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Verwood C E VA First School
Howe Road, Wimborne,BH31 6JF
01202 822652


SchoolWe would like to welcome you to our school and invite you to come in and have a look at what's going on. Whether you are a parent, a pupil or someone who would like to find out more about the exciting things going on in the school right now, we are sure that you will find what you are looking for.
Our school is special and so are all the children in it. This website will be a showcase of their achievements as well as a means to share news and information with families and friends. We hope you enjoy looking through the pages and that you will return on a regular basis to keep up to date with what's happening.

Our School Vision

Thank you to all parents and children for their warm welcome.

Verwood first school is a Church of England first school. We believe that this gives us a wonderful foundation on which to build and we believe strongly that the Lord is with us each day and as we meet as a Governing Body to make decisions to give the children of Verwood First school the best education possible.

We are proud of our children and aim to celebrate all their achievements. We are conscious that children learn in different ways and that they have talents in different areas. We believe that it is our role to find this potential and allow for its expression. We want our children to be active in the learning process and to be aware of how to become a good learner. We want our children to see the school as their school, one in which they have a voice and an opinion and where their opinion can influence the direction of the school.

Verwood is successful because we believe in teamwork and leadership throughout the school. We believe that the relationships between the staff should be a model for our children to follow. We also believe that the parent, child, teacher relationship is vital for the development of your children. We recognise that parents understand their children better than anyone else and we appreciate the need to work in close partnership. The teachers and Head teacher will make themselves available wherever possible to ensure good communication. We are never too busy to listen to your concerns for your child.

Although successful in many ways, there is plenty to do to make Verwood first an even better place for your children. Our School Development Plan (SDP) identifies areas that we need to work on. Raising standards in maths and writing will be an important focus for the year and also raising achievement of the more able pupils. A summary of this will be sent in a newsletter after half term.

A Parsons


Verwood C.E. First School is a voluntary controlled Church of England First School. It was founded in 1847 to serve the local community but is now fully funded by the Local Education Authority as part of the maintained system of education. The school moved into new accommodation in September 1985 and was officially opened by HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, on the 30th July 1986.

The school was designed specifically with children in mind and has extremely spacious and light accommodation and wheelchair access to all areas. The building is fully carpeted with purpose built science, technology and craft areas and is wonderfully resourced. The school can accommodate up to 330 children. The school has a well equipped reference library, a superb music and drama studio, a special needs centre, a well resourced hall for P.E and I.C.T. suite. At present the school has 15 computers being used by the children. There is an audio visual aid centre, complete with a well stocked library and up to date equipment. There is a resource centre for each curriculum area.

All facilities are in the same building, and so are easily accessible to all staff and children.


Language is fundamental to all learning. Children learn language primarily through listening, talking, reading and writing. These activities cross all areas of the curriculum but are also taught through the Literacy Hour. In the regular literacy sessions in school children are taught to practise all of these literacy skills. The sessions usually begin with an input based around a piece of text or a book. Together the children read and share the text. They may discuss what the text is about, any unusual words, the use of punctuation and strategies for decoding unknown words. The children may also look at other words with the same phonic pattern. After the input the children are given some related activities which may practice and consolidate the skills and concepts already covered. Finally there is a feedback session which reinforces the learning and celebrates achievement.

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