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 in 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. Small things, like the decision to teach Philosophy and Ethics to all of our students, give them an edge in applications for college and university places.
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, write for a school newspaper, perform on stage in the school show and play music in bands and orchestras. In the last few months we’ve had groups in Poland studying the Holocaust, at CERN in Geneva exploring the physics of the Large Hadron Collider and in Berlin practising German and experiencing the local culture.
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.