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Even though it is but 20 years old, the school feels agreeably traditional in terms of its expectations, aspirations and values, reflected in its naming after an ancient and noble mythical beast, denoting intelligence and strength. The gryphon appears on...

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We are determined to be at the heart of the community providing an outstanding education for all the young people in Sherborne and the surrounding area. There is a new Sixth Form Common Room, study areas, Learning Resource Centre and large cafe facility. There is also the Gryphon Leisure Centre and the Little Gryphons Nursery on the campus.

In 2009 the School had fantastic national success in the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year competition as well as the school film production of Far from the Madding Crowd which featured on BBC Breakfast News and CNN. We continue to win at F1 in Schools being recent UK National Champions.

There are high expectations of behaviour, thinking about others and good manners which we hope you will support. We want students to fulfil their potential and more, to be prepared for life after school and to receive the standard of support and care expected of a high performing school.

Steve Hillier
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Applied Sciences at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 3)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Even though it is but 20 years old, the school feels agreeably traditional in terms of its expectations, aspirations and values, reflected in its naming after an ancient and noble mythical beast, denoting intelligence and strength. The gryphon appears on the uniform navy blue sweatshirt and all published material – strong branding indeed. School rightly makes the most of its position...


Since 2007, Steve Hillier MA PGCE (40s). Educated in Wiltshire and read geography at Cambridge before embarking on a teaching career in various community schools up and down the land. Of his appointment to the Gryphon, his first headship, he says, ‘All the moons aligned: it was a community school with a sixth form in the west country’. Under his rule, the school has gone from strength to strength (and graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted ),

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Special Education Needs

The SEN and dyslexia centre is outstanding and draws pupils over the borders from Dorchester, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford. We serve a total of 230 (23 dyslexic, 53 statemented) with help for mild Asperger's too. Says an LEA official, 'the Gryphon School has created an ethos over the past ten years which is based upon inclusive practice. All teaching and support staff are actively engaged in designing, creating and delivering a curriculum appropriate to meeting the needs of all pupils. The school has developed highly effective tracking and monitoring systems and analyses data in a very systematic way to inform future planning and pupil progress. This ensures that the additional resources provided for pupils with SEN have very positive outcomes.' Says the school, 'we provide special needs right up to A level. A student with Asperger's who had been rejected by mainstream schools in his area and basically written off came here and we got him through 6 GCSE levels. Our dyslexia base is full simply because of the excellent provision. We never take more than 4 in each year group. We offer special needs right up to A level so children with severe learning difficulties are not excluded from acquiring good A levels.' The school has 100% access for students in wheelchairs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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