Friesland School

Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Location: Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Friesland School


Friesland School is a welcoming and exciting place to work, with a settled and committed workforce delivering an excellent education to a well behaved and engaged student body.  We are a school with a consistent record of high attainment, strong progress and an impressive record of students moving into further education, employment or training.

At Friesland we provide an excellent environment in which to teach, where staff are allowed the freedom to be creative in the classroom with students who are prepared to learn.

Friesland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Friesland is a fully comprehensive 11-18 co-educational school that academised on 1st June 2018 to join The Two Counties Trust, situated in an urban setting on the edge of the small town of Sandiacre, midway between Derby and Nottingham. Junction 25 of the M1 and the A52 are not far away. Each year, approximately a half of the school’s intake comes from Sandiacre and the nearby villages of Risley and Draycott (the school’s designated area). The remainder come, by parental choice, from outside the school’s designated area - mainly from Long Eaton, Breaston, Borrowash, Ockbrook, Trowell and the edge of Ilkeston - as a result of the school’s popularity. The typical number on roll is 1200+. The school is typically oversubscribed and the admission limit for each September will be 225.


The School is housed in modern buildings, which are pleasing to look at, and they are kept that way by our students. Apart from general purpose teaching rooms, there is specialist accommodation which includes nine Science Laboratories, six Information Technology rooms, a Resource Centre, two Gymnasia, a Hall with stage lighting, a Drama Studio, two Music rooms, an extensive suite of Art and ultra modern technology facilities and a Modern Foreign Language block. A new Performing Arts Centre was opened in October 2007 with a performance area with seating for 170, music practice rooms and drama and dance teaching areas. The School has a brand new, state of the art, floodlit 3G Astro facility that opened in June 2019. The facility has been part funded by the football association and the school is working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust to deliver the education side of their Post-16 Academy. This is a fantastic new facility that is benefiting both the school and the local community.  We also have seven tennis courts and a refurbished floodlit five-a-side football pitch. Through a Reciprocal Agreement we have daytime use of the Sports Centre’s Sports Hall, Squash Courts and Fitness Suite. 

The Sixth Form Centre has two Science Laboratories, two of our IT rooms, a large Common Room, Sixth Form Office, eight classrooms and separate toilet facilities.

The atmosphere within the school is a caring and friendly one. Friesland has a long standing reputation for the traditional values of good discipline, manners, dress, academic excellence and extra curricular activities.


For pastoral care, the school is presently organised on both a Year Head and Key Stage basis. The KS3 Pastoral Manager and the Head of Year 7 play a vital role in liaison with our feeder Primary schools and the settling in of new students. All members of staff are expected to have a tutorial function and we regard the tutor’s role as being of fundamental importance to school life

For academic work, the school is organised on a faculty team basis. Students with Special Educational Needs are helped by the Learning Support department led by the SENCO. This is achieved primarily by classroom support but occasionally by withdrawal. Curriculum Support Assistants, Cover Supervisors, Teaching Assistants, the Resource Centre Manager, Network Manager and Technicians, Pastoral Assistants, site staff and office staff all support in the delivery of the curriculum.

The meeting structure involves Leadership, Directors of Study, Subject Leaders, Year Group Pastoral meetings, Learning and Teaching group meetings and whole school staff meetings. This cycle of meetings is constantly monitored and reviewed.


At Friesland, we believe that the curriculum is concerned with every aspect of a child’s development and all the ways of learning that a school can provide to encourage that development. It includes:

· the formal programme of lessons in the school timetable.

· the informal programme of out-of-school and extra curricular activities promoted by the school.

· the general ethos of the school

The timetable is organised on a 25 period week on a two week timetable. 

In Years Seven and Eight, all students follow a common curriculum of Mathematics, English and Drama, Integrated Science, Humanities, Technology, Creative Arts and Design, PE, Music, Computer Science, one from French, German or Spanish and Personal and Social Health Education including Careers. 

In Years Nine, Ten and Eleven, most students study a common core of Mathematics, English Language and Literature, PE, Science, Technology, four option subjects and Personal and Social Education including careers. This incorporates vocational options in line with the entitlement curriculum. All Year 10 and 12 students have one week’s Work Experience with local employers. Approximately 70% of Friesland Year Eleven students go on to our Sixth Form or Colleges of Further Education in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The Sixth Form offers both A/S, A2 levels and vocational qualifications. Some of our students also access level 1/2 courses. 

While Directors of Study, Heads of Year and Subject Team Leaders play a significant role in working with the Head and Leadership Group in determining the curriculum organisation, philosophy and ethos of the school, all colleagues are expected to take a share of corporate responsibility. The school has an enthusiastic and hardworking staff, and for several years, the results gained by students at GCSE and A level examinations have been well above regional and national averages. The school’s excellent reputation in the locality rests both on its academic results and on its caring approach to students and their parents. In terms of attainment across time GCSE results have been strong and our A level results have been consistently high. 

The informal programme of out of school and extra curricular activities provides a wide range of recreational opportunities, after school and during weekends and holidays. All new appointees to the staff are expected to play a full and active role in this aspect of school life. Annual presentations include music concerts, drama and dance performance evenings and two major school productions. The PE staff organise a wide range of sporting activities including badminton, gymnastics, football, tennis, athletics, cross country running and netball and students participate in regional and national competitions. The school has been District Athletics Champions for 24 out of the last 26 years, an achievement of which we are very proud. A wide range of leisure activities supervised by the tutors form part of our rewards package and residential experiences at Lea Green and abroad. The school has many other activities arranged by individual members of staff who also run clubs and societies that reflect their own personal interests and those of our students. The school also supports a number of charities each year. The Sixth Form has a bi annual ski trip and an exchange programme with a school in Philadelphia USA.

As a school, we attempt to develop a caring community, which promotes social responsibility, a positive working atmosphere and a secure environment in which each individual student can flourish. We are proud of the reputation, which the school has gained for supporting and caring for its students as they face the challenges of growing up. Our most recent Ofsted report commented that Friesland is a good school with outstanding features where children are happy. It is a school where the teaching is good and where the commitment of the staff is highly praised. 


The school’s links with the local community are vitally important.

We have a thriving PTA which, for a number of years, has given considerable financial support to the school, providing opportunities for teachers and parents to meet socially and organising events to raise money for the school. There is a regular pattern of parents’ evenings at which parents and teachers discuss the students’ progress and an annual ‘Review Evening’ when parents can discuss their child’s progress with the Form Tutor and an ‘Awards Evening’ in the summer term. Class Charts, an App, was introduced in September 2019 to significantly enhance both our rewards package and communication with parents.


Local governance is a strong feature of both The Two Counties Trust and Friesland School. Our Governing Body contains people from a wide range of backgrounds in education and the wider world of work. We operate two sub-committees - Strategy and Resources- and the full Governing Body of the school meets six times a year. The role of the Link Governor is school is being expanded on a year-by-year basis.


Sandiacre’s geographical position enables the Friesland staff to have a wide choice in the housing market. Derby, Nottingham, Long Eaton and Ilkeston are all within easy commuting distance as are a number of villages to the north, south and west of the school.

Modern high standard shopping facilities can be found in Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Sheffield - all within easy travelling distance. Many local towns and villages have a smaller range of facilities, including traditional markets.

Outstanding leisure opportunities are not far away. The Derbyshire Dales, the Peak District and the parks in North Nottinghamshire prove a great attraction for walkers and climbers. There are a number of stately homes, including Chatsworth, each with their own magnificent grounds and collections.

Entertainment can be found in the Theatre Royal and Playhouse in Nottingham, the Crucible and Adelphi Theatres in Sheffield, the Derby Theatre, the Buxton Opera House, the Haymarket Theatre Leicester or one of many local theatres. Premiership and Championship football is played in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield, Mansfield and Chesterfield and County Cricket at Nottingham and Derby. The National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and Nottingham Tennis Centre is also not far away. The area contains a number of modern purpose-built sports centres, which enable local people to participate in a wide variety of indoor sporting activities.


Friesland operates an equal opportunities policy and places a strong emphasis upon the professional development of colleagues. The successful applicant will join a school, which is proud of the achievements of both its students and staff colleagues. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory enhanced level DBS disclosure, two satisfactory references and successful completion of vetting procedures.

It is an offence to apply for a role if candidates are barred from engaging in Regulated Activity relevant to children. A copy of the Trust's policy on the employment of ex-offenders can be found here A copy of the school's child protection policy can be found here: 

We are a Disability Confident Employer and as such we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum job criteria will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview.

The Two Counties Trust 

Who we are

The school is a member of The Two Counties Trust. The Trust is a family of schools with a common ethos and values who share collective goals. We have a united passion to transform the lives of children and young people in our local community by achieving the very best we can for every student in our schools. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all, enabling our students to gain confidence, raise their aspirations and become well prepared for adult life.

Why should you join us?

We are a large and growing Trust, which currently employs over 1,200 colleagues. We support career and professional development through structured CPD, secondments to other schools within the Trust (including promotion opportunities), and we foster sharing of good practice through a range of subject specialist groups across our schools. These opportunities to develop your career exist within a culture that values your contribution and enables you to achieve your personal goals whilst improving the educational experience and life choices of our students.

When joining any of our schools, you will receive a structured induction, and if you are an NQT, you can expect a programme of professional advice and support to help you successfully complete the NQT year.

We offer you:

- A competitive salary and benefits package including pensions, generous holiday provisions and ancillary benefits. Our pay scales for Allowances, UPR and Leadership are above the national pay scales;

- An environment where you will be working with a dedicated team of like-minded professionals;

- The chance to develop your skills, practice and experience through a range of opportunities with one or more of our schools. 

We recognise that supporting and enabling your career development is important. As such, we have developed a framework called Career Pathways to provide a personal development structure to support aspiring, new and experienced teachers to take the next steps in their career development. To find out more please go to: The Two Counties Trust Career Pathways

What we seek from you:

- A commitment to our ethos and values;

- A passion to deliver the best education you can for every child or young person, making a positive difference;

- The energy to act as a role model and a source of inspiration for our students.

Where we are

We are a growing Trust with a strong reputation. Our schools are located in the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and our current schools are Ashfield School, Frederick Gent School, Friesland School, Heritage High School, The Manor Academy, Selston High School, Springwell Community College, Swanwick Hall School and  Wilsthorpe School  .

To find out more about us, please go to The Two Counties Trust website.

We hope we will be welcoming you to our Trust in the near future.

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Address: Nursery Avenue, Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire, NG10 5AF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 115 939 7326