Ferndown First School is situated in the town of Ferndown, some eight miles north of Bournemouth and is, as such, on the northern edge of the Poole/Bournemouth conurbation. To the north is open heath land. We are a two form entry first school, however, since September 2018 we have accepted three forms of entry school, if required by the Dorset Council. Our Pupil Admission Number is 60.
There are currently 362 pupils on roll. We work hard to provide the children at our school with the high quality of education and care they deserve.
The school was built as an open-plan middle school in 1968 and the first school moved in to our extensive premises during the late 1980’s. We have a well resourced IT suite, library, Music Room, Life Skills Room and Art Gallery to further improve the quality of the learning environment.
Our school day starts at 8.40am. Children should be in class for the register at this time. Our school day ends at 3.05pm.
In January 2021, Ferndown First School joined the Castleman Academy Trust.
The Castleman Academy Trust is named after Charles Castleman, a Wimborne solicitor who was chiefly responsible for the building of the railway line that operated between Southampton to Dorchester in 1847. Castleman was a great visionary and entrepreneur and was passionate about developing the local area. Just like Charles Castleman, so too the Castleman Academy Trust is passionate about developing the talent and potential of young people in the area and committed to ensuring all young people in its schools experience inspirational learning.
Schools in the Castleman Academy Trust are Broadstone First School, Broadstone Middle School, Ferndown First School, Ferndown Middle School, Parley First School.