School motto: 'Value your own worth and understand the differences in others.'
Strong pastoral care runs through everything we do at Dallington - we are a small, family run school and everybody knows everybody in the Dallington family. Our belief that happy, stimulated children do better than those who are miserable at school underpins all aspects of school life. We know and care for each child and family
Relationships between staff and children, and children and staff, are built on mutual respect and consideration. Not only do our teachers address our children by their first names, as you would expect but our children address our teachers by their first names, which you might not expect. Mutual respect means mutual respect.
As a result, relationships at Dallington are excellent, behaviour has always been exemplary, unkindness is most unusual. Children are nurtured by being listened to. Our children feel valued and celebrated as an individuals which in turn, promotes confidence and self-awareness. Emphasis is also put on group dynamics and our children learn how their energy and actions impact the group dynamic. Cooperation and collaboration are highly valued in our setting and as our children share open-plan spaces, these skills are embedded in Dallington life.
Children are taught in small groups and everyone has plenty of individual attention. We nurture self-esteem and children are able to see themselves as valued individuals, with a sense of self-worth and confidence and belonging to a welcoming, safe, calm and fair community. A non-judgmental atmosphere is promoted - let's make mistakes and learn from them! Children are encouraged to discuss how they are feeling and are helped to develop strategies to manage their feelings. Our adults act as positive role models of social conventions and interactions, becoming trusted and nurturing mentors.
Unlike so many other schools, we have a genuinely open-door approach to our relationships with parents. From drop-off to pick-up and beyond, all staff pride themselves on being available for parents, who may speak informally every day in person, by phone or email. We also hold formal progress meetings each term. Positive relationships between children, adults, parents and carers are central to life here. The Dallington Journey is a true collaboration between families and our school.