Ofsted reports for Belper School and Sixth Form Centre are available to view on the Ofsted website by clicking here.

The DFE Performance table for the school is here.

* Please note that this table contains provisional data. The final tables will be released in January and will include a large number of successful examination remarks.

Parent View results for the school are here.

* Parent View is the parent survey which was carried out during the inspection.


In October 2019, OFSTED carried out a Section 5 inspection. This was carried out under a brand new Ofsted Framework which was introduced nationally in September 19.

The school was assessed as having a grade of 2 (Good) for personal development with 3 (Requires improvement) for the other areas.

OFSTED inspectors found the following positive aspects:

  • Pupils receive high-quality pastoral care and they know that teachers want them to do well.
  • The school aims to help pupils become confident and independent
  • Pupils are keen to do well and are kind and considerate
  • The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their interests and talents.
  • Positive relationships help pupils to work hard
  • Most pupils are happy at school (confirmed by 98% of parents in the Ofsted survey), they behave well and bullying is rare
  • Pupils take part in lots of activities to help their personal development
  • The school has a positive atmosphere
  • Pupils are safe in school and safeguarding is effective
  • Students enjoy being in the sixth form
  • Students in the sixth form can study lots of different subjects and staff guide students to choose appropriate courses.
  • 94% of parents would recommend the school to another parent

The inspection team identified the following areas the school needs to work on:

  • Ensure all curriculum leaders have a clear vision for curriculum intent
  • Provide more support for disadvantaged pupils to improve their attendance and / or acheivement
  • Review the sanctions given to pupils with repeated misbehaviour
  • Ensure all sixth form students take part in work experience
  • Improve the strategic oversight of SEND provision
  • Improve leadership systems and governance to systematically monitor all areas of provision

The school started work on these areas straight after the inspection under the recently appointed, very experienced Headteacher, Nick Goforth. Our expectation is that most of these areas for improvement will largely be addressed by the end of the 19/20 academic year.