The two Blundell’s Schools are co-educational throughout and situated on the outskirts of the small market town of Tiverton in Devon. They occupy two adjoining sites covering some 90 acres, with some shared facilities (e.g. swimming pool, astro-turf pitches and theatre). The Preparatory School at Milestones consists of a Nursery, Kindergarten & Pre-Prep (2½ – 7 years) and a Prep (7 – 11 years) . On the old site at Horsdon, Blundell’s Senior School is academically organised as an 11-18 education, with School House (11 – 13 years) and the main school (13 – 18 years).
Almost all staff are involved in the lives of the boarding houses in one way or another. 360 of our pupils are boarders, of whom 200 are either full or weekly. A pupil will start their Blundell’s career in School House, a specialist house for 11-13 year olds, then progress to one of the five middle year houses where new boarders will join in Years 9 and 12. A final year will be spent in Westlake, a pre-university house for 18 year olds. This structure allows the houses to focus on a particular age range, providing the support that is necessary at the different stages of a boy or girl’s development.
At Blundell’s, we aim to provide a broad, challenging and stimulating range of academic subjects for study at all levels. This is supported by a rich programme of extracurricular activities, lectures, conferences, and visits. In Years 7 & 8 all pupils follow the exciting new School House Diploma course of studies. The Diploma is coordinated and integrated into all subject areas and has a strong focus on developing the range of skills required to be an effective learner.
At GCSE, pupils will have the opportunity to study up to eleven subjects from the twenty available, with English Language and Literature, Mathematics and a minimum of two Science subjects studied by all pupils. Selection of GCSE courses is made during Year 9 with support from tutors, Academic Head of Years 9-11 and the Careers Department. This ensures appropriate choices are made to act as a foundation for study in the Sixth Form and beyond.
Athletics, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Cross-country, Equestrian, Fives (Rugby), Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey (Indoors), Rounders, Rugby Sevens, Squash
Academic Music is an area of strength, with the majority of pupils achieving grade A*-B in A Level Music and A*-A at GCSE. The recent extension to the Music Department has greatly enhanced the facilities for both performing and recording musicians: we now have two Mac composition suites and a recording studio as well as 12 practice rooms each with a piano. Music is taught to all pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 and then becomes an option for GCSE, A-level Music and A-level Music Technology. Our pupils regularly go on to read Music at conservatoires or top universities.
The excellent Ondaatje Hall, a purpose built theatre, provides the home for the very popular drama department. Pupils study drama as part of the whole school curriculum and they are provided with a rich and diverse experience of the historical, cultural and practical aspects of drama and theatre studies. Drama is offered at both GCSE and A Level.
The impressively modern Art Department adjoins the Ondaatje Theatre and the Popham Centre. It comprises four large studios giving opportunities for the development of skills in drawing, painting, 3-D design, sculpture, printmaking, kiln formed glass, digital photography and ceramics. There is also a dark-room and an excellent purpose-built computer room and research library.