Dodford First School was established in 1877 and pupils come from across many different areas of Bromsgrove. As a small school with a maximum of 75 pupils, the children develop excellent relationships both within their peer group and throughout the school.
The school is set in beautiful countryside in the centre of Dodford village and has delightful grounds, accommodating pupils from Reception through to Year 4 (ages 4-9).
Our aim is to provide an inspiring, caring and inclusive learning community where each and every day, all members of the school community strive to make a positive difference to the learning journeys of all of our pupils.
Our pupils are proud of their school and are highly enthusiastic learners, embracing the stimulating and challenging curriculum provided by a highly-skilled and dedicated staff.
OUR SCHOOL PRAYER
Oh Lord bless our school, that we may work together and play together,
Let us remember that as many hands build a house, so many hearts build a school.
We are a school with high expectations and our children strive to achieve their best through staff, parents and pupils working hard together, personalising learning so each child meets their full potential.
Our creative approach to the curriculum encompasses several subjects across a rolling programme of topics which allows for all the key skills to be covered. The curriculum promotes creativity and supports children’s enquiring minds. It also ensures that pupils learn in a variety of ways and adapt ways of thinking and interacting with the wider world, preparing them for the next stages in their education and life journey.
Key learning skills are embedded in the everyday teaching and learning at Dodford – communication, application of number, the ability to use a range of information technology, working with others, improving and taking ownership of their own learning and performance and problem solving.
Visits, visitors, curriculum enrichment days, focus weeks and parent engagement activities enable children to experience the world they live in through exciting and memorable ways.
Children at Dodford are given the opportunity to share their ideas, thoughts and views about the school, ensuring their opinions are heard and valued. This builds on our nurturing ethos, giving every child the opportunity to shine and have a sense of belonging and personal achievement.
Our School Council is elected by their peers and the team focus on raising money for school projects or charities and sharing ideas on how to enhance the school environment.
Our Pupil Forum discuss teaching and learning within the school, having input into writing and reviewing policies and feeding back on the effectiveness of new initiatives within the classroom.
The Green Team are our eco-warriors and have been awarded the Green Flag for making the school more eco-friendly and bringing global issues into the curriculum.
The Sports Crew organise intra and intersports at Dodford, they help run the School Games Day and report back on tournaments and festivals attended by children across the school. We have recently secured the Sainsbury’s School Games Gold Mark.
The health and wellbeing of our children is paramount and is central to everything we do, promoting self-belief and building resilience to prepare for the world they live in. They are actively encouraged to approach their learning with a growth-mindset, where successes are based on effort and challenge is seen as an opportunity to learn.
We are very fortunate at Dodford to be located in beautiful countryside and we take great pride in our school environment. We value the benefits of outdoor learning and how it is a stimulant for exploration and experimentation through hands-on, real life experiences.
We are extremely fortunate to have our own garden with a pond which attracts wildlife for the children to engage with and established shrubs and trees, creating pathways for them to explore.
Our children are taught to value the outdoor area and become responsible citizens through general duties, including litter picking, composting, maintaining growing areas, taking care of the natural habitats and caring for the animals that live on the school grounds.
Our Reception children use the local Holiday Farm to engage in forest school activities and children across the school engage in wider community projects like litter picking at the local park, planting bulbs and visiting recycling plants.
A sense of belonging to a community builds on skills to prepare our children for the journey they are now on and will be on in the future.
We have developed strong links with parents, ensuring they are partners in shaping their children’s futures by being involved in their child’s education every step of the way.
Four Seasons provides a secure and happy environment for the children before and after school and during the school holidays. Our wrap-around provider is based at the nursery next door and strong links in provision and communication builds a firm relationship between school, parents and Four Seasons.
The school contributes to the parish magazine each month and the children sing at the local church twice a year and use the village hall each Christmas to put on their performance.
A dedicated Parent’s Association raise funds for the school throughout the year to enable the children to have those little extras and support bigger school improvement projects.
The children care not only for one another but strive to care for those less fortunate than themselves and engage with fundraising locally, nationally and globally.