Cycling from Rylands

The Cycling group had another great afternoon out in the wet and wild today. We set off from Rylands farm at Boys Hill, went up to Bishops Caundle, had lunch and flew down the hill, see the elevation profile, and passed through the edge of Holwell, stopping for a photo at the oldest postbox in the UK, and returning to Rylands.

We set out thinking it was an OK route when you dont want to go too far from home, and discovered a beautiful area of countryside that deserves further exploration. WE WILL RETURN!!

February 4th, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

New Year @ WOEC!

The girls have started the New Year, by really pushing themselves to the Max!

The term started by the group conquering their fears by heading down into a Sea Cave on Portland, using a Caving ladder.  It was not an easy task with water flowing through the cave at the bottom, but the girls (and Becki) braved the nerves and made very good attempts and going down as far as they could.

Then, this week the group faced another challenge……. a 4 1/2 mile walk upto Hardy’s Monument, making the most of the fabulous views (it was even clear enough to see the Isle of White)!  Some would call it a gentle stroll, others, a gruelling hike!  Despite the (many) Ups and downs, we made it back to the minibus……… A success all round!!

Keep it up girls!  🙂

January 29th, 2011 by Becki in Links for students


The Cycling and Orienteering groups joined together today for a trip up Glastonbury Tor.

The 450ft climb was well worth it and suprisingly short. The views from the top, even on a foggy day like today, were incredible.

We did a photography lesson in black and white to look at composition without being distracted by colour. The results were great.

A stroll around the town gave us a quick ‘groovyness’ boost and a hot choc in the lazy gecko gave us an energy hit.

A fab trip out. Thanks to all for a lovely afternoon. Phil

January 21st, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Bike Project

The Bike Project is going very well, we now have four functioning bikes, not bad considering in September we had a pile of bits and broken bikes, Patrick and Michael have just finished getting the first BMX up to scratch and have loved it.

On the cycling front, we have explored, The Sturminster Newton to Stourpaine cycle trail, Glastonbury nature reserve cycle trail, The Rodwell trail in weymouth, Stourpaine to Blandford, Yeovilton circular route and a Sparkford circular route. All in all clocking up close to 100 miles.

We are ALWAYS looking for more bikes to work on, if you have any parts you wish to donate, PLEASE get in touch.

January 21st, 2011 by PhilS in Links for students

Christmas Fair 2010

Christmas Fair took place on Saturday 11th December. Despite it being one of the busiest shopping days of the year it was a great success. Vicky and her XL group set it up as the photos show. Once the customers started pouring in there was no time to take photos of the action. All the items sold were all hand-made by the XL group. Some of the group are taking their bronze level and some are taking their silver but they all worked together quite happily and the money taken on the day was more than we thought it would be. The students received positive feedback from the community and the 2 hours flashed by.

Everyone felt it was a great success. Well done to everyone especially Vicky, Jemma and Fran.

December 16th, 2010 by Ian in Links for students, News

Sue’s table

Clearly on a roll at the moment, Sue has been using 3D modelling software to come up with designs for a table. This amazing video shows her in action!

December 8th, 2010 by Ian in Links for students

Outreach Workshop

As part of our community outreach program, students and staff visited Countess Gytha Primary School today, to deliver an Imagineering inspired Balloon Racers workshop.

We made cars from recycled materials and balloons. It was a lot of fun and everybody had a great time.

Ionas was the overall winner for the longest distance, pipping Phoebe by a nose.

We love to do outreach work, if you are interested in a workshop, please give us a ring.

December 8th, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students

Weather update Sunday 5th December

We’ll be open on Monday. If anything changes then we will update this website and also let local radio know.

December 5th, 2010 by Ian in News

Snow closure – update Friday 3rd December

snow closure

We’re closed again today, Friday 3rd December. Although most of the main roads have been gritted, it’s unsafe for the taxis to go along other roads to pick up students. The approach to the centre is also treacherous.

Hopefully by Monday the ice will either have melted or the roads will have been gritted and we will be open.

December 2nd, 2010 by Ian in News

Sue made this lovely door plate in Art and DT

“I made a bit of paper with Mikayla written on it, made stencils from it, Phil helped me do the wood, then we painted it and put the stickers on. It wasn’t that hard. ” But it looks FANTASTIC

WooHoo Sue, you’re on fire!

December 1st, 2010 by PhilS in Links for students