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  • Eckington School Post-16 Centre's response to the decision by Sheffield College to stop A Levels at Peaks College.

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    Eckington School will continue to accept Post-16 applications from both Eckington and non-Eckington Year 11 students until the end of August.

    We are particularly keen to support any student disappointed by the decision to stop running A Level courses at Peaks College. We will try our best to accommodate students affected by this on a suitable, alternative course. Please contact Mr Horsfield at post16@eckington.derbyshire.sch.uk for more information.

    Activities Week Itineraries

    Is your child on a school trip for Activities Week? Download the pdfs here:

  • Our Day Out Itinerary
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  • Derbyshire Reading Challenge

    Eckington School Reading Challenge teams

    A huge congratulations to the two teams of pupils who took part in The Derbyshire Reading Challenge at Tupton Hall School on Thursday 23rd June.

    This is only the second year we have participated (last year we came a respectable thirty-second) so we were delighted to achieve second place, beating Tupton's home team and coming only one point behind three time winners Highfield.

    This is a fantastic achievement and signals great things for the future.

    Thanks to all parents and staff who have encouraged our pupils to be such strong readers. Look out next year for a photo with the winning trophy!!

    Citizenship EU Debate

    Citizenship EU Debate

    On Wednesday, the school welcomed two campaigners for the EU referendum: Barry Cooper (Vote Leave) and Oliver Coppard (Remain).

    The candidates debated challenging questions posed by our 6th form and Year 10 pupils (pictured) in a robust but refreshingly honest and non-combative style.

    Thank you very much to our two campaigners for giving up their time to persuade pupils too young to vote, but whom nevertheless will have benefitted tremendously from feeling included in a real-life political debate. As one pupil aptly put it, (looking at the teachers lining the back of the hall), 'it affects us more because we're going to be around a lot longer than you!'

    Swim Star Alice!

    Swim Star Alice

    A Year 9 student at Eckington School is fast emerging as a national star at freestyle swimming Under 13s category.

    To date, Alice has won Gold in 50m, 100m, 200m and 800m freestyle and Bronze in 400m freestyle and is currently ranked in the top five in Britain in her age group for 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle.

    Alice swims seven times a week with City of Sheffield Swim Squad and is currently training hard for the British championships at the end of July. In May, she won gold medals and a bronze in the five freestyle events at the North East Regional Championships.

    Alice has been invited to compete in the British Summer Nationals at the end of June, in all five of the freestyle distance events and also 50 butterfly at the English Nationals. Good luck Alice!

    Borneo Fundraiser: Pickles Family Walk 28 miles

    Pickles family walk 28 miles for charity

    On Saturday 28 May, Mika and her family successfully walked 28 miles to fundraise for her Borneo trip in 2017.

    Mika is one of ten Eckington School students who have signed up to the trip of a life time which will take them to the tropical paradise of Borneo in the summer of 2017.

    Our students will be helping to construct buildings to house the schools and help in the classrooms that are already built.

    Together the family raised over £1,200 and Mika would like to thank everyone who sponsored her.

    Well Done Mika!

    Students make a big noise with Silent Auction!

    Eckington School Students raise money for Sheffield Children's hospital

    A group of students raised a whopping £707.41 for Sheffield Children's Hospital by organising a Silent Auction for friends, family and students at Eckington School. Read the article.

    Year 12 Hamlet Trip

    Y12 Hamlet Trip

    On Wednesday 25th May, the Year 12 English literature A-level class enjoyed a trip to Derby Theatre with Mrs Mabbs to watch a performance of their set Shakespeare text, 'Hamlet'. As part of the course, students must explore different interpretations of the text; this production was traditional, tense and bloody. It was fantastic to see the text brought to life on stage - especially this year, with so many 'Shakespeare 400' events taking place around the world.

    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.'

    Trips aboard 'Madeline' for 2016

    Eckington School's Narrowboat

    All Aboard! Enjoy the summer 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.

    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.

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

    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!

    Heart of Derbyshire

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    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.

    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...

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  • 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.

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      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.

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