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Genuinely happy vibe and – unusual for a state school – there’s boarding. A sporty culture but school doesn’t claim to beat all-comers, perhaps because they don’t major in any one sport, favouring a wider range to suit all. ‘Learning for all, learning for life’ is school’s mantra and despite the broad intake, results sit comfortably alongside selective schools in the area, beating national averages. School puts it down to…

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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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Executive headteacher

Since January 2021, Rachael Williams (40s). First headship. Previously acting head of North West Community Campus in Dumfries, part of a 15-year stint of teaching in various Scottish state schools which followed a similar but shorter spell in state schools throughout England. Also has experience of international schools as her teaching career kicked off in Kuwait, plus brief taster of the independent sector back in the UK teaching at JAGS.

With an astrophysics degree (Cardiff), she could have been a rocket scientist but chose teaching instead. Still gets her fix of igniting sparks and lighting fires, she insists, declaring that ‘there’s absolutely nothing better than teaching the next generation – I loved it since I first stepped into the classroom.’ She had just stepped out of the classroom, in fact,...

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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.

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