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.