The opportunity to educate children brings with it a huge responsibility to provide the best all-round education possible as we aim to prepare young people for happiness, and success in their adult lives. This is a responsibility myself and the team at The Blandford School take very seriously, we care very much for each individual child and pride ourselves on a community in which students feel valued.
Schooldays should be fun and enjoyable, I see it as our responsibility to broaden children’s interests and develop their personal qualities. To do this, we focus on respect, positive attitudes to learning, effort and perseverance. You would expect us to have high expectations, and we do; a positive partnership and the support of parents/carers is essential to this.
Student success is measured in many different ways which includes success in public examinations.
In 2019 and 2018 our GCSE and post 16 students performed in line with top end schools in the country. At GCSE, our progress and attainment scores, which measure the rate of progress from KS2 SAT scores to GCSE and the quality of grades were significantly above the national average including when compared to selective schools.
Within these results, there were huge successes for boys (bucking the national trend) and the high ability. At A Level, over a quarter of grades were at A*- A and over half of grades were between A*- B, along with three quarters of grades achieved between Distinction* and Distinction in vocational qualifications. We compare extremely favourably to other Dorset Secondaries and the independent sector.
Please make an appointment to come and visit us in the working day; there is nothing better than seeing a school in action! Let us show you the calm and purposeful atmosphere, talk to our current students about their experiences, see for yourself the very positive learning environment there is, day in, day out.
I look forward to welcoming you to The Blandford School.
Mrs Sally Wilson