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Dumpton School is an Ofsted 'Outstanding' and ISI 'Excellent' co-educational Pre-Prep and Prep School for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, set in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

Dumpton is a happy school with purposeful pupils and committed, approachable staff. This is a powerful combination which lies at the heart of the ‘special atmosphere’ often referred to by first-time visitors. The beautiful location and excellent facilities play their part, but it is the quality of relationships throughout the school that creates such an enriching and fulfilling environment for children, staff and parents alike.

Described by the Good Schools Guide as 'the perfect size; small enough to have a real family atmosphere and big enough to have proper teams, plays and music. We can't fault it!’ Choosing the right school for your child is a major decision, so please take the time to visit us and experience for yourself the friendly family atmosphere here at Dumpton. We can certainly promise you a very warm welcome.

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29 Jan 2020

Fourth Green Flag for Dumpton School

During the past year, staff and pupils at Dumpton have been working towards the Eco-Schools inspection, and with excellent results!

29 Jan 2020

Fourth Green Flag for Dumpton School

Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging millions of children across 64 countries, making it the largest schools programme in the world. For more than 20 years Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve both their environmental awareness and school environment. The Eco-Schools movement awards bronze, silver and gold awards (and the prestigious Green Flag) to schools based on a seven-step process, observing a strict set of criteria. Green Flag renewals must then be formally applied for every two years, with new initiatives clearly outlined and supported.

Over the past years, pupils at Dumpton have undertaken a huge range of projects, including forming their own Eco-Committee, Tree planting, Paper Police, Switch-Off Fortnight, Fairtrade Week, Bee-keeping, Biodiesel production and all the wonderful growing projects on the allotments. Thanks to all this hard work under the watchful eye of Mrs Cox, a recent inspection from the Eco-Schools team has seen Dumpton awarded its fourth consecutive Green Flag – an amazing achievement, of which they should all be rightly proud. Very well done!

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24 Jun 2019

New Sports Hall for Dumpton School

The new Sports Hall, to be opened in July 2019 will provide excellent facilities for the pupils at Dumpton.

24 Jun 2019

New Sports Hall for Dumpton School

Dumpton School, Wimborne is delighted to announce the opening of their new Sports Hall in July 2019. The build has taken just over 14 months and has been completed in time for the new academic year.

The facility provides a full-size netball and tennis court, along with an indoor hockey pitch, a 5-aside football pitch and three cricket lanes. As well as the sports facilities, the Sports Hall will be in use each day for PE lessons for all ages throughout the school including Nursery children. The new Sports Hall is situated on the same site as the previous building but now accommodates changing rooms, a viewing gallery over the outdoor tennis courts and sports pitches as well as providing two new classrooms overlooking the top field.

The new facility will be named the ‘Browning Hall’. It will be officially opened by Andrew and Jo Browning in July following Dumpton’s Speech Day and Prize Giving before they step down after 14 years of leadership at the school.



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05 Jun 2019

Dumpton Pupils Achieve Outstanding Scholarship Success

Congratulations to Dumpton’s senior leavers this year - they have achieved an outstanding 30 scholarships to local senior schools for next September!

05 Jun 2019

Dumpton Pupils Achieve Outstanding Scholarship Success

Congratulations to Dumpton’s senior leavers this year - they have achieved an outstanding 30 scholarships to local senior schools for next September! These include academic, art, sports and music scholarships – and a number of all-rounder awards recognising an array of talents including drama, music, art and sport. These pupils will be heading to a range of different schools, with scholarships shared as follows: Canford (5), Bryanston (2), Clayesmore (3), Bournemouth Collegiate School (5), Millfield (6), Milton Abbey (2) and Talbot Heath (7).

Headmaster Andrew Browning said: 'Once again we are delighted to see all the hard work of the pupils and teachers paying dividends and they should all be quietly proud of their achievements. They are an excellent advert for the school motto “You can because you think you can.” Very well done to all.’




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