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  • The Blue School
    Kennion Road
    BA5 2NR
  • Head: Mark Woodlock
  • T 01749 678799
  • F 01749 836215
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,646; sixth formers: 330
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th October 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 24th October 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Head insists on showing new parents and visitors around the school himself. Except us, who were asked not to visit what is already a chronically oversubscribed school. 'A good front man,' said a parent, but 'not engaged in the day-to-day life of the school'.  Work is in hand to make the school more environmentally sustainable, with the lead coming from the unusual 250-person school council, hailed nationally as an example of best practice. Twenty-five council teams raise awareness and funds for what really matters to them, eg Fairtrade, buddying, fitness, cuisine...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Textiles Technology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Mark Woodlock, previously head of Teign School in Newton Abbot.

Academic matters

A genuinely comprehensive school. Standards are high at GCSE (73 per cent got 4-9 in both maths and English in 2017) and consistently good in the core subjects of English, maths and science. Concerns about provision for the less academic at GCSE have been addressed with entry level history and French, and four science pathways to cater for all abilities. Links with Strode College for the more vocationally-minded. At A level (impressive 45 per cent A*/A grades in 2017, 84 per cent A*-C) there is a broad selection of subjects on offer, though – as ever – take-up for modern languages low. Seventy-six per cent of BTecs were D or higher in 2017. Has specialist school status in science and mathematics....

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

All students are encouraged to be as fully integrated into every aspect of the life of the school as possible. To help achieve this, The Blue provides classroom support and individual withdrawal sessions as appropriate. Teachers are also kept informed of particular students' difficulties which, in turn, enables a match between lesson content, teaching approaches and the needs of individuals. Individual Education Plans are used where appropriate to target specific learning or behavioural needs. This may involve one-to-one tuition or group work. Specialist teaching in the department is carried out by appropriately qualified staff. The school welcomes questions parents may have on any aspect of their children's special needs and endeavours to build an effective partnership with the home. The school has a Student Support Centre for pupils with emotional difficulties. The Centre offers a range of creative strategies to enable pupils to be successful in school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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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.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

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:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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