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Enrichment Programme

Our small classes ensure staff have time to spend with each individual pupil, understanding and responding to their particular needs.

We know that our pupils have different strengths, and we take great care in finding ways to build on these strengths during class time. Alongside this, we have a unique, structured enrichment programme that runs through the school.

In Years 7 and 8, our School House pupils take part in our “Roots and Wings” academic enrichment programme on Wednesday afternoons. There are a huge variety of activities and learning on offer throughout the year, covering everything from STEM challenges to gardening. Without the constraint of timetabled lessons, pupils are able to experience a wide range of activities. These range from operating World War II Enigma machines under the watchful eyes of knowledgeable cryptographers to making BBC News reports to learn about “Fake News” via hands-on learning with a visiting biologist and various creatures to environmental and social lectures from nationally acclaimed experts. During these sessions, our aim is for all the pupils to find at least one thing each term that absolutely inspires them.

In Years 9-11 our pupils can join our “Phoenix Society”; this is a society for the intellectually curious, and is open to all who are interested in extending themselves. Pupils have a wide variety of different experiences, from visiting Hinkley Point power station to the Houses of Parliament. Here the pupils involved can follow their passion and trips are often organised to fill the needs of a pupil or a group of pupils.

In Years 11-13 our enrichment programme runs on a Friday after school where the pupils have a range of compulsory and optional talks. These are delivered by members of staff or outside speakers to challenge and inspire our pupils. Some are compulsory and some optional, and it is expected that pupils seize the opportunities on offer, and try something new.

Alongside this we have a regular programme of stretching our most able; pupils who have an academic scholarship are invited to evenings where they are cerebrally challenged, as well as scholars’ lunches, where they get to mix with like-minded pupils and have a lecture from an invited expert in a particular field.

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St Joseph's Rugby Festival

Blundell's at St Joseph's Rugby Festival!

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Provisional Choral Scholarships from Somerville College, Oxford

A huge congratulations to Jack and Finn for receiving provisional Choral Scholarship from Somerville College, Oxford.

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Foyle Young Poet of the Year

Congratulations to Freya (Y13) who has won the prestigious award for her work!

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Williams Cup 2023

Year 9 took to Haytor on Dartmoor for the 2023 Williams Cup!

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Academic Full Colours

Congratulations to Freya who is the first student of the academic year to be awarded Full Colours.

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First Gold DofE Award of this academic year!

Congratulations to Isobel who has been awarded the first Gold DofE Award of the academic year!

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CCF Royal Marines Summer Camp

Blundell's Royal Marine Cadets attended a summer camp with cadets from schools and units of the CCF RM, the Sea Cadets Corps and the Volunteer Cadet Corps from as far afield as Scotland and London, and, as close as Plymouth.

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Blundell's Rugby stars feature in the Exeter Chiefs Academy

Congratulations to Jamie and Jack on their Rugby success this summer.

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Summer sparkles for Blundell's cricket stars!

Playing on the front foot, Blundell's stars have a summer of cricket success.

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