Yearly Archives: 2019

Open Evening

Our annual year 5 / 6 open evening is coming up soon on Thursday 19th September at 5.30pm – 730pm. There will be opportunities to meet with staff, find out more about our school and meet our new Headteacher, Nick Goforth. His presentation will be at 5.45pm in the main hall, repeated at 6.45pm.

We look forward to meeting you!

Governing Body Vacancies

The Governing Body of Belper School and Sixth Form Centre is seeking nominations for two Co-opted Governor vacancies.

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.  The closing date for receipt of completed nomination forms is 12.00 noon on Friday 18 October 2019.

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


Derbyshire Skills Festival 2019

Belper School recommends a visit to Derbyshire Skills Festival 2019 which takes place at Derby Arena on Wednesday 25 September and Thursday 26 September 2019. This event is particularly relevant for students in year 11 as it highlights a wide range of learning opportunities.  It is also a great place to start to gather information about future options available after completing year 11.

Welcome to Belper!

I hope everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. The weather has been a bit mixed but at least there has been some warm sunshine. I’m really looking forward to starting the new term soon and have been working hard over the summer to prepare thoroughly. I have been in school over the holidays and everything is looking great.

I want to congratulate our year 11 and 13 students who achieved some fantastic record breaking exam results in August. All their hard work has paid off!

Students return to school at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd for year 13, Wednesday 4th for years 7 to 11 and Thursday 5th for year 12. The timings and full details are listed below.

See you soon!

Nick Goforth

Exam Success – Congratulations to the Year 11 Cohort of 2019!

A huge well done to the class of 2019 who have achieved some excellent exam results and continued the year on year improvements in outcomes!  There are a vast number of success stories for individuals and for Faculties that we are tremendously proud of.  Attainment 8 has risen to 49.58, EBACC average point score improved to 4.45 and the number of 5+ in English and Maths has increased to 49%.  Go Belper!!

Change to 71 bus service operated by Notts & Derby Buses

Please be aware that from 2 September, the 71 bus service will be operating to a new timetable with changes to the morning service which our students use to come in to school.  The 08:00 service from Derby will now call at the following stops at the times detailed below:

Coxbench, Fox and Hounds  08:15

Holbrook, Spotted Cow  08:20

Bargate, White Hart  08:24

Openwoodgate, Hop Inn  08:28

Pottery School  08:31

To view a copy of the full timetable, please click on the link below …

71 bus service timtable from 2 September 2019

A Level Results 2019 – Well Done Class of 2019!

Belper School would like to congratulate all the 2019 cohort who have achieved some smashing results across a number of subjects.  A number of measures are up on last year’s pleasing results and there have been some notable individual achievements, which have enabled students to successfully go on to the next stage in their life.  We are delighted that their efforts and commitment are enabling them to fulfill their dreams and ambitions.  We are proud of you!

Results Days

School will be open from 9.00am until 11.00am on Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 August 2019 for collection of examination results.  Could students please ensure that they bring some form of ID with them.  Any results not collected on the day will be posted to the student’s home address.

If students wish someone else to collect their results on their behalf, they will need to provide that person with a letter authorising them do do this.  The person collecting the results will need to bring some form of ID with them which identifies them as the person named in the letter.

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.