Welcome to Blundell's School

Brian Jenkins - Former School Master - Blundell's 1965-1992

Brian Jenkins with Andrew Nadolski at a recent eventBrian Jenkins passed away in hospital on the 5th July. Brian will be well known to a number of colleagues, but for those who did not know him, Brian contributed a great deal to Blundell’s over the years.

Brian took up the post of Head of History in 1968, and then went on, with his wife Catherine, to become House parents of North Close in 1973 where they remained for five years. Brian became Blundell’s first ever Director of Studies in 1976. Brian and Catherine were devoted parents who saw their three sons, Noel, Rowan and Linton safely through their schooldays at Blundell’s and on to distinguished careers. Finally, in 1991, Brian retired from Blundell’s, after 25 years of service. This was certainly not the end of JBJ’s working life: he was a Trustee of the Tiverton Museum, a founder-member of the Standing Committee for Devon History and of the Tiverton Civic Society, and a much-lauded W.E.A. tutor, and author. In the realm of music he was a talented church organist and pianist, but, most of all, he was a very great friend to many and great fun to be with.

His funeral will be held on Thursday 3rd August at 2.30pm in St Matthews Church, Butterleigh. Please could you let Amber Oliver know if you hope to be able to attend by Thursday 27th July, by emailing a.oliver@blundells.org, or telephoning on 07825 734440, to assist with the parking and catering requirements. There will be a small private family cremation in the morning, to which all are welcome; please no black clothes, Catherine and family intend the thanksgiving service to be upbeat and a chance for all to remember Brian.

Introduction

Welcome to the Blundell's School website. We trust that you will find it informative and interesting. Blundell's is a co-educational independent school for pupils from ages 11 to 18. The school has 570 pupils, of whom 205 are Full/Weekly boarders and 175 are Flexi boarders. We believe that a personal visit is invaluable, so we hope our website will encourage you to contact our Registrars in order to gain a prospectus and to arrange for a personalised tour: there really is only one way to fully appreciate the lovely grounds and excellent facilities and also to understand the very happy and fulfilling all-round education being enjoyed by so many Blundellians today.

Blundell’s is a co-educational independent school for full, weekly and flexi boarding and day pupils from ages 11 to 18. The school combines strong academic achievement and excellent facilities with the best pastoral care: the welfare and happiness of our pupils is a top priority. The deep and enduring friendships formed at Blundell’s, fostered by the school’s fantastic community spirit, together with the intellectual, physical and cultural interests they develop here, provide our pupils with skills for life.

This website can only give you a taste of Blundell’s. A personal visit is invaluable so please contact our Registrars to arrange a visit, when you can meet our pupils and staff and find out more about the happy and fulfilling all-round education which Blundellians enjoy.

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ISI Reports

All independent schools have a full qualitative inspection every six years carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and a compliance inspection every three years. Blundell’s was inspected for compliance by an ISI team in March 2016 who were completely satisfied that the School met all the standards set by the Department for Education. A full inspection took place in 2013 and the report concluded that the School is ‘highly successful in achieving its aims’ with pupils experiencing ‘a wide-ranging education, based on an excellent curriculum’ and that the pupils' personal development and attitudes towards learning are excellent.

Please read both reports together with comments from the Chairman of the Governors and the Head.

Good Schools Guide

The Good Schools Guide view of Blundell’s: ‘Ancient and distinguished Devon institution preserving traditional values and feel, yet turning out considerate and balanced young people all set for careers across the globe.’ Please read the report in full.