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parent govenor vacancy

We currently have one vacancy for a parent governor. For more information or to apply, please download the documents below.  The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 14th December.

UK engineering challenge

Students from Swanwick Hall School in Alfreton took part in an engineering challenge inspired by Michael Faraday – the great British scientist whose work led to the widespread use of electricity.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology runs the Faraday Challenge Day, invited three academies from The Two Counties Trust to participate. The event was hosted at Heritage High School in Chesterfield, and students from there, Swanwick Hall and Selston High School in Nottinghamshire, took part in the challenge on 26th September to become engineers for a day, researching, designing and building solutions to real-world engineering problems.

Teams raced against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by using creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills. 

Each team member in the winning group were awarded a prize and a trophy for their school. The top five teams from across the UK received an all-expenses paid trip to the national final at The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh in 2019 to compete for a prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

This year’s challenge was in association with the James Webb Space Telescope. A total of 176 Faraday Challenge Day events are taking place across the UK.

Jonathan Fawcett, Headteacher of Swanwick Hall School, said:

The Faraday Challenge Day is a great way for students to be introduced to engineering and to make learning about maths and science more fun and interactive. I look forward to finding out about the challenge they are set and seeing how all the students get on with completing their fun day of activities.


Open Evening and Tours

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Open Evening on Wednesday of this week.  It was extremely busy and we have received a lot of fantastic feedback from those who attended. 

We would also like to remind parents/carers that we are offering tours of the school, during a normal working day; if you would like to come and have a look around with your child, please email Andrea Hollingsworth, Head's PA on aho@swanwickhall.derbyshire.sch.uk or telephone the school and we will arrange these for you. 

If you didn't manage to make the evening you can download the information which was handed out below.


GCSE Results 2018

Following on from last week’s A Level results, Thursday’s GCSE results day was one of joy and celebration for our students, who received the reward for their continuous hard work and commitment throughout their GCSE courses. It was great to see so many of them enrolling for our Sixth Form later in the day.

For the second year, students rose successfully at all ability levels to the demanding new English and maths GCSEs, with the additional challenge of new and unknown courses in most other subjects too. Their resilience in tackling the volume of knowledge and sheer number of exams was highly impressive throughout the two years of the courses.  50% of students followed the challenging combination of EBacc subjects, significantly higher than the national average. Large numbers of students achieved strongly in the upper grade range of 9-7, equivalent to the old A* and A grades, with several achieving grades 9-7 in all subjects. Many students exceeded their aspirational target grades and there were strong successes across all areas of our very broad curriculum.

We are delighted to congratulate our Year 11 students on their results. We are proud of them all and wish them every success for the future, whether that be in our Sixth Form, some form of apprenticeship or work-based training or at another post-16 institution. Strongly supported by parents and staff, they have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to move successfully to the next stage of their education with great confidence.

A-Level Results 2018

A Level Celebrations at Swanwick Hall School

We are delighted that Swanwick Hall students are once again celebrating excellent A Level results and send our congratulations to them, their families and their teachers. Students’ plans involve university or apprenticeships and employment to destinations including Nottingham, Loughborough, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Lancaster.

Whilst the majority of our students continue to access university places, alternative routes include higher level apprenticeships with local companies such as Toyota, Guilford Lear, Interserve, Rolls Royce and JCB, applications to the RAF and gap years abroad.

Phoebe Bowlzer, who achieved 3 A grades, will take up a place at Lancaster to study biology; Dylan Kitts, who also achieved 3 A grades, will study product design engineering at Loughborough. Other courses include law, genetics, air transport with commercial pilot training, psychology and early childhood studies, mathematics, fashion management, English, history, tourism management, sports journalism, business management, physiotherapy, civil engineering, sport and education, digital photography, art foundation and health and social care. 

The diversity of the destinations and courses to be studied reflect the strength and breadth of the curriculum offer within our Sixth Form and the quality of the support and advice offered by our team to ensure that students are able to pursue their ambitions with success.

We are delighted to report a 100% pass rate this year for our students, with one in five managing to exceed their challenging targets. In times of significant curriculum change, we are really pleased to have maintained a strong performance across all subject areas, a further testament to the hard work of our students and staff. We wish all of our Year 13 students the very best, whatever career path they choose, and look forward to hearing about their undoubted successes in the future.

National Angling Champions 2018!

An early start awaited 9 Swanwick Hall School students on Wednesday 18th July as they made their way down to the Angling Trust’s schools National Angling Championships at Makins Fishery in Warwickshire. They were accompanied by Mr Lamb, who runs the school’s Fishing Enrichment on a Friday afternoon, Mr Armshaw, the returning Mr Clamp and Ian Wilks, who has supported the school’s enrichment programme for a number of years and runs Young Anglers.

After an 8.30am peg draw, the anglers made their way to the complex’s Phase 3 ponds ready for the 10.30am hooter to sound and the gruelling 4-hour fishing match to begin. They gasped at the sheer size of the 5 lakes, as the majority of the students had never been in a proper fishing match before.

As the weather changed from searing heat, to heavy showers and back again the anglers battled the elements as well as the elusive fish, alongside students from schools located all over the country. The bites were beginning to dry up and less fish were being netted as the match came to a close at 2.30pm, when the students retreated for shade, well deserved drinks and burger and chips.

At 3.30pm, everyone gathered outside under the Angling Trust and Dynamite baits banners, awaiting the results of the match, which took into account best individual weight, section winners and then the all-important team winners of the event.

Huge cheers went up as Kitty Le Bosquet was again announced as Ladies champion – making it a consecutive hat trick of wins for the Y10 student. Next it was the turn of the section winners, with Kitty Le Bosquet, Oliver Roberts and Kieran Bramley taking those honours. It was then Oliver Edgintons turn, with the Y9 student coming in a wel l-deserved 3rd place overall.

Silence descended as it was time to announce the results from the team events. In 3rd place came Swanwick Hall Red Team, whose anglers of Cory Bradbury, Kai Taylor, Kieran Eaton and Oliver Roberts collected their prizes and stood for photographs.

All staff and students shot glances at each other….we couldn’t have won it could we? The announcement came over – in 1st place…….Swanwick Hall Blue Team! Niall Slack (Captain) Kitty Le Bosquet, Oliver Edginton, Isaac Fasey and Kieran Bramley climbed the stairs and collected not only buckets full of fishing gear, but the Jules Rimet of angling, the Schools National Angling Championship shield.

The students should all be incredibly proud of their achievements and resilience, as they were up against schools with some of the best young anglers in the country . 7 out of the 9 students in the competition only began angling on our Fishing Enrichment programme, and have since been working with Ian Wilks of Young Anglers to enhance and improve their skills.

Further information on Young Anglers can be found on the website www.younganglers.co.uk.



Congratulations to our Year 9 Futsal Team!

Congratulations to our Year 9 Futsal team who played in the National Futsal finals in Birmingham on Sunday.  They played 4, won 2 and lost 2 against incredibly difficult opponents.

We finished 3rd in our league so narrowly missed out on the knockout round by 1 point.

Although an incredibly long and tiring day the students were exceptional throughout.

Well done to Finley Bestwick, Howard Wolden, Rowan Kelly, Morgan Boyle, Jude Thompson, Callum Ward, Nathan Roberts, Ben Brookes and Harley Brentnall.



New NHS App

The HANDi app has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, to help you provide the best support for your child and give you confidence in caring for them when they are unwell.  The app describes care plans and guidance for the most common childhood health concerns, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chestiness
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • High Temperature
  • Problems during the newborn period

Download the FREE App today. Download the HANDi App for Android phones at Google Play .

For iPhone or iPad, you can download it from the app store using the search term 'HANDi app'.

Parent Governor Election

We have a vacancy for a parent governor on the school's Governing Body. Students have been issued with letters today but you can also download below.  Nomination forms are to be returned to the school office by 12 noon on Thursday 21st June 2018.


Swanwick Hall: much to be proud of

On Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd May, we had our annual Quality Assurance visit, carried out by leaders of other schools within the Two Counties Trust.  Over the course of the two days the visitors met with staff and visited a total of 62 lessons.  The visit was extremely positive, with the work of staff and students receiving much praise in the final report.  The report commented on:

  • the high levels of engagement of students in their learning

  • the excellent behaviour of students in lessons and around the school

  • the high level of challenge seen in lessons and the clear planning of work to meet the needs of all students including the more able

  • how positive sixth form students are about the school and the support they receive

  • the extent to which students take real pride in their work

  • the impact of yellow feedback forms in giving students a clear indication of how well they’re doing and what they need to do to improve further.

  • the high quality of teaching.

  • how proud the staff are of their school and the work they do to strive to make it an inclusive community where all students develop academically and socially.

  • the accuracy of the school’s own evaluation of the quality of teaching and learning

Whilst we are very pleased with the outcomes of the visit, we are not complacent: there are always things that we can develop further and get better at.   Next term we will be finalising the School Improvement Plan for next academic year and we will share the main areas of focus with you in our next newsletter.

Year 9 Futsal Champions!

What a huge achievement from our Year 9 boys on winning the Midland Qualification FUTSAL Championship.

The students played and beat the best futsal teams that Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire have to offer. With a total of 4 wins and a draw and only conceding 1 goal all tournament the students deserve a huge congratulation. We are so proud of them and what they have achieved.

The students have now qualified for the National finals in Birmingham on Sunday 24th June. Well done to the following: Callum Ward (capt) Rowan Kelly, Morgan Boyle, Finley Bestwick, Harley Brentnall, Nathan Roberts and Howard Wolden. 

Final dates in school for leavers

Year 11 – Friday 15th June*

Year 13 – Friday 25th May*

*Please note that public exams run after these dates and we would advise that no holidays/other events are booked until July.

For Year 11, please be aware that our Sixth Form taster day is on Thursday 12th July and, for both year groups, students should be available on results day to ensure that they are in a position to sign up for their Post 16/Post 18 option.  These dates are:

Year 13 - Thursday 16th August

Year 11 - Thursday 23rd August

Further details will follow.

Key dates for next half term…………………

Monday 4th June                                               Students return to school

                                                                             Year 10 exams (to 22.6.18 - timetable has been issued to students)

Thursday 7th June                                             GCSE Art Exhibition 4pm-6pm (Art Block)

Thursday 14th June                                          Sports Day

Monday 25th June                                            Year 10 Work Experience week

Thursday 28th June                                          Year 11 Record of Achievement 6pm

Thursday 5th July                                               Sixth Form Dinner

Thursday 12th July                                            Year 11 Taster Day for Sixth Form

Tuesday 17th July                                              Year 12 Mock Interview Day

Friday 20th July                                                  School finishes for summer 2.20pm

Thursday 16th August                                     A Level Results Day

Thursday 24th August                                     GCSE Results Day