Establishment Cerne Abbas CofE VC First School

URN: 113759

Voluntary controlled school

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Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LA
Local authority
Dorset (838)
Headteacher / Principal
Mrs Catherine Cresswell
Phase of education
School type
Voluntary controlled school
Gender of entry
URN: 113759, DfE number: 838/3009
UKPRN: 10080167
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 15 February 2011)
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Religious character
Church of England
Diocese of Salisbury
No boarders
Nursery provision
Has Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
Open date
Not recorded
Reason establishment opened
Not applicable
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not applicable
Special classes
No Special Classes
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Date last changed / confirmed
3 July 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of governors

Chair of governors
Name Appointed by From To
Barbara Southcott Appointed by GB/board 3 December 2018 2 December 2022


Name Appointed by From To
Justin Rush Appointed by GB/board 28 June 2021 27 June 2025
Rebecca Macmillan Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 28 June 2021 27 June 2025
Daphne Judith Burnham Foundation/sponsor members 5 May 2021 4 May 2025
Fiona Hyden Foundation/sponsor members 5 May 2021 4 May 2025
Jenny Rees Appointed by GB/board 14 September 2020 13 September 2024
Brendan Carikas Appointed by GB/board 6 July 2020 5 July 2024
Jonathan Still Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold) 1 June 2020 31 May 2024
Adam Gough Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 25 November 2019 24 November 2023

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Alexandra Ryan Governor Elected by school staff 1 September 2017 31 August 2021
Catherine Cresswell Governor Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 September 2017 31 August 2021
John Smythe Governor Nominated by LA and appointed by GB 20 January 2020 26 April 2021
Julie Daulby Governor Appointed by GB/board 25 March 2019 26 April 2021
Russell Goodall Governor Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates 25 September 2017 26 April 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
South-West England
Government office region (GOR)
South West
Chalk Valleys
Parliamentary constituency
West Dorset
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Rural village
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Census ward
Middle super output area (MSOA)
West Dorset 004
Lower super output area (LSOA)
West Dorset 004A
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School capacity

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Free school meals

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