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Cerne Abbas C E V C First School
Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7LA, UK Dorchester
+44 (0)1300 341319


Cerne Abbas First School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School, situated in the village of Cerne Abbas, in the heart of the Cerne Valley of West Dorset. The school serves a wide rural community, which includes Cerne Abbas itself and the neighbouring parishes of Up Cerne, Minterne Magna, Nether Cerne and Godmanstone, as well as several other smaller local villages.

Built in 1844, the village school is believed to be the oldest in Dorset. Today, it is a bright and well-maintained, three-classroomed Victorian school of banded flint and stone, with a hall, offices, staff room and secure playground. With just some 24 boys and 27 girls between the ages of 4-9 years old on roll (as at: 1st November, 2006), pupils come from a broad cross section of local families and all speak English as their first language. The school is a church school and encourages Christian values of respect, caring and sharing in all we do. Prayers and assemblies are a normal part of our school life.


  • To be a confident learner
  • To strive to be literate and numerate
  • To understand the importance of a fit and healthy life style.
  • To experience a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes creativity and enjoyment.
  • To have the opportunity to explore the world around them.
  • To care for each other in a Christian environment.


We aim to enable each child to experience a broad and balanced curriculum using visits and outside expertise to achieve a creative and challenging learning environment in which each child can enjoy meeting challenges and achieve their full potential in every way.

The National Curriculum lays down the areas of study which should be covered at each stage of a child`s education (known as Key Stages), and the levels of achievement which should be expected (known as Levels). Clear targets have been set out covering the range of knowledge, skills and understanding which pupils should be expected to master at each Key Stage (known as Attainment Targets).

The total period of a child`s education is split into four Key Stages. At Cerne Abbas we cover Reception (which has its own Foundation stage curriculum based on the Governments ‘Stepping Stones`), Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and the first half of Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4).


Children spend a good deal of their time in school as they grow up. Therefore, it is really important that they see their school as a community to which they belong and can contribute, and where they are valued for themselves and can be happy and secure. To this end, much thought is put into ensuring that their surroundings are attractive and comfortable and that caring and supportive attitudes are always being encouraged. One of the advantages of being such a small school is that this sense of being "family" is particularly strong. In addition, firm routines and a disciplined attitude help to provide a purposeful working atmosphere in which your child can learn.

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