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  • South Dartmoor Community College
    Balland Lane
    Newton Abbot
    TQ13 7EW
  • Head: Mrs J Veal
  • T 01364 652230
  • F 01364 654069
  • E [email protected]…
  • W www.southdartm…
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 813; sixth formers: 136
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th March 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 13th November 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A large site, it's more like a higher education campus than a school. It has, however, been undergoing major changes – the building improvements are making a positive difference, and the new Atrium school will help to reduce numbers. The hockey team was the first state school team to be national indoor hockey champions in 2012, and the girls' cricket team has been a national finalist for the last two years. Plus there’s a golf academy on site…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive Headteacher

Since September 2020, Mrs J Veal. Her third headship, having begun her career in St Ives as a teacher of modern foreign languages then working her way up through the usual route via head of department, head of year then leadership team in charge of student behaviour and finally interim head. Next up was her headship at Taunton Academy before joining South Dartmoor.


Large catchment area due to its location on the edge of the moors. Children from outside the catchment area will also be considered. ‘There are lots of opportunities for children in year 5 and 6 to go to workshops at SDCC and they spend a week there in the year 6 summer term as well. By the time they get there at the start of year 7 it is quite familiar...

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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.

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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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quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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