Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
About Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is an 11-18 Comprehensive school in the picturesque town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
The school is on one main site with Sixth Form lessons taught in a separate block approximately 500 yards away. Much of the building is new and followed a move in January and February 2003 as a result of a major rebuilding programme. A major extension to the Sixth Form Centre opened in Spring 2010.
Students are admitted at age 11 from a large number of feeder primary schools, spread from Hartington in the north to Sudbury in the south. Primary schools vary in size from those with just two teachers to a much larger town school. Induction is therefore a key priority and the Progress Leader of Year 7 works hard to produce a social and academic mix in the forms.
In Year 7 all classes begin as mixed ability with special needs students receiving extra support. As an Enhanced Resource school we have a large proportion of students with Special Needs. Approximately 5% of the school population have a Statement of Educational Need.
Setting is introduced for Maths from the Spring Term for Year 7, other subjects introduce setting in Year 8 or Year 9.
At Key Stage 4 all students currently study English, Maths, Science and a technology subject. Additional option blocks supplemented by advice and interviews, ensure that all receive a balanced curriculum. Accreditation at Key Stage 4 is usually GCSE but someVocational based courses are available for students who would not achieve a GCSE. Approximately 10% of the cohort takes a vocational course for 20% of the curriculum time. Accreditation will be by vocational GCSE, GNVQ and Open College Network units. The school began to deliver an Engineering Diploma in 2009.
Full use is made of the regulations concerning disapplication to ensure that all students make the most of their time at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and extended work experience and college placements are used when appropriate.
Approximately 50% of our students stay on into the Sixth Form studying a range of AS, A2 and VCE courses. We are particularly proud of the performance of our students at Sixth Form level where we regularly feature amongst the highest achieving schools in the Country. Most Sixth Formers progress to higher education. Sixth form students play an important role in the life of the school by assisting staff in lessons and helping with sports coaching. A number also undertake tasks in the community with the elderly or disabled.
The management of the school is based on departments and Year Groups. Key Stage Leaders and Progress Leaders meet on a regular cycle to discuss whole school academic and pastoral issues. That work is then co-ordinated by the leadership team of Head, 2 Deputy Heads, Director of Sixth Form, 3 Assistant Heads and the Business Manager. There are 4 Advanced Skills Teachers in the school with responsibilities for ICT, Expressive Arts, and Special Needs. These staff have been valuable in implementing new initiatives and all are involved in outreach work with other schools.
The school enjoyed a period of three years as a specialist Technology College from 1998-2001 and was redesignated in 2005 and 2008 and now until 2013.
The school was inspected by OFSTED in October 2008 and received a very good report. The school converted to Academy Status in July 2012. However, we are not complacent and the school has a number of exciting projects intended to develop learning, improve ICT and enhance the professionalism of staff. These whole school projects offer opportunities for new staff to join in developing initiatives and we hope to benefit from your experience in other establishments.
Our students cover the full ability range and come from all walks of life. A small number exhibit some challenging behaviour. However, most are committed to learning and help to make Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School a rewarding place in which to work or study.