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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Presentation Evening

D of E Group photo

Thirty-two students received their Bronze award, and seven students received their Silver award at the Derbyshire County Council Duke of Edinburgh awards at County Hall on Friday 22nd April 2016.

As a school, we really shone on the night; there were more students in attendance from Eckington School than any other.

Two of our students, Natasha Carr and Tilly Simpson, were invited to give a speech about their experiences. The presentations were well researched and delivered; both young ladies were very well received by the parents and students who attended on the night.

Assistant Headteacher Mr Rowbotham said 'I am immensely proud of our students, each and every one has shown resilience and dedication when completing the DofE Programme. Thank you to all the staff involved in making the DofE programme such a success.'




Cosmic Ltd

Cosmic Ltd

Cosmic Ltd recently attended the Derbyshire Young Enterprise Awards and were runners up for the county, and Environmental Award winners - congratulations Cosmic Ltd!

In November last year, thirteen Y10 students began to set up a business to allow them to compete in the 2016 Young Enterprise programme. Team Cosmic Ltd formed and set up a successful business selling up-cycled gifts for special occasions. Read the article.




Year 8 Enterprise Day

Y8 Enterprise Day

On 29th February 2016 all year 8 students took part in an enterprise day. Before the event they were given a choice of six career areas that would offer them an insight into the world of work. Click here to read the article in full.




Year 9 Engineering Extravaganza

Engineering Extravaganza

A group of year 9 students attended this year's engineering extravaganza organised by Rolls Royce at the inspiring venue of the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. The day was action packed with activities such as building a sky scraper, designing a car, testing for a vacuum train and learning about materials engineering.

There were many engineers on hand to help and give information on the huge variety of engineering opportunities that out there. The event was supported by the professional engineering institutes along with Rolls Royce.

Our students worked hard on all the activities and came away having met many engineers from a wide variety of engineering backgrounds.




Sports Relief event

Sixth Form Sport Relief Pingpongathon

Post-16 students raised both money and their pulse rates on Sport Relief day by undertaking a marathon table tennis session in the Common Room.

Table tennis was played every minute of the school day by a heroic band of volunteers. At lunchtime, the students were joined by staff in a hotly - contested tournament which was just edged by the students!




Gillian McClafferty

Gillian McClafferty

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gillian McClafferty, a much loved teacher, colleague and friend at Eckington School. Gill taught French and German here for over 20 years.

As a Cambridge University graduate who was able to speak Russian, German and French, Gill motivated hundreds of students over the years with her love of languages. Her commitment and dedication to teaching was inspirational and the work she did to mentor student teachers, both at Eckington School and with the University of Sheffield, enabled many new teachers to start their careers with the best possible guidance and support.

Gill was the heart and soul of the modern languages department and there aren't sufficient words to describe how much she will be missed. Rest in peace Gill, immer in unseren Herzen!




Pickles Family's 28-mile Orangutan Walk

Borneo Fundraiser: Pickles Family Walk

In May 2016 the Pickles family are embarking on a 28-mile walk. Their epic walk aims to raise funds for Mika, to join a month-long volunteering project in Borneo, Indonesia.

Mika was driven to sign-up with Camps International, who run the project, after learning about the impact deforestation is having on animals and humans in the region. The 28 miles represents a mile for each day Mika will be volunteering on Mantanani Island in Northern Borneo.

Much of the tragic Indonesian deforestation is a direct result of the trade in palm oil which is found in approximately 40-50% of household products in the Western hemisphere. Currently a third of all mammal species are considered to be critically endangered in Indonesia as a consequence of deforestation.

Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years.

Mika is hoping in some small way to make a difference. Please support them by sponsoring them for their mammoth walk in May via Paypal: https://paypal.me/picklesborneo




Trips aboard 'Madeline' for 2016

Eckington School's Narrowboat

All Aboard! Enjoy the spring sunshine with a boat trip on our school Narrowboat 'Madeline'.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust operates walk-up trips using Madeline on Saturdays from April to October, except 28th May*.

All start from Hollingwood Hub.
Trips leave at 12.00, 1.00, 2.00 and 3.00.
No advance bookings, just come and pay on the day.
Tickets: £5, or £3 for under 16s.

Madeline also runs walk-up trips on Wednesdays during the Derbyshire school holidays, on Mondays during the Derbyshire schools summer holidays and on Bank Holiday Mondays, except 30th May*.

Full details and how to book at: Chesterfield Canal Trust Website.




Heart of Derbyshire

Heart of Derbyshire Logo

Eckington School have recently been awarded the 'Heart of Derbyshire' in recognition of the work undertaken by the catering team 'Edwards and Ward Ltd' in encouraging healthy eating amongst the pupils and staff. Click here to read the article in full.









Eckington School Reading Challenge

Every student in Y7 and Y8 take part in the Eckington School Reading Challenge. Students receive badges when they read and complete a short task on a set number of books. Over half of Y7 have already achieved their Bronze Award (6 books).

The students have recently completed their Silver Award  thats another 12 books! Well done to you all. Click here to read more...




Subject Ambassadors

The following departments: art, drama, music, science, textiles and media/film have appointed 44 students to become subject ambassadors.

These students will take on different roles and responsibilities for their chosen departments. Congratulations to you all. The students have been trained in their new role today (Monday 11th January). We look forward to working with you!




Budding Authors at Eckington school

Budding Authors

Reading and writing is a key focus at Eckington. This is showcased by a group of students who have written their own stories and comics which have been published as books and are available for all students to borrow from the Library. We talked to these talented students to find out what got them into writing stories...

  • Click here to read more...





  • Eckington students at New Hope Food Bank

    Kind-hearted students and staff donate to New Hope Food Bank

    Students and staff recently donated nearly 40 boxes to the Killamarsh-based New Hope Food Bank. The level of generosity shown has been fantastic.

    On Monday 14th December 2015, Mrs Sandford and Mrs Towndrow accompanied the students and met the organiser of the centre Michelle Taurins and several volunteers.

    Students spent the morning making up food parcels that would be delivered later that day to people in need in the local community.

    New Hope Food Bank provide emergency food to individuals and families who are in short term crisis, and is a community based mission of New Hope Community Church.




    Eckington students at the 

Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Roadshow event

    Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Roadshow

    On Thursday 19th November a group of ten intrepid year 8 students attended the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car Roadshow at Chesterfield College.

    The students worked in groups of 5 to design and build a model car to race over a 30 metre track, the fastest car winning the chance to have their team name emblazoned on the Bloodhound car when it travels over 1000 miles an hour. The students also had a chance to tour the college science facilities, look around the car itself and visit careers stalls.

    The students had a great day and the two teams were the only ones to complete the course with their car model and so came first and second against 11 other Derbyshire competing schools. Since the event have managed to secure both of the team names onto the bloodhound car so some of Eckington School will be part of team travelling at over 1000 miles an hour.




    Y7 Summer Reading Challenge Winners

    Summer Reading Challenge

    Over the summer the English department asked the Y7 students to take part in the summer reading challenge. The challenge involved students reading 4 books over the summer which they hadn't read before by the time they started Y7 in September.

    Students were asked to keep a track of the books they read, and needed to compile a challenge task for each book.

    All students who completed the reading challenge were presented with a certificate.

    The winner, Liam Pilcher, was presented with a Kindle. Well Done Liam!




    U15 800m Champion Tilly Simpson

    Tilly Simpson: Outstanding 800m Athlete

    Congratulations to Tilly Simpson in year 10 on her recent sporting achievements. This year, Tilly (who runs for the Hallamshire Harriers and trains at Woodbourn Road and EIS) has won national championships and rewrote records that have stood for almost 30 years.

    She has competed this year in the under 15 age group and started the year with a strong cross country season where she became the Derbyshire Schools, Yorkshire County and North of England champion. Tilly then went on to win a bronze medal at the national championships, and win a bronze medal while representing Yorkshire at the national inter-counties match. These performances earned Tilly her spot on the England team where she won a silver medal running against the best runners from Scottish, Welsh and Irish schools.

    • Click here to read more...





    • GCSE students on results day 2015

      GCSE Results 2015

      Eckington School's Headteacher Patrick Cummings congratulated Year 11 students on some outstanding performances at GCSE and thanked staff for their unswerving commitment.

      Overall, the school's 5 A*-C (including English and Mathematics) exceeded the national average, with strong scores in English in particular. A particular word of praise should go to our top performers:

    • Juliet Hayes (6 A*s, 5 As, 1 A at AS)
    • Harrie Tabor Hall (5 A*s, 5 As, 1B, 1 C at AS)
    • Amy Pugh (2A*s, 7 As, 2 Bs, 1 C at AS)
    • Neve Wilson (2 A*s, 1 A, 8 Bs, 1 D)
    • Courtney Hancock (1 A*, 8 As, 2 Bs)
    • Lucy Fish (3xA*s, 4 As, 3 Bs, 1 C)
    • Holly Senior (4 A*s, 3 As, 2 Bs, 2 Cs)
    • Olivia Stuart (1 A*, 8 As, 3 Bs, 1 D at AS)
    • Charlotte Joyce (2 A*s, 4 As, 4 Bs, 1 C)
    • Callum Suttle (7 As, 4 Bs)
    • Ellie Curtis (3 A*s, 7 As)
    • Lauren Hill (4 A*s, 5 As, 1 B)
    • Katy Moyes (5 As, 6 Bs)



    • A-level students on results day 2015

      A Level Results 2015

      Eckington School's Headteacher, Patrick Cummings congratulated the A level cohort of students on producing the school's best ever A level results.

      He said, Our attainment has been rising steadily for the last five years. However, our A level results today show a significant leap compared to last year's. Our confident hope is that almost all of our students who wish to go to university will receive a place at the university of their choice.

      All students and staff have worked very hard to produce these good outcomes. A particular well done should go to the following:

    • Daniella Dunn (3As and 1 A*)
    • Hailey Pun (A*, A, B)
    • Alice Connelly (A*, B, B)
    • Meghann Crofts (A, A, B)
    • Luke Holden (A, A, B)
    • Georgia Murray (A, A, B)
    • Emily Rhodes (A, A, B)
    • Ruby Cunningham (A*, B, C)
    • Alex Jackson (A*, B, C)
    • Brooke Woolley (A, B, B)
    • Sarah Kesteven (A, B, B)




    • Parent View Jigsaw Button

      Parent View

      Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about Eckington School.

      Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of our school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. OFSTED uses the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page. By sharing your views, youll be helping our school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about Eckington School. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England. (adapted from the Parent View website)




      Google apps for Eckington School

      Google apps for Eckington School

      At Eckington School we try to use the most suitable technology to enhance teaching and learning. Some of our classes are using Google apps, which allows students to collaborate on their work and support each other in their learning. Sign in here.




      Last updated: Wednesday, May 18, 2016Print the Eckington School Welcome to Eckington School page

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