School motto: 'Value your own worth and understand the differences in others.'
Strong pastoral care runs through everything we do at Dallington. 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, taking plenty of interest in them when they are happy and taking even more interest in them if they are not.
Relationships between staff and children, and children and staff, are built on mutual respect and consideration. Teachers address children by their first names, as you would expect, and children address teachers by their first names, which you might not expect. Mutual respect means mutual respect.
As a result, relationships at Dallington are excellent, behaviour here has always been extremely good, and unkindness is most unusual. Children are nurtured by being listened to, feeling valued as an individual and learning to appreciate how their actions can affect other people.
Children are taught in small groups so everyone has plenty of 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 - it is fine to make mistakes and learn from them. Children are able to discuss how they are feeling and are helped to develop strategies to manage their feelings. Adults act as good 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 and phone or email the school. We also hold formal progress meetings each term. Positive relationships between children, adults, parents and carers are central to life here.