About Us

Aims & Ethos

Dorset House is a happy, friendly, caring school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 13 with a family-centred ethos based on Christian principles.

Our motto is, `To be the best that we can be’ and our structured but loving environment gives each individual the opportunity to experience all areas of the broad curriculum.  The school has a rigorous approach to academic achievement whilst maintaining its reputation for sporting, musical and creative endeavour.  We hope you will make an appointment to visit and we look forward to welcoming you.

Pupils are mostly local boys and girls from within West Sussex.  Many of our families have chosen to move out of London – preferring a rural location for their children’s education.  Dorset House is predominantly a day school although many children choose to board (weekly and flexi) in Years 5 to 8.

Dorset House School aims to inspire pupils with a desire to learn.  This is achieved through our stimulating, varied and balanced curriculum which gives our children the confidence to exceed their expectations and fulfill their potential.

We believe that the challenges offered by Dorset House enable our children to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and will allow them to achieve and prepare for the next stage of their education.


The key aims of Dorset House are to:

  • Inspire children through a challenging approach to academic learning: we provide each pupil with a stable, supportive and structured academic environment in which they feel encouraged to learn and make excellent progress.  Children are also given a wide range of opportunities to experience success and develop self-confidence through the curriculum
  • Foster a ‘can-do’ ethos across the school community and give opportunities for every child to find their niche and experience success by providing sporting, music, artistic and extra-curricular activities, together with a robust leadership programme
  • Ensure that every child’s social and academic progress is supported by meeting the needs of each child as an individual – we provide for the full range of our non-selected pupils
  • Ensure that our pupils value their own and other cultures and we help them to grow emotionally and spiritually by promoting courtesy, good conduct, an ability to relate well to others and an appreciation of British values
  • Ensure a smooth transition to senior school by preparing our pupils for their next school and the world beyond Dorset House
  • Maintain our valued partnership between home and school through an ‘open door’ policy and effective communication


We will achieve these aims by:

  • Providing a broad and balanced curriculum delivered by our enthusiastic and well qualified staff
  • Encouraging children to take responsibility for their learning and the community
  • Providing rich and varied extra-curricular activities
  • Delivering an academic and pastoral monitoring system that supports every pupil
  • Including spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues within lessons and throughout the school community
  • Maintaining a close relationship with parents through regular communication
  • Advising the parents on the choice of senior schools for their children; arranging visits; helping pupils prepare for the next stage
  • Reviewing how Dorset House can include the local community in all it does


Further Information

There is much more information available to prospective and current parents on this website. Hard copies of all policies are also available on request from the school office.

Those to be found on the website include:

  • Arrangements for admissions, misbehaviour and exclusions
  • Particulars of educational and welfare provision for pupils with statements and those for whom English is an additional language
  • Curriculum policy
  • Behaviour and discipline policy
  • Anti-bullying strategy
  • Health and Safety policy
  • First Aid policy
  • Complaints procedure and the number of formal complaints registered during the previous year
  • The most recent ISI report
  • Child protection and safeguarding policy
  • Learning Development policy
  • Academic performance in the previous school year
  • Complaints procedure/number of complaints in the previous school year
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Staff, including temporary staff, and qualifications
  • Details of the governing body – including the name and contact details of its chair