Priory School, Dorking
|Type||Voluntary aided school|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Mrs Rachel Gibb|
|DfE URN||125281 Tables|
The Priory (C of E Aided) School, Dorking is a voluntary-aided Church of England school for pupils aged 11–18, in Dorking, Surrey. The school opened 1996 on the site of the former Sondes Place School and it takes it name from the land on which it is situated which once belonged to Lewes Priory and was later transferred to Reigate Priory. The school is situated in the parish of St Martin's Church, Dorking and forms part of the Diocese of Guildford.
The school admits children according to its admissions criteria and they come from both the immediate Dorking area and a wider area which extends east towards Merstham, west to Guildford, north towards Kingston and south into Sussex and beyond Horsham. The children attending the school are local and nonlocal, Christian and of a wide variety of other beliefs. As a C of E school it is available to local families, C of E families, families from other faiths and families who just like the unique Christian family atmosphere.
In 1998 the school was listed by The Daily Mail as the second most improved school in the country. (Daily Mail Tuesday, December 1, 1998 Page 63)
As a Christian school they attempt to recognise the example offered to us of the perfect form of relationship through The Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this relationship the qualities of equality, honesty, humility, sacrificial love and generosity are revealed. It is our intention to aim towards becoming a school community that reflects these qualities more effectively moment by moment.
- The Priory State - "At the heart of the school community is a set a shared values from which they seek to act. At The Priory We believe that every person should be given the opportunity to thrive at school and beyond. They seek to celebrate the positive aspects of diversity within our community. We believe that all persons have a part to play in leading each other to respectful and responsible attitudes in our school community and beyond." - -The Priory aim to approach learning in an unconstrained and exploratory way. As part of the education they offer they sometimes ask that parents, students and staff are all committed to collaboration. Central to all of this is the core belief that every moment matters, the struggles and successes, the everyday experiences and the amazing opportunities
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