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Onwards and Upwards – January 2019

Dormer is all set for a happy and exciting 2019!

The children have returned to school keen to work and with some super New Year’s resolutions for reading before bedtime, learning times-tables, practising spellings and getting homework done as soon as it is set! Equally their teachers are resolved to cover many inspiring topics across the curriculum!

There is a full fixture list for our Dormer athletes and a wide variety of clubs starting this week, including Little Dancers, Matilda the Musical, netball, football, construction and crafts. We are also embarking upon a number of new initiatives to ensure that we are maximising opportunities for Higher Potential Learning in all subjects with a view to securing a Higher Potential Learning Award.

As a staff we were able to start 2019 by reflecting on the excellent achievements made by the pupils at Dormer House School. You may already be aware that every year, The Gloucestershire Echo publishes the Primary SATs League Tables. It is an informative document giving parents in the county a clear indication of how well each school is performing. Whilst, as an independent school, our results do not form part of this document, it does enable us to look at the data and use it as a means of identifying how well we are doing in comparison with other local schools. In that respect, we are pleased to confirm that Dormer House School maintains its position as one of the top schools in the Cotswolds.

In the externally marked Key Stage 2 SATS of 2018, 70% of our Year 6 pupils were working at or above the expected level in reading, writing and maths as opposed to 64% nationally. Half of the class achieved very high progress scores in English, with one pupil scoring full marks on the Reading and the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling papers. In point of fact, our English progress results put us in the top 25% of schools nationally.

In the Key Stage 1 SATS, 100% reached the expected standard with 40% at Greater Depth in English and 60% in maths. End of year attainment in externally marked tests for Years 3 – 5 was also significantly above national in both maths and English – and this certainly bodes well for future results!

For a full analysis of our results, please see the Academic Report 2018.

Headteacher, Mrs. Thomas