School History and Site
The School Today
We enjoy attractive and well-maintained buildings, many of which have been built or modernised in the last decade. In the last 12 months some considerable improvements have been made to the buildings and facilities to modernise them as part of the ongoing programme of renovations.
As well as dedicated ICT suites, all our classrooms are equipped with Internet connected computers and most have interactive whiteboards and data projectors.
We have a superb, fully equipped sports hall and separate gymnasium. The playing fields are extensive and include several football and rugby pitches as well as hard courts for tennis and basketball.
Recently some of our Design Technology teaching areas and facilities have been refurbished and upgraded.
The latest building project has also provided a lift to enable any disabled persons to access the first floor rooms.
St Dunstan’s offers a newly refurbished modern Library to support student’s learning. Equipped with new furniture, fittings and an up-to-date book stock of 8,500, the Library is a calm, inviting and comfortable environment. It is staffed throughout the school day. After school, Homework Club is held here until 4.15.
The Library has been designed for ease of access to the information students need during the school day. The aim of the Library staff is to encourage students to become independent researchers, with plenty of support and the resources they need to hand.
The Library also places great emphasis on encouraging reading for pleasure and relaxation.
The teenage fiction stock is constantly being renewed and updated. Reading is also promoted through various activities, offered on a regular basis: A Book at Breaktime – a novel read aloud during morning break. Also book award shadowing and in Reading Week: visiting authors and illustrators.
A wide selection of meals and healthy snacks are available in the Dining Room at break and lunch times.
When the weather permits there is an outdoor picnic area and also a covered area for students who bring packed lunches
The Labyrinth Garden provides an useful outdoor teaching and learning space. As well as the growing of fruits, vegetables and flowers the area also has a pond and is a haven for wildlife.
SITE ACCESS AND CAR PARKING
Access to the school is via the main entrance on Wells Road.
Car parking spaces are limited and parents / carers are requested NOT to bring vehicles onto the school site between 8:30-9:00am and 3:00-3:45pm, Monday to Friday during term time.
Many of our students are transported by coach from the surrounding villages and free access needs to be maintained for the coaches at these times.
HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SITE
St Dunstan’s is the secondary school for Glastonbury and the surrounding villages of Meare, West Pennard, Baltonsborough and Butleigh. The school lies to the north of the town and enjoys easy access to the town centre and its facilities. It is a small, friendly and successful school with high aspirations. It is a modern school, which enjoys the vibrancy and varied atmosphere of Glastonbury’s diverse community and associations with the world-famous Glastonbury Festival.
The school is named after Saint Dunstan, the most famous of Glastonbury’s abbots. He went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury in 960AD. St Dunstan was not only a great scholar and politician, but also a skilled artist. He is said to have excelled in writing, illuminating (illustrated writing incorporating gold and silver leaf) and music. His symbol, the harp, has become our school logo.
The school began life as a ‘new-build’ in 1958. The school once boasted a working farm and a market garden, reflecting its rural background. The present `look’ of the school dates back to 1998, when a successful lottery bid brought £1.2 million of new buildings, including the science block, the sports hall and many of the community facilities. Much of this was part of expanding the school’s role as a `Community School’, and we are justly proud of the amenities we offer to the community at large.