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Denstone College, Staffordshire

School Details
School Crest
United Kingdom,
ST14 5HN

Tel: +44 1889 590484
Fax: +44 1889 591295

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Mr Miles Norris

Mr James Hartley

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
BSA, HMC, Woodard Schools
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
11 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Scholarship or bursary exam, References, Interview, GCSE results, Entry test or exam, Common Entrance, Registration, Scholarship exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Armed forces discounts or bursaries, CDT, Sport, 6th Form, Teaching, Other scholarships, All-rounder, Senior school entry, Drama, Siblings, Other bursaries, Junior school entry, Art, Choral, Academic, Clergy/Ministers, Music

What we offer

  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Design technology
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Economics
  • Business studies
  • German
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Cross-country
  • Squash
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Fitness training
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Chess
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Dance
  • Adventure training
  • Shooting
  • Drama productions
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Corps of drums
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Denstone College, close to the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border, combines the traditional elements of a public school education with a modern outlook. Small classes and personal tutors allow for extensive academic and pastoral attention, enabling staff to focus on the development of individual potential in each child. Our innovative boarding system means that pupils board in 'schools', rather than houses. The needs of eighteen year olds are very different from those of eleven year olds, and so our 11 to 14 year olds board in the Junior School, the 15 -16 year olds can be found in the Middle School, and our Sixth Form live and socialise in the Senior School. The traditional house system runs happily alongside, and house spirit and loyalty is very strong in music, drama and sport.

The College's sporting and musical record is the envy of many, and this, alongside a full programme of activities including dance, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, golf, watersports, cookery, and a growing number of minority sports, has no doubt contributed to the College being at its fullest for many years. At the time of writing, the College has 595 pupils.

In recent years the College has benefited from a £10m development programme, with a new Music School and
additional classrooms opened in September 2010. Further extensive classroom facilities and the Adamson's sports complex were completed and opened in June 2012. Then in September 2013 the doors opened to a beautiful library which is at the heart of teaching and learning at Denstone. In addition a brand new classroom block, housing Maths and Modern Foreign Languages opened in June 2017. The day and boarding accommodation undergoes regular improvement and redecoration, and impressive language and IT teaching facilities have been developed, along with general classroom refurbishments to a high standard. A large sports hall allows for a wide range of minority and unusual sports. Other recent improvements include a second Astroturf, and all weather cricket facilities.

Achievement, confidence and happiness in pupils are central to the College philosophy - we provide a rounded education with many opportunities for every child.

Open Days are held during the Summer and Michaelmas Terms, with individual visits arranged on request throughout the year. For further details, or simply to visit the College, contact the Admissions Team on 01889 591415.

Denstone College is a member of the Woodard Corporation.
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