The de Ferrers Academy
|Established||1965 (1985 as de Ferrers)|
|Location||St Mary's Drive
Burton Upon Trent
|DfE URN||136414 Tables|
|Houses||Branston, Uxbridge, Rolleston, Tutbury, Outwoods, Needwood|
|Colours||Bottle Green for Years 7-11, Silver and Black for Sixth Form|
|Former name||Wulfric Comprehensive School|
|Website||The de Ferrers Academy|
The school is split into two sites. Dove campus for years 7-9 on Harehedge Lane, and Trent campus, for years 10,11 and the sixth form students, on St Mary's Drive. The school offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme from 2008 until 2010 and replaced it with the AQA Baccalaureate.
The main campus, Trent, is in the west of Burton on Trent, north of Horninglow and west of the A38 in the parish of Horninglow and Eton. Dove, the other campus, is located less than a kilometer away in Outwoods, directly to the west.
It opened in 1965 as Dovecliff Grammar School on St Mary's Drive. Nearby was Horninglow Secondary Modern School on Harehedge Lane which opened in 1958. In 2012 it started its one to one learning experience, where it offered iPads to every sixth form student for a small deposit, and after completing they could then keep the iPad.
In 1975 it became the Wulfric Comprehensive School when the grammar and secondary modern schools merged under the headship of John "Jack" Atherton, with two separate sites.
It became known as the De Ferrers High School in 1985 when it merged with the Forest of Needwood High School in Rolleston on Dove. Forest of Needwood Secondary School had opened in 1963 as a secondary modern school and was named after Needwood Forest.
Like many schools, De Ferrers is in close partnership with its feeder primary schools. Other schools partnered include the Catholic Collège Sacré Coeur, Ploermel.
The school has been awarded various awards for ICT, and won numerous sports competitions.
In late 2010 de Ferrers was offered the chance to fast-track into becoming an academy, due to its outstanding report from Ofsted. Although in short term this will have little effect, it will be an important development in the college's future. As well as de Ferrers, John Taylor High School were also offered the chance to become an academy and have accepted.
Dovecliff Grammar School
- Chris Simpkins, Director General since 2007 of The Royal British Legion, and Chief Executive from 1988-2003 of South Holland District Council.
- Graham Smith, Managing Director since 2006 of TSS Solutions Ltd
- David Hawthorn, Businessman and author of 'Dancing with Dragons, Swimming with Sharks'
- De Ferrers Specialist Technology College, IBO.com, accessed March 2010
- British History
- De Ferrers school and Collège Sacré Coeur partnership, accessed March 2010