Welcome

by Peter Hoyland, Headteacher

On behalf of everyone at Dunster First School, I am extremely proud to welcome you to our website.

Our school aims to provide a safe, happy, caring and well-ordered environment in which learning can take place and where each child is valued as an individual. We set high standards of achievement and behaviour whilst ensuring that the children's school days are happy, inspiring and challenging.

Dunster First School is a local authority maintained school for pupils aged 4 to 9. In the year 2015 to 2016 there are 142 children on roll.

The school moved into the present building in 1872 which was extended and modified in 1961, 1988 and 2000. It has a large hall and kitchen facilities. Some of the classrooms have their own toilets and cloakrooms. Outside there is an outdoor heated swimming pool and changing room, two playgrounds and a playing field. The school also has a designated forest school area on Grabbist Hill.

Situated just within the Exmoor National Park, close to St George’s Church and Dunster Castle, the school enjoys close ties with the village of Dunster. The Friends of Dunster School organises a range of fundraising and social events including an Advent Fair and a Summer Fete. In the past few years the Friends of Dunster School have raised over £20,000 to fund the replacement of the school’s ICT equipment.

There is close liaison with Dunster Pre-School, which is located on the school site. Most of the children who attend Dunster First School start at Dunster Pre-School.

The school's mission statement is to, "Expect the best in everything - then play your part in achieving it."

"Dunster is an excellent school; our child will leave a very confident child with many happy memories of his first school. As a parent it is nice to feel you could not have made a better choice for your child." (Year 4 Parent writing in the 2014 Parents and Carers Survey)

“Pupils really enjoy learning, achieve well and make good progress throughout the school... Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. They are very keen to learn, proud of the school and polite and respectful to each other… Pupils are very well cared for and kept extremely safe… Strong leadership has provided clear direction and thorough checking of the quality of teaching has driven improvements in the school.” (OFSTED Report October 2014)

100% of parents in the 2014 to 2015 Parent View survey would recommend our school to other parents (https://www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk)

aims and mission statement.pdf

prospectus 16-17.pdf

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