Headteacher Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Dormston School.

Our aim is to provide the very best learning and personal development opportunities for every young person in the community that we serve. Our teaching and support staff are highly qualified, very skilled, and together share the strongest dedication to ensuring that all our pupils are safe, wholeheartedly enjoy their learning, and achieve their full potential. My priority as Head teacher is for every student to enjoy excellent teaching and pastoral support, to be valued and respected as an individual, and to play a full and active part in school life.

We strive to nurture an appropriately challenging, but caring and supportive atmosphere in which each student is encouraged to make the right choice, to develop self-discipline, self-confidence and self-reliance. Whilst forward-facing, we also hold onto the best bits from the past. We are traditional when it comes to discipline, courtesy and good manners and expect every pupil to conduct themselves with the upmost respect for themselves and others.

Our partnership with parents and carers is very important to us, and we will work closely with you throughout your child’s time with us to nurture their aspirations, their learning and their achievement. Prospective students and their families are very welcome to come and see us in action during the school day.

I am immensely proud to work with so many supportive governors, dedicated staff and fantastic young people. It is a privilege to be the Head teacher of Dormston School.

Steve Dixon

Head Teacher

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19th July

Staffing Update

We are pleased to inform you that we have successfully recruited another Science Teacher; Mrs Pajaj who will be starting with us in September 2019. You can find out more about Mrs Pajaj in our September/October Update Sheet. Mrs Vyse, Science Teacher who joined us in April 2019 will however unfortunately be leaving us in July 2019 due to personal commitments. Dance Teacher, Miss Knight who was with us on a temporary basis will also sadly be leaving us. We will also be saying goodbye to Mr Lee, Head of Maths in July 2019 as he has been promoted to Assistant Principal for Behaviour & Safeguarding at RSA Academy. Mrs Jacques however will be Acting Head of Maths in the interim so worry not, the Maths Department is in safe hands! We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Baker, Head of MFL and Mrs Windmill, English Teacher in July 2019. They have both worked at Dormston for a number of years and will be sadly missed by staff and pupils. Mrs Baker has been a great teacher and Head of Department and her passion for MFL has inspired so many students over the years; with many of them going on to study MFL at colleges and universities. Mrs Baker is also well known for her creativity and has encouraged countless students to take up arts and crafts. Mrs Windmill is an expert in Shakespeare and has awakened a passion for literature in many past and current students. She has also been heavily involved in all of our school productions, including pushing numerous full size cars onto the stage in Grease and Blues Brothers and also making several children ‘fly’. We would like to thank them both for all their hard work and commitment over the years and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives.