Success for Belper School runners

The School’s cross-country teams enjoyed an excellent set of results at the Amber Valley Cross-Country Championship at Alfreton Park in early November.  Every team finished in the top three and numerous Belper runners finished in the top 12 to make it through to the County Championships in January.
The best team performance came from the Under 14 boys who finished clear winners with 5 runners inside the top 10 positions.  Jack Husselbee led the way for them with a third place finish.
Three of our teams earned runners-up positions:  The Under 12 girls, who were led home by Holly Tempest in 3rd place; the Under 16 girls who were led by Tamsin McGraw in 2nd place and the Under 16 boys, led by Sam Moakes, also in 2nd place. The Under 12 boys and the Under 14 girls also competed strongly and bagged very pleasing 3rd positions in their respective team events.  Holly Bolsover led the Under 14 Belper girls with a 7th place finish, while Lucas Jackson in 11th was the top finisher for the Under 12 boys.
Well done to all involved!

School car parking

We would respectfully remind parents, carers and visitors that the car parking spaces directly in front of the Leisure Centre are designated for Belper Leisure Centre users only, and would ask that they refrain from using these spaces.

Car parking is available on the main car park at the front of school and overflow parking is available at the rear of the school via the access road to the right of the Leisure Centre.

Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November 2015 – Tutor Review

Students are bringing letters home with them with information on Tutor Review Day and how parents/carers can make appointments to see their son/daughter’s tutor.

Copies of these letters can also be downloaded/viewed by clicking on the relevant links below.

Tutor Review Day letter for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
Tutor Review Day letter for Years 12 and 13

Paper copies are also available on request from the School Office.


Post-16 Options Evening – Thursday 5 November 2015

Sixth form website



Our Post-16 Options evening will be held on Thursday 5 November 2015 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and we are extending an invitation, not only to our own Year 11 students and their parents/carers, but also to students currently at other schools who may wish to come and find out more about what we offer here in our Sixth Form.



There will be two sessions (5.30pm and 6.10pm) each starting with a brief presentation.  Following this, students and parents/carers will then have the opportunity to speak to subject staff about the courses available at Post-16 at Belper School and Sixth Form Centre.  Our School Careers Co-ordinator, Eleanor Snape, will also be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

Further information will be sent out shortly to parents/carers of our current Year 11 students.   To assist with arrangements, we would be grateful if parents/carers attend their allocated session according to their son/daughter’s tutor group as follows:

  • Session 1 at 5.30pm for tutor groups 11MIW, 11RRW, 11DAJ and 11ADR
  • Session 2 at 6.10pm for tutor groups 11HFC, 11EMF, 11SZT and 11FMC

Students from other schools, along with their parents/carers, are welcome to join either session.

If you require any additional information or have any questions regarding the evening, please contact our Director of Sixth Form by email to or telephone 01773 825281.

School Open Evening – thank you for visiting

Thank you to everyone who came to visit on our Open Evening on 17 September 2015.

We had record numbers of visitors this year and hope that everyone enjoyed seeing what we do.

As part of Open Evening, our Technology Department launched our very own ‘Great Belper Bake Off’ competition, and many faculties and departments in school put on their aprons and took to their kitchens to produce some extremely creative showstoppers.

Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite and the winner, by just a single vote, was Sarah Holme, our Head of Drama, with her magical ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ cake.


If you did not get the chance to visit us at our Open Evening and would like to do so, or you would like any further information on the school, please contact the School Office on 01773 825281.

Foreign Language Spelling Bee 2015 – Belper School’s success

The Foreign Language Spelling Bee is a competition for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). In the 2015 competition over 74,000 pupils in the nearly 600 schools started the National Competition.

At Belper School all Year 7 students took part in the class competition where they had to learn 50 words in Spanish, German or French and spell as many words as possible in a minute in the foreign language alphabet and punctuation. The two or three tutor group winners then prepared another set of 50 words and we had the school competition in the hall in front of all the year 7 students and tutors. The pressure was on and they all performed brilliantly. Ewan Roberts 7AJM won for French, Alexander Cooke 7SJH won for Spanish, Anya Staton 7HJB won for German with Anya Bramall 7LMW being the highest runner-up and gaining a place.

Belper School's FLSB school competition finalists


On Wednesday 29th April four Year 7 linguists went to Corby Business Academy to represent Belper School in the East Midlands Regional Finals of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee. Belper School students were amongst students from 43 other schools in the region. Over 6000 students in the East Midlands took part in the class competitions and 97 students made it to the regional finals.

Anya Bramall, Anya Staton, Alex Cook and Ewan Roberts

Anya Bramall, Anya Staton, Alex Cooke and Ewan Roberts.

At Corby our students were a credit to the school and competed in the individual language competitions.

Routes into Languages - Spelling Bee @ ARU Cambridge 2015.

Routes into Languages – Spelling Bee @ ARU Cambridge 2015.

There was an outstanding performance from Anya Staton who made it through to the national finals in Cambridge. Anya got down to highest scoring Germanists and came 3rd overall in the regional finals. She went onto represent Belper School at the National Finals on 3rd July in Cambridge and after a very exciting final Anya went on to win by spelling more than 20 words in a minute! Well done to all our Year 7s who took part in the Foreign Language Spelling Bee and a big congratulations to Anya Staton.

Johanna Johnson, Spelling Bee Co ordinator

Belper School transformed for Arabian Nights!

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June saw school transformed for our latest drama performance, Arabian Nights.

The audience meandered through a bustling bazaar before taking their seats for the performance, and during the interval had chance to taste the delights of authentic arabian food prepared and served by our Year 10 Hospitality and Catering students.

The production itself was mesmerising with superb performances by all those on stage, ably backed up by a very hard-working backstage team.


Student success in BBC ‘Little Painting Challenge’

We were very proud to learn that Caitlin Dolby, one of our Year 12 students, succeeded in being shortlisted from 29,000 entries to the final 1,000 in the BBC Little Painting Challenge, a competition launched to accompany the recent BBC Big Painting Challenge series.

Caitlin’s entry is currently on display in The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, as part of a showcase of the entries.

Many congratulations Caitlin!

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For more information on the exhibition, click the link below ….

County Cup successes

An update on some wonderful successes in two County Cup competitions on the 28th April.

The Under 13 Girls’ Football team travelled to Broomfield College and won their match on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Anthony Gell School.  Belper fell behind early in the second half but equalised straight away through a brilliant solo effort.  Our girls hit the post near the end of extra-time and were denied by a good save from the Anthony Gell School keeper.  So to penalties and a faultless display from our girls. A great save from our keeper, leaving our striker to net the winning spot kick for a 5-3 shootout victory!

Meanwhile, the Under 15 Boys’ Basketball side travelled to Anthony Gell School (neutral venue) where they faced perennial champions West Park School (from Spondon, Derby).  West Park edged ahead early on in a very low scoring encounter. Belper stuck to their game plan and were tenacious in their efforts against their more experienced opponents.  The game stayed close throughout but Belper gradually moved in front.  The lead peaked at 9 points early in the fourth before West Park began to claw it back.  With two minutes to play, the lead was down to just four at 35-31. Belper were able to raise their game one last time and held West Park scoreless for the remainder. Two late baskets made the game safe at 39-31. A fantastic effort with six different players on the scoresheet and the full squad of ten boys all getting a good share of the court time.

– Head of PE Faculty

Student success at Alan Turing Cryptography Competition

Three teams from Belper School and Sixth Form Centre recently took part in the 2015 Manchester University Alan Turing Cryptography Competition.

We are delighted to announce that Team “Abstract” achieved second place overall in the competition. They also have the distinction of being the first team nationally to have solved the final round.

In addition, Team “Quomodo” achieved third place overall.

This is a popular national competition, and at the start of the challenge there were some 1000 teams, so to have achieved second and third place respectively is an incredible accomplishment.

Teams Abstract and Quomodo have both been invited to a prize-giving ceremony and lunch at Manchester University on the 29th April.

Further details on the competition, along with the leaderboard, can be found here:

Huge congratulations to all the students who took part, and also to teacher John Speight who organised the school’s entry into the competition.