School Closure and Remote learning

Tuesday 5th January 2021

School will be closed to all children today (5th January 2021). The staff will be implementing our remote learning plans and you will be contacted by class teachers with the children’s home learning. Mrs Ralph has been trying to contact you all, unfortunately due to the high volume of traffic on the text and email system schools use, it crashed last night!

Wishing you all well. Take care and stay stay.


Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day

Welcome to Buckland Newton Primary School

On behalf of myself, the staff and governors, I would like to warmly welcome you to Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School. We are a very successful village school and the highest achieving school in the area. We are equidistant from both Dorchester and Sherborne and our school is very much part of the local community – we have strong links with the Church. We have wonderful support from the Governing Body, parents, a band of volunteers from the community and our FBNS (Friends of Buckland Newton School). We are committed to excellence in education and aim to excite children’s imaginations through a range of engaging and challenging learning experiences within a Christian environment. 

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In June 2017, along with most of the other schools in the Sherborne area, we became a Multi Academy Trust – SAST (Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust). This was the beginning of a new chapter for us but we feel in this changing educational landscape, it has given us the opportunity to retain our autonomy while working closely with other schools for the benefit of all our children.

We are currently ranked as the highest performing primary school in Dorset overall. We were delighted to have received a letter earlier this year from Nick Gibb, who is the Minister of State for Standards at the Department of Education, congratulating us on our very high progress scores between Key Stage 1 and 2 and ranking us in the top 2% of schools in the whole of England. At Buckland Newton we truly believe in educating the whole child and giving the children as many opportunities and learning experiences as we possibly can in all subjects, whether they are creative, practical or sports as well as academic, so that we can equip them for life in our modern world.

In our most recent Annual Review the children said, they loved school and felt they were well-supported and cared for and compared their experiences here to being part of a very happy family.

At Buckland Newton we can offer you outstanding teaching and learning, excellent behaviour and a warm, safe and friendly Christian ethos where every individual is valued. We truly believe that your child’s education is very much a two-way partnership between home and school. My staff are part of a dedicated team who will do their utmost to ensure that your child’s time here is safe, happy, and productive.

I hope you enjoy finding out about our school and how we work together to ensure our pupils are happy, secure and successful – please come and meet us! We have lots of exciting projects taking place this year and are very much looking forward to all the opportunities on offer!

Nicola A Ralph



On our virtual noticeboard you will find links to newsletters, parent letters, breakfast club, after school clubs and online payments.