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The Prince of Wales First School
Maiden Castle Road, DT1 2HH Dorchester
01305 257120

~ Mission Statement ~

Our mission is to belong to a school that

  • Is safe, caring and happy
  • Provides a vibrant, interesting and exciting curriculum for young children
  • Is based upon a strong partnership with parents
  • Welcomes all learners and seeks to ensure that all children achieve their potential
  • Provides all children with a positive attitude to learning and thus prepares them for the next stage in their education

Peter Farrington - Headteacher

Welcome to The Prince of Wales School

The Governors, Headteacher and Staff extend a warm welcome to you as parents of The Prince of Wales School, and hope that you will very rapidly feel part of our growing community.

Dear Parents,

The Prince of Wales School seeks to be responsive to the expectations of parents and the wider community. We believe that education is a partnership between home and school.
The School is an exciting and pioneering project. We aim to provide a caring, disciplined, well-organised and stimulating environment in which all children will develop to their full potential. We are committed to a belief in a vibrant curriculum, appropriate for all children.
This booklet provides information, but the best way to find out about a school is to visit to see the children and staff at work. You will always be welcome: just make an appointment.

Yours sincerely,
Peter Farrington

Quality of teaching:

Excellent: 7%                         
Very good: 39%                         
Good: 47%                         
Unsatisfactory/Poor/Very Poor: 0%

“A very wide range of visits, visitors and additional activities are provided for the pupils. From a wildlife club, drama, art, sport, cookery and French, to name but a few, pupils also use the local area and the school’s innovative Iron Age roundhouse settlement to supplement their learning. These activities very effectively develop the pupils’ social skills. Pupils’ thoughts about the quality of the learning opportunities were summed by one pupil in Year 4 with the simple word BRILLIANT.”

The School and its facilities

The school opened in September 1994 to provide additional accommodation for first school children in Dorchester. The school serves an area south of Queens Avenue and west of Weymouth Avenue as well as the new development of Poundbury, and hamlets to the south and west of the town. The school is designated a “Community” school and admits children from aged 4 to 9.

The purpose-built school has a particularly impressive design and is spacious and practical. It is set in its own extensive grounds which currently include play fields, playground, environmental studies area, orchard and outdoor teaching areas. There are hedgerows, imaginative play facilities and a reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement that is developed each year by the oldest children.

Inside, the school consists of a large hall with music area, cooking room, library, a reception base, two single bases, one large double teaching base and an additional classroom. At the moment the school can accommodate 180 children. As numbers grow the school will be expanded to cater for 300 pupils.

The Prince of Wales Unit is an integral part of the school and has additional facilities for children with physical disabilities. These children are integrated into the life of the school to suit their individual needs. The Unit is staffed with teachers, care assistants, physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists.

The headteacher will be happy to provide details of the way the unit provides individually planned programmes for children with a broad range of special needs.

The Pre-School Centre has teaching rooms, speech and occupational therapy rooms, a physiotherapy room, a hydrotherapy pool and a kitchen providing the option of a hot lunch. Facilities include a soft play room and high-tech and low-tech sensory rooms.

There is a specially designed outdoor play surface.

There is also a pre-school assessment nursery for children attending on a part-time or full-time basis. Children can be admitted from the age of 2½. Children attend the unit from all over the continuing, or ‘new’ county of Dorset.

The school also employs its own caretaking and cleaning staff, welfare assistants, learning support assistants, secretaries and lunchtime supervisors.

We are fortunate in having a Community Pre-School Group on the site who share playrooms with the Opportunity Group for pre-school children with special needs. Both groups take children from the age of 3 until school admission. Close contact exists between the school and the pre-school groups.

Curriculum Statement

The school aims for the development of the whole child. By this we mean the development of the child academically, socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually and morally, to achieve the highest standards for each individual.

This will be attained by setting the highest expectations and by providing a broad and vibrant curriculum. The basics of literacy, speaking and listening, numeracy and computer skills are given a high priority. We also believe in the vital importance of a curriculum which is enjoyable, interesting, fun and genuinely engages the attention of young children.

We want all our children to develop positive attitudes to learning, as well as to improve their skills and increase their knowledge.

Since children learn in different ways the school will adopt a wide variety of teaching and learning styles and organisational strategies to suit the purpose of different activities.

Our mission is to start children on the road to becoming:

  1. keen and willing learners
  2. fluent readers with a love of books
  3. expressive and accurate writers, able to communicate for a variety of different purposes
  4. clear and correct speakers of English
  5. mathematicians with the basic skills, knowledge and strategies to solve problems
  6. curious scientists full of wonder about the world
  7. confident users of computers
  8. lovers of music
  9. participants in physical activity, stretched to their individual limits with opportunities to compete against others
  10. innovative and creative designers and artists, able to handle a wide range of materials
  11. responsible citizens with an awareness of other people, places and beliefs, now and in the past.

Our responsibility is to meet the special needs of all children, including the very able. We take great pride in the large number of children achieving well above expected levels of attainment in national tests.

Ethos Statement

The school aims to develop self motivated, self controlled and responsible individuals.
We aim to do this by engaging children’s interest by the provision of an exciting curriculum which is broad, balanced and relevant.

Every member of the school staff has a responsibility to value, respect, care for, praise and listen to each individual in order to encourage such attitudes in our children.

We aim to encourage children:

  • to treat other people with care and consideration
  • to be sensitive to the needs of others
  • to appreciate each others’ strengths and to understand each others’ weaknesses
  • to work hard
  • to develop pride in their work, their achievements and their school
  • to be polite, well-mannered and courteous.

There will be clear guidelines for acceptable behaviour.
Children have a fundamental right to come to school to work and play without being disturbed or disrupted.

The School will try to provide:

  • A safe, caring, disciplined and stimulating and happy environment in which learning is fun
  • Teaching and support which will enable all children to do the very best they can
  • Teachers and staff who respect children and parents and show this in all aspects of their behaviour
  • Regular information about your child’s progress and behaviour
  • Information about the broad and balanced curriculum provided and the “Golden Rules” which operate for behaviour
  • A positive welcome and a genuine response to parental concerns
  • Home learning appropriate to the age of your child

As parents we will try to:

  • Make sure our child arrives at school on time (between 8.45 and 9.00am)
  • Support the school in reinforcing its expectations for behaviour
  • Share with the school any concerns or problems
  • Attend consultation evenings, etc.
  • Support our child’s development in ways we feel to be most appropriate

As a pupil I will try to:

  • Follow my class’s agreed Golden Rules at all times

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