Weymouth schools are extra special

NOW WE’RE TALKING: All Saints head Tim Balmforth with pupils Farrin Aitken, left and Katie House celebrate the school’s specialist language status

NOW WE’RE TALKING: All Saints head Tim Balmforth with pupils Farrin Aitken, left and Katie House celebrate the school’s specialist language status

First published in News Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

TWO Weymouth secondary schools are celebrating specialist status success in a major boost for education in the borough.

All Saints School has been awarded a second specialism in languages while Budmouth Technology College has just been awarded high performing specialist school status, meaning it will also be able to apply for a second specialism.

All Saints was awarded specialist status in science four years ago and, as of April 1, will officially boast a language specialism as well.

Headteacher Tim Balmforth said: “At the end of last summer we received a letter from the Department for Children, Schools and Families informing we would be redesignated as a high performing specialist school.

“One of the consequences of that was the invitation to apply for a second specialism.

“We chose to apply for languages as it is a strong working area in the school and we are keen to encourage our children to study a modern foreign language.”

Mr Balmforth added: “The high performing school status reflects the hard work done across the whole curriculum and our decision to go for languages as a specialism was a response to a strength in that area and what we feel is important for the children’s education.”

Budmouth principal David Akers said he was ‘delighted’ to be informed that his school, which has been a specialist college for 10 years, had been given high performing specialist school status.

He said: “That puts us in the top 30 per cent of schools nationally and it also enables us to take on a second specialism.

“We are still talking about the alternatives for the second specialism, we want something that will continue to broaden our curriculum and give more opportunities to our students.

“We are really excited about the prospect of starting our new specialism in September this year and building on the success of recent years.”

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11:49am Wed 4 Mar 09

Genghis says...

Is there any chance that one school will specialise in teaching English?
Is there any chance that one school will specialise in teaching English? Genghis
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12:21pm Wed 4 Mar 09

maximus says...

Genghis, Portland ,
If they do, does that meen that ther kids will leeve skool tawkin proper lik we does and not needin a speel cheeker ven thye rite liik the won I uuse?

I must admit that the junior school that my grand-daughter attends at Broadwey is doing a good job, she enjoys doing the homework.
Genghis, Portland , If they do, does that meen that ther kids will leeve skool tawkin proper lik we does and not needin a speel cheeker ven thye rite liik the won I uuse? I must admit that the junior school that my grand-daughter attends at Broadwey is doing a good job, she enjoys doing the homework. maximus
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2:15pm Wed 4 Mar 09

biggestoaf says...

Hold the front page!
Maximus in positive comment shock!!
(Special feature including pictures and interviews on pages 4,5,9,10 and 14)
Hold the front page! Maximus in positive comment shock!! (Special feature including pictures and interviews on pages 4,5,9,10 and 14) biggestoaf
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2:31pm Wed 4 Mar 09

maximus says...

biggestoaf, Weymouth
Please do not hold your breath while you wait for my next positive comment, I would not like to imagine you getting red in the face :^)
biggestoaf, Weymouth Please do not hold your breath while you wait for my next positive comment, I would not like to imagine you getting red in the face :^) maximus
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8:47pm Wed 4 Mar 09

dopea says...

Genghis wrote:
Is there any chance that one school will specialise in teaching English?
ωбрадованн
аѧ Марїе !!
[quote][p][bold]Genghis[/bold] wrote: Is there any chance that one school will specialise in teaching English?[/p][/quote]ωбрадованн аѧ Марїе !! dopea
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10:58pm Wed 4 Mar 09

Genghis says...

"... alegdon tha tomiddes maerne theoden

laeleth hiofende hlaford leofne

ongunnon tha on beorge bael-fyra maest

wigend weccan wudu-rec astah

sweart ofer swiothole swogende leg

wope bewunden"

"... alegdon tha tomiddes maerne theoden laeleth hiofende hlaford leofne ongunnon tha on beorge bael-fyra maest wigend weccan wudu-rec astah sweart ofer swiothole swogende leg wope bewunden" Genghis
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8:02am Sat 7 Mar 09

Scolopax says...

Genghis, things have moved on a bit since then, well they certainly have in Wyke Regis, I suppose I shouldn't speak for Portland.
Genghis, things have moved on a bit since then, well they certainly have in Wyke Regis, I suppose I shouldn't speak for Portland. Scolopax
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