Headteacher's Welcome

Dallington is a unique school with a strong tradition of inclusive, child-focused learning which was founded by the fearlessly innovative Mogg Hercules MBE, over forty years ago.

I am honoured to be a part of the incredibly strong and established Dallington team that led the school to an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ award in January 2018.

I am quietly confident that I have a huge amount to offer the Dallington community, not least my thirty years of excellent and vibrant teaching and leadership, gained in many diverse schools around the world.

All my work and innovation has been underpinned by my belief in every child’s fundamental right to experience an education that nurtures a belief in themselves as valued, empowered and informed; to be challenged to expect the best of themselves and of the adults in their lives – in school, in the home and in their communities.

Many of the children I have taught and worked alongside have been destined for positions of great influence in their countries – nurturing these minds and helping them to deeply understand the world they will inherit has been the greatest responsibility and one that I continue to carry and indeed, enjoy at Dallington.

Maria Blake


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3-5 years
This is where life at Dallington begins! The children in our Nurseries are taught by qualified teachers working with NVQ3 qualified assistants. A place in our nursery guarantees a
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5-7 years
In Transition we aim to foster independent learning, develop key skills and nurture creative expression, within a supportive learning environment and through cross-curricular
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Middle School

7-11 years
On entering Middle School Dallington children are encouraged to take even more responsibility both for their own learning and as a group member. Our curriculum continues to be
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What's happening at Dallington

  • Nursery22 / 11 / 2019
    In Lower Nursery we recently worked 1:1 with an adult painting a bowl of cyclamen flowers. Each...
  • Middle School03 / 10 / 2019
    Our Thoughts about Year 6 “My time in Year 6 so far is fun and challenging and the teachers have...
  • Middle School03 / 10 / 2019
    *Photos above: Jackal headed God is Anubis, the God of Mummification-created by Mariana, Rishi and...
  • Middle School03 / 10 / 2019
    We have all been working hard this term and are settling in to being ‘big kids’ in the Middle...


  • 10 Dec
    Swimming (Years 5 & 6)
  • 11 Dec
    Carol Concert
  • 11 Dec
    FoD Christmas Party (in Crypt after concert)
    19:00 to 21:00
  • 13 Dec
    Last Day, School ends at 12.00 pm
  • Dallington School is like a gem in the city… the kids don't feel pressured however they do feel… a wish to achieve.  This is brilliant – trust the children and provide them with the space and education to help them grow.  My child has become really inquisitive about the world since starting at Dallington.

  • Both our… DCs were encouraged in non-competitive way and flourished. They left the school with what I felt was a genuine love of learning and self motivation which has served them well at secondary… Can’t speak highly enough of the school.

    Mumsnet - 6th April 2016
  • This school is unique. We have great fun and learn at the same time and without feeling any inkling of depression. I have flown through the 11+… Dallington is just as academic as any other school, but the children are eased into pressure and taught to be independent and happy, yet bright.

    Lily - Class of 2015