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Non-Uniform Day - Oxfam Unwrapped

Oxfam logo

This Friday (12th February) is a non-uniform day for Oxfam Unwrapped.

£1 donation for students to wear non-uniform of their choice. Please ensure clothing is tasteful and non-offensive.

Students can choose gifts such as chickens, safe water for 10 people or school supplies.

Seasonal Catering Menus

We are celebrating Chinese New Year on Monday with a themed menu.

Shrove Tuesday will of course feature pancakes! This year the catering dept are serving naughty but nice pancakes, fillings include sugar & lemon, maple syrup, jam and chocolate spread.

Valentines day will be celebrated early on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February - with valentines cookies cupcakes and treats.

Cosmic Ltd

Cosmic gifts - tea light jars

Why not buy a Cosmic gift for your loved ones? Cosmic Ltd is the Year 10 Young Enterprise group from Eckington School. The team sell hand-made tea-light jars and other gifts for special occasions.

You can purchase these fabulous tea-lights at Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre on 13th - 14th February and Chesterfield Market on the 25th February 2016. Please come along and support Team Cosmic!

New York

The trip is open to A-level students studying Sociology, Psychology, History and/or Film.

The total cost is £1130.00. The initial deposit is £100, payment for this is due by Wednesday 24th February. Letters and permission slips can be collected from Miss Thompson or 6th form office.

If you are an A-Level student who is interested and not studying Sociology, Psychology, History and/or Film please see Miss Thompson.

New York poster


Borneo Fundraiser: Sponsored Walk

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

The students taking part in the Camps International Borneo trip are fundraising with a 15 mile sponsored walk on Sunday 21st February 2016.

The walk will start at Rother Valley Country Park at 10am, walking along the old railway lines to Staveley, picking up the Chesterfield Canal and walking along to the Hollingwood Hub where they will be met by the 'Madeline', Eckington School's narrow boat.

Students will stop here for a rest, have lunch and a hot drink before returning along the same route to Rother Valley Country Park for approximately 4pm.

Please help support our students by sponsoring them - please contact Mrs Fenn or Mrs Dixon on 01246 432849 for more information.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser event at Tesco, Clowne last weekend (6th Feb)!

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

Students taking part in the 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 pictured 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...

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  • 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!

    A-level Psychology students

    A-Level Science and Pseudoscience Conference

    On November 11th 2015 a small group of first year A-level Psychology students spent the day at Nottingham Playhouse being entertained by world renowned psychologists, magicians and hypnotists all in the name of what we call science.

    Students experienced academic lectures on the nature of science, psychology and science as well what makes bad science; this is critical to not only their A-level study of psychology but also gave many a first glimpse at what a lecture at a university might feel like.

    Dr Dance, Pete Lovett from the University of Warwick then spent an hour explaining the merits of dance, sharing results from his own research and including students in an interactive dance routine.

    In the afternoon students were wowed with magic by Oliver Meech, who studied psychology at Oxford University and then the highlight for most was the practical demonstration of hypnosis by Andrew Newton; students were invited to take part in the hypnosis and whether involved or merely an audience member, laughs were had all round.

    An exciting and entertaining day for all who were involved; very much a classic step away from traditional academic lectures.

    Breast Cancer Care Fundraiser

    The Big Pink - Breast Cancer Care

    A big shout out to Grace, in Year 9, and her helpers who have raised a fantastic £138.21 for Breast Cancer Care. Grace is pictured alongside Lilly holding the cheque to be sent to Breast Cancer Care. WELL DONE - you should be very proud of yourselves!!!

    They did this by making gift baskets full of a variety of lovely goodies from deodorants to socks to use as raffle prizes. They also held a bun/cake sale lasting over two days. Gift bags of sweets were also on sale, which as you can imagine went down a treat amongst students. Both students and staff took part in helping the Year 9 students make this event a massive success.

    When breast cancer affects a loved one - Breast Cancer Care is there from day one to offer support, care and information for the whole family. Hopefully the money raised by our Year 9 students will be a big help towards providing this much needed offer of support.

    We are very proud of our year group and the good work they do to raise money for organisations such is this.

    Miss Turner (pastoral support assistant) and Mrs Moor (leader of student development) - Year 9.

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning

    World's Biggest Coffee Morning

    On Thursday 24th September and Friday the 25th of September 2015 Eckington School took part in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    We raised a fantastic £236.82 from selling cakes and raffle tickets. Thank you to everyone who supported this very worthy cause.

    A special thank you to those who helped to co-ordinate the event.

    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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    • Narrowboat 'Madeline' headlines the The Cuckoo

      Eckington School's Narrowboat 'Madeline' on the front cover of The Cuckoo Magazine

      Read the latest about Madeline's adventures on the Chesterfield Canal in 'The Cuckoo' - The Magazine of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. Click on the front cover to read the full article.

      Madeline is pictured on the cover with Pete Alvey of the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

      Christmas specials aboard Madeline will be running throughout the festive season.

      For more details, please see Chesterfield Canal Trust website.

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      • 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)

      • Year 8 Mandarin students

        Y8 students make the grade in Mandarin

        We are delighted to announce that 39 Y8 students have recently passed the YCT Level 1 test in Mandarin. Whilst all the candidates did well, Georgia Davies and Amy Jones achieved 193 and 195 marks respectively, out of 200, whilst Abbie Thompson excelled with full marks of 200!

        Any student who took the test will have the opportuity to continue their Chinese studies in extra-curricular classes during Y9. Congratulations to all of the students.

        Students taking part in the School Election

        British Values at Work: Democracy

        To coincide with the General Election on May 7th, Eckington School held its own election asking students who they would vote for if they were allowed to vote. Students had to register to vote and were issued with polling cards, just like the real thing.

        In the weeks leading up to the General Election, the prospective party candidates were invited to speak with our Sixth Form. They outlined their party manifestos and engaged our Sixth Form on a variety of issues often through lively debate.

        Sixth form students held their own hustings and outlined key priorities for each political party in special assembles for all year groups. There were many conversations in school about who was voting for who, and hopefully some at home too.

        On election day over 550 students voted in the Library which had set up its very own polling station just for the day. It was an excellent turn out and the station was kept busy from our first voter at 8.10am until the last ones at 3.30pm. Break and lunchtime were extremely busy with students having to queue so that they could get their voting slip and make their mark.

        The count was especially close with a hung parliament announced. With no one party receiving an overall majority, it was agreed that the Labour Party, the Green Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party would form a coalition. It was great to see so many students interested in the election and taking part in the democratic process.

        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."

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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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