Death of Joe Southam
The whole Anthony Gell School community is devastated to hear of the death of one of our students Joe Southam who was about to start Year 11. Joe was an outstandingly talented student who had a great deal of potential and I am sure had a very bright future ahead of him. Joe was particularly interested in science and had recently returned from a school trip to the Russian Space Centre near Moscow. He had clearly loved his time there and it had inspired him in his study of Physics. Joe had taken three GCSEs a year early this summer and was predicted to gain top grades.
Everyone’s thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad and difficult time. Joe’s sister also attended the school and we know the family well. We will provide all the support we can and will be remembering Joe when the new term begins in September.
Anthony Gell is a relatively small, rural, 11-18 comprehensive school serving the community of Wirksworth and its surrounding villages. We take students from Middleton, Cromford, Bonsall, Brassington, Kirk Ireton, Carsington & Hopton, Turnditch, Wirksworth and Crich Carr schools as well as a significant number from outside our catchment area.
We believe that school is a place where students should be happy and secure and should therefore develop their potential to the full. We have high expectations of all our students, both in their academic standards and also in their behaviour. We are a school for the whole community and want all students to be successful, whatever their academic ability or talents.
As a Specialist Sports College, we have excellent sports facilities and encourage all of our students to find ways to develop a healthy lifestyle and to take part in a wide range of activities. We also use sport as an inspiration and motivating factor in our work across the curriculum.
We are proud that our exam results have reflected our determination to succeed. Our GCSE and A-level results in 2011 were our best ever and also showed a strong value added score for many students.
Presently we take in about one hundred students per year, splitting them into four mixed ability classes and four Houses. We pride ourselves in our strong pastoral care and our determination to treat each student as an individual. We work to develop strong partnerships with parents and the wider community and we are pleased that our school facilities are available to the community 7 days a week. The only way to get a real feel for the school is to visit, so please contact me by email or by phone if you would like to visit. You are very welcome to see the school in action.
David Baker, Headteacher
- Metamorphosis 2014
- The Art of Brilliance – a visit to Waltham House
- Sports Day and Presentation Evening 2014
- Primary school pupils enjoy fun and challenges at AGS
- KS3/4 Boccia Plus competition
We have events ongoing throughout the year. Visit our events section to find out what’s happening and what you can get involved with.