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The Merchant of Venice

The Year 9 GCSE Drama group are performing 'The Merchant of Venice' as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2014. The event takes place at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield on Wednesday 12th November at 7pm.

The group have been working hard on their production since September and will be performing alongside two other local schools. The performance is a modern version of the play and is set in a nightclub.




Staff dressed up as Roald Dahl characters

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day

Eckington School was brimming with Oompa-Loompas, Willy Wonkas, Crocodiles, Matildas and a rainbow of yellow in the biggest ever Roald Dahl dressing up day for charity that we've ever had.

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day took place on Friday 26th September 2014. The children kindly donated £1 to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl Character to raise vital funds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity believes that every child has the right to a marvellous life, no matter how ill they are, or how short their life may be. The charity provides Roald Dahl specialist children's nurses, supports families in financial crisis caring for their seriously ill child, and helps to pioneer nurse-led research.

A huge thank you and well done to all of the pupils and teachers who helped to make the day a great success. We raised a splendiferous £409.58.




Eckington School's Narrowboat Naming Ceremony

Eckington School's Narrowboat Naming Ceremony

Warm September sun shone on the lock; three years of hard work coming to a close. Eckington School's Narrowboat was officially named "Madeline" on Sunday, 28th September 2014 after a pupil who sadly passed away the year the boat came to the school.

Madeline's family and so many others were present on this emotional day. "Madeline would be proud and honoured that this beautiful boat bears her name; to be enjoyed by future students." said head teacher Mr Cummings, in his heart-warming naming speech.

Gill Parker, involved in the project from the outset, is keen the boat be used for exciting educational trips. Students can experience the life of a real helmsman.

The event marked the end of a rewarding journey for the many volunteers of the school who built "Madeline". Dazzling, hand painted in school colours and floating serenely on the lock, "Madeline" is clearly the First Lady of Eckington School.




GCSE students on results day 2014

GCSE Results 2014

The headteacher, Patrick Cummings, congratulated the large number of Eckington School students who did so well in their GCSE results. Amongst the highest attainers are those listed below:

  • Beth Rhodes (6 A*S, 5 As)
  • Joshua Mowbray (2 A*s, 6 As, 3 Bs)
  • Roma Patel (5 A*s, 5 As, 1 B)
  • Matthew Nutt (2A*s, 4 As, 4 Bs, 1 C)
  • Rachel Pack (4 As, 7 Bs)
  • Oliver Staples (2 A*s, 7 As, 1 C)
  • Thomas Mayos (2 A*s, 3 As, 4 Bs)
  • Ethan Johnson (5 As, 6 Bs)
  • Emma Hartley (3 A*s, 4 As, 2 Bs)
  • Hannah Sheldon (1 A*, 3 As, 5 Bs)
  • Jack Thickett (1 A*, 5 As, 1 B, 3 Cs)
  • Alexandra Hennessey (1 A*, 3 As, 5 Bs)



A-level students on results day 2014

A Level Results 2014

The Headteacher of Eckington School, Patrick Cummings, congratulated students on their excellent achievements at A level and AS level. The outcomes continue to rise year on year and once again, almost all of our students will gain entry to the university of their choice.

Some high attainers at A level were: William Goulden (A* history, A* mathematics, A English Literature); Thomas Thickett (A mathematics, B further mathematics, B chemistry, B physics); Jordan Walker (A* geography, A geology, B history).

At AS level some of our best performers include Daniella Dunn (A history, A English Language, A psychology, A English literature); Georgia Murray (A history, A English Language, A French, B English literature); Hailey Pun (A English language, A mathematics, C Law); Emily Rhodes (A geography, A history, B English language, B geology); Brooke Woolley (A product design, A sociology, B English literature, C geography).




Sports Day 2014

Sports Day 2014

Students and staff alike enjoyed beautiful weather last Thursday (17th July 2014), as Ennis-Hill house won the day. Congratulations!

Further pictures will be published in the near future.










New Hope Food Bank

New Hope Food Bank

Eckington School recently collected a huge amount of food to donate to the New Hope Food Bank at Killamarsh.

The Food Bank provides emergency food to individuals and families who are in short-term crisis, to help them during their time of need, and also works to help people who find themselves in difficult situations by directing them to relevant help and support agencies.

Well done to everyone involved in the donating, collecting and distributing of food to this very worthy cause.



Occupational Workshops

Occupational Workshops

From Januray - April 2014, Newbold Community School will be hosting a series of occupational workshops.

These Workshops will provide information about the different jobs that exist in different occupational sectors, what these jobs entail, what qualifications may be needed and how to enter these occupational areas. This is a great opportunity for young people to speak to people from real companies for real advice and answers.

For more information about when each workshop will be held, please view the official flyer by clicking the link below:



Eckington School Narrowboat Launch

Narrowboat Project Launch

Madeline was launched into Staveley Town Basin on Thursday 26th June 2014. From the first moment, she was the centre of attention on the water. A variety of students and staff have already enjoyed their travels on the Chesterfield Canal.

  • Click here to go to the Chesterfield Canal Trust website...



  • What OFSTED says about Eckington School:

    In November 2011, our school was inspected by OFSTED. The outcome of the inspection was inspiring with the report stating that "Eckington School is a good school that is continuing to improve." The inspectors were clear that Eckington School has "Good teaching" and "Outstanding care, guidance and support."




    Eckington Students perform a traditional Chinese Fan Dance at the Opening Ceremony

    Confucius Classroom Opens

    Eckington School's Confucius Classroom was officially opened at a ceremony on July 2nd.

    The classroom, situated in the Modern Languages block, will be a base for the teaching of Mandarin Chinese to a range of students at Eckington School, to our primary feeder schools and to the local community.


    Click here to see pictures and read more about the Confucius Classroom...




    One Star Sky Band

    Rock School 2013

    This year, more than 20 bands from schools all over Derbyshire attended a Rock School where they were taught how to write and perform their own songs. After a six week course the bands then performed for parents and friends at Heritage School.

    One of the groups from Eckington School, named "One Star Sky," was also chosen as one of the 20 bands to perform to an audience of over 2,000 at the Celebration Concert at The Assembly Rooms in Derby on April 28th, which also showcased ensembles from the delivery partners of the Derbyshire Music Education Hub. They performed alongside Derbyshire City and County Youth Wind Band, Combined String Ensemble, South East Derbyshire Music Center Recorder Consort, St Andrews School Steel Pan Ensemble, Young Voices and Very Young Voices from primary and infant schools in Derbyshire. One Star Sky performed brilliantly and got the VIP treatment all day, including even their own dressing room!

    Well done to the band members Dan, April, Emily and Georgia!




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    Anti-Bullying Project

    Eckington School has recently taken part in an anti-bullying project called "I Am Not Scared", in collaboration with hundreds of other schools across Europe.

    We have written a case study of how we deal with bullying incidents and have offered advice to other schools on different approaches they could have taken. If you are interested in seeing the similarities and differences in how bullying is tackled across the continent then you can read the case studies on the following website:

    http://iamnotscared.pixel-online.org/case_studies.php




    Is 93% Attendance Good Enough?

    Normally, a mark of 93% in a test or examination would be considered very good. Excellent, even. However, in attendance, it means missing just over one day every three weeks...

    Click here to read the rest of this article about attendance...





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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. Learn more.

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    Last updated: Thursday, October 30, 2014Print the Eckington School Welcome to Eckington School page

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