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. We believe that happy, stimulated children will perform better and this underpins all aspects of school life.
Relationships between staff and children are built on mutual respect and consideration. Everyone is known by their first name. This leads to exemplary behaviour and a general air of kindness. The children feel valued and celebrated and know that they are listened to as an individuals, which in turn, promotes confidence and self-awareness. There is much emphasis on group dynamics and children learn how their energy and actions impact the group dynamic. Cooperation and collaboration are highly valued in the school setting.
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. Adults act as positive role models of social conventions and interactions, becoming trusted and nurturing mentors.
Positive relationships between children, adults, parents and carers are central to life here, and we have a genuinely open-door approach. 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. The Dallington Journey is a true collaboration between families and school.