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  • The King's School
    Cadhay Lane
    Ottery St Mary
    EX11 1RA
  • Head: Mr Rob Gammon
  • T 01404 812982
  • F 01404 815685
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in Devon
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 1,109; sixth formers: 206
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: September
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 27th March 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

As you approach the school you observe students criss-crossing the playground on their way to their next lesson and think, Gosh, what extraordinarily nice, happy-looking young people. Then the welcome you get in reception is warm and genuine. Within three mins max you feel perfectly certain that you are in an exceptionally good school. You’re right. There is huge pride in the school’s ‘diversity’. A student told us flatly, ‘You don’t need to go to a grammar school to succeed’. Nice place to live, Ottery, twixt moor and sea, where incomers aren’t given the silent treatment...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Rob Gammon BSc PGCE. Educated at Enfield Grammar and Loughborough University: physical education, sports science and physics. Began teaching in 1997 in Lincs. Came first to King’s in 2006 as deputy head responsible for the school’s specialist sports college status. Left in 2013 to head up Robert Blake Science College, a struggling comprehensive in Bridgwater, which he raised in short order to Ofsted good status. Second coming to King’s, this time as head, 2016. Widely acclaimed, popular choice. Here is where he absolutely wants to be. Remains a keen sportsperson - a onetime pole vaulter, he now swims, runs, cycles and occasionally strings all three together in triathlons. Other interests outdoorsy. Keeps chickens. Lives in the catchment area. Three children, all at King’s.

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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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