The school were honoured to win the Derbyshire Active Schools award for 2017 at the Derbyshire Schools’ Sports awards held at Chesterfield. The award recognises our commitment to increase the number, range and quality of inclusive opportunities so more young people can take part in school festivals and competitions. The school is so fortunate that we have a large team who work together to support the work of the Physical Education department to provide these sporting opportunities.
Other triumphs of the evening include our boys cross country team who, on top of their superb medal performance at the English Schools fell racing championships, were runners up in the team of the year and Jacob Roberts who won Sportsman of the Year in an out of school sport for his outstanding achievements in kick boxing at national and international level.
We are also proud of our colleagues at Buxworth School who won the Active Schools award at primary level; a great night for the local area.
In order to celebrate National Poetry Day we were delighted to have a very special guest in our library for the day - the award winning and former Derbyshire Poet Laureate Matt Black. Matt worked with some lucky Year 7 and 8 students throughout the day; the students were allowed to ask him questions before he went on to share some of his funnier poems with his audience such as “Toast”, “Grumpy” and ““Ba-aaa-re?” (about a sheep that takes over the world!). Matt then helped the students in crafting their own works. Mrs Dobson, librarian, said, “ The students loved the day and came up with some very original ideas. Everyone went home feeling inspired and with their own notebook to record their future ideas.” We would like to thank the Rosie Ford and the Kitley Trust for their generosity in funding and organising the day.
Students and staff came together today to raise money for MacMillan Cancer. The event was made possible with the support of Mr and Mrs Croasdale who lent their machine for the day and the many cakes made and donated by staff and students. Cakes were judged before sale; Ellie Watkinson won best cake and Mrs Bagshaw best baker.The total raised was over £550. Thanks to Mrs Wightman, Jack Croasdale and the staff and student team who organised the event and to Mrs Anderson who revealed hidden talents as a barista!