South Dartmoor Community College
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Balland Lane
TQ13 7EW
11 - 18
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The principal took up post in January 2018. Previously he had been head of the main school (Years 7–11) for two years. The previous executive principal, who was also the chief executive of the South Dartmoor multi-academy trust, to which the school belongs, retired at Christmas 2017. The new chief executive of the multi-academy trust took up post in January 2018. The executive principal role has ceased to exist. The principal restructured leadership in January 2018. New vice-principal roles were introduced, along with faculty leaders. These middle leaders line-manage leaders of individual subjects. Inspection report: South Dartmoor Community College, 7–8 March 2018 Page 9 of 12 The number of girls in the school is below the national average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities who receive support is higher than average, as is the proportion of pupils who have SEN with a statement or an education, health and care plan. The level of local deprivation is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 11.

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  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

South Dartmoor Community College Reviews

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“Caring school, able to stretch the most academic and support those with different needs.”
"> I have nothing but praise to give about South Dartmoor. I have three daughters, all with different needs and teachers and senior staff over the years have listened to my worries as a parent and always offered ideas and solutions. My eldest daughter went from being a shy child, recently diagnosed with Aspergers in Y10, to gain a good set of GCSEs, and during her time at Sixth Form she positively blossomed, with the support of teachers who challenged her academically but tried to understand her learning issues. She is now on a degree course. My younger daughters have good relationships with most of their teachers and one is in an Extended Thinking class which pushes her to achieve more. The youngest takes part in productions, choir, tutor trips and enrichment opportunities, and has been supported to overcome her hatred of home work. On the dwindling resources and funding the school has, they do an amazing job. I recommend the school to prospective parents wholeheartedly.
“Self-Motivated Students will Succeed”
"> My child has done exceedingly well here, the teachers are supportive and, in the compulsory subjects at least, stretch able students to their full potential. My child has been recognised in the form of scholarships for their academic achievement, which I believe can be credited to the dedicated staff. There is no denying that resources are stretched and class sizes almost always exceed 25. However children still seem engaged in learning and most teachers have established respect from their class. One big problem is the supply teacher management which is poor and, in my experience, can see classes being sent to the dinner hall with limited and unspecialised teaching staff overseeing cover-work. Students lacking self motivation will find these conditions difficult to cope with, especially as, with increased staff shortages, these cover lessons are becoming more frequent. Not an ideal learning environment. I can't fault the staff, they are doing the best they can with the funding they have been supplied.
“Poor school”
"> The teachers educationally deliver here, and there are a couple of teachers who are great, but on the whole the teachers are not positive role models in my experience. As a parent I would not recommended this school because they don't address key national issues in education such as pornography, gender relations, mental health, etc. In my opinion, they are more interested in business and progress as defined by the teachers own acheivements rather than the human beings within the uniform.
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