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  • South Dartmoor Community College
    Balland Lane
    Newton Abbot
    TQ13 7EW
  • Head: Mr Hugh Bellamy
  • 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: 1,600; sixth formers: 300
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 8th March 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 14th 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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Head teacher

Since 2010, Hugh Bellamy. Originally from Taunton, Bellamy studied history and education at Homerton College, Cambridge. He spent the early part of his career as deputy head at a specialist dyslexic school and then special needs co-ordinator at schools in Somerset and Wiltshire. During this time he was also a course tutor for the RSA teacher training diploma. He went on to become deputy head at West Somerset Community College for six years, before taking on ‘missionary work’ at George Pindar Community College in Scarborough. In seven years the school went from ‘failing’ to being crowned ‘the most improved school in the country.’ Bellamy is a firm believer in ‘building learning power’, a principle based around six key approaches to learning, and it is this tried and tested strategy that he has introduced...

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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

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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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