Headteacher
Mr Russell Leigh

Address
Queen Street
Dorchester on Thames
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 7HR

Telephone/Fax
01865 340081

E-mail
office.3186@st-birinus-pri.oxon.sch.uk

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The Village of Dorchester on Thames

Dorchester-on-Thames is a small village, 9 miles south of Oxford. The village sits at the confluence of the rivers Thames and Thame. It is actually the River Thame that runs through the village.

There is evidence of human settlement in Dorchester from Neolithic times. To the south, Iron Age people occupied a hill fort on Castle Hill; later the Celtic people protected their settlement by building the Dyke Hills, a rare example of a pre-Roman town, about half a mile from the present village.

Dorchester today lies over the old Romano-British walled town, of which the southern and western boundaries can still be traced. This town became the centre of a Saxon settlement. The present day allotments were once the Hempcroft. Cynegils the king of the West Saxons was baptised in the River Thame by St Birinus in 635 and Dorchester became the episcopal centre for Wessex. Later it came under the control of Offa, King of Mercia, which led to the See of Dorchester stretching from the Thames to the Humber, in 1075 Remegius removed the See to Lincoln.

In 1140 Dorchester’s Augustinian monastery was founded and the Abbey was built on the old Saxon foundations. At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, the church building was saved for posterity through its purchase for £140 by local wealthy man Richard Beauforest who left it to the village in his will.

As Wallingford and Oxford grew, Dorchester’s importance as a centre decreased. However, its location on the main roads from Gloucester and from Oxford to London ensured its role as a focal point for travellers, with several inns as well as two stagecoach inns. The road was one of the earliest to become a toll road. The building of the bypass (the present A4074) in the 20th century brought further changes.

Please visit www.dorchester-on-thames.co.uk for further information.

Drayton St Leonard

Drayton St. Leonard is our neighbouring village. The River Thame passes by the south east corner of the village and is near the end of its journey, as two miles downstream it joins with the River Thames at Dorchester.

The village can be traced back several hundred years in its present form and can actually be traced back to medieval settlements. Of the present 100 houses about half have been built this century with the rest being older. There are several interesting old thatched cottages which nestle next to more modern ones.

The village church, St Catherine and St Leonard, is an interesting building built mainly of stone, though now pebble-dashed with most of it being several hundred years old. The village hall was formerly the original two roomed school and is used for many local functions. There are two working farms in the village.

Please visit www.dsl.iofm.net for further information.

March 2019
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24 February 2019 25 February 2019

First Day of Term

First Day of Term

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
26 February 2019 27 February 2019 28 February 2019 1 March 2019 2 March 2019
3 March 2019 4 March 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
5 March 2019 6 March 2019 7 March 2019

World Book Day

World Book Day
8 March 2019 9 March 2019
10 March 2019 11 March 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
12 March 2019

Reception and Year 6 group photos

Reception and Year 6 group photos
13 March 2019 14 March 2019 15 March 2019

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day
16 March 2019
17 March 2019 18 March 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
19 March 2019 20 March 2019 21 March 2019 22 March 2019 23 March 2019
24 March 2019 25 March 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming

Parents Evening

Parents Evening
26 March 2019

Parents Evening

Parents Evening
27 March 2019 28 March 2019 29 March 2019

Year 6 trip to Junior Citizen

Year 6 trip to Junior Citizen
30 March 2019
31 March 2019 1 April 2019

Owl Class swimming

Owl Class swimming
2 April 2019 3 April 2019 4 April 2019 5 April 2019

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey

End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey
6 April 2019
Upcoming Events
  • 25 March 2019 – Owl Class swimming
    1:00 pm
  • 25 March 2019 – Parents Evening
    3:30 pm
  • 26 March 2019 – Parents Evening
    3:30 pm
  • 29 March 2019 – Year 6 trip to Junior Citizen
    12:30 pm
  • 1 April 2019 – Owl Class swimming
    1:00 pm
  • 5 April 2019 – Last Day of Term 2-School closes at 2pm
  • 5 April 2019 – End of Term Service at Dorchester Abbey
    1:15 pm
  • 23 April 2019 – First Day of Term
  • 1 May 2019 – Full Governors Meeting
    7:00 pm
  • 3 May 2019 – May Dancing
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