The Astley Cooper School
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
About The Astley Cooper School
The Astley Cooper School is an 11-18, co-educational, secondary school on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
For many years, Astley Cooper School was a smaller than average secondary school but its numbers are rising because of its considerably improved academic standards and good reputation. We are looking forward to a multi million pound new build as part of the Government's Priority School Building Programme.
Extra curricular activities on offer to all students at the school include sport, art, music, drama, dance, residential and cultural trips and visits. In 2019 the school won the Inspiring Hertfordshire Award for Education in Employment.
Edward Gaynor - Headteacher of the Year, Pearson Teaching Awards 2013; Excellence in Education winner, Pride in Dacorum Awards 2013
At Astley Cooper , we strive for the very best for all our students. We are committed to ensuring that when students leave, they have become successful, well rounded and confident individuals prepared to succeed in the modern world. Our core values of Aspiration, Determination and Integrity underpin our curriculum. We achieve this by delivering the highest possible academic standards and offering students a wealth of opportunities within and beyond the national curriculum to develop their talents.
Our curriculum is created using our core values. We want to create:
- Aspirational individuals who go above and beyond and lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- Determined learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Students who have integrity and make a positive contribution to society
The progressive curriculum we deliver at Astley Cooper ensures students have the skills, concepts and knowledge to progress successfully through the Key Stages. The curriculum is built to ensure the knowledge and skills learned in Key Stage 2 continue to be developed further through Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Departments’ Schemes of Learning are carefully planned to ensure skills and techniques are developed each year and built on prior knowledge.
Astley Cooper describes itself as 'an ambitious school where students’ aspirations are rising.' It aims to create a calm, purposeful, friendly community where there is mutual respect between adults and students.
“Relationships between pupils and teachers are positive. Pupils are well supported by teachers who understand their individual learning needs well.” (Ofsted Good School, 2016)