Every child who attends Dorchester is given the best opportunities to thrive and develop the skills to go on and be successful, life-long learners.
We have developed an exciting, flexible curriculum which is tailored to the needs of our children; developing their knowledge, skills and understanding as well as providing a wide-range of enrichment opportunities to excite them. Our curriculum is mapped out carefully to ensure that there is a clear progression of skills
Our focus on basic skills ensures children are ‘Secondary ready’ when the leave us, ready to face the challenges of the next stage of their education.
We prioritise our children’s well-being and promote a real sense of belonging. We are well aware of the challenges our children face and have a strong pastoral team in place to help them overcome any difficulties.
Our motto is simple: “At Dorchester, we love to see you “bee”ing BUSY”, which stands for ‘Brave’, ‘Understanding’, ‘Safe’, ‘Your Best Self’. This is visible in all areas of our school and adults discuss this with children regularly.
We strive to develop inquisitive learners, who question the world around them and independently find solutions to problems. We expect our children to build resilience and confidence to enable them to face any challenge they come across.
We prepare our children for life in modern Britain by looking at the values that uphold our society and we allow children to discuss and express themselves in a safe non-judgemental environment.
We have developed our ‘Dorchester Dozen’ of learning experiences we want our children to have taken part in by the time they leave Dorchester. These have been carefully chosen to reflect our context and the things we know are important to our children and families. Our ‘Dorchester Dozen’ can be found below:
#1 – Visit a role play centre to develop social interaction and role play skills.
#2 – Visit a theatre to watch a show.
#3 – Attend a residential to develop independence, teamwork and confidence.
#4 – Visit the beach and fly a kite.
#5 – Go on a boat along the river.
#6 – Visit a farm and find out where food comes from.
#7 – Visit a zoo and learn to respect wildlife.
#8 – Visit our capital city….by train.
#9 – Visit a National Forest.
#10 – Be a member of the crowd at a sporting event.
Promoting character traits to deal with the challenges of life.
HCAT Signature: Community members;
– demonstrate the appropriate key character virtues particularly resilience and resourcefulness
– contribute positively to the community
– have a social conscience
– are responsible citizens