We are a ‘popular’ two-form entry local authority maintained school with a morning nursery, breakfast and after-school clubs. Our current pupil roll is 438. The proportion of pupils receiving Special Educational Needs support and in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan are below the national level at 8% and 0.5% respectively. The most common type of need is Speech and Language and Communication.
We are ‘tucked away’ in a quiet residential area and have served the local community of New Eltham since 1970. We are very lucky to have extensive, well-tended grounds which include lots of green space and allows lots of opportunities for outdoor learning. Our children particularly enjoy playing in the adventure play area and in our MuGA (Multi-use Games Area).
We have enthusiastic and experienced staff, a specialist music teacher and sports coaches. The number of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) and the expected standard at the end of Key Stage 1 and 2 has been consistently higher than the national average since 2016.
We are a happy community where curiosity for learning is encouraged and celebrated. We inspire each other to achieve our very best and this is reflected in our motto, ‘We love to learn, we like to play, we do our best in every way’. The school culture is strongly supported by our values which also reflect British Values such as mutual respect and tolerance. We are developing a Restorative Justice Approach whereby children are supported to understand the impact of their actions on others. We are also working towards achieving the bronze UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award to further encourage our children to be outward-looking citizens.
We strongly believe that education is a partnership between home and school. Our parent association, Friends of Dulverton School (FODS) is proactive in organising fund-raising and social activities. Our governors also play an active role in supporting and challenging the school to ensure it is the best it can be.
Despite the uniquely challenging circumstances due to COVID-19, there remains a focus and drive upon improving the quality of teaching and learning, both in school and remotely, whilst prioritising children’s health, social and emotional needs.