We are delighted to announce that Dysart School continues to be Outstanding!

Ofsted November 2018

School Dog

Darcy, our resident school dog, is an integral member of the community at Dysart! Darcy lives with Emmet and comes to school with Emmet every day. He has been chosen because he has a friendly temperament and is socialised with children of all ages. Darcy is a Scottish Terrier, a small breed of dog that is less prone to shedding fur which will benefit those who may have allergies associated with dogs.

Darcy 1
Darcy 2

We have liaised with other Special Needs schools within Orchard Hill College & Academies Trust that are already using dogs to support their pupils and a detailed, common-sense, risk assessment has been written that safeguards both pupils and Darcy. Families are always consulted prior to any individual pupil working closely with Darcy. Darcy has undergone structured obedience classes and will commence training for full therapy dog accreditation in the next few years.

Darcy 3

Darcy 4
Darcy 5

There is a significant body of research which shows that some children respond well to animals. Spending time with animals can help pupils with their learning, as well as managing their emotions and developing better communication skills. Darcy works with pupils across the whole school in both individual and small-group sessions.

More information about the benefits of this type of support can be found here:

http://www.therapyanimals.org/Research_&_Results_files/Canine-visitors-the-influence-of-therapy-dog%20Aug2004.pdf

The school is a calm and happy place. As a result, pupils enjoy school, are keen to learn and attend well.

Ofsted 2015

Latest News

Dysart Pupils Watch Premier League

On Saturday 9th February, a small group of pupils from Dysart travelled to Selhurst Park to watch Crystal Palace take on West Ham in the Premier League. The game finished 1-1. Everyone (pupils and staff) had a great time! Many …

Read more

FODS Quiz Night Raises Over £400!

On Friday February 1st, Dysart hosted a quiz night organised by FODS (Friends of Dysart School). The event was really well attended and everyone had a great time. The winning team – The Hot Cross Buns – generously returned their …

Read more

Dysart School Shop Opening Soon!

We are excited to announce that Dysart will soon have its very own fully functioning shop, stocked and run by pupils, which will be used by pupils in different sessions to promote vital independence and life skills such as money …

Read more

Dysart Compete for Kingston at Panathlan Competition

On Tuesday 29th January, a small group of pupils from Dysart and St Philip’s represented Kingston at the Panathlan games. They competed in a range of activities, including Boccia, Curling, Beanbag Throw, and the Long Jump, against pupils from other …

Read more