nine year, Mrs Maria Young, Headmistress said . Almost a third of the grades were 8/9...

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Academy achieves highest results

Academy achieves highest results

Sarum Academy students continue to make good progress under the Progress 8 measure and achieved the Academy’s highest results so far, in spite of the challenges of the new exam format, said head teacher Jonathan Curtis More than 75% of students achieved a Grade 4 or...

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Godolphin passes are ‘impressive’

Godolphin passes are ‘impressive’

Godolphin School Salisbury, has an impressive set of GCSE results. “With a combination of GCSE and iGCSE specifications, this is the first year the vast majority of exams have been graded with numbers rather than letters.  We are delighted with the efforts of this...

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Girls grammar school celebrates

Girls grammar school celebrates

South Wilts Grammar School celebrated another excellent year of GCSE results. Students were congratulated and their success was ‘a credit to their hard work and determination to do well’, a school statement said. “The number of students achieving the very highest...

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BWS GCSE results

BWS GCSE results

After last week’s strong showing at A level, Year 11 boys at Bishop Wordsworth ‘s School, Salisbury, also did well with GCSEs. Overall, 71% of all grades were at 9, 8 or 7; impressively, the most common grade overall was 9, with more than a quarter of the boys’ papers...

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Godolphin celebrates ‘excellent’ results

Godolphin celebrates ‘excellent’ results

Upper Sixth pupils’ at Salisbury’s Godolphin School hit six in grades were A*, A or B with the A* rate holding up well, overall.  In addition, in the first year of results, three quarters of BTEC grades were Merit or above. Particularly impressive results were...

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‘Exceptional achievements’ at grammar school

‘Exceptional achievements’ at grammar school

South Wilts Grammar School for Girls Students excelled in their A-Level examinations this year with an outstanding 78% of all A-Level results at A*, A or B grades, an improvement on previous years. And 47% of all grades were A* or A, with 14.4% at A* and a pass rate...

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Excellent A level results for Girls

Excellent A level results for Girls

The success of their Upper Sixth leavers with excellent A Level results was celebrated today, August 15, by Bruton School for Girls. Nearly 20% received straight A*/A grades, and 40% of all grades were awarded an A or above, but nearly 85% of grades were C or above....

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Good progress for Sarum Academy

Good progress for Sarum Academy

Sixth Form students at Sarum Academy again made ‘good progress’ across the board in A Levels and BTECs, according to Jonathan Curtis, Headteacher. “The academy’s blended curriculum of A Level and BTECs courses has proven to be the right pathway for students, helping...

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BWS A level successes

BWS A level successes

In defiance of the slightly changeable August weather this morning, August 15, Bishop Wordsworth’s School  was full of happy boys receiving their A level results and celebrating with their mates. Stuart Smallwood, Head Master, said: “By any measure they did well this...

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Strangest university courses uncovered

Strangest university courses uncovered

With the number of school-leavers applying for University degrees at an all-time high, with 236,350 school leavers (40% in total) applying for a degree place – 3,970 more than this time last year, the whacky range of courses available is even more scary....

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New sixth form to open

New sixth form to open

A new Sixth Form opens in September, 2021, at Rookwood School, Andover. The current Year 9 students will be the first to take their A-levels at Rookwood. The school now becomes the only independent ‘all-through’ school in the Andover area, educating children aged from...

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Spires School celebrates Good Ofsted with talent show

Spires School celebrates Good Ofsted with talent show

The Spires school celebrated the end of term and the recent Ofsted inspection with a ‘Spire’s got Talent’ show, with pupils and teachers taking part. The Salisbury-based school welcomed many visitors to the event who were treated to performances by ‘Dolly and Kenny’,...

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Young people taste work with Police

Young people taste work with Police

Wiltshire Police ran the World of Work (WoW) scheme in Swindon, Salisbury and Melksham during recent weeks.  Key Stage 4 students joined in a week of activities to get a taste of the police service. Students learned there is more to keeping Wiltshire and Swindon's...

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Garden school rated ‘outstanding

Garden school rated ‘outstanding

The Garden Montessori at St Mary's School, Donhead St Mary, was classed as ‘outstanding’ after an inspection in July, looking at the quality and standards of the early years provision. Outstanding was the word used by the inspector, Catherine Sample, for most of the...

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First Military Child Wellbeing Course

First Military Child Wellbeing Course

Kiwi Primary School, Bulford,  is the first in the UK to try a new Military Child Wellbeing Course, launched by military children’s charity, Little Troopers. The course was created by experts, including a cognitive behavioural therapy specialist, creative arts...

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UTC to close next year

UTC to close next year

South Wiltshire UTC is to close in August next year because of continued low demand for student places making it no longer financially viable, according to a Board of Governors statement and the Department for Education. The  focus now is on ensuring the students...

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What do we mean by an online tutor?

What do we mean by an online tutor?

(These views are the view of the Author and not necessarily the view of Valley News)  Nowadays, it is of great importance that students stay focused on studying and do not waste their time playing all day long. When they are at their schools, being in a classroom,...

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Real live warrior experience for students

Real live warrior experience for students

A group of students from South Wiltshire UTC in Salisbury worked well in the Royal Navy-organised Junior Leaders Field Gun competition. They combined with Reading UTC in a team called ALET Warriors, named after the Activate Learning Trust. The event is for...

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Running track gets a foot up

Running track gets a foot up

Work began on Monday, July 8 to improve Salisbury’s running track and athletics park. Resurfacing, improved layout for field events to UK Athletics standards, disability access, new a discus cage and electrical supply to the finish line to enhance timing, are among...

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Watch: Pupils’ project is aspiring

Pupils at Wilton CE Primary School spent a week being inspired. "What a great week we have had! A massive thank you to all parents who came in and talked to the children about their job or aspiration....

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Staggering achievement for school team

Staggering achievement for school team

Warminster's Kingdown School team won the Shell Eco-Marathon Vehicle national championships at the Mercedes Benz World facility in London. After five hot days of competition lasting a week, the team’s vehicle finished in first position with a staggering 2,526.51 miles...

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New sixth form to open

New sixth form to open

A new Sixth Form opens in September 2021 at Rookwood School, Andover. The current Year 9 students will be the first to take their A-levels at Rookwood. Rookwood School now becomes the only independent ‘all-through’ school in the Andover area, educating children aged...

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