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Ofsted 2009: Key strengths include pupils’ outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and their excellent understanding of how to live healthy lives, both physically and emotionally. We run a very strong GUS (Growing Up Skills) programme.
DPS is an ENHANCED Healthy School (updated 2014) and has many policies in place to help our children understand how to live a healthy lifestyle.  Our current Healthy Schools all school initiative is Healthy Exercise and Rest.   Health Education features in our GUS (Growing Up Skills) programme, Science and in assemblies and special events throughout the year.  DPS is a lead school for anti-bullying, sharing it's good practice nationally. DPS holds the GOLD Travel Award and has done so for the past 5 years. There are also ongoing aspects such as:
Young Leaders Playground Care Team - our older pupils are trained as young leaders in the playground offering a supportive role for younger children at play and lunchtimes. They are trained in listening and mediation skills to help children who are feeling lonesome.
Healthy Tuck Shop - this runs daily and is supported by a supportive group of volunteer parents who prepare fruit and vegetables first thing in the morning and by Y6 pupils as a branch of our Dore Democrats school council. The Healthy Tuck shop no longer runs in KS2 as it made a loss for 2 years and fruit was being thrown away. Infant children receive free fruit daily as a snack.  Children in KS2 SHOULD ONLY BRING A HEALTHY SNACK. In reality the majority of Junior children do not snack at morning break.

Daily Milk can be ordered termly once a child reaches the age of 5.
Healthy School Meals - Taylor Shaw provide excellent healthy school dinners and always include a packed meal option. Our kitchen has won the Caterer of the Year award which reflects the excellent quality of meals available to our children.

Let's Get Cooking Clubs - We operate, with the help of parents, after-school cooking clubs.  These are 4 week courses in which children make a full meal through the course. The focus is on healthy eating and varied diet. These are very popular. We have also used Pupil Premium money to heavily subsidise parent and child cookery courses where family main courses are made to take home and share.

Walk on Wednesdays - WOW - Our whole school community is encouraged to walk to school as much as possible and Wednesday is a special day to aim for if it is not possible every day.  Those who live a fair distance away can Park and Stride, making sure they walk in 10 minutes for the last distance.
Walking Bus - The Walking Bus operates from the parent run Breakfast Club which is held in the Old School in the village.  If any parent would like to revive a walking bus along their own route to school please contact Mr. Fletcher DHT.

Annual Participation in: Anti-bullying Week, Road Safety Week, Walk to School Week,