Chellaston Academy

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Chellaston Academy
Established 1977
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Kevin Gaiderman
Deputy Head

Mr Steve Ellis

Miss Joanne Rumsey
Chair of Governors Mr Nick Hollis
Location Swarkestone Road
Chellaston, Derby
DE73 5UB
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Green, White, Black

Chellaston Academy (formerly Chellaston Foundation School) is a comprehensive school and Academy in Chellaston in the Derby area of England, United Kingdom.

Its catchment area traditionally includes Chellaston, Aston-on-Trent, Weston-on-Trent, Melbourne, Ticknall, Barrow upon Trent and other areas of South Derbyshire.

Pupils' ages range from 11 year-olds in year 7, through to adults in the sixth form college. The school opened in 1977[1] and its sixth form is the largest in Derby.[1] In 2005, the school had a total of 1580 students.

The school has historically had a newsletter, called The Causeway until 2010. This newspaper is no longer being published and instead a weekly newsletter is sent out to parents, staff and students via Email

The school officially became an Academy on 1 December 2010.

Background Information[edit]

The first build of the school started in 1975 and was finished in 1977, providing 450 places for students, and the second build, completed in November 1978, created another 300 places. In September 1994, an extension to the technology block was completed, facilitating the options of Art, Design, Wet and Dry Textiles along with other such technology facilities, while the Performing Arts Studio (in the main block) was converted from the Lecture Theater.

A £2.21m Sixth Form Centre was opened in September 1995. Simultaneously, the library was extended.

In 1997, the school was further extended to accommodate the growing number of students wanting to attend. A specialised, temporary Mathematics block was completed, containing 8 classrooms. The sports hall was also completed. The Humanities block was built in 2000 along with another four science labs in a new building (loosely specialised for the teaching of biology), separate from the existing science block. In January 2003, the Humanities block was substantially extended, adding a Refectory (functioning as a substitute to the Main Hall as a canteen) and a large new IT suite.

In September 2004, the Music and Drama block was built in order to accommodate the increasing applicants, allowing the school to hold approximately 1700 students. Traditionally, the school catering was managed by the in-school catering team. However, in 2009 the management of student meals was outsourced to an independent company, as part of the Chellaston Academy Healthy Schools Programme. The construction of three new laboratories has recently been completed in September 2011, increasing the number of classrooms in the Science Block. Recently added has been an extension to the sports hall and an addition to the music and drama block providing a theatre for students to perform at events throughout the year.

In Mid 2016, A new £2m Mathematics block has been added in replacement of the older, outdated one. This building has been half-completed and is being used for lessons however the other half is still under early stages of construction and is due for completion early 2017. This new maths block facility, along with standard classrooms, offers a new refectory eating area that is also used for parent and staff meetings when necessary.

Chellaston Uganda Project[edit]

Since 2006, Chellaston Academy have been running project which raises money through various methods and then uses this to fund for materials which will then be used by the students and staff who fly to Uganda and build/improve an orphanage known mainly as the John Dickens House. This building facility aims to provide shelter, clean water, basic education and food to children of Uganda who have no parents and are living out of rubbish in the streets.

Every year a team of specially chosen sixth form students fly over to the country, along with staff and spend a whole month over there. As well building the orphanage, the students get to engage in a wide variety of activities, from bungee jumping over a river, white water rafting and visiting homes created for the disabled. They also spend a lot of time bonding and socialising with the children who live in the orphanage.

Over the course of the school year, students participate in various activities, all with the theme of raising money which will then help to fund the project. Of the most popular of these activities is the "Chello Mile" in which students from all year groups use the school's playing field and run as many laps around it. These laps are counted and then the students go away to family and friends who have agreed to sponsor them by donating an amount of money depending on the distance completed. This money is then collected up and usually sums up to more than £5000.


  1. ^ a b "A welcome from the Headteacher". Chellaston School. 

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Coordinates: 52°51′58″N 1°26′22″W / 52.86611°N 1.43944°W / 52.86611; -1.43944