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  • Uffculme School
    Chapel Hill
    EX15 3AG
  • Head: Alan Blackburn
  • T 01884 840458
  • F 01884 841570
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 1,056
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Open Evening Thursday 7 October 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 12th February 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

For most subjects pupils are taught in ability sets; one parent told us, ‘Teachers deal with the mixed abilities well, pushing and challenging in good measure.’ Another said, ‘The teachers are inspirational, lessons are fun, motivating and engaging.’  The art department is in a recently refurbished building, and it’s brilliant. In the entrance there’s a large papier-mâché tree, huge canvas pieces, murals and 3D pieces. Upstairs are two fantastic studios overlooking the playing fields. Students annually exhibit their exam pieces at the local Coldharbour Mill exhibition...

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2010.

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Head teacher

Since September 2019, Alan Blackburn, who joined the school in 1998 fresh out of uni – starting out as maths teacher, moving up through the ranks to head of year, assistant head, deputy head, senior deputy head and finally acting head in September 2018. BSc (Ed) in maths and education at Exeter.


Based on catchment area. Seven feeder primary schools, and Uffculme Primary School recently became part of the Uffculme Academy Trust. One parent said, ‘it was either Uffculme or Blundell’s.’

Good transition. Uffculme’s teachers visit the primary schools and set up plenty of opportunities for children and parents to visit the school. ‘The process was great; they used to come to Uffculme for sports from primary school which really helped them to settle in. The sports teachers were familiar and...

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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.

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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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