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Dedham C E (V C) Primary School
Parsons Field, Dedham, CO7 6BZ, UK Colchester
+44 (0)1206 322242

Dedham Primary School

Dedham Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England school currently of about 200 pupils.

The school is situated in a very pleasant, quiet location, within walking distance of the church and village. The grounds of the school, including two hard play areas, are extensive and this gives plenty of space for sports and play.

There is a very close partnership between the school, governors, parents and the wider community and this is at the heart of the success of the school over recent years. We are proud to have "Establish a life-long love of learning" as our mission statement.

Children go to the church for services at various times of the year and the vicar comes to school to take assemblies, which the children enjoy. Year 5 and Year 6 have visited major religious sites through the generosity of The William Burkitt Trust.

You are very welcome to browse our website, within which you can find out more about our school and people, see some of the work produced by our pupils both in class and after-school and catch up with our latest news. Please enjoy your visit and if you have any questions or comments - get in touch!


The school is situated in a very pleasant, quiet location, within walking distance of the church and village.

The grounds of the school, including two hard play areas, are extensive and this gives plenty of space for sports and play. There is also a quiet garden, that was built by some of the parents and there is the intention to have a wildlife area and a vegetable garden to be tended by the children. Low level climbing equipment was installed during Spring holiday 2005.

The single storey school was built in 1973 and has six teaching areas, a library, an ITC suite and a kitchen. In addition there is a well maintained relocatable classroom used by the children in Class 6. The Hall is used for many activities; PE, drama performances, music, assemblies, and at 12 o'clock it becomes a dining hall. Work on building a new classroom and remodelling another was completed during the Autumn term 2004.

A close association between our village Church and the school is encouraged. The Vicar, Rev. G. Moate is invited to the school to take the Wednesday morning assembly.

The children attend Church for special services, and the school decorates a Church window at Harvest and at Christmas time.

Our Christmas Window
Please visit the Website of Dedham Parish Church (this will open a new window).
Our Christmas church window—
We Saw Three Ships


The school council came in to being during the academic year 2002/03. Two members from each class are elected annually to sit on the council. The members meet every fortnight to discuss relevant issues, following this meeting the Chairman then meets with the Headmistress.


From Reception onwards, children are encouraged to take home books to read, new words to learn and later, spellings and multiplication tables, further maths, English and science reinforcement activities. We also encourage children to undertake research at home in connection with school projects.


It is the policy of the school to encourage the wearing of school uniform.
Please Note: Body jewellery is forbidden, however a pair of small stud type earrings is permitted, but the child must be able to take them out themselves, for PE and Games. For Health and Safety reasons no child should have their ears pierced during term time. The taping of earrings is not permitted.


The school is totally enclosed by fencing. The two gates are opened at quarter to nine and then closed shortly after nine o’clock; they are then re-opened at three o’clock. Parents are invited to wait on the patio area inside the main gate and the children exit their classrooms via their patio doors. There is a buzzer entry system at the front entrance to admit parents and visitors. The external handles of all classroom doors have been removed to ensure extra safety for the children. The parents have organised a morning rota for the gate, so as to ensure we have no escapees!

The childrens' safety is a priority and for this reason the School has a policy of not placing any photos of children on its website.


Please see our school dinner menu. This rotates every four weeks and there are also special dinners occasionally, where the children can sample new dishes.


Parents can provide invaluable support and extra adult help for the school. Parents are also very welcome to attend school assemblies at 2.40 p.m. every Friday afternoon and a creche is available for pre-school children of 3 years and over. After Friday assembly parents are very welcome to visit their child’s class to view their work. Once a month there is a parent’s surgery, when the Headmistress will be available to answer any queries.

PARENTS' GROUP Visit the Parents' Group page

Dedham Parents Group has now been in existence since March 2000. Every parent or guardian of a child at Dedham School automatically becomes a member of the group and can become involved as much or as little as they wish. The group generally meets once a month; alternating between an evening and an afternoon meeting.

THE CRAFTY SEW 'n' SEWS Visit the Crafty Sew 'n' Sews page

The Crafty Sew ‘n’ Sews was formed in 2003 and supports the many creative activities carried out within the school, both on a curricular basis and at the two major annual fundraising events which the school and Parents' Group organize: the Strawberry Fayre and “The Dedham Dickensian Market”.

They meet every two or three months and are always looking for more fun people to join them. There are absolutely no qualifications required to join The Crafty Sew ‘n’ Sews, simply keenness to have a go and support Dedham Primary School.


From Reception (Age 4) to Class 6, our school provides a broad and well balanced education, developing the skills and needs of each individual child according to their ability.

Please visit our class pages to see some of the work produced by each year's pupils.

Healthy School Award
Mrs Clayton's leaving gift


A range of activities is organised at lunchtimes and after school. They may vary according to the interests and expertise of the current staff. The clubs are organised so that the children may use their leisure time in a positive and constructive way. All after school activities are usually completed by 4.15 pm. If a child is unable to attend his/her activity, the member of staff involved should be informed. Details of the current club activities are available from the class teacher.

During the Summer 07 term, the following clubs are available. All clubs are after school unless otherwise stated.


  • Footsal (3.10-4.15)
  • Colchester United Group


  • Tennis Club (3.10-4.15)
  • Batting & Fielding Club (3.10-4.15)


  • Alpha Club (Lunchtime)
  • French Club Classes R & 1 (Lunchtime)
  • French Club Class 3 & 4 (3.10-4)


  • Choir (3.10-4)
  • Basic Skills French Class 2 (3.10-4)

Most clubs are now full, but please ask if your child is interested in any of them.

There is a video library each Friday lunchtime, where children may borrow a video for the weekend. A small charge of 50p is made, which goes towards the school fund.

Please revisit this section from time to time; we plan to have pages for most clubs giving more information about their activities.

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