The Friends of Denstone is precisely that, a gathering of friends of Denstone - parents, teachers and even past students.

The Friends plan and organise one or two spectacular social events that are open to all parents and their friends.  These events bring Denstone parents together in a social and friendly setting. Along the way donations of much needed funds have been made to local charities, and to the College itself.


If you have skills to bring to the Friends' next event, we want to meet you.  Join us over cheese and wine to discuss future events, to meet other parents and get involved in our new ideas.  We meet 5 or 6 times a year, in the Dining Hall and meeting dates can be found on the website calendar.  We hope to see you there.


Email to register your interest in any of the new events, book tickets or to ask us any questions.




On Saturday 19th November, Friends of Denstone hosted our first Christmas Food and Drink Fair. 22 Artisans from all over the region treated us to their array of delicious produce. Speciality coffees, wood-fired pizzas, homemade pies, chutney, cheeses, herbs and & oils, cakes, gins, bespoke chopping boards, and even chocolate from the man who made Prince William's wedding cake. Thanks to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Our Cake stall and Chocolate Tombola were a great hit, so many thanks to all who donated, as well as the hot chocolate with marshmallows. The mulled wine was bubbling from 12 noon until 4.30pm so more thanks go to all our wonderful Friends who manned our raffle stall, our own branded puddings and hot drinks, so well. Congratulations to the winners of our first Great Denstone Bake Off: 1st Prize - Tiernan Shortt, 2nd Prize - Tom Ayre, Third Prize - Georgina Startin.All cake entries were of such a high standard, we don't know how the catering team managed to choose a winner.Do let us know if you enjoyed the event and if you would like Friends to repeat the Food and Drink Fair in 2017. 

Thank you to all those that attended our alpine themed event in January. Guests were given their official ski pass on arrival along with a welcome glass of hot Gluhwein. The lodge, corridors and dining hall were transformed with fairy lights, snow and woodland trees and twigs by our volunteers. We all danced to the beats from DJ Dave Dee. Le Rac Shack provided a full bar and alpine supper. Feedback has been fantastic. Special applause goes to the guest who danced in full ski wear including ski boots!


Following the success of the Great Gatsby Summer Ball in 2015, we are delighted to announce that the outstanding Donna Louise Children's Hospice charity visited Denstone College and were presented with a cheque for a staggering £16,000. 

Liz Gratton, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, asked that we pass on her grateful thanks for the donation and pledged that the money would be put to work immediately. 

The Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust was created to respond to the need for a children's hospice service for Staffordshire and Cheshire. The Charity takes its name from a young local girl, Donna Louise Hackney, who sadly died from a life threatening condition at the age of 16.

Angela Anderson, chair of Friends of Denstone said "We are so proud of everyone who made this possible. From the parents who bought tickets to the ball, to all those who kindly donated auction prizes and raffle prizes, not forgetting our amazing sponsors who so graciously stepped forward to help finance the drinks reception and band. Each one of those people made this presentation a reality. We can't thank them enough."
Angela presented the cheque to Liz Gratton along with Julia Belton, fellow ball coordinator and the longest-serving Friend of Denstone Mike Swales.


In Summer 2015, our glamorous Great Gatsby Ball was attended by almost 300 Denstone parents and guests. Huge thanks go to all those who graciously stepped forward with offers to sponsor the band and champagne reception. 

In addition, the raffle and auction prizes, generously provided by parents and local businesses, enabled us to donate a staggering £16,000 to the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Staffordshire. 

Looking ahead, we plan to run a similar event in the Summer of 2017. Early feedback suggests that tickets will sell out fast next time!

Wow, it was so much more than I expected. Well done the Friends - it was amazing! - Year 5 parent
Is it too early to book the next table now? - Lower 6th parent
The food, the band, the table decorations, the bar… We were dancing all the way home. Thank you and very well done! - Year 2 parent