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Compassion – Resilience – Creativity

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 through 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.

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Term Dates

Autumn Term
Monday 4 September to Friday 15 December 2017
Half Term Holiday – Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017
Christmas Holiday – Monday 18 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018

Staff Development Days (School closed for Staff training)
Monday 4th September 2017
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Monday 30th October 2017

Spring Term
Tuesday 2 January to Thursday 29 March 2018
Half Term Holiday – Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February 2018
Easter Holiday – Friday 30 March to Friday 13 April 2018

Staff Development Days (School closed for Staff training)
Friday 9th February

Summer Term
Monday 16 April to Tuesday 24 July 2018
Half Term Holiday – Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June 2018
Summer Holiday – Wednesday 25 July to Friday 31 August 2018
Bank Holiday – Monday 7 May 2018

Staff Development Days (School closed for Staff training)
Wednesday 25th July 2018

Monday 3rd September 2018
Tuesday 4th September 2018

New 2018/2019 academic year starts Wednesday 5th September 2018

Contact The School

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

Tel: 01305 268741

School Secretary: Laura Powell
School Administrator:
School Business Manager: Claire Warne


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