Finding the right school can be a minefield at the best of times, but when your children need to learn in a very special way, it is particularly difficult. Our search for such a school began at short notice, when our children’s school closed. We visited several well run schools, but somehow, they didn’t quite match up.
We have had two children go through Dame Catherine’s Nursery and School.
It was a big decision initially to ‘step out of the box’ of sending them to the local mainstream school, to a very small independent school. But the lure of no formal testing, small class sizes, no homework, and the family orientated environment was a huge influence in our decision.
Badger and Paul tested the first Tinkering School session, with success!
Pupils made this fantastic insect hotel, let’s see who moves in over the next few weeks…
Official session will be held during half term, 3 June. Watch out for updates if you want to join in.
Some dates for your diary. Please contact us for more information. Online booking will be available where appropriate.
I am the mother of two young boys, aged 5 and 7 who joined Dame Catherine’s School about 6 months ago. Despite the short time period, they are both flourishing at this school and have made new friends very quickly, with boys and girls of different ages. It gives me immense pleasure to see them going to school so happy and content. They are confident and secure in the knowledge that they will enjoy the teaching and get better at their work. I do not need the results of an Ofsted report to tell me DCHS is outstanding in their provision of an excellent learning environment, for any child.
The community gathered together to Spring clean the garden and enjoy a delicious BBQ (first of the year, and only spotted with rain!).
A lot of hacking, sawing, drilling, cutting, wheelbarrowing and den building took place, and now the garden is all ready for the year, including a new forest section for the nursery, and the summer holiday club.
Please note a revision to the previously advertised date; due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the open day, apologies for any inconvenience caused. If you can’t make the new date, please contact us to arrange a visit at your convenience.
Dame Catherine’s is a school with a difference.
We don’t test, and give children lots of time and space to learn through play and creativity.
Find out more about how we teach and learn here.
Join us on the Saturday 13th May 10am-1pm to see the school, meet the staff and ask any questions you have.
Please contact us if you have any questions beforehand. No need to book, please just come along.
Pop in for coffee and cake at our open day on Saturday 24th September, 10 am – 1pm
or give us a call and arrange a visit or book in for a trial session. Places still available!
Dame Catherines Art Festival
Dame Catherine’s is hosting it’s 23rd art exhibition this august bank holiday weekend. Though the art is primarily aimed at an older audience, we haven’t forgotten about the younger generation, and we’ve set up a mini festival in the Dame Catherine garden for them.
Sports day was brilliant fun as usual, with a lovely barbecue afterward to recover.
We swam 26 miles!
Amber 20 lengths/500m
Dominic 56 lengths/1400m
Flo 42 lengths/1050m
Herbie* 36 lengths/900m
Joe 30 lengths/750m
Lizzie 29 lengths/725m
Maddie 64 lengths/1600m
Maggie* 20 lengths/500m
Malachi* 13 lengths/325m
Mia 21 lengths/525m
Pria 28 lengths/700m
Tommy* 24 lengths/600m
Zev* 22 lengths/550m