Our motto is "Unlocking your child's potential". We believe that every child needs to feel valued and this encouragement builds self-belief and leads to achievement. Success for every child, however, can only be achieved through the genuine commitment of everyone: our students, staff, governors, parents, other schools, businesses and our local community. Everyone must champion and constructively challenge us to help us to be the very best we can.
We offer a unique, all-through 10-18 education, with formal admission in Years 6, 9 and the Sixth Form. Our relationship with our First and Middle Schools is very good, and ensures that new students have the smoothest possible transition to our school. Students join us in Year 6 from First Schools such as St Richard's, Bengeworth and St Andrew's; in Year 9 from Middle Schools such as Blackminster, and in Year 12 from a range of High Schools.
We expect outstanding attitudes towards learning (ATL) from our students directly linked to our five core values:
- The highest expectations and a genuine sense of pride
- Developing safe and healthy lifestyles
- Developing lifelong skills
- Respecting others
- Realising potential
We adopt a zero tolerance policy towards poor behaviour, particularly any disruption to lessons. We insist upon full support from our parents in this respect, including a commitment to same day detentions and our strict uniform policy which includes clear guidance regarding hair styles, jewellery, piercings and skirt length.
Some learners need extra support and guidance and our provision of special and additional educational needs is excellent. Every student has unique and individual qualities and we pride ourselves on our ability to nurture and develop all of our students, whatever their ability. We pride ourselves on our cultural diversity, being an inclusive school and we are extremely proud of our International School Award Status.
We believe that lifetime success is determined by effort and teamwork and leadership skills. Our students develop these skills, their self-confidence and their resilience so they fully understand the importance of always trying their best. This ethos is further embodied within our house system based on inspirational leaders with House and Sports Captains and every class in every year has Learning Ambassadors taking a leading role in their learning.
We are resolute in our determination to provide the outstanding education our young people deserve and ensure that every child fulfils their potential both personally and academically. Our students are extremely proud of their school, and work alongside incredibly committed and caring staff who “go beyond the call” and are determined to unlock potential.
Governors actively support school improvement through attendance at all key school events and links with faculties and year groups. Parents are increasingly engaged, demonstrated by very positive parental surveys, Ofsted Parent View (see website) and through our highly committed Parent Voice Team which meets every half term.
Sixth Formers have access to qualifications and opportunities to develop the skills to be successful at top universities, apprenticeships and to be ready for work and adult life. They have their own common room and private study areas and undertake enrichment opportunities supporting our younger students with their learning.
Our students enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities and our first class facilities include a gym, a full size astro turf and superb performing arts facilities, also benefitting our local community. Our community and external visitors have recognised our developments, but we are not complacent and are always looking to improve. We fundamentally believe in an "open door" policy, so parents are very much encouraged to come and see us in action!
Our vision is that TDMS children will be happy, safe and healthy. As active learners, they will engage and contribute to a rich and vibrant educational experience. They will be aspirational, have the highest of expectations and a genuine sense of pride. They will display exceptional attitudes towards learning, respect others and celebrate diversity.
We very much hope that this represents the things you care and believe in and somewhere you would want your child to be!
Mr Guy Nichols