Ditcham in the Community
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. 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 Camp – Open to local pupils using the facilities of our 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.
- Indoor and outdoor sports facilites – Used by local cricket and hockey clubs.
- Cycling Events – Including the British Schools Cycling Association National Hill Climb Challenge which is held annually on the steep public assess road to school and our North Drive.
- Netball, football, hockey and rounders tournaments – Take place regularly involving local state and independent schools using the school’s facilites.
- Orchestra and Choirs – Perform in local retirement homes, church and primary schools.
- Charity fund raising by D of E participants – A regular programme involving the whole school.
- Harvest Gifts – are collected and distributed to a food bank to support local families.
- Regular Sports Fixtures – Against local state and independent schools using the school’s facilities.
- Dof E – Community service by Duke of Edinburgh 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.
- Local organisations use the school facilities for meetings. Rotary Youth Speaks, Duke of Edinburgh district award ceremony, Librarians’’ association etc.
- Participation in local Arts events & concerts
- Many staff are involved as examiners, inspectors, school governors, cluster leader and mentors for courses and examinations in a range of schools.
- Hosting fundraising events – for local charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Guide Dogs for the Blind.