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A quick YouTube clip from the topping-out ceremony on a blustery day atop Sarum Academy's new build, complete with bagpiper! Date: Monday 19 November 2012.
 

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Maintaining An Outstanding Forest

Maintaining An Outstanding Forest

by Michael Ford 17 December 2015

The New Forest CE VA Primary School at Landford, Nomansland & Hamptworth has maintained its outstanding status in a recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection.

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International Athlete Inspires In Zeals

International Athlete Inspires In Zeals

by Michael Ford 9 December 2015

A British and Commonwealth Games medallist met with an enthusiastic welcome when he visited Whitesheet Primary Academy, Zeals, as part of the national ‘Sports For Champions’ programme.

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Busy Times at Sarum Academy

Busy Times at Sarum Academy

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

Science, competitive sport and charity fundraising have all made headlines at Sarum Academy recently.

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MP Opens Okeford’s Outdoor Area

MP Opens Okeford’s Outdoor Area

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

Local MP Simon Hoare has officially opened Okeford Fitzpaine CE VA Primary School’s new outdoor learning area.

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Onwards and Upwards at Gaunts Common

Onwards and Upwards at Gaunts Common

by Michael Ford 2 December 2015

St James CE VC First School Gaunts Common has improved from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ across the board, thanks to a recent SIAMS [Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools] inspection.

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Acclaimed Author Speaks at Conference

Acclaimed Author Speaks at Conference

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

On 4 November 2015, the Diocesan Education Centre in Wilton welcomed internationally acclaimed children’s author and storyteller Bob Hartman, who travelled from the US for the fourth annual Open the Book Conference.

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A Welcoming School Gathering In Wimborne

A Welcoming School Gathering In Wimborne

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

Last month [October 2015] children, staff, parents and governors at Wimborne St Giles First School joined together for their Harvest festival in the church.

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Amesbury’s On The Up

Amesbury’s On The Up

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

Wiltshire CofE Primary School’s rating improves from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in just under five years...

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Westbury Leigh Gets Upgraded

Westbury Leigh Gets Upgraded

by Michael Ford 25 November 2015

CofE Primary goes from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in five years. Story includes a report from the school website.

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Wimborne's First Fiji Day

Wimborne's First Fiji Day

by Michael Ford 4 November 2015

A report from St James’ CE VC First School in Gaunts Common, near Wimborne.

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Whitesheet’s Coffee and Cakes vs Cancer

Whitesheet’s Coffee and Cakes vs Cancer

by Michael Ford 28 October 2015

Whitesheet Primary Academy, Zeals, has raised nearly £200 during a Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning.

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Excellent Reception in Wiltshire

Excellent Reception in Wiltshire

by Michael Ford 28 October 2015

A brief report from Wilton and Barford Primary School.

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Jobs for the boys - and girls - at Whitesheet

Jobs for the boys - and girls - at Whitesheet

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

It’s never too soon to start preparing young children for the big wide world out there. If recent experience at Whitesheet Primary Academy in Zeals is anything to go by, these children have a head start.

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A Flying Royal Visit- LINK TO GALLERY

A Flying Royal Visit- LINK TO GALLERY

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

HRH the Countess of Wessex visited the newly built Sandford St Martin's CE Primary School, Wareham, Dorset, on 19 September 2015.

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Wilton, Barford and Saxons

Wilton, Barford and Saxons

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

A report on a museum trip by Wilton and Barford CE Primary School

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Whitesheet Sells Out

Whitesheet Sells Out

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

A world-class classical Indian dance-drama in Zeals was "a huge success."

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Outstanding Aims at Tisbury

Outstanding Aims at Tisbury

by Michael Ford 14 October 2015

New Headteacher at St John’s Primary School, Tisbury sets her sights on an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating.

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Award-Winning Safety at Bemerton

Award-Winning Safety at Bemerton

by Michael Ford 7 October 2015

Bemerton St John CE Primary has received a 2015 award for e-safety.

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Steadfast at St Ed's, Poole

Steadfast at St Ed's, Poole

by Michael Ford 30 September 2015

St Edwards RC/CE VA School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in their July 2015 SIAMS inspection.

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A Sporting and Educational Legacy

A Sporting and Educational Legacy

by Michael Ford 25 September 2015

September 2015 sees the launch of an Olympic-inspired Programme at Wilton and Barford Primary School.

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Looking Spiritual at Gaunts Common

Looking Spiritual at Gaunts Common

by Michael Ford 28 September 2015

On Tuesday 16 June 2015, Gaunts Common St James’ First School explored their understanding of Spirituality. This report includes pupils' comments.

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Okeford Gets Creative!

Okeford Gets Creative!

by Michael Ford 28 September 2015

A brief school report from Okeford Fitzpaine. Why not try your own Pen Free Environment Day?

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Lessons Well Learned at Milton

Lessons Well Learned at Milton

by Michael Ford 25 September 2015

Milton on Stour has been graded outstanding across the board in their July 2015 SIAMS inspection.

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Yes, Minster!

Yes, Minster!

by Michael Ford 24 September 2015

The Minster CE Primary School, Warminster, has become “one of the most improved schools in the country” in one category, leaping from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ status in June 2015.

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Excellence in the Middle at Puddletown

Excellence in the Middle at Puddletown

by Michael Ford 23 September 2015

The SIAMS inspector was very impressed with St Marys Middle School, Puddletown, in June 2015. In particular, the acting head and RE leader drew praise. 100 pupils attended an optional communion service recently.

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Downton On Their Uppers

Downton On Their Uppers

by Michael Ford 22 September 2015

In May 2015, the SIAMS Inspector rated Downton CE outstanding in all categories.

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Strong Church Support at Longfleet

Strong Church Support at Longfleet

by Michael Ford 16 September 2015

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Longfleet Primary as a Church of England school have been rated outstanding in a SIAMS inspection, May 2015.

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Joy Tubbs Gets Canonised!

Joy Tubbs Gets Canonised!

by Michael Ford 13 May 2015

Director of Education Joy Tubbs joined three other new Canons at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 7 May 2015.

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The Vision Vessel

The Vision Vessel

by Michael Ford 2 July 2015

A collaboration between staff and pupils gives graphic results!

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Hitting the Mark at Sarum St Martin

Hitting the Mark at Sarum St Martin

by Michael Ford 25 March 2015

St Martin's CE VA Primary School, Salisbury, has been rated 'outstanding' in a recent inspection.

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Speaking Highly of Great Cheverell

Speaking Highly of Great Cheverell

by Michael Ford 17 March 2015

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Academy, Great Cheverell, recently scored 'outstanding' in all categories.

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Dynamite Inspiration for Sarum

Dynamite Inspiration for Sarum

by Michael Ford 24 February 2015

Sixth Form pupils at Sarum Academy were joined recently by Novelist Jason Hewitt, author of 'The Dynamite Room', to explore the working practices of a published author.

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Back to the Stone Age in Wiltshire

Back to the Stone Age in Wiltshire

by Michael Ford 18 February 2015

A report by Henry, a Year 6 pupil from Whitesheet Primary Academy

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Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

by Michael Ford 18 February 2015

Okeford Fitzpaine School are delighted to have achieved GOOD across all areas, following a recent inspection by Ofsted.

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Islam After Charlie Hebdo

Islam After Charlie Hebdo

by Michael Ford 21 January 2015

Comment by Derek Holloway, RE Adviser for Dorset, 19 January 2015: with thanks to Dave Francis.

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Trojan Horses and Church School Values

Trojan Horses and Church School Values

by Michael Ford 21 January 2015

Advice from Derek Holloway, Adviser for RE and Collective Worship in Dorset, January 2015

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Hitting the Mark with RE

Hitting the Mark with RE

by Michael Ford 12 January 2015

Bemerton St John Primary School has become the first school in the Diocese of Salisbury, and in Wiltshire, to be awarded the silver RE Quality Mark (REQM).

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Way Ahead in Weymouth

Way Ahead in Weymouth

by Michael Ford 1 July 2015

Beechcroft St Paul’s Primary School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in a recent school inspection.

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Bishop Opens New Swanage School

Bishop Opens New Swanage School

by Michael Ford 21 January 2015

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, recently dedicated St Marks' CE VA Primary School in Swanage, Dorset. Here is a brief report.

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Spirited Arts 2014

Spirited Arts 2014

by Michael Ford 16 December 2014

Entering the international 'Art in Heaven' competition has become a yearly event at Wilton and Barford CE Primary School.

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Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

Weymouth Young People Celebrate Christmas Truce

by Michael Ford 16 December 2014

Nearly 1000 people gathered at Weymouth Football Stadium on 4 December for a special carol service.

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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 1 October 2014

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 29 August 2014

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 August 2014

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

New Principal for Southbroom

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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 29 August 2014

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 1 July 2015

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 29 August 2014

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 29 August 2014

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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Morgans Vale's Outstanding Finish

Morgans Vale's Outstanding Finish

by Michael Ford 29 August 2014

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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Sarum Academy Topping-Out

A quick YouTube clip from the topping-out ceremony on a blustery day atop Sarum Academy's new build, complete with bagpiper! Date: Monday 19 November 2012.

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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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