Devizes School

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Devizes School
Established 1969
Type Academy (English school)
Head Mr Phil Bevan
Chair of Governors Matt Bywater
Location The Green
SN10 3AG
51°21′02″N 1°59′15″W / 51.35050°N 1.98744°W / 51.35050; -1.98744Coordinates: 51°21′02″N 1°59′15″W / 51.35050°N 1.98744°W / 51.35050; -1.98744
DfE number ???/5411
DfE URN 138630 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,181
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

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.


The school has been awarded specialist Sports College and ICT College status. School enrolment in 2012 was 1,181 students.[1]


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.


Former schools[edit]

The school was formed in 1969 by the merging of the co-educational Devizes Grammar School and the Southbroom Secondary School (a secondary modern school) to form a comprehensive school.


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[2] 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.[3]

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.

Shelley Rudman, the Olympic skeleton silver medallist, worked at the school as a classroom manager.

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.[4][5]

Academic performance[edit]

Outstanding results in A levels and GCSEs in 2012 broke records for the second year running.

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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile". Directgov. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ St Peter's School
  3. ^ "Wiltshire Community History". Wiltshire County Council. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  4. ^ David Evans
  5. ^ Tony Parsons
  6. ^ Sandra Howard

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