Although an education at Denstone is all-round, teaching and learning are at the heart of what we do, and the results are impressive. These results are achieved with a relatively broad intake of pupils into the College, a fact reflected in an excellent track record for outstanding value-added, as measured by Yellis (at GCSE) and ALIS (at A Level).
Denstone aims to prepare students for the world beyond school and part of this is helping them achieve high grades and develop a lifelong love of learning. All subjects are taught within specialist departmental areas providing first class facilities for pupils and staff; the recently completed Derbyshire classroom block is the most recent addition to the site, providing specialist accommodation for Mathematics and Modern Languages.
A fair and flexible setting system, relatively small set sizes, regular formal assessments of academic progress across all subjects and a highly qualified and committed teaching staff all play their part in the continuing academic success of our pupils. Support for pupils with specific needs is provided through a thorough and highly effective pastoral system as well as tailored programmes such as that for potential Oxbridge applicants in our Sixth Form. Our learning support staff also work hard to provide appropriate support for those pupils who have specific learning needs.
Pupils' oral communication skills are excellent. They are confident and communicate fluently and logically in lessons, and in discussions and interviews.
ISI 2017/ 2018
Academic success requires high standards, and none less so than in the requirement to enter the full ‘A’ level programme in our Sixth Form, which currently stands at 14 points for pupils at Denstone and 16 points for pupils wishing to join the College in our Sixth Form (a C/4 at GCSE is 1 point, a B/6 is 2 points etc). A significant number of Denstonians achieve top grades, but for others this is an entry target that spurs them on. What supports them in these efforts is an environment which applauds success, excellent teaching by committed subject specialists, and a level of academic and pastoral mentoring that genuinely cherishes the individual.
The Denstone Diploma
In addition to LIFE and the Winning Mind-set, the College also has its own Diploma Scheme. The diploma provides opportunities to think beyond the scope of formal courses and enables pupils to work and learn independently. It also provides the opportunity for pupils to develop research and organisational skills. A range of tasks are set by Heads of Department and these include MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses, one modern way to acquire new skills and educational experiences), national competitions such as the UKMT maths challenge, extended essays and other challenges. Each task has a tariff, earning points towards a total which will equate to an award.