Woodroffe School

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The Woodroffe School
Mottoes Alma Mater
Established 1932
Type Foundation school
Headmaster Dr Richard Steward Esq.
Founder Alban J. Woodroffe, MBE, JP
Location Uplyme Road
Lyme Regis
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Local authority Dorset
DfE URN 113901 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 100
Students 1,059
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours      Blue
     Light Blue
Website The Woodroffe School Website

The Woodroffe School is a comprehensive school in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. It was founded in 1932 by Alban J. Woodroffe, MBE, JP.


The Woodroffe School was the brain-child of Alban J. Woodroffe, MBE, JP, a prominent local landowner and educationalist who, in 1932 supervised the construction of the original building on a magnificent hillside site overlooking the harbour town of Lyme Regis. For the first thirty years the school was a small mixed Grammar School drawing students from a wide rural and coastal area of West Dorset and East Devon. In 1950, a decision was taken to add boarding houses to the school with strong links being formed with Armed Services parents and those working overseas. In 1962 the Grammar School was re-organised into an 11 - 18 mixed Comprehensive School serving two-hundred square miles or so around Lyme Regis. The school continued to take boarders, who were accommodated on three separate sites and in September 1991 became Grant Maintained. Today there are 1000 students on roll (Sixth Form 200) but boarding has been phased out in line with the national decline in demand for places. The school assumed Foundation status in September 1999.

Development between 1999 to 2010

The school retained most of its pre-grammar school facilities until 2010 when the schools swimming pool was closed and a number of former rooms converted into computer 'IT' suites. There were plans drawn up in the late 90's, following the closure of Allhallows, Rousdon, and other private schools in the area due (mainly to declining pupil numbers in these smaller schools) for newer buildings to be established on 'top pitch' but this never came to anything.[1] A number of the former huts on the site have also been upgraded. It was also during this time that the school also received arts college status as well as gaining OFSTED 'Outstanding' status.


  1. Local Lyme News paper, var. circ 1999

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