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What the school says...

Denstone College offers a rounded education where proper emphasis is given to academic achievement and high standards are a priority. At the heart of our educational approach is excellence in teaching and learning and pupils across the ability range benefit from fantastic educational facilities and highly qualified staff. In today’s competitive environment, universities and colleges are seeking evidence of intellectual appetite as well as top grades at both GCSE and A level. At Denstone, pupils learn what is needed to perform well in public examinations, but we also aim to inculcate a love of learning which will stay for life. We stretch our pupils, in terms of work ethic and intellectual ambition, helping them to achieve high grades and exceed expectations.
Ours is a rich, varied and stimulating learning environment where extra curricular opportunities and excellence in sport, music and drama abound. Standards are high and we provide close mentoring to ensure our pupils exceed expectations in and outside the classroom. What supports Denstonians in these efforts is an environment which applauds success, very good teaching by subject specialists, and a level of academic and pastoral mentoring that genuinely cherishes the individual.
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What the parents say...

A school with impressive facilities and beautiful buildings. Many children thrive here and leave with excellent results. The children who seem to do best are those who respond well to a 'coaching' approach, be it on the sports field or in the class room. For those children who may benefit from a more nuanced and flexible education, it may not be the best choice as they could feel pressured into becoming something they are not.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

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Special Education Needs

The learning support department aims to help pupils achieve to the best of their ability in curriculum subjects and to equip them with learning strategies which will benefit them beyond their time at Denstone. It provides help to a range of pupils from first to sixth form and the vast majority of pupils succeed academically up to A Level and continue on to university.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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