Tupton Hall School
|Motto||Aspire, Learn, Achieve|
|Headteacher||Mr Andrew Knowles|
|Location||Station New Road
|DfE URN||112933 Tables|
|Colours||Gladwin - Red,
Cavendish - Green,
Hunloke - Blue,
Turbutt - Purple
Tupton Hall School is one of the largest secondary schools in the North East Derbyshire district with a large body of students and one of the largest sixth forms in the county.
History of Tupton Hall School
Tupton Hall was founded as a Tupton Hall Grammar School in 1936 as a secondary school in the Clay Cross area on a site purchased by the Derbyshire Education Committee in 1929. In 1936, the school moved to its present site, formerly occupied by the mansion Tupton Hall. The original building was designed by G.H. Widdows, the county architect, and it was opened by Oliver Stanley, the Secretary of State for Education.
From 1967-9, many new buildings were constructed to prepare for the transformation to becoming a much larger comprehensive school (750 pupils at the grammar school became 1,800 at the new comprehensive). The new school opened in 1969. The remodelled school was well regarded as an architectural achievement using CLASP system which allowed standard components for school construction. Nicholas Pevsner described it as "one of the best uses of the CLASP system for school buildings in the country ... creating a village type atmosphere" Architects were George Grey & Partners in association with D.S.Davies (County Architect).
The school was severely run down by the new millennium and the new school opened in Easter 2003.
The school is a specialist sports college and is one of the most modern school buildings in the county, being the tester school for the new school design permeating throughout Derbyshire and the East Midlands with many modern features, built under a PFI scheme.–
The school building is rented from Babcock & Brown who own the building and is managed by Rentokil Initial. For results at A Level and GCSE 95% of students attain grades above the national average, and the exam results for the school as a whole are also above the England average.
Recently, the school has been twinned with a school in Nigeria to further aid relations between Tupton and its twin village in Nigeria. It recently gained the full International Schools Award.
About Tupton Hall School
In the village of Old Tupton in North East Derbyshire, Tupton Hall is situated about four miles from Chesterfield, the nearest large town, despite the school being relatively close to the town, Chesterfield itself is not in the school's catchment area, which focuses on the town of Clay Cross and the villages of Wingerworth, Tupton and Ashover. Tupton Hall is a comprehensive school, so does not selectively admit pupils.
The school uniform is defined as
- The School Sweatshirt, V-Neck navy sweater (Previously a high neck jumper that showed the school tree in each of the house colours, later changed to gold.)
- Black trousers
- Black shoes
- White collared shirt
- Gold and blue tie with house colour stripes
Sixth formers do not wear uniform. Students are not allowed to wear caps, clothing cannot display inappropriate words or images and must not be too revealing.
From September 2012, a new dress code for lower school will be introduced. This will involve the inclusion of clip-on ties with colours corresponding to the student's house and v-necked navy sweatshirts to the uniform.
Tupton Hall has one of the largest sixth forms in the North East Derbyshire area, with nearly 400 students.The Sixth Form offers courses in diverse subjects including Philosophy, Law and Drama alongside the more traditional subjects, such as Mathematics, English and Science.
Notable former pupils
As a grammar school
- Sir Geoffrey Allen FRS, chemist, Chancellor from 1993-2003 of the University of East Anglia, and Head of Research from 1981-90 at Unilever
- Emmanuel Cooper OBE, potter
- Prof George Eason FRSE, Professor of Mathematics from 1970-83 at the University of Strathclyde, and former Dean of the School of Mathematics and Physics, and expert in solid mechanics
- Ian Hall, cricketer for Derbyshire
- Prof Colin Holmes (historian), Professor of History from 1989-98 at the University of Sheffield
- Bill Leivers, footballer
- Dennis Skinner, veteran Labour MP since 1970 for Bolsover
As a comprehensive
- Alan Cooke, former British table tennis champion
- Ben Miles, actor.
- Prof Duncan R. Shaw, Professor of History and Political Science at Schiller International University in Madrid
- Savannah Stevenson, actress
- Roger Walker (actor), taught drama at the comprehensive in the early 1970s
- Derbyshire, Nicholas Pevsner
- "Budget 2003–2004" (PDF). Derbyshire County Council. p. 18. Retrieved 2008-07-13.[dead link]
- Who's who in Art: Biographies of Leading Men and Women in the World of Art. Havant, England: Art Trade Press. 2000. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-900083-18-1. OCLC 44865001.
- Royal Society of Edinburgh
- The Herald June 1999
- Robert Waller; Byron Criddle (2002). Almanac of British Politics (7th edition ed.). Routledge. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-415-26834-9. OCLC 49238454.
- Alan Cooke Telegraph December 2005