I feel tremendously proud and privileged to introduce myself as the Headteacher of Belper School and Sixth Form Centre. As some parents are aware, my family originate from the town and I have always lived locally, so am delighted that I have the honour to lead the school as we strive to build on some of the excellent success stories of past years and work hard to move to the next stage and realise our vision of being outstanding in all aspects.
Since I have been Headteacher I have been amazed with the calibre of the students and staff and extremely impressed with the quality of relationships, the diversity and richness of learning opportunities and the passion and commitment of staff to deliver the very highest standards of education.
As Headteacher I have extremely high standards and expectations of myself, the staff and the students. This involves all aspects of school life from effort, work-rate and ethos to conduct, behaviour and manners. There is a strong focus on the climate for learning within school and an emphasis on fundamental elements of learning and achievement. The rewards system aims to recognise the achievements and success of students and to motivate and inspire them. In addition, for those students who fail to meet the expectations of the school and interrupt the learning experience for others, there are clear consequences that will be rigorously enforced. There is a focus on implementing a consistency with the school’s core values of mutual respect, equality and opportunity for all and a determination for every youngster to realise their potential within a caring environment.
At Belper School many wonderful and varied opportunities exist for students and a significant number of them grab these opportunities with both hands and achieve remarkable success across the board both in academic and non-academic areas. There is a drive to sustain this success and enhance it across the school by focusing on core values and attitudes and ensuring we are being the very best we can be. This means paying attention to the little things such as ensuring the right code of dress and the correct equipment. Being fully prepared for learning is fundamental to supporting a positive climate for learning. This includes excellent attendance and punctuality, ensuring that students are on site before the start of each session. For those students who achieve this they will be celebrated and rewarded. Consequences will be in place for those that do not.
There is a strong emphasis on students’ approach to learning and ensuring that they have a positive determination to learn and succeed. Staff continue to work hard to ensure high standards of learning opportunities and students are encouraged to fully embrace these opportunities, being stretched and challenged at all times and nurtured and supported where required. There is currently an outstanding array of extra-curricular activities and trips with some simply stunning individual and team performances across all areas of the school which we will continue and aim to strengthen.
Belper School has many excellent features and there is tremendous pride evident throughout the whole community towards the school. To be part of this is an absolute honour. There is a strong determination to develop the school further and over the next few years, with commitment from students and partnerships with parents, I am confident that the school will continue to go from strength to strength.
Mr Martyn Cooper