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Welcome to our school website

from Mrs Melanie Pallister – Headteacher

It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher at Manor Park CE First School. The reason for this is because of the community I work with; the children, staff and governors. Every adult in our community is dedicated and works really hard to ensure that we create a love of learning in every child and provide each individual with the skills and knowledge to take them forward.

We support our children in becoming curious, persistent and reflective learners who are not afraid to take risks in meeting their learning challenges. We endeavour to offer an exciting, creative and meaningful curriculum which emphasises learning connections for adult and child alike and celebrates innovation. We also emphasise the moral values of sharing and caring for each other and encourage the development of strengths such as teamwork, good citizenship, and self-respect.

Parents also play a huge role in our school community and we appreciate that parents are a crucial part of their child’s learning process, their interest and support is both valued and relied upon.

I hope that by looking at our website you gain an insight into our school, however, nothing can beat seeing and hearing things first hand. Therefore if you would like to see our school in action please don’t hesitate to come and have a look around.

School Vision Statement


We are working together to provide an inclusive and nurturing environment where all are valued and everyone has the opportunity to flourish. Our school community is built upon the Christian foundations of compassion, trust, collaboration, creativity, and resilience whilst embracing diversity and demonstrating mutual respect. Our children are independent, active learners who are encouraged to question deeply and reflect on outcomes in a wide range of situations preparing them for their journey beyond Manor Park.

With God, all things are possible Matthew 19 v 26

Term Dates 2022/23

Autumn Term

Monday 5th September 2022 to Friday 16th December 2022

Half Term Holiday – Monday 24th October 2022 – Friday 28th October 2022

Christmas Holiday – Monday 19th December 2022 to Monday 2nd January 2023

INSET (School Closed)

Thursday 1st September 2022

Friday 2nd September 2022

Friday 21st October 2022

Monday 31st October 2022


Spring Term

Tuesday 3rd January 2023 to Friday 31st March 2023

Half Term Holiday – Monday 13th February 2023 to Friday 17th February 2023

Easter Holiday – Monday 3rd April 2023 to Friday 14th April 2023

INSET (School Closed)

Friday 10th February 2023


Summer Term

Monday 17th April 2023 to Friday 21st July 2023

Half Term Holiday – Monday 29th May 2023 to Friday 2nd June 2023

Bank Holiday:

Monday 1st May 2023

Monday 8th May 2023

Term Dates 2023/24

Autumn Term

Monday 4th September 2023 to Friday 15th December 2023

Half Term Holiday – Monday 23rd October 2023 – Friday 27th October 2023

Christmas Holiday – Monday 18th December 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

INSET (School Closed)

Thursday 31st August 2023

Friday 1st September 2023

Monday 30th October 2023


Spring Term

Tuesday 2nd January 2024 to Thursday 28th March 2024

Half Term Holiday – Monday 12th February 2024 to Friday 16th February 2024

Easter Holiday – Friday 29th March 2024 to Friday 12th April 2024

INSET (School Closed)

Friday 9th February 2024


Summer Term

Monday 15th April 2024 to Friday 19th July 2024

Half Term Holiday – Monday 27th May 2024 to Friday 31st May 2023

Bank Holiday:

Monday 6th May 2024

INSET (School Closed)

Monday 22nd July 2024

Contact The School

Manor Park CE VC First School, Mellstock Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2BH

Tel: 01305 268741

School Secretary: Laura Powell
School Receptionist: Hayley Ellis
School Business Manager: Claire Warne


Contacting the School – Secretarial Hours
The School Secretaries are available each day
8.00 am – 4.00 pm