Basic Information & Location
The Denstone College site is set in over 100 acres of splendid countryside, yet is well served by rail, road and air. Central to the College’s philosophy are confidence, achievement and happiness, and pupils are encouraged to set themselves ambitious targets and fulfil their potential. Denstonians emerge with a degree of self-esteem and confidence which is attainable after years of academic and extracurricular challenge and opportunity.
The school places proper emphasis on academic endeavour but a Denstone education is an all-round education, packed with opportunity and challenge, so enabling pupils to discover their true potential. Achievement, confidence and happiness are the foundations upon which our pupils build their success and they are at the heart of our aims for every child.
With very favourable pupil/teacher ratios and skilled teachers, excellent academic achievement is made entirely possible. Pupils are given support and opportunity to realise their full potential. A significant number of Denstonians achieve all A*/As, but for others this is an entry target that spurs them on. What supports them in these efforts is an environment which applauds success, very good teaching by subject specialists, and a level of academic and pastoral mentoring that genuinely cherishes the individual.
Boarding / Pastoral Care
The ‘three-school structure’, whilst relatively rare in traditional independent schools, allows three different age groups to live, socialise and work in their own separate spaces. The idea is based on the fact that 18-year-olds those under 13 have wholly different needs. The structure complements the traditional house system, which does not lose any of its appeal and best features. House spirit and competition are still very strong in sport, drama and music.
The College has an outstanding sporting pedigree, with multiple county champions and national filists. A modern sports hall, two all-weather AstroTurf pitches, a swimming pool, squash, netball and tennis courts, as well as an English Golf Union (EGU)-affiliated golf course all give budding sportsmen and women the best opportunities to work towards reaching the top. Frequent trips are a feature of the College’s calendar, and an enviable record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme as well as a busy programme of more than 40 activities ensures that Denstonians are constantly active.