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We believe fundamentally in our boarding ethos. It is why, for instance, all pupils belong to a boarding house, and why we do not have day houses.

Boarding is fundamental to the Blundell’s ethos. All pupils, including day pupils, are attached to a Boarding House, and these Houses quickly become central to a pupil’s life at school. A boarding ethos such as ours brings many benefits, but chief amongst these are the values and social skills imparted in the boarding environment. Skills such as getting on with others, making conversation, and studying independently, for instance, and values such as kindness, inclusivity, integrity, and respect for others. All are vital in helping our pupils grow into adults who will make a positive contribution to the world around them, and all are promoted, learned and honed within the boarding environment.

Basing our pastoral care through the Boarding House system also enables us to provide all pupils with the extensive support network that comes within the boarding environment. The Housemaster or Housemistress is central to this, and they are a key figure in the life of the pupils in their House. Yet they are supported by a wide and diverse team. Tutors help pupils in their day-to-day academic lives, as well as providing an additional sounding board and source of support and advice, while matrons are the ever-present figures within the Houses themselves, always seeming to know what is needed whether that be a cup of tea, an arm-around-the-shoulder, or simply a spare pair of socks.

Finally, of course, boarding is fun! It is not only that pupils get to spend so much time with their friends, enjoying each other’s company while surrounded by wonderful facilities. We also do all we can to enable pupils to make the most of their time as a boarder, and the variety of opportunities, events and trips on offer is enormous. From BBQs and quiz evenings, through outdoor games and activities, all the way to surfing trips and excursions to the South-West’s best towns and cities. The richness of a pupil’s time here at Blundell’s is one of the aspects of the school of which we are most proud, and while we are determined that we help pupils develop into adults who can make a positive impact on the world, we are equally determined that they should have fun while they are doing it.

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Around the World in 80 Minutes

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Oxford University success for Freya!

Congratulations Freya!

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1st XV Semi Final Success

Semi Final Success for Blundell's 1st XV!

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Carol Service at Exeter Cathedral

The Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral has consistently been a highlight on the school calendar, and this year proved to be no exception.

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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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