School Type:
Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DN
EX16 4DN
01884 252543
581, Upper sixth 89
Σ3830-Σ6065 (Day), Σ6420-Σ9400 (Boarding), Σ5810-Σ8270 (Weekly)
The Registrars

Founded and endowed in 1604 at the sole charge of the estate of Peter Blundell, clothier of Tiverton, by Sir John Popham. In 1882 it moved to the outskirts of Tiverton, to occupy an estate of 80 acres with beautiful gardens and playing fields. The grounds now extend to 90 acres and include its associated prep school. Its well-equipped buildings provide good facilities and comfortable accommodation. The school maintains a Christian tradition and Anglican practice; all pupils are expected to attend weekday morning chapel and the school service on Sundays. Founded as a boys’ school, it first accepted girls to the sixth form in 1976 and became fully co-educational in 1993. There is a large sixth form and a staff:pupil ratio of about 1:11. Academic standards are high and examination results good. The school has always been strong in music and drama. Art, crafts and technology are also flourishing fields of work and study. A wide variety of sports and games are available and played to a high level. Many clubs and activities cater for most conceivable interests. There is a large CCF, Duke of Ediinburgh Award and other activities include climbing, canoeing, abseiling, flying, sailing and expeditions on Dartmoor and Exmoor. There is an unusually big commitment to local community service.

School Head:
Head: Mrs Nicola Huggett, in post from 2013. Educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University (PPE). Previously Deputy Head of Downe House, Housemistress and Head of Boarding at Haileybury. Teaching staff: 55 full time, 4 part time.
GCSE: On average 85 pupils in upper fifth, 95% gaining at least grade C in 10+ subjects (all including English, maths, a science, a humanity and a modern language). A-levels: 89 in upper sixth, 95% passing in 3+ subjects with average final point score of 382.
95% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (25% after a gap year), 4% to Oxbridge. 5% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 25% in science and engineering, 5% in law, 25% in humanities and social sciences, 5% in art and design, 30% in business related subjects. Others typically go straight in to commerce or the military.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Some 12 musical groups including 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, big band, chamber music groups, pop groups. Drama: Drama offered and GCSE and A-level may be taken. Some pupils are involved in school productions and majority in house/other productions. Art and design: On average, 35 take GCSE, 2 AS-level, 15 A-level. Design & technology, graphic production, photography and film studies also offered.
Rugby, cricket compulsory for boys; hockey for girls (up to 16); some 18 additional options including fives, fencing, athletics, basketball, shooting, sailing, canoeing. GCSE, A-level, RLSS exams may be taken. International representatives in cricket and rugby; regional reps in athletics, basketball, fives, judo, fencing; county reps at rugby, cricket, squash, hockey, athletics. Also Duke of Edinburgh Award; CCF; community service. Up to 30 clubs, including astronomy, music, Blundell’s Action (to help the community), sailing, debating, literary, chess, French, World Challenge, rocket club, horse riding.
30% have own study bedroom, 50% share (with 1-3); 20% are in dormitories of 4-6. Houses of 65 approx: 3 boys, 2 girls, plus 1 junior (11-13 year olds), and pre-university house for upper sixth. Pupils can provide and cook own food. Exeats at half-term plus 3 or 4 weekends (Sat 4pm – Sun 9pm). Visits to local town allowed at all ages at housemaster’s discretion.
is run by OB Committee,
R D Blackmore (novelist); Lord (Donald) Stokes (industrialist); Michael Mates MP; Richard Sharp, Clem Thomas, Charles Kent (rugby players); Vic Marks, Hugh Morris (cricketers); Peter Hurford (organist); General Sir John Hackett; General Sir Walter Walker; Christopher Ondaatje; (philanthropist and adventurer); A V Hill (Nobel Prize physiology); Ben Rice (author); Claire Marshall (journalist).