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Netherthorpe School

Motto Learn, Enjoy, Succeed
Established 1572
Type Academy
Headteacher A C Senior
Chair of Governors J Hendley
Location Ralph Road
S43 3PU
DfE number 830/5400
DfE URN 137902 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1095 (2012/2013)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Current House(s) Sitwell, Frecheville, De Rodes
Deputy Headteachers: S L Dight & K Brown
Assistant Headteachers: P Bamford, N Connolley & H McVicar
Website Netherthorpe School

Netherthorpe School is a secondary school with academy status that is based in the town of Staveley in the Chesterfield district of Derbyshire.[1]


  • History 1
  • Traditions 2
    • Debating Society 2.1
    • House System 2.2
    • Prefects 2.3
  • Academic performance 3
  • Notable former pupils 4
    • At Netherthorpe Grammar School 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The old school

The school was founded in 1572[2]

A quote from an 1857 directory:

Netherthorpe School.—Francis Rodes, by will, 29th of robert was here Elizabeth, left a yearly rent charge of £20 per annum, to be taken forth of his manor of Elmton; £8 thereof to the Grammar school, at Staveley Netherthorpe, £8 for two scholarships in St. John's, Cambridge, and £4 for the relief of soldiers who should be sent to the wars out of Staveley, Barlborough, and Elmton. Robert Sitwell, by will, 41st Elizabeth, gave a messuage in Killamarsh, on trust, to pay £6 yearly to the schoolmaster. Lord James Cavendish, 1742, left a rent charge of £6, issuing out of closes at Hollingwood, for the maintenance of the schoolmaster. In addition to these, the Rev. Francis Gisborne gave £10, to be invested in stock. The income of the various benefactions amounts to £29 per annum. All the sons of parishioners are considered as entitled to classical instruction; but the master makes his own charge for other branches.[3]

It became known as Netherthorpe Grammar School. From the 1980s until 1999, it was a grant-maintained school, and then beacme a foundation school. Today it is an academy. The school has just undergone refurbishment under the BSF Building Schools for the Future scheme along with a range of new purpose built facilities which opened in September 2012. On 9 July 2013 the Duke of Devonshire officially opened the new areas of the school.


The school has two school anthems, Forty Years On and Gaudeamus igitur; both are sung in certain assemblies and at special school occasions. The school strongly believes in traditions and roots; the uniform today is similar though not in many ways are the same to the one worn by the first students but blazers and shirts are worn with the students chosen house on and the Netherthorpe logo on the skirts. The original buildings, still intact after many years of use, are still actively used.

Debating Society

There is a Senior Debating Society that has run for ninety-three years. The meetings of the society are held in the original listed part of the school, built in 1572 and affectionately known as 'the old school' by pupils. Netherthorpe School are the current holders of the Derbyshire Debating Trophy. The society is currently run by Mr Martin. The school has now also decided to host the junior debating society for those in years seven to nine who are enthusiastic about debating. The junior debating society is currently run by Ms Hennessey.

House System

The schools pupils are divided into three houses after the founders; these houses are Sitwell, Frecheville and De Rodes. Throughout the year, pupils compete in inter-house competitions to win the coveted Rose Bowl. A stained-glass window in 'the old school' features the crests of these houses, in addition to the Cavendish coat of arms. Moreover, the colour schemes of the De Rodes and Sitwell houses have changed. The Netherthorpe uniform also comprises a blazer typically displaying the house badge; the exception is a highly prestigious award, the Colours, which replaces the house crest and features the school emblem. School Colours are awarded for dedication to a particular area of the School for a period of 4 years. (This is shorter for those who join the Sixth Form).


In the upper sixth form, there are Head Prefects (head boy and head girl), and respective deputy heads. They form part of the team of Senior Prefects, who have a gamut of roles and responsibilities, including speaking in assembly. They also participate in the annual Boar's Head Carol, an English traditional carol sung at Queen's College, Oxford and Queen's College, Cambridge . Additionally, they manage the group of 50 School Prefects, who assist in lower school.

The head prefects for 2006/07 were Tom Flint(Manchester University) and Elizabeth Harvey (Liverpool University); The head prefects for 2009/10 were James Windle (University of Leeds) and Hannah Beresford (University of Liverpool; The head prefects for 2010/11 were Oliver Poole (University of Bristol) and Pippa Wall (University of Leeds); The head prefects for 2011/12 were Adam Whybrow (Durham University) and Victoria Waddoups (Cambridge University); for 2012/13 the Head Prefects were Jonathan Clark (studying Geography) and Bethany Ansell (St Andrew's); The head prefects for 2013/2014 were Daniel Colley and Katy Miller.

Academic performance

In 2011, the percentage of students attaining 5 or more higher-grade GCSE passes including English and Maths was 62.4%. A level results were similarly above average.

Notable former pupils

At Netherthorpe Grammar School

  • Nick Ainger (1961–8) – Labour MP for Carmarthen West[4]
  • Stan Worthington (1905–1973) – Derbyshire and England Test cricketer
  • Peter Hudson – UK Rear-Admiral, – Commander of the United Kingdom Maritime Force (June 2009 – January 2011); Operational Commander – EU Naval Force for Counter Piracy (June 2009 – January 2011)[5]


  1. ^ Netherthorpe web site accessed 22 October 2007
  2. ^ Netherthorpe web site
  3. ^ Whites 1857 Directory of Derbyshire
  4. ^ University Press, Dec 2007 Who's Who, accessed 24 Aug 2008
  5. ^ Royal Navy site, accessed October 2009
  • A History of Netherthorpe School, W.E. Godfrey and C. J. G. Bishop

External links

  • Netherthorpe School
  • EduBase
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