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  • Dallam School
    LA7 7DD
  • Head: Mr William Bancroft
  • T 015395 65165
  • F 01539 563913
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 969
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Boarding £10,831 - £12,111 pa; Tuition free
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 1st May 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 28th January 2010
  • 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 status as an IB World School, alongside the opportunity for boarding, means that students within this rural Cumbrian community meet other young people from all around the 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 some of the overseas students used to warmer climes.

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Visual Arts at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Other Languages at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Higher level component)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2013, Mr William Bancroft, 50s, previously head of Settle College. Has a BA in history, though no longer teaches, plus PGCE, postgrad diploma and NPQH; currently chair of the South Lakes Federation of Schools. Warm and welcoming, nothing brash about the man; he’s quietly spoken yet at the same time commands both attention and respect, giving the clear impression that he knows what he’s doing here. And there is no doubt that he does: he has plenty of headship experience, this is his third to date and both pupil numbers and results are up. He commutes from Lancaster and enjoys walking and skiing when time permits, but acknowledges (without complaint) that school is somewhat all-consuming. Plenty of staff changes since his arrival, which inevitably upsets the apple cart a little, but all appears...

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