Headmaster's Letter, Friday 29 September 2017

| 29 September 2017

Dear Parents

Future Schools
A big thank you to all parents who supported the Future Schools Evening last night.  I hope this was a useful exercise - I am always happy to follow this up with as many individual meetings as are necessary during the school day.  Please contact Lerryn to make an appointment if you feel this would be beneficial.

Senior Tutors
I am delighted to announce two new appointments in the Prep School. Mr Moulton and Mrs Rielly have both been promoted to the role of Senior Tutor, to support pupils in the areas of pastoral care and academic achievement.  They will work closely with the Form Tutors, but also Mr Nye (as Deputy Head) and Mrs Sharp (as Director of Studies) to share the management of these important areas of the school.

Third Green Flag for Dumpton!
Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 countries, making it the largest schools programme in the world.  For more than 20 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve both their environmental awareness and school environment. The Eco Schools movement awards bronze, silver and gold awards (and the prestigious Green Flag) to schools based on a seven step process, observing a strict set of criteria.  Green Flag renewals must then be formally applied for every two years, with new initiatives clearly outlined and supported.

Over the past years pupils at Dumpton have undertaken a huge range of projects, including forming their own Eco-Committee, Tree planting, Paper Police, Switch-Off Fortnight, Fairtrade Week, Bee-keeping, Biodiesel production and all the wonderful growing projects on the allotments.  Thanks to all this hard work under the watchful eye of Mrs Cox, a recent inspection from the Eco Schools team has seen Dumpton awarded its third consecutive Green Flag – an amazing achievement, of which they should all be rightly proud.  Very well done to all.

Children in Need
Dumpton parent Mrs Sam Dean (Yr6) has asked me to remind you all again about the Pre-Prep Parents’ Toy Sale for Children in Need, which takes place this year on Thursday 16 November.  Last year we raised hundreds of pounds simply by recycling unwanted toys, most at very low prices, for this very worthwhile charity.  Sam has asked if you might start thinking about weeding out a few old favourites and leaving them in the Front Hall where they will be stored ready for resale.  Thank you.

Ski stars
The Dumpton Ski Team of Niamh T, Tom W and Luke P made the long journey to Hemel Hempstead for the British Independent Schools Ski Race earlier in the week. The team finished a creditable 5th place in the competitive mixed prep and junior schools category.  Congratulations also to Niamh who came 2nd in the U14 girls’ category and who has now been offered a place in the newly formed National Schools Ski Squad - an excellent achievement.

Sporting Success
There was a real buzz around school on Wednesday morning - well done to all 26 teams that wore the Dumpton shirt this week.  There were some exciting and enjoyable matches, including two tournaments, one of which we hosted at Dumpton.  Special mention to the 1st VII girls who beat Port Regis 4-0, the 1st XI boys who continued their successful season with a 3-0 win against Walhampton and especially the U9 boys who won the BCPS Tournament in fine style.

Next Week
On Tuesday we have Senior SATIPS Orchestral Day at Bryanston.  This is followed by 25+ fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday (with all year groups in the Prep School involved in matches) and then a Year 6 Geography Field Trip to Lulworth on Thursday.  On Friday we have a Prospective Parent Open Morning for Nursery and Reception.

News from the Chair of FoDs
Quiz Night - There are still some tickets available for the Quiz Night on Saturday 14 October, so if you are interested in joining us please hand your forms into the front office as soon as possible.  Teams are usually of 8 -10 but we will be happy to coordinate tables on your behalf, so do please get in touch if you would like to take part.  The staff teams are ready!

School Policies
As part of our regulatory requirements I am required to tell all parents annually that all school policies are available for inspection at any time and can be requested from the School Office. In addition, the Safeguarding Policy and School Ethos (Parents’ Booklet)  is published on the front page of the School Website and the following are available on request and also on the Parents’ Area of the School Website under School Policies: policy and arrangements for admissions, misbehaviour and exclusions, education and welfare provision for pupils with statements and pupils for whom English is an additional language, curriculum policy, policy to promote good behaviour and set out sanctions to be adopted in the event of pupil misbehaviour, anti-bullying arrangements, health and safety policy, first aid policy, health and safety on educational visits (including EYFS), the complaints procedure (including the number of complaints made under the formal procedures in the previous school year) and a copy of the most recent ISI inspection report.  There is also a list of all staff and their qualifications in the Parents’ Area, and academic performance and examination results are outlined each year on the website.  It is also my duty to inform you that the Chair of Governors, Ben Davies, can be contacted at the school’s address (Dumpton School, Deans Grove, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7AF) at any time.  

With best wishes
Andrew Browning