More record-breaking GCSE results at Priestlands School

Priestlands School celebrates excellent GCSE results!

New school records achieved at Lymington's comprehensive school in its 60th year.


Record results at Priestlands August 2017

Last week there was much to celebrate at Priestlands School as students received their GCSE results.  In English and Maths, Priestlands students did very well. There were also record results in Core and Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Astronomy; Business Studies, Computer Science and ICT; History and Geography; Art, Drama and PE.

Nationally and locally there was considerable volatility in this year’s GCSE results.  New, more rigorous, exams were introduced in English and Maths and, for these exams, there was no coursework, longer exams  (and more of them) and the grading system changed from A*-G to 9-1. 

New school records!

Overall, 40% of all grades awarded were at A* or A and 10% of grades awarded in English Language, English Literature and Maths achieved the new Grade 9 (national average 3%). 79% students secured the new standard pass (4-9) in English ­and Maths, whilst over 75% of students with 9-4/A*-C grades in English, Maths and the Sciences.  76% of students achieved the equivalent of 5+ A*-C grades, including English and Maths. All of these achievements are new records for Priestlands.

Overall all 218 students (100%) secured at least one qualification. 28% achieved the English Baccalaureate, although this figure is expected to increase when some late results some in. In terms of the government’s new performance measures which apply to all schools in 2017, the provisional new “Progress 8” figure shows that, on average, students at Priestlands performed a third of a grade better than might have been expected.

A highly successful school

Headteacher, Chris Willsher said "This is a superb set of results for our students; once again, they have exceeded their targets.  They coped with the new exam system remarkably well, with 10% achieving the top grade, Grade 9 (national average 3%).  Priestlands continues to be a highly successful school, rooted in its community and serving the community well.  Education at Priestlands is about more than exam results.  We know that their success today means our students have been given greater choice about what to do next.  I thank parents for their support but, most of all, I congratulate students and wish them well in the future.”

Congratulations everyone!



New Forest teenagers swim Solent in memory of their friend

A dozen New Forest teenagers swim the Solent

Swim in memory of schoolfriend and to raise funds for the Piam Brown Paediatric Oncology and Haematology Ward


Lymington's Solent swimmer after their amazing achievementThey did it! Congratulations to Ava, Delfi, Dougie, Georgia, Hattie, Issy, Maya, Millie, Olivia, Oscar, Sonny and Ted for their brilliant swim across the Solent.

On Thursday 13th July a group of 12 New Forest teenagers swam the Solent in memory of their beloved schoolfriend Lizzie Murt who died in October 2015 aged 13.

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Their aim was to swim the 2.3 nautical mile crossing from Yarmouth to Lymington in under three hours - and on the day all 12 children swam the distance in under 2 hours, in spite of the currents, the cold and the wind!

The day started well with interviews with BBC Radio Solent and Wave 105. Speaking to reporters before the event, the team admitted to feeling very nervous. "Hopefully we'll be ok! We'll be watching out for dolphins - and hopefully we won't be near the ferry - if we are, then we've gone wrong!"

New Forest teenagers set off on RIBS to the start of their Solent Swim

The team left the Royal Lymington Yacht Club at 11.30 in a flotilla of boats. The kids started their swim, from Hamstead point at 1.02. Conditions were good - a bit choppy around the middle section - but generally quite calm.

First to finish was thirteen year old Sonny Chamberlain-Hyde, who completed the distance in just 1 hour and 9 minutes! 

Then the rest of the team followed, with the last swimmer landing along Beaulieu Shore at 14.59. All of them swam the Solent in under 2 hours, an amazing achievement. The swimmers were then taken by RIB back to RLymYC, where friends and family were there to congratulate them.

A team of kayaks, RIBs and "motherships" with parents and supporters accompanied the swimmers across the channel.

"It's been a very emotional but amazing day," shared Helen Squibb, mum to Georgia. "A big thank you to everyone supporting the swim. The money rased too has been wonderful. It would not have been possible without the support of the kayakers and RIBs so a big thank you for their dedication and effort. To 12 plucky, strong teenagers - just simply - well done." 

Well done and congratulations to you all for such an amazing acheivement! 

New Forest teenagers at the start of their Solent Swim

The group have already raised more than £10,500 for the Piam Brown Paediatric Oncology and Haematology ward in Southampton, which cares for children from birth to 16 years. The wonderful staff at Piam Brown helped Lizzie and her family through that desperate time.

The money raised will provide outings for young cancer patients and their families as well as crafts and activities for teenagers. The charity also provides accommodation facilities for parents, allowing them to experience a home-from-home while caring for their children in hospital, sometimes for several months.

“The charity pays for things that are over and above the NHS. Without it, families would have a completely different experience,” says Piam Brown charity co-ordinator Rachel Funnell. “This money will make a massive difference.”

The swimming group started training under the guidance of Lymington athlete Valeria Sesto shortly after they came up with the idea themselves in January. They trained 5-6 days a week in the open sea as well as indoor and outdoor pools. 

Solent swimmers in aid of Piam Brown ward at Southampton Hospital“I am excited about doing the swim,” said Dougie Benson before the swim. “But the sea swimming has been hard – when you’re just swimming in one direction for ages and not going anywhere because of the strong current.”

Valeria Sesto said: “These teenagers convinced us and begged us to do this. When something comes from them they will do it with dedication, responsibility, team-spirit, drive and self-motivation. There’s a lot more to the ‘Snapchat generation’ than we sometimes fear!”

Ava Robinson (15), Delfi Cosby (14), Dougie Benson (15), Georgia Squibb (15), Issy Moyles (16), Maya Williams (15), Millie Martin (15), Olivia Kerr (15), Oscar Cain (15), Sonny Chamberlain-Hyde (13) and Ted Ward (13) are all pupils at Priestlands School and Hattie Wheeler (14) is at King Edward VI in Southampton.


Any donation you are able to make will be so gratefully received: please visit their Justgiving page by clicking this link:

You can also text a donation, text: SSFL99, plus your donation amount to 70070. 

Solent swimmers in aid of Piam Brown ward at Southampton Hospital

 Solent swimmers in aid of Piam Brown ward at Southampton Hospital Solent swimmers in aid of Piam Brown ward at Southampton Hospital

12 Lymington teenagers swim the solent in memory of their friend Lizzie




Priestlands celebrates 60th birthday with open afternoon

Priestlands celebrates Diamond Anniversary!

Join us for our 60th birthday celebrations - come to our open afternoon and claim your free cream tea!

Head Boy Girl Prefects 2016This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of Priestlands School in Lymington. To celebrate the school is organising an open afternoon to which everyone is welcome.

The open afternoon will take place between 1:30 and 4:30 on Thursday 6th July. All members of the community are welcome and the school would be particularly keen to see former pupils, parents and staff. Come and see how the school has changed over the last 60 years!

Planned events include:

  • Gamelan performances
  • Clay and lino cut workshops
  • Photography exhibition
  • Sneak preview of the school’s forthcoming production of the musical “Oliver!”
  • Science experiments
  • Maths challenges
  • Poetry recitals
  • Languages competitions
  • Technology activities, including laser cutting, T-Shirt printing, 3D printing and a Scalextric challenge
  • Computing masterclasses
  • Volleyball matches
  • Media green screen filming
  • Looking at how Lymington has changed in the past 60 years and how it might change in the next 60!
  • Battlefield medicine recreations
  • Tours of the school
  • … as well as the chance to enjoy a free cream tea* whilst watching gymnastics and a cricket match on the front field!

Priestlands School in LymingtonChris Willsher, Headteacher of Priestlands School, said: “We very much hope to see large numbers of the community taking this opportunity of visiting their local secondary school and seeing it action. We are proud of this school and its many achievements; this is a chance for people to see us in action.”

*Free cream teas need to be booked in advance through this link



Take a look at our gallery of photos - compare Priestlands today with the 'good old days.'

Priestlands staff 1969-1970

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Mixture as Before Science 2014

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Curious launches new short film prize for all budding filmmakers

Curious launches new short film prize for all budding filmmakers.

Submit your short film by 7th July for a chance to win cash prize and tickets to the Curious Arts Festival.

Publishers Notting Hill Editions and the eclectic Curious Arts Festival are delighted to announce the Notting Hill Editions Curious Film Essay Prize, which is open to everyone anyone with a smartphone.

Festival audience at Curious Arts Festival Filmmakers are invited to submit a short documentary film (no longer than ten minutes) on any subject they chose. The film should be exploratory, imaginative and instinctive rather than propositional and conclusive.

Judges are Matt Haig author of REASONS TO STAY ALIVE and the forthcoming HOW TO STOP TIME, Kim Kremer publisher of Notting Hill Editions and Nick Marston who heads up Cuba Productions and the Curtis Brown Film and TV department.

The winner will receive £500 and two tickets for the Curious Arts Festival. Nine runners up will receive two tickets each for the Curious Arts Festival. The ten chosen films will be shown at the festival.

The deadline for submission is 7th July 2017.

Further entry details can be found at or

Curious Arts Festival 2017The Notting Hill Editions Curious Short Film Essay Prize is a new addition the unique Curious Arts Festival programme which will unfold in the glorious grounds of Pylewell Park on the banks of the Solent this summer.

Back for a fourth year this cultural, creative, curious boutique festival for all family features comedy, music and a packed children’s programme. With life drawing, midnight bat walks and cocktail masterclasses, snail racing, poetry workshops, pop-up fine dining and even a cricket match no other festival offers anything like this dreamy, fun, eccentric and ultimately inimitable weekend.

Highlights on the music stage include the best of UK singer songwriter talent headlined by Tom Odell and Brit Critics Choice Award winner Izzy Bizu. This year’s Curious comedy offer will see Mock The Week’s hilarious Ed Byrne join Radio 4 regular Simon Evans, Paul Tonkinson, and Curious comedy favorites the lightening-quick sketch group The Noise Next Door amongst others.

curious arts lymington snail racingThe literary line up stars an unparalleled list of the most talked about and awarded authors of 2017 including legendary writer, film-maker and publisher Dave Eggers, prolific contemporary novelist Joanna Trollope, award winning journalist Lynn Barber and prize winners Eimear McBride (A GIRL IS A HALF FORMED THING, Bailey Prize) and Keggie Carew (DADLAND, Costa Award) to mention a few.

The kids programme promises a Jabberwocky Hunt, comedy from Howard Read, Breath of Life Puppetry workshops, Story Cures for children from Ella Berthoud and a series of events for budding writers and photographers with The Week Junior.

The festival will take place from 21st – 23rd July 2017. Tickets are now on sale at Tickets are priced at £128 weekend adult, £300 weekend family, £23 weekend child (5-13), £55 day adult, £20 day child (5-13).

Camping is FREE and extensive GLAMPING options are also available.

Find out more about the Curious line up for 2017.

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Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup

Lymington's Sam Batten wins Youth America's Cup.

Congratulations to the Land Rover BAR Academy team as they are crowned Red Bull Youth America's Cup champions!

Great Britain’s Youth America’s Cup sailors from the Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America’s Cup Champions in Bermuda. Sam Batten, jib trimmer in the winning team, grew up in Lymington and learned to sail aged eight at Salterns Sailing Club. 

Sam Batten and Chris Taylor - Land Rover BAR team members and 49er partnersHis mum, Kay is delighted; "We are thrilled to bits with the Land Rover BAR win in the Youth America's Cup. The team has worked extremely hard over the last 18 months and it is lovely to see them so well rewarded. New Zealand sailed brilliantly on the second day, but GBR's consistency over both days won out. Terrific. The flags will be flying when Sam comes home."

Congratulations to Sam and the rest of the Land Rover BAR Academy team!

Red Bull Youth America's Cup

The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda’s Great Sound to take the title, including six initial qualifying races and six races in the finals. The team finished the event with 50 points, just two points ahead of second-placed New Zealand Sailing Team (48 points) and eight points ahead of Switzerland’s Team Tilt (42 points). The victory came down to a nail-biting finale, and the final race of the event, but the team show their determination by never giving up to come back from difficult situations on the racecourse.

Teams in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup are comprised of 18 to 24-year-olds. "These young talents are the superstars of the future," said event director Roman Hagara. "They're going to take the sport to the next level."

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Land Rover BAR Academy

Land Rover BAR launched the Land Rover BAR Academy in January 2016, to support talented young British sailors, and create a structured pathway into the America’s Cup. The British team is made up of some of the country’s top sailing talent, aged between 19-24 years old and led by Skipper Rob Bunce. Helm is Chris Taylor, Wing Trimmer is Elliott Hanson, Jib Trimmer is Sam Batten, Strategist is Annabel Vose and Bow is Neil Hunter, who was also the only sailor to compete in both the America’s Cup and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda.

Sam Batten

After learning to sail at Salterns Sailing Club, aged 8, Sam competed nationally in Optimists before moving on to the Laser class and then double-handed 29ers where he partnered with Henry Lloyd Williams.

Land Rover BAR Academy sailing for Great Britain in Bermuda

Sam then moved to the 49er quad with sailing partner and Land Rover BAR team-mate Chris Taylor. Sam won the RYA Volvo Youth Nationals two times running (2010 and 2011) and also Silver at 2011 Youth 29er Worlds.

Last summer, Sam and his Land Rover BAR Academy team mate Elliott Hanson were in Lymington with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) 'Sail For Gold' roadshow, where locals were invited to try sailing for free and to be inspired by the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The day was part of a week-long initiative by the RYA to encourage and inspire newcomers to sailing. The event coincided with Youth Week at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, where Sam helped out with the Scow Fleet, and Elliott gave pointers to the Silver Fleet optimists. Read more


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Young people in Lymington can now get Ahead of the Game

Young people In Lymington can now get Ahead of the Game

New programme to give 'the edge' in sport, music, academia - and in life!

Ahead of the game courses for young people in LymingtonThis summer, a series of two-day courses for young people will be running at Lawrence Boxing Club in Lymington. 

'Ahead of the Game' is specifically designed to develop a personalised learning platform to get ahead in life and also in competition, from exams to sporting fixtures. It is designed to physically challenge, mentally stretch, provide strategies to cope with stress and also be an enjoyable approach to fitness.

Pushing for excellence 

Twelve years ago Justin Glasspool and Andy Marshall identified a gap in supporting young people in their push for excellence. They took the decision to join forces and provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills that will give them the 'edge' to succeed. 

Whether striving to succeed in the sporting world, in music, in academics, or just generally in life, there are many physical and mental challenges that need to be overcome on the route to the top. Justin and Andy have devised a two-day programme to help young people learn and develop the skills required to overcome these challenges and get set for excellence. 

Ahead of the game courses for young people in LymingtonGet ahead of the game! 

During the two day programme, the young participants - aged between 11 and 18 - have a lot of fun overcoming challenges. Important elements include body language and first impressions, setting goals and how to prepare yourself for big events. The young people are also set a number of individual and team building physical activities, based around the discipline of boxing.

Ahead of the Game can help to improve self-confidence, develop leadership skills, achieve academic success, have fun and improve fitness, be successful at interviews, set targets and reach goals, overcome physical and mental challenges, build self discipline...and much more.

Over the years the Ahead of the Game programme has had notable success, with several participants going on to secure international and professional sporting careers and places at top universities around the world.

Highly qualified instructors

The Ahead of the Game courses are run by three highly qualified instructors: Justin Whitbread, Andy Marshall and Justin Glasspool.

Justin Whitbread is Director of Sport at Ballard School, following over 22 years as Head of PE at Lymington's Priestlands School. Justin has developed strategies to improve performance and mindset in both academic and sporting areas. By developing bespoke educational experiences, pupils receive mentoring, opportunity and specific strategies to improve their sport. The variety of sports and opportunities is vast and particular emphasis is made on health related fitness, knowledge of games and evaluation skills.

Andy Marshall, teacher for over 20 years, has vast experience in working with young people and helping them realise their potential through a variety of motivational techniques and behaviour management strategies. Andy has played a variety of sports at a high level, notably volleyball at international level.

Justin Glasspool is a qualified Fitness and Health Instructor. He has trained athletes at professional level, including the GBR America’s Cup team and GB Olympic sailing team. Justin is a former Hants and IOW boxing champion and is now an ABA qualified coach at Lawrence Boxing Club. His varied experience as an athlete and trainer has led him to understand the discipline and focus required to succeed and created a real empathy and connection with young people.

Take a look at forthcoming dates for Ahead of the Game courses.


Learning to sail in Lymington

Learning to Sail in Lymington

Lymington offers many opportunities for young people to learn to sail.

Without a doubt, Lymington is one of the best places to learn to sail as a child. There are five different yacht and sailing clubs, all with a variety of different settings, which can offer you boat loads of opportunities (Did you sea what I did there? Seariously, did you? Are you shore? Shell I stop now?).

Sailing Lymington Youth week 2016Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Probably the first experience for many young sailors in Lymington, 'Wednesday Junior Sailing' (WJS) is organised every week from April to September by volunteers (many of whom are members of RLymYC). There are two sessions, 2-4pm and 4-6pm. Wednesday Junior Sailing offers children the opportunity to get to grips with handling the tide while in a safe and protected environment. Boats are plentiful - Oppies, Teras, Scows, RS Visions and rowing boats. There are also opportunities to go powerboating! All in all, a very social environment which is popular among many local children.

Wednesday Sailing costs just £1 per session (and that includes a hot chocolate and a doughnut!) To participate, children need to be registered and simply go down and queue to take part. Each registered child works their way through a series of different 'cards' (regardless of prior experience). Each week the number of children admitted to WJS varies, according to the number of volunteer instructors present. This means that some weeks you may be disappointed - don't worry though, if you don't get in then you're put on a list to get in first the next week. Find out more about Wednesday Junior Sailing.

Sailing RS Teras Lymington Youth Week 2016

Once more experienced at sailing, Monday Night Racing is a great opportunity to practice your skills in a real racing environment, you’ll be in the fleet for your handicap, but you’ll also get the opportunity to watch other handicaps racing.

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club also has many classes, for both racing and training. These include Optimists, RS Teras, Laser 4.7/Radial, RS Fevas, 29ers, 240s. The coaches are superb and highly experienced (including world champions and Olympic champions!) - and fun is guaranteed.

One of the highlights of the sailing year is the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Youth Week. It is a five-day sailing event in August, with races for four days and a fun day of racing on the fifth. With numerous fleets of different types of boat, there’s something for everyone - new to the sport or old. Children registered for WJS can apply to take part in Youth Week.

Find out more about Junior sailing at RLymYC.

Salterns Sailing Club

Salterns Sailing Club Lymington

Salterns Sailing Club is a Swallows and Amazons paradise. Situated on an old salt lake Eight Acre Pond and surrounded by the Lymington-Keyhaven nature reserve (a site of special scientific interest), Salterns is the perfect place for young sailors. It is protected by the sea wall, the wind is rarely too high, there’s not much tide and the water is waist/chest deep (on adult - who do spend a lot of time in waders at first!!). Salterns Sailing Club is a club run by children, for children, with a Junior Committee to help out with the young ones (and a 'management committee of adults to supervise). Every event at the club is for children- so there’s a lot going on.

Children start out in poly oppies. A highlight of the sailing year is Salterns Sailing Club’s annual Moppy Camp- with two a year over two days. There are 5 pennants - each with a different objective, which are perfect for developing your sailing knowledge and experience. There are also Mini Moppy Camps at various times of year for younger children, great for learning to sail. There are lots of fun events throughout the year, including at Halloween and Easter.

For more experienced sailors, Bronze Fleet on a Sunday morning offers racing training and there is also an RS Tera and British Moth racing series. Charity events include Bart’s Bash, Children in Need and the Salterns Scramble for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. 

Find out more about Salterns Sailing Club, including details of the waiting list.

Lymington Town Sailing Club

Situated next to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the RNLI Station, Lymington Town Sailing Club overlooks Lymington River and the Sea Water Baths. 

Saturday Sailing takes place on most Saturdays from April to October, with supervised sailing, this includes simple racing to introduce members to dinghy racing in a low key environment and relaxed but supervised sailing in the local marshes and Western Solent. Junior dinghy racing happens on scheduled dates throughout the summer, with races are held in the more protected environment in the mouth of the river and provide an introduction to competitive dinghy sailing within their own peer group. Dinghies are launched at the slipway between LTSC and RLymYC. 

Find out more about Junior Sailing at LTSC.

Keyhaven Yacht Club

Situated in Keyhaven, near Milford on Sea, Keyhaven Yacht Club’s junior and youth events are organised mostly by the children and the parents. The club provides a safe and friendly environment for an introduction to sailing. With amazing facilities and supportive instructors, Keyhaven is an amazing, social place to start your sailing experience. Junior and youth sessions are run on Saturday and Thursday evenings, organised and run by the parents of the youngsters taking part. There are 12 club boats to use free of charge.

Find out more about Keyhaven Yacht Club.

Hurst Castle Sailing Club

Situated next to Keyhaven Yacht Club, Hurst Castle Sailing Club runs a programme of training for junior members during the summer and the sailing season, all lead by RYA instructors/parents. Sailing is mostly along Keyhaven River, which is protected from the open sea by a long shingle spit, at the tip of which is Hurst Castle. 

Find out more about HCSC.

Lymington Youth Week 2016 Rlymyc



Priestlands School celebrates record-breaking GCSE results

Priestlands School celebrates record-breaking GCSE results!

Students celebrate record results in English and Maths, English Literature, Business Studies and ICT.


Record GCSE results at Priestlands School Lymington - let's celebrate!




There was much to celebrate at Priestlands School yesterday as students received their GCSE results. There were record results in English and Maths, English Literature, Business Studies and ICT. Over a quarter of all grades (27.5%) were at A* and A -- a new school record.


Over half the year group secured at least one A* or A grade, with 75 students (30%) securing 3+ A*/A grades and 26 students (10%) securing 8+ grades at A*/A. 62 students (26%) achieved the English Baccalaureate, and this figure is expected to increase when some late results come in. All 239 students (100%) secured at least one qualification.


New record with 75% A*-C grades 75% success in A* - C grades including English and Maths - a brand new record

180 students (75%) secured 5 or more grades at A*-C, including English and Maths. This is a new school record. 

New school records in English and Maths too

92% of students secured A*-C grades in English and 84% in Maths. These are new school records.


New performance measures reflect excellent results

In terms of the government’s new performance measures which apply to all schools in 2016: 80% of students secured A*-C grades in English and Maths. The new “Progress 8” figure shows that, on average, students at Priestlands performed half a grade better than might have been expected.

Headteacher, Chris Willsher, said: “This is a superb set of results for our students. They have exceeded our targets and then some! Priestlands continues to be a successful school, rooted in its community and serving the community well. Education at Priestlands is about more than exam results. We know that their success today means our students have been given greater choice about what to do next. I congratulate them and wish them well in the future.”


Lymington's new skate park is open!

Lymington's new skatepark is open!

The fantastic new facility in Woodside Park.

This week, the new skatepark in Woodside Park is OPEN!!!!! In time for the summer holidays and hopefully some fine weather!

 Project manager Matt Totczyk is thrilled to see this project finally open. "Enjoy it, respect it, look after it," he said. "Today there were at least 35 people down the park...a busy day used to be 5 people! So stoked to see so many people already. Massive massive thank you to everyone that has helped out over the last 3 years.

A special thanks to Mark Drury at SPUD Youth for all your help, without you, this park would not be there today. A massive thanks to Gravity Engineering Ltd for the incredible design and build. And a big thanks to the town council for your support. Here's to the future of Lymington skatepark!!!!!"

lymington new skate park

new skate parkThe skatepark project has been run by the local skaters of Woodside and has had massive support from the local council.

The old skatepark had served its purpose for over 10 years and had been beginning to show its age - rust holes, ramps coming apart from the concrete, and a rough floor making it difficult to ride. In contrast, the new modern, concrete skatepark will be fantastic for local skaters and will undoubtedly encourage others to take up skating! Skateboarding and bmxing are great sports that keep individuals and groups motivated, fit and healthy, safe, and 'off the streets.'

A town council spokesman said: “The new concrete design replaces the previous rusting skatepark. Safety is a priority with signage pushing for safety equipment to be used when enjoying the facility. And the skatepark to be used during daylight hours only. The scheme was finished on time, ready to be enjoyed throughout the summer.” 

The skate park opening follows a two-year fundraising campaign by members of Skate Lymington and other members of the community. Lymington and Pennington Town Council donated £135,000 to the project. Other contributors included the Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded the project a grant of £29,431. Money was also donated by Waitrose, Lymington Lions, and Skate Lymington. The free facility was opened by the town mayor, Cllr Barry Dunning.

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Priestlands School in Lymington achieves top spot in local GCSE league table

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Priestlands School achieves top spot in local GCSE league table.

Last summer’s GCSE results, published today, rate Lymington's local comprehensive school ahead of other local secondary schools.


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At Priestlands School, 70% of Year 11 pupils gained the national benchmark standard of at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and Maths. This compares with 62% at The Arnewood School Academy in New Milton and 67% at Highcliffe School. 


“This is another superb set of results for our students", shared Chris Willsher, Headteacher of Priestlands School in Lymington. "Priestlands continues to be a successful school, rooted in its community and serving the community well.  Education at Priestlands is about more than exam results.  We know that their success published today means our students have been given greater choice about what to do next.  I congratulate them and wish them well in the future.”


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