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  • The Gryphon School
    Bristol Road
    DT9 4EQ
  • Head: Mrs Nicki Edwards
  • T 01935 813122
  • F 01935 816992
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Dorset
  • Pupils: 1,558; sixth formers: 371
  • Religion: Church of England
  • 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 15th November 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 30th January 2014

    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 4th November 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Super much sought-after school at the very centre of its community and taking on the Sherborne independents. ‘I was determined to go to The Gryphon, even though we live out of catchment,’ said one new girl. Even though it is but 20 years old, the school feels agreeably traditional in terms of its expectations, aspirations and values, reflected in its naming after an ancient and noble mythical beast, denoting intelligence and strength. The gryphon appears on the uniform navy blue sweatshirt and all published material – strong branding indeed. The breadth and enthusiasm for…

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What the school says...

We are at the heart of our community, providing an outstanding education for young people in Sherborne as well as North and West Dorset and South Somerset. The Gryphon is an Outstanding Church of England School (SIAMS) with an Outstanding Sixth Form (Ofsted).

Our special culture and ethos focus on high achievement both personally and academically. We strive to be outstanding in all respects - this includes continually improving the opportunities for the students, facilities and ways of learning. Our excellent facilities include a large Learning Resource Centre, Sixth Form Common Room, study areas and a large café, as well as a state-of-the-art digital learning system. We also offer an amazing range of extra curricular activities, clubs and trips, from Duke of Edinburgh awards, to skiing, to choir and trips abroad.

Our pastoral care is second to none. Each year group has a team of people who are always available to solve problems and give encouragement and help. . At The Gryphon we want students to fulfil their potential and more, to be prepared for life after school and to receive the standard of support and care expected of a high performing school.

Nicki Edwards
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Applied Sciences at an English Comprehensive School (BTEC Certificate Level 3)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since June 2017, Nicki Edwards, previously deputy head since 2002. A graduate of Imperial College (biology), she went on to complete her PGCE at Oxford. Ofsted has praised Mrs Edwards in their latest inspection (November 2017), saying she has ‘brought renewed focus and energy to the school’s drive to ensure the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is as strong as it can be’.

She is a mother of twins who are both Gryphon alumni and now live in London, one of whom is a teacher and the other works in finance. She is active in the local community, being church warden of Milborne Port Church and Bishops’ Advisor, and enjoys travelling, reading and when time allows, needlepoint.

Former headteacher Steve Hillier has taken on the...

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Special Education Needs

The SEN and dyslexia centre is outstanding and draws pupils over the borders from Dorchester, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Blandford. We serve a total of 230 (23 dyslexic, 53 statemented) with help for mild Asperger's too. Says an LEA official, 'the Gryphon School has created an ethos over the past ten years which is based upon inclusive practice. All teaching and support staff are actively engaged in designing, creating and delivering a curriculum appropriate to meeting the needs of all pupils. The school has developed highly effective tracking and monitoring systems and analyses data in a very systematic way to inform future planning and pupil progress. This ensures that the additional resources provided for pupils with SEN have very positive outcomes.' Says the school, 'we provide special needs right up to A level. A student with Asperger's who had been rejected by mainstream schools in his area and basically written off came here and we got him through 6 GCSE levels. Our dyslexia base is full simply because of the excellent provision. We never take more than 4 in each year group. We offer special needs right up to A level so children with severe learning difficulties are not excluded from acquiring good A levels.' The school has 100% access for students in wheelchairs.

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

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