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Welcome From Mrs Cresswell, Headteacher

Our vision is to be the best you can be.


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Whether you are considering Cerne Abbas First School for your child or have already decided to send your child to us, this website will tell you much more about the school and the values and standards we hold dear and work towards.

The school is small with an Early Years Class (FS1 and 2),  a KS1 class (Years 1 and  2 together) and a KS2 class (Years 3 and 4 together). It is set in the beautiful village of Cerne Abbas. It is a Church of England, Voluntary Controlled School with strong links to the church and the church community. This close knit nature is reflected in the school with our children knowing the values that we have. Our vision is to be the best we can be. Our living Christian values are:

Friendship, Trust and Peace


and our learning values are

Caring, Co-operative, Communicative, Courteous, Considerate, Conscientious and Confident.


Although small, we offer every aspect of the National Curriculum and more besides! The teaching staff and supportive Governing Body regard your child’s academic and social progress as crucial to both the child as an individual and to the future of society as a whole. We aim to achieve high standards of English and Maths to enable the children in our care to access further learning throughout life.


Pupils achieve exceptionally well. OFSTED comments include 'high quality teaching and an exciting curriculum.' 'Excellent care, guidance and support lead to a very positive personal development for pupils.' 'Pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is reflected in their consideration for others and the environment.' 'Pupils are courteous, friendly and respectful.'


The school also offers before and afterschool clubs, many educational visits, an excellent range of information technology, a full programme of outdoor education and games (often supported by outside expertise), and a Christian ethos strengthened by our church links. Both the staff and pupils enjoy working with other local schools to our mutual benefit.

Here at Cerne Abbas CE VC First School we strongly believe in creating a positive, purposeful atmosphere where children are enthusiastic and fully engaged in their learning. We want and expect our children to thrive, to be happy and to feel challenged and excited by their school day.


We welcome visits to our lovely school so please do ring the office and come and look around.


Headteacher – Mrs Catherine Cresswell

'Start children off on the way they should go,  and when they are old they will not turn from it' - Proverbs 22 v 6

A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere

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