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Welcome to Dunham-on-Trent Church of England Primary School

On behalf of all the children, staff and governors I would like to welcome you to Dunham on Trent CE Controlled Primary School. We welcome all visitors - whether you are considering a place here or are just interested about what we do - everyone is welcome.


Our aim at Dunham on Trent is the overall education to the highest standards of all the children within our care, in a happy, caring and stimulating environment. We have a dedicated and skilled staff who encourage the children to give their best, to enjoy their work, have a sense of responsibility and to show consideration to all. We endeavour to develop individual strengths to their fullest and there are many opportunities offered in sport, music and creative activities to implement the programme of the National Curriculum.


Visiting Arrangements

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time during the day or after school hours. We would recommend that an appointment is made. During your visit you may see the children at work and discuss any matter with the Head Teacher and Class Teachers. To make an appointment either ring school on 01777 228383 or email Mrs Karen Bradley


Admission Arrangements


Children start our school in the academic year in which they turn five. All children start full-time in September. Children can start mid-year and all the admissions arrangements can be found at;


The History of Dunham-on-Trent CofE Primary School

The earliest record of a school at Dunham on Trent goes back to 1351. After this date there is no mention of a school until 1832 when a very small school is referred to. By 1844 clergymen wished to provide land and money for the provision of a school but there was much opposition from those who thought that education was a bad thing for the lower classes.


Nevertheless, a school was sited to best meet the needs of the local villages. This was called Dunham National School and its pupils paid 2d weekly in advance. In 1891 Dunham National School had 140 pupils and 6 staff on its books but this figure dropped sharply on wet days. The boys left school at 12 to work on the land and the girls at 14 to look after the family. During the ‘Famous Dunham Floods’ of 1875, 1910 and 1947 the school was used to house the homeless as it stood on the highest point in the village.


By the end of the 1950’s the School Managers and the LEA realised that Dunham National School was no longer suited to modern concepts of primary education and plans were drawn up for a new one. By 1965 the new school was built at a cost of £450 for the 2 acres of land and £32,000 for the ‘Clasp System’ building.


The present Dunham-on-Trent CE Controlled Primary School occupies an attractive site approximately one mile from Dunham village serving the communities of Dunham-on-Trent, Darlton, East Drayton, Fledborough, Laneham and Ragnall. It is a single storey building consisting of a central hall around which are four teaching areas, each with access to cloakroom and toilet facilities. There is also a school kitchen which provides cooked meals on site. Outside there is a tarmac play area, a large grassed playing field and attractive grounds including a Garden. The Dunham and District Playgroup unit, (Fledgelings) is also situated on the school site. There are currently places for 105 children in the school.


The Vision and Values of the School

Believe, and together we can achieve.

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At Dunham-on-Trent Church of England Primary School we believe that our purpose, within a mindful Christian environment, is to open up horizons of aspiration for every child and adult; enabling them to learn well, be healthy and safe in spirit, mind and body, and to discover ‘Life in all its fullness.’

We inspire a joy in learning; empowering every individual to have the courage to make mistakes and try new things, leading to resilience in learning and life.

We value each other and we value our community; in giving and appreciating each other we build better relationships and are able to flourish together.

We encourage a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation; showing respect for every individual; being peace makers.

We nurture a global view; celebrating difference and developing hope in our shared life on a fragile planet.