The Blandford School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1108
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary controlled school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data, ONS

This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  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.

How Does The School Perform?

Requires Improvement
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(23/04/2024)
Full Report - All Reports
72%
NATIONAL AVG. 38%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 15% of schools in England) Below Average (About 18% of schools in England) Average (About 35% of schools in England) Above Average (About 16% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 16% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher
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Milldown Road
Blandford Forum
DT11 7SQ
01258 451121

School Description

The school’s core values of REAP: respect, effort, attitude and perseverance underpin all aspects of school life. The school strives to provide the same highquality education to all pupils. Leaders work to overcome any challenges that pupils face. For example, the school's work alongside ‘MYTIME’ has enabled young carers to thrive. The school provides strong pastoral support. Staff take time to get to know their pupils well, and relationships are positive. There are high expectations for pupils’ behaviour. The vast majority respond well to these. Classrooms are almost always calm and orderly. Pupils are safe here and know who to talk to if they need help or guidance. They understand what bullying is and think staff take bullying seriously. The school offers pupils many clubs and activities including coding, debate, and climate club. Pupils from all years speak excitedly about the upcoming performance of ‘School of Rock’. They are also proud of the success of the netball teams. However, many pupils do not take part in these activities. Sixth-form students lead the student forum. This group meets once a fortnight. Together, they have overseen changes to the school. For example, they introduced a new one-way system and altered the school uniform.

News, Photos and Open Days from The Blandford School
Last update: 03 May 2019

To find out more about The Blandford School please visit our website at www.blandfordschool.org.uk

The Blandford School Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>34, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>14, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>31, "agree"=>43, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>17, "agree"=>43, "disagree"=>22, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
My Child Has Not Been Bullied Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>55, "strongly_agree"=>11, "agree"=>9, "disagree"=>9, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>28, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>21, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>17, "strongly_agree"=>36, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>9, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>41, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>23, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>0} UNLOCK Figures based on 56 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>4, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>37, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>14, "strongly_disagree"=>5, "dont_know"=>2} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>42, "disagree"=>16, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>34, "agree"=>51, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>3, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>38, "agree"=>53, "disagree"=>4, "strongly_disagree"=>1, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>30, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>19, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>11} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024
Yes No {"yes"=>70, "no"=>30} UNLOCK Figures based on 237 responses up to 01-05-2024

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