Denbigh High School, Luton

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Denbigh High School
Denbigh school logo.png
Motto High achievement for all is our shared responsibility.
Type Academy
Headteacher Colin Townsend
Location Alexandra Avenue
Coordinates: 51°53′29″N 0°25′31″W / 51.89136°N 0.42530°W / 51.89136; -0.42530
DfE number 821/4104
DfE URN 136319 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1120
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

Denbigh High School is an academy school in Luton, Bedfordshire, England with Colin Townsend as Headteacher[1] following Dame Yasmin Bevan's retirement as Executive Principal and Headteacher at the end of 2014.[2]

The school has approximately 1120 students between the ages of 11 and 16 and the school became an academy in 2010. Its partner school, Challney High School for Boys[3] (also within Luton) became a National Teaching School in July 2011 and Denbigh High School is their strategic partner. As their partner and a lead member of the Challenge Partnership[4] Denbigh High School plays a significant role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers from across the UK.

Denbigh High School is also an NCSL Leadership Development School[5] and through this work it helps to develop future leaders. Before becoming an academy, the school was designated a specialist sports college in 2005, and with this came a major upgrade to many of the school’s facilities including a new sports hall, dance studio and artificial turf football pitch. Denbigh High School has a wide range of sporting facilities which are also open to the local community in the evening and at weekends.[6]

Denbigh High School won the 'TES Secondary School of the Year Award’ in 2009[7] and became an academy in 2010[8] as well as becoming a strategic partner of Chiltern Teaching School Alliance, with Challney High School for Boys.[9]

In 2013, Denbigh High School became part of The Chiltern Learning Trust which is a multi-academy trust comprising Denbigh High School, Challney High School for Boys and Dallow Primary School. The Trust is led by a Board of Trustees which consists of representatives from all three schools with Adrian Rogers as Chief Executive.[10] Each school also has its own local governing body.


The majority of the students are Muslim from a Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin. This was brought to national attention in 2005 as the result of a lawsuit over "excluding" a student (whether or not exclusion, as defined by educational guidelines, had occurred was a matter of debate in the House of Lords' decisions), Shabina Begum, who refused to wear the school uniform, instead opting for an Islamic dress. The House of Lords eventually ruled in the school's favour.[11]


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