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 three years our results have been well above national and local averages on all key indicators, with 70% of our students in summer 2014 achieving at least 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths. More details of our 2014 results are available here.
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.
On Tuesday 2nd December, Astronomy pupils from Year 9 and 10 will be taking part in the annual Schools Moonwatch night. We would also like to extend this invite to pupils and parents from our local primary schools and pupils and their parents from years 7 and 8 who maybe thinking of studying GCSE Astronomy in the future.
Weather permitting, the event will run from 5pm until 7pm and will provide both pupils and parents the opportunity to view the moon with its mountains and craters, and Jupiter though a telescope. We will have a variety of telescopes set up and staff and astronomy students will be on-hand to tell you more about what you can see, including the craters, mountains and lunar landing sites. Pupils will also have the chance to do some moon drawings and astrophotography.
Christmas Shopping Night
This popular event, organised by the Learning Support Department, will be held in school on Thursday 20th November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.
Tickets are available on the door, priced £2 for adults (children free) to include festive refreshments.
There will be over 40 stalls (some brand new to us this year!) offering a wide range of high quality arts, crafts and gifts. (Cash or cheque payment is preferred by most stallholders.)
This is a lovely sociable event for the school and local community and each year raises a lot of money for cancer charities in the area and for resources to help enhance the education of our children.
Please support the evening and tell all your family and friends about it - we look forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks in anticipation, Mrs Featherstone (Learning Support Teacher and Event Coordinator).
Cambridge University trip
On the 13th November, 13 of our Year 9 Astronomy pupils were invited to Cambridge University to spend the day experiencing what life is like at an Oxbridge University.