Our aim is to give our students the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they need to be happy, successful and safe in their lives. We are determined to do this whilst remaining a friendly, supportive and inclusive school.
In helping you choose a school, we promise to be open, honest and straightforward.
We have a ten-year track record of above average results and ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted.
The school is a calm and happy place. We are one of the very few Derbyshire Schools to be graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for behaviour and well-being. This is a reflection of our strong pastoral systems.
Local further education colleges love our students because of their attitudes and skills. Despite our rural location, we have superb progression rates, well above national average, to further education and apprenticeships.
We offer students the chance to take more GCSE options than most other schools. We also offer a wider range of GCSE option subjects than many other schools.
We continue to value the arts subjects, which are in decline nationally, having strong provision for music, art and drama.
Students are offered a wide range of enrichment activities and trips.
Above all, students and staff enjoy being at school.
Our normal admission area includes Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge and Taxal, but we have always taken some students from outside of this area. Students from Glossop, Hayfield and Buxton attend our school.
Our planned admission number in a normal year is 185.
We know that choosing a secondary school for your child is an important decision and can feel challenging and at times confusing. You will want to find the school that best meets your child’s needs. We aim to make that process as straightforward as we can. If you are considering applying for a place for your child, we would suggest that you:
If you are choosing a school for your child for September 2023, or if you are thinking ahead to future years, we are running Open Days on Tuesday 4th October and Wednesday 5th October 2022. Our Open Evening will be on Tuesday 4th October 2022 starting at 6.30pm. We would love to meet you at one of these events.
Residents of Derbyshire should apply online on the Derbyshire County Council website. If you live outside of Derbyshire, you should apply on your local council’s school admissions website.
Applications cannot be made before 12th September 2022 and the deadline for applications is normally the end of October.
Our school rarely has free places to offer mid-year. If you are moving house into our normal admission area please contact us and we will talk to you about the options available.
We are sometimes contacted by parents who want to move their child because of problems at their current school. We would strongly advise against such moves. Our experience is that it is almost always better to resolve issues in the current school, where your child has a support network, than move schools. Moving school is a serious disruption to a child’s education and quite often sets them back in their learning. For older children the curriculum is unlikely to match and a move will probably result in them being able to take fewer GCSEs.
Before considering a move of school in these circumstances, we would expect you to have met with the headteacher, or a member of senior staff in the current school to try to resolve any issues before considering a move. All of our local schools are good schools; they will be able to support you in resolving any issues. We always contact the headteacher of a school a child is moving from when we receive in-year admission requests.
If you have any questions about any of this information please feel free to get in touch.