Welcome to Durweston.
I am delighted that you are interested in our lovely school.
We are very proud of what we do here. As a small village school, we believe we get to know all of our children as individuals and strive to bring out the best in each of them. We have high expectations of work and behaviour but, as well as working hard, we make sure our children have fun too. Our vision is to 'Feed the mind, nurture the spirit and free the imagination.' By offering the richest curriculum that we can, and inspiring a commitment to our values of courage, compassion and joy, we hope to ensure that our children are well prepared for whatever happens in their lives when they leave us.
Our Nursery Handy Paws, takes children from their 3rd birthday; in the main school, the children are arranged into 5 mixed-age classes:
Starfish – Reception (with Nursery in the afternoons)
Dolphins – year 1&2
Seahorses – years 2&3
Sharks – years 4&5
Porpoises years 5&6
This offers us a unique opportunity to place children in the class that best matches their pace and style of learning. It also means that the mix of children in each class changes; each
year, the children meet new friends and come back together with those they have known in previous years. Our staff have the experience and knowledge to make sure that each child is given the curriculum that meets their needs, and they work closely together to ensure continuity and progression.
We are also fortunate to enjoy an outstanding location. The Stour flows past us on one side whilst on the other, the local farmer allows us to explore his fields and forests – we have our own forest school area which all children visit regularly. The church is next door and we hold assembly there three times a week.
Our 2019 OFSTED report was not what we'd hoped for, but the inspector’s verbal feedback was very positive – he told us that he believed we had the capacity to be Outstanding. So we took on board the comments made, tightened up on our policies and procedures and were delighted to be judged good in our SIAMS inspection in February 2020. In their judgement:
'Dedicated staff and governors ensure this is a nurturing Christian family community, enabling all adults and pupils to flourish. Pupils show resilience and courage and go on to the next stage of their lives with a love of learning.'
I do believe that our hard-working children, experienced staff, committed governors and supportive parents make this a warm and welcoming community that is a great place to live, work and learn
So, please take a look at our blog and at our weekly newsletters to gain a flavour of what we offer and then, why not make an appointment to come and visit? We would be delighted to show you around.
Nicola Brooke Headteacher
Nicola Brooke Headteacher
'Stand true in what you believe. Be courageous, be strong.
And do everything with love.' 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
I have been trying to think about what it is that Durweston gives its pupils, that many other schools simply lack... I think I have the term ... “bouncebackability”. They have the tools and resilience in them to bounce back, be stronger, reflective and move on. That’s a life skill that will never leave them. '
Year 6 Leaver's parent