Last day of term arrangements – Friday 21 July 2017

As in previous years, on the morning of the last day of term students will have a celebration assembly with their year group, and take part in activities arranged by their Head of Year.

The school day will finish at 1.10pm and students will be permitted to leave.  School buses will be operating their normal timetable, with the exception of the 360 Harpur’s Coaches service to Bargate, Parks Estate and Milford which will leave from the bus stop opposite the Leisure Centre at 1.15pm.  For those students unable to leave early, there will be supervised activities until the normal end of the school day at 3.00pm.

Please see the separate notice below regarding arrangements for the return to school in September or click here.

Staggered start arrangements – Autumn term 2017

Arrangements for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 students

School will re-open to students in these years on Wednesday 6 September 2017 when a staggered start will be in operation as follows:

  • Year 7 students need to arrive by 8.40am and report to the area outside PE – staff will be outside school to direct students.
  • Year 8 students need to arrive by 8.40am and report to their tutor base
  • Year 9 students need to arrive by 9.20am and report to the area outside PE
  • Year 10 and 11 students need to arrive by 9.20am and report to their tutor base

Important: Any students arriving in school earlier due to transport reasons should report to SR1 where they will be supervised until it is time to go to tutor bases.

Arrangements for Year 12 students

  • On Wednesday 6 September 2017, students who have not confirmed their place on results day will need to arrive at 9.00am and report to the sixth form area in order to register. Students may then return home for the rest of the day.  Year 12 students who have already confirmed their place do not need to attend school on this day.
  • On Thursday 7 September 2017 students will need to report to their tutor base at 8.35am. Students will attend an assembly at 9.00am with lessons commencing period 2.

Arrangements for Year 13 students

  • On Tuesday 5 September 2017 (INSET day) Year 13 students should report to the sixth form area at 1.00pm to re-register with courses before going home.
  • Year 13 students do not need to attend on Wednesday 6 September 2017.
  • On Thursday 7 September 2017, students should report to their tutor base at 8.35am. Students will attend an assembly at 9.25am with lessons commencing period 2.

Snap Map – advice to parents regarding the Snapchat upgrade

Parents/Carers may already be aware of growing concerns surrounding a new upgrade to the Snapchat app called Snap Map.  This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos.  The Snap Map shows a user’s Bitmoji (their cartoon avatar within Snapchat), pinpointed on a world map.  Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends.

Child Protection at Derbyshire County Council have asked us to make parents/carers aware of this, and to share a youtube video where a 14 year old demonstrates and explains the app.  To view the video, click here.

A Snapchat Guide for Parents has been produced which you can view/download by clicking on the link below.



Requests for leave of absence during term-time

The following guidance has been received from Derbyshire County Council regarding the above, which we have been asked to pass on to our parents/carers.

School is only able to grant requests for leave of absence during term time for exceptional circumstances.  Leave of absence request forms can be obtained from the School Office or from the school website.  If the leave of absence is due to a holiday, the form must be submitted before booking the holiday.  Please note the new guidance (above) which comes into effect on 1 September 2017.

Belper School trips and visits

During the course of an academic year, Belper School organises and runs a large number and variety of trips, residentials and excursions.  Following recent national and international events there is understandably some concern over times when students travel away from school on organised visits.

As a school we wish to reassure you that the planning around these events is always thorough, detailed and takes on the latest advice, support and guidance from the relevant authorities and organisations.  The current stance from DfE and DCC is that trips should run as normal and that appropriate risk assessments, action planning and health and safety measures take place.  Belper School will continue to be rigorous in its planning and operation of these events to ensure that students can fully take part in the wider aspects of school life and education.

Upcoming general election and education messages

A number of schools across the country have published information regarding funding and how budgets have been affected by recent constraints and economic difficulties.  In these publications they have suggested that parents pay close attention to the education messages being given by all the different political parties leading up to the general election. The governors of Belper School and Sixth Form Centre have been managing funding reductions over a number of years, taking proportionate measures to support the smooth financial running of the school. However the latest funding and cost increase projections indicate that this school, in common with many schools across the country, will now struggle to balance the books in the difficult years ahead. The governors are concerned about the projected financial situation and consequently the school supports the wider suggestions of studying the educational standpoints of all the parties as the election date approaches