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Park School Music

We have a strong musical tradition at Park School with a qualified team of specialist music teachers.

As well as the pupils’ weekly class music lessons, the children may, on reaching the required standards, join our School Orchestra and/or our Jazz Band.  There is also a flourishing ‘training’ orchestra.


All children are encouraged to play a musical instrument. Specialist lessons are available in woodwind, brass, strings, piano, recorder, guitar, percussion and singing.

Children from Year 2 upwards can join our one of our School Choirs. Our choirs have performed in many concerts at local venues as well as providing a musical input at school events. We have a specialist peripatetic singing teacher who offers coaching for those children who like to sing simply for pleasure and for those who wish to obtain their singing grades.

The Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Band perform at several venues during the year. The children also form their own ensembles and small groups to perform to parents.

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Park School Sports

Sports and team games are an important and integral element of our school’s curriculum. In addition to competing against other preparatory schools, we take part in many local maintained school leagues and competitions. We actively encourage the children to participate in team and individual events and we have achieved numerous successes at town, county and national levels.


We believe sport for all develops the children’s skills, self-esteem and social interaction. It also helps them learn to cope with disappointments.

All the children at Park School receive a broad and balanced programme of physical education and sport. From Reception to Year 6 all children have one PE lesson per week, during which they focus on gymnastics, dance, core strength, balance, table tennis and other sports. Children in Years 1 to 6 enjoy an additional two games sessions per week.

During the winter, boys and girls play football, tag rugby and hockey, whilst the girls also play netball. In summer, boys and girls play cricket, rounders and athletics.

On our main site, we have a well-equipped sports hall, an outdoor all weather pitch, a netball court and a basketball court. In addition, the school’s recently acquired sports ground (Dean Park Cricket Ground) is used by one or more of our year groups every day. High class facilities are also used at the Littledown Centre, the Sir David English Centre and Kings Park Athletics stadium which provide large astro pitches, netball courts and specialist athletics facilities. All of these venues are a few minutes ride in one of the school minibuses or a coach.

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Drama and Elocution

Drama is a flourishing aspect of life at Park School. Formal drama lessons are taken by every class throughout the week. Pupils are encouraged to demonstrate their talents at class assemblies and Christmas performances.

Each year the Year 6 pupils perform a Summer play for the entertainment of both parents and pupils.


Pupils are encouraged to improve their speech and confidence through weekly Elocution lessons. Many of them then enter the LAMDA examinations with great success. Although this activity is extra, a large percentage of pupils take it up.

The children also compete with great success in the Bournemouth Speech and Drama Festival. Many of our children have performed with local theatre, ballet and dance groups.

Some children have even performed in the West End and in one notable case on Broadway.

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Park School Holiday Club

We offer a chargeable holiday club during most school holidays.  These are run by familiar, experienced members of staff.  Most clubs are held on the school grounds and include a range of craft, sport and ICT activities.

We also run a water sports week during the summer at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Centre for children aged 7 and over. Here the children will learn to sail, wall climb, kayak, canoe, raft build and often included are archery skills. The week also includes beach games and a giant water fight.

Our clubs are very successful and the children love to coming to school for the clubs as this is a safe, familiar environment for them. They make new friends and love taking home the ‘treasure’ they make.

If you have any questions about holiday clubs, please contact Mrs Dennis on

These courses are subject to staff availability.

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Extra Curricular Activities

Park School offers a range of clubs to suit most interests.  Some activities, for example Karate and Dance, are taken by qualified visiting instructors; most of the clubs however are run by our own enthusiastic staff.  No charge is made for an after-school club if it is run by our own staff.  However, outside instructors do make a termly charge for attendance at their clubs.

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Dean Park Day Nursery

Dean Park Day Nursery, in association with Park School opened at Dean Park Cricket Ground in September 2016.

This Nursery is open 51 weeks a year and welcomes babies and children.

To find out more, please have a look at the website or contact Kelly Yates, Nursery Manager (01202 297275).

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How we teach maths

We know that the teaching of Mathematics has undergone significant developments over the years and parents sometimes tell us that they are unsure of the methods currently being used to teach their children. We have therefore created this new section on our website.

Below, you can access documents outlining the path that pupils take in learning the skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as they move up through each year group.

Progressions for Addition
Progressions for Subtraction
Progressions for Multiplication
Progressions for Division

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Nursery Policies


Nursery Sleep Policy

Children need sleep and rest periods to help development. Children all develop at different rates and we must meet their needs throughout the day at Nursery. As they grow they will usually develop a routine which involves reducing the length or the frequency of their daytime sleeps.

Children at Nursery have the opportunity to rest or sleep if they need or want to throughout the day. The staff will create an environment for the children to rest or sleep i.e. a quiet area to cuddle up with a book, or sleep mats.

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Nursery Transition Policy

At Park School we are committed to support the children and parents through the transitions within the Nursery and School setting. We understand that it is essential to manage transitions carefully and sensitively. Although it may initially be a daunting and unsettling experience for any child, we ensure that children feel secure, prepared and ready for the next challenge.

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Changing and Toilet Training Policy

We work with parents towards toilet training, unless there are medical or other developmental reasons why this may not be appropriate at the time. We see toilet training as a self-care skill that children have the opportunity to learn with the full support and non-judgemental concern of adults.

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Nursery Terms and Conditions

Please download our current Nursery Terms and Conditions.  Please refer to section 9 for information on Notice periods.

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Free Squash Festival at West Hants on Saturday, 21 January

On behalf of The West Hants Club I would like to welcome your child to our “Free Squash Festival” taking place on Saturday 21st January between the times of 2:00pm till 3:30pm.

The idea of this festival is to promote squash with young children who hopefully by the end of it will be inspired to take up the game and continue playing in the future, ideally within a coaching programme we offer here at the Club.

The session will be run by fully qualified, DBS checked coaches and offered to Year 1 and 2 Park School pupils only. All equipment will be provided on arrival. Participants will receive a full coaching session that focuses on the key aspects of squash but most importantly, a session packed full of fun!

At The West Hants Club we have a real commitment to getting more children trying, playing and enjoying the game of squash. The West Hants Club is recognised nationally as one of the leading clubs in the country for its facilities programme and quality of delivery. We are organising this free squash festival as part of this commitment and your school has been specifically targeted as a school we would like to offer this programme to.

All the pupils who take part in these sessions will be invited for another FREE OF CHARGE session.

If your child is interested, please sign up via email at:

I hope this letter covers all the salient points and if I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact me at any time via email or by calling me on 07740 816009.

We hope that you will be part of this exciting schools squash festival initiative. We are hoping to see large numbers and give children the opportunity to play the game, for some of them their first ever experience of the game of squash on a squash court!

Kind regards,

Bev Vatcher
West Hants Squash Coach ES Level 3
Dorset Junior Squash Development Officer

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