Back to School & a springtime challenge!

Happy Sunday Morning!  I hope the start of the Spring term is going well for you all.  I expect, like me,  many of you were grateful of the arrival of the first weekend to recover from the “shock” of “back to school”, and being back in the old routine again!?!

With the turn of the New Year, my thoughts turn once again (!) to reinvigorating my health, wellbeing and fitness routines – with varying degrees of success 😉 I am most certainly not a natural athlete though I do love the great outdoors.   With Spring arriving soon I am certainly looking forward to shifting a few of those Christmas and New Years pounds, and  a few lunchtime and weekend walks around Ditcham and surrounding areas will help I’m sure 🙂

During last term, I was approached by Rural Running Events, who offered to organise a trail run (based at Ditcham Park) and, with the generous support of the School’s Headmaster Mr Spawforth and the rest of the School’s leadership team in granting permission to use Ditcham as a venue, I am pleased to say that preparations are well under way and the event is now open for entries!   So, here is your challenge for Spring 2018.. to train for a 5K or 10K trail run based at Ditcham Park – can you show our Ditcham pupils how to do it?

The event date is Sunday 29th April 2018.  The route is currently being confirmed, but will be “challenging” given Ditcham’s location at the top of a hill and involve trail, woodland and road sections.  Each competitor who completes the course will receive some “awesome bling”… and you will set the inaugural event route PBs.

With thanks to the organisers, a donation from the proceeds of this event will be made to both FDPS and also Brain Tumour Research (many of you will know that I lost my brother to the disease last May).  I am hoping that if the event is a success that in subsequent years we can earn a donation to other charities close to our hearts.

Hoping you’ll support the event, I’m told there are a good number of entries already and – with limited spaces – I urge you to enter asap by heading over to Rural Running Events’ website.

FDPS are finalising their involvement, but will certainly be providing refreshments for supporters and runners at the event.  If you’d like to help serve these please do let us know by emailing [email protected] or via our contact page.

All best

Denise Allen (FDPS Treasurer and DPS Deputy Bursar)




Barn Dance deadline approaches – don’t miss a fab night – Book now!

In less than 3 weeks, the FDPS committee hosts the first of its scheduled 2018 events – the FDPS Barn Dance!

 Tickets are selling well, but in order to fill the hall and have the most fun together we need anyone interested to send in their booking forms asap.   Christmas and New Year festivities are a memory now,  so why not kick start your 2018 with a good dance at Ditcham, to the sounds of the fabulous “Threepenny Bit” band booked for the event. Booking forms are available here

“Threepenny Bit takes 8 of the finest folk, jazz and classical musicians in Hampshire and lets them loose on the world of folk dance music. They play lively arrangements of traditional and original tunes in an ‘all out musical bombardment” 

Check out some of their various gigs on their YouTube Channel here

Barn Dance Booking Now Open!

The FDPS would like to invite you to a spectacular evening of dancing, food and fun. On February 2nd 2018, the FDPS will be holding

The FDPS Barn Dance!

Every other year, the FDPS likes to hold a special evening just for the grown-ups, however, following such a successful 70’s Ball earlier this year, we have decided to banish those winter blues once again and have a slightly less formal evening for Adults only.

We have been extremely fortunate to secure a well-known and outstanding band, Threepenny Bit, to entertain you and get those cowboy boots galloping. The Barn Dance will be held at Ditcham Park School on Friday 2nd Feb from 7:30pm – Midnight. Tickets are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to bring along Friends and Relatives, but please remember this is an adult only event.

Tickets are very reasonably priced at £25 per person and will include a scrumptious Hog Roast (vegetarian option will also be available). We will also have a cash bar serving wonderful wines, ales, cider and beer.

If you would like to dust off those cowboy boots, drag out your checked shirts and prepare your Stetson, please do come and support the FDPS and join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening.

Please kindly complete the booking form below and return to the office with payment ASAP.


Download the FDPS Barn Dance 2018 Booking Form

Christmas Fayre 2017 – Santa’s Grotto

We're super duper excited to announce that Santa will be visiting Ditcham Park School again this year!! All the children have been so very good this past year! Santa is very busy, though, and only has a limited time before he needs to go see all the other good children around the world. So please book your place to avoid any disappointed faces. Download here the 2017 Santas Grotto Booking Form and please return to the school office marked for the attention of Santa's special helpers, FDPS.

Looking forward to seeing you at Santa's magical grotto!

Reserve your child's place at Santa's Grotto with this booking form.

Hallowe’en 2017 – Booking now open!

The booking forms for this year's Hallowe'en extravaganza has gone out to all children in their school bags. If you've missed the booking form, place download it here and return to the school office as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - places are limited.


We look forward to seeing the children have a SPOOKTASTIC TIME!

Download Hallowe'en 2017 Booking Form