|Loders C E VC Primary School|
|Loders, DT6 3SA, UK Bridport|
+44 (0)1308 423418
Loders School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary School for children of 4 to 11 years of age.
The school was founded in 1871. It is located 2 miles NE of Bridport in the centre of Loders village. The original building underwent major improvements in 2004, and now contains the Years 5 & 6 classroom, an ICT/Resource room, school office, head's office, staffroom, cloakroom and toilets. New buildings - a double classroom block for the younger children and a multi-purpose room with a sedum roof - transformed the school. The premises also include a playground and small playing field. We are well-equipped with information technology, audio-visual, science, music and sports apparatus, and have use of the village hall and playing field some five minutes walking distance away.
There are around 70 children on roll at present. At the end of Year 6 when they reach 11, children usually transfer to the Sir John Colfox School (secondary comprehensive) in Bridport.
To develop, in co-operation with parents, moral values and good habits for physical well-being; with an awareness of the responsibilities of members of a caring community.
- To nurture the development of each child by engendering a friendly, caring and orderly school community; by fostering confidence through success in acquiring basic skills; and by stimulating interest in wider fields of knowledge, the arts and sciences, the community and the environment.
- To equip each child with the skills for good progress through primary school and successful entry into secondary education.
- To encourage positive and purposeful attitudes; perseverance and resourcefulness, and the qualities of compassion, fairness, tolerance, humour, goodwill, helpfulness and understanding.
The school's curriculum includes the ten National Curriculum foundation subjects (English, mathematics, science, design & technology, information & communications technology, history, geography, art & design, music and physical education) and religious education. The way in which these subjects are delivered is determined by the Headteacher, taking account of the policies of the Governing Body and Dorset LEA guidelines. Greater time is given to the three 'core subjects' - English, mathematics and science.
The children undergo statutory assessment in English, mathematics and science in Year 2 at the end of Key Stage 1 and in Year 6 at the end of Key Stage 2. This comprises both teacher assessment of levels of attainment and the results of Standard Assessment Tasks and Tests (SATs). English and maths are also formally assessed in the Summer Term of Years 3, 4 and 5 using standardised tests developed by the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority (QCA).
Copies of the National Curriculum programmes of study for each subject and our own schemes of work are available for inspection in the school office. Curriculum matters may be discussed with the head or class teacher.
Our school sports clubs are Badminton Club in autumn and spring for Years 4-6 led by Mr Kite ; Cross Country Club in autumn led by Mrs Willmore, a keen and experienced parent helper; Netball Club led by Miss Dewey and Mrs Willmore; and summer athletics practices.
Our sports programme also includes seven-a-side Kenway Cup and Cluster football matches, Cluster 'high-five' netball matches, the Cluster handball tournament (we are the current cup-holders), the 'Ashes' cricket test series against Burton Bradstock School, the Dorset Schools Orienteering Championships in May, the Cluster Swimming Gala in June, the Cluster Sports in July and the school's orienteering competition in July.
Some West Dorset sports fixtures, such as six-a-side football competitions, the annual netball tournament and the short tennis tournament, are held on Saturdays. Other Saturday events are the school's May Fair (which involves all children in maypole or country dancing) and the PTFA Barn Dance.
Dorset Schools Orienteering League fixtures usually take place on Sundays, and we enter pupils in the annual Dorset Schools Championships in May. In 2005 Loders Court, the parkland home of Viscountess Hood, was mapped and it is now regularly used for training events.
MUSIC, DRAMA AND ICT
From time to time a drama club has been held after school. We give afternoon and evening performances of our musical plays which have included Sleeping Beauty (1998), Charlie the Toymaker (1998), Up the Beanstalk! (1999), Moving On (1999) Rumpelstiltskin (2000), Cinderella? (2001), Hosanna Rock! (2003) and A Saviour Is Born (2004).
We offer recorder teaching after school on Mondays and violin lessons in school on Wednesdays. Dorset Music Service provides the tuition and a small charge is made. Our instrumentalists usually play at Christmas events, in the Bridport Pyramid Concert and other school events.
Computer Club for Years 4-6 meets on Mondays. It is led by Mary Buckland, Cluster ICT Systems Manager, and looks to explore different software ideas and enable children to pursue personal interests.
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