|Type||Academy (English school)|
|Head||Mr Phil Bevan|
|Chair of Governors||Matt Bywater|
|DfE URN||138630 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
Devizes School is a mixed comprehensive school in Devizes, Wiltshire, England, for young people aged 11 to 18. The school is situated in the centre of the town, next to the Leisure Centre, between the A342 and A360. Since September 2012, the school has been an academy.The school is the only Secondary School in the town of Devizes and it also serves many surrounding villages. Built around Georgian Southbroom House, the school now comprises additional teaching blocks of a more modern style set within its own sports fields. In May 2013, the sixth form moved into their new, enlarged Sixth Form Centre. Ofsted has graded the school Good in each of the past four visits, the latest in 2015. Mr Phil Bevan was appointed head teacher in April 2016 and the school became a member of The White Horse Federation in February 2017.
Devizes School has a house system comprising four houses, of which each student, Year 7–13 belongs to: Gandhi, King, Mandela and Teresa.
Each house is named after a historical figure who worked towards understanding using peaceful methods. The names of the houses were selected by a vote. Each house has its own house colour - Gandhi is green, King is blue, Teresa is red and Mandela is yellow.
The new school used the Southbroom site, based around Southbroom House, due to the availability of space, It was cheap and the Grammar School Lower School was taken over by St. Peter's School with the Upper School Braeside becoming a residential education centre. The Southbroom buildings were enlarged and by January 1973 there were 1,373 pupils on the school roll. Further new buildings have been erected and in 2002 there were 1,065 pupils with a sixth form of around 150.
On 8 August 1990, the Queen attended the school to open the swimming pool at the adjacent Devizes Leisure Centre, when the headmaster was Colin Isted.
In February 2005, a 52-year-old builder, David Evans, was taunted by some teenage boys at the school. He confronted two of them, pushing two of them. Next day the teenage boys reported him to their headmaster, Malcolm Irons, who reported him to the police. Next day Mr Evans hanged himself.
At A level 52% of the grades were A*-B and 81% were grades A-C
At GCSE level, 75% of year 11 students achieved 5+ A*-C grades and 61% achieved 5+ A*-C including English and mathematics.
Devizes Grammar School
- Prof Malcolm Reginald Godden, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon since 1991 at the University of Oxford
- Sandra Howard, wife of Michael Howard (briefly)
- William Saunders (politician), Liberal MP from 1885-6 for Kingston upon Hull East, and from 1892-5 for Newington Walworth
- Dauntsey's School, nearby private school