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Dartmouth Primary School and Nursery
Milton Lane, TQ6 9HW, UK Dartmouth
+44 (0)1803 833521

Our primary school was built in 1974 and is typical, in basic design, of a school from this era. The teaching areas are currently arranged into six classes. Between classes are large shared areas in which practical activities, such as art, are conducted. Currently we are modernising our internal areas and have recently completed the work on our dedicated ICT suite. Each classroom also now has an interactive whiteboard. We are creating much larger classroom areas and providing our children with a more attractive, stimulating and useful environment. The school is sited in quiet, beautiful grounds. We have three playgrounds and a large field, plus numerous smaller areas of grass. At present, children enter our school nursery as three year olds and leave for their secondary education at the age of eleven. There are approximately 160 children on roll each year. We admit approximately 25 'rising five' children each year from Dartmouth and the surrounding villages. We are very fortunate to have a Nursery attached to the school. This class is known as Foundation 1 and has 26 half-time places. A teacher, a nursery nurse and a teaching assistant staff Foundation 1.


  • We will encourage all our children to become caring individuals who will be supportive and appreciative of all those involved in the life of the school.
  • Through delivering an exciting and stimulating curriculum, we will encourage our children to become committed and independent learners throughout their lives.
  • We will develop appreciation of and participation in the arts and foster an enthusiasm for sports through providing wide extra-curricular opportunities.
  • We will strive for excellence in all areas of the academic curriculum.
  • We will promote an atmosphere which stimulates and reflects positive teaching and learning.
  • We will promote a caring and responsible attitude to the environment.
  • We will develop an awareness of our national heritage and encourage understanding and respect of differing cultures and beliefs.
  • We will provide a safe and secure environment for all.
  • We will constantly strive to improve the work of the school.


A large amount of the school curriculum is delivered through thematic or project work. This almost always involves a visit or a visitor to support the learning, and base it in the world around us. Each term, teachers develop an exciting term's work based around a theme, for example invaders and settlers. This project approach embraces not only the use of spoken and written language but it also may include mathematical, scientific and other curriculum elements. Working on a thematic curriculum allows children to develop and use their skills in an exciting and relevant manner. It also challenges the child to develop their thinking and encourages them to experiment and take risks with their learning. Our aim is to provide children with a curriculum that makes them successful learners and encourages a thirst and excitement for all aspects of education. Every term, teachers spend a lot of time planning the work they are going to do with the children. This detailed planning highlights the specific activities that each child will undertake in the course of the term. Each activity is designed to teach the child the appropriate knowledge and skills outlined in the National Curriculum. Each subject area is planned separately in order to guarantee that the children have a broad and balanced curriculum. Termly topic plans are sent home to inform parents of the proposed planning for that term. Academic excellence is obviously what we are striving for, however, we recognise the importance that the arts play in a child's development and often organise special events to celebrate the arts, including an annual Arts Week.


We are very keen to give our children the very broadest range of opportunities. All members of staff, including many of the Teaching Assistants, run a club activity. Currently we are able to offer: Choir, Colour and Cut, Homework, Christian Dance, Make and Do, Textiles, Recorder, Netball, Computers, Reading, Good News.

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