Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is an 11-18 Comprehensive school in the picturesque town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
The school is on one main site with Sixth Form lessons taught in a separate block approximately 500 yards away. Much of the building is new and followed a move in January and February 2003 as a result of a major rebuilding programme. A major extension to the Sixth Form Centre opened in Spring 2010.
Students are admitted at age 11 from a large number of feeder primary schools, spread from Hartington in the north to Sudbury in the south. Primary schools vary in size from those with just two teachers to a much larger town school. Induction is therefore a key priority and the Progress Leader of Year 7 works hard to produce a social and academic mix in the forms.
In Year 7 all classes begin as mixed ability with special needs students receiving extra support. As an Enhanced Resource school we have a large proportion of students with Special Needs. Approximately 5% of the school population have a Statement of Educational Need.
Setting is introduced for Maths from the Spring Term for Year 7, other subjects introduce setting in Year 8 or Year 9.
At Key Stage 4 all students currently study English, Maths, Science and a technology subject. Additional option blocks supplemented by advice and interviews, ensure that all receive a balanced curriculum. Accreditation at Key Stage 4 is usually GCSE but someVocational based courses are available for students who would not achieve a GCSE. Approximately 10% of the cohort takes a vocational course for 20% of the curriculum time. Accreditation will be by vocational GCSE, GNVQ and Open College Network units. The school began to deliver an Engineering Diploma in 2009.
Full use is made of the regulations concerning disapplication to ensure that all students make the most of their time at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School and extended work experience and college placements are used when appropriate.
Approximately 50% of our students stay on into the Sixth Form studying a range of AS, A2 and VCE courses. We are particularly proud of the performance of our students at Sixth Form level where we regularly feature amongst the highest achieving schools in the Country. Most Sixth Formers progress to higher education. Sixth form students play an important role in the life of the school by assisting staff in lessons and helping with sports coaching. A number also undertake tasks in the community with the elderly or disabled.
The management of the school is based on departments and Year Groups. Key Stage Leaders and Progress Leaders meet on a regular cycle to discuss whole school academic and pastoral issues. That work is then co-ordinated by the leadership team of Head, 2 Deputy Heads, Director of Sixth Form, 3 Assistant Heads and the Business Manager. There are 4 Advanced Skills Teachers in the school with responsibilities for ICT, Expressive Arts, and Special Needs. These staff have been valuable in implementing new initiatives and all are involved in outreach work with other schools.
The school enjoyed a period of three years as a specialist Technology College from 1998-2001 and was redesignated in 2005 and 2008 and now until 2013.
The school was inspected by OFSTED in October 2008 and received a very good report. The school converted to Academy Status in July 2012. However, we are not complacent and the school has a number of exciting projects intended to develop learning, improve ICT and enhance the professionalism of staff. These whole school projects offer opportunities for new staff to join in developing initiatives and we hope to benefit from your experience in other establishments.
Our students cover the full ability range and come from all walks of life. A small number exhibit some challenging behaviour. However, most are committed to learning and help to make Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School a rewarding place in which to work or study.
School News - 2017-18
Feb 2018 - School Closure
Wednesday 28th February
Due to adverse weather conditions school will be closing from 1.30pm today, students who travel via bus will start to leave at 1.30pm and local students will leave at 2pm.
Today's uniform shop and tonight's theatre trip are both cancelled.
Jan 2018 - School Show 2018 - Beauty and the Beast
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Dec 2017 - Speech Day 2017
The annual Speech Day of Queen Elizabeths Grammar School was held on Thursday 14th December 2017.
Photos from the evening are now available to purchase.
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Dec 2017 - Student Progress Reports
Autumn 2 reports are now available to view on QEGS Portal.
If you haven't already, to activate your account simply visit www.qegs.link/portal, click on the Register/Activate Login link, enter the email address we have stored for you and you will then receive an email allowing you to set a password.
A guide to reporting is available on our Assessment and Reporting page.
Dec 2017 - Partial Opening Arrangements (11/12/2017)
Many thanks for your understanding of our partial opening arrangements today.
We were faced with a significant staff shortage issue early this morning (staff travel from Staffs, Cheshire, Notts and north Derbyshire). We knew we had sufficient staffing for most, but not all lessons and so had to act accordingly. Rather than close the whole school we chose to request Yr11 (who had just sat 3 weeks of Mock exams) and Yr12-13 (who have Mock exams in January) to stay at home and use the time for self-supported study/catch up.
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Nov 2017 - Celebrating and Explaining our Outcomes
We are rightly very proud of the achievements of our students this summer, and thought this would be a good time to explain a little bit more about those outcomes, and also remind you and us about some of our other successes, the ones that dont always make the headlines in the local and national press.
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Nov 2017 - England vs Samoa, Saturday 25th November Trip Information
Information about the forthcoming trip to Twickenham can be found here:
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Nov 2017 - QEGS Raise £1,664.50 for 'BBC Children in Need'
This year at QEGS we have raised a spectacular £1,664.50 for Children in Need!
Our aim every year is to raise as much as possible and yet again students and staff have risen to the challenge...
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Nov 2017 - Observatory Public Event
The QEGS Community Observatory is open to the public on Thursday 23rd November at 7pm for an Introduction to the Night Sky. Come and see our fantastic new facilities and have a tour of the night sky.
To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Places are limited and are first come, first served.
This event is now fully booked!
Nov 2017 - New Uttoxeter School Bus Route
Information for the new bus route in and around the Uttoxeter area can be found here.
If you wish to use the new route please complete this application form.
For further details contact Mrs Wibberley: email@example.com
Oct 2017 - QEGS FPTA Wine Tasting Evening 2017
The QEGS FPTA are running a 'Wine Tasting Evening' at 7.30pm on 17th November 2017 in the Main Hall at QEGS, all welcome (over 18's only). 6 wines to taste, mini picnic at your table, live music, tickets £12.50 each or £60 for a table of 6
Tickets available here.
Oct 2017 - Restart a Heart Day
On Monday 16th October over 200 students from Year 9, 10 and 12 were trained in CPR for Restart a Heart Day. The British Heart Foundation have supplied us with a full kit of training equipment and a fabulous team of First Responders from East Midlands Ambulance Service came to school for the day to show our students how to use it. They had a great day at QEGS and said that our students were a pleasure to teach.
Were now planning to build on our links with EMAS and use our new kit to train even more students over the next few months.
Oct 2017 - QEGS Press
The first (relaunched) edition of QEGS Press is now available. We are relaunching the publication this year as a student-led venture with a number of keen sixth form students taking control of its production. We are aiming for 4 issues a year, each based around the themes of Question, Explore, Give and Succeed.
Sep 2017 - Sir Steve Redgrave Visits QEGS
On Friday 15th September, we were immensely privileged to spend the afternoon with Sir Steve Redgrave, one of Britains greatest ever Olympians, who won gold medals for rowing at five consecutive Olympics, and nine gold medals at World Rowing Championships. Sir Steve was in Ashbourne to attend local company Whitehouse Constructions 40th Anniversary Dinner, but first he met QEGS students for the afternoon...
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