As the new Headmaster of Dumpton, my aim in my first few months in post has been a simple one: to immerse myself into Dumpton life and build a full picture of what this wonderful little school does so well, and of course, what we might look to do even better.

We are fortunate to have some remarkable facilities at Dumpton. A £2.5 million Sports Hall was completed over the Summer, whilst a brand new Music School, with a Recital Room and state of the art suite of practice rooms has been up and running for just over three years. These two developments add to an already beautiful rural site, with extensive playing fields, modern classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, adventure playgrounds, ponds, allotments, a campsite, and much much more. It is a wonderful place for a child to be.

However, wonderful learning environments are meaningless if we do not have the right people in the school. Brilliant human beings - not just brilliant facilities - are at the heart of any successful school. Dumpton is very well stocked in this department: we have an exceptional staff team, full of positive, caring people, who work hard together to ensure the happiness and growth of every pupil, and believe full-heartedly in what we do.

And what do we do at Dumpton? The success of this school lies in the strength and clarity of our values. The main school rule at Dumpton is “treat others as you would like to be treated”. We aim for kindness and friendliness to permeate every classroom and corridor of the school, and developing a strong sense of empathy is one of the key outcomes we have for our pupils. The pupils, staff and parents share strong relationships as a result - Dumpton is more than just a school: it is a community. 

The other core value at Dumpton is illustrated by our school motto: “you can because you think you can”. Inspiring self-belief is key. Inside the classroom, this means a commitment to small class sizes, high-quality teaching, and academic success for all. It means helping every child realise that with hard work, practice, determination and resilience, anything is possible.

Outside the classroom, this means a broad range of experiences that not only provide huge enjoyment but, crucially, help children further develop their character: an outstanding sports’ programme, a broad range of performing arts opportunities, outdoor learning through our Forest School and the famous Dumpton Allotments, the Dumpton Extra-Curricular Award (DECA), a diverse range of clubs and co-curricular activities, and some pretty adventurous and exciting residential trips.

It is of course, the outcomes that matter most. Our track record of ensuring successful transfer to the finest Senior Schools - 30 scholarships in 2019 alone - suggests we are getting something right. I would encourage you, too, to come and visit the school and meet our pupils and staff. It would be a pleasure to show you around so you can experience for yourself the sense of community and aspiration that makes Dumpton such a special place.

We can promise you the warmest of welcomes.

Best wishes
Christian Saenger

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