About Us

We are a caring, friendly and inclusive school, quietly delivering results that are well above national average. 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 not just to college entry but also to university entry for those considering it.

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, chess and astronomy. They can join a debating society, take part in local and national 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 fell running finals, and working as volunteers at Castleton visitor centre.

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.

Simon Grieves, Headteacher.

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