The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Philip Eades marked the official opening of the new Buckholme Towers School in a ribbon-cutting ceremony which saw crowds of curious visitors attending.

More than 50 local guests were treated to tours of the Lower Parkstone independent school on Friday October 11. Attendees included local dignitaries, former head mistresses and teaching staff as well as business people.

Head Girl, Nell Robertson, and Head Boy, William Hustler, assisted the Mayor of Poole Cllr Philip Eades when cutting the ribbon, alongside Headmaster Iain Robertson and Ruth Goulden, daughter of the school’s founder and the first pupil to attend the school in 1939.

Following the official opening, 40 families attended the open morning on Saturday October 12 and 15 pupil and nursery taster sessions were booked.

Iain Robertson, Headmaster at Buckholme Towers School was delighted with the community interest. He said: “It is fantastic that so many people in the local community took the time to visit our new school and we are delighted that we have many children and toddlers booked in for taster sessions.

“It was important to mark this occasion to showcase our wonderful new school that’s now fully operational following a fire which devastated the building earlier this year. Most importantly, we were able to thank those who rallied around us during the rebuild and enabled us to continue providing seamless education for the children.”

The purpose built energy efficient facility includes a new heating system, automatic lights, double glazing and insulation. Pupils also benefit from new art and science rooms, upgraded IT facilities and increased security including an electronic door entry system.

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery in Commercial Road, Parkstone provides education for children from two years and nine months up to 11 years old. The average class size is 14 pupils and in 2012 the school achieved 100% pass rate for 12+ entry to grammar school.

For more information please call Mr Iain Robertson on 01202 742871 or visit