Why choose DESS?
In the interest of our students, families, staff, alumni and the community, DESS is currently operating remote learning. While classes are not being held at the primary, the Admissions Department remains open remotely at this time and we continue to accept applications. Please click here for our FAQs.
Due to the COVID-19 closures, all in person tours have been cancelled until further notice. Whilst we are unable to replicate the vibrancy of DESS in any other form, we invite you to view our videos in order to give you a virtual taste of life at DESS. We highly recommend you watch the experiences of our students, parents and alumni, as their stories capture the essence of our DESS community.
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Foundation Stage at DESS
Foundation Stage at DESS consists of FS1 (age 3-4) and FS2 (age 4-5). We pride ourselves on providing solid foundations for each child’s learning journey through a play-based, fun and exciting learning approach, whilst following the UK EYFS curriculum.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1-2) at DESS
KS1 at DESS consists of both Year 1 and Year 2. As a phase, we work together to ensure consistency and progression across the key stage. Our creative and child led curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England. The curriculum comes alive through thoughtful planning that engages our learners.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) at DESS
Key Stage 2 (KS2) is the final stages of a child’s time at primary school and includes Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (ages 7-11). The four year groups gradually take every child on a carefully planned, ‘irresistible’ learning journey to being ready for a smooth transition to DESC.
ECAs at DESS
We currently offer in excess of 100 ECAs per week, which run before School, during the lunch break and after School. ECAs range from Samba Drumming to Philosophy along with a wealth of Sporting ECAs to support every child’s enjoyment, happiness, health and wellbeing.
PE & Sport at DESS
As a department we set goals for children to develop lifetime habits in keeping fit and healthy. The department is focused on improving every child’s potential in physical activity. All areas of PE are covered including swimming, games, athletics, gymnastics, striking & fielding and dance.
Performing Arts at DESS
We strive to be a vibrant, exciting, innovative and modern department that is inclusive of all children and all abilities. Children have so many opportunities to take part in musical activities during the year, from performing in front of their classmates to taking part in large scale events.
Parents in Partnership (PIPs)
We pride ourselves on the family and community that has been built here at DESS. Our children, parents and staff sit at the heart of it all.
Ex-DESS Students at DESC
We like to check-in on our previous Year 6’s at DESC. We are extremely proud of how quickly they are adapting to college life and delighted with their attitude.
DESSC Alumni – Saarah Karim
From FS2 at DESS to Head Girl at DESC, Saarah Karim spent 14 years in the DESSC family before ultimately moving on to study Medicine at the University of Oxford.