The Gryphon School

Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religion Church of England
Address Bristol Road
Sherborne
Dorset
DT9 4EQ
Phone 01935813122
Reference Number 138471

Description

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The Gryphon School is a Church of England secondary academy situated at Bristol Road, DT9 4EQ in Sherborne, Dorset, England. Established in 1992, it operates as part of the Sherborne Schools' Area Trust (SAST). The school caters for students aged 11 to 18 and currently enrolls approximately 1,552 students, with an additional 400 students in its sixth form college.

The school campus features a modern Learning Resource Centre, a Sixth Form Common Room, and a dedicated café, together with a state-of-the-art digital learning environment. It has a strong sporting ethos, with a coherent system of house teams representing the merged schools from its history: Lord Digby's Girls School, Foster's Grammar School, and St Aldhelm's Secondary Modern School.

The Gryphon School offers a broad and flexible curriculum, including extracurricular activities, clubs, and trips. Students can take a variety of A-level and Level 3 BTEC subjects, and they are allowed to personalize their choices in years 9 and 10. Moreover, the school aims to offer an outstanding education, providing outstandingly high achievements both personally and academically. Under the direction of Headteacher Nicki Edwards until June 2017, when Headmaster Steven Hillier became the Executive Head of the multi-academy trust, SAST. As of June 2017, James Gower assumed the role of Headteacher.

General Makeup

Number of pupils 1552
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 49.42%
Girls: 50.58%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
7 241
8 240
9 237
10 238
11 235
12 171
13 190

Ofsted Rating Good
Last Inspection Date 2023-09-18
Date Description Report
2023-06-20 School inspection School inspection
2017-11-15 Short inspection Short inspection
2014-01-29 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2012-08-10 Academy conversion letter Academy conversion letter
Previously as The Gryphon School
2012-03-20 Curriculum and development visit Curriculum and development visit
2010-11-03 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2009-03-04 Curriculum and development visit Curriculum and development visit
2007-05-22 Full inspection: Full inspection:
2003-02-03 Full inspection Full inspection

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • 3 subjects from qualifications that count towards the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), like sciences, language and history
  • 3 more GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or technical awards from a list approved by the Department for Education
Each grade a pupil gets is assigned a point score from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest). These scores are added up, with English and maths counted twice.

School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
50 Upgrade Upgrade

GCSE Results

Metric School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Grade 5 or above in English and maths 45% Upgrade Upgrade
5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (or A-C) 67% Upgrade Upgrade

Progress 8 Score

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

School Score Percentile (loc) Percentile (nationwide)
0.14 Upgrade Upgrade

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

GCSE Results

Progress 8 Score

A progress score is a way to measure how well a student progressed in comparison to other students of a similar starting ability. A score of zero means would mean that a student made the same progress as others that had a similar starting a ability. A positive score would mean that the student made more progress than other students of similar starting ability. The scores below are for the whole school so is the average progress score across all students.

2024 Admissions

Number of Applications Number of Offers
First Preference Upgrade Upgrade
Second Preference 70 9
Third Preference 30 2
From another Local Authority 170 92

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