About Us

We are a caring, friendly and inclusive school, providing students with an exceptional foundation for further study, training and employment.  We are proud of our well above average progression rates to successful post-16 education, and equally proud of the feedback post-16 providers give us on the qualities of our former students.

We believe that our role is to challenge young people to fulfil their potential both in the classroom and through a wide range of extra-curricular activities.  We want them to leave us with superb qualifications, great communication skills and the self-confidence, vision and understanding to be successful and happy in a rapidly changing world.

Our approach to opening students’ eyes to the possibilities ahead of them is perhaps unusual in an 11 to 16 school; we take students to experience universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, to a range of sixth form colleges, to apprenticeship providers and to employers.  We plan not just to college entry but also to university entry for those considering it.  This has all become a bit more challenging during the pandemic, but as things return to normal, we are again planning these experiences for students.

School is, of course, about so much more than classroom learning and here students can experience clubs ranging from football, netball and athletics to Warhammer and chess.  They can perform on stage in shows and play music in bands and orchestras.  In typical non-pandemic years, we have groups in Poland studying the Holocaust, in France, Germany or Spain learning languages, and at CERN in Geneva exploring the physics of the Large Hadron Collider.  Our sports teams reach many Derbyshire finals, and we have recently competed in the English Schools’ Fell Running finals and the English Schools’ Cross Country Finals.  We frequently top Derbyshire leagues for both participation in sport and competition success.

All of our students based in Learning Support have a chance to experience a residential trip.  We currently have adventurous activity trips planned to the Isle of Wight and to the Lake District.

The links from this page give you access to reports about our work that we are required to publish.  Our latest Ofsted report, from May 2019, gives a very fair reflection of the work that we do.

Simon Grieves, Headteacher.


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