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Welcome to the Wessex Multi Academy Trust

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Learning Is Everything
To unlock the full potential in every young person through discovery and outstanding opportunities for learning and achievement.
Our Values
We believe in the power of learning as a means to transform lives
We believe that every young person has talents that can be nurtured through relentless optimism and striving for success
We believe that mutual respect is the foundation for good relationships and that we should act with care, concern and generosity towards each other
We believe that learning for life is best provided in an inclusive environment where young people come together regardless of ability, background, culture, faith or beliefs
We believe that all of our learners, their families and our communities are all crucial partners for achieving success
Our Philosophy
To provide all of our schools, staff and learners with the freedom to succeed whilst ensuring that each is fully accountable for their outcomes
To prove that system-wide improvement is best achieved through collaboration, not competition
To identify and develop outstanding governors and leaders and ensure succession planning in all our schools
To train, develop, recruit and retain the most outstanding teachers and other staff in the belief that this is the way to achieve world-class standards in education
To provide high quality support services that are personalised and tailored to each school’s needs
To make the very best use of the resources with which we and all our schools are entrusted
Our Aims
Developing the concept of school-to-school support to bring about system-wide improvement
Providing opportunities for outstanding professional development which enable us to recruit and retain the best staff
Delivering excellent support services that provide value for money
Continually searching out and learning from good practice elsewhere
To provide positive representation for our whole community
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Our Schools

Bere Regis School
Bere Regis

Bere Regis is a happy, friendly, community school with a family atmosphere, where children and adults are encouraged to achieve their potential in a creative and supportive learning environment. We believe that all pupils at our school deserve the best and our aim is to help them succeed, by fulfilling their potential in every aspect of school life: academic, social, personal, physical and spiritual. More...

Damers First School
Damers First

At Damers children are at the heart of everything we do and our school is a vibrant place in which to learn, work and play. As an inclusive school we are passionate about meeting all children’s needs, both emotionally and academically and as a whole school community we provide an engaging and imaginative curriculum that opens windows into an inviting world, rich in relevance and opportunity. More...

Dorchester Middle School
Dorchester Middle School

At Dorchester Middle School we believe that every child is extraordinary and that education has the capacity and the possibility to change lives for the better. We are committed to providing children with the best possible educational experience within a positive, caring and supportive environment. At Dorchester Middle School teaching and learning is built upon a foundation that is inclusive, supportive, challenging and empowering. More...

St Osmund’s CE Middle School
St Osmund’s

St.Osmund’s is a school built upon the Christian values of hope, community, respect and love. Children come first. We stand together and support each other.
Our mission statement embodies our work here at St. Osmund’s. We approach each day and each new learning opportunity with optimism and energy. Every member of our community is of equal importance and we strive to provide support and challenge for everyone. More...

The Thomas Hardye School
Thomas Hardye

The Thomas Hardye School is a mixed comprehensive school with 2,300 pupils on roll including 800 in the Sixth Form. We believe in the power of learning as a means to transform lives and that every young person has a talent that can be nurtured through relentless optimism. We aim to unlock the potential in every young person through discovery and outstanding opportunities for learning. More...

School Admissions Consultations

Wessex Multi-Academy Trust (Wessex MAT) is required to consult on its admissions arrangements for its schools if a) changes have been made to a school’s admissions arrangements or b) if a school has not consulted upon its admissions policy in the last 7 years.

As a result, the Trust is consulting upon the admissions arrangements for: Bere Regis Primary and Pre-School and Thomas Hardye School under point a and Damers First School under point b. This is for the allocation of school places for the start of the academic year in 2023 (policies available on the respective schools' websites).

The consultations are running from Monday 22nd November 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022.

Responses, including comments or objections, must be submitted either in writing to Mrs V Smyth, Clerk to Wessex MAT, Wessex Multi-Academy Trust, Suite A, Paceycombe House, Poundbury, DT1 2ET or by email to by Monday 3rd January 2022

Upon conclusion of the consultation period, all responses will be considered carefully and a report will be presented to the Directors of Wessex MAT prior to the determination deadline on the 28th February 2022. The key dates for the consultation are set out below:

Wessex MAT consultation of Bere Regis Primary and Pre-School, Thomas Hardye School and Damers First School Admissions Arrangements begins 22nd November 2021
Consultation ends 3rd January 2022
Directors of Wessex MAT, as the Admissions Authority, determine Admission Arrangements 28th February 2022
Directors of Wessex MAT, as the Admissions Authority, publish Admission Arrangements 15th March 2022
Deadline for Objections to Office of the School’s Adjudicator 15th May 2022

Contacting Us

Postal Address

Wessex Multi-Academy Trust
Suite A, Paceycombe House
Paceycombe Way

01305 231510

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