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Ditcham Park School - Community Links

Ditcham Park School has many educational, cultural, charity and sporting links with the local community and pupils are encouraged to participate in these and develop opportunities for them.

Welcome to our School Community Page, here are some of the links we have outside of DPS:

Art and drama workshops for local primary pupils during the summer term. Art and drama workshops for local primary pupils during the summer term. Pupils use specialist facilities in the purpose built Art Room and Pottery and the Solent Suite. They are taught by Art and Drama specialists in conjunction with their own teachers. Where possible we use our school minibus to bring visiting school pupils to these special days.

Summer sports camps. Open to local pupils using the facilities of our new Sports Hall, the Martin Pryce building and the extensive playing fields and grounds.

Duke of Edinburgh Award students from local colleges and schools use the large, isolated site for practice expeditions as part of bronze and silver awards.

Work experience: provided for students from local schools and colleges.

Harvest gifts are collected to support a local family hospice.

Regular sports fixtures against local state and independent schools using the school’s facilities


Former pupil Finn Madden comes back to Ditcham and takes assembly where he talks about his work and training as a Special Constable in the West Sussex police force.

Cubs, scouts, beavers and guides use the extensive grounds, ropes course and indoor sports facilities during the year.

Cricket pitch and indoor cricket nets used by local village cricket clubs.

Local cyclists take part in the Ditcham Park Cycling Timed Hill Climb up the school’s steep north drive. This has now become an annual event.

Netball, cross country and rounders tournaments take place regularly involving approximately 10 local schools.

Five a side football tournaments take place involving local players.

Orchestra and choirs perform in local retirement homes, church and primary schools.

Charity fund raising by D of E participants and a regular programme involving the whole school.

Community service by D of E pupils giving voluntary help in charity shops, ……….

Bursaries given to suitable 11+ pupil entrants from local state primary school [means tested]. Music exhibition also awarded at 11+ to suitable candidate.

Easter revision courses provided in minority subject, open to students from local independent and state schools.

Local organisations use the school facilities for meetings. [eg. Rotary Youth Speaks, Duke of Edinburgh district award ceremony, Librarians’’ association etc.]

ICT classes for adults held in new, state of the art, ICT suite.

Participation in local Arts events and concerts.

Many staff are involved as examiners, inspectors, cluster leader and mentors for courses and examinations in a range of schools.