Welcome to West Moors Middle School

Welcome

A word from the Headteacher

“When we study together, we learn together, we work together and we prosper together.” Barack Obama

Positive, collaborative relationships are essential for any school to thrive. West Moors Middle School is located in the lovely village of West Moors in Dorset. We are a very happy school which is at the heart of our wonderful, supportive village community and we pride ourselves on being dynamic and forward-thinking.

Being a small middle school we are unique in that, as a staff, we have the opportunity to know each and every child, what makes them tick, what they may need support with and what their strengths are. As a result, our children become more like family, having built outstanding relationships with one another. They will develop tolerance, empathy, and a sense of humour along the way; skills which will be fundamental in all their future experiences.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”  ― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You’ll Go!

We want to support your child to be able to go in whichever direction they choose, this is why we do whatever it takes to ensure your child achieves their potential. Our staff team contains a great amount of expertise and drive; I really don’t think your child could be in better hands! We ensure that through quality first teaching all children can access the learning in our classrooms. Inclusion and accessible learning is key to our success, as is the development of our staff. We work tirelessly to remove barriers to learning and engagement in all that we do as well as actively seeking opportunities for dialogue and better understanding between different individuals. Furthermore, we balance creativity, rigour and mastery in order that children are truly inspired and challenged in every lesson. Everyone is unique and we, as a school community, value that daily.

 “Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded.” 
― Jess Lair

At West Moors Middle School our goal is to offer children an excellent all round experience. Alongside their learning, children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of sporting activities and competitions, in fact we are well known for our superb sportsmanship and competitive spirit. In fact, my fondest moments involve watching children give all they’ve got to win but still remember to cheer on others who come in after them.

The arts are particularly important for us too as we strive to integrate the arts into our daily life at West Moors Middle School. In addition, many of our children choose to learn an instrument with one of our private music instructors, plus I know that our new choir will be a real showstopper at Celebration Assemblies.

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” —Peter Drucker

It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of such a vibrant, successful, and friendly school. I recognise that I will be judged by how happy and successful your child is and rightly so. I will strive each day to ensure your child has an excellent experience here. If you would like to visit or find out more, please do get in touch.

Dr Deborah Craddock, Headteacher