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. It was a founding member of the East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Trust, established alongside Adeyfield School and Longdean School in 2014.
For many years, Astley Cooper School has been a smaller than average secondary school but its numbers are now rising in part because of its considerably improved academic standards. Astley Cooper has a merged Sixth Form with Adeyfield School and together they offer a wide variety of courses across two sites. It also works closely with Longdean School in its Co-operative Trust partnership.
Extra curricular activities on offer to all students at the school include sport, art, music, drama, dance and creative writing clubs.
Edward Gaynor - Headteacher of the Year, Pearson Teaching Awards 2013
Values and vision
The Astley Cooper School motto is 'Prepared for learning: prepared for life'. It believes that a student who feels happy, safe and valued is a student who enjoys learning and achieves their academic potential.
The school’s teaching and learning values echo those of the East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Trust, which develops projects to support its schools in reinforcing the Co-operative values of caring for others, self-reliance, openness, equality, democracy and solidarity.
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)