Our Aims & Values:

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.

#11 – Visit another country (Scotland).

#12 – Have a sleepover with friends (at school).

The HCAT Signature

Promoting community,
Building effective relationships,
ownership of own actions,
resolving conflicts.

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– feel they belong
– have a voice and influence
– challenge appropriately
– understand fair process
– resolve conflicts
– take responsibility

Developing the ability to think, reason, problem solve and apply learning

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– are lifelong learners
– have a growth mindset
– can apply knowledge skills and understanding
– are ready for the next stage

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

Developing the value of self and others, enabling a social and emotional place to learn.

HCAST Signature:
Community members;
– have a strong identity
– are happy and secure
– are able to empathise and care for others
– value self and others

Facilitating a broad range of experience and opportunities to open doors

HCAT Signature:
Community members;
– are able to broaden horizons
– shape their own mindset
– make informed choices
– have equal opportunities

‘I like how the teachers are very nice. Dorchester is special to me’…

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‘We love dinner times – the dinner ladies make lovely food’…

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‘Teachers make lessons fun’…

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‘We like the teachers because they are really kind, smart, fair and helpful. They inspire us every day’…

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‘At Dorchester, things are always fair’…

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‘Every single person in the school is really friendly’…

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‘I like it when we are learning new things’…

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‘We get the opportunity to make new friends’…

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‘We learn something new every day and it’s really exciting and fun’…

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‘Everyone is friendly and it’s a happy place’…

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‘I like it when Mr Mills comes and says “Hello” ‘…

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