Last day of term – Friday 24 July 2015

As detailed in our latest newsletter, our Summer Extravaganza will take place on Friday 24 July 2015 and will include a celebratory assembly for each group, where excellent student attendance, individual achievements and contributions to school life will be recognised with the award of certificates and prizes. Students will also participate in fun competitive activities both with their tutor group and students in their year.

The opportunity will be available for students to leave after lunch at 1.10pm. Please note that school transport will be running at normal times, so if you would prefer your son/daughter to remain in school, they will need to report to A6 at 1.10pm. For these students there will be supervised showing of films until the normal end of the school day at 3.00pm.

School will be closed to students throughout the holiday and will re-open to students on Wednesday 9 September 2015 when a staggered start to the school year will operate as follows:

• Year 7 and 8 students need to arrive by 8.40am – report to tutor base

• Year 9 and 10 students need to arrive by 9.50am – report to tutor base

• Year 11 students need to arrive by 10.30am – report to tutor base

• Year 12 students need to arrive by 10.00am and should report to the sixth form area

• Year 13 students need to arrive by 11.15am.and should report to the sixth form area

Important: Any students arriving in school earlier due to transport reasons should report to SR1 where they will be supervised until it is time to go to tutor bases.

Important Message

RESOLVED – 14:35 16/07/2015

The issues which necessitated the school closure have now all been resolved, therefore, SCHOOL WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY 17 JULY 2015.

Cleaning team please report as normal for this evening’s shift.


UPDATE – 13:56 16/07/2015

Governors’ P&F meeting will still go ahead as planned this evening.


UPDATE – 09:50 16/07/2015

School will be closing shortly due to safety reasons following a problem with the sewerage system in the local area.  Updates will be posted on the website when new information becomes available.


ORIGINAL MESSAGE – 09:00 16/07/2015

We are currently experiencing issues with water in school. All students will be staying in their Tutor Bases whilst we assess the situation and look to re-room lessons. We will update this notice as and when new information is available. At present, the school remains open.

Information being sent home Monday 13 July 2015

Our latest school newsletter is being sent home with students today, along with a copy of our latest review magazine.   In the newsletter is information about the last day of term and also our staggered start times for the first day back in the Autumn term.  If your copy doesn’t reach you, you can click on the link below to view/download the newsletter.


Our Year 7 students going on the Disneyland Paris trip will also be bringing home an important letter, giving information on the final arrangements for their visit.  Any Year 7 parents not receiving a copy can request one by calling the School Office or emailing


Enrichment activities run next week, and information on timings and where students need to meet can be viewed/downloaded by clicking the link below.


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.

– Head of PE Faculty