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  • Uffculme School
    Chapel Hill
    EX15 3AG
  • Head: Mrs Lorraine Heath
  • T 01884 840458
  • F 01884 841570
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 1,025
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th February 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 1st November 2007
  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head teacher

Since 2007, Lorraine Heath, grew up in Yeovil and studied at Exeter University. Never straying far, she taught English at several schools in Somerset before working as an English advisor for the local authority for a year. After five years as deputy head at Ladymead (now Taunton Academy), she joined Uffculme. Already a very good school, she was determined to make it better.

Lorraine met her husband, also originally a teacher, at Exeter University. He now runs his own business. Her eldest is at university studying philosophy and her youngest is still at school. Any hobbies, we asked? Her friends would say ‘shopping and champagne,’ she laughed, but in reality it’s the gym and time with her family. Definitely ‘doesn’t do camping’. When invited on a trip by her...

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