Dorney School

The Little Village School with a Big Heart

News and Events

Stephen Lawrence Day

As part of Stephen Lawrence day yesterday, Year 3 thought about who inspires them. Here is some of their amazing writing. 





Open Events Foundation Sept 2022


If you would like to attend, please complete the online form here


Living Eggs


We have very egg-stra special friends in school - we are all very excited.  The school is filled with lots of ooh's and ah's at the moment seeing the chicks hatch and climb all over each other.  We currently have nine baby chicks that we are all clucking over!!!









Year 5 - Reproduction of Flowers


Year 5 have been learning about the reproduction of flowers - look at their amazing work!  As part of their science learning they have been dissecting flowers and labelling all the different parts.




Year 3 - Roman Shields


Year Three were given the task of finding out some more information about the Romans.  Isaac and Arabella chose to make these super shields!


Year 1 - Tree Planting


Year 1 had a fantastic time planting our trees from @CarbonAcademy We cannot wait to watch them grow!









Red Nose Day - Friday 19th March 2021


Your generosity is amazing! We have collectively raised more than £251.35 for this massive children's charity.  Our pupils enjoyed the day full of fun, activities, along with a 'picnic' lunch.


Thank you so much for your kindness.


#BritishScienceWeek at Dorney School


The children were so excited to virtually welcome Ruth McElhone, a leading woman scientist working on antibodies and vaccines. Not only was Ruth so cool, she explained the importance of the work scientists like her do collaboratively with others in developing vaccines to combat diseases such as Covid. She showed us what antibodies look like and also how robotics and machines help in testing trials. She answered all the children’s brilliant questions and talked about her education.

Ruth is an inspiring role model for all our pupils especially during the Big Science Event in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Ruth works in a local pharmaceutical company on the Slough Trading Estate.






Welcome back!


How wonderful to hear a school filled with the sound of children!  Families were welcomed today with balloons and bunting at the gate to celebrate the return of their children to our classrooms.  The familiar hum of voices and bodies around the school was a joy!  Thank you to parents for doing your best, as a small token of our appreciation your child will be bringing home a little gift bag today.  You will never know how much we value your support.








Children's Mental Health Week


This week is Children’s Mental Health Week (1st – 7th February). It is apt that we get a national reminder on the importance of young children’s mental health especially now. There have been great concerns that the lockdown, anxiety over the virus, change in family circumstances and being faced with relentless on screen activities, are all having negative impacts on our children. It is extremely important that, when we have ‘put our oxygen mask on’ first, we really think about and support our children.



This is a great website full of research, ideas, suggestions and videos:






Thank you PTA!


This was an amazing surprise and is just so thoughtful.  On behalf of all the teachers and staff at Dorney School, THANK YOU for the wonderful gifts.  They will lift our spirits and it is so lovely to know that our efforts are appreciated.




Christmas at Dorney!

Thank you for all the wonderful decorations for our school’s Christmas tree. We have our very own talented parent, Mrs Brar, who will be putting up all the wonderful decorations. Your generosity in donating to our ‘Socks and Chocs’ appeal is also noted. We now have a growing collection of warm socks and chocolates  to deliver to the Brett Foundation and will be distributed to families in need and to the homeless too.



Before and After!

Thank you


This year has been challenging for us all, but more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. That’s why the theme for Anti-Bullying Week is announced as ‘UNITED AGAINST BULLYING’.

Children's TV personality Andy Day headed the campaign with his band The Odd Socks.  Their message to children is 'be proud of who you are and be accepting of one another'.

Today at Dorney we celebrated Odd Socks Day which was designed to be fun where children were able to express themselves and celebrate their individuality. Across the school, the children took part in classroom discussions and activities to develop and deepen their understanding of this extremely important topic.

If you would like to find out more, please find below a link that can be used at home to help you and your child/ren:



Dorney's First Virtual Assembly reaches Australia!


What a fantastic way to remember all those who have fought in wars, lost lives and saved the day, than, to welcome visitors from around the world to our Year 6 Remembrance Assembly on Wednesday 11th November 2020.  Such an amazing feat to have reached Australia, not once but twice, to Grandparents and Aunts connecting with us on Zoom, to enjoy our first virtual assembly at Dorney!


I have been surprised and overwhelmed by the Lest We Forget projects, that our Year 6 children have written.  Exploring family ancestry and bringing to life stories from the past to share with everyone.  There are so many fantastic testimonials of bravery, long service and decorations made by The Queen to our extended families here at Dorney, that it makes me feel very humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to read and be part of discussions about the family lives of our children in Year 6.


John Maxwell Edmonds is credited with authorship of a famous epitaph in the War Cemetery in Kohima which commemorates the fallen of the Battle of Kohima in April 1944 - 


When you go home.  

Tell them of us and say, 

For our tomorrow, 

We gave our today.


A poignant reminder that we have a duty to keep these memories alive in our future generations and support them to understand that our freedom is on account of many millions of lives that were lost and to remember that there are thousands that still fight to keep us safe today.


Thank you all so very much for joining our lovely Year 6 on Remembrance Day.


With kind regards,

Mrs Barnard

(more photos can be found on Year 6 Class pages)                                                        

'Wear It Pink Day Now' for Breast Cancer

On the last day of half term, we asked pupils and parents to show their support for our named Breast Cancer charity by wearing something pink. It was brilliant to see parents, boys and girls dressing up in shades of pink and bringing in cash donations. We managed to raise a grand total of £338.87 even with a whole class self-isolating and some pupils absent due to self-isolation. A great big well done to the small village school with the biggest heart!

'Harvest Heroes' 


On Tuesday 6th October, our families once again showed their tremendous generosity in making plentiful donations of dried food to FoodShare Maidenhead.  The Harvest donations will be distributed by the foodbank to those who need it most – those living in poverty as well as the homeless within our locality. This is the second year our school has supported FoodShare Maidenhead through our Harvest collection and we know that every tin, packet and jar will be warmly received. The Wendy house behind the pupils was filled with tinned food, pasta, jars of jams and sauces, and even pet food. We also had a large cash donation from Aadi (Y5), in memory of his late grandmother; this was doubled through an organisation known as the United Health Group who has a company scheme whereby they pledge to double the value of each cash sum to the Maidenhead food bank.

We are so proud of our pupils and their families for their generous donations as the school firmly believes in the values of kindness, respect and shared responsibility. Well done Everyone!



see more photos in the 'gallery' page



Over the Summer period Early Years had a little make-over - why not take a peep! -




The Bucks NHS School Nursing service is launching a 'Getting ready for school' website dedicated to parents with children starting reception class in September.  The website is active now why not take a glance!  The poster can also be found in 'Class Pages' Foundation 2020.