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History of Our School

The original school was built about 1859 and was an old flint and cob building. The facade of this building can be viewed at the old school site, Chapel Lane. It was built on the site of the old tithe barn and pond by the Reverend Jamen Michael, Vicar of Sturminster Newton. The school mistress appointed was Miss Eliza Vivian assisted by two teachers.

Drawing of Old School
When the school was built a bell hung above the main entrance. It is thought that the bell was removed during the 1914-18 war, to go towards the war effort. The bell housing was discovered in 1982 when the school was repainted and it was decided to replace the bell. At about this time in 1982 the HMS Sheffield was hit by an Exocet missile during the Falklands War and sadly, one of fatalities was a crew member who lived in Winterbourne Whitechurch, the neighbouring village to Milborne and a village in the school catchment area. When a new bell was presented to the school by the Royal Navy from R.M.A.S. Freshburn, it was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Falklands campaign in 1982.

School View
Since this time the bell called the 'Freedom Bell' traditionally rung on the last day of term by year 4 children hangs over the school entrance. It was removed and taken to the new school in 2001.

The history of the school has been well documented and access to these records is available on request.

The present school was opened for children in Easter 2001. It is a school with first class facilities enabling the best educational opportunities available.

Grounds and Environment

The school grounds were planned and developed to give all round educational and environmental value. The Wildlife area, which is out of bounds without an adult, has a large pond, a Hazel coppice and a bird and butterfly area, for the children to enjoy.

We have a native hedgerow planted in 2000 with a grant from the International tree Foundation and each year the children are involved in projects such as planting new trees and flowers to encourage wildlife, Willow structures, a Sensory garden and growing organic vegetables and herbs. We use as much native and organic planting as possible and have a wonderful array of chalk downland flowers in spring and summer.

The children reap the rewards through being surrounded by trees, flowers, birds, animals and insects to study for much of the year.

Sensory Garden

Sensory Garden

The idea of a sensory garden is to explore and create a garden for the use of all our senses, sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. This is a particularly exciting project and a great resource for all age groups that have fully or partially lost any of their senses, as well as those who have all senses.



Owl Mosaic

The Owl is set on a thick, level base of concrete. All the materials used are frost proof and hopefully child proof, time will tell. The shells and stones are from all over Britain, especially Scotland. The shiny black: pebbles are just right for the night sky surround. We made sure all children played a part in the mosaic.

Mosaic owl

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