The Ferrers School

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The Ferrers School
Established 1980
Type Academy
Headteacher Jonathan Giles
Location Queensway
Higham Ferrers
NN10 8LF
England England Coordinates: 52°17′31″N 0°35′17″W / 52.292°N 0.588°W / 52.292; -0.588
DfE number 928/4094
DfE URN 139988 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 135
Students 1097
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The Ferrers School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England, UK.

The school was founded in 1980. It previously held specialist status as an Arts College, and changed its name to The Ferrers Specialist Arts College for a time. After converting to academy status in September 2013 the school changed its name to The Ferrers School.

The current Head Teacher is Mr. Jonathan Giles. There were approximately 930 students in Years 7 to 11 on roll in the 2011-2012 academic year, plus around 160 students in the sixth form, which is shared with two other local schools. There are 77 teachers (full-time equivalent) and 54 support staff.[1]

Feeder schools[edit]

The school admits its Year 7 pupils from Higham Ferrers Junior School and Henry Chichele Primary School, as well as numerous primary schools in surrounding villages, and from Rushden.[2]

Sixth form provision[edit]

The school does not produce enough sixth form students to make an independent sixth form viable, and so it is part of the East Northamptonshire College with two other local schools (Huxlow Science College and Rushden Community College), as well as Prince William School in Oundle.[2]


In an Ofsted report in 2011,[3] the school was deemed to be providing a "satisfactory" quality of education in all main areas (Overall effectivness, capacity to improve, and teaching and learning). In 2012 the school achieved results of 47% of students gaining at least 5 GCSEs at C grade or above including English and Mathematics.[1][4]

Percentage of students achieving 5+ GCSEs including maths and English[edit]

  • 2008: 52%
  • 2009: 51%
  • 2010: 51%
  • 2011: 46%[1]
  • 2012: 54%[1]
  • 2013: 48%[5]
  • 2014: 52% [6]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Ferrers Specialist Arts College". Department for Education. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us". The Ferrers Specialist Arts College. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ferrers Arts College Ofsted Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Northamptonshire League Tables 2012". London: The Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2013. [dead link]
  5. ^ "The Ferrers Specialist Arts College - results 2013". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Ferrers Specialist Arts College - results 2014". Department for Education. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 

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