Thank you for taking an interest in our school; I hope that our website provides a flavour of the work that we do.
We are a caring, friendly and inclusive school with a fast developing reputation for academic excellence. Our success is founded on a wonderful staff team, a clear focus on learning and a desire to develop high aspirations in our students. We are lucky to work in modern accommodation on an attractive site that provides a superb environment for learning.
Our students are treated as individuals, supported by a strong pastoral system and given access to a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We want our students to leave school with excellent qualifications, high standards of literacy and ambitious plans for the future; above all we want them to have enjoyed school, grown in confidence and to have developed a love of learning.
We aim to match the achievements of the best schools in the country and we are determined to do so without losing the friendly, supportive and inclusive ethos that makes this school so special.
The exam results our students receive demonstrate the impact of our work, for the last four years our results have been well above national and local averages on all key indicators, with 71% of our students in summer 2015 achieving at least 5 A* to C grades including English and maths. More details of our 2015 results are available here. You may also want to use the Ofsted School Data Dashboard to look at the performance of our school or to compare it with other schools.
Admissions to our school are handled by Derbyshire County Council, you can get more details here.
We are always delighted to welcome visitors, please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit or would like further information about any aspect of our work.
“This is an outstanding school” – Ofsted 2016
We are delighted that our latest Ofsted report, published following an inspection in early February, grades the school “outstanding” in all five of the areas that Ofsted examine. The school is now one of only 5 secondary schools in Derbyshire to be judged outstanding and the only one in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.
The report praises the exceptional progress made by students of all abilities, the caring and inclusive ethos and the “high expectations that characterise teaching across the school”. Inspectors found that the school’s work “to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding” and singled out students’ exemplary behaviour, conduct and attitudes. Students were found to be “thriving and enjoying their education”.
The outstanding outcome is a reflection not only of what goes on in our school on a daily basis but recognises also the fantastic support of parents, governors and the wider community, including our partner primary and secondary schools. We would like to thank everyone who supports us for their contribution to this achievement.
If you would like to read the full report it is available here.
Derbyshire County Council funding cuts consultations
The County Council have consultations open currently about cuts to Home School transport and the Aiming High service. These proposed cuts will primarily affect students with additional needs and disabilities and if you have not already done so we would urge you to respond. Further information is available from the DCC website but is difficult to locate so we have added the links below.
Years 8 & 9 Parents Information Evening
The school hosted another very successful series of workshops and presentations to support parents in their understanding of some of the issues faced by young teenagers in school and society.
Copies of the PowerPoint presentations and accompanying handouts are available to download (ZIP).
Admissions for September 2016
Our open days and open evenings this year were very well attended and we hope that our visitors found them useful in helping them to choose a secondary school. If you missed the events, or if you would like to come back and have another look, we are very happy to show parents and year 5 and 6 students around school by appointment. Please contact us if you would like a tour.
Equally, if you have any further questions about school admission, or about our school, please do get in touch.
Out With A Bang!
On Friday 18th March, a group of year seven and eight pupils took a trip to Birmingham's 'Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair' with the Science department.
See the latest newsletter for more details of events.
|Monday 11 April||Inset Day - no students in school.|
|Tuesday 12 April||Students return to school 8.40 am.|
|Thursday 14 April||Year 11 Friendship and Year photographs.
Year 10 Cambridge University trip.
|Saturday 16 April||Year 8 Saturday school starts.|
|Monday 18 April||Teenage Cancer Trust assemblies.|
|Tuesday 19 April||Year 8 & 9 Science RAF Roadshow.|
|Wednesday 20 April||Year 10 Parent Information Evening: 6.30-8.00 pm.|
|Wednesday 27 April||Year 8 Parents Evening: 4.30-7.30 pm
|Thursday 28 April||Junior Maths Challenge.
Instrumental Showcase: 7.00-8.30 pm.
|Monday 2 May||Bank Holiday.|
|Tuesday 3 May||GCSE Drama Showcase 5.00-7.30 pm.|
|Thursday 5 May & Friday 6 May||Year 10 Geography field trips.|
|Thursday 5 May||Art and Technology Exhibition: 6.00-8.00 pm.|
|Tuesday 17 May||Year 10 ‘An Inspector Calls’ theatre trip.|
|Thursday 26 May||Year 10 Sponsored Walk.|
|Friday 27 May||Break up for half term: 3.05 pm.|
Term Dates 2015-16
Autumn Term 1
Wednesday 9th September to Friday 23rd October 2015
Autumn Term 2
Monday 2nd November to Friday 18th December 2015
Inset Day Friday 27th November 2015
Spring Term 1
Tuesday 5th January to Friday 12th February 2016
Spring Term 2
Monday 22nd February to Thursday 24th March 2016
Summer Term 1
Tuesday 12th April to Friday 27th May 2016
Summer Term 2
Monday 6th June to Tuesday 26th July 2016
Inset Days for staff
Monday 7 September 2015
Tuesday 8 September 2015
Friday 27 November 2015
Monday 4 January 2016
Monday 11 April 2016
School Day Timings 2015-16
|3.05||End of school day|