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Dumpton School

Dumpton School

Deans Grove House, Deans Grove, Wimborne, BH21 7AF, Dorset

01202 883818



Dumpton School
School type Coeducational Day
Founded 1903
Headmaster Mr Christian Saenger
Date Appointed September 2005
Co-ed Age Range 2-13
Number of pupils 328
Day fees per annum £9,198 - £16,482
Average Class Size 18
Associations IAPS

Dumpton is a day school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13, and it still retains much of the atmosphere of the days when there were boarders too. The Head, Christian Saenger, believes the pastoral care and attention readily given to all pupils is of paramount importance.

Founded in 1903, the school takes its name from Dumpton House, near Broadstairs. The outbreak of World War II saw the evacuation of the school to Dorset, where it still resides in quiet, rural surroundings. The 26-acre campus is centred on a 19th-century farmhouse and stable block, while extensive playing fields and woodland walks complement the modern sports facilities and classroom areas. Over the last 10 years, the development of the school site has continued to provide the very best facilities for the children and staff. These projects have included all-weather synthetic sports pitches, ICT suites, a swimming pool enclosure, 20 classroom refurbishments, a state-of-the-art design and food technology department, flood lighting of the all-weather pitches, retractable seating and new staging and lighting in the assembly hall, a new performing arts centre complete with an enhanced music school and recital room, and a new playing field. In addition, the building of a new state-of-the-art sports hall has just been completed ready for the new academic year.

The outdoor facilities also include two environmental ponds (complete with pontoons), allotments, an orchard, a campsite complete with pizza oven, a Pre-Prep and Prep School adventure playground and a prehistoric garden.

Dumpton is a family school, and takes pride in its warm, nurturing environment. The school motto ‘you can if you think you can’ and the main school rule ‘treat others as you would expect to be treated’ are reflected in all aspects of school life – pupils and staff are asked to work hard, aim high and, most importantly, be kind to each other.

School has to be fun, as a genuine, life-long love of learning will be increasingly important in our ever-changing world. At Dumpton, everyone tries everything – it is crucial that each pupil finds things that they are good at, as this gives them the confidence to have a go at each new challenge faced.

The wide-ranging academic and co-curricular opportunities here ensure that pupils can aim for both breadth and excellence, whether on the stage, in the classroom, or on the sports field.

We love seeing pupils surprise themselves with what they can achieve. Smiling faces around the campus always gives everyone a lift, and are a great measure of the success of a school. Happy staff lead to happy children (which in turn lead to happy parents)!

Come and see for yourself – a warm welcome awaits you!