Our Schools

A key principle of the SAST is that member schools maintain their own character, such as church and community status. If the school was to take academy status there is a strong commitment for the core features of each school to be unchanged.

All schools in the multi-academy trust are equal partners and are committed to the principles of collaboration, sharing expertise and resources to enable all partner schools to deliver excellent education for all young people in their care. The current schools that are members of the MAT are:

Secondary Schools:

The Gryphon School

The Gryphon School attracts students from around North and West Dorset as well as South Somerset. We are a Church of England School, but as the secondary school for all children, our religious character is highly inclusive, embracing those of all faiths and of no faith. Students thrive and succeed in a positive, caring and respectful atmosphere.
Our special culture and ethos focus on high achievement both personally and academically. This comes from the tremendous work of all our staff and of our students. We strive to be outstanding in all respects – this includes continually improving the opportunities for the students, the ways of learning and the facilities.

The Gryphon gains high results for its students at both GCSE and A Level. Our large Sixth Form of 450 students is exceptional. We have an excellent record of success in university entrance, including places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities, as well as for training places and apprenticeships.

We are the local community school, are outward looking and have excellent community links. We have strong relationships with other good and outstanding schools across the South West and throughout the country.



King Arthur’s School

King Arthur’s is a 11-16 school in the historic town of Wincanton. We are a small secondary school and this helps us to develop a special family atmosphere within our school community, where every student feels valued and cared for. Every child really does matter and all children are known by all staff. Students thrive and succeed in our positive, caring and respectful environment.

We believe firmly in opportunity and achievement for all and we are proud to provide an education that aims to equip all students with the confidence, competence, knowledge, skills and understanding to fit easily and actively into a rapidly changing society.



Harbour Vale School

Formerly known as Sherborne Learning Centre, Harbour Vale School joined SAST on 1st November 2019. Our school provides alternative education for students across North and West Dorset.

Harbour Vale provides an important provision for students who have medical needs or who have been excluded from other schools. We support them to tackle any barriers to learning, gain core qualifications, and holistic life skills, which will enable them to become valued members of society.



Shaftesbury School

At Shaftesbury School we promote the highest expectations of our students, and encourage each individual to be the best they can be. We have roughly 1,000 students including those in our Sixth Form, and we pride ourselves on the strong reputation we have for the quality of our pastoral care.

Shaftesbury School is one of only 38 state boarding schools in the country. Our boarding residence at Barton Hill House provides accommodation for over 100 boarders. Many of these students travel to us from all over the world, enriching our learning environment through their diverse cultures, faiths and traditions. We are a great, local community school with an international outlook.




Primary Schools:

Buckland Newton CE Primary School

Buckland Newton CE Primary School is committed to excellence in education. We aim to excite children’s imaginations through a range of engaging and challenging learning experiences inside and outside the classroom within a Christian environment.

Every child should leave school with the confidence, the ability and the desire to make the world a better place.



Charlton Horethorne CE Primary School

Charlton Horethorne is a very small rural school at the heart of the local community.  We have three classes; Ladybirds YR,Y1 and Y2, Bees Y3/4 and Dragonflies Y5/6.

In our school we believe that every child is special and all of our pupils valued and nurtured by our hardworking, caring and dedicated staff.  We believe that children learn best when they are happy and stimulated to learn.



Motcombe CE Primary School

Motcombe Church of England Primary School is a successful village school surrounded by beautiful North Dorset countryside and situated between the towns of Gillingham and Shaftesbury.

The school offers an experienced and dedicated staff who are all committed to providing the best possible education for all pupils whilst developing the talents and abilities of the ‘whole child’. Our creative approach to the curriculum starts from the child to provide meaningful and exciting learning opportunities whilst ensuring high standards through high expectations.

The school offers an experienced and dedicated staff who are all committed to providing the best possible education for all pupils whilst developing the talents and abilities of the ‘whole child’. Our creative approach to the curriculum starts from the child to provide meaningful and exciting learning opportunities whilst ensuring high standards through high expectations.



Okeford Fitzpaine CE Primary School

We feel privileged to be able to nurture our pupils’ curiosity for learning and pride ourselves on putting children at the heart of all that we do.

Our Christian values permeate our everyday school life, furthermore, our motto is ‘We are FAB!’

We flourish because we are all treated with dignity and respect.

We aspire to be the best we can possibly be, by seeking wisdom, knowledge and skills.

We believe; in ourselves, in each other, in our community and in our Christian faith.

This is the Okeford Way, which enables our pupils to achieve their full potential as they undertake their learning; encounter new challenges in sports, music, computing and the arts; and it encourages care towards one another too.



Shaftesbury CE Primary School

Shaftesbury C of E Primary School encourages children to be independent, life-long learners who are self-motivated, happy, creative, caring and positive. They have an understanding of themselves, others and the wider world.

As a learning community that involves the children, our families and our staff we aim to INSPIRE. At Shaftesbury CE Primary School, INSPIRE, means that we:

are Independent, Never give up, Shine, Participate positively, celebrate Individuality, Reach for the stars, Explore and excite.

We actively develop the Growth Mindset across the learning community and see all children and adults as learners together. We work as a team to help everyone be the best that they can be.



Sherborne Abbey CE Primary School

At Sherborne Abbey CE VC Primary School each of our children are individuals whom we care for, encourage to live their lives through Christian values, support and have high expectations for.



Sherborne Primary School

At Sherborne Primary, we all believe in promoting a caring town school where EVERY child is an individual and known for their unique contribution to the school, town and wider community. Through experience we know this can only be developed by a close partnership between home and school, based on trust, confidence and honesty.


Shillingstone CE Primary School

We are a small, village primary school that has an inclusive and caring atmosphere. We have an open door policy, where parents and families are actively encouraged to come into the school and where everybody is made feel welcome. We are committed to providing high standards of learning for all children, following a varied and engaging creative curriculum.



St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Fontmell Magna

Successful learning is a result of successful teaching and all at St Andrew’s take this responsibility very seriously.  St Andrew’s is special because it combines high academic standards, challenging expectations, and a rich, exciting and stimulating extended curriculum.  Music, art and sport are strengths that have been recognised by national accreditations.  The more opportunities we give our children, the more opportunities they have to succeed.  This, we believe, is a truly inclusive curriculum.  However, above all, we know that happy, secure children are good learners.

At St Andrew’s Primary, we want the children to be proud of their achievements, school and the community.  We aspire for them to become lively, confident adults, who can empathise, care for other people, our environment, and set themselves realistic challenges.



St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Yetminster

Our goal is to make learning fun and to create a safe and nurturing environment, where EVERY CHILD MATTERS and starts the journey to reaching their full potential. As a “Rights Respecting” school we create a calm and harmonious community, with every child taking responsibility and respecting the rights of others.

We aim to ensure all children will enhance and develop their natural talents to the best of their abilities in the most creative and enjoyable way possible. We also encourage you to support your child in their learning at home so together we can maximize their success.



St Mary’s CE Primary School, Bradford Abbas

At St Mary’s, we can offer you outstanding teaching and learning, excellent behaviour and a warm, safe and friendly Christian ethos where every individual is valued.  We emphasise the importance of positive relationships and reward.

Our school is situated in the centre of Bradford Abbas, a thriving village community around St Mary’s Church, the Rose & Crown Pub, the Village Hall and the Sports & Social Club. With currently 119 pupils on the school roll, our children will learn to value the experience of being part of the wonderful community of Bradford Abbas.


St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School, Gillingham

At St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School and Nursery, we believe everything is possible for all our children.  The school and nursery belongs to the children.  Our Christian values underpin all aspects of school life and our children’s personal and spiritual development as human beings.

We understand that children learn best when they are happy and secure and so we create a supportive, safe and stimulating learning environment. We believe in working in partnership with you, as your child’s first educators, to achieve the very best for your child. We work with each child as an individual so that they are supported and challenged to reach their greatest potential.



Thornford CE Primary School

Thornford School is a Church of England School; it is a caring community based on Christian principles and family values.The children are valued as individuals and encouraged to develop their full potential through a range of good quality educational experiences. The School has the advantages of a greenfield site with a spacious playing field and playground.




Little Adventurers

We are a school-based, small, friendly and fun pre-school in Buckland Newton.


Shooting Stars Nursery

Shooting Stars is a friendly and stimulating day Nursery, which caters for children from 2 year olds to when they are ready to start school. Based in Gillingham, we provide opportunities for every child to grow and develop into happy confident individuals.


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