The De Montfort School

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The De Montfort School
Four Pools Road

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WR11 1DQ

Coordinates52°05′06″N 1°56′20″W / 52.0851°N 1.9388°W / 52.0851; -1.9388Coordinates: 52°05′06″N 1°56′20″W / 52.0851°N 1.9388°W / 52.0851; -1.9388
TypeCommunity school[1]
MottoUnlocking Your Child's Potential[5]
Established1 September 2014 (2014-09-01)
Local authorityWorcestershire
Department for Education URN116932 Tables
Chair of GovernorsChristine Grove[1]
HeadteacherGuy Nichols[2]
Deputy HeadteacherStuart Weston[3]
Staff> 130[3]
Age10 to 18[4]
Houses     Dahl
Colour(s)Red and black

The De Montfort School (formerly known as The Federation of Evesham High School & Simon de Montfort Middle School[6][7] and Evesham County Secondary School) is a secondary school[8] located in Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is a mixed comprehensive community school[1] serving 10- to 18-year-olds[4] primarily from Evesham and its surrounding villages.

The school was created after a consultation was undertaken on the proposal to merge two Evesham schools - Simon de Montfort Middle School and Evesham High School - which had previously been run in a "hard federation",[9][10] after Simon de Montfort Middle School was taken into special measures.[11] The schools already shared a roll of staff and board of governors. After operating the federated school for several years, the then headteacher, Caroline Browne, and board of governors sought to consolidate the federation and form a new school on the federation's combined grounds and buildings.[6] These proposals were approved by Worcestershire County Council after a consultation with staff, parents, students, feeder schools and the Secretary of State for Education on 7 July 2014 (2014-07-07).[4]

While separate institutions and still using their former names, Simon de Montfort Middle School and Evesham High School previously received "Good" ratings from Ofsted in their March 2014 and September 2011 inspections respectively.[9][1] Evesham High School Sixth Form previously received a "Satisfactory" rating in its September 2011 Ofsted inspection report[1] with the report specifying a "good capacity to improve".[1] After the merger, however, GCSE results for the De Montfort School in the 2015 academic year fell well below the government standard for attainment with just 32% of students achieving the baseline 5 GCSEs at C-grade and above.[12][13] The Department for Education ranks the school in the lowest 10% of schools in England at the primary level and lowest 30% at the secondary level, describing it as "well below national average".[8]

In January 2016, Yahoo! News included the school in a list of "failing" secondary schools[14] which included all those which fell short of the government's minimum student performance benchmarks.


Lessons are taught in dedicated subject departments. Students in year 9 take a common curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design, History, Geography, Philosophy and Ethics, Music, Drama, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education.[5] In year 10 and year 11, students follow two-year courses in English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education, in addition to half courses in ICT and Philosophy and Ethics. Students at this level additionally choose three optional subjects from a small range including a handful of pre-vocational and GNVQ Part 1 Courses. The school offers 9 A Level courses.[15]


The school has 3 entry points at year 6, year 9 and year 12. Entries at year 6 are predominantly from its feeder schools St. Richard's C of E First School and Bengeworth Academy, but entries from other local schools are sometimes made. Entries at year 9 are predominantly made by students who studied at the school during year 8, but a significant number are also made by students from Blackminster Middle School. Entries at year 12 normally come from a more varied set of institutions including those who studied at the school at GCSE continuing studies at A level and some students moving to the school from other local secondary schools.

Notable alumni[edit]

Evesham High School[edit]


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