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Winter Planning

February 28th, 2018 by Katie Shipley in News, Uncategorized

In the event of winter snow warnings, and the distance some pupils have to travel to and from the Learning Centre, on occasions it may be necessary to cancel morning transport or arrange early transport from school and it is VERY important that school have up-to-date contact details for parents / carers.

The decision to cancel transport is not taken lightly and is only taken when there is risk to the safety of students.

In the event of a school closure you will be contacted via text message as soon as possible.

Please make sure that you have provided us with any changes to your contact telephone number.

Open Evening

March 11th, 2016 by Katie Shipley in Uncategorized

On Monday 7th March we held an Open Evening for the parents and carers of our students to come along to the centre and see all the fantastic work that has been achieved so far this year.

Each room had a display showcasing the topics of study for this term, and the evening gave the teachers and parents a chance to discuss the progress that students had been making.


We look forward to hosting another Open Evening again soon!


Safer Schools and Communities Team Workshop

November 25th, 2015 by Katie Shipley in Uncategorized

Please find, in the link below, the latest Parents E-Safety Newsletter

SSCT Parents Esafety Newsletter Spring 2016 (1)

We have a series of workshops to be delivered to our staff and students on site here starting on Monday 7th December by the Safer Schools and Communities Team.

Safe Schools Team

The SSCT is a partnership between Dorset Police, Dorset Youth Offending Team and Bournemouth and Poole Youth Offending Service with a remit to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and wrong-doing amongst children and young people and help keep them safe in a digital world.

There are three areas of work:

Community Safety Education

This involves education to children and young people, professionals and parents in the following areas:

  • E-safety
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Anti-bullying
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Diversity
  • Domestic abuse
  • Firearms
  • Health relationships
  • Preventing gang culture
  • Preventing violent extremism
  • Weapons


SLC visit London

November 23rd, 2015 by Katie Shipley in Uncategorized

On the 12th November we took a group of Year 11’s on the train into London to watch the stage production of War Horse.

The day was brilliant. It started with a lovely train journey into Waterloo, with several games of Uno and Pass the Pig being played.

We then took the tube into Convent garden and for some this was the first time they had ridden on the tube.

Here are the students enjoying Leicester Square tube station too…

war horse 1

We then decided to have lunch altogether in an authentic Italian restaurant.

war horse 2

There was time to have a quick look around the Disney store before we went on to watch the brilliant War Horse show.

The trip was a complete success, the students were amazing and a credit to SLC!

The students really enjoyed the experience too;

war horse 3

“I really enjoyed my trip to London because we got to explore London and see new things like a floating man in Convent Garden. The best bit of War Horse was people making the noises of the animals.”

“I really enjoyed my trip to London because the scenery on the train and around London was pretty. I also enjoyed walking around the Disney shop and having lunch at the Italian restaurant. There wasn’t really a best part of War Horse as it was all so amazing, but one of my best bits was at the end when Joey and Albert returned home after the war it was very emotional.”


WOEC Kayaking

September 29th, 2015 by Katie Shipley in Uncategorized







Georgia spent a wet and windy Monday morning with Darren and Will at WOEC doing Kayaking. Georgia ended up spending most of the morning in the water with a big smile on her face.

Well done and thank you for a great morning Georgia!

Little Trees Forest School

September 29th, 2015 by Ian in Uncategorized

FS logo

This Autumn term has seen the continuence of our Little Trees Forest School at Tinneys Lane.

Vicky and Davel work with the KS3 students on the site by incorporating the National Curriculum with the natural environment.

They enjoying making 3D structures…


… and constructing stories about the animals they can see.


Have a look on their daily blog to see what else they’ve been up to…


Pizza Oven

December 5th, 2014 by Ian in Uncategorized

Pizza oven

The garden at the Learning Centre was completed in time for the Summer Fete, a joint venture with St Paul’s Playgroup. The planting of the beds was carried out by the students, ably assisted by one of the students parents and the generosity of Waitrose. The garden helps our students learn about gardening and producing food to use in the kitchen. Design and Technology students have designed and built some seating and it is generally felt that the green environment provides a calm area in which to relax and promote wellbeing.

The next phase was to build a pizza oven and this was started in September. Students and staff all lent a hand to mix the clay and build up the dome. The oven was completed in time to have its inaugural firing at the first of our Community Talks at the end of October. Pizzas were enjoyed by the students at lunchtime and by visitors to the talk about Beekeeping in the early evening.

The building process gave the students hands on experience at bricklaying, teamwork and patience. The clay needed to be broken up and any stones removed. This clean clay was mixed with sand and water by ‘puddling’, a technique of patiently working the mix by walking over it. The next process was forming fist sized balls of clay to build up the shape of the oven. Three layers were needed to complete the oven.

The oven will provide an alternative approach for the students learning about food preparation and cooking as well as providing wood fired pizzas for special occasions. It will also get used during our Spring and Summer community talks. The next event is Community Singing on the 11th December between 1830 and 1930. In the New Year we will be continuing our series of events with a talk about the Night Sky, a Ukulele workshop, a talk about the local conservation areas and a talk entitled ‘Love food – Hate waste’.


November 8th, 2014 by Ian in Uncategorized


We’re developing a good tradition of sailing here at SLC. We’ve had several sea voyages and we often go sailing at a local reservoir, too.

Here we find Jacob explaining to Chris what that big white thing is just above their heads.

We are sailing…

October 15th, 2013 by Ian in Uncategorized

XL Sailing

Good luck to all the staff and students who are sailing the high seas this weekend!