The Heath Academy Trust

a primary multi-academy trust, leading learning in east Dorset

Our Schools

St Ives Primary & Nursery School

‘Inspiring bright futures and minds’

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St Ives Primary & Nursery School is an extremely happy school, providing a caring environment in which each individual is truly valued. A dedicated, well-qualified teaching staff provides an excellent education, whilst a wealth of extra curricular opportunities helps children to develop their talents to the full. At St Ives, high expectations underpin all that is undertaken. Forward looking in our approach, we are committed to preparing young people for an ever-changing world.
We want our children to feel cared for and valued and, in turn, to care for and value others. We want all the children here to feel really good about themselves because we know that happy, confident children will both do the best they can, and be the best they can.

The beautiful location and excellent facilities play their part too, but it is the quality of relationships throughout the school that creates such a welcoming environment, for children and parents alike.
Choosing the right school for your child is a major decision so I invite you to come to St Ives, to meet pupils and staff and to view our impressive facilities. You can be assured of a very warm welcome!
Laura Crossley, Headteacher


Three Legged Cross First & Nursery School

‘Learning, perseverance and manners’

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Three Legged Cross First and Nursery School is a small, friendly village school for children from 2 to 9 years, situated between West Moors and Verwood.  Our school has the benefit of large grounds with a number of field areas and playgrounds, along with a dedicated forest area and pond.
Our school has a family feel with small classes, (our published admission number is 20), and a focus on high achievement within an ethos of ‘learning, perseverance and manners’.
Active learning for the future is promoted using high quality resources to bring learning to life. Our children use the benefits of technology to support their learning in our Apple Mac library area. Weekly forest learning sessions, with our qualified Forest School Leader, reinforce our commitment to good manners and the application of learnt skills in the outdoor environment. Singapore mathematics is taught through concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches, backed up with high quality text books to ensure embedded learning.
Justine Horn, Headteacher


St James’ CE First School & Nursery, Alderholt

‘We live, love, learn together everyday’

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St James’ CE First School and Nursery aims to ensure that children are able to flourish and develop both as individuals and as responsible community citizens. We pride ourselves on offering a happy, safe and unique school experience for every child.
Set in a delightful rural location, our school and nursery benefits from large open plan classrooms, plenty of outdoor learning space and we are currently in the process of developing our forest school. We follow a creative, child-led curriculum and whilst our children excel at Maths and English we are careful to balance this with an interactive, innovative and fun approach to all subjects covered.
We offer high-quality care and education starting in our Nursery from age 2 through to age 9 after which children can choose from a variety of local middle and Junior schools.
It would be my pleasure to show you around or talk to you over the telephone and discuss your child joining St James’ that we are so very proud of.
Jo Hudson, Headteacher


Oakhurst Community First & Nursery School, West Moors

‘From tiny acorns mighty oaks grow’

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Oakhurst First and Nursery School is a warm, happy, nurturing environment where children can grow and flourish.
The staff are a dedicated team who are committed to providing a broad, rich curriculum, along with an exciting range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities which enables all of our children to develop a love for learning and reach their full potential.
Ann Clark, Headteacher


St Mary’s CE First School & Nursery, West Moors

‘Believe in better…be more AWESOME – For anything is possible with God’

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St Mary’s CE First School & Nursery is a busy but friendly school, with a real ‘family feel’ to it thanks to our caring, personable approach. We strive for high expectations and will work with individual children and families to ensure that children meet their full potential. The school mantra of ‘Believe in Better…Be more Awesome‘ drives our shared vision to continually develop in many exciting ways, providing a more enriching experience for all our pupils.
Roy Sewell, Headteacher 


Sixpenny Handley First School & Nursery

‘If we believe, we can achieve’

Sixpenny 56Sixpenny Handley First School & Nursery has clear aims, values and expectations.  We encourage a positive, happy and welcoming environment where each child is valued and encouraged to develop their talents to the full. We have a team of dedicated professionals who provide engaging daily activities as well as a wealth of extra curricular clubs to inspire and motivate all our children.  As a school we place a strong emphasis on pupil voice and our children contribute their valuable ideas to support the school. We warmly welcome you to come and visit our very special village school. Hope to see you soon!

Rachael Musselwhite, Headteacher