Dallam School

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Dallam School
Motto Learning for all, learning for life
Established 1984
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr. William Bancroft
Assistant Headteachers Mr Richard Doyle, Mr. Duncan Pearce, Mr. John Watton
Location Haverflatts Lane
54°13′43″N 2°46′07″W / 54.22868°N 2.76851°W / 54.22868; -2.76851Coordinates: 54°13′43″N 2°46′07″W / 54.22868°N 2.76851°W / 54.22868; -2.76851
DfE URN 112432 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students ~950
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.dallam.eu

Dallam School is a mixed, 11-18 secondary school with academy status, located in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, England. The school holds specialist Language College status.


The school was founded in 1984 through the merger of Heversham Grammar School and Milnthorpe Secondary School. Heversham School was founded and endowed on 24 January 1619/20,[1] by Edward Wilson, Kt (1557-1653), of Nether Levens, who also owned Heversham Hall.[2] It occupied the site known in recent years as Old School, above and behind the village church, on Heversham Head. The building is now a private house. The present ivy-clad Boarding House and Big School (formerly the school hall) date from the 1890s.

A crater on the moon – the Whewell (crater) – is named after a Heversham old boy, the distinguished polymath William Whewell (1794–1866). Whewell's influence extends to our everyday language: he coined the words physicist and scientist.

Charles Darwin chose a quote by Whewell as the very first words to appear in the first (1859) edition of The Origin Of Species.

After occupying many different buildings around the village, Milnthorpe Secondary School moved to its current location, complete with Community Centre, in 1968.

The current headteacher is Mr William Bancroft.

Dallam is a boarding school, the boarding house being on a separate site from that of the main school.

In 2010, the school brought the PE department down from the Heversham site with an all-weather astroturf pitch.

Sixth form[edit]

Dallam School has a rather large sixth form, which offers both A-levels and the IB (International Baccalaureate). The A levels available:- - Art - Biology - Business Studies - Chemistry - Drama - English - EPQ - Geography - History - ICT - Maths - Media - Outdoor Education - PE - Philosophy - Physics - Psychology - Travel and Tourism

The subjects available at IB are as follows:

Group 1 Studies in Language English A, German A, Italian A

Group 2 Language Acquisition English B, French B, German B, Spanish B, Spanish Ab Initio, Italian Ab Initio

Group 3 Individuals and Societies Business and Management, Geography, Philosophy, Psychology, History

Group 4 Experimental Sciences Design and Technology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics

Group 5 Mathematics and Computer Science Maths including Maths Standard, Maths Studies and Further Maths

Group 6 The Arts Art, Music, Theatre Arts

It is also possible to take an IBCC (IB Career-related Certificate), which can include Outdoor Pursuits (BTEC Level 3), Health & Social Care (BTEC Level 3), or Travel & Tourism (Applied A level) as the vocational element.

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  1. ^ House of Commons, Reports from Commissioners, 1867-68, 'Schools Inquiry Commission,' v.XIX (London, 1869), pp.348-351.
  2. ^ R Percival Brown, Edward Wilson of Nether Levens (1557-1653) and his kin (Kendal, 1930).