Headteacher's Welcome

I have great pleasure in offering you the warmest of welcomes to The Ecclesbourne School. Since opening more than sixty years ago as a small county grammar school in the grounds of Duffield Hall, The Ecclesbourne School has been through many changes but, whatever our particular title or status, the school’s great strength has always been our continued commitment to providing a first class education for the children and young adults we serve. Each year we aim to build on the high standards and reputation achieved over many years, whilst looking to prepare the young people in our care for the challenges of the future.

We believe that our students are all equally important. We encourage them to welcome and celebrate their differences and operate on an inclusive ethos designed to ensure all our students achieve their full potential whatever their starting points and aptitudes. We encourage students to value each other and the relationships they make. We have very high expectations and we challenge every member of our school community to raise their aspirations and develop the confidence to reach for the stars.

We have a close relationship with all our primary school partners and we build on the excellent educational experiences that our students bring with them by providing a wide range of exciting learning opportunities through our broad and balanced curriculum. We encourage students and staff alike to be lifelong learners as we help them to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for Higher Education and the world of work.

I am very proud to be the Head Teacher of The Ecclesbourne School and feel privileged to work with students, staff, parents, governors and a local community who all expect the very best from our school.

We are dedicated to improve continually the quality of education we provide. If you join us we expect you to take a full part in the life and work of the school, to meet the challenges that we offer and to endeavour to become an active member of our school community. The school’s motto, “Integrity, Tenacity, Service”, is as significant now as it was when we first opened in 1957.

If you want an inspirational learning experience then Ecclesbourne is the School for you.

James McNamara
Head Teacher