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  • Colyton Grammar School
    Whitwell Lane
    EX24 6HN
  • Head: Tim Harris
  • T 01297 552327
  • F 01297 553853
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in Devon
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 1,041; sixth formers: 271
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 22nd November 2022
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

They’re a jolly, nice, unaffected lot. They rub along, they enjoy each other, the sporty, the geeky, the quirky, the normal as rice pudding. We agree with the parent who told us that the school ‘seems to have evolved a culture of mutual respect and tolerance which embraces all types’. Mr Harris wants to encourage more of a ‘research culture’ among the staff so that ‘their teaching is based on an understanding of what works’. If the lessons we attended are a guide we can testify to incredibly attentive students engaging in complex tasks. Drama thrives. The art is so good we hunted down the head of dept and demanded to know how she does it...

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What the school says...

Colyton Grammar School is a co-educational selective Academy serving local students from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.

In January 2016 the school was ranked second state or independent school in England at Key Stage 4 and top state or independent school at Key Stage 5

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2016, Tim Harris. Previously deputy head, Reading School. By no means the progeny of privilege but, rather, a one-parent family in Cardiff where he was educated at his local comprehensive. History degree from Newcastle, PGCE from Sussex. Taught in a range of non-selective schools in the Berkshire area. Keeps his hand in in the classroom. Married with a young son. Relaxation notional, mostly; likes in theory to curl up with a work of sanguinary crime fiction but in practice finds himself most evenings held spellbound by the DfE’s latest bloodless policy doc. Yes, bit of a workaholic. Owns a labrador racily named Jasper.

Interesting appointment. A change agent for sure. ‘'Agree,’ said a parent; ‘he’s taking the school into the 21st century’. Comes with a track record of...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The school is a Leading Edge and Trust School (South West Academic Trust) with a focus on Gifted and Talented has been described as outstanding by Ofsted. School has also successfully supported statemented, profoundly deaf children.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
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

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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