The Gryphon School A GSG School
- The Gryphon School
- Head: Steve Hillier
- T 01935 813122
- F 01935 816992
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk
- A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Dorset
- Pupils: 1,594
- Religion: Church of England
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
- Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
- Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
- Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
- 1 Full inspection 30th January 2014
- Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 4th November 2010
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
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. School rightly makes the most of its position...
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.
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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 2007, Steve Hillier MA PGCE (40s). Educated in Wiltshire and read geography at Cambridge before embarking on a teaching career in various community schools up and down the land. Of his appointment to the Gryphon, his first headship, he says, ‘All the moons aligned: it was a community school with a sixth form in the west country’. Under his rule, the school has gone from strength to strength (currently graded 'good' by Ofsted ), providing a valuable counterweight to the considerable avoirdupois of the local independents (Sherborne School, Sherborne School for Girls, Leweston). ‘The only difference between us and them is class size’, he states, bravely, though no-one could deny the amount of cross-fertilisation between all the Sherborne schools. Mr Hillier also does all manner of worthy things with North Dorset Schools and...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|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|
|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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