In the latest inspections "excellent" and "outstanding" are the dominant words used to describe a Denstone education. We were particularly pleased to achieve the highly sought after but rarely awarded ISI excellent for teaching, and Ofsted found the College’s boarding provision to be outstanding with, unusually, no recommendations for improvement. More recently ISI conducted a Boarding Welfare Interim Inspection, which does not contain judgements, but which found that , Denstone College is an extremely safe and supportive school where the “overwhelming majority of pupils indicated…that they enjoy their boarding experience”.

The 2011/12 ISI report's findings are testament to the hard work of staff and pupils at Denstone, where pupil numbers have more than doubled over the last fifteen years.

ISI Inspectors made the following observations:

  • The quality of academic and other achievements is excellent
  • The quality of teaching is excellent
  • The quality of pupils' achievement and of their learning is good with excellent features
  • The quality of curricular provision is good with excellent features, and the quality of extra-curricular provision is excellent
  • The quality of pupils' personal development is excellent
  • The quality of pupils' personal development is excellent
  • Pastoral care and the arrangements for welfare, health and safety are excellent
  • Boarders enjoy an excellent boarding experience
  • The effectiveness of governance, leadership and management is excellent
  • The governing body’s support of the development of the school is excellent
  • Leadership and management of the College are excellent fully supporting the school's aims
  • Links with parents are excellent

Inspectors also made particular reference to investment in the development of buildings and facilities since the last inspection. The last few years have seen a new Music School, new classrooms, new Medical Centre, new classroom block and sports complex including pavilion and changing facilities. The Threlfall Library and a new Maths/Modern Foreign Languages building named ''Derbyshires'' are the latest in the line of works. All boarding areas and day living accommodation have been refurbished, with senior boarding enjoying some superb en suite rooms. Girls’ boarding has been extended. Sports facilities have also been augmented by the addition of two new synthetic turf pitches, new games pitches and new netball and tennis courts. The Inspection team remarked that “the pupils’ sporting success is a particular strength of the school, while those whose interests lie in more aesthetic pursuits also achieve at a high level.” The ISI Inspection team confirmed "that high academic achievement results from excellent teaching, and pupils are a delight to meet, courteous and engaging. They are grounded individuals who combine honesty and directness with a keen sense of compassion, reflected in their support for charities … they respect and celebrate each other’s individual strengths and interests." The results of this rigorous inspection are proof of the hard work and commitment of pupils and staff at Denstone. To access the full Ofsted and ISI reports please click below: