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  • Dallam School
    LA7 7DD
  • Head: Ms Rachael Williams
  • T 015395 65165
  • F 01539 563913
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 1082; sixth formers: 200
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day free. Boarding £12,160 - £13,550 pa
  • Open days: Contact the school for virtual or upcoming dates
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 30th November -0001
    • 2 Full inspection 30th November -0001

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

'Five years ago Dallam was a good school which since then has just got better and better...' so says a parent with three happy and successful children at the school. The school’s opportunity for boarding means that students within this rural Cumbrian community meet other young people from all around the UK and world. With the Lake District on their doorstep you can get all three seasons in one day here, which is a bit of a shock for…

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What the school says...

At Dallam, your child with benefit from high academic teaching across a broad range of GCSE, A Level and BTEC subjects delivered by enthusiastic and friendly tutors.

Students can join in with the various music, creative and sporting clubs and activities that interest them. They are also encouraged to try new activities to make the most of the stunning natural surroundings - such as kayaking, climbing and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Through a rich curriculum and co-curricular activity, Dallam will help your child to develop into a successful and resilient young person.

Dallam School offers full, weekly and flexi boarding with no exeat weekends. There are no tuition fees and service families also benefit from a 5% discount on boarding.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive headteacher

Since January 2021, Rachael Williams.


Over 40 feeder schools, some large, some tiny rural schools, from near and far. No appeals as yet, all wanting a place have one, but that may change in the near future with growing demand. For year 7 day pupil entry, apply via the local authority (unselective). Sixth form applicants need to have at least five 9-4s at GCSE (or foreign equivalent), including English and maths, to study on the A level or BTEC programme. Boarding applicants must have right of residence in the UK and be 'suitable for boarding'.

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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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:

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