Yearly Archives: 2019

Message from Mr Cooper, Headteacher

As I approach the last day as Headteacher of Belper, I find myself reflecting on so many great aspects of my time at the school.  The experiences I have enjoyed and the memories I have created will last a lifetime and I will fondly look back on my time at the school as a very happy period of my life.  Leading a large school like Belper is complex and multi-faceted with many twists and turns every day.  With over 1200 students and over 150 staff there are an unbelievable number of interactions and dynamic situations that can spring up at any point.  All of those people bring different personalities, viewpoints and characters to the daily working practices of a busy school and certainly keeps us on our toes!

I cannot believe how fast these last six years have gone and how many amazing experiences there have been during this time.  When I first joined the school, it was the beginning of a new phase of Belper School’s life and a drive from everyone to make a difference and to move the school forward started.  I hope that as all the people involved in this look back they will be able to reflect that their efforts truly did wake the sleeping giant that Belper School was and helped build very strong foundations for the kick-on in the next phase of development.

There are a tremendous amount of fond memories and achievements that I am extremely proud of – way too many to list here.  I have been, and will continue to, share those memories and magic moments with many people over the next few weeks.  The one thing that I will say here though, is that my proudest and most lasting memory of this fabulous place will be the significant number of happy people who grew, developed and became somebody whilst in our care.  The school, the town and the surrounding villages are very special, and I am humbled and honoured to have been a small cog in this wonderful community.

Mr Cooper

Letter to Year 8 parents/carers

Please click here to see letter regarding a Derbyshire County Council survey which your child will be participating in this week.  If you do not wish your child to participate, please clearly write a note in their planner by Tuesday 9 July latest.

Arrangements for Friday 19 July 2019


Please be aware that Reception and the School Office will be closed from 1.10pm on Friday 19 July 2019.

As in previous years, on the morning of the last day of term students will have a celebration assembly with their year group, and take part in activities arranged by their Head of Year.

The school day will finish at 1.10pm and students will be permitted to leave.  As far as we are aware, school buses will be operating to their normal timetable.  Please check our website regularly for any updates.

For those students unable to leave early, there will be supervised activities until the normal end of the school day at 3.00pm.  These students should report to A6 immediately following afternoon registration.

NOTE: Week commencing Monday 8 July, students will also be asked to clear their lockers and remove their padlocks so we would be grateful if you could please remind your child to ensure that they do this.


Arrangements for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year

Arrangements for students in Year 13

Students in Year 13 need to arrive in school at 1.00pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and report to the Sixth Form area.

Arrangements for students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

School will re-open to students in these years on Wednesday 4 September 2019 when a staggered start will be in operation as follows:

  • Year 7 students need to arrive at 8.40am and line up on the tennis courts (as they will do on the first induction day in July)
  • Year 8 students need to arrive for 8.40am and report to their tutor base
  • Year 9 students need to arrive for 9.20am and line up on the tennis courts
  • Year 10 students need to arrive at 9.20am and report to their tutor base
  • Year 11 students need to arrive for 9.45am and report to their tutor base
  • Year 12 students need arrive for 9.00am and 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 the above times.

Governing Body Vacancies

The Governing Body of Belper School and Sixth Form Centre is seeking nominations for four Co-opted Governor vacancies available from 1 September 2019.

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the governing body, and the School requires that nominees have the desirable governor competencies as adopted by the Governing Body. Meetings usually take place on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm to 8.30pm (six Full Governor meetings plus committee meetings per year).

Further information and a nomination form can be downloaded by clicking here.  Paper copies can also be requested by contacting the School Office either in person or by calling 01773 825281.

If you require any additional information, please contact the Clerk to Governors on 01773 825281.


Headteacher Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Mr Nick Goforth will be the new headteacher with effect from 1 September 2019. There was a good field of candidates comprising existing headteachers and experienced deputies from other schools. Interviews took place over a three-day period by a team of 7 governors, supported by Local Authority advisers, staff and students, culminating in Mr Goforth’s appointment.

Mr Goforth joins us from Hastings High School in Leicestershire, where he has been headteacher for over 7 years, after having taught in a number of other schools in Nottingham.  The governors were impressed by Mr Goforth’s track record of improvements at his existing and previous schools, and by his focus on care and excellence for students, his drive and commitment, and his desire to take the school forward building on its current success.

I am sure you will join us in welcoming Mr Goforth to Belper School in September and give him your full support as he starts his new role.

Alan Eccleston
Chair of Governors, Belper School and Sixth Form Centre

Headteacher Interview process


The interviews for the Headteacher position will be taking place in school on Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May 2019.

Please note that the School Office will close at 3.05pm on Tuesday 21 May 2019.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Changes to Trent Barton’s ‘Sevens’ service from Monday 13 May to Friday 28 June 2019

We have been notified by a member of the public that there are signs in the Holbrook area regarding changes to the Trent Barton Sevens services over the coming weeks.  The signs state that from Monday 13 May to Friday 28 June 2019, the Sevens service will no longer be stopping at Southfield House, Autism Centre, Holbrook Church and Spotted Cow.  This will affect the 7.1 service which some of our students use.