We are a caring, friendly and inclusive school, quietly delivering results that are well above national average and which consistently place us as one of the top schools in Derbyshire for student progress. We provide students with an exceptional foundation for further study, training and employment. 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 ahead not just to college entry but to university entry for those considering it.
We were delighted to be graded “outstanding” by Ofsted in March 2016, the first secondary school in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales to receive this grade and one of only four outstanding secondary schools in Derbyshire. In June 2016 Ofsted took the highly unusual step of naming our school in a national press release as one of three secondary schools they considered “bright spots” in the whole of the East Midlands region.
School is, of course, about so much more than classroom learning and here students can experience clubs ranging from rugby, netball and athletics to Warhammer, Latin and astronomy. They can join a debating society, take part in public speaking competitions, perform on stage in the school show and play music in bands and orchestras. In the last year, we have had groups in Poland studying the Holocaust, at CERN in Geneva exploring the physics of the Large Hadron Collider, competing in the English Schools Cross Country Finals, and working as volunteers at the World Para-athletics Championships in London.
We are always delighted to welcome visitors, please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit or would like to learn more about our work.