Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body, I wholeheartedly welcome you to Ditcham Park School where we look to provide a Ditcham experience that is the richest possible for the successful education of your child.

A message from our Chair of Governors Mr Chris Pickett

My involvement with Ditcham Park stretches back to 2002 when we entrusted the School with the education of our son Henry.  We felt that Ditcham would provide all the qualities that we were looking for from a school during those most precious and important years of his education. Henry thrived at Ditcham in so many ways and, following the successful completion of his GCSEs, he left at the end of year 11 as a confident and ambitious young man, ready for the next challenge in his educational journey.

I was so impressed with the School that in 2008 I was absolutely delighted to join the School’s Council of Governors.   In 2014 I became Chair of Governors, a position I am immensely proud to hold.

During my time as a Governor I have been personally involved with most of the Governors’ Sub-Committees.  Currently I chair the Buildings Sub-Committee and sit on the Health & Safety Committee.  In the past I have chaired the Governors’ Marketing Sub-Committee.  I also like to attend the Finance and Education Sub-Committee meetings whenever I can to ensure I have a full understanding of all operational matters affecting the School.

It is my belief that Ditcham Park School has maintained and built on the outstanding qualities and values that originally attracted my family to the school back in 2002. The superb educational opportunities have been further enhanced in recent years with the introduction of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme, which has subsequently evolved into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).  These developments ensure that when our pupils leave the School they are equipped with the technological skills and knowledge required to face the new challenges that they will encounter in further education and in their chosen professions in this ever-changing World. The core values and ethos of the School are our guiding principles and are fiercely protected, which gives me great confidence in Ditcham both as a current parent and as the Chair of Governors.

Undoubtedly our pupils’ learning experiences, both academically and in sport, are enhanced by the School’s superb location high in the South Downs National Park.  The School’s 16 acres overlook magnificent and unspoilt views to The Solent and The Isle of Wight and it is our privilege to care for and protect this superb environment, which provides a focus for the School’s outdoor learning and environmental awareness activities.

Working alongside my fellow Governors, it is my intention that we remain focused on developing the School to further enhance its facilities and the learning experiences of our pupils, to support our Headmaster and his staff in their aim to provide our very special Ditcham Park education now and long into the future. The School has an ambitious 5 to 10-year buildings development plan, which includes a new Centre for the Creative Arts, many improvements to the existing main school building and enhancements for the delivery of sport including an all-weather pitch.

If you are considering Ditcham Park School for your children please explore our website a little more and watch the short videos but, most importantly, I warmly invite and encourage you to visit our school in person to experience and make your own judgements on its unique educational environment.

If you are a current parent, I am always very pleased to make the time to talk with you about the school, should you wish, and my contact details are provided below.  As Chair of Governors, and a current parent, I attend most School events and I look forward to meeting you at one of these occasions in the future.

Mr Chris Pickett

Chair of Governors.

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The Chair of Governors can be contacted either via the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Denise Allen,at the School by e-mail denise.allen@ditchampark.com or telephone 01730 825659 Ext 1250; or directly by e-mail chairofgovernors@ditchampark.com, or by post marking correspondence “Private and Confidential for the Attention of the Chair of Governors” and posted to the School address.

Ditcham Park News Hub

13 May

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Pre-Prep were considering what they would do if they could fly. Read Jack’s heart-melting ‘If I had wings, I would dream..’ We think Jack’s lovely Grandma will have an Extra Big Hug - hopefully very soon – & Santa will be pleased to have Jack’s help. Well done Jack! @DitchamPark https://t.co/T9K1hewEy6

13 May

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Shakespeare’s Globe is streaming ‘Macbeth’ for schools for free on YouTube. The tragedy is the Globe’s annual Playing Shakespeare production aimed at GCSE and A-level students and is trimmed to 90 minutes. @DitchamPark https://t.co/lgiymCt78K

09 July

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Let our #STEM week commence!! So many exciting activities, workshops and demonstrations from some amazing companies - thank you 🙏 @RoyalNavy @Siemens @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline @roamingrobots @ciwf https://t.co/uKUABrMmf0

06 July

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Did you know 2018 is the year of #engineering? At Ditcham we are promoting STEM to all of our #students to encourage them to consider their futures within these industries. https://t.co/mv9x5ehtn9 #womeninbusiness #YearOfEngineering @Siemens https://t.co/fN1mOqOr2H

05 July

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Doing amazing things to promote #Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths at Ditcham Park School…find out more https://t.co/0He8XP1IvD @bioPURE_service @IntequalLTD @Tesla @boconline #STEM #STEMweek https://t.co/Eief9ERpfs

03 July

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July 10th will see students in school taking part in a project designed by the Royal Society Of Chemistry . Completion of the project can earn students a Bronze CREST Award https://t.co/pokO7fspkk @RoySocChem @BritSciAssoc #STEM #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/xU0WvxttPw

29 June

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#Science, #Technology, #Engineering & #Maths - giving our pupils the opportunity to explore more about these industries and helping them to make decisions on their future path in life. 😎 You can find out more about our #STEM day activities here: https://t.co/kuXQMi76uE https://t.co/VJ4XHYfMvC

27 June

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STEM DAY UPDATE: On Monday 9th July the Ditcham Park Senior school will be spending a day off site on #STEM inspiration trips 👍#engineering #maths #technology #science #education #STEMweek #LovePetersfield https://t.co/sIYhS36OJf

27 May

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@astro_timpeake : Lots of people are asking about timings for tonight's spacecraft sightings. For the UK: @Space_Station , 21:20 (look west, right of the moon) @SpaceX launch, 21:33 watch here: https://nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public…, then about 21:50, it will be following the same path as the ISS over the UK #DitchamConnect #STEAM #SouthDownsClearSkies #WillYouBeWatching

22 May

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In this week’s newsletter we’re sure you will be dazzled by a live experiment, blown away by a selection of junior and senior art, say ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ when you see family pets helping pupils and you’ll find out what maths work made Mrs Whittle dance in her kitchen! It’s the magic of Ditcham! Wishing all our families a safe and sunny half term! #DitchamConnect #Rainbows #STEAM #Talent

22 May

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Friday’s PE Challenge is a bit different. As a Ditcham community we are aiming to clock up our combined jogging/walking/cycling miles and see how far we travel around the globe. The challenge begins today until the end of June. We’ll total the distances so make sure you send them in to pe@ditchampark.com 3 cheers to our PE team for all their videos…we’ve heard there are outtakes but we’re not really sure if you would like to see them? Let us know by Liking and Sharing this post…. #DitchamConnect #ForAllTheFamily #PhileasFogg #BloopersReward https://youtu.be/eZ86Bhp9sTk

22 May

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At Dragonflies we enjoy making craft activities and getting messy! We often use a range of resources such a junk modelling, paint and glue and stick different materials together - we particularly like using sparkly gems and sequins! We enjoy using our imaginations to create wonderful masterpieces. Why not try something a little bit different? Have a go at making a sock puppet using an old pair of socks! You could even put on a puppet show afterwards! #DitchamConnect #NoOrdinaryNursery #Sooty #Gordon https://www.ditchampark.com/nursery/ditcham-dragonflies/

21 May

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Each morning in Dragonflies we talk about what the weather is that day and we discuss in a small group what activities you could do in that weather. For example, when it is raining we love jumping in muddy puddles! When it is sunny we like taking our snack outdoors for a picnic. When it's windy we have talked about making kites and trying to fly them! Today's activity is to have a go at making a kite! What materials might you use? Do you think you could fly it in today's weather? #DitchamConnect #NoOrdinaryNursery #16Acres #LetsGoFlyAKite https://www.ditchampark.com/nursery/ditcham-dragonflies/

21 May

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The English Speaking Union (ESU) is organising a ‘Festival of Speaking’ during lock down to encourage young people to develop their oracy Listen to Toby Field, Joint Winner of the Performing Shakespeare Competition 2019, inspire students to take part. Toby explained how he found “learning a speech and stepping into a character’s shoes can help you find you own voice and give you confidence to use it”. #esufestivalofspeaking #ISAArts #DitchamConnect #Proud #FollowInTobysFootsteps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx33OEpeoSo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0MdHQGsKba1yYh7Mh2JD_l8Dm9HwFsqLZS7yJCQ_U0UEYmZVg3U7-AhNg

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Life at Ditcham Park

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Zac

Future DJ and Producer

Zac

Future DJ and Producer

Ditcham has encouraged me to flourish even in areas where I didn’t know I had skills. I am extremely proud to be Head Boy and to be able to help others as I was helped myself.

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Freddie

Future Secret Agent

Year 1

Freddie

Future Secret Agent

Year 1

I like playing in class. We play dress up games and I make the costumes for my friends. I want to be a spy when I am bigger.

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Jake

Future Performer

Jake

Future Performer

Performer. Ditcham has given me the confidence to develop as a performer – singing AC/DC at our Arts Festival was a bit different from what I usually sing in the cathedral choir; I loved it.

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Grace

Future Treasure Hunter

Grace

Future Treasure Hunter

I like playing outside at Nursery. PE is fun because we get to run and jump with Miss Batten. I like painting too. We are painting bird houses to go into our gardens today.

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Joseph

Future Policeman

Joseph

Future Policeman

I like all the books in Nursery. My favourite book is the one about sharks. When I am big I want to go and see lots of sharks underwater. I also want to be a policeman and drive a police car with a loud siren

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Nelly

Future Doctor

Nelly

Future Doctor

I love the creative feeling of school – there’s so much going on and everyone seems involved in something special. The responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl is one I am relishing.

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Zac

Future Engineer

Year 6

Zac

Future Engineer

Year 6

My teachers are really funny and they are always introducing something new and letting me do what I love. I want to be an engineer; I have been engineering paper planes this week.

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Daisy

Future Mechanical Engineer

Daisy

Future Mechanical Engineer

I feel supported by everyone at Ditcham – in my learning, my singing, my sport and dance.

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