Pupils are a delight to meet, are courteous and engaging in conversation. They are grounded individuals who combine honesty and directness with a keen sense of compassion, reflected in their support for charities at home and overseas.
The College combines its rich tradition and history with a forward thinking approach to education. For instance, we were one of the first schools to introduce the concept of boarding in age groups, rather than the vertical 11 – 18 house approach usually adopted by public schools, and parents tell us that this is often key in their decision-making. We place proper emphasis on academic endeavour but a Denstone education is an all-round education, packed with opportunity and challenge, so enabling pupils to discover their true potential. Achievement, confidence and happiness are the foundations upon which our pupils build their success and they are at the heart of our aims for every child. The school week is filled with lessons, sport, music and drama, Duke of Edinburgh, True Adventure, CCF and many other activities. Pupils are encouraged to be productive, to challenge themselves at every opportunity, and to make the most of the excellent facilities they enjoy.
There have been many additions to College facilities over recent years, with a complete refurbishment of boarding accommodation, and three new builds: the Adamson’s Sports Complex, the Roper Music School and Tookey’s, the new home for English, RS and Philosophy & Ethics. The most recent addition, whilst not a new build is a new library which occupies almost the entire South Wing of the main building. The library is already popular with pupils and is at the heart of teaching and learning at the College. New technology works alongside written resources to ensure an atmosphere conducive to learning. Indeed all learning spaces benefit from technology which complements what ISI confirmed to be excellent teaching. Outside the classroom pupils now have the benefit of two astroturfs, two pavilions, acres of pitches and plentiful tennis and netball courts, a refurbished swimming pool and our EGU affiliated golf course. There is a rolling programme for improvements to all our buildings, new and old, and the College maintenance, grounds and domestic teams continue to keep the College at its best.
The beauty of the buildings and grounds are of course part of what makes Denstone College a top independent school and day pupils and boarders alike benefit from their surroundings. Inspectors remarked upon this in the context of our high standards of pastoral care, noting that many staff live on site. The College has a well-developed and effective pastoral system which makes a difference to the lives of all pupils who build strong relationships with their teachers, tutor, Head of House, Head of School and our Chaplain. Chapel is central to school life, both spiritually and as a meeting place for the whole school, and parents regularly join us for the weekly Eucharist.
We urge you to compare us with other private schools in Staffordshire, and Derbyshire, indeed for boarders all independent schools in the UK. The first step is to come and see us. We are always pleased to welcome parents and visitors to the College and these have ranged from a royal visit from the Duke of Gloucester, to teams of Inspectors from Ofsted and ISI. None fail to be impressed by our staff, pupils and lovely site, and all will continue to receive a warm Denstone welcome.