How to apply

If your son/daughter wishes to be considered for a place in Year 7 from September 2018, please:

  • Apply on-line
  • If you live outside Dorset, you should apply via your own Local Authority (e.g. Somerset residents should apply through Somerset County Council), so please contact them in the first instance. Further information is available via Dorset County Council on 01305 221060.

Parents have a right to appeal against the decision not to offer their child a place at The Gryphon School. If you wish to appeal you can download a form which can be found at under frequently asked questions. Alternatively, you can obtain one by contacting School Admissions.

If you wish your child’s name to be considered should any places become available, write to School Admissions, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ. Please note the waiting list will be held until the end of December each year preceding that of school entry and after that you will need to contact the caseworker to discuss your options on 01305 221060 or via

Admission confirmation will be sent to you direct from County Hall.

Our Admissions Policy follows that of Dorset County Council.

The Admissions Policy for 2017-18 can be found below:

Admissions Policy 2017-18Download

Published Admission Number (PAN): 240

During the Year:

If you have a son/daughter who wishes to join the school during the course of the academic year, please apply online through or contact Vickie Street at County Hall on 01305 228509 to request the relevant forms. Contact The Gryphon School to discuss the admission process with one of our Senior Teachers and to arrange a visit.

Sixth Form:

If your son/daughter wishes to join the Sixth Form in September 2018, please see our applications process on the Sixth Form section of the website.

Year 6 Induction Process

To enable a smooth transition from primary school there are a number of key activities that take place, these include:

  • Contact is made by Debbie Alexander, Transition Support Manager, with all primary schools and information is shared with her by the primary schools SEN coordinator and class teacher. This could include highlighting a student with a particular talent in music, sport or maths through to students who do not work well together or need additional support.
  •  A visit is made to all of our larger partner primary schools where students will be given an introduction to the school and will have the opportunity to name students they would like to be in a tutor group with.
  • An extra induction day is held for students who might be the only student from their school coming to The Gryphon. Students will get to make new friends and will be asked who they would like to be in a tutor group with.
  • Parent’s evenings are held which gives parents / carers the opportunity to let the school know any information about their child which will help when setting up the tutor groups. Please do share any information about your son / daughter at this point however trivial you may feel it is. It is very difficult to change tutor groups once they have been set up so the more information we have in advance the better.
  • The school will then use all of the information gathered above to form the tutor groups. Although we do our best to place students with one of the names they have requested this is not always possible and we stress this to students when we meet with them.
  • All students will then attend an Induction Day at The Gryphon where they will meet their new tutor and experience a variety of lessons. In the evening there will be a tutor evening which allow parents to meet their child’s tutor.


  • Extra Induction Day (by invitation only):  5 June 2018
  • Year 6 Induction Day: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
  • Parent Information Evenings: 4 and 5 June 2018
  • Meet the Tutor Evening: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
The Gryphon School - Facebook 19 Feb

We’re hiring! Our latest vacancies include:
– Teacher of Economics
– Teacher of Psychology
– Head of Computer Science
– Head of Digital Learning (Maternity Cover)
– Teacher of Computing (Maternity Cover)
– Library Assistant (part-time)

Find out more:

The Gryphon School - Facebook 19 Feb

Join us for our annual PTA quiz – a fun night out featuring:

Ploughman’s Platter
Licensed Bar

Tickets £5 per person in advance £6 on the door
Buy your tickets early as we sell out every year!

If you are not part of a team, please return your reply slip to
reception and we will help to join individuals together to form teams of 8.

Due to licencing laws all drinks must be purchased on the premises.

The Gryphon School - Facebook 24 Jan

Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm