Year 6 Parents’ Meeting – Monday 29 June 2015

We are looking forward to meeting the parents/carers of our new students starting with us in September this year, who have been invited to attend our Year 6 Parents Meeting this evening.

Please note that this is for parents/carers only so there is no need to bring your son/daughter with you on this occasion.  All students will have the opportunity to meet their tutors tomorrow and Wednesday during the transition days.

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.

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Information for parents of Year 11 students

As you are aware, study leave for our current Year 11 students commences officially on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

Normal timetabled lessons will continue until then and, when in school, students should either be in an exam or timetabled lessons. However, to support students in using their time effectively, if they would prefer to use lesson time to study at home, they are now permitted to do so with immediate effect with parental permission. Please write on the inside cover of your son/daughter’s planner stating that you give this permission, as we will need to check this when students request to leave at any time during the school day.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the following subject areas have requested students to continue attending lessons until the end of the school day on Tuesday 9 June 2015 (or they have taken the examination in this subject). These areas are:

Maths, Science, Technology (except Electronics), German, Music, Media, Creative Design and Humanities

Students attending for examinations only should access the exam hall via the access road around the back of the leisure centre and leave the site immediately after the end of the examination.

Students attending lessons or visiting teaching staff should come in to school via student reception and sign in/out.

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 ….

Arabian Nights – Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June 2015

Tickets are on sale now for our latest Drama production, Arabian Nights.

Arabian Nights  is the story of Scheherazade, the ultimate storyteller.  She shares her amazing stories with the King in order to avoid her death.  Each story is brought to life by our Year 8 and 9 students through a mixture of exciting props and physical theatre.

Tickets are priced £5 for adults and £3 for children, and are available for students to purchase in school at lunchtime, or from the School Office.


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.

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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.

Measles, chicken pox and shingles

At any time we may have a number of students who, because of low immunity to disease, are at risk if they are exposed to measles, chicken pox or shingles. Please let the School Office know immediately if your child is suspected of having any of these conditions.

Your child is not at any risk whatsoever from this situation. However, the health and well-being of students who are at risk, depends on the co-operation of our parents/carers.