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Burton Bradstock C E VC Primary School
Church Street, Bridport,DT6 4QS Burton Bradstock
01308 897369



Burton Bradstock is a Voluntary Controlled, Church of England school. The school is owned and funded by Dorset County Council and administered and controlled by the Dorset Education Partnership - the Local Education Authority, and managed by the Governing Body in conjunction with the Headteacher and staff. Burton Bradstock is a rural primary school taking children from the parishes of Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge and Chilcombe. It covers the age range of 4 - 11 years and most children progress to Sir John Colfox School in Bridport. Our school is a member of the Bridport Cluster of schools, that work closely together to give opportunities to children to broaden their education through co-operation. The Bridport Cluster consists of Burton Bradstock, Loders, Powerstock, Symondsbury, Thorners and St Catherine's. Burton Bradstock is also a member of the Bridport Pyramid of Schools. The Pyramid encompasses all Bridport state schools and Heads and staff meet regularly to enable Bridport education to thrive through co-operation. The Bridport Pyramid is all the Cluster schools plus St Mary 's, County Primary, Mountjoy and Sir John Colfox.


School History


Burton Bradstock school has a long history extending over one hundred and fifty years. It started as a single storey Victorian school, built about 1865 using local stone, with an extension for young children (the Baby Room) added in 1880. In 1920 another building was added to provide room where boys could do woodwork. There was further modernisation in 1954 with improved heating and lighting. With numbers rising a mobile classroom was added in 1963.

In 1992 the school was extensively rebuilt as pressure of numbers and the demands of delivering a modern curriculum had put intolerable strain on the available space. The school is now one of the most modern 'traditional' village schools in Dorset. We have worked hard to keep the features of the original buildings whilst creating almost double the available space by building an upstairs area

The school now has two large Key Stage 1 classes downstairs, indoor toilets and cloakrooms, a multi-purpose hall and an office. Upstairs there are two large Key Stage 2 classrooms, a library and a staffroom. The external environment has also been re-designed to allow children to learn and play constructively outside as well.

The school was formerly a Church Aided School, but in 1952 the decision was taken to seek Voluntary Controlled status. The school log books of the early school life testify that many families still in the village have long established connections with the school. Such a history is a matter of pride to us all.

School Uniform

It is our policy to encourage all children to wear uniform.  Our uniform is very simple, being a red school sweatshirt (available from the school office ) worn over a white blouse or shirt.  Boys are encouraged to wear navy blue or black trousers and girls navy blue or black skirts or trousers.  In summer girls may wear red or blue gingham dresses, shoes, not boots.  Jewellery, apart from plain ear-studs, is not allowed at school.

Children need a shoe bag, plimsolls (black) P.E. shorts (black) and a school T-Shirt for P.E. and summer activities.  For winter activities Junior children will also need winter outdoor games kit including strong outdoor trainers, or football boots and a tracksuit.  PLEASE NAME ­ALL CLOTHING AND KIT.  You will find a complete uniform and kit list at the back of this handbook.

Parent Teacher Association

The school has a thriving parent- teacher association.  The P.T.A. exists to provide opportunities for parents, teachers and children to meet socially and to provide fund raising opportunities to support school activities not paid for from our school budget.  New members are elected at the annual A.G.M. and a member only serves for 3 years, ensuring a constant turnover of parents on the committee.  Over recent years the P.T.A. have funded £2000 for new library books, have bought new computer systems and have paid for recorder lessons for all junior age children who want them.  The P.T.A. also part-funds school trips so reducing the cost to parents.

Overall Aims


At Burton Bradstock School we believe that….

  • All children are individuals, to be treated equally in terms of access to all school activities and opportunities at school.
  • We provide a framework wherein each individual, whether a child or a staff member, is encouraged to achieve his/her potential, socially, intellectually, physically, spiritually and emotionally in a happy and challenging environment.
  • Education is a partnership between the parent, child, school and wider community and that this partnership needs to be nurtured and encouraged.
  • All children live a full life within the school and the wider community, demonstrating the values of friendship, patience, consideration for others and self control.
  • A successful learner is a child who is able to access, organise, select and apply resources and materials to enable them to further their learning. The true learner develops skills and strategies to control and direct their own learning, to move confidently through the various worlds they inhabit.
  • Children need to acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities relevant to adult life and employment in a changing world. From the start of their life at Burton to the end we aim to gain a full picture of each child’s development and progress to inform us of the future learning requirements.
  • We deliver a broad, balanced curriculum where varied learning experiences enable children to become independent, confident and responsible learners.
  • Our community, local, national and world-wide offers rich source of learning for our children and that we strive to blur the boundaries between school and the wider world, reaching out to it and drawing it into us.
  • Our school is like a caring family, building on the love and values that a good home provides.
  • As a Christian school we place Christian values at the very heart of all we do.

Admission Arrangements

Arrangements for visiting the school.

Parents and friends are welcome to visit the school at any time and are especially encouraged to join us for our Good Work Assemblies on most Wednesdays at 2.30 p.m. However, if you wish to see the Head, or a specific member of staff it is best to phone the school first, or call in to see the school secretary or Head to make an appointment.

Admission policy for children starting school for the first time.

Children whose fifth birthday falls between 1st September and the following 31st August, start school at the beginning of the Autumn Term. When children start school for the first time, they attend for the first term as 'mornings only'.


Arrangements for introducing reception children to school.

Children are invited to spend two mornings at the school in the term before they are due to start school.  Parents are also invited in for one of these mornings and are shown round the school.  Parents will have a chance to meet the Headteacher and the child's class teacher at this meeting.  The school will liaise with pre-school playgroups and parents to build as full a picture as possible of each child before he or she starts.  This is called a Baseline Assessment

When the child first starts at the school parents will be asked to fill in an Admission Form.  All forms and records on your child are confidential to you and relevant school teaching staff and are kept secure in our upstairs office.  You may view them at any time.

Transporting Children to School

It is the responsibility of parents of children who live within a 3 mile radius of the school to make their own arrangements to transport them to school.  Any children who are within the school's traditional catchment area, the parishes of Burton, Shipton and Chilcombe, and who live more than 3 miles from school will be entitled to free transport provided by the County Council.  Shipton Gorge is within 3 miles of the school.  The Council does, however, provide a bus that, for a subsidised charge, brings children to, and takes them from school each day.  Any families in receipt of Income Support/Family Credit can receive support for the cost of this bus.  Please contact the school office for details.

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