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Greenford C E VC Primary School
Chilfrome Lane, Dorchester, Maiden Newton
01300 320644

The School aims to develop self-motivated, self-controlled and responsible individuals. Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

The school aims to provide sound academic foundations upon which each child can later build, according to their needs and interests. This will require the development of a curriculum, which is relevant to the needs of pupils in a changing world, which allows them to proceed at their own pace, and yet which provides for the development of special aptitudes.


We want you to enjoy coming to school, and to have a good time whilst you are here. If you are happy, you will enjoy learning and do well. We want everyone in our school to behave well, and to respect other peoples opinions.

We want you all to work hard at all times - even when you find things are difficult. Always do your best.


Everyone is different, and we all have subjects we really enjoy and do well at. We can't all be good at everything. We want you to excel at the things you enjoy and to get better in those subjects which you find a challenge.

When you leave our school, we hope you will have fond memories of the friends you have made, the adults who helped you and the work that we did together.

The current policy of Dorset Education Authority allows children to commence school in September of the school year in which a child has his/her 5th birthday.  Children are admitted to Greenford School on a part-time basis during the Autumn Term, attending full-time from the start of the Spring Term.


The school has a well established policy for the integration of children into the school which is outlined in our Early Years brochure.  Close links are maintained between our school, playgroup and nursery schools.


Education Reform Act

The planned admission limit for Greenford School is 20 for each year group.


Should the number of requests for places exceed this number, pupils who live in the school catchment area will be given priority over those who live outside.


The planned admission limit is an assessment of the school’s physical capacity to accommodate pupils.


Parents of children who are refused admission to the school have the right to lodge a formal appeal to an Appeals Committee.

Parents of children due to start in our Reception Class should complete an admission form and return it to school during the first half term (usually by the end of October) of the Autumn term, in the year prior to their child starting school. Admission forms are available from the school or can be completed on-line.


All children follow a common curriculum in the Core Subjects (English, Maths and Science) supported by Foundation subjects, History, Geography, Art, Music, P.E. Design Technology, Information & Communication Technology and R.E.

Emphasis is placed on the value of practical experience in these subjects particularly with young children, to ensure that they have a sound understanding of the concepts involved. Sometimes children appear to learn more quickly by rote, but we find that subsequent progress becomes increasingly slow and difficult. In this way, children who progress more quickly are able to go well beyond normal primary school work, whilst ensuring that other children can spend sufficient time at each stage to grasp concepts fully.

As children go through school, they will be given increased responsibility with their work and will be encouraged to take work home.

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