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  • World Book Day 2014

    World Book Day 1At Yewstock this year we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite Book Character.

  • Science Day

    Science Day 1This year's annual Science Day saw everyone from the Nursery up to Year 8 take part in a wide range of activities.

  • Youth Makes Music

    Yewstock ChoirOur school choir performed at the Sherborne Rotary's annual 'Youth Makes Music' event on Wednesday 12th March.

  • Rylands Farm Holiday Club

    Rylands Farm Holiday Club is running on 4 days during the Easter Holidays.

  • Fund raising others and ourselves.

    We held a cake sale and had a visit from The Wessex Highlanders.

  • Visit to Foxes Academy

    A visit to Foxes Academy in Minehead. Students at Foxes Academy

  • Zoolab - Making Science Fun

    Senses and Textures 079On Tuesday 26th February we were very fortunate to have a visit from Zoolab.

  • ASD Parent Support Group

    The ASD Parent Support Group will be having a talk by Sonia Colton and Esther Gardner at The Blandford Children's Centre.

    Click here for more information 

  • Sports Events

    tag_rugby_ballWe had 2 sports events this week. Tag Rugby and Cross Country.cross_counrty

  • Tesco & Sainsburys Vouchers

    Tesco_Sainsburys_vouchersWe are collecting the Tesco Computer and Sainsbury Active Kids Vouchers again this year. We use them to get equipment to help all our pupils.

  • Dorset Parent Carer Council

    The Dorset Parent Carer Council are holding 2 day Workshops (Free) on Making Sense of 'Behaviours'.

    Please click on link for more information

    Click link forParent Invitation

  • Bingo

    The Shaston Social Club are very kindly holding a fund raising Bingo in aid of the  Friends of Yewstock. It will be on Sunday 11th March, at The Shaston Social Club in Shaftesbury.  The doors will be opening at 6.30pm and 'Eyes Down' will be at 7.30pm. Please come along and support this cause and have a fun evening and, who knows, you could be lucky enough to win a prize!. All welcome.
  • Comic Relief - Red Nose Day

    Red-nose-2011-pirateHere at Yewstock we try to help others. For Comic Relief this year we sold Red Noses, had a 'stripes' fashion show (with music from 3 pupils in the rock band, A Stomach Full of Venom' and some songs from other pupils), a silent auction for a 'Pirate Red Nose' cake, sale of bric-a-brac and a cafe which sold cakes, fruit and drinks. Stacey also did a 3 hour, sponsored silence (although she found it hard, she managed it - well done Stacey!)red-nose

    We had £120 from the red noses and a further £321.40 was raised from all the other activities, making a total of £441.40.

    Thanks go to everyone who took part and for all the support we received. It was very successful and everybody had a super time.

  • Yewstock Link with Midwest Radio

    Hang on to your hats!! Yewstock is going on air!!!

    djWe have developed a link with Midwest radio, who will help us to set up a recording facility. This will enable us to produce programmes for broadcast throughout the school site at specific times, especially lunch times.

    Pupils will be able to pre-record music and conduct interviews, as well as letting everyone know what is going on around the school.

    These will be played from the JKS classroom to receivers throughout the site, using a mixing deck.

    Midwest radio will act as consultants and mentors, training staff initially to use the equipment, and then being at the end of the phone when we need advice.

    If the programmes are good enough, they might even air one or two locally. Yippee!!!!!


    Tune in for the next exciting instalment! Oh, hang on, you can’t tune in yet!!


    Will keep you informed!

    Jenny Knotwell

  • Maju Steel Band

    Steel_drum_workshop_240311_010We welcomed members of the Maju Steel Band to our school on Thursday 24th March. They travelled down to us from London.

    They gave a concert in the morning and then had several small workshops for groups. All our classes had an opportunity to make music with a steel drum, something that many had not seen or heard before, and were able to dance to the wonderful music played by the Band. The sessions finished with a 'conga dance' around the school hall. It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces as they tapped their feet and swayed their hips to the infectious music and dance. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    We would really like to have the opportunity of playing and dancing to the music again. Our sincere thanks go to the Maju Steel Band.

  • Sporting Events

    Last week saw two sporting events in which Yewstock took part.

    tag_rugby_ballMonday 14th was a Tag Rugby Tournament at Wimborne Rugby Club. Two other schools, Linwood from Bournemouth and Beaucroft from Wimborne, attended.All the pupils had a super day. Beaucroft were declared the winners with Yewstock in second place and Linwood, third.

    Many thanks go to the coaches, referees and also to the Rugby Club and their cook who supplied our lunch.


    cross_counrtyWednesday 16th, it was Cross Country Championships at Canford School. Girls and boys under 16 and under 13 teams entered. 4 teams took part. Everyone ran really well, Nicole and Stephanie had bronze medals. However, Louis was our 'star of the day', winning an individual Gold medal in the under 16 boys race. Overall the boys under 16 team came first, gaining the team gold award.

    Well done everyone who took part and many thanks to the organisers for their hard work.

  • Options Evening and Careers Fair

    There will be an Options Evening and Careers Fair for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities on Wednesday 30th March from 7.00pm-9.00pm at the Fiveways Resource Centre, Ilchester Road, Yeovil. More information from or contact Sharon.

    It will be an opportunity for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities aged 13+ and their parents and carers to see the range of educational and care provision available after leaving school. Parents attending previous events have reported that talking to a range of professionals helped to develop the plans for the future education and/or care of their child.

    DIscover the opportunities available with representatives from - Job Centre Plus, Social Care, Residential Colleges, Connect South West, Care Providers, National Colleges, Local Colleges and Local education and Activity Providers.

    40 stalls are expected and refreshments will be available.

  • Easter Bingo

    BingoThe Friends of Yewstock are holding an Easter Bingo on the evening of Wednesday 30th March at the school. The doors will open at 6.30pm and 'Eyes Down' will be at 7.30pm.  We hope to see as many as possible for what we are sure will be a fun evening for the family and help raise funds for the school.
  • World Book Day

    SpidermanOn Thursday 3rd March it was World Book Day. We asked the pupils and staff to come to school dressed as a character from a book.

  • EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus


      Friends of EarlyBird dates 2015-2016 to be confirmed.

    Good News for Parents with children aged up to 9   years old with ASD:

    The National Autistic Society (NAS) EarlyBird and EarlyBird Plus Programmes have been extended across Dorset, to include venues at Yewstock School (Sturminster Newton), Mountjoy School (Bridport), Beaucroft School (Wimborne), in addition to Westfield Arts College in Weymouth.

    What are the NAS EarlyBird and EarlyBird  Plus Programmes?

    The NAS EarlyBird Plus Programmes  are a three-month training programme that combines group-training sessions with individual home visits.

    Who runs the Programmes?

    The programmes are delivered by teams of Licensed Trainers across Dorset. The Programme at Yewstock is coordinated by Jenny Knotwell (01258 472 796).

    Trainers are local professionals with experience and understanding of autistic spectrum disorders. They have been trained to run the programme at the NAS EarlyBird Centre in South Yorkshire.

    Who can attend the programme?

    Parents of a child under 4 years old can attend the EarlyBird programme (with a confirmed diagnosis of ASD).

    Parents of a child aged over 4 and under 9 with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder can attend the EarlyBird Plus programme, along with a professional who works with their child. The programmes  are mainly offered to families within the Dorset County Council area.

    What are the aims of the programme?

    To empower parents / carers.

    To encourage a consistent approach between home and school by training parents and professionals together.

    To help establish good practice and consistency in your child’s life.

    What will we learn about?

    The NAS Early Bird Plus programme will help you to:

    -understand your child’s autistic spectrum disorder

    -help improve communication with your child.

    -help to develop practical strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur.

    Will the programme cure my child’s autism?

    We do not offer a cure at EarlyBird Plus BUT we do offer hope.

    What do I do next?

    Contact Jenny Knotwell (EarlyBird trainer) at Yewstock

    For more details, an information pack or an informal chat

    Tel:  01258 472 796


    NAS Website:

    And the next step?

    Come to an information meeting in your local area and hear all about it.

    Courses are offered across Dorset

    Contact your nearest team (above) for details of the next information meeting


  • Fieldfare Kielder Challenge

    Fieldfare trust logoA team of eight pupils, (four from Yewstock and four from Sturminster Newton High School) competed in the finals of the Fieldfare Kielder Challenge (a problem solving outdoor adventure competition) in Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland at the end of September.


  • Sainsburys vouchers

    Once again this year, we are collecting the Active Kids vouchers. They will be given out in Sainsburys stores from 9th February until 31st May. 

    We would be really grateful to anyone who wishes to send their vouchers into school, via the pupils or by bringing them to the School Reception desk.  Last year the pupils benefitted from quite a few items from the vouchers we received.

    Thank you very much, in anticipation for your continued support.

  • Children In Need

    Pudsey BearAs you may have been aware,  we held a fund raising day for Children in Need.  The initial amount we raised was £300. 

  • Special Clubs


    All the clubs cater for 11-25 year old young people with disabilities.

    Saturday Club at Dorchester Youth Centre on alternative Saturdays 2-5pm. Cost £1.00 plus 50p for refreshments. Contact Sandy Cave 01305 860354

    All Stars Ferndown at ferndown Youth & Community Centre on Monday evenings 6-8pm. Cost £5.00 per session. Contact Sandy Cave 01305 860354

    Hipbones Gillingham Youth & Community Centre on Saturday mornings. Contact 01747 822267

    AbFab at Burton Youth Club on Thursday evenings. Contact Jo Harley

    PZAZZ at Blandford Youth & Community Centre on Saturday mornings. Contact Michele Corbin

    STEPS Weymouth at the Steps Club on Saturday mornings. Contact Tom Lane 01305 771861


  • A Fund Raising Evening

  • Disability Grants


    We have received this information and feel that it is a useful link for anyone with a disabled person in their family/care.

     I am the mum of a 15yr disabled child with Cerebral Palsy and I set the website up to help other parents of disabled children (though it has now expanded to include all aspects of disability).

    Please could you tell your parents about the website and if possible include a link on your website.  It would be great if any of your parents could participate in the site by "Helping Other Parents" (a link in the Children's section and from YOUR Grants).  It's just with all the cut backs etc I think parents need to help each other.

    If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Kind regards

    Julia Tyrrell

    The website is

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    On Wednesday 16th February approximately 70 students from Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Post 16, accompanied by staff, travelled in 3 minibuses and 2 coaches to attend the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.  We watched a performance of William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.  This was by the Shakespeare 4 Kidz production company.  Several other schools attended the performance.

    A packed auditorium thoroughly enjoyed the story, told in a child-friendly language, of the mixed up loves between Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius and what happened on that magical Midsummer Night.

    The favourite of many was Bottom, especially when wearing the donkey's head.  However, the real favourite was the irrepressible, very impish Puck.

    Everyone enjoyed the acting and dancing and we clapped along with some of the songs.

    Those who had not been to a theatre before, took in all the sights and sounds  and many said that they would like to go again.  It was an excellent introduction to Shakespeare, which can often be quite daunting.

    It was lovely to have so many parents come with us - apologies to those parents who were not able to have a ticket.  We plan to make more theatre trips and invite parents in the future.  It was lovely to see Mrs Barber who was a teacher at Yewstock for many years.

    Many, many thanks go to Mrs Peacock for organising the day and to Mr Padgett for arranging the funding. 

  • Information on forthcoming events in Dorset

    Information on forthcoming events in Dorset
  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Pied PiperClass KVS perform the Pied Piper of Hamelin

  • Holiday List

    Tuesday January 4th 2011   teacher training day

    Wednesday January 5th 2011   teacher training day

    Thursday January 6th 2011   pupils return to school

    Monday 21st - Friday 25th February 2011   half term

    Monday February 28th 2011   pupils return to school

    Monday 11th - Monday 25th April 2011   Easter holidays

    Tuesday April 26th 2011   pupils return to school

    Monday 2nd May 2011   May Bank Holiday

    Monday May 30th - Friday June 3rd 2011   half term

    Monday June 6th 2011   pupils return to school

    Thursday July 21st 2011   pupils break up for summer

    Friday July 22nd 2011   teacher training day

  • Beauty and the Beast


    We are delighted to have a travelling drama group to visit our school on the 19th January 2011.  We have had travelling drama groups who have visited our school in past years.

    Classes that have requested to watch have already signed up for this colourful performance.  Hence this is fully booked.

    Our children and students gain the experience of watching this theatrical show.  It is a fantastic and exciting way of learning as it is also an auditory and visual performance and experience.