Sherborne Primary School
It is hoped that parents and the local community will work with the staff and governors to enable Sherborne Primary School to provide the best education for its pupils. Parents are welcomed into the school to further closer understanding. When parents and the school are working together education becomes more meaningful and productive for the child.
The General Aims of Sherborne Primary School
§ To take account of the aspirations of Governors, staff, parents and children to produce a school of the highest order in serving its local community.
§ To be welcoming and accountable.
§ To provide a positive atmosphere encouraging self confidence and self esteem.
§ To develop a curriculum which encourages lively, enquiring minds so that pupils acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities, the will to use them and the ability to communicate clearly and confidently.
§ To give children knowledge of their heritage and of their place in the community in order to provide an understanding of and respect for the backgrounds and beliefs of others.
The school was established in 1912 in buildings facing Simons Road to accommodate the northward expansion of the town.It was subsequently enlarged during the Second World War when the infant school in Tinneys Lane was bombed. The school lost its senior children in the late 1950's when secondary education was reorganised. The current purpose built accommodation was completed in July 1998 and was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in April 1999. It comprises eleven classrooms with a nominal capacity of 330 pupils and provides additional space for a hall, music room, newly enlarged special needs department and a library/computer room.
The outdoor space is well utilised with room for a soccer pitch, training areas, netball courts and space for sports. The school uses local facilities for swimming and other sports as required.
The admission policy follows that laid down by the Dorset County Council.
The children start at the beginning of the school year in which they are five. In the autumn term children are part-time (mornings only) until Christmas and then full-time. Good liaison exists between school and the local play-groups. Staff regularly visit these playgroups, and the playgroup leaders also visit us. Children due to start are brought to school for at least one afternoon as an introduction. There is a parents' meeting for the new entrants to answer queries and it includes a tour of the school at work. The school admission limit is 48 children per academic year group and providing the year group is not oversubscribed then places can be offered to children living outside the catchment area.
Those parents residing outside the catchment should apply to the School Admissions Officer at County Hall for forms. Local parents should inform the school as early as they can to seek a place for their child.
Morning Session - 8.55am to 12.15pm
(Children are not allowed to arrive before 8.30am and supervision in the playground is from 8.45am)
Afternoon Session - 1.20pm to 3.30pm
(Those going home for lunch are not to return until 1.15pm)
There is no school crossing on the A30 but a pedestrian crossing has been installed close to the school.
The car park is only to be used for picking up and dropping off children.
There is a school uniform which is strongly encouraged as it increases the sense of belonging to the school as one community, and adds to general 'smartness'.
The colour for sweatshirts is green with white shirts and grey trousers, grey skirts or trousers for girls. In the summer the girls wear green check gingham dresses, and the boys are encouraged to wear short trousers. Girls are allowed to wear trousers, grey or black. Shoes must be black. A green school fleece top is now available.
School uniform is available from Sporting Classics, 27 Cheap Street, Sherborne.
Second hand uniform is available from the school main reception.
Please label all school clothes as one school jumper looks very much like another!
Every child will need a P.E. bag containing : a plain 'T' shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of trainers. Please ensure that all kit is named.
Year 5 and 6 children will require a swimming costume, hat and towel. A one piece costume for the girls please.
Pupils will require a pair of football boots and shin pads from year 3. Second hand boots are on sale through he school.
Please send a note if a child is to be excused from sporting activity for any reason.