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The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre

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Established 1957 (1957)
Type Academy
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Mr David Pover

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DfE number 850/5401
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Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The Burgate School (opened in 1957) is an 11-18 academy school. The school is situated in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, and at the current time has approximately 1025 students. The school achieves results above the national average at all levels. GCSE results in 2013 were significantly improved on previous years with 79% of students achieving 5A* - C including English and Mathematics.The school's motto is 'Learning for Life'.

Ofsted inspections

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in January 2013: the inspection report judged the school to be 'good' overall with outstanding features, notably behaviour. [1] The Burgate Sixth Form was recognised separately by Ofsted in 2008 and 2011 as 'outstanding'.[2][3] After a successful grant from the government a new extension was recently added to house up to 310 6th form students. In October 2011 Ofsted undertook a subject inspection of Business Studies, Economics and Enterprise which were found to be 'outstanding'

Tutor groups and houses

Each year group has six tutor groups and each of the tutor groups in the 11-16 school is given a house. These are Redgrave, Holmes, Coe and Thompson, which in turn supplanted a system based on the London 2012 Olympics (house colours were green, yellow, blue & red). Houses compete against each other during the annuals sports day and in interhouse competitions. The school has a wonderful sporting tradition.


The previous headteacher,Mrs Celia Nicholls, first joined the school as a teacher in 1983, from Ansford School, Castle Cary, and became headteacher in 1988. She announced her resignation at the end of the 2009/10 academic year, after that Mr David Pover was appointed as headteacher. [4] Mr Pover joined The Burgate as a newly qualified teacher in 1992.

There are around 80 teachers at the school, four of whom make up the Leadership Team (LT): David Pover (Headteacher), Fiona Bradfield (Deputy Headteacher),Katja Gibson (Assistant Headteacher) and Robin Padfield (Assistant Headteacher).


  • 1957: Founded in January as a secondary modern school, under the name "Fordingbridge County Secondary School". Ralph Labdon, Headteacher
  • 1962: Name changed to "The Burgate County Secondary School".
  • 1967: Ralph Labdon retires and is replaced by David Benfield.
  • 1980: Following county reorganisation into the comprehensive system, the school re-opened in September as "The Burgate School" with comprehensive status.[4]
  • 1981: David Benfield retires as Headteacher, and is replaced by Alan Hollands.
  • 1988: After an extended secondment, Alan Hollands assumes a full-time job at TRIDENT Training Hampshire. He is succeeded by Deputy Head Celia Nicholls. The current Deputy Head, Ian Kirby, also joined the school.
  • 1994: New drama block and science facilities opened by Murray Walker.
  • 1995: New sixth form centre opened by Esther Rantzen and Desmond Wilcox,[5]
  • 2000: Extension to the Sixth Form.
  • 2001: School falls into £1000 debt.
  • 2006: School granted specialist status in Humanities (English, Geography and History).
  • 2007: Mr Pover passes his NPQH.
  • 2008: New Sixth Form building completed and opened by Esther Rantzen.[5]
  • 2011: Academy Status Granted[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ofsted inspection report, 15 and 16 January 2013
  2. ^ Schools named more than once in the Particularly Successful Schools list up to 2003-2004, Ofsted
  3. ^ BBC News education website, 7 January 2005
  4. ^ a b Salisbury Journal, 5 July 2007
  5. ^ a b Salisbury Journal, 3 February 2007

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