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  • Press Release

    Sturminster Newton headteacher chosen for key school support role

    The headteacher and staff at Yewstock School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

    Seán Kretz is one of 137 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.

    NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.

    NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to federation or academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can often involve NLEs becoming executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

    Seán Kretz, said: “I am delighted to have been chosen for this role. We were judged outstanding by Ofsted in our last inspection and we have a great deal of knowledge, expertise and experience to offer other schools who may be needing support. This is a wonderful opportunity for myself and my staff and we are excited to be able to share our skills.”

    Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Seán Kretz are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve. We have over 1,000 National Leaders of Education and their efforts are at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.

    “School-to-school support is having a growing impact with benefits for both the schools being supported and those providing the support.”

    Successful heads will be invited to attend a formal induction and training for the role in driving school improvement.

    Notes to editors:

    For further information contact: Headteacher Seán Kretz, Yewstock School on 01258 472796 or

    For more information about the national NLE programme visit:

  • Valentine's Disco

    Valentine 2On Saturday 8th February we held a Valentine's Disco in the school hall from 12.00 - 3.00. 

    There was hot food available and cakes and drinks.


    Valentine 1The hall was decorated and DJ Owen played a fantastic selection of music. About 100 people attended and everyone had a great time.Valentine 3

  • Arts Award

    Well done to Year 11 and 12 students who have successfully completed and passed their Entry Level 3 Arts Award Explore qualification.

    Mr Dishington and Mrs Haydon are really pleased with all their hard work.

    Arts Award


  • The Governing Body of Yewstock School

  • Family Information Service

    Family Information Service Newsletter

  • Team Dorset Athletics Network

    Monthly sports session in North Dorset.

  • Gillingham & Shaftesbury SEN Parent Groups

    The Gillingham & Shaftesbury SEN Parent Groups will hold their meetings in alternate months in Gillingham and Shaftesbury to offer support during school terms.

  • Dramatherapy

    As part of the School's Community Links programme we are running a Dramatherapy Group for pupils from Primary Schools in the local area. To support this work parents have requested more information on this. So Mrs Peacock is running 2 workshops so that people can find out more.

  • Salisbury Cathedral Visit

    Salisbury_CathedralIn connection with our topic this term, 'The Way We Were' Years 7, 8 and 9 visited Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 23rd February.

  • Valentines Disco

    Valentines DiscoOn Saturday 4th February we held a Valentines Disco in our school hall.

  • Sports Events

    2 sporting events which involved some of our secondary pupils.