蓝德岗中学,蓝德岗学院CO-ED, 3–18 Day, 11–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 350, Upper sixth 20
• Termly fees from £1395–£4585 (Day), £4378–£5787 (Boarding)
• HMC, SHMIS
• Enquiries/application to Admissions Registrar
What it’s like
Founded in 1920 as a boys’ school, it has been co-educational since 1992 and
opened a new junior school in 2000. It has very handsome buildings and is part
of a tiny village in a superb 200-acre estate of Gloucestershire countryside.
Generously endowed, it has excellent modern facilities and recent developments
include an all-weather sports pitch, multi-purpose sports hall, and sixth-form
house. A very friendly atmosphere prevails; it has all the advantages of a small
school and describes itself as being caring and academically strong. Average
class size is 12 up to GCSE and 8 at A-level. Examination results are good. Very
strong music, drama and art departments. An impressive record in the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and a commitment to being involved in the local
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 350 pupils, 205 day (97 boys, 108
girls), 145 boarding (87 boys, 58 girls). Senior department 11–18; 240 pupils
(130 boys, 110 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 4, 7, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance and own
exam used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form
subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 50%
of main intake plus 25% to sixth form. Many senior pupils from own junior
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Number of scholarships, some up to
50% fees: academic, sport, art, drama, music (awarded at 11, 13 and 16); 1 free
place at 11. Forces bursaries. Music tuition extra (£155 per term).
Head & staff
Headmaster: Gerry Holden, in post from 1999. Educated at St Andrews
University (history). Previously Deputy Head at Frensham Heights.
Teaching staff: 23 full time, 25 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: 47 in Year 11: 91% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects. Average
GCSE score 58 (57 over 5 years).
A-levels: 19 in upper sixth: 26% passed in 4 subjects; 53% in 3; 16% in 2
subjects. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 301.
University & college entrance 90% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (20% after a gap year). 5% took courses in medicine,
dentistry & veterinary science, 20% in science & engineering, 20% in business
and law, 20% in humanities, social sciences, and religious studies, 10% in art &
design, 25% in other vocational courses eg hotel management, tourism, languages,
education, physiotherapy. Others typically go directly into employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 15 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. 33% take science A-levels; 33% arts/humanities;
33% both. Key skills included in school’s Life Skills course; also includes
cooking, budgeting, car maintenance, driving etc.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE and A-level. Spanish GCSE in
sixth form. Regular exchanges. Satellite-receiving equipment in languages
Special provision: Some provision for pupils with dyslexia.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (3 lessons a week each year) and
across the curriculum (eg students design own web pages to display art & design
work). 50 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all networked and with email
and internet access. Most pupils take ICAA certificate of competence and short
GCSE IT course Year 9.
Music: Over 60% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 8 musical groups including orchestra, wind, string band,
chamber group, choir, choral society, several rock groups.
Drama & dance: Both offered. AS-level and A-level theatre studies.
Majority of pupils are involved in school productions; recent productions
include One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and Oliver.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 10 A-level; textiles also
offered. About 4 pa go on to art schools.
Sport & activities
Sport: Archery, athletics, basketball, badminton, cricket, cross-country,
fitness training, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball,
orienteering, rounders, rugby, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming,
table-tennis, tennis. Cricket academy for outstanding cricketers.
Activities: Pupils take bronze and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and
work with local organisations in the community. Over 50 clubs, eg riding,
design, dance, printing, sports leadership, drama, fishing, life-saving,
shooting, climbing, computing, photography.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout (except in free time).
Houses & prefects: Prefects, head boy and girl, head of house and house
prefects. School Council.
Religion: Compulsory assembly once a week, church service on Sundays.
Social: Numerous social events at college, particularly at weekends, and
with other schools. Exchanges with France and Germany and numerous trips. Pupils
allowed to bring own bike to school. Meals in dining hall and rations for
houses. Village shop in grounds. No tobacco allowed; alcohol allowed in
Discipline School rules are intended to impose only such restrictions
as necessary for the safety and well-being of the school and the individual.
Boarding Own study bedrooms for fourth form upwards; others in
dormitories usually of 4. Resident qualified nurses; doctor in village. Central
dining room. Pupils can provide and cook own food. Half-term and 2 long weekend
exeats each term. Visits to local town allowed with permission.
Alumni association is run by Christopher Wood, c/o the College.
Former pupils David Vaisey (Bodleian Librarian); Richard Dunwoody