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Tupton Hall School is a secondary school in Chesterfield. It is one of the largest secondary schools in the North East Derbyshire district, with a large body of students and one of the largest sixth forms in the county.

Tupton Hall School
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Station New Road

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S42 6LG

Coordinates53°10′56″N 1°24′34″W / 53.18224°N 1.40951°W / 53.18224; -1.40951Coordinates: 53°10′56″N 1°24′34″W / 53.18224°N 1.40951°W / 53.18224; -1.40951
MottoAspire, Learn, Achieve
Local authorityDerbyshire
Department for Education URN112933 Tables
HeadteacherMr Andrew Knowles
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentapprox 2000
Colour(s)Gladwin - Red,
Cavendish - Green,
Hunloke - Blue,
Turbutt - Purple,
Kenning - Yellow,

History of Tupton Hall SchoolEdit

Grammar SchoolEdit

Tupton Hall was founded as a Tupton Hall Grammar School in 1936 as a secondary school in the Clay Cross area on a site purchased by the Derbyshire Education Committee in 1929. In 1936, the school moved to its present site, formerly occupied by the mansion Tupton Hall. The original building was designed by G.H. Widdows, the county architect,[1] and it was opened by Oliver Stanley, the Secretary of State for Education.

Comprehensive schoolEdit

The school before the millennium, showing the original running track, K, Sixth Form and, design and technology blocks.

From 1967-9, many new buildings were constructed to prepare for the transformation to becoming a much larger comprehensive school (750 pupils at the grammar school became 1,800 at the new comprehensive). The new school opened in 1969. The remodelled school was well regarded as an architectural achievement using CLASP system which allowed standard components for school construction. Nicholas Pevsner described it as "one of the best uses of the CLASP system for school buildings in the country ... creating a village type atmosphere" Architects were George Grey & Partners in association with D.S.Davies (County Architect).[1]

The school was severely run down by the new millennium and the new school opened in Easter 2003.

New schoolEdit

The school is a specialist sports college and is one of the most modern school buildings in the county, being the tester school for the new school design permeating throughout Derbyshire and the East Midlands with many modern features, built under a PFI scheme.[2]

For results at A Level and GCSE 95% of students attain grades above the national average, and the exam results for the school as a whole are also above the England average.[citation needed]

Recently,[when?] the school has been twinned with a school in Nigeria to further aid relations between Tupton and its twin village in Nigeria. It recently gained the full International Schools Award.[citation needed]

About Tupton Hall SchoolEdit

In the village of Old Tupton in North East Derbyshire, Tupton Hall is situated about four miles from Chesterfield, the nearest large town, despite the school being relatively close to the town, Chesterfield itself is not in the school's catchment area, which focuses on the town of Clay Cross and the villages of Wingerworth, Tupton and Ashover. Tupton Hall is a comprehensive school, so does not selectively admit pupils.

Sixth formEdit

Tupton Hall has one of the largest sixth forms in the North East Derbyshire area, with nearly 400 students.[citation needed]

Notable former pupilsEdit

As a grammar schoolEdit

As a comprehensiveEdit

Former teachersEdit


  1. ^ a b Derbyshire, Nicholas Pevsner
  2. ^ "Budget 2003–2004" (PDF). Derbyshire County Council. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
  3. ^ Who's who in Art: Biographies of Leading Men and Women in the World of Art. Havant, England: Art Trade Press. 2000. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-900083-18-1. OCLC 44865001.
  4. ^ Royal Society of Edinburgh
  5. ^ The Herald June 1999
  6. ^ Robert Waller; Byron Criddle (2002). Almanac of British Politics (7th ed.). Routledge. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-415-26834-9. OCLC 49238454.

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