Playground Friends

We have a special system within school called ‘Playground Friends’, made up of children from Year 3 and Year 6. These children give up their own playtime to help other children in have fun and play games. Every week a child is awarded with the Playground Friend Cup to encourage positive play outside.



School Council

The school council meets, with the Head of Primary to look at making the school even better.  These may include school lunches, behaviour or ideas for fundraising events.


What are the aims of the school council?


  • To make sure that our school is a safe and happy place for children.

  • To make sure that children have a place to voice their concerns.

  • To encourage all children in the school to suggest improvements.

  • To make sure any suggestions or concerns are listened to and acted upon.


What jobs are there?

Each year, an election day is held.  Pupils who wish to be on the school council each write a manifesto, explaining why they would make a good school council representative. Pupils are encouraged to campaign for votes before and after school in the playground. On Election Day, every pupil from Year 1-6 votes for two candidate from each class who they wish to be on the school council.


What have school Council Achieved?

  • Suggested improvements for the playground

  • Promoted DAF Fundraising events to raise money for the Playground Fund

  • Introduced Playground Friends

  • Designed the Buddy Bench

  • Promoted Anti Bullying Week

  • Promoted Safer Internet Day





Welcome to the Dartmouth Academy Friends at Dartmouth Academy.


What is the DAF?

Dartmouth Academy has a charitable status and raises valuable funds for the school. DAF is run by parents and carers, but of course, works closely with the Head of Primary, Bonnie Chivers and Principal, Tina Graham. Everyone is welcome to contribute ideas, time, energy and enthusiasm whether or not you attend meetings.

What has DAF provided in recent years?

  • Donations for the climbing wall and climbing frame

  • Fundraising for trips

  • Books and prizes for Year 6 Leavers

  • Donations for EYFS resources


How do we raise money?

Regular events include school discos, after-school film evenings, cake sales, winter and summer fairs & raffles and social events for adults, for example, quiz night.

How can you help?

Help at a disco; make or sell cakes; run a stall at the Fair; help with our Facebook page; donate gifts for raffles; ask your business to sponsor an event; ask your company to match funds raised; design or print posters; bring fresh ideas....

How do I get involved?

Please contact the main reception if you would like to join DAF. We need you!