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Belper School

Coordinates: 53°01′35″N 1°27′25″W / 53.0265°N 1.4569°W / 53.0265; -1.4569
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Belper School and Sixth Form Centre
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Coordinates53°01′35″N 1°27′25″W / 53.0265°N 1.4569°W / 53.0265; -1.4569
TypeFoundation school
Local authorityDerbyshire
Department for Education URN112989 Tables
HeadteacherNick Goforth
Age11 to 18
EnrolmentApproximately 1,300

Belper School and Sixth Form Centre is a foundation secondary school located in the north-east of Belper, Derbyshire, England. In October 2019, Ofsted reported that its overall effectiveness is 'Needs Improvement'.[1]

It has received Healthy Schools status and the Artsmark Gold award. The current headteacher is Mr Nick Goforth.[2]



Belper School is larger than average,[1] catering for 1,311 students as of academic year 2015–2016, a 10.5% reduction since 2012–2013 when the school taught 1169 students between 11 and 18 years old – a decrease attributed by the headteacher to variations in birth rate.[3] The majority of the school is white British with below average numbers of cared-for children and children identified as having special educational needs or disability.[1]

Herbert Strutt School

Chemical spill and fire


On Wednesday 17 September 2004, the school made national news after a chemical spill occurred within the Science department. Iodine crystals were dropped by a teacher when they collided with a student in a corridor. As a result, two pupils had minor burns and 36 were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.[4]

Notable former pupils


The Herbert Strutt School



  • Guardian 9 May 1976, page 22
  1. ^ a b c "2014 inspection report" (PDF). Ofsted. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Welcome to Belper School and Sixth Form Centre". Belper School. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Jobs under threat at Belper secondary school - Belper News". Archived from the original on 9 February 2016.
  4. ^ "BBC's coverage of the chemical spill". BBC News. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b Herbert Strutt School Archived 3 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine, Belper Research. Retrieved December 2009
  6. ^ "Obituary: David Kinnersley". The Guardian. 17 December 2004. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019.