Last day of half-term – Friday 23 March 2018

On the last day of this half-term, Friday 23 March 2018, students will spend the morning in lessons as timetabled.

The school day will finish at 1.10pm, following afternoon registration, and students will be permitted to leave.  At present, school buses will be operating their normal timetable so for those students unable to leave early, there will be supervised activities until the normal end of the school day at 3.00pm.  An update on bus services will be posted here on our website and on Twitter nearer the date.

Students returning to school following an injury or operation

Please note that at least 24 hours’ notice must be given to school if your child has had an injury/operation and is planning to return to school on crutches, with a sling/cast or in a wheelchair.

We will then contact you to arrange a meeting between yourselves, your child and school to ensure that we have the opportunity to …

  • assess your child’s requirements and make arrangements for them to safely access the necessary areas in school during lesson and social time
  • discuss with you any aspects of the curriculum they are unable to participate in for the period of their recovery (such as PE or Drama) and make alternative arrangements for them to study/be supervised as appropriate
  • ascertain whether your child requires any medication/pain relief whilst at school and complete the appropriate documentation
  • ensure your child is aware of what action they need to take in the event of an emergency

As students will not be able to return to school until this meeting has taken place, we would appreciate parents/carers’ assistance by giving us as much notice as possible.


Separated Parents’ Policy

We have recently updated our Separated Parents Policy in accordance with revised guidance from Derbyshire County Council, and with effect from Thursday 1 February 2018, we will no longer routinely send out correspondence to parents/carers not at the student’s home address.  All those affected have been written to.  You can view/download the letter by clicking here.

To view our Separated Parents’ Policy, click here.

Parent Portal and student reports

The latest progress reports for students are now available to view via the Parent Portal.  To can access this online via the Parents Link tab (under Services) on our school website or  directly at

The next reports will be available on the Parent Portal as follows:

Monday 19 March 2018 from 5pm (all years)

Monday 16 July 2018 from 5pm (Years 7-10 and Year 12)

If you do not have access to Parent Portal then please contact the School Office who can send you an application pack or click here to download a copy.  Completed forms should be returned to the School Office who will then arrange for your username and password to be posted to you.  If you have more than one child in school then their data can usually be accessed with just one account.  If you do not have Internet access available to you then we have a dedicated computer terminal located in visitor reception which you can use to access Parent Portal.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you are unable to make use of our online reporting system and will be happy to make an alternative arrangement for you to access your child’s termly report.


Governors’ Statement regarding uniform

As agreed the governors have reviewed the school dress policy this year. We have considered the main areas raised by parents, students, staff and other members of the community.

The governors have concluded that we will retain the current dress code and a school uniform will not be introduced. There are no plans to revisit this decision for the foreseeable future.

The full statement is available by clicking below …

Governors' Statement regarding uniform


PE lessons – rules regarding piercings

Please note that all visible piercings must be removed for PE lessons.  The only exception that can be made is for newly pierced ears which may be taped over in the first 6 weeks for non-contact activities.  Thereafter they must be removed. Students are required to provide their own tape. 

Students and parents/carers are asked to bear these rules in mind when considering new piercings. 

To view our PE Kit requirements and Faculty guidance document, please click here.