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Shaftesbury School

Coordinates: 51°0′7″N 2°11′19″W / 51.00194°N 2.18861°W / 51.00194; -2.18861
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Shaftesbury School
Salisbury Road

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day & boarding school
MottoAspiration, Action, Achievement
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1718; 306 years ago (1718)
Department for Education URN140898 Tables
HeadteacherDonna London-Hill[1]
Age11 to 18[1]
Enrolment960 as of February 2021[1]
HousesDuncliffe, Gold, Hambledon, Melbury
Colour(s)  Green

Shaftesbury School is a coeducational secondary day and boarding school located in Shaftesbury in the English county of Dorset.[2]

Previously a voluntary controlled Church of England school administered by the Diocese of Salisbury and Dorset County Council,[3] The school converted to academy status under the Diocese of Salisbury in June 2014. The origins of the school date back to 1718 when the original ‘Blue Coat School’ was founded in Shaftesbury,[4] and the school has offered boarding since 1898. It is one of only thirty-nine state boarding schools in England.[5]

The school currently has around a thousand students who each belong to one of four houses. Melbury (Green), Duncliffe (Red), Hambledon (Blue) and Gold (Yellow). The boarding house underwent a £3 million refurbishment and expansion in 2012 and now has over one hundred students from around the world.

Shaftesbury School offers GCSEs, and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils. Shaftesbury School's sixth form provision has links to Sturminster Newton High School in Sturminster Newton, and students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A Levels and further BTECs on two sites.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Shaftesbury School". Get information about schools. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Home". Shaftesbury School. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Christian Ethos". Shaftesbury School. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  4. ^ "The Shaftesbury Foundation".
  5. ^ "Barton Hill House". Shaftesbury School. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  6. ^ "About the Sixth Form". Shaftesbury School. Retrieved 19 April 2014.

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