Welcome to Dowdales School; we hope you find all of the information you need when looking for a new school. Whether your child is in Year 5 and 6 and looking to take the next step in their education or your child currently attends a different secondary school, you are welcome to call us to book a tour of the school.
Our Open Evening has now taken place and we’re pleased to offer the chance to visit Dowdales during our Open Week which runs from Monday 9th to Friday 13th October.
We have 3 sessions available per day which can be booked by contacting the School office by phone or email. Please let us know which you wish to attend and we can then confirm your place.
The sessions are:
Welcoming new students
It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you and your child to Dowdales School, whether that be at the start of a new year, or during the academic year. We hope that you agree that Dowdales School is a fantastic place for your child to start the next chapter in their school life. We know that they will have an enjoyable, exciting and successful time here at Dowdales!
Starting secondary school, or locating to a new school, is a very exciting time, but it can also can be a little bit daunting for new students. Please don’t worry; we will be doing everything we can to make sure your child’s transition to Dowdales is as smooth as possible.
Below we have some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (designed for the transition from primary to secondary) to try to offer some reassurance before your child starts their journey with us.
If you would like any further help or advice please get in touch by email. During the summer term for Year 6 students please use email@example.com
For other year groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child is starting with us in September in Year 7 they will go to the school hall. There will be lots of staff and students on the school drive to help direct them.
If they are join us during the academic year they will be given full instructions about who they will meet and where and when, please do not worry about this, we will make sure your child is met by a member of our senior team and a student from their form who will help guide them through their settling in period.
There are so many people that will help our new students at Dowdales. Your child will have a Form Teacher who they will see twice a day every day. Their job is to look after each member of their form, particularly new students. They will help your child to learn all about Dowdales, help with organisation and help your child settle. Each year group has an Achievement Leader who looks after the whole of that particular year group. There are lots of people you child can talk to and who will help.
Your child will also have lots of new teachers, each of them wanting and willing to help. The school is also full of helpful students and any one of them would be happy to help. Students in light blue ties are our Senior Students in Year 10 and 11 and one of their roles in school is to help new students.
Students will carry their school bag from lesson to lesson each day. For September starters we will talk about lockers at the beginning of the school year.
We have lockers all around the school and students can hire one for their five years at Dowdales.
Students find this really useful to store their coat, PE kit and other items they don’t need to carry around all day.
We have lots of clubs and activities for students to take part in during lunchtime and after school including; Art, Book, Craft, Dance, Drama, English, Football, Geography, Gym, Code Club, Languages, Maths, Media, Music, Netball, Rugby, Science, Sport and Volleyball Club.
To view our clubs and activities click here
School organised transport is available from places such as Askam, Lindal and Kirkby. The deadline for application is May. Applications can be made after May, but there may be a delay.
For more information visit the School Transport page on Westmorland and Furness Council’s website – click here
Although we do have students from Barrow and Walney, these areas are not in our traditional catchment area, so the Local Authority does not provide transport.
However, there are good public transport bus and train links for these areas to Dowdales.
To view the fares and bus deals visit Stagecoach – click here
For train fares and train deals visit Northern Rail – click here
At the end of Lesson 4 students go back to their Form Room to drop off their bag.
As a year group they head to their specified Dining Room where students queue for the food they would like on that day.
There will be a choice each day and there is no need to order, students can just chose what they fancy when they get to the Dining Room.
Students sit together as a Year Group then move together back to their area where they go into their Form Room, go to a club or play in our designated area.
At the end of lunch students collect thier bag and head to their next lesson.
Students do not need to carry cash as we use a Cashless Catering system. You can add money to your childs account via ParentPay.
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We do not allow mobile phones at Dowdales. There are some exceptions and extenuating circumstances that means a student may need to bring their phone into school. In those circumstances students will need to hand their phone into their Form Teacher in the phone box and we will look after their phone all day. If students ever need to contact home during the day we will help them do that in school, they will not need to use their mobile phone for this.
The simple answer is yes! If your child is passionate about one of their lessons and would like to become an ambassador for that subject, as long as they meet the set criteria, they can be Subject Leader.
We would love for every student to strive and achieve this accolade in their first year with us.