Our vision is to understand and recognise the individual needs of our students. We aim to provide personalised provision that ensures they succeed and advance to their next steps in life. We provide a safe and welcoming environment that allows our students to build positive relationships and removes barriers to learning. We celebrate the success of our students and operate a positive behaviour policy. We work closely with families and external partners to ensure the wellbeing of our students. We have high expectations of our students and we aim to ensure that all of our students progress to a successful future.
The DLC Rap
DLC the place to be where people let me be and don't hassle me
DLC made me finally open my eyes and see the light now I don't
have the anger to fight and all the people here are not tight
DLC made everything right so when it hits night my words will
take flight now I don't normally rap like this but I couldn't
give the chance a miss I guess I had it on my to do list
and how that man in the mist he shows no sign of backing down
I got told that he got crushed under a wall of pounds
now I sit here in ICT and I don't care who sees me
and now I better finish this rap before I say something I
might regret and you know you don't want to take that bet
by Stu Dent
DLC offers learning opportunities for students aged from 5 to 16 based all over Dorset who find themselves outside mainstream education either on a permanent or temporary basis.
The aim for most students is a return to a mainstream school in the near future and DLC tries to keep all its students engaged in six core subject areas – English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Life Skills. Towards the end of year 10 and then throughout year 11 additional sessions in English, Maths and Science are offered in preparation for GCSE.
Following a short induction period all students are offered extra enrichment sessions from a wide choice of vocational areas. Currently DLC provides opportunities for individuals to enjoy the following activities: Sports, Motorbikes & Mechanics, Work Experience, Farming, Cookery, Child Development, Photography, Football Coaching (sports leadership), Music Production, Computer Science, Girls Fitness, Outdoor Survival Skills and Boxing.
Furthermore long-term students who enter years 10 and 11 can be entered for five or more GCSE/Entry Level subjects and can also study toward GCSEs in Geography, Religious Studies, Psychology, DT Resistant Materials, DT Product Design, Child Development, Food & Nutrition and General Studies if they so wish.
Students are rewarded for good work and behaviour by earning “caught being good” slips from their teachers, these slips are collected in a box where a prize winner is drawn at the end of each week.