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Blundell’s School

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Blundell’s School

Address: Blundell’s Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DN
Founded: 1604
Number of Pupils: 615
Fees: Day £5,045 – £8,005 | Boarding: flexi £5,840 – £8,755; weekly £7,700 – £10,945; full £8,885 – £12,995 per term. Scholarships available.
Ages:  11–18
Head Teacher: Mr Bart Wielenga  B Ed. Natal
Religious Affiliation: Church of England
Entrance Procedure: Common entrance or Blundell’s Entrance Test, scholarship exams, interview.
Contact: Mrs Charlotte Botting, 01884 252543
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open morning Saturday 25 September. Please contact the school to reserve your place or to arrange a visit on another day.

The Curriculum

The school combines a strong tradition of academic ambition with an innovative emphasis on the moral, spiritual and cultural development of pupils. A broad, challenging and stimulating range of subjects is offered, supported by a rich programme of extra-curricular activities, lectures, conferences and visits. The highly effective academic approach is based on the very latest research into the way in which pupils learn. Self-efficacy, derived from both believing that you can succeed and being believed in, is key, as we know that a pupil with drive and determination to do well, whatever their academic ability, will find achievement at every turn.

Games & The Arts

The importance of pupil well-being and a healthy lifestyle is paramount to us at Blundell’s. Taking part in in music, drama, and sport, outdoor pursuits, activities or clubs can lead to a lifelong participation or maybe just fun and enjoyment with school friends while enjoying life at Blundell’s. Blundell’s has indeed a rich and vibrant co–curricular programme. We have excellent facilities with purpose-built theatre and music school providing a focus for cultural activities.

Pastoral Care

Each individual pupil is known and cared for throughout their time at school. All pupils (day and boarders) are included in the life of the boarding houses, a system which promotes pastoral welfare, happiness and fosters a strong spirit of achievement and sense of community. The boarding house system is central to this care, as is the underlying principle that we should know each child individually, and as an individual. Whether emotional, social, intellectual or spiritual, the support offered to pupils is second-to-none, and ensures that all Blundellians are able to grow and thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

University Places

Three Oxbridge offers for 2020, strong Russel Group entry, over 90 per cent of pupils successfully achieve places at their first choice of university and an increasing number of pupils gaining places at top US Universities. 2019 results excellent again: top half of the year group (50 pupils) achieved 70 per cent A*/A and 92 per cent A*-B grades at A-level; 56 per cent of all GCSE grades were a seven, eight or nine. Our value added was over half a grade per subject when compared to other independent schools.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

We are very proud of the integrated nature of the school and our strong values and ethos are rooted in our history, but are borne out in our aspirations to be forward looking and innovative. The security of being a 400-year-old institution gives us the foundation and the confidence to be bold and courageous in pursuing what we feel is right for our pupils. Blundell’s supports and guides young people to achieve their very best in whatever sphere they choose. We provide ‘roots’ for security, based on friendship, respect for others and personal values and ‘wings’ to succeed in the challenging world beyond school, based on self-confidence and a sense of optimism.

Outstanding Characteristics

Blundellians have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and there is a fantastic community spirit within the school. Blundell’s provides a rounded education in which pupils learn to be flexible, articulate and independent, capable of motivating themselves and others.

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