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Dorchester Middle School

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Curriculum Overview


At Dorchester Middle School, we provide a rich and varied learning experience that gives pupils the opportunity to develop their skills and abilities and to achieve their full potential.


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In KS2 pupils are taught in mixed ability tutor groups for most subjects, including  English, Science, History, Geography, RE and PSHCEE.  Sometimes it is necessary to have a support group in English. Pupils are set for Maths.


Pupils also receive specialist teaching in DT, Art, Music, French, Computing and PE.



In KS3:

  • We have 5 classes for each year group.
  • Pupils stay with their Year 7 tutor through to the end of Year 8.

  • These tutor groups are mixed ability and are taught in these groups for English and SMSC (We also have a support group in English).

  • The year group is split into ‘P’ half and ‘Q’ half.

  • This split enables us to ensure pupils are taught by specialist teachers.

  • Pupils are taught in sets for Maths, Science, French, History, Geography, Theology, Music, DT, and Computing


Dorchester University (DU)

Dorchester University provides pupils with opportunities to develop and apply their skills beyond the taught curriculum