Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

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Chapel-en-le-Frith High School
Chapel en le frith high school logo.JPG
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Along the front of the school, towards reception
Motto Striving for Excellence
Established 1952 (1952)
Type Secondary
Headteacher Simon Grieves
Deputy Headteacher Debbie Langford
Chair John Hind
Location Long Lane
England Coordinates: 53°19′07″N 1°55′21″W / 53.3186°N 1.9224°W / 53.3186; -1.9224
Local authority Derbyshire County Council
DfE URN 112932 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 912
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses Combs
Colours Black and Red
Publication Summit
UKPRN Number 10015122
Website Chapel-en-le-Frith High School

Chapel-en-le-Frith High School is a mixed gender comprehensive school in Chapel-en-le-Frith in the county of Derbyshire, England. It serves pupils aged 11 to 16 from the town, from nearby Whaley Bridge, and the surrounding towns and villages.

The school has described itself as a specialist mathematics, science and technology college.[1] The school has achieved National Healthy Schools status, the Sportsmark, Artsmark, Inclusion Quality Mark and the International Schools, Eco-Schools and Investors in People awards.

The building is owned and maintained by Initial Facilities Management, whose Eden Foodservice provide the catering.


The school was established in 1952 as Long Lane Comprehensive. It has since been renamed Chapel-en-le-Frith County Secondary School, and finally Chapel-en-le-Frith High School. In 2005 the school relocated to the other side of Long Lane, and the former site was redeveloped as the school's sports fields. The school is housed in a specially built one-piece building.

There have only been four headteachers to date,[2] Stuart Ash having left at the end of the 2010/11 academic year to be replaced by Simon Grieves.[3]


Admission is open to all students aged 11–16 residing in the catchment area. As of January 2013 the number of pupils on roll is 910.[4]

Academic performance[edit]

In 2013, 69% of the school's students achieved at least five A*–C GCSE results including maths and English. This was significantly above the averages nationally and for the Derbyshire Local Education Authority, 60% and 59.1% respectively.[5] It does not have a sixth form, although it does have an adult education programme.

Daily life[edit]


The school uniform is a white polo shirt with the school motto ("Striving for Excellence") on the chest, a red stripe on the collar and sleeves; a black sweatshirt with the school emblem, and black trousers.[6] It used to be a classic shirt-and-tie uniform, but changed when the school moved into the new building.


The four school houses (Bowden, Combs, Kinder and Hollins) are named after local hills in the area.

Special needs department[edit]

The department has a selection of specially trained staff who work full-time on the department undertaking special lessons with those pupils who have been deemed to need support.[7]

STEM day[edit]

Every year, the school holds an event called the STEM (Science, TEchnology and Maths) day where there are different displays and events relating to science. Some popular activities are building paper rockets and cooking.[8][9]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Chapel-en-le-Frith High School". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
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  3. ^ "New headteacher starts at Chapel High School - Local". Buxton Advertiser. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Establishment: Chapel-en-le-Frith High School". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "School Performance Tables". DofE. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chapel-en-le-Frith High School uniform". Headmaster's Schoolwear. 
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  8. ^ "STEM Fun Day" (PDF). 8 October 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "It really is rocket science! - Local". Buxton Advertiser. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Bingham". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Chapel-born cyclist storms to third Paralympic career gold". Buxton Advertiser. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 

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