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May Spring Bank Holiday

School closes for half term on Friday 25th May at 3:15pm. School re-opens to students on Monday 4th June at 8:30am.

Eckington School would like to wish all students, parents/carers and staff a restful half term holiday.




US in Schools Mentoring programme

Fifteen students attended the US in schools mentoring programme presentation evening at The University of Sheffield in May. Levi C represented Eckington School and delivered a very entertaining and informative speech. The prize for Eckington Mentee of the year was awarded to Seth T. Well done to all who took part in the programme.




CRY Cardiac Testing

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A free cardiac screening programme is available for people aged 14 - 35 years old. This screening has been funded by the Madeline Siddall Memorial Fund.

The event will be held on Saturday, July 28th 2018 at Eckington Friendship Club, The Lighthouse, 8 Berry Avenue, Eckington, S21 4LD .

CRY's mission is to identify those that are at risk from sudden cardiac death. Sudden death syndrome is an umbrella term for the many different causes of young sudden cardiac death.

If you would like to have your son/daughter tested, you should download the letter in full.

Once you have downloaded the letter, please go to www.testmyheart.org.uk to register your interest.




SIMS Parent Lite App - Information for Parents

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Eckington School is introducing a new, easier and more convenient way to update parental and student contact details using the SIMS Parent Lite App.

Available on iOS, Android and via browser www.sims-parent.co.uk, the SIMS Parent App provides a convenient way for you to review and request changes to your personal data and that of your child/ren.

We will be sending out invitations to use the Parent Lite App via email to Year 7 parents in the first instance, and then rolling out the system to parents of other year groups. We aim to roll out the app to all parents by the end of June 2018.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the parents to keep the school updated of any changes to contact details for students. If you haven't received an invite to the Parent Lite App, and your child is in Year 7, please email: admin@eckington.derbyshire.sch.uk. The email should have the subject header 'Email Address Update' and should include the student's full name, Date of Birth, Tutor group, the contacts name and relationship with the student (e.g. Dad, Mum).




Year 8 World of Work

National Champion

In order to help increase their understanding of the world of work, Year 8 students accompanied their parents to work for one day. Students spent the day shadowing their parent or close relative as part of Flexible Learning at Eckington School.

The aim of this day was to introduce students to roles and responsibilities in the workplace, as well as the skills and qualities that are required within a working environment.




Exciting changes at Eckington School

Eckington School is delighted to announce it is due to join LEAP Multi Academy Trust on 1st April 2018. This follows a consultation period and governor approval. It means that LEAP will be the employer of the staff team and is responsible for supporting the school on its improvement journey.

LEAP Multi Academy Trust

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LEAP (the Learner Engagement and Achievement Partnership) is a Trust currently comprising two 11-18 secondary schools in Rotherham: Brinsworth Academy and Dinnington High School. LEAP's mission is to support students so that they can "achieve excellence".

LEAP has already been providing informal support for several areas of the school in recent months, and so there are already some established working relationships between a number of key colleagues.

LEAP has a Chief Executive, Mr Andy Riches, an Executive Principal, Mr Wayne Barsby, and a team of colleagues who can be deployed to support teaching, leadership and administration roles.

Ms Burgess (currently Deputy Headteacher) will become Interim Principal upon the retirement of Mr Cummings. Mr Barsby will be the Executive Principal for Eckington School and will be based here from Easter.

LEAP will fund some additional staffing for the new school year in a number of subject areas in order to help students "achieve excellence". Moving forward, we will keep you informed of the exciting changes and benefits that joining LEAP will bring for our students, staff and community.




Eckington students quiz top BBC journalist Nick Robinson

BBC's Nick Robinson with Y11 students BBC's Nick Robinson with Y11 students

Eckington School welcomed the leading BBC Journalist, Nick Robinson, on Thursday 8th March for a Q&A session with one hundred Year 11 students. The event focused on politics and journalism and was organised by UK Charity Speakers for Schools. The aim of the event was to raise aspirations amongst students. Read More




National Champion

National Champion

Ruby S, a year 8 student at Eckington School, won the National Indoor Athletics U15 800m event on Saturday 24th February 2018. The competition proved tough yet Ruby's talent shone through.

Ruby is the new national U15 800m indoor champion, with a winning time of 2:14:36s.

This is an exceptional result for Ruby, particularly with her being one of the younger athletes in the age group. Well Done Ruby - everyone at Eckington School is extremely proud of you!




Activities Week:

Please note: The final payment for all trips is due on Thursday 22nd March. Final payments must be paid into the Finance office before 3.15pm on this date. If you require a copy of our activities week booklet and booking form, click here to download.




Waste Watchers

Waste Watchers

On Tuesday 30th January Year 8 took part in a fun-filled workshop all about waste. The Waste Watchers programme was delivered in school by live theatre company Gibber. Students explored issues around waste and recycling. The motto of the day was the three Rs; Reduce Reuse Recycle!








Cern Trip

Cern Trip 2017

On the 20th November 2017 thirty-two post-16 students set off for a three day trip to Geneva to visit CERN, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire" (European Council for Nuclear Research). The visit was to enable the students to see real-life science and scientists at work. The trip opened with students landing in Geneva where they quickly adapted to a well-established public transport system - it truly does run on time! Students settled in well and got to know their surroundings; they visited Lake Geneva and absorbed the atmosphere. Read More




New Hope Food Bank

Students at New Hope Food Bank 2017

Students and staff have been busy throughout December collecting donations for the New Hope Food Bank in Killamarsh.

The food bank is a community-based mission of New Hope Community Church and serves to support the local community. New Hope Food Bank provides emergency food to individuals and families who are in short-term crisis, to help them during their time of need.

Mrs Sandford and Mrs Towndrow delivered 40+ boxes of non-perishable goods to New Hope Food Bank's Michelle Taurins on Thursday 15th December with the following students:

  • Year 7 - Owen G and Maurron S
  • Year 8 - Molly H and David W
  • Year 9 - Harriet W and Hollie S
  • Year 10 - Ewan H and Mia H
  • Mrs Sandford said: 'The students were a real credit to the school. We had lots of interest from students wanting to get involved delivering food bank items this year. Thank you to everyone involved in the donating, collecting and distributing of food to this very worthy cause.'




    Geology High-flyer

    Congratulations to Y13 Geology student Daniel B! We have just been informed that Daniel scored the second highest mark nationally in AS Geology. Well done Daniel. Your excellent efforts have been rewarded!




    DofE Gold

    DofE students take on the gold challenge DofE students take on the gold challenge

    Two groups of Eckington students had an early and exciting start to the new school year.

    The students formed two groups who took on a challenging walking route over 4 days in the Snowdonia National Park to successfully complete their DofE Gold expedition. Ascending to over 3000 feet and battling through swollen streams they spent most of their days and nights in the rain whilst remaining self-sufficient. The assessor was amazed at their resilience and tenacity and complimented them on their group morale.

    Well done to Jade S, Mika P, Jo C, Curt F, Will R, Rebecca Y, Sam B, Rachel C and Sam B.

    Next stop St James Palace.




    "Nine go to Borneo"

    Students in Borneo 2017

    This summer nine students from Eckington School have taken part in a trip of a lifetime. Our students joined others from Dartmouth to become a team carrying out project work in the Sabah region of Borneo. This included tasks as diverse as digging footings and laying foundations, painting murals on the side of a village school and even building a toilet block out of recycled plastic bottles!

    Other environmental projects included beach cleaning and one that we are particularly proud of was helping to plant 55 trees that will help to reestablish an area of rain forest. The students stayed in amongst local communities getting involved in their day to day lives. This allowed them to learn a little Malay, help prepare and sample local food, take part in teaching English to the women and children, learn traditional dances, have a go at local crafts and compete in sports days, including having to battle in the national sport of tug of war!

    Five days were spent on the beautiful Gaya island where the students had the opportunity to learn to scuba dive and take their PADI open water qualification. The group have stayed in a range of accommodation from traditional Malaysian long houses to hammocks suspended above the mud in the rain forest. They have experienced beautiful beach side camps sites and rain of biblical proportions, but one thing is for sure they will never forget their month in Borneo.

    Eckington will be once again be working with Camps International to provide students with the opportunity to take part in an expedition in 2019.




    Mia eyes the Ladies Amateur Golf Championships

    An Eckington student is excelling in ladies golf. Mia Eales Smith, a junior at Lindrick Golf Club, played in the national schools final in July. On paper, Mia is sixth out of twenty-four young golfers.

    Mia missed the cut for the Ladies Amateur Golf Championship by two shots, her previous handicap was 5.4, now it's 4.6. Well Done Mia!




    Eckington Election

    Eckington ElectionOver 350 students voted in our mock election on Thursday 8th June.

    The results are as follows:

  • Conservative - 18%
  • Green - 9%
  • Labour - 47%
  • Liberal Democrats - 5%
  • UKIP - 19%
  • 2% of ballot papers were spoiled.
  • Labour increased their share of the vote by 24% with UKIP polling 18% less than the last election in 2015.

    In 2015 the results called for an unlikely coalition, whereas the votes this year show a clear win for the Labour Party.




    Year 9 Chocolate by Design trip

    Eckington Students visit Chocolate by Design

    The Year 9 GCSE food group had a very enjoyable trip to Chocolate by Design in Chesterfield. The students took part in a workshop in which they learned about the science and history of chocolate as well as learning about the production of high quality chocolate products.

    During the workshop the students saw how some of the very exclusive and high quality chocolates are made (some of the students were able to help with the production of these!!) and they then had the opportunity to make their own chocolate designs. Of course throughout the morning there was a lot of tasting their chocolate creations!




    "Alice Gets Gold"

    Alice gets Gold

    Eckington Schools swim star Alice did exceptionally well at the British Swimming Championships at the end of July, achieving personal bests in every event she swam in. She received a Bronze medal in the 200m freestyle, a Silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay and a Gold medal in the 400m freestyle.

    Alice this is a huge achievement and we at school are all immensely proud of you. Congratulations on being a British Champion.




    Y12 Project: Dronfield Hall Barn

    Eckington School Post-16 Centre is delighted to be working with the Dronfield Heritage Trust to provide a unique enrichment opportunity for our Y12 students.

    Dronfield Barn

    Using original oak beams from the Fifteenth Century Dronfield Hall, a team of Eckington Post-16 students will be working with our Design Technology department and friends of Dronfield Hall Barn to create a scale model of the Medieval manor house.

    The students will be responsible for the entire project: from the design stage through to building the model. The finished model will then be exhibited at Eckington School, at Dronfield Hall Barn and eventually in Dronfields twin town of Sindelfingen, Germany. To find out more visit www.dronfieldhallbarn.org or return here for updates.




    Parent View Jigsaw Button

    Parent View

    Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about Eckington School.

    Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of our school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. OFSTED uses the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page. By sharing your views, youll be helping our school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about Eckington School. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England. (adapted from the Parent View website)



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