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Welcome to

Southern Academy Trust

We are a growing group of schools with a shared passion for the quality of outcomes for all young people within our schools and beyond. We understand that we have a clear responsibility for the education of a generation. The Trust was initially formed from three schools in the North Dorset area, a secondary and two primary schools who understood that schools are stronger working together than they are apart.

By working together as a group of schools we can better take up our responsibility for all the young people in our area. We are promoting the best outcomes for young people through the best teaching delivered by the best teachers, working with the best support staff.

We accept that every school joining our Trust is unique and it is important to the Trust that we retain the individuality of every school. We will work together as a Trust to further strengthen the best in every school and enhance and improve those areas schools can improve.

We work together in an open and mutually supportive way to ensure that the children for which we are responsible have the best experience and achieve the best outcomes to prepare them for their futures.

11-18 Years

Shaftesbury School

Shaftesbury School is a mixed 11-18 school with excellent facilities on the edge of the ancient town of Shaftesbury. The school is proud of its enviable facilities with everything a young person needs to learn easily available on site. The school also offers a boarding house within the town that is popular both nationally and internationally. This gives the whole school a diverse and unique flavour. Its Christian foundations together with 3 core values of Aspiration, Action and Achievement radiate around the school. This is a high performing school which is evident from its recent results. These show that this school is on a mission to ensure its pupils make the most of their time here and leave fully prepared to face the challenges of modern life.

5-11 Years

Motcombe CE VA Primary School

Motcombe CE VA Primary School is nestled in the heart of a scenic North Dorset village and very much part of its local community. This beautiful Church of England school celebrated its centenary recently and so has been part of village life for many years. It has grown over time and now welcomes children from the surrounding area to be part of this popular school. Consistently rated as good by Ofsted, this school provides a broad and varied education to the children, who benefit from a vibrant and dedicated teaching staff.

5-11 Years

Shaftesbury Church of England Primary School

Shaftesbury Church of England Primary School is a friendly school with lots going on. It serves the town of Shaftesbury and is the largest primary school in the area with great local links, excellent facilities, wonderful grounds and dedicated staff. It is very much a community school and the children are at the heart of everything the school does. Inspiration and aspiration are values that are instilled in the children in this school early on. Its pupils get to experience a variety of activities daily with the facilities including an IT suite, a library, extensive outdoor grounds and a dedicated early years village.

5-11 Years

St Andrews Church of England Primary School

St Andrews Church of England Primary School in Fontmell Magna has been part of this picturesque village for many years. Housed in a traditional stone built school house, with wonderful grounds, it is an idyllic setting. This school has a strong history of combining high academic expectations with a passion for the arts and music. Complementing its beautiful grounds and history is a dynamic and enthusiastic team, bringing knowledge of modern teaching styles and techniques to this beautiful village school.