Dauntsey’s Community Outreach Programme
Dauntsey’s places great importance in developing community links, and is keen to share its resources and facilities with members of the wider community. More specifically, the School has developed strong ties with local primary schools through its well-established and widely respected Community Outreach Programme.
The Sports Outreach Programme, which was established in September 2004, aims to develop the sporting skills of local primary school pupils through regular provision of weekly timetabled specialist coaching. Dauntsey’s sports staff travel to ten local primary schools and, throughout the academic year, coach hockey, rugby, football, basketball, cricket and athletics. Each term’s coaching culminates in an inter-schools tournament (hockey, rugby and cricket) hosted by Dauntsey’s. It is estimated that, to date, well over 700 local children have benefited from the Sports Outreach Programme, with some further 250 currently participating this year alone.
Sailing on Jolie Brise was introduced to the Outreach Programme in 2006. Pupils from Thomas Telford School, Sandwell Academy and Walsall Academy, have sailed on Jolie Brise. In addition, Jolie Brise has taken part in a youth exchange programme between the Swiss and Portuguese governments, providing sailing opportunities for youngsters.
The Academic Outreach Programme offers local primary schools specialist teaching in various disciplines. In the past Dauntsey’s has opened its doors for a weekly Primary Schools’ IT Club, and provided additional Mathematics support. Every year, the Design and Technology Department hosts an Outreach Day for Year 6 pupils from each of five local schools, teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). Drama has also been a popular venture in the Outreach programme, as has Music and the teaching of Foreign Languages.