Dorchester Primary School Staff

At Dorchester Primary School our staff go above and beyond to provide the best possible education for the children that we serve. At HCAT our motto is ‘children first’ and we place the children’s best interests at the heart of every decision that we make.

Everyone who works at our school, whatever their job, is here to contribute to an excellent education for our children.

Teaching Staffing Structure and Responsibilities 2023/24

Senior Leadership Team Responsibilities
Mr S. Mills Headteacher Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Leadership & Management, Health and Safety, Pupil Premium, Attendance, Admissions, PE
Mrs N. van der Walt Deputy Headteacher Assessment, CPD, Behaviour, Personal Development
Mrs L. Horsham Assistant Headteacher & EYFS & Y1/2 Phase Leader EYFS Leader (interim), KS1 Leader, Teaching & Learning, Research & Development
Mrs L. Tee Y5/6 Phase Leader Y6 Teacher & Whole-school Literacy Lead
Mrs S. Patrick Interim Y3/4 Phase Leader Y3/4 Teacher & Whole-school Maths Lead
Mrs N. Chironda SENDCo Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, R.E. Lead
Mrs A. Gasparelli Safeguarding Lead
Mrs B. Hamer EYFS Lead EYFS Teacher (on maternity)
Teaching Staff   Responsibilities
Mrs L. Horsham / Miss A. Fletcher Nursery/Reception Teachers  
Miss K. Platten Year 1 Teacher Phonics Lead, MFL Lead
Miss M. White Year 1/2 Teacher ECT
Mrs C. Pullen Year 2 Teacher Music Lead / D&T Lead
Miss O. Nassau Year 3 Teacher ECT
Mrs S. Patrick Year 3/4 Teacher Maths Lead
Miss S. Townsend Year 4 Teacher  
Miss C. Ede Year 5 Teacher Science Lead
Mrs C. Powell/Mrs A. Jackson Year 5 Teachers

Curriculum Lead, Humanities Lead, Enrichment Lead

PE Lead

Mrs L. Tee Year 6 Teacher Literacy Lead
Mr M. Prendergast Year 6 Teacher Computing Lead
Miss R. Ashton Hive Teacher PSHE Lead
     
Mrs B. Hamer Teacher (maternity)  
Mrs C. Fisher Teacher (maternity)  
Miss A. Wilmott Teacher (maternity)  
     
Support Staff
Mrs A. Cook Senior Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs H. Crosby Senior Achievement Support Assistant
Miss D. Laud Senior Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs D. Boothby Emotional Well-Being Worker
Mrs L. Rippin Nursery Nurse
Miss D. Moody Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs P. Fullard Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs S. Powdrell Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs V. Hallett Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs E. Short Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs S. Lowthorpe Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs M. Watson Achievement Support Assistant
Miss J. Everett Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs S. Graves Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs C. Joyce Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs P. Kerry Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs P. Sizer Achievement Support Assistant (P/T)
Mrs N. Young Achievement Support Assistant
Miss D. Harries Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs K. Gurnell Achievement Support Assistant
Mrs C. Webster Healthcare Assistant / Achievement Support Assistant
Administration Staff
Mrs S. Smith Office Manager
Mrs A. Steer Admin Assistant (Attendance)
Mrs N. Adams Admin Assistant (Finance)
Miss E. Wainwright Admin Assistant (maternity)
Site Staff
Mr T. Rand Premise Manager
Mr C. Horton Premise Assistant
Mrs M. Potter Cleaner
Mrs A. Davidson Cleaner
Mrs J. Balderson Cleaner
Mrs W. Fox Cleaner
Lunchtime Staff  
Mrs K. Tait Senior Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs J. Baker Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs W. Fox Lunchtime Supervisor
Miss E. Garrod Lunchtime Supervisor
Miss E. Welford Lunchtime Supervisor
Miss K. Binns Lunchtime Supervisor
Miss N. Whurr Lunchtime Supervisor
Miss E. Wainwright Lunchtime Supervisor (maternity)

“The mathematics curriculum is clearly sequenced. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning.”

Ofsted

“Children are
taught to read as soon as they start in the early years.”

Ofsted

“Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to rehearse and say the sounds they are learning aloud, which helps them to remember them.”

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“Knowledgeable and highly trained leaders ensure that pupils get the support they need to achieve.”

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“Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary.”

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“Leaders have continued to prioritise the teaching of phonics and reading.”

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“Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school garden they are developing and of their plans for the fruit and vegetables they will grow.”

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“Leaders use assessment well to ensure that the books pupils read match the sounds they already know.”

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“Leaders have established ‘hive’ provision for pupils who need it. These well-resourced, intimate settings provide the intense support that a significant minority of pupils need.”

Ofsted

“In other curriculum
areas, such as design technology (DT), the curriculum is improving rapidly.”

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“Leaders provide ‘chatterpacks’ to parents so that they have the age-appropriate resources they need to support their child’s
reading.”

Ofsted

“Pupils are clear about the school rules.”

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“School council representatives attend School Stakeholder Group (SSG) meetings to share their views.”

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“Pupils feel that they are being listened to and that their views help leaders to improve the school.”

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“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum that sets out clearly what pupils should
learn and when.”

Ofsted

“Pupils now use mathematical vocabulary with accuracy.”

Ofsted

“As soon as children start school, leaders check their speech and language needs so that extra help can be provided, where it is required.”

Ofsted

“The help that leaders provide for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.”

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“In the early years, mathematics is a high priority. Daily ‘carpet time’ is used to teach children
mathematical concepts”

Ofsted

“In the short term, leaders have placed a greater focus on subjects such as
English and mathematics.”

Ofsted

“Leaders have ensured that pupils have plenty of opportunities
to design, make and evaluate projects using different materials.”

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“Leaders ensure that opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical understanding are provided in the activities pupils
complete.”

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“Strong, cross-curricular links with subjects, such as science, give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills and
knowledge when making products.”

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“Leaders’ subject monitoring has led to a consistent and successful approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and key stage 1.”

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“Leaders have rightly reorganised their curriculum to make up for learning that has been
lost during the COVID-19”

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“In subjects such as history, teachers use assessment skilfully to find out what pupils know before they start to teach a new unit of work.”

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“Democratically elected roles, such as house captains and school councillors, enable pupils to contribute purposefully to school life.”

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“One pupil told inspectors that ‘teachers are really caring, we know if we ask for help, we will get it’.”

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