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  • Dallam School
    LA7 7DD
  • Head: Mr Nigel Whittle
  • T 015395 65165
  • F 01539 563913
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cumbria
  • Pupils: 974; 123 boarders; sixth formers: 197
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day: fee; Boarding £11,212 - £12,552 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 13th December 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 1st May 2013

    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.

  • 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…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

What the parents say...

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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 May 2018, Nigel Whittle (30s), previously head of Oldham Academy. Brought up in Blackpool, the son of an electrician, he went to Lancashire University to study for his teaching qualification. After learning his trade teaching English, he was selected for a four-year leadership programme with Future Leaders, which aims to put talented individuals at the head of schools in underprivileged areas. He has been deputy head in a deprived area of Blackpool and principal of Haverlock Academy in Grimsby. He has two young daughters, loves running and is an avid Blackpool Football Club fan.

Academic matters

‘Learning for All, Learning for Life’ is both the school’s motto and its mantra. Excellent track record of outstanding achievement in exams with the full range of GCSEs, BTecs, A levels and International Baccalaureate (IB) on offer. Despite the...

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