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St Osmund's C E VA Middle School
Barnes Way, Dorchester,DT1 2DZ
01305 262897

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Welcome to St Osmund's CE (Aided) Middle School

Mr Ron Jenkinson Headteacher
Mr Ron Jenkinson - Headteacher
Thank you for looking at our website. Staff, Governors and pupils at St Osmund's are very proud to belong to this school and we hope that the details within this website illustrate why.

We are totally committed to ensuring that your children are given the very best opportunities. This is a feature of the very special nature of middle schools because pupils arrive as children and leave as young adults; we manage that transition so that they remain confident learners. Moreover, as a Church School we will remain committed to the highest standards whilst maintaining our focus on the needs of the whole child.

We can only capture a part of all that we achieve together in this website so it is our sincere hope that, alongside your child, you will join us by playing an active part in our school community.

I look forward to meeting you personally and sharing in this most important venture: your child!

What is so special about St. Osmund’s Middle School?

St. Osmund’s is a thriving community of children and adults, differing widely in ages, interests and talents. It exists to help every member make the most of his/her abilities in a stimulating and sympathetic environment and to prepare every individual to become a responsible member of society. Our school aims have
been written and agreed by all members of our community:

‘St. Osmund’s aspires to be an e-confident school where all teaching is very good or excellent and where pupils’ achievement matches their God-given potential’.

St. Osmund’s opened as a Middle School in 1979 catering for 250 children aged between 9 and 13 years old. Since its opening, we have grown tremendously and numerous extensions and building projects have been carried out to bring it up to its present size, now providing for 600 children. We have specialist facilities for the teaching of Music, Drama, Information Communication Technology (2 large suites), a superb facility for Technology and Art, and three fantastic Science laboratories which were rebuilt in 2007. In 2002 we added a wonderful Community Sports Centre to our site; this is described in more detail further on in this brochure. There is also: a pond, a small nature reserve, extensive playing fields, a very well-stocked and well-used school library; and ‘The RE:Z’, which is a quiet area or reflection zone for break times and lessons as appropriate. The staff are very enthusiastic, dedicated and work extremely well together as a team. They create a very happy atmosphere in the school which is built on Christian principles, where good behaviour is expected at all times from all of its members.

St. Osmund’s is proud to have a school uniform and we ask for the cooperation of parents in ensuring that it is worn.

Arrangements for Admissions

In accordance with their legal requirements the Governors of St Osmund’s CE VA Middle School publish their admissions requirements.

The Governors, who are responsible for admissions to the Church of England Voluntary Aided Middle School, have agreed with the Local Authority to admit 150 pupils into Year 5. This number presently applies to all years. These arrangements and the admissions criteria (below) are reviewed annually.

A. The criteria by which pupils will be admitted to St Osmund’s will be in the following order of priority:-

  1. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs which specifies attendance at St Osmund’s irrespective of whether the child is in-area or out of area.
  2. Children who are ‘Looked after Children’ ie children in public care for whom St Osmund’s is the school nominated by the LEA irrespective of whether the child is in-area or out-of-area.
  3. Children living in the area normally served by the school and who will have a sibling link at the time of admission. This also covers step brothers/sisters and foster siblings. This criterion applies to children who live in the catchment area at the start of the September term in which they expect to commence at St Osmund’s.

NB. The address of a child is determined as one who lives at the address of the person whose name is on the relevant child benefit booklet (not the address on the booklet).

  1. Children living in the area normally served by the School (see below for details and footnote) and who are living in that area at the start of the September term in which they expect to commence at St Osmund’s. Where there are more pupils seeking places than there are places available the proximity to the school will be the deciding factor.

B. Where vacancies remain children living outside the area normally served by the School will be offered places in the following order (see footnote):-

  1. Children who have a brother or sister who has been admitted in previous years and who will be attending the School at the time of admission;
  2. Children whose parents worship regularly in an Anglican Church (One or both parents are monthly attenders at an Anglican Church and whose application is supported by a letter from the parish priest);
  3. Children whose parents worship regularly in a Church/Chapel of another Christian denomination (as defined by the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland). (One or both parents are monthly attenders at Church/Chapel and whose application is supported by the officiating minister/priest);
  4. Children who have particular medical reasons for attending the School and whose application is supported by the Clinical Medical Officer;
  5. Children whose parents advance particular reasons which in the Governors’ view deserve priority;
  6. If places remain available, the child’s proximity to the school will be taken into account.

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