Admissions

The school holds an Open Evening early in the Autumn Term and tours of the school during the school day can be arranged throughout the following week. Should these times not be convenient, parents are welcome to contact the school for an appointment; a senior member of staff will be very pleased to show you around.

Dormston is a Dudley LA Community School and follows the LA admissions procedure. The LA allocates places on the basis of the following priorities:-

First priority shall be given to ‘relevant looked after children’ or children who were previously looked after and were then subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order immediately after being looked after.

Second priority shall be given to children with a ‘serious medical condition’ (Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care, EHC Plans), where the preferred community school is the most appropriate school to meet the needs of the child’s serious medical condition.

Parents are required to provide supportive information from their child’s hospital consultant at the time of application in order to be considered under this criterion. This supportive information should include information about the needs of the child. Parents may wish to indicate why the preferred school is the most appropriate to meet the child’s medical condition rather than any other school. The LA will not seek to obtain this information from parents.

Third priority will be given to pupils who have a brother/sister, half brother/sister (where the child shares one common parent), or step brother/sister, living at the same address and who will be in attendance the same year of entry.

Fourth places that remain available once the above applications have been admitted, will be filled according to those children who live closest to the school, determined by a straight line measured in metres, from the home address to the main entrance of the preferred school. In exceptional circumstances the school may consider allowing a child to join outside of their normal age group. If parents wish for this to be considered they must apply in writing. Any decision is at the Head Teacher’s discretion.

Transfer to Secondary School

Primary Feeder Schools are visited by members of Dormston staff during the Summer Term to give potential primary school pupils their first opportunity to ask questions about how the transfer to secondary school will work and what life will be like when they join us in September. We spend time with pupils’ primary school teachers finding out as much as possible about our new students.

Pupils are invited to spend 3 days with us during our Primary School Induction Week in early July which culminates in an Induction Evening for Parents on the last day. We hope this will relieve any anxieties that students and parents may have.

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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.